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Shure’s lineup of microphones and studio-grade headphones are second to none. So I had high hopes for their entry into the DJ headphone market. I’ve had the chance to road-test the cheaper SRH550DJ, but in this review, I check out the more expensive SRH750DJ.
The Shure SRH750DJ gets many of the fundamentals right. But it also gets some things wrong. Below are the quick highlights, but read on for a more detailed breakdown.
On paper, the SRH750DJ presents as a capable and functional pair of DJ cans. But under the surface, some issues might be a dealbreaker for some DJs.
Shure has an excellent reputation in the studio headphone market. Many of their products are within our best lists across various categories. And that expertise is on full display with the SRH750DJ. The sound profile is accurate and satisfying.
The low-end is noticeably well-rounded and doesn’t overhype bass response like many other DJ cans. It offers enough punch and clarity to ensure you can beatmatch without a wall of mud hitting your ears.
The mid-range is also defined and present. Not overly forward, and it gels perfectly with the bass tonality of the lows. There is a smooth transition between the two without one dominating the other.
The SRH750DJ features a well-balanced sound profile.
Equally, the top-end isn’t overly bright, and there is enough precision here to pick out hi-hats and cymbals easily. Even over longer sessions, the fatigue level was very low.
The frequency range of 5Hz-30kHz illustrates the amount of top-end clarity on offer and is noticeably higher than the cheaper SRH550DJ. At 106dB sensitivity, there is ample headroom. In another improvement over the SRH550DJ, the SRH750DJ doesn’t exhibit as much distortion at higher volume levels.
Shure retains its reputation for quality sound with the SRH750DJ. It’s balanced and neutral enough that I would also feel comfortable sketching out some rough ideas in the studio. It’s also a welcome change from other DJ headphones that emphasize bass response excessively.
This is another area that I’m happy to report Shure has got right. Comfort is a huge deal when it comes to DJing. You’ll spend hours behind the decks, performing live or practicing at home, and nothing takes you out of the moment quicker than uncomfortable cans.
The padding is comfortable and offers plenty of space for your ears.
The Shure SRH750DJ features large 50mm drivers with generous padding on each ear cup. The density is just right, with ample room for your ears and a comfortable circumaural fit around your ears. The pleather coating is relatively standard and nothing remarkable, but equally not as cheap as some budget cans.
The headband features a firm grip that offers high stability and security. You can comfortably dance around and bop your head without these sliding off. You might find these too tight if you have a larger-than-average head. Likewise, people that wear glasses might encounter irritation due to the tight grip.
So far, so good. The Shure SRH750DJ features an inviting sound profile and a fit that you can rely on. But in the design area, the SRH750DJ does reveal some weaknesses.
The overall aesthetic is not the best. Appearance and design are subjective, but on a personal level, these don’t impress me. The thick headband is great from a comfort perspective but appears overly bulky when on your head.
The choice of color is also not to my liking. The muted goldish tone doesn’t scream professionalism to me, and the addition of the red and blue bands further detracts from its appearance. The shape and integration of black help it somewhat, but it just doesn’t speak to me. If you like their look, that is totally fine. I can only provide my opinion on what is always a highly subjective topic.
The SRH750DJ offers a collapsible design and swiveling ear cups.
Moving beyond appearance, the SRH750DJ does offer functional features that will appeal to DJs. The headband adjusts, and the whole frame collapses into a compact and portable size. It is also easy to take to and from gigs with the inclusion of the carry pouch.
The ear cups also offer a 90-degree swivel for easy one-ear monitoring. There is also lots of versatility thanks to the detachable and, therefore, replaceable cable. The ear padding is also replaceable, with an extra set included.
Isolation is reasonable and does block out some exterior noise. I’ve experienced better, and in very loud environments, these will struggle. But for modest volume levels, these do an admirable job. Sound leakage is also very low.
So despite what I feel is a lackluster appearance, the SRH750DJ does otherwise do everything you would expect a quality pair of DJ headphones to do.
This is another area of concern. Shure claims these are built Shure-tough, but I have my doubts. There is an abundance of plastic, but this in itself is not always an issue. I’ve tested several headphones with a predominantly plastic build and still praised durability. But the plastic here feels a little cheap and flimsy.
The SRH750DJ does offer a lot of flex, but there is noticeable creaking, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable placing the frame under consistent pressure. The adjustable headband also features a plastic design. Looking past the out-of-place white color, I prefer some metal for what is often a common point of failure.
The quality of the plastic is not the best.
To its credit, the SRH750DJ does come in at just 0.5 lbs. (227 grams) thanks to the heavy use of plastic. This does help with comfort levels, but holding these in your hand doesn’t inspire confidence.
I could be nitpicking here, but it comes from my experience with other Shure products. They are usually impeccable, and these don’t exude the same level of quality. It feels flimsy, and I can’t see it handling the rigors of frequent aggressive use.
If you are relatively gentle with your cans, you’ll likely not experience any issues, but investing in a more robust pair of DJ cans is worthwhile for everyone else.
The Shure SRH750DJ headphones offer a mid-tier price point. Not a budget pair by any stretch, but also not as expensive as some of the most popular options available today.
The included 9.8 ft. (3 m) detachable coiled cable is excellent, but these don’t come with a straight cable alternative. The included adapter is also a nice touch and something that most DJ headphones provide.
The spare pair of ear pads and pouch are good extras.
I appreciate the inclusion of a spare set of ear pads, and the carry pouch is also a nice touch. But I can’t help but shake the feeling that these don’t offer the absolute best value for money. Much of this stems from my concerns about build quality. For a pair at this price point, I expect a little better. Not horrible value but equally, nothing outstanding.
The reviews for the Shure SRH750DJ are mostly positive. Multiple four and even some 5-star reviews highlight the high sound quality and comfortable fit. A few mention that it is a bit tight for them, while others dislike the coiled cable, but that comes down to preference. Critic reviews are generally quite positive as well.
Get Your Swivel On
If you are new to DJing, you might be wondering why you see DJs use just one ear cup when DJing.
The primary purpose is to hear what is playing via the main speakers while listening to the song you plan on mixing in the headphones. This allows you to beatmatch and prepare for your transition.
Headphones with swiveling ear cups make one-ear monitoring easier.
For old-school DJs, this was the only way to prepare your mix. Modern equipment often allows you to split the output where you can hear the main output in one ear and the upcoming track in the other. Some equipment also allows you to adjust the mix between both sources across both earcups.
Because of these various options, one-ear monitoring has become one of the most prevalent ways DJs prepare their mix. That is why good DJ headphones will offer swiveling earcups. It’s a quick, simple, and ergonomic way to monitor using one ear.
The explosive popularity of DJing in recent years has seen a large selection of DJ-focused headphones hit the market. Below are a couple of interesting alternatives to the SRH750DJ.
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Review
The HD 280 Pro from Sennheiser sits at a similar price point to the SRH750DJ. While it lacks some DJ-friendly features, it offers excellent build quality.
- Fantastic sound profile that is crisp and detailed with a high level of neutrality.
- The tight fit and excellent padding offer a high level of passive isolation.
- Doesn’t feature a detachable cable like the SRH750DJ.
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
Shure SRH240A Review
Stepping into the budget range from Shure gives you access to the SRH240A. While not overly impressive, it is substantially cheaper than the SRH750DJ.
- The comfortable padding and relaxed fit make these more suitable for people with glasses.
- The low price point makes these an enticing option for budget-conscious buyers.
- The build quality is not outstanding, and I don’t like the glossy black plastic.
Tascam TH-02 Review
If you want to stretch your budget, you can’t look past the ultra-cheap TH-02 from Tascam. A functional and decent pair of DJ cans that get the job done.
- Large 50mm drivers deliver a surprisingly clean sound profile.
- Nearly impossible to find a pair of cans that perform this well at this price point.
- Low-quality construction and is not the most comfortable.
Should You Buy?
The Shure SRH750DJ is an interesting pair of DJ headphones. The feature set is nearly everything you’d want from a pair of DJ cans. They are comfortable, offer a collapsible design, detachable cable, and replaceable pads. They also have a satisfying sound profile.
But the build quality and lackluster design prevent it from being an instant recommendation. If you can get these headphones below retail, they present good value for money. But at full price, I would like to see better. Despite this, these headphones get a lot right. If you can look past a few flaws, you’ll enjoy a functional and great-sounding pair of cans.