Shure’s SRH550DJ headphones have swivelling cups that make them easier to move away from your ear if you wish to monitor outside sounds. As the name suggests, it’s a nice feature for bedroom DJs, and one that adds comfort and flexibility for everyone else. The headphones’ padded cups sit securely on top of the ear. Like most similarly styled headphones they can get a little warm, but they’re nonetheless comfortable for long use – their cup padding is interchangeable with that of related Shure models. They come with a screw-on 1/4 inch audio adaptor.
We were pleased to find that almost no noise escaped the headphones at comfortable listening volumes and that they also excluded most external noise. They can output plenty of volume from a modest input, and as such are well suited for use with MP3 players. The padding on the headband is minimal, but sufficiently comfortable; the headband itself is sturdy and highly adjustable. The cups fold up for easy storage in the supplied bag.