KSE1500 versus KSE1200: Know Your Electrostatic Earphones

When Shure unveiled the KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System, audiophiles were amazed by the sound. Now there’s the KSE1200, an electrostatic system for discerning listeners who don’t require an integrated digital-to-analog converter (DAC).

Duplicating the engineering feat of fitting electrostatic technology into a highly portable package, the KSE1200 provides the same unrivaled accuracy, clarity and detail without the digital frontend of the KSE1500.

These days, many high-end dedicated digital audio players (DAPs) already incorporate high quality digital-to-analog conversion and clean-line output components. Users preferring the analog output of these devices can now enjoy the audiophile performance of an electrostatic amplifier and earphone combination with the KSE1200. Most common DAPs or smartphones will still benefit from the KSE1500 onboard DAC, EQ and amplification of audio signals.

Comparing the KSE1500 and KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphone Systems

Both systems have the same KSE1500 electrostatic, sound-isolating earphones.

Both systems use the same electrostatic amplifier technology.

The KSE1500 includes:

KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphones

KSE1500 Electrostatic Amplifier with following functionality

  • 24bit, 96kHz DAC with USB Micro B input for audio from iOS, Android or other streaming sources
  • OLED screen for digital menu navigation
  • Hold switch for locking controls
  • Four-band parametric EQ for customizing an audio signal from source
  • 3.5mm analog line input for any audio source
  • Selectable pad for attenuating analog line input signals to 0dB, -10dB or -20dB
  • Rechargeable battery providing up to 10 hours of operating life

The KSE1200 Includes:

KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphones

KSE1200 Electrostatic Amplifier with following functionality

  • 3.5mm analog line input for any audio source
  • Selectable pad for attenuating analog line input signals to 0dB and -10dB
  • Rechargeable battery providing up to 12 hours of operating life
  • USB Micro B jack for charging

Like the KSE1500, the KSE1200 system produces the absolute highest level of detail and isolation available in a portable design offering electrostatic sound at a more affordable price.

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Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan

Sean is the global product manager for earphone and headphone products at Shure. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA in sound engineering, Sean began his career at Shure in 2005 and is proud to be part of the teams developing products he uses regularly. In his free time, Sean performs in a four-piece band throughout Chicagoland and roots for his sons with his wife at the local baseball fields.

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