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

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Making the Right Earphone Choice: What You Need to Know

When Apple began packaging earbuds with their iPods in 2001, music lovers abandoned their Walkman® and Discman® portable music players along with whatever headphones they were using at the time, and a new consumer market was born. Soon people wanted better sound from their portable players, and that meant something other than ubiquitous white earbuds. […]
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Open-Back vs Closed-Back Headphones

There are two distinct varieties of headphones available: closed back and open back. Each type have specific advantages or disadvantages depending on your application. Decide why type is right for you.
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Referencing with Headphones before Mastering

By Steve Corrao, Sage Audio Mastering – Nashville, TN Not too long ago, Shure Notes editors crossed into the sprawling, top-secret world that is Shure’s Technology Annex to learn more about the development of its headphone line from Chief Engineer Yuri Shulman.  Naturally, part of that discussion involved a review of the growing headphone line […]
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Henry Rollins Reviews The SE846 Earphones

Late one Saturday evening, I received an email from my friend Henry Rollins. Apparently he found his way to the Shure webpage and noticed the latest addition to our earphone line, the SE846. After gazing upon a few slick images and poring over the description and specs for the product, he NEEDED to hear these […]
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Inside Headphones with Yuri Shulman, Shure Engineer

With a wide variety of headphones to choose from, we find that many users are looking for guidance to help them select the right headphone for their application. Shure’s product line has expanded to eight different models – some open back, some closed back, and a couple of models for DJs. What practical information could […]
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The Making of the SE846: An Interview with Sean Sullivan

In anticipation of the SE846 making its way into ears and hearts worldwide, I sat down with Shure earphone guy Sean Sullivan to get the scoop on what’s so great about these earphones, the challenges of the earphone form factor, the pitfalls of audiophilia, and what makes it all worthwhile. SE846: The Key Features Allison […]
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How to Clean Shure Earphones

You notice a drop in the sound level of your favorite Shure earphones and it’s starting to get worse. Is it the cable?  The drivers? Maybe the sound source?  You keep turning the volume up – and … nothing. Chances are the solution is as simple as cleaning earwax, dust and debris from the inside […]
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Understanding Earphone and Headphone Specifications

What specifications are important to understand when you’re getting ready to upgrade or replace your earphones or headphones?  If you’re not a sound engineer, understanding the difference between frequency range and frequency response – or even the impedance requirements of your iPod or DJ rig – can have an impact on your listening experience. In […]
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Critical Listening: How to Train Your Ears

Contributors: Recording Engineers Mark Garrison, Michael White “Trust your ears.”  “It’s what sounds right to you.”   These are popular refrains that you’ve read in just about every article (many of them right here) about choosing microphones, positioning them and mixing sound.  But if you’re going to rely on your ears to hear and identify the […]