Shure SRH1540 Closed-Back Over-Ear Premium Studio Headphones (New Packaging)

Model: SRH1540-BK

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Wired Connectivity

Adapter (Included) 1/4" TRS
Cable Conductor Material Oxygen-Free Copper
Cable Color Black
Cable Length 6' / 1.8 m
Audio Connector to Earpiece 2 x MMCX Male
Audio Connector to Source 1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male
Connector Plating Gold
Cable Design Y-Type, Detachable


Weight 10.1 oz / 286 g (without Cable)
Material of Construction Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, Steel
Water Resistance None
Color Black/Silver


Maximum Power Handling 1000 mW
Frequency Response 5 Hz to 25 kHz
Sensitivity 99 dB/mW at 1 kHz

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.7 x 9.2 x 4.7"
Package Weight 2.92 lb


Impedance 46 Ohms
Magnet Type Neodymium
Driver Size 1.6" / 40 mm
Driver Type Dynamic
Foldable No
Earpiece Connection / Wearing Style Headband, Wired
Earpiece Swivel No
Earpiece Design Over-Ear (Circumaural), Closed-Back
Active Noise Cancellation No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.34972991
26 August 2014

The Shure SRH1540 is among the more accurate headphone pairs we've tested, delivering deep lows and crisp highs clearly with very little boosting.

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    Excellent audio performance., Impressively lightweight despite large size., Exceptionally comfortable., Ships with two detachable cables, a replacement pair of earcups, and the sturdiest hard-shell headphone case we've ever seen.

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    No inline remote control or mic on either cable., Not for booming bass lovers.

Tweak town.32834211
29 March 2016

Shure's top of the line closed-back headphone, the SRH1540 Over-Ear, is as stunning to listen to as they are to look at.

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    The feel, Sound quality, Dashing good looks

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    Earcup size, Short cable, Strong treble at high levels

Headphone check.35070458
25 February 2017

Headphones with the best in sound and innovation with features, offering top-tier enjoyment and a thrilling listening experience for true audiophiles, as well as for mixing and mastering with powerful bass performance.

4 February 2014

“The SRH1540 epitomize our “ideal sound,” making fewer compromises and scoring more wins than any full-size headphone we’ve heard under $1000.”

Sound vision.34971143
9 July 2014

Shure's rich-sounding, full-size headphone flatters a wide range of music genres.

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    Real carbon-fiber ear cups, Really hushes external noise, Really, really comfortable

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    Lacks mike and phone controls, Doesn't fold for compact storage

Major hifi.34842338
9 April 2016

The Shure SRH1540 has been around for a while now, but as far as high-end closed-back headphones go, it’s nowhere near obsolete. Needing to write another review, I figured I might as well tackle a staple and give you the lowdown.

Music tech magazine.34752241
14 September 2015

In this review we take a look at the stunning Shure SRH1540s… Manufacturer Shure Price £399 Contact via website Web We’re playing catch-up a little on headphones at the moment, as so many are getting released.

How to spend it.34467430
27 October 2014

I do love a high-end American brand; there’s something reassuring and macho about technology from the guys who invented it in its modern form. And there’s no brand more Marlboro Man than Shure of Chicago, long-esteemed maker of microphones and headphones.

What hi fi.32817832
16 October 2014

Best home over-ear headphones £300+, Awards 2015. Another success story for Shure, the SHR1540s are 100 per cent worthy of their price – and your attention Best home over-ear headphones £300+, Awards 2015.

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    Expansive, open, beautifully balanced, detailed, driven sound, Cosy, roomy fit, Light

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User Reviews
28 November 2016

The new Shure closed flag ship is a major contender to the headphone market. I believe it to be one of, if not the best closed back headphone on the market. It brings superb comfort with an above average imaging and soundstage that makes it hard to put down. It is simply a joy to listen too.

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    The neutral sound, the sound-stage, detail, Sound Quality, Style, Comfort, comfy, lightweight, isolation, versatile sound, non-fatiguing sound, design, Superlative headphones-detail, soundstage, precision and a new take on every song you have heard, Build quality, comfort, Do everything well,...

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    Price, Cable, a small upgrade in sound quality, long cable that detach easily, Only the price......, Not a lot for the price, price, not super adjustable, Poorly recorded tracks can suffer bass bloat, Slight lack of isolation(when compared to pleather or leather), Bass is elevated and intrudes on...

6 April 2020

Let me start off by saying these are absolutely the best sounding headphones I have ever heard and that is comparing them to the Audio Technica M70X's, The Audio Technica MSR7's and The Sennheiser HD 650's (which I know some of you will consider blasphemy) They are THAT GOOD!

1 May 2017

The Shure headphones are very comfortable to wear, something that is very appreciated. The sound I hear through them I would describe as rather neutral and airy with a solid bass, allowing me to hear in a way that has been impossible previously.

31 August 2017

When I'm editing, I'm wearing headphones for hours and found many of the other headphones I wore would become uncomfortable - not so with these headphones. Honestly, I don't have a single complaint from an audio, styling, or comfort standpoint. They even came with an extra set of pads.

4 March 2014

I purchased these from zZounds several months ago with low expectations. I use these in my home production studio for vocal tracking and occasional mixing. After a long burn in period, it became apparent that these were the best headphones I've ever used and with thirty years in the business, I've...

13 September 2015

I had to wait a day to write this review because I was speechless. The headphones I have been using for the past five years were Shure SRH940's and they have been outstanding. The SRH1540 headphones really kind of blew my existing pair away with the flatness of response.

21 December 2014

These are truly amazing headphones. I wanted to buy a pair of very high quality closed back headphones and these are perfect. I am the first to admit that I'm addicted to headphones and own AKG, Beyer, Sony, and Sennheiser cans. The sound is phenomenal, and they're very comfortable.

19 August 2014

On general principles I don't award 5 stars to much of anything these days, but these headphones almost deserve that. I finally got tired of the weak bass on my studio's default ATH M40fs phones ( ihave about 8 of them) and broke down to buy a proper set. for my use in the control room.

16 July 2021

These earphones replace a Technics pair, bought at least fifteen years ago. My first impressions are that they offer a range of sounds not experienced before from my good amp and KEF reference speakers. I look forward to hearing both my classical and Trad Jazz recordings with renewed interest!

16 July 2021

I have owned these for over a year now, and can confirm that these are great sounding headphones, and at the current price, are a bargain (I paid over £200 more back then). These headphones are comfortable, and adjust to fit the largest of heads (my melon was happy).

Product Highlights
  • 40mm Neodymium Dynamic Drivers
  • Closed-Back, Over-Ear Design
  • Alcantara and Slow-Recovery Foam Earpads
  • Detachable MMCX Oxygen-Free Copper Cable
  • 5 Hz to 25 kHz Frequency Response
  • Aluminum and Carbon Fiber Construction
  • Padded Dual-Frame Headband
  • Includes Extra Cable and Spare Earpads
  • Includes Storage Case and 1/4" Adapter
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In The Box
  • Shure SRH1540 Closed-Back Over-Ear Premium Studio Headphones (New Packaging)
  • Shure HPASCA3 Dual-Exit Detachable Cable for SRH1540 Headphones (6')
  • Shure HPAQA1 Threaded ¼" Adapter
  • Shure HPACC3 Hard Case for SRH1540 Headphones
  • Shure Alcantara Replacement Ear Pads for the SRH1540 Closed-Back Headphones (Pair)
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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