CNET First Look
Shure SRH550DJThe 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.
If you're a DJ shopping for a budget set of headphones to pair with your turntable, be sure it will sound good to you. I'm Justin, new headphone editor for CNET.com. This is your first look at the Shure SRH550 DJ Headphones. So for a hundred bucks, the SRH550 DJ's assured entry level headset but you wouldn't know it by their excellent sound and build quality. Their price point put them in top competition with another favorite headphone, the classic Sony MDR V700DJ that's been a favorite among traveling DJ's for the past decade so let's see how the Shure stack up. They go for your ears in a soft material that does double duty to shield your ears from the outside world. The (??) are also really easy to change out and Shure actually sells replacements on their website. That's an important trait for a device that meant to get tossed in the gear bag at the end of a long night of playing records. Shure also gives you a leather carrying pouch to protect the headset in travel and the cups themselves also rotates so DJ's can beat batch by listening on 1 side and resting the other on the same shoulder. Other DJ friendly qualities include really long 6 and a half foot wire, a straight plug at the end that doesn't interfere with the rest of the mixer and Shure also includes this quarter inch threaded adapter for plugging in to stereo equipment. So my only complaint with the SRH550 DJ is that the lightweight nature of the design also means that you can plainly hear creaking when you flex the headphones. The weakest part on all headphones is the joint connecting the band to the ear cups so the creaks make me wonder how long these will last. But regardless, Shure gives you a generous 2 year warranty with these headphones that protects against structural damage. So in terms of sound quality, each ear cups feature a 50 mm driver that pumps music all the way up to loud volumes without distortion. Of course since their $100 cans, you're not gonna hear that (??) balance that you would with say like a mixing headphone but there are certainly no shortage of bass dept on these guys which means they're great for DJ's and anyone else that appreciates music with a rumbling low end. You can read all the details and my full review on CNET.com but that's gonna do it for me. I'm Justin (Hue?) these are the Shure SRH550 DJ Headphones and that sounds good to me.