Pros Isolation great, comfort excellent, build is solid, and sound is wonderful.
Cons I can't think of a thing
Summary To each his own as the saying goes. I'm not fussy but I usually have something I can nit pick about given any product. But these 215's at this price are for me just extraordinary. Like Goldie Lox these some buds are too this or that but these are just right. Sure they take some getting used to, and I found that though the tips they come with will surely suffice for isolation and comfort, I use the Klipsch ovals and these make these the most comfortable and isolating buds I own...and I own a bunch. I just can't fault these. I find myself listening to the music instead of critiquing the product. The bass, treble and mids are coherent, clear and well blended. Shure has hit a home run in my book and for $100 you can't do any better. The kit is nice with a sturdy case, albeit a bit large, and the cable which is replaceable is well thought out and built although it may turn out to be the Achilles heel so far as durability is concerned. I suspect this to be true but I don't know it. Shure has a good warranty. These are good when exercising, they stay put. The isolation is the best, you are essentially deaf to the outside world even at modest volumes. These 215s are certain to please, I recommend them highly.
Pros -Quality sound reproduction, smooth from highs to lower, great transition, no skip or clip
-Great fit, stay put regardless of activity
-Replaceable connectors and plenty of fitting options rival higher end products
-Handy carrying case holds Ipod too
Cons The fit is so good it can be a problem removing the buds with one hand
Summary I have been through every ear bud from AlienEars through the Bose and Klipsch lines and have not been able to find what I was looking for in a daily use ear bud for working out, riding bikes, traveling and lounging by the pool, until now. These reasonably priced buds fit the bill perfectly.
While they are not the best for live performance monitors, they work great for listening to recorded music. Shure's quality is apparent from first use, but it is the sound quality of the buds that make them a stand out.
I have been able to get a great fit with the provided extra and have had some extras provided by Shure to share the sound with friends and family. I may move up the the 353, but for now these are providing everything I was looking for right now.
Reading some of the other reviews make me think...I guess I was not looking for the bass to rattle my filings loose or cause the neighbors windows to shake in their sashes. I was looking for realistic sounding bass reproduction, these buds are made for true to life sound reproduction and do an excellent job across the entire hearing spectrum.
"Lacking in depth..."on by Smegz
Pros Clarity of sound
Cons Weak bass
Difficult to fit
Summary I've been looking for the nirvana of ~$100 ear buds/canal phones and I'm having trouble finding the right pair. The Shure's have a nice clear sound but lack depth due to fairly weak bass response. Comparing these with 4 other headphones I have owned. Their sound is better than some of Shure's earlier endeavors in this field but fall short of the Klipsch SI4 line and ThinkSounds excellent TS-02. There's just not enough there. The compare well in highs and mids with ThinkSound, but have almost not depth to the bass. Disappointed to say the least.
Pros It's true! They stay in your ears while running!!!
Cons Don't eat or chew gum while wearing the SE215's. The sound of your own chewing will drive you insane.
Summary I have never been a fan of running with headphones for two reasons: They always fall out of my ears, and running on the streets without full use of hearing seems dangerous. I am always on the look out for headphones that will stay in my ears while running for use on the treadmill or on trails.
I came across this article recommending the Shure SE215 for great sound quality and security in ear. I have always used cheap earphones that you can buy at the gym or Target so I was not familiar with the more high end products like Shure, Etymotic and Klipsch. My friend owns an audio supply company and GAVE me some Shure SE215 earphones to try out. The consumer site is www.getavproducts.com
Immediately out of the box you can see and appreciate the quality of these earphones.
The cord attached to the driver with a nice positive click of the proprietary connector.
The cord is very nice, it is almost impossible to tangle up the cord due to its construction.
After a 5 mile run the earphones are solidly in place. I never had to adjust them at all. I have found that the key to success with these ear phones is the fit of the earplug part. They come with 6 different sizes to fit any ear canal, so fitting should not be a problem for most people.The noise isolation is really great with these earphones as well. I have used a pair of Beats Studio headphones and these earphones block an equal amount of ambient noise for 1/3 the price. The SE215 would be great to use on an airplane or anywhere you don't want people to bother you.
With the good sound isolation comes one drawback. They act like earplugs, so you can hear everything in your head. It is impossible to use these earphones while eating, the sound of your own chewing is immense. While running there is also a constant boom boom boom with every footfall, this may be distracting for some, it was easy for me to ignore.
Overall these are some really great earphones and I would recommend them to anyone who wants great sound and good sound isolation.
-Perfect SOund isolation
-Fun: Cable replaceable
Cons -Weak separation of instruments
-Could do better in clarity
Summary -The BASS response is really strong and solid (wish it could be more solid though). The mids are smooth and highs are accurate. Considering the price of this pair of earphones, you can't ask for more.
-Sound-isolation is PERFECT (Foams do better), i have to get off my earphones every time to hear people properly.
-The cable might be long, but it's secure and tough, meaning that repeating coiling will not damage the cable.
-The core part(driver in a shell)looks sturdy and well-built.
-Last but not least, SE215 in transparent black looks awesome
However, the separation of instruments and clarity is relatively weak. In worse case(low recording quality songs), all of the music kind of congests into the center.
-Female voice may not have the crystal clearness that there should have.
-Cable is long(well, i'm tall enough, but i still sometimes find it frustrating.)
Despite these cons, if you love bass, this is it. The SE215 suits u more than anything. Replacing a more decent cable(recommend silver braided) will help reduce the "congestion"problem.
Also, the kind of player you use greatly affects the performance of this pair of earphones. iPhone or iPod touch may produce sound that's too stuffy(a bit suffocating). If you are an apple lover, ipod classic will do much better. Other better players include Samsung, Cowon, Sansa Clip, iRiver...etc
However, strongly recommend users to pair SE215 up with a decent player (and maybe a replacement cable) for a more decent listening experience.
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