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Earphone, headphone, and phono topics for the gear shopper and the audiophile.

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Why Audiophiles Love Electrostatic Technology

There are several reasons why audiophiles have long prized electrostatic headphones for home listening. Sean Sullivan, Listening Product Manager for Shure, explores the technology behind our groundbreaking KSE1500 portable electrostatic earphones.
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Replacing a Record Player Needle

Vinyl continues to grow in popularity. The resurgence in records means more people are buying new turntables or dusting off a vintage one found in the attic. Find out what you need to know about replacing a needle – or phono cartridge stylus – to keep the music sounding amazing.
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What’s the Difference Between Shure’s KSE1500 & SE846 Earphones?

The world’s first sound isolating electrostatic earphones are now upon us in the form of the KSE1500’s. But, depending on your requirements the KSE1500 may or may not be the right earphone for you. In this post we’ll highlight some differences between our current top of line earphones with balanced armature drivers (the SE846), and the […]
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What Is the M97xe Dynamic Stabilizer (AKA the Brush) Used For?

As a phono cartridge designed specifically for audiophile hi-fi, the Shure M97xE features the option to engage a specialist dynamic stabilizer when the blue Shure banner is unclipped from the main cartridge body. You could be forgiven for thinking this was simply a brush for cleaning dust and dirt from your records; however, this is a […]
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Can I Play 78 Rpm Records with My Existing Stylus?

Vintage records from the early 1900’s are different to the familiar vinyl records used today. They are made from a brittle material which uses a shellac resin and typically play at a speed of around 78 RPM. While it may be tempting to play a little bit of history using the standard cartridge/stylus on your home turntable, […]
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M44-7 in Slow Motion – What Makes This the Cartridge of Choice for Modern Dj ‘s

First introduced 50 years ago, the M44-7 intended to meet requirements for the high-end audiophile market. To achieve high-quality audio, head engineer Bob Kita focussed on the ability of the  stylus to move up and down freely in the groove of the record on a suspension system. Alongside reducing harmonic distortion, this suspension system also made […]
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Earphone & Headphone Specifications Explained

Earphones and headphones often come with some fairly intimidating spec sheets. This can make choosing the right model for you a little daunting. Thankfully, we’ve put together a list of the most commonly seen specs to help you make an informed decision. Frequency Range This refers to the overall range that an earphone/headphone will operate in. It measures […]