Alesis V49 Review with Software Demo

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With so many midi controllers on the market, it’s difficult to know which one is the best depending upon your individual needs and preferences.  I recently got my hands on a very popular controller that I’ve had my eyes on for quite some time.  Introducing the Alesis V49! 

This long and slender midi controller sports professional looking, square front piano keys with a few pads, knobs, buttons and wheels along the left.  The keys are not weighted, are made of plastic and are quite light, despite how they look.  In my opinion, the spring mechanism which controls each key is stretched a little bit too tight, causing one to really deliberately push each note for sound to occur.  It is however, the only 49 key midi controller I’ve come across that has the square front professional look.

On the left hand side, each knob, button wheel and pad are illuminated by a cool blue light which looks awesome in a dark studio at night.  Starting at the top, the knobs are easily assignable to control any midi learn parameter inside your DAW or VST plugin.  The buttons below also serve the same purpose.  Below them are the octave transpose buttons, allowing you to access the entire musical range of notes.  Though the buttons are sturdy, you’ll see in the video that they do not respond as quickly as one might expect.  They do work perfectly however with a little patience. 

To the left of the buttons lives two wheels, respectively for pitch bend and modulation.  Though the wheels are a bit on the small side, they have smooth action and feel quite sturdy.  Lastly, at the bottom there are eight soft velocity sensitive drum pads.  Along the back of the midi controller there are only two inputs.  One is for the sustain pedal and the other is for the USB connection, which means this board is 100% bus powered.  That means that there is no additional power wire to plug into the wall!  Therefore, set up and portability are very easy since only one wire is required for operation. 

Though this controller was released to the market in 2014, it still is a major player and can readily be found in music stores, magazines and online retailers around the world.  The thing I like the most about this midi controller is the sleek and simple, elegant design.  It is easy to understand and gives powerful controls in a minimal set up.  The Alesis V49 is a solid option for most personal studio needs. 

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I’m happy to present my review of the IK Multimedia iRig Keys I/O 49 which is specifically designed to be used with iOS devices.  Though this is the case, it is also compatible with both Mac and PC laptops with USB connections.  In terms of software, this midi controller is compatible with just about every DAW however, it has been created to integrate seamlessly with both GarageBand and Logic Pro applications. 

Straight away, the coolest thing about this midi controller that sets it apart from ALL other midi controllers is that it comes with a built in Audio Interface!  Yes, that’s right folks, now you can record 96kHz audio in 24 bit without the use of a dedicated audio interface.  The input supports both quarter inch and XLR connections and has V48 phantom power for condenser microphones all while being USB bus powered!  That’s truly incredible.  Batteries are required however when being used in conjunction with iOS devices but that’s hardly anything to complain about. 

The iRig Keys I/O sports a sleek and elegant design in black with white trim.  It is also available in both 25 key and 49 key sizes.  In addition to the sturdy velocity sensitive keys, both models also come equipped with velocity sensitive pads depending on your programming preference.  The pads and other indicators glows a soft blue which looks great and adds a special atmosphere in dark studio rooms.   
In terms of size, both models are the absolute smallest length possible, sporting full size piano keys while still being extremely compact.  This is excellent for travel and portability.  Both models weigh less than 5 pounds.  There are also transport controls which help keep the focus on the keyboard, not needing to shift back and forth between the connected device. 



There are 4 assignable knobs that can be easily programmed to manipulate midi data on virtually any VST with a midi learn function.  This is especially handy when wanting to create natural sounding automation in real time. 

In addition to all this incredible hardware options, the iRig Keys I/O comes fully equipped with over $500 of professional IK Multimedia Software including Sample Tank 3, Miroslav Philharmonik 2, Syntronik Pro-V, T-RackS 4 Delux and Ableton Live 10 Lite!  Combined with the hardware makes this a pretty incredible bundle you do not want to pass up. 

On a personal note, I really am enjoying this midi controller for its sleek design, compact size and overall simplicity.  It allows me to do exactly what I need and has a good balance of pads, knobs and faders that are arranged in a way that is easy to understand right away.  The built in audio interface is a huge bonus that puts this midi controller truly in a league of its own.  I recommend the iRig Keys I/O to anyone in the market as a solid option that will serve them well for many years to come. 

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AKAI LPK25 Wireless Midi Controller Review, Setup, Demo and Manual

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Welcome to the world of wireless MIDI controllers!  It seems like everything these days is becoming wireless and AKAI has decided to be one of the first to introduce this into the pro audio market.  The style and design of this MIDI controller is simple, compact and basic yet it comes with a powerful arpeggiator that will be discussed and demonstrated in detail later in this post and video.    Also, if you’re having difficulty trouble shooting the AKAI LPK25 Wireless setup, keep reading because that will be explained here as well!

One of the greatest selling points about the AKAI LPK25 Wireless is it’s small, simple and light design.  The wireless option is battery powered by 3 AA batteries.  It also comes with a USB wire for direct connection if you prefer connecting direct or in the event that the batteries die.  This device is plug and play so no drivers are needed.  The user manual is short and explains everything you need to know in just three pages.

The keys are not full size and are very light to the touch.  This might be difficult to get used to if you actually play piano and would like to feel your way around the keyboard like usual.  The action however is acceptable and does the job quite well for what it is.  Of course, being only 25 keys or 2 octaves in length, along the left side of the controller are octave shift buttons which allows you to access the complete range of the sampler or virtual instrument.  There is also a sustain port available to add a pedal.

Pairing the device is a little different than one might expect.  The AKAI LPK25 Wireless will NOT show up in the bluetooth settings and needs to be discovered directly within the audio application.  AKAI is compatible with Garage Band and a few other apps however not everything is supported.  Be sure to check on the official site for compatibility and up to date support information.

Once connected the wireless range is quite large as I had to actually go outside before maxing out it’s limit.  This got me thinking about all sorts of ways to utilize the wireless feature.  At the moment, I haven’t really come up with anything profound other than the fact that with no wires involved, it’s super portable and can quickly be set up in any environment. This brings us to the arpeggiator which is probably the funnest thing about the AKAI LPK25 Wireless Midi Controller!  While holding a combination of buttons on the left, the keys can be pushed to cycle through many different arpeggiator options.  Speeds offered include, quarter note, quarter note triplet, eighth note, eighth note triplet, sixteenth note, sixteenth note triplet, thirty second note and thirty second note triplets!  There is also a tap tempo feature which quickly and easily sets the tempo to the desired beat, whether syncing to the tempo of your DAW or just setting the desired tempo you hear inside your mind.

Aside from the speed and rate, there are also a number of arpeggiator options in terms of the direction, if certain notes repeat and also how the arpeggiator operates with the latch feature.  This basically means that once you push the keys, the arpeggiator will continue without needing to hold the keys down like a sustained chord.  The number of octaves can also be changed from one, two, three or four.  Once you begin to play with all these features yourself, you’ll soon understand how inspiring this can be for new ideas.

Overall, this is a great little MIDI controller that should not be underestimated.  It comes at a nice price and is one of the first in its kind to have the wireless feature.  It is very compact and portable making it ideal for producing while on the go from location to location.  The arpeggiator is an added bonus but could quickly become an essential piece in your production process adding a special variety and spice to your music you might otherwise never have thought of.

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AKG K553 MkII Review | Closed-Back Studio Headphones

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The AKG K553 MkII closed-back studio headphones are designed for mixing, monitoring and mastering, though this is not it’s only application.  One of the major strengths of this headphone is literally how STRONG it has been constructed.  Therefore, they are equally suitable for recreational use while delivering professional studio quality sound.  The ear pads are comfortable and quite large.  If you have a very small head, they might not be as snug as you’d like.  However, if you have a large head or lots of hair, or like to wear your headphones with hats, you’ll find that these are absolutely a perfect fit.  The closed back design contains the majority of the sound within the ear cup however, it is not a perfect seal and outside sounds are still audible to a degree. 

Despite it’s durability and strength, the headphones are actually quite light and only weigh 1.37 pounds.  The headband is made of metal with adjustable numeric gauges on both sides that snap for a very precise fit.  The padding at the top of the headphone is very minimal but doesn’t seem to cause any discomfort.  This is probably due to the massive circular ear pads, spanning about 4 and a quarter inches all the way around.  The padding is soft and leather like, with a squishy give and completely engulfs your ears for an intimate musical experience. 

Another nice feature about the headphones themselves is that they swivel a quarter of a turn in one direction and then and then a full 90 degrees in the opposite direction, allowing the headphones to be placed conveniently and safely on a flat surface.  This feature is also great for storage or travel since in this position they take up less space.  DJ’s will particularly find this feature useful allowing for easy monitoring of upcoming tracks without actually putting the headphones completely on their head. 

In addition to the swivel, the cups also have a range of motion in the opposite direction that helps to conform to the contour of your head.  The inside covering of the speakers themselves are conveniently labeled with a large L and R to insure an accurate stereo representation. 

So all those features are awesome, but how do they actually sound?  The AKG K553 MkII closed-back studio headphones actually have a very unique sonic output compared to other headphones within the same price range.  While most of it’s competitors are focusing on crazy bass and sparkling highs, the K553’s strength actually comes from it’s beautiful mid range.  This isn’t to say that the K553’s don’t have bass or high end range, but rather that the headphones are flat with a special and realistic emphasis on mid frequencies that make vocals, horns and other acoustic instruments come to life like no other. 

With this strength in mind, these headphones are best suited for genres of music that are not heavily bass driven like folk, rock, jazz, classical, salsa and other world music that has a more acoustic texture.  The headphones have a dark and rich tone, however the sound stage is not very wide with more focus being put on the center. 

In terms of price, the AKG K553 MkII headphones sell for $199.99 on the AKG website.  They are however currently available from amazon.com for almost half that price!  There are many suppliers to choose from but it’s hard to beat amazon’s quality control, speed of delivery and ease of return for any reason.  I’ve included the amazon link in the description below and greatly appreciate your support if you decide to purchase through my link, of which I will make a small commission that comes at no additional charge to you. 

To give you a brief history of the lineage, the K553 MkII is the latest addition to the K550 family.  Many improvements have been made in sound quality and design.  The K553’s have more high end than the K550’s.  There has also been a high mid frequency spike correction around the 6k range.  The K553 has both Pro and MkII models.  At the time of this writing, AKG has discontinued the Pro version and has replaced it with the MkII, though Pro models are still widely available and in circulation. 

The main difference between the two is the MkII’s now has a new detachable wire.  This has been heralded as an important improvement increasing it’s professional value as well as preserving the live of the headphones incase of wire damage from wear and tear.  The wire itself is a mini XLR connection and though not very common, is still much better than being directly hardwired to the headphone.  The opposite end of the wire has an eighth inch pin connector and also comes with a quarter inch adapter for easy connection to a wide variety of devices. 

And finally, it’s nice to notice that in addition to these great sonic characteristics is an ascetically pleasing and stylish design that one can wear just as well as a fashion statement.  The all black color is professional and distinguished, matching with any color and acceptable in any situation. 

Well that about wraps it up for this AKG K553 MkII review.  I hope you enjoyed it and learned about it’s unique sound and excellent features.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below and I’ll do my best to answer in a timely manner.  Also, I’m always looking for new products to review, so let me know what you’re interested in.   Remember to hit that like button and subscribe if you found this helpful.  Come back soon and thanks for watching!

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Launchkey 25 Novation Midi Controller | An Honest Review

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Are you looking to purchase a midi controller but are overwhelmed by the options and expense?  Well you’re in luck because if you keep listening, I’m going to break down one of the most popular midi controllers on the market today – the Launchkey 25 Novation.

The company Novation was founded in 1992 and has a long track record of producing quality musical equipment.  In recent years, they’ve teamed up with Ableton which creates a very connected and special user experience, however this controller is compatible with pretty much every DAW available today.  Even if you don’t have a music program, included in the box are directions to download Ableton Lite so you can get started making music right away. 

The launch key comes in three different lengths, with 25 keys being the smallest and most compact.  The 49 and 61 key options have some added faders and buttons, making good use of the extra space.  All three versions have velocity sensitive keys and pads for an expressive tactile experience. 

Starting from the left, the Launchkey 25 has two circular dials, controlling the pitch and modulation.  Above that, there are two buttons that increases or decreases the register of the two octave keyboard.  The keys are full size and have a pleasantly realistic touch.  Above the octave transpose buttons is the track selection option.  If using this controller in conjunction with Ableton, this will allow you to select different tracks without the use of the mouse.  When the two buttons are held together, this allows you to change the midi channel which is universally recognized by all music programs.

On top of that, there is a three digit numerical display that typically ranges from 0 – 127 representing MIDI CC data.  This display shows the change of every fader, knob and wheel, depending on what is being moved.  Along the top there are 8 knobs and below that, 16 pads that can be assigned to trigger clips or samples.  Directly out of the box, the pads feel a little stiff, but this is probably a good thing since in time they will have more give. 

Lastly, all the way to the right are dedicated transport pads with stop, start, record and other navigation controls.  The In Control button helps to extend functionality to Digital Audio Workstations other than Ableton.  Nearly every key, pad, knob, fader and wheel can be mapped to control parameters of you choice, by assigning “midi learn” inside your DAW.  These changes are applied directly into the project or session file and not to the controller itself.  This means that when opening a new project, you’ll need to reassign any changes previously made.  To save time, create a blank session with the desired midi mapping and save it as a template.  This way, all future sessions will load up to your liking.

Getting back to the features and design, the launch key is fully bus powered.  This is an awesome feature that contributes to its ease of portability.  Along the back, you’ll also notice a sustain port and power in, though no power adapter comes with the unit since it’s not needed.  The bottom and sides of the keyboard have a sporty green accent color along with matching USB wire.  It’s also very light, weighing in just shy of 6 pounds.  And to be clear, this midi controller is compatible with both MAC and PC.

So that’s the overview of the Novation Launchkey 25.  Now the question is, should you buy it?  Well there are a lot of options out there, each with a different set of pros and cons.  Let’s start by talking about the size.

If you’re interested in a 25 key midi controller, chances are you want it to be compact and possibly will be traveling with it to and from different locations.  If this is the case, the launch key 25 is actually quite big especially compared to some other 25 key midi controllers out there such as the key rig 25 by m-audio.  When putting it inside a backpack or suitcase, every inch counts – that’s what she said.  So while the launch key 25 is relatively compact and will fit nicely on a small desk, it is not the most compact option. 

Another thing to consider is how much you value having built in drum pads.  Yes they look really cool and light up when you hit them, but you can just as easily program drums on the actual keys of the keyboard and some might argue that you actually have greater control over velocity since there is actual space for a key to move vs a flat, stationary pad.  My personal opinion is, if you’re interested in having pads, assignable knobs and faders, space probably is not an issue, in which case, I would recommend buying the 49 or 61 key models. 

Depending on your skill as a keyboard player, having more than two octaves is really important if you want to program realistic piano parts with proper chord voicings.  If however, you are just looking to program a lead, bass or lay down some pads, most of those musical elements will fit within the 2 octave, 25 key range without changing the octave transpose excessively. 

The next thing to consider is the price.  Currently, the launch key 25 sells for about $150, which is quite expensive for just two octaves.  However, for just $50 more, you can add 2 more octaves and get the 49 key model.  And just $50 on top of that will take you to 5 octaves.  $250 for 5 octaves is a pretty incredible price, especially compared to other keyboards that have built in sounds.

The Launchkey 25  Midi Controller manual can be downloaded directly from the Novation website.  PC users can also download the Novation Launchkey 25 driver on the same download page.  A Mac driver is not necessary and connects straight out of the box.  

Novation Launchkey 25 Driver

Well that about raps it up.  I hope this answered some of your questions and gave you some insight about the Novation Launchkey family.  If you’re on the fence, stop over analyzing and just get it!  It really is a great controller and will serve you well for years to come.  If you’d like to know more or have a specific questions, feel free to leave it in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer it.  I hope you enjoyed this review and thanks for watching. 

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AKG K553 MkII Comprehensive Headphone Review VS DT 770 Pro

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🎧  Beyerdynamic DT Pro 770

Here is my comprehensive review of the AKG K553 MkII and how they compare to the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro headphones!  A lot of research went into this and I tried to cover every issue people have been expressing on different forms and review sites.  I hope you enjoy and thanks for the support.  

The AKG K553 MkII headphones are designed for mixing, monitoring and mastering, though this is not it’s only application.  One of the major strengths of this headphone is literally how STRONG it has been constructed.  Therefore, they are equally suitable for recreational use while delivering professional studio quality sound.  The ear pads are comfortable and quite large.  If you have a very small head, they might not be snug enough.  However if you have a large head or lots of hair, you’ll find that these are absolutely a perfect fit.  The closed back design contains the majority of the sound within the ear cup however, it is not a perfect seal and outside sounds are still audible to a degree.  

In terms of price, the AKG K553 MkII headphones have a list price of $199.99 on the AKG website.  They are available for less when imported from the factory in China, however there have been reports of damaged items due to the shipping process.  AKG’s main headquarters and assembly plant is located in Austria.  If buying online, choose a distributor with high quality control that sources from the UK such as Amazon.  Mistakes can happen anywhere but at least you’ll have peace of mind with Amazon’s simple return policy which is worth the few extra dollars.  

The K553 is the latest addition to the K550 family.  Many improvements have been made in sound quality and design.  The K553’s have more high end than the K550’s.  There has also been a mid frequency spike correction now available on the K553’s.  The K553 has both Pro and MkII models.  At the time of this writing, AKG has discontinued the Pro version and has replaced it with the MkII, though Pro models are still widely available and in circulation.  The main difference has to do with the wire being detachable on the newer K553 model.  The advantage to this is if the wire becomes damaged and the rest of the headphones are fine, you can easily replace the wire.  The wire itself actually has a mini XLR connection and is not very common, yet it’s better than being hard wired to the headphone directly. 

AKG K553 Replacement PadsThough AKG does not make official AKG K553 Replacement Pads, third party manufacturers sell generic versions that increase the life and usability of the headphones.  They come in both black and gray.  

Compared to its popular rival, the DT 770 Pro headphones have accentuated highs and lows, with a greater sound stage and a more open experience.  This is great for genres of music that are bass driven.  In the defense of the K553’s, its strength is more suited for classical, jazz and other music where the bass is not the featured sonic element.  The K533’s have beautiful, clear mids that make any vocal or instrument come to life like no other.

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Bone Conduction Headphones vs Normal

Bone Conduction Headphones (Black)
Bone Conduction Headphones (White)
Bone Conduction Headphones (Red)

Alright everyone, check it out!  What is this strange device I’m holding in my hands?  Is it the visor from Star Trek?  What’s the difference between bone conduction headphones vs normal headphones?  I’ve been so curious about these, I had to order them and have the experience for myself.

First off, these are a new release on Amazon and is titled as Bone Conduction Headphones, yet the company name and other more descriptive text has been omitted from the listing which is a little confusing for people trying to search for this specific model online.  The brand is actually called Yakiee, which is yet another new Chinese company looking to acquire a share of the market.  As commerce in China has been increasing, the quality has been improving as well while still maintaining a very affordable price.  If you’re looking for the best that money can buy, this is not the answer, however, it is a strong contender when comparing the overall value of similar products at the same price. 

The headphones come in three different color options:

  • Black
  • White
  • Red

It also comes with a USB to micro charging wire as well as a short and easy to follow instruction manual.  The headphones need to be charged up for 3 hours before use and deliver 6 hours of continuous power, 30 hours in idle mode, which is more than enough for average use throughout the day.  The bluetooth connection is maintained up to 33 feet away from the pairing device.  These headphones are very easy to pair to a phone and connect right away.  There is also guided voice direction that allows the user to know what to do, which makes the manual, though useful, not necessary. 

Bone Conduction Headphones vs Normal ImageThe headphones are worn near the ears for an open ear experience with the head band resting on the back of your head.  This is the main difference of bone conduction headphones vs normal headphones.  This allows the user to still hear outside sounds as well as the music and or phone conversation audible from the speakers positioned next to the ears.  There is also a microphone with noise cancelation technology which provides enhanced audio quality to the person listening on the other end.  Watch the video for the full report and if you’re interested in purchasing, select your desired color by clicking on the links above. 

Bone Conduction Headphones (Black)
Bone Conduction Headphones (White)
Bone Conduction Headphones (Red)

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COWIN E7 Pairing Headphone Review with Sound Test

COWIN E7 (Black)
COWIN E7 (White)
COWIN E7 (Red) 

Fest your eyes on the Cowin E7’s.  With over 7,000 mostly 5 star review on Amazon, I was very curious to get my hands on these popular headphones.  Before they arrived I read a lot about them and watched a bunch of product reviews.  My first thoughts upon arrival is that the actual headphone box though sturdy, is quite small, especially compared to other headphones I’ve purchased in the past.  I wondered why I never heard of the Cowin brand before and that’s because it’s a Chinese company indicated by a good amount of Chinese characters written on the back.  The E7’s come in three different colors – black, white and red.  Cowin E7 pairing headphones have a stylish design and I’m happy to say that for the price, the overall quality has exceeded my expectations. 

Cowin E7 Pairing

What excites me most about these headphones is the Cowin E7 pairing bluetooth wireless technology. I own a lot of headphones and these are the first ones that can actually pair to a device. It was super simple to set up and only took seconds.  Another interesting feature is the ability to block outside sounds by enabling noise cancelation.  I will be conducting a sound test later in this video that demonstrates the sonic differences between both settings.  These are my second noise canceling headphones and I was curious to compare them to my Audio-Technica Quiet Point ATH-ANC7’s – which cost at the time of purchase, over $100 more than the E7’s.  The results were surprising.  With that being said, let me give you an up close and personal tour of the Cowin E7’s.  

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Cowin E7 Pairing HeadphonesAfter reviewing the audio recording, I can promise you that they sound much better in person and that there is a difference between the two settings, me strongly favoring having noise cancelation enabled.  The actual sound quality of these headphones are colorful and fun but lack definition in all ranges especially the bass.  There is bass but it’s quite boomy and not contained very well.  The mids and highs are also not as brilliant as I’d like but sound pretty good for the price.  Weather or not this is a good buy depends on what kind of listening you plan on doing.  If you’re looking to purchase them to block outside sound and listen for recreational purposes, then I definitely think these are a good buy.  But if you really need sonic clarity and plan on using the headphones for music production, it’s going to be difficult to make accurate mixing decisions.  Another downside though minor, is that the headphones do not automatically turn off, when not in use and I’ve mistakenly left them on many times.  To compensate for this, it’s nice to know that the battery life is really good and had a decent amount of charge from the moment I opened the box.  Overall, I’m happy with my purchase and look forward to using them when traveling.

COWIN E7 (Black)
COWIN E7 (White)
COWIN E7 (Red)  

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Shure SRH940 Headphone Unboxing and Honest Review

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Here’s my unboxing and HONEST review of the Shure SRH940 Headphones!

INTRO

If you’re looking for headphones with superior sound, the Shure SRH940 headphones deliver exactly that. Designed for critical listening, studio monitoring and mastering, these headphones are like having a magnifying glass for sound. They deliver accurate response across the entire audio spectrum for smooth high-end extension with super tight bass. The transient response provides minimal distortion that can easily be worn for long periods of time thanks to the luxurious velvet padding.

Some notable features of this Shure headphones model include:

  • accurate frequency response
  • a closed back design for comfort and reduced background noise
  • a bayonet clip which securely locks the wire into the ear cup
  • lightweight ergonomic fit with premium padded headband
  • collapsible design with 90-degree swivel ear cups

Of course the company Shure has been around for a long time and has an industry standard reputation for legendary quality.

Shure SRH940 Headphones
Shure SRH940 Headphones

After listening to Finesse I went on to listen to a bunch of different styles of music, especially of songs that I know very well. I listened to some classical music and heard another dimension of the headphones that had tremendous depth and warmth. It felt like I was actually in the room when the recording was being made! The most surprising thing about these Shure headphones is that when I listen to recordings that I know very well, I notice a lot of new things that I’ve never heard before! To me that is super cool and totally gives new life to my favorite songs!

So far I’ve mentioned a lot of positives but there is one draw back in my opinion and other people seem to agree from the reviews I’ve read online. For the size, they actually feel pleasantly lighter than you might expect. But to achieve this light weight design, the construction is not as sturdy as I’d like and I feel like they need to be handled with care.

CONCLUSION

I definitely would not put these in a recording studio to withstand the wear and tear of session musicians. But for personal use, if you want the highest quality audio experience possible and are prepared to treat them like the delicate treasure that they are, I highly recommend them.

Check out the Shure SRH940 headphones here!

Shure SRH940
Source: https://www.shureasia.com/products/applications/listening/studio_monitoring

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