"Overpriced, whimpy bass, crackle at higher volumes, NOT worth $200 more than e2c's"on by explodingtuna
Pros (too) bright highs, mid range, might make you feel good about owning earphones more expensive than the guy next to you.
Cons Crackle or whimp out at low end freq's/high volume, earbud pads uncomortable, high freq's are almost shriek-y and painful, overpriced
Summary These were the most disappointing ear/headphone purchase I've ever made. $250 is a joke for the minor improvement in high end and mid range quality. I have been happier with $50 Sony earphones. My audiophile ears were plenty happy with my old e2c's which (for $200 less) come very close in sound quality/clarity and can handle higher volumes and low end much better. Although they start to clip when my iPod hits 3/4+ vol, especially if there is any bass even w/ the EQ at Flat/Off. The earbud pads also seemed way more comfortable, and directed the sound into my ear much better due to better fit. But that will vary for each person. Get a pair of e2c's for $50 on Amazon/eBay and use the $200 you save for something else.
Pros Amazing sound, comfortable fit, sound isolation.
Cons None I could think of
Summary Well, it took me a wile to find the headphones that could fit in my requirements: light weight, sound blocking (isolation), good quality of sound. My first was Sennheiser PXC 250. Active cancellation of noise was great, but on-ear design and bulky noise cancellation device were deal breakers for me. My second choice was Bose Quiet Comfort (original), but it was too pricey and bulky. Third was Shure Se210. Still lack of bass made me exchange it for the last and the best of them all - Shure se310. The sound is fantastic for the asking price: $200. After some bargain hunting I found J&R store at 31 Park Row, NY, NY, 10038. (tel#: (212)238-9000)
Yes, I’ve heard this argument: “It’s only ear buds, high price, ergonomics, etc.” Still, you pay what you get for, and unless your budget will allow you to spend more for shure 420 or 520, I strongly recommend this particular product.
p.s.: By the way, shure 420 at that store is sold for “only” $250.
Pros Outstanding clarity ,comfort ,and build quality
Cons Kinda pricey Have adjust eq for good bass
Summary I have been searching for the right set of IEMs for a while now and am finally happy. I got the se310s the other day and all I can say is WOW!! I have tried a lot of other brands Bose IE(ok if you sit in library and like bass tracks), Zune Premium (Premium?..not so much),and Sennheiser CX300( actually a great set for the money)but the se310s are really incredidle,sound is so detailed and defined and great fit and seal wih the supplied earpeices. My only complaint is that the bass is lacking alittle but if you have a EQ you can boost the bass and it is still really clear. I am finally done shopping. btw got them online for 139 shipped
"Very good earphones"on by lalitbs
Pros Sound reproduction is excellent.
Cons it takes about a minute to wear them
Summary Well in short they are the best earphones i have used. before these i was using etymotic ER6i they were also very good but i cant compare them to Shure SE310. You have to get the fit right for it to sound good.
Pros lightweight, sturdy, excellent sound isolation, earplug choices
Cons cost, not widely available yet
Summary I work in an open-plan "war room" style office where it can be very difficult to concentrate among all of the conversations and goings-on. I also commute daily on a very loud train.
After systematically borrowing my colleagues' Bose, Sennheiser, Koss, and Sony noise-cancelling headphones, I can honestly say that these Shure earphones are the best at blocking ambient noise, and the most lightweight and comfortable for many hours of wear at at time.
For example on my train ride, with the Shures I can keep the volume level of my iPod quite low at about 20%. However with the Bose QC3s, I had to crank up the volume to 95%. That's not safe for your hearing in the long run!
I'd give them a '10' if they came in fun colors aside from white and black.
Peace at last!