Pros Comfortable, good sound isolation, decent sound quality
Cons Takes some getting used to, expensive
Summary Comfort: These earphones are surprisingly comfortable. I have never had in-canal earphones before so I was quite anxious. The foam plugs are very comfortable.
Sound quality: If you are into high end audio (I have a Linn system) this is not the ultimate earphone pair. So dont expect these to blow you away. You might want to try the S510 phones. I have not tried them. These are very good in that they actually let you hear some of the mids, which i have found to be the most lacking in earphones and non high-end audio systems in general.
Price: I cant justify buying earphones that are more expensive than my mp3 player which is why I bought these. These are still slightly overpriced IMO.
vs. Bose QC2: I also own the Bose QC2s which in my opinion are decent sounding (I am not a fan of Bose speakers. In fact I hate them). The Shures are overall better in every aspect - portability, midrange response is much better, better noise isolation (the cancellation in the QC2 is only OK). I have almost stopped using the QC2 since I got these.
Summary: Overall, these earphones are a very pleasing upgrade to stock earphones. I ride the bus a lot and these help block out most of the noise so I can listen at low volume levels. At work, I cannot even hear myself typing on the keyboard when i have these on. Its just music. Its nice. I am not sure if the SE510s are worth it if all I am going to use these are with MP3 players like the iPod and Zune. The MP3 player's quality might then become the weakest link in the chain.
Pros Great Sound; Compact
Cons Can be difficult to get into ear for best results.
Summary I am a flight attendant who commutes on airplanes to work. I've destroyed my ears with standard ear 'buds' (the ones that come with MP3 players), schlepped around noise canceling monsters that needed batteries, or even had noise canceling ear buds. I hated them all on the aiprlane, specially turbo-props, where you need a sound-killer. I was intrigued by the Shure's and gave them a try at the Altitunes in SFO. The gentleman there showed me how to insert them properly, and put on some tunes... ahhhhhhhh, a commuters nirvana. Once properly inserted, any Shure headphone is a noise dampening ear-plug. They are effective without music. But put on the tunes, and you will appreciate and not worry about the price. Crystal clear highs, encompassing lows. I heard things I haven't heard in my music before (while being on a TurboProp!!!). If you want sweet headphones and you are serious about cutting out ALL of the background noise wherever you to, don't hesitate. The best part is they are unobtrusive and fit in the palm of your hand.
Pros Detailed Sound, Comfortable
Cons Price, Cord Configuration?
Summary I have the privilage of owning these amazing In-Ear-Monitors by Shure...
With a passionate appreciation for all types of music, when it comes to audio products...I research and buy only top quality. These Shure se310's represent that type of product.
The Shure se310 present music in a balanced presentation, which means the low, mid and upper frequencies are all represented in a neutral format. In addition to the above, the signature sound is what Shure is known for...amazing detail and transparency. As a further bonus, they are extremely comfortable to wear and provide excellent sound isolation.
Over the past six months, I have purchased a number of other IEM's...but have continually come back the the se310's. As a comparison, I have owned:
Shure se530 - excellent detail...but presentation is tilted to the lower frequencies more
Shure se420 - similar to the se530, but a bit darker presentation (lack of highs?)
Shure E4C - literally a carbon copy of the se310's in presentation. The se310's give you a bit more detail and bass though
UE Super.Fi 5 - nice presentation, with a bit more emphasis on the lower frequency. Vocals sounded a little recessed. Not as comfortable as Shure
UE Triple.fi - excellent balanced presentation, similar to the se310's. Not as comfortable as Shure
Etymotic ER-4P - the benchmark IEM for years. Amazing detail, especially in the upper frequency. A little bass shy though.
All in all the Shure se310's are an excellent IEM, especially if you appreciate a balanced sound presentation like I do.
Only downsides are the price and Shure's new cord configuration (18 inch with additional length extension)
Pros Truly fabulous sound
Cons Sometimes I have to take them out
Summary These are just awesome, didn't rank them a 10 because I don't know what perfection is. The sound quality is so good that I have gone back and re-ripped all the music I had at bit rates below 192. They also screen out enough outside noise that I use them for chamber music on the subway. They seem superior to my Bose noise-cancelling headphones in every respect. I float happily through crowds. I only wonder what the top-of-the-line ones are like!
Pros Fantastic cord options, excellent bass, more comfy, tighter slpiknot
Cons More pricey, and no warranty for accidental damage which is offered for other "toys" in this price range. -I also will still be using the yellow buds.
Summary I use them for iPod and iPod/MP3 only. So, please take that into account as you read on.
I come from a history of knowing that it costs what it costs when it comes to entertainment. I have an 37inch LCD for my PC, a 58inch plasma for TV and a 106inch HC gray screen/1080P DLP for my movies. All linked with harmony890. That being said...I needed the best I could get when it came to my 80GB iPod. And I really liked the price point of the EC3's and 4's but after an electric skateboarding accident, I had to replace the iPod (free with my warranty) and the headphones (not free). I searched to find the best deal on EC3, but came across the 310's.
After hearing them with my new iPod (same songs/bitrate) I can truly hear a difference. The bass is Sooo much more pronounced. I felt like I had that rumble feeling which I have only gotten from over the ear cans... and the highs are equal if not better. than the 3's or 4's. The comfort is better due to the strap on the back being improved, and most of all I thank the company for being smart enough for putting out a product that has an extension cable to it. The buds come as 18inchs with a 3ft cable for extension. (for breast pocket or back pocket optional use) ...Had I had this during my spill on my skateboard, I would have only needed to replace the extension cable, not the whole thing. (due to the stereo tip being damaged).
I do , however, like the yellow earpieces better (personal preference) but the new black ones are decent ...the price is about right, but possibly a little high...but the main thing I would like...(TAKE NOTE HERE SHURE!!!) -is the option to warranty this product for accidents. When you have a price this steep I would wish I can insure my purchase. A shuffle for 79.00 even has an option for it...why not headphones for 250.00-500.00????
Aside from that...
Thank you Shure. Thank you for a product I can enjoy, to better hear my music.