Reviews Roundup: Wireless Systems, Wired Mics & Listening Products

These days, people don’t buy anything substantial without first jumping online and reading product reviews in forums, on shopping sites, and in industry publications. So, if you’re thinking about buying one of our newer products, check out the reviews roundup below, organized by product type. I’m sure you can find discussions of these products elsewhere online, but this will get you started. Happy reading!

Wireless Systems

BLX® Wireless reviewed in Mix Magazine
“The BLX Wireless System from Shure was designed to provide a professional level of audio and RF performance at an entry-level cost. Comprising three receivers and two transmitters, the BLX System enables easy setup and offers  a choice of bodypack or handheld wireless transmitters. BLX bodypacks may be used with…” Read the full review in Mix Magazine

Microflex Wireless reviewed in Sound & Video Contractor
“In the business world, architects create workspaces that are practical, yet inspirational. If aesthetics didn’t matter, we would hold teleconference meetings in anechoic chambers and virtually eliminate the acoustical struggles we have in real-world boardrooms. But alas, we work with what we’re given—and if the budget permits, we call for sophisticated solutions…” Read the full review in Sound & Video Contractor

Wired Microphones

VP83F LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone with Integrated Flash Recording reviewed in Videomaker and on The Location Crew
“The Shure LensHopper VP83F is a great product. If one needed a simple run and gun shotgun mic, look no further. It does everything it set out to do, and does it with intuitive design and quality construction. Shure has made its name making rugged, quality products and the VP83F is right on the money…” Read the full review in Videomaker

“I’ve been looking forward to trying out the Shure VP83F LensHopper camera mounted recording mic since it was released at NAB this year. It’s designed for the DSLR camera being small, battery powered, and using an 1/8-inch mini cable to connect to the camera. But Shure has taken it one step further by adding a built in recorder on the mic…” Read the full review on The Location Crew

VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone & VP83F LensHopper reviewed on Creative Planet Network and ProductionHUB

Compact is the word of the year. DSLRs have earned their spot as integral tools in the video production arsenal, and manufacturers are increasingly offering miniature cameras with professional cinematography features, such as the Pocket Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design. Even with their outsized imaging capabilities, though, these smaller cameras have a weakness: audio recording…”
Read the full review on Creative Planet Network

“Shure’s VP83 shotgun mic is a perfect fit if you are looking to record significantly cleaner audio than your on-board DSLR mic at an affordable price. The microphone plugs into the mic line on your camera and precisely captures the crisp audio you’re looking for. It only takes 1 AA battery which will power the mic up for up to 130 hours, about 4-5 days, which is awesome for…” Read the full review on ProductionHUB

Shure SE846 Earphones

Earphones & Headphones

SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones reviewed on Digital Trends, Music Connection, and in American Songwriter

“There’s no active noise-cancelling, no Bluetooth for wireless audio, no control cable with microphone. In fact, aside from some carbon fiber-backed ear cups, the SRH1540 don’t have much to cover in the features department. But if you’ve seen our score, then you already know that the SRH1540 can perform. In fact, they are the first headphone we’ve ever rated a perfect 10…” Read the full review on Digital Trends

“If it were not for my mix playing out of these new Shure SRH1540 headphones, I wouldn’t even know they were on my head. The very comfortable SRH1540s are closed-back headphones and feature lightweight construction and plush Alcantara ear pads. These circumaural headphones use an adjustable aluminum alloy headband…” Read Barry Rudolph’s full review on Music Connection

“The Shure SRH1540 premium closed-back headphones offer superior listening and monitoring for the professional engineer, musician, or music fan, with form and functionality that will provide years of pleasurable use. The SRH1540’s come with a large, heavy-duty carrying case that accommodates the headphones, as well as a replacement cable, spare ear pads, and a threaded ¼ inch adapter. Everything in this package is quality…” Read the full review in American Songwriter

SE846 Sound Isolating™ Earphones reviewed in Popular Mechanics, Forbes, Sound & Vision, and on CNET

“I listen to music seriously. Most of my albums are 256-bit encoded. My daily in-ears are custom-molded Ultimate Ears Personal Reference Monitors, an expensive piece of tech at $2000. So I’m used to quality audio at a premium price. The SE846s, this new pair of earbuds from Shure, clearly fall within this category. Yes, the thousand-dollar price tag may be too steep for the casual listener. But for the serious audiophile…” Read the full review in Popular Mechanics

“The Shure SE846 are something of a rare breed. While there are a lot of expensive headphones available, there aren’t many expensive in-ear headphones. But Shure has a long history with excellent headphones, not to mention with microphones and other audio gear. Judging from the specs and design, the SE846 look like they could be very interesting…” Read the full review in Forbes

“You guys know Shure; it’s best known as a microphone manufacturer, but millions of vinyl lovers have had long-term affairs with Shure’s phono cartridges. The company jumped into the earphone market in 1997 and focused on pro users—musicians and sound engineers—but audiophiles quickly got the word. Microphones, cartridges, and earphones have one thing in common…” Read the full review in Sound & Vision

“The Shure SE846-CL ($1,200) is the Audiophiliac’s In-Ear Headphone of the Year. The SE846 is a universal fit in-ear, but outshines the sound of my favorite custom molded in-ear headphones from…” Read the full review on CNET’s Audiophiliac blog

Finally, an unusual review: Henry Rollins, who has been a Shure artist endorser for years, was curious about the SE846, so we sent him a pair. Read what he had to say about them.

View images, descriptions, specs, and user guides of the the reviewed products on shure.com:

BLX Wireless

Microflex Wireless

VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone

VP83F LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone with Integrated Flash Recording

SRH1540 Premium Closed-Back Headphones

SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones

Allison Wolcott

Allison Wolcott started singing at Shure and aspires to dive bar gigs. She wishes she were Brandi Carlile, Neko Case, and Johnny Cash all rolled up in a voice box. Once upon a time, she was a ballet dancer, and that’s why she walks funny. Interviews with product developers and general Shure news are her beat, but shhhhhh…she also writes fiction.

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