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Shure KSE1500: Electrostatic Earphone System

Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones

The KSE1500 - Electrostatic Earphone System from Shure is a premium electrostatic sound-isolating earphone and amplifier system designed to deliver the high-resolution audio to "on-the-go" audiophiles and audio enthusiasts. The electrostatic earphones feature a single driver that is matched to a USB digital-to-analog-converter (DAC) that converts analog or digital audio from portable digital audio sources or computers at resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz. Streamlined controls allow for quick and easy navigation, while the enhanced audio control features an on-board four-band parametric EQ with five presets and four customizable setting to maximize audio playback fidelity. The amplifier can process digital audio via micro-USB, analog via direct line in, or bypass entirely for a pure analog signal without conversion.




Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones

The front-panel display provides easy monitoring of input source, input level meter, battery level, output volume and EQ settings. The premium housing is constructed from elegantly machined black anodized aluminum, while power is provided from an integrated rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that can be conveniently charged from the included wall charger, or via USB while streaming audio from a computer. Compatible with iOS and Android devices, the KSE1500 ships with Lightning and OTG cables, as well as two 1/8" / 3.5 mm cables, an airline adapter, an attenuator, a 1/4" / 6.35mm adapter, two security bands, a microfiber cleaning cloth, and a leather carrying case.




Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones
Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones
Shure SRH1440 Professional Open Back Headphones



General Features:

  • Shure KSE1500 Electrostatic Earphone System
  • The first application of electrostatic technology for Sound-Isolating Earphones (patent pending) featuring a single MicroDriver design
  • Extremely high correlation to the source audio provides unmatched audio clarity and detail
  • 4-band parametric EQ features five preset settings and four customizable settings to manage audio playback preferences
  • Integrated USB-rechargeable battery can conveniently charge from provided wall charger or computer, even when streaming USB audio from computer
  • Lightweight, ergonomic earphone shape minimizes ear fatigue while comfortable sound-isolating sleeves block up to 37 dB of ambient noise
  • Custom-designed earphone cable specifically isolates each conductor
  • Streamlined controls for quick and simple, user-friendly navigation throughout the KSE1500 settings
  • Compatible with Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices via included accessory assortment, featuring Micro-B to Lightning and Micro-B OTG cables
  • Premium Shure fit and finish and construction featuring an elegantly machined black aluminum housing, manufactured to exacting Shure quality standards
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Transducer Type: Electrostatic
  • Connector Type: LEMO Connector
  • Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 50 kHz
  • Maximum SPL: 1 kHz at 3% THD, 113 dB SPL
  • Net Weight: 226 g (7.97 oz)
  • Battery Type: Rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Nominal Voltage: 3.6 V DC
  • Compatibility:
    • Made for iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, iPod touch (5th generation)
    • Also compatible with Android devices that support USB Audio Class 2.0 and Micro-B OTG (On-The-Go) connectivity
  • Battery Life:
    • Analog in (BYPASS EQ mode) up to 10 hours
    • USB Input Analog in (EQ mode) up to 7 hours
  • Bit Depth 16-Bit / 24-Bit
  • Sampling Rate: 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: Up to 107 dB A-Weighted
  • Adjustable Gain Range: -40 dB to +60 dB
  • Limiter: Selectable Analog RMS Limiter
  • Equalizer: 4-band Parametric

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

In-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Earbuds
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

Home Hi-Fi
Home/Office
On-the-Go
Traveler/Airplane
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Closed

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Equalizer/Tunable
This means the sound of these headphones can be customized to your listening preference through either an app or on-board controls.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
Yes
aptX Codec
Refers to whether these headphones feature aptX Bluetooth audio streaming.
Yes
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
N/A
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
1/4" Adapter
Airplane Adapter
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
Yes
Color Shades
Primary color shades of the headphones.
Black
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Plastic
Ear Cushion/Earbud Material
Refers to the material that the ear cushions/earbuds are made from. Ear cushions and earbuds are available in a variety of materials, ranging from basic rubber eartips to plush leather ear cushions intended for maximum comfort.
Silicone
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Softshell Case
Weight (oz.)
This is the weight of the unit in ounces.
7.97 oz.
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
No
Child Safe
Refers to whether a pair of headphones are designed specifically for children. Child safe headphones feature volume limiting technology so that your child can’t damage their ears while listening to music.
No
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
No
Ear Hooks
These headphones feature hooks that wrap around your ears for a secure fit.
No

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Electrostatic
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
113 dB
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 50,000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
Yes
Amplifier Recommended
This refers to whether a separate headphone amplifier is recommended for use with a specific pair of headphones. It is highly recommended that any headphone with an impedance greater than 100 ohms be amplified.
No
Pass Throughs
Refers to whether a pair of headphones has an output to connect to another pair of headphones.
No

What is in the Box?

Main Product
The main product in the box.
Shure KSE1500
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Airplane Adapter
Carrying Case
Charging Cable
Cleaning Tool
Power Adapters
Replacement Ear Tips
Secondary Cable
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
User Guide
Warranty Card

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
2 years
Labor Warranty Duration
2 years
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

Rating Distribution

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
4.2
Features
4.8
Design
4.8
Usability
4.8
dkus2001

Houston, TX

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June 13, 2016

My two cents. More in the form of a summary.

- The SE846 has more sales. It is not a cheap product but it is cheaper than the KSE1500. However, few people buy the SHA900 amplifier which gives to the SE846 a better listening experience. I would not use the SE846 without the SHA900. Personal taste. Taking that into account you will see the amount paid for the KSE1500 not that expensive.

- Extremely Important: Make sure you are not prepared for a super listening experience in the very first moments. As a one friend indicated, it will increase the enjoyment with the days. Just be OPEN and patient.

- Second Extremely Important: Make sure the source of the sound is top quality. Use very high quality files like FLACs and if possible beyond 600 Kbps. I have not bought a DAP (Player Device) for the KSE1500. I use it with my iPhone 6, or with my Bose Companion 5 with my computer. I know Bose is not necessarily a reference for earphones or headphones, but I have come to appreciate the Companion 5. I lead a minimalist life and I did not want to buy special music equipment. Only for your reference, I heard for my final opinion:

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Pachelbel: Canon in D
FLAC file, 600 Kbps

Yo-Yo Ma
Bach- Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Number 1
FLAC file, 600 Kbps

Specially in the last one, the experience is pretty vivid, as if you close your eyes, you can hear (and feel?) intensely the bow movement in the strings of the cello. There is nothing there except the cello. It sounds very real. But all the instruments will sound real as well, if there were more.

- Be sure to be careful with the accessories that come with the KSE1500. Some are very particular like the Lightning to Micro-USB Cable. I lost mine in the second day I received the KSE1500. I had to order the cable directly from Shure. It ended positively as I ended buying the two versions of the cable: 8" and 36". The second one gives you a little more freedom of movement in some situations.

This is an outstanding product. I cannot buy a product beyond the price of the KSE1500. I did a huge effort to buy it. As a musician in the past, I developed some skills to enjoy a little bit more music (like identifying instruments, rhythm patterns, and selectively listen to some instruments, harmony, counterpoint, orchestral arrangement and composition, etc). For the money, it gives me the musical listening experience of more advanced equipment that cost much more thousands.

Thanks for reading.

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dkus2001

Houston, TX

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June 13, 2016

My two cents. More in the form of a summary.

- The SE846 has more sales. It is not a cheap product but it is cheaper than the KSE1500. However, few people buy the SHA900 amplifier which gives to the SE846 a better listening experience. I would not use the SE846 without the SHA900. Personal taste. Taking that into account you will see the amount paid for the KSE1500 not that expensive.

- Extremely Important: Make sure you are not prepared for a super listening experience in the very first moments. As a one friend indicated, it will increase the enjoyment with the days. Just be OPEN and patient.

- Second Extremely Important: Make sure the source of the sound is top quality. Use very high quality files like FLACs and if possible beyond 600 Kbps. I have not bought a DAP (Player Device) for the KSE1500. I use it with my iPhone 6, or with my Bose Companion 5 with my computer. I know Bose is not necessarily a reference for earphones or headphones, but I have come to appreciate the Companion 5. I lead a minimalist life and I did not want to buy special music equipment. Only for your reference, I heard for my final opinion:

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Pachelbel: Canon in D
FLAC file, 600 Kbps

Yo-Yo Ma
Bach- Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Number 1
FLAC file, 600 Kbps

Specially in the last one, the experience is pretty vivid, as if you close your eyes, you can hear (and feel?) intensely the bow movement in the strings of the cello. There is nothing there except the cello. It sounds very real. But all the instruments will sound real as well, if there were more.

- Be sure to be careful with the accessories that come with the KSE1500. Some are very particular like the Lightning to Micro-USB Cable. I lost mine in the second day I received the KSE1500. I had to order the cable directly from Shure. It ended positively as I ended buying the two versions of the cable: 8" and 36". The second one gives you a little more freedom of movement in some situations.

This is an outstanding product. I cannot buy a product beyond the price of the KSE1500. I did a huge effort to buy it. As a musician in the past, I developed some skills to enjoy a little bit more music (like identifying instruments, rhythm patterns, and selectively listen to some instruments, harmony, counterpoint, orchestral arrangement and composition, etc). For the money, it gives me the musical listening experience of more advanced equipment that cost much more thousands.

Thanks for reading.

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Enrique

Los Angeles, CA

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Best Sounding Headphones By Far!

March 1, 2016

After the first 5 minutes of use with these headphones I knew I couldn't listen to streamed music anymore. I paired these headphones with Comply tips so that it would create a perfect seal. I don't get any interference from the cable moving around and the sound is completely cut off from the outside world. The clarity and staging that you get from these headphones is basically unmatched and very natural. I would recommend these headphones to anyone who is out there looking for a perfectly paired DAC and earbuds.

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Earl W.

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Throwing in the towel

March 1, 2016

WOW! These are hands down the best in-ear monitors ever. They pretty much spank everything else out on the market and I've heard plenty of others. They sound better than any headphone I've tried in general. Well..........except for the orpheus. The soundstage, bass, detail, etc, etc, etc are exceptional. These work well with every genre I've tried but I really like the way drums sound on them. Dave Matthews Band never sounded better until now. I don't like that they don't fit securely in my ear and the stiffness of the cable makes them move around a little too much. Maybe I just need to find the right replacement tip. They are super expensive but with the amount of time I spend in the studio mixing they are worth it.

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Christian

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WOW very impressed

March 1, 2016

I had the opportunity to use these headphones for a couple of hours and I was thoroughly pleased with them. I was just listening to some hip hop through the auxiliary cable from my iPhone but wow do these headphones pack a punch. The sound was very balanced and everything was clear and concise. I really enjoyed the low boost setting in the equalizer menu when listening to hip hop. These headphones offer a lot of flexibility in terms of audio settings and have a lot of preset options available for the listener that requires a very refined sound. Awesome headphones.

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Amazeballs!

March 1, 2016

My God people are these for real!? I can't believe the sound quality of these in-ear headphones. They sound better than almost every high-end over-ears I've heard (such as the HIFIMAN HE1000s). They hit low frequencies that seem impossible for an earbud and Mids/highs are crystal clear and not overdone. Control is also the name of the game with these as you can adjust the crossover points and the dB level at each (also know as an EQ, lol). These are worth every penny in my book. WOW, just freaking spectacular!

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KSE1500

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042406397742

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2.00lbs

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kse1500

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106369

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