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Very good first experience of Shure earphones - or perhaps not,
This review is from: Shure SE315 In-Ear Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear (discontinued by manufacturer) (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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Initial post: 21 Oct 2013 15:23:41 BDT
Happy Shopper says:
yes funnily enough the right channel failing seems to be recurrent!
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