The long awaited Shure flagship earphone is finally here. 5 years in the making, the Shure SE846 features several revolutionary design concepts that raise the bar for hi-end earphones.
The first logical step is for Shure to move to a three-way configuration. They have even gone one step further with a four-driver design, and also incorporated a low-pass filter design to dedicate the low-frequency drivers into the role of a “true subwoofer”, as Shure calls it. This has to be an industry first. Expect deep low-end performance without sacrificing clarity or detail of the mids and highs.
Another innovative feature is the removable nozzle. This feature, along with the detachable cables, extends the life of the earphones, which is a good thought considering its cost. 3 nozzles are provided so you can have the option of customizing the frequency response according to your taste – balanced, warm, or bright. What a novel idea indeed!
It is also built like a tank, according to Sean Sullivan, Shure’s Product Manager for Earphones. This close up shows the built quality and attention to detail that Shure has incorporated into the tiny enclosure.
The Shure SE846 lists for $999.99 and you can pre-order it at Amazon.
Related Link: The Making of the SE846: An Interview with Sean Sullivan