So, after having had my Shure SE315's for about 3 years I decided it was time for an upgrade. I've always been an enormous fan of Shure and was a little sceptical of other makes that people claimed to be just as great. But, I decided to take a leap of faith and grab a pair of these bad boys after having read many a favourable review.
Mostly, I use in ear headphones with portable devices and never use any sort of DAC or portable amp. I don't have a devoted music player at present so instead use my phone (LG G3) with music running through the full Poweramp app. My phone has a 128GB SD card in it as my music is mostly in FLAC format.
The X11i's, in general, perform very well. But simply put, I just don't think they're worth the asking price. The earphones themselves aren't detachable which is a bit of a worry as I've lost many a pair of headphones via the old 'wire getting caught round a door handle' problem. The remote doesn't support android devices... I mean c'mon, I don't know whether it's just a conflicting development thing but for this price, it should have support across all operating systems. While the sound quality is fantastic compared to lower end products, it just doesn't beat my old pair of SE315's which are a good £80 cheaper. The clarity is superb but... there's just something missing. Everything's there and it sounds great, just not... gahhh I don't know quite how to explain it.
The X11i's are incredible, just not £200 incredible...