By David Ponce
The cream of the crop of in-ear monitors (fancyspeak for headphones, it seems), according to many, come from Shure. And if we go by the asking price of their latest offering, they better darn well be. See, $550 will buy you the E500PTH, headphones so finely crafted, we’ve heard such crazytalk as “[they will] change personal audio the way HDTV changed television” muttered about.
They feature three drivers: two woofers and one tweeter for vibrant highs and very rich lows. The sound isolating design will block out up to 90% of ambient noise, though a sleek feature called Push To Hear (the PTH in the name) will allow you to let said noise in at the push of a button — no need to remove the headphones.
There’s a bunch more “features”, which you can read about if you follow the linkola at the bottom. The E500PTH were announced quite some time ago (in January), though they’re apparently now shipping… in the UK. Our pals in the USA will have to wait till the end of this month.