22nd Gen Shure SE846 adds selectable sound signatures

Musicians and music lovers have long coveted Shure’s pricey but high-end SE846 headphones, and now the company is looking to improve them with a second-generation model. Landing just in time to mark ten years since the originals first appeared, the Shure SE846 Gen 2 brings a new selectable sound signature, as well as a new set of colors.

As before, these hard-wired IEMs contain four individual speakers, with a low-pass filter design intended to deliver subwoofer-like performance without compromising detail. The in-ear design remains a winner when it comes to sound isolation, which is why the OG model has been such a hit with professionals.

New for 2022 is an extended sound signature that improves high-end clarity, especially in the 4kHz – 12kHz range. Shure believes this will give the audio a more “airy” feel than before, and was a response to customer demand. Extended filters will be fitted as standard, with the balanced, warm and bright filters seen on the first-gen pair also included in the box. A wider selection of ear tips, including Comply foam tips, are also included.

The color choice has increased to three, with Jade and Metallic Graphite joining a refreshed Clear model. The Jade and Graphite versions have a two-tone look, with an opaque exterior and a transparent interior that reveals the underlying components.

Each pair comes with a detachable 3.5mm cable, with MMCX quick disconnects allowing for future replacements or upgrades. It also means they work well with Shure’s optional True Wireless adapters, letting you listen via Bluetooth for up to eight hours between charges.

Discerning music lovers can order the Shure SE846 Gen 2 directly from the Shure website and all regular hi-fi retailers now. Prices start from €959, or you can buy a set with the True Wireless adapter for €1049.

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