Excerpt: After listening the SRH1540 for a week, I have no other choice than selling my Momentums, B&W P7, and the Beats Studio Wireless. I just can not stand their artificial sound...Certainly, $ is not easy to spend on headphones but when you buy something that sounds like $, it's well worth it. The SRH1540 are big, so keep that in mind if you are planning to use them during a flight. Their use makes more sense at home, on a nice comfy sofa.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Bass, Good Value, Great Sound, Lightweight
Excerpt: Comfort on the cans is top notch, the memory foam and alcantera earpads are excellent for all head shapes and sizes, glasses included. Sound texture is somewhat warm, but thats my preference. Highs are nice, but not too sparkly, the cans are more focused on the mid and bass regions. There is no sense of lacking in the highs but the sound signature is definitely not in favor of the highs. Bass and is very punchy and clear, but sounds subpar on poorly recorded tracks.
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Bass, Great Sound, Lightweight
Excerpt: My pretty sure headphones had a plastic piece that continually kept breaking on it. The sure SRH 1540 headphones resolve this with the metal band going up around your head. The new padding for the years is wonderful compared to what I had in the past and absolutely recommend buying these headphones.
Summary: I am an audiophile and these cans really deliver! Spacious and open with a neutral but pacy kick. These phones are the business but deserve a headphone amp to really bounce! Nevertheless, you will notice the difference even through a direct iphone etc connection. Power station tracks will really show you the directness and incisiveness of these studio quality headphones. They are natural studio phones which you would expect from Shure-the musicians reference choice.
Pros: Superlative headphones-detail, soundstage, precision and a new take on every song you have heard
Summary: Comfort and build quality these would not look out of place at £600. Out of all the headphones I have owned / used these have best overall sound which works with every type of music and overall sounds very good, sort of like all the best parts of the HD650, D2000 and HE400 in one headphone but not quite as good as any of them at the parts the do best, but not far off, so a very good all rounder unless you are looking for very bright headphones or don't like bass.
Summary: Disclaimer: I am in no way associated with Shure or any other company. My opinions are mine, and my own.
Pro: Offering exceptional fidelity and comfort with a brilliant construction and thoughtful extras the Shure 1540 is a headphone that is not easily bested.
Cons: With a rather steep price tag it can be a large pill to swallow for someone hesitant to take the leap.
Overall: The new Shure closed flag ship is a major contender to the headphone market.
Summary: **I edited this review on 2/28/14 to include some new thoughts. I placed the edits at the bottom of this review**
This review is a little unique for me. Firstly, I'm more comfortable and experienced at writing reviews of amplifiers and DACs. Writing a headphone review is a new thing for me. Secondly, this is my first foray into premium closed headphones. I've heard many closed cans in my day, but my premium cans have always been open.
Pros: Bass, mids, smooth and clear treble, comfort
Cons: Poorly recorded tracks can suffer bass bloat
Shure oh, Shure. Have to reiterate, I'm a Shure Fan. Like their microphones, loved their headphones. Was a fan of the SRH440/940 combo when I had them, liked (but did not own) their SRH840 offering and definitely needed to try their open-back "flagship" SRH1840s and did for a while last year. So of course when I read that a new closed-back flagship was about to be released, I got pumped and waited for availability.
Pros: Comfortable, great built (similar to SRH1840), excellent pads, pleasant sound quality, imaging/separation and accessories.
Cons: Bass is elevated and intrudes on lower mids, isolation a bit weak for a closed headphone, leaks sound, price.