Pros Great sound quality, ear plugs help block (not cancel) background noise
Cons Extremely short primary cable necessitates constant use of entender, earplug mechanism generates hollow sounding background noise with motion
Summary Although I just bought these, one negative jumped out and I felt obligated to warn consumers. The headphone cord is EXTREMELY short, too short for use with my iPod armband (unless I use the inline extender, which is bulky). A shirt pocket would be the only conceivable position the cord could reach without the extender. Although this was mentioned as a possible location in the CNET review, I didn't realize that it would be the ONLY possible location. I had hoped to use these casually, even at the gym, but the long cable makes it awkward. When the cables are linked together, it is about a foot longer than my iPod headphones.
The sound is impressive, I am hearing more detail in my music than I've heard before (with the standard iPod headphones), but the clunkiness of the headphones is a major turnoff. I bought them through a storefront on eBay, which is the only thing preventing me from returning them.
The earplug inserts are effective at reducing background noise, but I notice a hollow low pitched "rubbing" noise when I move, as the cable brushes against my face or pulls on the earpiece. This noise is surprisingly frequent and makes it hard to enjoy the beautiful sound quality.
These headphones would likely be good for someone sitting still, at a desk or on a plane, who wants great sound quality and background noise reduction. Anyone who plans to be a bit more mobile might want to consider other options or seek out a demo before buying.
"Keep Looking"on by rickeyp53
Pros Small Comfortable Durable
Cons As poor as the SE210 but more money
Summary There has to be an earbud that combines the best attributes of both the Bose TriPort and Shure SE series - alone they are both fairly poor - TriPort has too much bass even with the MP3 bass reducer on - the SE Series gives up on the low tones (bass) in favor of stereo channel clarity. Whoever gets both right for just under $100 wins. I'm still looking.
"Incredible Sound"on by thebumrush
Pros Unbelievably good sound. These will expose low quality encodings, crappy players, etc.
Cons not as durable as they could be
Summary If these don't fit your ears then the sound will be terrible. If you don't like ear plug like ear buds then DON"T get these. It will be a large waste of money.
"I hate these things"on by bros773
Pros they sound about as good as the earphones that came with my iPhone
Cons 1) the earphones were over $100 even though they probably cost about $10 to manufacture. 2) they are hard to put into your ear. 3) they are VERY uncomfortable. 4) they make you look ridiculous.
Summary i don't agree with the guy that said the boss earphones are better because both products are crap in my opinion. i do agree that they HURT your ears! even the smaller earpieces gave me a splitting headache and i had to take them out every couple of minutes. what is the point of having stupid looking earphones that have mediocre quality? just buy headphones! at least they won't hurt like these pieces of s*** do. shure products are a complete ripoff considering you can buy an 8gig iPod touch for less than what they sell most of their products for, but here's the catch: the apple earphones that come with your new iPod touch are going to be better in every way! they are easier to put in and out, they are waaay more comfortable, they don't look frickin' ridiculous when you wear them, the logo painted on them won't wear off right away like with the shures, they sound just as good, they aren't inserted into your ear, and they are so much cheaper you would have to be an idiot NOT to go get yourself a nice new iPod touch just for the earphones. sorry for the rambling sentence. on top of the outstanding quality of the apple earphones, the mic on them can be used as a headset for your phone, which i have found perfoms better than any of the bluetooth headsets out there. so with all this in mind, go buy yourself an iPhone or a touch before you get these pieces of junk. just think of it as paying $$$ for the earphones and getting a free iPod for the same price as the shures. i am not an apple rep. even though that would be nice, i am simply trying to save you a ton of $$$ and a headache. hope this review helps
Pros It sounds great, clear highs, powerful mids, and rich bass
Cons Comfort, all models fit better, even the 210s fit better
Summary These buds sound great, precise sound, but the comfort levels let it down. other than that, for a single balanced armature driver, it is simply the best buds you can get .