Shure’s New Headphones Are An Audio Legend’s Shot At Cheap Cans

Shure’s New Headphones Are An Audio Legend’s Shot At Cheap Cans

It’s not uncommon for people to shell out hundreds of dollars for a pair of headphones that aren’t even good, which is why a set of $US40 cans from a company we actually trust sounds pretty darn good.

Shure’s new SRH on-ear headphones come in two sonic flavours. The SRH144 offer “extended range”. That basically means more natural, balanced sound with better high-frequency response than the SRH145, which are a bass-heavy model meant to appeal to the crowd that might otherwise be shopping for Beats by Dre.

The headphones have a nearly identical lightweight foldable design with some very cushy looking earpads. The difference is that the 144s have a semi-open design to create a more natural sound, whereas the 145s have a closed back to bring out the bass. Pretty standard design tricks at work. There’s also a $US50 SRH145m+ model that comes with an iOS-ready in-line mic and remote.

The SRH models appear to be be a great deal assuming the headphones sound as good as we’ve come to expect from Shure. Although it’s worth noting that Sennheiser’s wonderful PX 100-II portable set for $70 these days.

Although Shure has always made relatively affordable kit, it’s nice that the company’s recent turn sees them reaching into a deep trove of audio expertise to make gear that people don’t need to sell organs to pay for. [Shure]