Pros Dual drivers for excellent sound; detachable sturdy cable; moldable wire; sits nearly flush with ear; two year warranty.
Cons Sturdy cable pulls down a bit in the back; cable a bit too long.
Summary I've had these for almost a year now and just noticed no one has given a review on this color option yet. So, even though I have the clear version, I thought I'd give them some love on this color option, since they are identical mechanically.
I bought these as an upgrade to the Shure se210, which were good but stuck out of my ear too much. Plus considering how much I use them (iPod while exercising and in ear monitoring system for guitar and vocals), I felt an upgrade to dual drivers was warranted. Fortunately, I made a good choice!
The sound is much better and defined than with previous earbuds I've tried (Shure, Bose, Sennheiser, Klipsch). The difference between the single drivers and dual drivers is pretty significant. To my ears, there is more "space" between the lows, mids, and highs. Pretty hard to explain but songs just sound more "open" and I can hear more definition between bass, guitars/keys, drums, and vocals. With my Shure single drivers, everything just kind of blended together and there wasn't as much definition. Triple drivers are probably even better but are most likely overkill for most people. I believe Shure tends to design their earbuds to be fairly neutral or flat sounding, meaning they don't overly emphasize any frequency, which I think is a bad thing. I've experimented with the EQ settings on my iPod and these earbuds sound best when my set to "off". You may find another setting preferable.
I also really like that these sit much more flush to your ear than many earbuds, with the exception of custom molds which of course cost a lot of money. Also, since the cables are detachable, they can easily be replaced if damaged. Another great feature is the memory wire that can be molded around your ear. This helps keep the cable where you want it over your ear. However, due to the sturdiness of the cable (which is a good thing), the cable is heavy and still pulls down a bit, mostly when jogging, so I often have to readjust the cable. There are clips to hold the cable to your shirt but I haven't felt the need to buy them yet.
If you are considering the SE425, you probably already have some experience with earbuds and know that a proper fit and seal are needed to experience the best sound. I find the foam ones work pretty well but get worn out after a few months and won't spring back into shape as when they are new. Therefore, the seal ability diminishes. Also, mine tend to start to feel a little uncomfortable after about an hour but it's no big deal and I'm sure this is the case with most sound isolating earbuds. I've also noticed that the cables are slowly getting discolored (probably due to sweat) even though I wipe them down most times after using them. Not a huge deal though. Good luck!
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