A good pair of headphones can make you feel the music instead of just hearing it. But any hip-hop producer can drop 808 beats so low that you feel them in your gut, and any headphone manufacturer can artificially pump up the bass to make their tiny speakers sound bigger than life. That doesn’t mean your headphones are good—it means you’re not listening to the music as it was produced and leveled. The Shure SRH940 headphones aim to balance the scales and change the game.
Shure’s new SE115m+ headset for the iPhone 3GS does its darnedest to become the next big thing for your iPhone. The “m+” in the name refers to the remote and mic attached to the cable below the right earbud. Like the headphones that shipped with your 3GS, the inline remote controls the volume and makes all the fancy track- and playlist-skipping moves we’ve grown accustomed to. The remote’s volume buttons protrude a bit more than the middle button, which makes it easy to navigate without looking. And its placement and mic sensitivity meant we didn’t have to do the whole “holding the wire up to our mouth to talk” bit. Overall, the headset worked fine for making calls on our phone.
Shure’s been building pro audio equipment for forever. Chances are, if
you’ve seen a band perform in the last 75 years, you’ve seen some Shure
gear at work. While the company is well known for its microphones, it
has recently begun expanding into the headphone market. Shure has
brought its considerable audio know-how to bear on the SRH240 and the SRH440 headphones, both of which offer
studio-level sound at prices that make them attractive for home use as