I’ve said in my video about why I sold my Bose QC35 that I would review my new ones. Finally the day of my shooting this video arrived. After many, many hours of listening to a huge range of music styles, I have a final statement.
Straight out of the box, the first thing that you will notice is the weight. These headphones are made with plastic in some small parts, aluminium (in most of them), steel and, very good-looking carbon fibre parts that act as a shield of the earcups. Those are very low-weight materials that make Shure’s total mass to be no more than 10.1 oz / 286 g. That is a very small amount of weight for such big headphones.
Alcantara ear pads! Alcantara is a suede-like material that you’ll find covering seats. It was created in the 1970s by the company with the same name as it and it was developed to being a long-lasting synthetic alternative to animal products. This is the second thing that you’ll notice in the 1540s, the earpads will cover your ears in a very comfortable way.
So, you’ll have lightweight and comfy pads. We know that a pair of headphones must suit you like you didn’t notice that you’re wearing them. And this is the case for these ones. Well… That is not completely true.
The third thing that you’ll notice is that after a long period of listening, which in my case was 3 hours, you’ll find the headband a little bit uncomfortable. In my experience after 4 hours, the level of discomfort gets that high that I just prefer to stop listening to music. You can find online some owners of these headphones fix this issue by bending them. I was scared to do that, so I carried on. What I have found out was that after wearing them many times, the headband adapted the form of my head. Right now, I can wear them for a long, long period of time and I would barely notice I’m wearing them. Just last week a took a 5 hours train trip while listening to the entire Tool discography on them with no problem at all. My advice for you is to wait until they adapt to your head shape, in the long term they will. Be patient.
If you are looking for wireless, Bluetooth, controlling buttons with a mic on the wire, Alexa, Siri… none of that will be on the Shure SRH 1540. All the money invested in these cans was gone into the most important feature, the sound! Which is next!
It is difficult to tell what is the perfect sound in your head. But when I’ve tried Shure SRH1540 e definition I was looking for bounced in my ears.