Shure SRH750DJ Headphones Review - DJing Tips

Shure SRH750DJ Headphones Review

My old Stanton DJ Pro 2000 headphones finally broke down about a year ago, and I was looking for a new pair. I came across Shure SRH750DJ for a good price on Amazon and took the plunge. Here is my review of these cans after using them for around 15 months.

What's in the Box

The SRH750DJ come with a 10 ft / 3 m coiled, detachable audio cable, a carrying pouch and a pair of spare ear cushions. The pouch is made of faux leather and has the Shure logo pressed on it. The spare cushions are definitely a nice touch because we all know how quickly those can peel off and get destroyed.

The headphones had some sort of small plastic paddings attached on the sides, apparently to prevent damage during transportation. At first I thought those were part of the headband but then I saw a little diagram telling to throw them away. Duh!

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Look

The headphones look OK, although I'm not a huge fan of the golden parts that look a bit plasticky (that's because, well, they are made of plastic). The headband adjustment rails are white, which also adds to the plasticky look.

That said, my biggest problem with the SRH750DJ's looks is not the headphones themselves, but how they look on me. Instead of going nicely around my head, the headphones' headband extends too far on the sides while turning flat on top, forming an almost rectangular shape. This makes my head look really big in this funny, dorky-ish look.

Feel and Comfort

I already mentioned the plasticky look of some of the SRH750DJ's parts, and, unfortunately, holding the headphones only adds to the plasticky feel. The plastic is squeaky, and you can hear the squeaking every time you put the headphones on or take them off.

What's worse, I'm not really comfortable wearing these headphones for long periods of time. The top my head begins to hurt after about an hour of wearing the SRH750DJ. My guess is that's because the flattened out (see above) top part of the headband touches my head in just one spot, so all of the pressure is concentrated in there.

I have learned to wear the headphones in a way that kind of minimizes the discomfort, but it's never truly gone for me.

Functionality and Durability

No complaints here - the SRH750DJ have 90-degree swiveling ear cups and can be folded in every way possible. The only thing I'm missing is a detachable shoulder pad to make one-ear listening more comfortable, but you can't have it all, right?

The audio cable can be detached from the headphones, and I like the fact that the connector is lockable, which prevents the cable from being detached by accident.

The mixer end of the audio cable has a hybrid 6.35 mm / 3.5 mm connector. If you need the 3.5 mm connector, you simply unscrew the 6.35 mm one. That's pretty cool - one less headphone jack adaptor for me to carry.

In terms of the durability, the plastic definitely has its say here. I already mentioned the squeaking, and on closer inspection, I can now officially confirm the first crack in the headband adjustment rail. That's bad news as I don't expect the headphones to serve me for much longer now.

Isolation and Sound Quality

I'm not the kind of guy to talk about "velvety sound" or "muddy lows". Let me just say that the SRH750DJ have good frequency response (5 Hz to 30 kHz) with good bass and clear trebles. Overall, they are a joy to listen to music in. 

Sound isolation is also good; the cups are big enough to enclose my ears fully, which certainly contributes to the isolation quality.

Pricing and Verdict

The SRH750DJ are a solid pair of DJ headphones with expected goodies like swiveling ear cups and a long, detachable coiled cable. The sound quality is good, and so is the isolation. Where the SRH750DJ are letting me down, though, is their questionable durability, the dorky-ish look when worn and comfort (even pain!) issues.

The SRH750DJ are priced at $149, which I frankly think is a bit too much for the product. I got them for 50 euros (about $60 at the time) via Amazon's Warehouse Deals though, so I can't complain. At the full price, though, I'd probably be looking at a different model.

Are you considering getting the SRH750DJ, or already have a pair? Share your questions or comments in the comment section below!

Shure SRH750DJ Headphones

Price: US$149
DJing Tips rating:

Pros: Good sound quality and isolation, a built-in 6.5 mm / 3.5 mm jack adapter, comes with a carrying pouch and a pair of spare ear cup pads.
Cons: Plasticky look and feel, questionable durability, dorky-ish look when worn, comfort / head pressure issues.
Bottom line: OK headphones for occasional DJing; look elsewhere for a club workhorse.

About the Author JM

JM has played open-air gigs, shared the stage with the likes of ATB and had mix albums released commercially. He has been teaching DJing since 2008.

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