All that money can buy – The most expensive earphones in the world
Headphones are a ubiquitous accessory that has become an integral part of most people. Just like how music has pervaded across communities, races and nationalities, headphones also have become popular as it gives users the privacy to listen to their music irrespective of where they are.
Due to this widespread use, many companies are involved in making headphones. These different makes and models come in different shapes and sizes, and accordingly they also have different price tags. The wide customer base and their varying needs have led to a gamut of prices in headphones, that range from a few dollars to even a few hundreds.
To give users an idea of how expensive headphones can get, we have reviewed one model that is probably the most expensive earphones in the market today. We have also compared this headphone with another one that is almost ten times less than this model.
Two of the most expensive earphones:
Shure SE846-CL is the highest end headphone from Shure. It is almost twice as much as another model from Shure that is clearly one of its most popular one so far and one of the most expensive earphones. This high price brings up the big question – what is that different about Shure SE846-CL for it to be priced so high?
The design of these Shure SE846-CL headphones is unique. It is made of clear and transparent material that showcases the inner parts of these earphones. These headphones are the result of some clever engineering, and Shure wants its customers to see this piece of ingenuity. Hence, users can see the micro drivers and other parts – something that is not available in other headphones.
These headphones are somewhat bigger than a typical earphone and is designed to be worn over the ear, which means its design is a mix of full headphones and earphones. The cables that come with are a little stiff, so they will not break or tangle that easily. Also, they are removable, hence it is easy to carry.
Another salient aspect of these headphones is that they can be tailored to meet the music preferences of different users. The Shure SE846-CL comes with three removable filters that end in a metal aperture instead of the usual plastic. As a result, users can remove these filters with a little tool to adjust music to their choice. One filter alters the mid range response to give an overall balanced feel, another one adjusts the mid-heavy tones to give a little intense sound while the last one increases the treble and bass.
The sound quality is simply amazing given the fact that these headphones come with four drivers. The bass is hugely impressive because notes from the bass driver pass through small metal holes that filter out the frequencies that bass is incapable of handling. It some ways, it acts like a subwoofer that leaves out the top end frequencies as they can sound distorted in high volumes. The treble is excellent too, with neat finishes and smooth transitions. All the notes have a great amount of clarity, and the drivers of these headphones ensure that each note stands out, irrespective of whether it is guitar notes or vocals. The low notes are also audible and clear, another feature that is not present in many headphones today.
In short, Shure SE846-CL gives amazing music through its innovative design. It is the right choice for music buffs who want to use it for professional or personal reasons. Its high price tag can be a deterrent for some users, but one can afford to pay a little more for a pair of headphones, then it can be a great product!
A-Audio A41 High Definition Earphones is a earphone that costs almost one-tenth of the price of Shure SE846-CL. Its design is pleasing and aesthetic as it comes with a chrome bevelled edge on the back of the ear cups while the stem that leads to the buds is black in colour. This combination of black and chrome is stylish and appealing to users. Though Shure SE486-CL comes with a unique transparent design, these earphones from A-Audio also look good. In this sense, both the earphones are comparable though Shure SE486-CL wins hands down simply because of the innovative idea of showcasing the inner parts of an earphone.
As for performance, both earphones come with excellent noise isolating features that keeps any external noise away, even in crowded public places. The sound coming from A-Audio A41 High Definition Earphones is high-definition and clear, thanks to its neodymium magnets and a 24K gold plated jack for the best signal transfer. As a result, the low, high and mid tones are crisp and clear. It also offers much details in the notes and the transition between different notes is smooth as well. However, the A-Audio A41 High Definition Earphones do not have the same depth and intensity as that of Shure SE486-Cl when it comes to bass. Though the bass is good in these earphones too, the other one is simply amazing.
In terms of accessories, both the earphones come with an inline micro phone and remote control that allows users to toggle between listening to music and taking important calls. Though the cable is detachable in Shure SE486-CL, it is fixed in A-Audio A41 High Definition Earphones, and this could be a hassle for those who are using the latter. Both the earphones come with a nice-looking travel case that will make it easy to carry their earphones wherever they go.
In short, the A-Audio A41 High Definition Earphones is definitely a good alternative for Shure SE486-CL. However, if a user can foot a pretty hefty price tag, then they can as well go for Shure SE486-CL because they are of a different class. The Shure SE486-Cl earphones have a wow factor in terms of both looks and performance, something that is clearly missing in A-Audio A41 High Definition Earphones despite looking nice and sounding good.