We have been seeing lots of the headphones move this past weekend with the holidays in full swing, so we thought it would be time to do a review on these. Shure is very well known for its professional audio products. The Shure SM57 and SM58 microphones are virtually synonymous with live music performance and lately they have been making big moves in the DJ community with its Shure SRH750DJ headphones. Like Shure’s microphones, these headphones deliver excellent performance in a very rugged package. Designed with a DJs needs in mind, the SRH750DJ headphones represent what Shure is known best for: Road-tested performance.
What is in the box
The SRH750DJ headphones are packaged with a storage pouch, threaded ¼ inch adapter and a brief user manual. As we took them from their packaging, we noted that they weren’t nearly as heavy as we expected them to be. Weighing 21 ounces, they are one of the lighter sets of headphones on the market.
The SRH750DJ headphones are built to be durable under hard conditions. The headband is wide and flexible, though quick to flex back into form when relieved of stress. The two hinged joints on each side of the headphones move freely and are overbuilt to endure excessive strain. These joints allow 90 degrees of pivot for easy placement on one ear while also allowing the earcups to rotate 180 degrees for even easier manipulation.
The replaceable ear cups on the SRH750DJ are a cushioned with a soft, black, leather-like material that we found very comfortably for long periods of time. Looking further, we see the 50mm drivers are covered with ample speaker cloth and very well protected by a metallic grill. It would take some real effort to puncture through to the driver, so we feel confident in saying that nothing is going to accidentally damage the components within. To make sure that any exterior damage is minimized, Shure designed the SRH750DJ headphones with extremely rigid, high impact plastic and feels as if it could take repeated abuse without showing much in the way of physical damage.
The cord for the SRH750DJ headphones is coiled and extends to about 10 feet in length. The cable connects on the left side earcup with a bayonet tip that ensures it won’t break away as you bounce around the DJ booth. The cord is wired with a 1/8 inch headphone jack but a threaded ¼ inch adapter is provided in the box.
- Extremely well built
- Awesome sound isolation
- Crisp highs and deep bass
- Comfortable for long-term use
- Somewhat clumsy/bulky
- Overly snug fit when wearing both earphones
We spoke to some local DJs and asked them what they needed most in a headphone. There were 3 attributes common amongst those polled and they were sound isolation, undistorted sound at high volumes, and high durability. Taking these values into account, we put the Shure 750DJ headphones through a number of stress tests and several listening sessions to determine how well they would perform while on the job at a club.
We noticed that the SRH750DJ headphones seemed rather easy to push, considering their high impedance. This design allows the user to connect the SRH750DJ headphones to especially high-output mixing and monitoring boards without getting burned up. This high resistance usually comes with a loss of sensitivity, meaning an iPod won’t drive it to decent volumes. However, the SRH750DJ performed well in this regard and seemed equally at home with our iPod,home theater receiver and studio-grade mixing board.
The SRH750DJs closed back design and well-sealed ear cups provided extremely useful sound isolation and should prove a great advantage for those mixing in extremely loud or excessively noisy environments as well. If that sound isolation isn’t enough, the especially bright highs and robust bass output of these headphones is sure to cut through the din and get through with clarity.
We didn’t abuse our pair, but we did knock them around a bit to see how durable the finish was. We’re happy to say that some banging about in our studio produced no damage at all. Our cord stress tests revealed that the 10 foot coiled cord is capable of some serious strain and not likely to be the weak point in this well constructed set of professional DJ headphones.
The SRH750DJ headphones are an extremely well-constructed set of high performance DJ headphones. Their crisp highs and booming bass along with awesome sound isolation and comfort should serve any DJ very well. As such, this product is highly recommended.