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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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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.
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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 […]
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Recent Reviews: Headphones, Mics & PSM

We’ve been testing our products to military specifications since World War II. So, when you see a new Shure product hit the shelves, you know it already survived a serious smackdown. Despite the confidence this gives us, we still get a little nervous when the first reviews roll in. (We just want everyone to be […]
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How to Protect Your Ears

The facts speak for themselves. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 12.5% of children and adolescents and 17% of adults – over 31 million Americans have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise. Think this can’t happen to you? Consider this: Just 15 minutes of exposure to […]
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Open Back vs. Closed Back Headphones

Open Back vs. Closed Back Headphones

Do you want a private listening experience with some isolation from what’s going on around you?  Are you a recording engineer or audiophile looking for the accuracy of open back headphones? Check out Shure’s new educational video on the differences between open back and closed back headphones to determine which headphone type is right for […]
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All About Open Back Headphones

For years, audio manufacturers have trumpeted the benefits of noise-cancelling headphones. TV commercials invariably depict stressed-out  corporate types struggling to find a piece of Paradise on a transcontinental flight, but … headphones that let sound in?  That’s the magic of open back headphones. What’s the advantage? Open back headphones have ports that allow sound to […]
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SRH940 Professional Reference Headphones

Six Reviews of SRH940 Headphones

One of our favorites SRH940 stories comes from the GRAMMY® Awards. John Harris of Music Mix Mobile was troubleshooting an input issue and grabbed the closest pair of cans on-hand for some critical listening on the fly. They were SRH940s, property of Eric Schilling, who was also mixing for the show. Harris was stunned by […]
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Open-Back Headphones First Look from NAMM

Open-Back Headphones, SRH1440 and SRH1840, are being showcased at Winter NAMM 2012. Michael Johns introduces our first open-back headphone models: the SRH1440 and SRH1840. Designed for critical mastering, monitoring and unparalleled audiophile listening, the SRH1440 and SRH1840 deliver a unique sound signature that enables listeners to achieve and produce their best quality mix. Find out […]
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Shure Sound Isolating Earphones

How to Get the Right Fit Shure earphones are not worn in the same style as headphones or standard earbuds. To enjoy the superior sound isolation and audio quality of your earphones, it is very important to get a proper fit. Situating the Cables Note the difference between the right (R) and left (L) earphones […]
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Sound Isolation vs. Noise Cancellation

A Shure Educational Podcast Ever wanted to know the difference between sound isolation and noise cancellation? In this episode, along with guest Chris Lyons, we explore the characteristics of both technologies, complete with real-world audio samples.