Shure announced the introduction of the KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphone System, a premium, portable audio-amplification solution for consumers of high-resolution audio. Built for those who want to experience the best possible sound without sacrificing mobility, the KSE1200 is designed for seamless integration with portable media players common in today’s high-quality audio market. The new model is based on the KSE1500—the world’s-first Sound Isolating™ electrostatic earphone system previously released by Shure—and continues the Company’s commitment to innovation in today’s ever-changing portable listening market.
Audiophiles everywhere have enjoyed the incomparable listening experience of the KSE1500 since its introduction three years ago. The KSE1200 system leverages the unmatched performance and technology of the KSE1500, but bypasses the DSP and digital inputs already built into many of today’s high-quality players. The result is an even more compact, efficient and affordable solution achieved by the circuitry in the electrostatic portion the amplifier. Providing the most transparent listening experience available from today’s portable players, the KSE1200 offers high-fidelity listening where portability is a requirement (e.g., critical listening, business travel, and within streaming environments via a computer, smartphone or tablet).
“We understand what it takes to design, develop, and manufacture audio products of the highest caliber. With over 20 years of experience in the earphone business we can confidently say that our electrostatic earphones are the pinnacle of our achievements,” said Matt Engstrom, Senior Category Director, Product Management at Shure. “The new KSE1200 system was developed for those who prefer the electrostatic sound signature using their own DAC. Like the KSE1500, the KSE1200 system produces the absolute highest level of detail and isolation available in a portable design and we are thrilled to now offer electrostatic sound at a more affordable price.”The KSE1200 is the result of Shure’s decades of research and design experience in Sound Isolating Earphone development. The benefits of technological excellence and sound quality are enhanced with comfort, and the new earphone system boasts the same sleek and incredibly comfortable fit that Shure customers have come to expect from its SE Earphone line. A fit kit, including a selection of earphone sleeves, is included for secure and comfortable listening.
The KSE1200 Electrostatic Earphone System retails for USD $1999 MAP, and will be available for purchase later in the year. Have a look at our current Shure IEMs here.