64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing
I have always been a huge fan on Shure since I first purchased my E4C's a few years back.
Even the E4C's with their single drivers blew me away, but as was frequently reported, the cable (on the E4C's) would wear away and the connection would break - this happened twice, but fortunately both times Shure were absolutely fantastic. I called their customer...
Published on 23 July 2011 by IAmFledge
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good first experience of Shure earphones - or perhaps not
When I first bought these in April 2013, I wrote this review:
I've now progressed from some upmarket Sennheiser buds (MX90VC - remember them?), to Ultimate Ears Superfi 3s, to now my first pair of Shures, the 315s - and am not disappointed at all. Although the leap from Sennheiser to UE was big, particularly as I started using Comply foam tips with the UEs, I...
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindblowing,
This review is from: Shure SE535 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Bronze (Electronics)I have always been a huge fan on Shure since I first purchased my E4C's a few years back.
Even the E4C's with their single drivers blew me away, but as was frequently reported, the cable (on the E4C's) would wear away and the connection would break - this happened twice, but fortunately both times Shure were absolutely fantastic. I called their customer helpline, explained the problem and the helpful person on the other end simply said to pop them in the post and they'd send out a new pair. No arguments, no excuses or backtracking. Both times they complied willingly. In fact the second time round they replaced them with the new upgraded model SE310's.
Based on my fantastic experience with Shure, once the connection broke again on my SE310's a couple of years later [this time outside my warranty period], I decided to stick with them and upgrade to the SE535. The design of these alone suggests that Shure realised that in previous models they'd been sending out rather too many free replacements - so the SE535's have kevlar coated DETACHABLE cables. Genius. This means that when I fall outside of my warranty period again, IF the cable busts, I'll be able to get a replacement cable instead of forking out what is admittedly enough hard cash to give most people a nasty chin bruise as it thuds to the floor. (Most people who find out how much I spent on earphones do think I'm absolutely mental... BUT they haven't actually HEARD how amazing music CAN sound, which is exactly what these earphones achieve)
So this brings me nicely onto my next and most important part of my review; the sound... This, after all my other waffly guff, is what you are really here to read about.
Let me put it this way, I regularly commute on the tube (the subway trains) in London which is generally rather a noisy affair. Loud clattery trains, and unnecessarily loud tannoy announcements.
Many of the 'iPhone headphone' wearing parade get around this problem by whacking up the volume so loud you wonder why there aren't spots of blood dribbling out their lug-holes. It also means that all the 'non head/earphone-wearing' crowd around them are subjected to what sounds like a distant train transporting a cage of angry insects.
This is NOT the case with the SE535's. Of the wide selection of ear fittings you're given, I personally like to use the foam earplug variety. When these are snugly fitted, I could play the loudest angriest most 'GRRRRRR!' metal song EVER and, as far as everyone around me is concerned, I could be listening to "4 minutes 33" by John Cage.
Further to this, selfishly ignoring the (lack of) experience of others around me, MY OWN experience is phenomenal.
I hear basically NOTHING but the music. I will be stood on the tube platform and a tube train will come screaming into the station with all its clatter, horrible metal-on-metal screeching noises and some tedious platform announcement booming away overhead and I am able to close my eyes and pretend that I am standing in the same room as the song artist(s). The sound is SO clear, the frequency response is awesome.
On the bass level, it's actually quite surreal because when you turn it up a bit on a bassy song, it sounds like you're stood near some über-watt mega subwoofer where normally you would FEEL the bass waves rippling through your body. Unfortunately Shure's current earphone technology doesn't yet provide the physical body-wide bass ripply experience other than in your ears, but my goodness it's awesome.
In short: Amazing. Buy them. Eat baked beans every day for a month with the small change left from your paycheck. At least your ears won't be bleeding.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shure Bet,
This review is from: Shure SE535 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Bronze (Electronics)One of the big questions in life is: How is it worthwhile and/or acceptable to listen to music on these.
If you love your music then give it the respect it deserves. Pay the price for a pair of headphones and rediscover/discover the true sound of your music.
That leaves you with two basic choices: in-ear or over-ear.
IE headphones are the best noise-cancelling option; that is, you will not hear anything else. I cannot emphasise how important this is for the sound quality. The air-tight seal will allow you to play the music at a comfortable volume and improves the bass response. Altruistically, this also means that much less noise is getting out allowing you to listen to your guilty pleasures with nothing more than a cheeky smirk suggesting the truth. Whilst you may be able to fit more/bigger drivers in the OE units, the supremacy of the in-ear clarity for the low end is key.
And for practicality, IEs win hands-down. They don't fall out of your ears when you are running or working out, and they are aesthetically more subtle and, in my opinion, less geeky looking.
Shure are mainly concerned with the production of professional studio equipment (i.e. monitors, microphones, mixers and the like). Their foray into consumer electronics stemmed from the natural evolution of what they called 'monitors' mainly designed for the use of DJs in clubs and producers in noisy studios into earphones for the noisy commuters.
Over the last few years i have tried these: Klipsch Image S4 Headphones, Monster Cable Turbine PRO High Performance Multilingual In-Ear Speakers - Copper, Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise Isolating Ear-canal Phones - Black, Beats by Dr. Dre In Ear Tour Headphones with Control Talk for Apple Devices - Black/Red.
And I have used the Shure 215s (previously E2Cs), 315s and 535s.
For value for money and sound quality i think the best choice is the Shure 215s and if money is not an issue- get two sets of 215s (maybe one pair for exercise and one for home and travel usage).
I would have to say its very difficult to tell much difference between the 215s and the 315s but the triple-driver system of the 535s does result in a much more powerful bass punch. Unfortunately this is at the expense of the high end; which can at times become very overwhelmed with complex acoustic and rock music, coming across as tinny. It is with that in mind that I feel the sharp increase in price to the 535s would not be justified if you are listening to a lot high end music, whereas if you primarily listen to deep electronic music you may notice an improvement in quality. But worth the 4X price increase? I don't think so.
Here are some pointers:
- Shures come with foam and plastic buds, each in three different sizes, its pretty important that you spend a while trying each and finding out which suits you best. At first this is not going to feel natural at all, especially if you have never used in-ear headphones before. Give it some time and within a week it will feel right. Also, note that the wire is designed to rest over your ear. Again this is unnatural at first but in time it will feel much more supportive and you will wonder why you ever had the wire tugging down by your earlobe before. My preference is the plastic buds as i sweat alot when i run (as a note these earphones are just amazing for running (a) because they never fall out and stay solidly air-tight (b) because these bass loving headphones work just a treat with trance music and any electronic music (my choice of running music)).
- The actual units are removable from the wire if you pull lightly in a perpendicular direction away from the wire. This is really important. If you are outside the warranty and the wire breaks you don't need to pay for the whole set - you may be able to find them online or just call the Shure service department and they will send you out one for roughly £30. The wire is not specific to the model. As a side note, I have never had a technical issue with the units, it has always been the wire. In the past it was often the curvature around the ear that wore away but Shure have since reinforced this area.
- Treat third party sellers with caution. Due to the high-end nature of the product Shure have brought together an anti-counterfeiting initiative; this has been in response to a wave of fakes that are flooding the internet. Tell-tale signs are the combination of 'Chinese Warehouses' and a substantial reduction from the RRP. Remember if it seems to good to be true, then it probably isn't. Check Shure's website for an authorised distirbutor list - Shure will deal with these warranty claims directly - or take a product that is fulfilled by Amazon. The issue with third party sellers on Amazon is that they may be unable to verify where they get their stock from. That is to say that they are not purchasing via known wholesalers of Shure's and so they don't know if they are grey imports. This doesn't necessarily mean that you are completely without a warranty just that you will need to go back to the seller. They should have no issue replacing your earphones if they are purchasing via authorised distribution channels. Keep all receipts for the warranty.
64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At this price, they really shouldn't sound this good,
However, when they died, I decided that these Shure SE215s were the way to go - And I couldn't be happier at the decision I made. I looked at a great many earphones up to a price of around £130, but plumped for these in the end because they were widely reviewed as having all of Shure's well known qualities (superb build quality, excellent sound isolation, a surprisingly wide soundscape and a pleasant warm tonality), but at a price point well below Shure's top end models.
I can tell you that the reviews do not lie. Despite being single, dynamic driver models, they lack nothing in terms of clarity and separation, either - Which is very impressive given the warm tone and decent bass response given. Incidentally, in terms of the bass - Those of you who are total bass heads probably won't want to invest in these, and would probably be better off going for the (in my opinion horribly unbalanced) Bose or Beats by Dr Dre models. If I had to put the bass response of the Shures on a scale, it would fall at a happy balance between the bass-heavy Bose, and the bass-light Sennheiser in-ears.
In terms of what music they have been tested with - I have listened to a wide range (even wider than usual with the purpose of writing this review). To give but a few examples:
Johnny Cash - Hurt
I happen to love Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' classic anyway, but I have to say that this was an eye-opener - You can clearly hear every breath, finger movement on the guitar, and the occasional less-than-clean note played therein. The sheer amount of detail that I had never heard before was astonishing. When the accompaniment kicks in towards the end the track simply soars.
Edward Grieg - Piano Concerto in A Minor
Again, its the clarity and sense of space that are obvious here. The keys on the piano ring out as if it were right in the room with you, and the orchestral accompaniment is clear but never overwhelming as can happen with some dynamic driver based earphones where one frequency sort of "drowns out" the others
Metallica - Call of Ktulu (from S&M)
This is a particularly tricky one as it combines rock and classical music together, which can often get rather muddy (again, especially on dynamic driver earphones). The Shures dealt with the piece extremely well, I feel. The track possibly lacked a slight amount of attack at the top end for the strings to really "sing" over the guitars and drums, but only when compared to multi-driver armature earphones. The clarity was still there, and the bass from the drums and guitars was impressive - Full and powerful without being overly "boomy"
Maroon 5 - Misery
To cover the pop bases I decided to listen to Maroon 5, and the 215s once again excelled here. The vast majority of what we listen to in pop music is squarely in the mid-range, and the detail was superb, and that warm tone was still there.
The fit on these once you get the right sleeves, and you get used to the ear hooks, is exceptional (for me at least). I can happily walk around, get on the train, even run to catch a train just about to leave, without these budging. The fit being so good, of course, means that the sound isolation is second to none, and surely helps with that bass response.
The build quality seems to be exactly the same as the higher priced Shure models I have seen, which is excellent. The high quality detachable cable is, at this price, particularly surprising (given that a replacement cable alone can cost upwards of £30). Its kevlar coating seems to keep it snag and tangle free (one persistent complaint I did have about the Denons), and noise transmission through the cable seems pretty low.
Overall, these are actually better than the Denons I so dearly loved for the past 3 years. I'm still sad to see them gone, but I feel these are more than just a replacement - They are, surprisingly given the price being fairly similar, actually a fairly significant upgrade. If you enjoy a wide range of music and not simply overly-bassy tracks, and want clarity and warmth at the same time, which isn't an easy thing to come by, I would thoroughly recommend these over and above any others I tried, including models from Ultimate-Ears, Sennheiser, Klipsch and Etymotic.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Class,
This review is from: Shure SE535 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Bronze (Electronics)This is my 3rd pair of these.. My first pair had a faulty connector and was very swiftly replaced by Shure UK (who have excellent customer service), the second pair didn't take too kindly to being put through the washing machine! So I had to buy new ones again. Until Shure bring out a new top-end product, I would not consider anything else. I wear them while running - a lot, and they never budge or lose the seal, constantly producing amazing sound, even from an iPhone. Beware though, if you sweat a lot the connectors can start to oxidize and the connection can start to cut out at the earpieces. I found that wearing a cap prevents sweat from running into my ears and sorted the problem. Highly recommended from someone who worked in the business of music & mastering for 20 years..
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice sound, solidly constructed, good accessories,
This review is from: Shure SE215 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear (Wireless Phone Accessory)I bought these to replace a series of Sony Headphones - all around the £40 mark - that had failed on me. Despite the increased cost, I am hopeful that with the modular design of the Shures I'll be able to replace components as they fail (cable, earplugs, etc.).
The sound quality is slightly better than I got with the Sony earphones and the noise isolation is incredible. The quality of construction is very good although from the first day of use I noticed some 'breaking' of the sound when using these earphones at the gym. I suspect that this occurs with movement at the small connectors on each individual earphone, rather than being a physical break in the cable.
Because of this I can only give them 4 stars.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goose pimple inducing,
This review is from: Shure SE535 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Bronze (Electronics)These are seriously good. It is like having a completely new collection of cd's. I have hooked these up to my old Sony NWHD5 and transferred music onto it at 352kbs atrac3. No sound enhancement switched on at the player. The 30 minute daily walk to work is a real pleasure, the fit is superb with the foam tips that were in place, I could not hear any external noises. They do take a bit of getting used to to wear them, (they are twisted into the ear), but that will come with practise.
Pure music. I'm hearing notes and sounds I have not heard before, on Bill Perry live in NYC it's as though I am in the room.
OK they are expensive, but you get what you pay for. The cable is like nothing else, the units feel solid and like they will last a lifetime.
I have had Bose in ear units and numerous Sony sets, nothing touches these.
Go on, you are only here once, I'm glad I bought them.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Audio pleasure!,
This review is from: Shure SE215 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear (Wireless Phone Accessory)I have spent a lot of money on many different earphones in the last three years. I had some q-jays, shure scl2, then some from sony in the 40-70 range and I ended up with Shure SE530 which was really dissapointing experience ( I mostly listen to rock,pop maybe thats why, who knows) When I saw the SE215, I just said to myself I have to give them a try. That was probably the best decision I could have done. These earphones produces very enjoyable audio experience, it so much fun listening to them. Everytime I put the SE215 on, I can't stop smiling. Therefore I can truly recommend these earphones for everyday use since the price is not high and the fun factor is fantastic.
There is, of course, one cosmetic drawback: It is difficult to find perfect fit first time you try it. The cable has some extra plastic coating(up to 3cm from the earphones) so you can create tight form around your ears. I consider this solution being not very comfortable and you have to be carefull too, because it seems you can break the connection cable-earphone when trying too hard.
Anyway, great earphones, do not hesitate!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shure SE 215 CL In Ear Monitors,
This review is from: Shure SE215 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear (Wireless Phone Accessory)My job is pretty boring, requiring the use of an iPod most of the night. The only thing is, all the movement thru a 12 hour shift wrecks even decent quality headphones. So the demise of my last pair led me to press the button and purchase these entry level In Ear Monitors. I didn't want to spend more than £100.00 getting these from AXL /Amazon at just £72.99 plus P&P for which I used Special Delivery. Rapid service! They were in my hands by 10:00 the next morning.
Straight from the package with no change to the fitted standard size foam sleeves I first fired them up on my Macbook. Wow! I'd read the reviews so I knew they'd be good, but I wasn't expecting to have to turn down the volume level they were so sensitive. They are the single driver version of these In Ear Monitors and at first trial, I'm impressed with the bass response and the very smooth top end. Next try was on the iPod... OK maybe not as responsive to the output as they were in the Macbook, they still run at a slightly lower volume level than I normally have it. That being said, I work in a high background noise environment so the proof of the pudding will be when I use them in work, although I see no problems, isolation to external sound is pretty good around the home. I look forward to also using them in my secondary work too!
Fitting them is a slight fiddle until you get used to the mouldable wrap around cable at the ear but once you've done it a few times it becomes second nature. The day they came, next door was having carpets fitted, so I wore them playing very low level music whilst I slept. I must say they were extremely comfortable even when lying on top of the driver housing. They fit very snugly into the ears and as of this moment are being road tested on my iPod as I do some chores. As long as you set up the adjustable sleeve to fit the divided cable snugly to your the back of your head, these units are pretty much staying where they are put and I am only very slightly aware of the sleeves in my ear. So far so good. As I said the the real test will be during a 12 hour shift at work. The other plus side of this range of In Ear Monitors is that spares are available!
All in all I'm ecstatic with these and will probably go for the SE 515 CL model at a later date - oh and did I mention they'll come in pretty handy for my other work, studio recording, audio manipulation & mastering!
Now, over 6 weeks after having them, I've tried them at my main work, where I am in areas of around 90dB plus of background noise for approximately ten hours a night. I have worn these throughout my shifts and the noise isolation is still pretty good. I hear the music more now than with my previous headphones although I do have to raise the volume slightly upwards when in high background noise areas. The bass response rolls off with the greater background noise with the standard foam sleeves, so I reckon I may visit an Aural Dispensary to purchase personally moulded sleeves for my ears to achieve greater compatability with my ear canals & achieve a better seal. The adjustable sleeve unfortunately moves easily with the amount of activity, so I am regularly adjusting the fit to keep the cables snug to my head. A small inconvenience for the added sound quality against run of the mill in ear headphones. I added a small clip taken from some old in ear headphones to the main part of the cable before it divides into two, enabling me to secure it to my clothes so the individual ear cables don't get pulled about with the severe activity I undertake at work. As said I wear these almost constantly over a shift of 12 hours and do not feel any discomfort, feeling more relaxed because of the amount of ambient noise from which they they protect me. So, they double up as ear defenders with the bonus of piping in music too! Result!
All in all, for the money I would recommend the Shure SE215s... I am well pleased. So much so I bought another pair in Black for my better half!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical review to get the most from your Shure SE535s,
This review is from: Shure SE535 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Bronze (Electronics)I bought these about 5 days ago and I can honestly say they have changed my life. These are quite literally the best sound system of any kind I have ever owned, even better that my Nad separates and Quad speakers. The sound quality is phenomenal and like nothing I have ever heard before and the noise cancelling is out of this world. I am using them with an iPhone 3GS and a Fiio E7 headphone amp with a line out dock cable.
However, it has taken a little while for me to get used to them, so there are a few important things to know if you are thinking of buying these, and some advice on how to get the most out of them:
Even if you have had in-ear headphones before, it will take you a day or two to get used to putting these in. At first they might seem a bit uncomfortable and a faff, but you get over this very quickly. However, it is very important that you experiment with the various different buds that come with them; you will find that one set is more comfortable for you, but also they all have a slightly different impact on the sound, so you should listen to the same piece of music with all of them to find the best set. Make this a project; it's worth it.
I don't care what people say about burn-in, but there is definitely a burn-in time on these, the bass gains warmth and definition over the first couple of days usage, so don't worry if you are slightly underwhelmed by the bass out-of-the-box.
Many other reviewers have mentioned this as well, but when you buy these the quality/bitrate of your MP3 files is suddenly going to become the main issue in your life. I never gave this much thought before, although fortunately as it turns out the places which I have been getting MP3 files from for quite a few years deliver in 320kbps (Boomkat) or VBR (Amazon), which aims at 256 average, however I also have a lot of older stuff in 128kbps. I certainly wouldn't say that it isn't worth getting these earphones if all your files are 128kbps, they still sound way better than anything else out there, however when you hear the difference you are going to want and NEED 320kbps, so have some kind of strategy for converting or rebuying your favorite stuff. The difference is huge!! Or...
Although these are genius and amazing anyway, I would strongly and vehemently recommend buying the Fiio E7 headphone amp or similar. With the headphones only you won't believe that sound could get any better, but then try with the amp and you will explode! Pure heaven; and think about it - you wouldn't buy an expensive pair of speakers and then play a rubbish CD player through them. iPhones etc have fairly decent output, but this is still what you are doing. Also, very importantly - if you are using 128kbps files, the amp will beef them up and has bass boost to sort out some of the problems.
It is important to understand that these are reference headphones, which means that the sound is reproduced exactly as it was recorded. Many mainstream phones that you might buy are preset with slight boosts in bass etc, which these days particularly means they 'master' the phones to make MP3 files and bad MP3 players sound a bit fatter and better. This is why with the Shures it is so easy to hear the bad quality of low bitrate files - basically they are going to sound a bit quiet and not very bassy. However, the above mentioned Fiio E7 can help with this.
Most people seem to think I'm mad for paying this for earphones, but once you understand the power you will see that they are NOT expensive for what they are. If you value good quality sound you NEED these earphones and the amp. Believe!!!
One last thing - it would be quite feasible for you to turn the volume up so loud on these that you deafened yourself forever. I mean it - don't mess about; use a volume limiter.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good first experience of Shure earphones - or perhaps not,
This review is from: Shure SE315 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear (Electronics)When I first bought these in April 2013, I wrote this review:
I've now progressed from some upmarket Sennheiser buds (MX90VC - remember them?), to Ultimate Ears Superfi 3s, to now my first pair of Shures, the 315s - and am not disappointed at all. Although the leap from Sennheiser to UE was big, particularly as I started using Comply foam tips with the UEs, I didn't expect such a leap again but, at nearly double the price, it is true what others say about the sound quality. It is very, very good.I also now use Spotify and have moved from 'standard' to 'high quality' streaming/downloading, but even factoring this into account, the Shures just sound better (my local files are still the same quality so I can compare more fairly on these).More basically, the UE's started wearing out after 2 years or so where the cable pushes into the earpiece and, possibly as a result of tension in this area, a slither of plastic actually broke off, requiring a rather unsightly fix of superglue and black insulating tape. The Sennheisers also broke apart at the cable join after 3 years and, in those days, very few had replaceable cables.The way the Shure cable detaches is much more sophisticated (clickable/rotatable) and, as a detachable cable fan, this is a feature worth paying for. The Shure iphone controller cable you can buy separately seems better so far than the UE-compatible one - simply a better manufacturer I think - though it is also more expensive and by the time you have bought this with the 315s, you are looking at £170 or so.Finally, as a foam tip convert, I would also say the Shures are a much better fit. Whereas the UEs stick out and slightly forward from the ear, relying pretty much on the extent of insertion into the ear canal (and the over-ear cable) for stability, the more angled L-shape of the Shures means the body of the earphone sits back neatly in the outer cavity of the ear, as well as having an over-ear cable. In fact, you more have to 'prise' the Shures from your ears, as against simply pulling out the UEs.Hope this is helpful. I also like that Shure's offer a very clear, differently priced range - the 215, 315, 425 and 525 - so if you feel it's just too much to pay £200 or so, you can buy the same concept for less.
HOWEVER, as of 5 June 2013, my right earpiece has for no apparent reason (after 7 weeks only it might as well be brand new) stopped working - or at least, only produces very faint sound if you turn the volume right up - the left earpiece is then deafening. Not very impressive and, reading other 1-star reviews of the SE315s and other models, Shure do seem to need some sort of product quality control here, or some design flaw looked at. I have emailed the supplier (not Amazon but Advanced MP3 Players) to enquire about a replacement. Having been a bit rude about my trusty old Ultimate Ears (see above) I now feel sorry for them, and hey presto, am back using them again for the moment. Hmm. Not what you expect from a £130 pair of earphones....
Update two - the supplier did thankfully and without question replace these with a new pair straight away and I have not had any further trouble - have added two more stars again.
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