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I have had these headphones for a long time. I absolutely love them. First of all, they are crisp, but have a warm tone and fairly rich bass. I got these because, being a software engineer, I want to unplug from the noisy environment around me and listen to music loud without annoying those around me. They leak little to no sound and very effectively (passively) isolate you from outside noise, to the point colleagues at times need to tap my shoulder to catch my attention while I'm busy writing code. I wear these for hours at a time and find them quite comfortable, but note that I have a large-ish head. I travelled with them on public transport for a while and found that to be a bit of a chore (they ain't small), unless I was carrying a back-pack. I now leave these at work and I am looking for a second pair of headphones for electric guitar practice home.. ..and I might just buy a second pair.
If you're looking for something that is very sound-insulating and delivers a detailed, rich and warm listening experience look no further.
As an added note I would recommend to stay clear of all the tinny sounding active noise cancellation headphones like the over-hyped and overly-expensive Bose, they may be ligher, but these are unquestionably better in every other way.
I loved these headphones to death. The sound quality and clarity is really phenomenal, however he build quality is quite short of their "legendary build quality" standard. I've had these for just shy of a year and one day I tried to slide down the ear cup adjustment and low and behold the cup adjustment slide snapped with me hardly even pulling it down. I was considering buying there new SRH 940 ,however I don't think I will be buying too much more from Shure.
A friend had raved to me about Shure's customer service when his e5s broke. Lo and behold, when I had a similar breakage to yours, they replaced the headphones for me, despite being 18 months out of warranty. If you have your receipt you should definitely get in touch with them.
My plastic hinge on top of earcup broke away from my earcup,HELP:):)
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