These headphones are lightweight for their size, yet still have a premium look and feel. The comfort of the ear pads is notable, and seal sound quite well too, making these great for studio applications.
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Pro Performs great for studio use while providing optimal comfort
The 1540 gives the sound accuracy and noise isolation necessary for studio monitoring use. They are also lighter and more comfortable than other studio headphones.
Pro Isolates noise well
Despite the perforated ear pad surfaces, the sound is effectively isolated inside the ear cups. The thick memory foam is quite effective at preventing the sound from leaking out and noise mix in.
Pro Natural and balanced sound
The sound signature favors accuracy more over boosted frequencies. The highs are detailed yet are not too bright or harsh. The mids have good presence and never gets in your face and the bass delivers good punch while staying controlled.
Pro Ear pads are very comfortable
The interior materials of the ear cups are of thick, quality memory foam which are soft with just the right level of firmness. On the surface is a perforated fabric material which is smooth on the skin and helps in breathability, so heat build-up around the ears should not be an issue.
Pro Lightweight despite being full-sized
These headphones may look bulky, but are actually pretty light at around 280g. Aircraft grade aluminum is used on the yokes, while the ear cups have carbon fiber inlays, both of which are light yet sturdy materials. The low weight makes these relatively easy to wear.
Pro Cables are detachable
The cable attaches to the ear cups via an MMCX connection, with magnets surrounding the connectors. The connection is quite secure, yet can be disconnected with some force. This reduces the chances of damaging the cable or the headphones should the cable be accidentally yanked.
Pro High quality cable is not likely to break
The cable is fairly thick, Kevlar reinforced, and has a lot of strain relief on the termination points. This robust construction should allow the cable to withstand regular use and abuse for a long time.
Pro Great accessory bundle
The accessories that are included are not abundant, but really add a lot of value. There is an extra pair of the high quality ear pads which is a rare inclusion for high end headphones, along with an extra cable. Also, there is a case with a hard plastic shell; a step up from the usual soft case that is included with most headphones within the price bracket.
Con Sound can be unexciting
While the sonic accuracy from these is great for studio use, some may perceive this as boring. You may need a different pair of headphones after your studio monitoring/mixing sessions using the SRH1540, if a fun sound is what you are after.