Shure has just released the second generation of its SE846 Sound Isolating headphones, which can switch between wired and wireless configurations to suit your needs.
Shure headphones and headphones – like the Shure AONIC Free and Shure AONIC 50 – have consistently impressed us with their audio quality, and the Shure SE846 headphones promise to deliver that same quality in a unique package.
To achieve this, the new Shure headphones will have the same drivers as their predecessor.
The first-gen Shure SE846 headphones received high praise from reviewers — praising their incredibly detailed audio rendering and beautiful, confident handling of tones in the upper and lower registers — so Shure reusing the parts for their 2nd-gen buds should be seen. as a positive rather than a negative.
That said, the audio is still getting an upgrade to its audio with an improvement to its high-frequency range that further enhances clarity and supposedly adds a desirable “airy” quality to the audio.”
Another aspect these headphones will borrow is their transparent housing, which allows audiophiles to spy on the devices’ inner workings. However, for the 2nd Gen SE846s, there are two new designs in Jade (green) and Graphite (silver) for people who want a more classic looking pair of headphones.
But there’s a problem – there always is, isn’t there? Here, the big downside of the Shure SE846 Gen 2 headphones is that you’ll have to pay $899 (about £770 / AU$1,300) for the headphones, or $999 (about £855 / AU$1,450 if want the privilege of being able to switch them between wired and wireless configurations.
The SE846 Gen 2 has detachable cables, which you can remove to connect a wireless adapter. Shure calls this the “True Wireless Adapter” and sure enough, it’s designed to turn them into true wireless headphones. It adds two arms that wrap around the back of your ears and contain all the battery and wireless technology you need – so if you want ridiculously high-end wireless headphones, this is the place to go. You get aptX support, for more audio fidelity and eight hours of playback (and 32 hours including the charging case).
The price is certainly steep – you can get four pairs of our pick for the best Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless headphones – so these headphones will need to deliver a lot of bang to be worth it. But the originals were worth it for audiphiles, and we don’t doubt they’ll likely be too, though we aim to test them when they come out. Shure is quietly a huge hit with music professionals behind the scenes, and they seem to continue that tradition, especially with the wireless convenience option.