Shure SRH550DJ (Black) review: Shure SRH550DJ (Black)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Shure SRH550DJ Professional Quality DJ Headphones achieve optimum comfort thanks to flexible, rotating earcups that conform to your head, and the rumbling bass is ideal for DJs and fans of music that emphasizes the low end.

The Bad The plastic housing lining the joints on the headband is prone to creaks and could degrade after prolonged use.

The Bottom Line The Shure SRH550DJ headphones strike a solid balance of durability and respectable sound definition, worthy of hard-hitting DJs who play pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic music.

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The $100 SRH550DJs are Shure's entry-level headphones for the budget-minded DJ, but their futuristic, sealed-back design also makes them a worthwhile noise-cancelling option for desk jockeys. Their acoustic image takes them a step closer to the club than I'm used to hearing from the company's natural-sounding earbuds, but DJs expecting durable headphones with clear definition and brain-rattling bass won't be disappointed by the Shure SRH550DJ Professional Quality DJ Headphones.

Design
The SRH550DJ are tough competition for the Sony MDR-V700DJ Studio Monitor Series DJ Headphones that have earned the recommendation of discerning DJs for over a decade, but Shure offers modern visual appeal over Sony, which hasn't updated the MDR-V700DJ design since its introduction.

As with most DJ cans, the SRH550DJ headphones' earcups fully engulf your ears in material, in this case fake leather and soft cotton, to keep your music from leaking to the outside world. It's a useful trait for headphones meant to thrive in a loud club environment, but the cushions barely cling to the hard shell covering the 50mm driver.

Luckily, Shure also includes a pleather carrying pouch that keeps the headphones and earpads intact. You can also buy replacement cushions from Shure when they eventually wear out, but I prefer the modular snap-padding on the Aiaiai TMA-1 headphones, which just feels more secure against the hardware.

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