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Shure SE530: An audible ear orgy and everyone's invited

Shure's new SE range is headed up by the company's most advanced consumer headphones to date -- the SE530s. These sound-isolating monsters may be the elitest of the elite: we can't wait to check them out

Having seen the SE210s (review on its way) and the SE310s, we felt it only fair to get hold of a pair of what Shure claims are its most advanced sound-isolating headphones to date -- the new SE530s. These ultra high-end studio-grade headphones sport three of what Shure calls 'TruAcoustic MicroSpeakers' -- aka drivers -- which are made up of one tweeter and dual woofers.

Shure may be a little pretentious in giving its technology such hi-falutin' terminology, but we're prepared to give it the benefit of the doubt. The company has led the way in pioneering the most advanced studio-grade headphones for decades, and claims to have refined them even further for the £299 SE530s.

Never have we so eagerly anticipated the arrival of a pair of headphones. We're promised a performance rivalled in quality only by live concerts. That's one hell of a claim and one we're too excited to try out with some hardcore lossless audio. Time to dig out that old Smurfs Go Pop CD from the 90s... -Nate Lanxon