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Shure SE846 Sound Isolating Earphones


The Shure SE846 is an audiophile-oriented earphone following in a long line of outstanding in-ear headphones from a high-end pro audio company with over 85 years of experience in the industry.

Featuring Quad High-Definition MicroDrivers with a 'True Subwoofer' design, the SE846 delivers extended high-end clarity and unparalleled clean and punchy low-end performance. A patent-pending Shure design includes a groundbreaking low-pass filter that enables a deep low performance of the low-end drivers without sacrificing musical clarity or detail resolution.

Customizable frequency response, detachable cable and a wide variety of accessories ensure an unequaled, perfectly tailored listening experience.

  • Product Features:

    • Quad balanced armature driver design
    • 3-way crossover for dedicated low, mid, high performance
    • switchable tone filters for personal sonic tailoring
    • Incredible accessory package
    • Patent-pending low-pass filter design for extended bass impact
    • 2-year manufacturer warranty
  • Specifications:

    • Driver Type: Balanced Armature
    • Impedance @ 1kHz: 9 Ohms
    • Sensitivity: 114 dB SPL/V
    • THD+N:
    • Isolation: 25-36dB
    • Connector Type: 3.5mm (1/8")
    • Cable Length: 46 inch and 64 inch
    • Cable Style: Straight Y Detachable
    • Weight:
    • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 year

    What's In The Box:

    • Premium square carrying case
    • Black foam sleeves (S/ M/ L)
    • Soft flex sleeves (S/ M/ L)
    • Yellow foam sleeves
    • Triple flange sleeves
    • ¼ inch adapter
    • Airline adapter
    • Volume control attenuator
    • 64 inch detachable cable
    • 46 inch detachable cable
    • Nozzle removal key
    • 2 additional pairs of nozzle inserts
    • Cable clip
    • Polishing cloth
    • SE846 earphone

In the past few years we have seen the high end earphone market bloom dramatically. Shure's latest offering, the SE846, is at the top of the heap in the competitive generic fit earphone world. At $999.99 one would expect perfection, and not every top tier earphone deems its price tag, but the SE 846 sure does - pun intended.In short, the SE846 is a quad driver, three-way balanced armature design. This is Shure's first three-way crossover design in an earphone giving the SE846 a significant performance increase over previous Shure designs, and a stiff competitive edge against other high-end generic fit offerings.



We find it very exciting to see Shure finally stepping into the three-way arena with a product that actually performs in real life instead of just on paper.



Shure brought some great ideas to the table with SE846. The most unique would have to be their patent-pending low-pass filter design. The low-pass filter is constructed with ten precision-welded, stainless steel plates that form a 4 inch long acoustic pathway eliminating frequencies above 75Hz that would otherwise clutter the dedicated low frequency driver's output. This pure acoustic low-pass design has allowed Shure to create an impressively clean, articulate 'sub bass' effect in the SE846 without any distortion.

Another interesting and useful feature is the adjustable sonic signature. Shure outfitted the SE846 with a metal collar and nozzle that can be removed with the included nozzle tool to access the internal tone filter. Included in the package are three pairs of filters; 'Balanced' (blue), 'Bright' (white), and 'Warm' (black).  Around the office we tend to prefer the 'Balanced' filter, but we know personal preferences can vary dramatically, and this feature offers a nice variety for differing tastes.

With the neutral filter in place, the SE846 has a beautifully balanced, engaging and fun sound. The bass response does not skimp. In fact, it may be one of the more visceral bass responses we have heard in an earphone, but don't let that scare you. These earphones deliver a sweet aggressive feel while staying perfectly controlled. The SE846 also delivers better high frequency tone and extension than we have heard in any previous Shure earphone product. The highs are lovely and smooth with a nice open feel. The overall sonic performance of the SE846 is probably the best we have heard out of a generic fit earphone product to date.

    When you are ready to make the move to a flagship product we know that performance is pretty much everything, but the total package and presentation are vital as well. When you open the SE846 it feels like a $1000 product. Shure went the extra mile to design a beautiful box and accessory package that sets the SE846 apart from the rest. Shure hooks you up with a zippered travel case as well as a larger, water tight, US made tactical quality case from S3 Cases. They also toss in a bundle of adapters including a volume control, 1/8' - 1/4' plug adapter and an airline adapter. Also included is a secondary earphone cable, shirt clip, a variety of foam and silicon eartips and a micro fiber cleaning cloth complete with the SHURE logo. Includes a 2-year manufacturer's warranty. We can't think of anything the missed. The Shure SE846 delivers unparalleled features and performance for the in-ear market. Don't let these pass you by!


    Shure SE846 Frequency Response Comparison (Blue = Neutral, Black = Warm, White = Bright)

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