Performance Build Quality Comfort Value PRICE $499 AT A GLANCE Plus Real carbon-fiber ear cups Really hushes external noise Really, really comfortable Minus Lacks mike and phone controls Doesn't fold for compact storage THE VERDICT Shure's rich-sounding, full-size headphone flatters a wide range of music genres. First impressions count for a lot. This is especially true for headphones, because, unlike other types of audio gear, you wear headphones. When you first try a pair on, do they feel good, or do they hurt? How do they feel in your hands? From the get-go, I knew Shure's engineers struck just the right balance of rugged build quality and elegant design with the new SRH1540 over-the-ear headphone. I could have written this review after just a few minutes into my first encounter, but I just kept listening to the SRH1540 and loved it more and more. It looks, feels, and sounds right.