Shure SE215 Earphones
The Shure SE215 is our favorite earphone under $120. If you’re looking for a set of earphones that will provide clear, dynamic sound, and detachable and replaceable cables, for a price that won’t make you nervous if you wear them for your next sweaty workout or otherwise put them through the wringer, then you have to consider the Shure SE215. The comfortable flush fit and the formable wires, which shape to year ear to keep them securely in place, make these earphones a smart choice for your workout, your morning run, or for wearing under a helmet. But the budget price doesn’t mean you have to give up quality sound. Shure has found a way to produce quality sound from the single dynamic driver of the SE215 that nearly rivals the company’s multi-driver earphones that cost three or even five times as much. You get strong bass that isn’t muddy and lively mid-range and highs. Just read some of our customer reviews and you’ll see that real-life users agree with me that the Shure SE215 provide a lot of bang for not many bucks.
Every time I look at my SE215 I think of a number. $200. That is how much these should cost when I mentally rank it against all other earphones I own (all of the ones at Earphone Solutions :)). The finish and manufacturing detail is the same you find on the flagship SE535 that sells for $499. The new dynamic drivers developed by Shure deliver a ton of bass without being muddled. Aside from the 2 Year Warranty provided by Shure when you have an invoice from Earphone Solutions, the new SE215 has a removable cable, once found only in the $200+ models. You can now have the same technology and high quality snapping detachable cables on a sub-$100 earphones. The SE215 is now the best earphones under $120. With its comfort and flush fit is also the best earphones for sleeping, wearing under a helmet, running and for an active lifestyle. The new SE215 headphones feature dynamic microdrivers and formable cables that fit snugly behind the back of the ear. We love them! They sound, feel and fit like $200!
I am so excited with this new earphone. It's my favorite backup earphones already. The low price makes me feel good about putting them through any situation. I don't worry about the case, losing it, etc. And this morning I took them again to the gym and I can't fault the product.
I spoke with Shure last week and I truly think they messed up on the price. Based on everything we sell these should be easily placed at $149 (at $200 they would encroach on their next model up SE315 which sells for $199).
I know Shure is not after the consumer market with these but they will get an avalanche of orders. These were built to be bundled on their entry level professional wireless monitor systems. But we sold out our first shipment already and some customer reviews are already popping on our site pending publishing and they seem to agree with my enthusiasm :)
I will try to get a hold of Shure's product developer to ask about the driver but these sound nothing like the SE115. It could be because I'm just too excited with the fit and price
The other thing is that the overall "what you get for the money" is so much larger than most other earphones that these SE215 will even mess up models priced in the $40-$80 range. Depending on distribution, these should affect 2 or 3 mainstream brand names in the industry. They just need stock!!
Shure SE215 Earphones Review by Earphone Solutions
Also read our comparison of the Shure SE215 vs Westone UM PRO 10 and comparison of Klipsch S4i vs Shure SE215.
The Shure SE215 can be easily described as a high quality earphone for an extremely affordable price. The $99 price tag made me wonder, at first, about the quality of sound. But I quickly discovered that I was surprisingly pleased with the overall quality of the SE215.
Ensuring a proper fit was simple. The three sizes of Shure’s sound-isolating foam earphone tips provided me plenty of options to find a fit that brought the noise isolation capabilities to life. The integrated ear hook secured them firmly to the back of my ears and they fit snugly once I had them correctly positioned. A few extra minutes of my time upon first wearing provided an excellent fit that enhanced my listening experience.
The SE215 has a single dynamic driver and I expected to hear much more bass and less highs and mids. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a big, loud sound that provided a great sense of space. The mids and highs were clearly defined and provided a great balance to the solid bass dynamic drivers are known for.
I listened to these earphones in a variety of settings and enjoyed several different musical genres. I wanted to hear the bass on a fast driving song found on my workout playlist, the balance between the bass and the mids and the highs on a popular song I’ve heard many times, and the overall listening experience on one of my favorite songs. The songs I focused on for this review were:
Save the World by Swedish House Mafia
Beautiful Day by U2
Welcome to the Jungle covered by 2 Cellos
Each of these songs sounded fantastic on the SE215 and exceeded my expectations for the dynamic driver. I expected more congestion in the sounds but found a clarity I didn’t necessarily anticipate. However, there were times during these three songs that the thumping bass become slightly distracting. This seemed to happen more on Save the World than the other two songs.
I’m not surprised that these earphones have been rated Best Earphone Under $100. In addition to the technical specifications I was very pleased with the available compatibility with my iPhone. The $49.99 iPhone cable is a no brainer for anyone who wants to use the microphone to talk hands free. The SE215 is an excellent, affordable choice for a pair of noise isolating earphones that can bring the music to life.
Another Review of the SE215 by Flavio T
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
The Shure SE215 are a very good set of in-ear monitors for the price. I simply wanted a pair of in-ear phones that sounded good to me, were flat fitting and comfortable if I fell asleep with them in. The wire form cable does takes a little more work to get position right but after that I have no issues with them. Would purchase again for the price or choose comparable Westones. Either are good picks.
Although these earphones generally sound pretty good, I'd never recommend or buy them again because of the Wireform cable design. They are just to much of a hassle to put on. I'll stick with Westone in the future.
I am a bassist in our praise band, located beside our drummer. We use an in-ear sound system and with the other buds I have used, it was difficult to hear anything over the drums. With the SE215 ear buds, they cancel the surrounding sound that I now have to turn up the drummer in the in-ear system. Have only had them for a short time, but so far, greatly impressed. For the price, they are well worth it.
My wife's been using cheapo earphones for a few years now. When she listened to her music with my Westone W10's, she finally understood the difference between cheapo earphones and really good ones. Her new Shure SE215's were presented to her after the crappy ones finally died. The first time she listened to her favorite artist with these new Shures, she actually cried... I couldn't believe it. Well the crying finally stopped and now she's grinning ear to ear. These really are quite remarkable at this price point. Although I personally prefer the Westones, these really give them a run for the money. If I only had $89 to spend on new earphones, these would absolutely be my first choice.
Over the years, I've owned several pairs of Westone earphones. All in the $300 - $400 range. I currently have two pairs. I bought the Sure SE215 because of the price and because I wanted to have a spare. The phones sound great, but i find the cables less than acceptable. They are not as flexible as the Westone cables, especially the couple of inches where they connect with the earbuds themselves. That makes the earphones very difficult to adjust and fit into my ears properly. I put 'em in and they are fine, but when I try to adjust the cable around my ear, the earbuds become dislodged from my ear. I have to keep messing with them. I find the cables very clumsy, Too stiff and heavy. Had I known this beforehand, I'd most likely not have made the purchase. Probably in the future, I'll stick with Westone.
Well I have a pair of SE 535s and those are my serious buds, but these SE 215s are great for sleeping and in the kayak or active. Great sound for the price. I recommend them highly. These would be a great intro to the Shure sound w/o investing a ton of money.
Best Headphones of the world! Best Warranty
These are my first set of IEMs. These could easily be my last, they are that good. One could easily be satisfied with them for life. Or, if you are like me, these will wet your appetite for the high end. I'm already saving to move up the Shure model line. I own NAD Viso HP50 and Sennheiser HD 598 headphones and I prefer the Shure SE 215 to either headphone. I find the SE 215 to be very versatile, able to handle any genre of music. Love the bass, love the mids, and I love the treble. These are known for their bass reproduction. But, I do not find it exaggerated. I'd say these are neutral. I'd say these are comfortable for two to three hours of listening with only very mild discomfort or fatigue after that. I can't imagine a better starter IEM! These have opened up a whole new world of listening for me! One can't go wrong with these.
I bought a pair of SE215's to see if I'd like earphones, IEMs, at all. It turns out that I love them. I have to say I prefer the SE215 earphones to the sound of the following headphones: Grado SR80 (notice no "s" or "i" included in the model number), Goldring DR150, Sennheiser HD6 Mix, and NAD VISO HP50. In defense of those headphones let me admit that it is comparing apples to oranges to compare earphones to headphones. However, if you need to get the most for your hifi dollar, given the price for these 'phones, they can't be beat on a sound per dollar basis. These 'phones have given me no listener fatigue yet in my experience with them. Although there is some physical ear discomfort after two or three hours of listening. If these were available as custom IEMs, I believe that would not be the case. If the 215's were as good as it gets, I wouldn't be disappointed. As a matter of fact I thought to myself, on first listen, "Wow, these are great!" My second thought was "How good can the SE535's be?" So, I've placed the SE535's on my "To Be Acquired" list based on the sound of my pair of SE215's. Right now, my plans for those earphones are to buy them, listen to them, then reshell them into custom IEMs. I will not describe the sound of the 215's in terms of highs, mids, and bass. I will say that once the proper tips are selected, the sound is open and non-fatiguing and, to contradict myself, neutral. So, there you have it. An inexpensive headphone with an open, neutral, and non-fatiguing sound that pleases yet wets one's appetite for more. That is why I call them "The Gateway Earphone"
I own a pair of both Shure's SE535s and their SE215s. While (as expected) the 215s exhibit nowhere near the sound quality of the 535s, the sound is exceptional for the price point. Sound aside, the durability of the 215s is perhaps their most impressive characteristic. I purchased my 215s specifically to use while working out. I have logged more than 1000 miles jogging with my pair. Despite being regularly dropped, sweat on/in and otherwise abused, each earbud and even the cable soldier on without any noticeable deterioration. Moreover, both the 535s and 215s are by far the most comfortable and best-fitting earphones I have ever had the pleasure of wearing.
Compared to Westone UM-1 or other reference earphones/headphones these are a bit "boomy" in bass. However, if you reset your equalizer adjustments to flat it's not quite so noticeable. They match closer to watching movies (which emphasize that kind of sound response) than to reference listening to music. Ear adjustments are great and sturdy enough for daily/travel use. Well worth the investment.
I love in-hear headphones and appreciate the sound isolation they can provide and certainly appreciate the difference in sound quality between very low-end headphones and quality offerings by Shure and others nearing the $100 mark and above. My first pair of nicer IEMs were Shure and I enjoyed them for around 3 years or so before the cables split and fell apart. After that, I think I tried a comparable Westone next (still have them) but unfortunately, they developed a short in the cable at the connection just outside of their warranty. Around this time, Shure came out with the SE215 model and so I ordered up a new pair. To be honest, I am not a big fan of the bendable/stiffer part of the cable that goes over the ear...it is just not nearly as comfortable as letting the cable naturally drape down over behind the ear. However, not a huge deal. I thought I liked the idea of the detachable cable. However, this is where the problem ultimately came in! So, I enjoy the sound quality of these headphones and they are comfortable enough (comfort is mostly a matter of opinion for different folks anyway) and in addition, they "appear" to be built well...thick cable, etc. The issue I have had finally, is one that seems to be very common out there...one can find lots of folks online that have experienced it and discuss it in great detail online. My left earpiece is now cutting out...intermittently. This seems to be a result of the rotating connection between cable and earpiece. Unfortunately for me, this has happened just over 2.5 years from purchase, so out of warranty. So, they cannot be replaced for free and in my opinion, I am not even sure they can be repaired (by replacement of parts) by Shure successfully, since it is the connection issue and not really a faulty earpiece or cable alone. Of course, there is cost associated with sending to Shure and paying for one or two parts to be replaced and would be approaching the cost of new ones...as such, it is probably not worth it. For sound and comfort, I would have rated this 4 or 5 stars even, but as it is, with this defect outside of warranty, and given the fact that is seems so common, I can only give it 3 and suggest "buyer beware" on this one.
Great sound. Great Price. The Shure SE215s are very comfortable.
This earbud blows Westone away.
I've used earbuds ranging in price from $20 to $400. I can honestly say that these are the best of the bunch. What a great value!
I purchased the Westone earphones first, and do not like them at all. The Shure earphones sound better, fit better, and are constructed A LOT better than the Westone earphones.
No turning back to regular earbuds after buying this pair. Actually lost a pair of SE210 and got these as replacement. The upgrade to SE215 includes replaceable cables that gives you piece of mind as regards durability, although the cables are very high quality to begin with. I'm appreciating the nuances I missed with my previous earbuds and headphones. Good sound isolation also helps me to shut out the noise when I commute by bus or train. Probably the best introduction to "namebrand" earbuds for the price and quality.
These earphones have great sound especially when you consider the price. They isolate outside noise quite well. Build quality seems to be there as the cable is thick and seems like it will last for a while. Another plus with these earphones is that if something does happen to the cable it can be easily replaced. The only con I can think of is the ear tips. I really like the foam ones but my ears are a little to small for the medium ones (the ones I use) and way to big for the small ones.. After awhile of use my ears would be hurting.
I've had my SE215s for more than a year now, using them almost every day while performing with my music group. They're not perfectly sound isolating, but are still great in-ears that allow me to hear what I need to hear at a healthy volume. My ears do get tired of the foam earbuds after a few hours of straight use; otherwise they're comfortable. I had an issue with my cord once but getting in touch with customer service resolved with issue quickly.
I have bought three pairs of Shure earphones, most recently the SE215. The sound quality is excellent but none of the three pairs have lasted much more than a year and Shure makes the repair and return process so onerous that it makes it not worth dealing with them. Lack of durability and lousy customer service outweigh the sound quality in the end. Three's enough. Time to look elsewhere.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience. If you bought these from us please contact us so we can help expediting the warranty replacement with Shure. We will also be glad to point you to other alternatives. Thank you!
Without knowing, while cleaning my 215's I made mention to the wife that I will replace them at their 3 year mark. Found my receipt for 2 years and 9 months ago. 3 years of use!!! This is not everyday casual listening. These are my dedicated motorcycle speakers and running headphones. I've replaced the triple flanges almost monthly and the cable once. The monitors are still the same -- "starts singing Bob Seger"... I'll upgrade in another 3 years.. They have lasted this long they can last another 3! Starting to save for the 846's now..
I bought 8 of these for our musicians. I wanted to get rid of stage monitors and the problems they introduce. It took several weeks for our singers and musicians to get acclimated to the new monitors, but the improvement has been fun to watch happen. The sound quality SE215s is excellent, particularly for the price. In fact, one of the initial problems I had was the enhanced dynamic range. With the headsets in place, the room noise went away and the singers started singing too softly on the quiet passages. What sounded great in their headsets was below the room noise. I finally convinced them to sing louder and everything fell into place. My only complaint with these headsets is that they are difficult for users to fit properly in their ears. It isn't easy to get comfortable taking them off and putting them back on. Tom Montgomery AVL Tech Sun City Center UMC Sun City Center, FL 33573
I have owned many in ear earphones over the years, from the low end price range to the high end, by several different manufacturers. It is my opinion that the Shure line of earphones provide both the best build quality and sound quality for the cost. The 215's are very durable for the price. I have had 3 pairs over they years. While my Shure 535's are my finely tuned racehorse, the 215's are my workhorse. I use them outdoors quite often and I am not afraid to get some sweat on them, to get them dirty, etc. The cables are thick and strong. The fit is wonderful. The sound is wonderful. I plug these into my iPod, put them on, and away I go. I don't worry about the delicate wire as with other earphones. I don't worry about if they are too delicate. They are tough. They sound great. And they are the best value in earphones on the market.
I bought these as a "backup" pair of earphones and I've been really impressed with the sound at this price point. I am not a bass head and the bass is nice and tight. Not "boomy" at all. The fit is good. overall very highly recommended particularly for this price.
Good sound, but have a problem with them fitting comfortably in my ears.
Please make sure you are routing the cables behind the back of your ear and try all different sizes and material of the eartips that were included with the SE215. It's quite normal to take a while to get a good and comfortable fit..
The noise isolation is amazing, i usually use only volume 1-8(of 30). the sleeves are very comfortable Pros: Noise Isolation, Sound Quality(Bass), Comfort, Very nice price. Cons: not sure if it's my ear but the right side of the earphones doesn't seem to isolate as much as the left side
Great earphones for the price. Blocks out alot of noise, and highly recommend for working out.
Great fit and sound, I use them as I.E.M.s (in ear monitors) and earphones. Fast shipping.
Great phones for the buck. Can't wait to buy the next model up and see what else can be better. Pros: Cons:
These head phones are amazing, The sound quality is really good. My friend just got the beats Mixrs, which are like a 300-400 dollar headphone. and these sound better everywhere. The bass on the beats where of course a little better, But that's because they are cans. The bass on the SE215's are a perfect mix. Pros: Sound, Noise cancelling, heavy duty cable, I can't tell that they are in my ear, super comfortable. The price for these are awesome, they should be more. Cons: I workout a lot so I am moving constantly, they want to come out of your ears, probably because of the weight of the cable, but I found a way to have a little slack so it doesn't do that. Everything is perfect
These are nearly perfect earbuds. Replaceable cords are my favorite feature. The only problem with these earbuds is that they are not really sound isolating I want to be totally isolated from my environment so that I can be lost in the music, however the world too easily intrudes. The replaceable cord is really nice. Most earbuds fail at the cord. No problem to replace the cord with these. Pros: I love the clarity and. Crispness of music throuh these. They are wonderful. The soundstage is very broad and the one gets the feeling of being live with the musicians. I also love the fact that the cord can be replaced. Most headphones have some sort of cord issue when they need to be replaced. Cons: I wish that they were more sound isolating. I usually use my buds to listen to music whilst my husband snores. However, these do not block enough of the noise.
The Earphones are great for the price, they sound great, maybe on the quiet side, but I did just get a new phone, so maybe its just the phone. I find the included cables are way to thick and hard, especially when it is cold outside, they stay coiled up and pull on my ears, its great that the cables are removable, rare in a set of earphones this cheap, so I will look at replacing them with some softer ones down the road. I find the included ear tips too small, I use the foam type of tips, and the ones that are included with the SE215 are just to short, they are shaped a lot like the rubber tips that are also included, short and stubby. I took some comply medium tips that I Had from my last earphones, they fit much nicer. I was coming from a pair of Westone UM2 earphones that I have had for close to 10 years, one cable broke, and I considered getting them fixed, but decided to purchase these instead just to have some earphones for now. I am happy with my choice, I have a feeling down the road I will go back to Westone, maybe Santa will bring me some Westone 4Rs. Pros: Sound good price Cons: Cable - too thick and stiff included tips
Great price for a really good pair of earphones! Pros: Bass is really good Cons: Took a while to break into them
These are a great product with a great price tag. We bought 7 pairs to use for our worship team. The fit around the ear is comfortable, and you have several choices of buds in order to get the perfect fit for your ears. Pros: Cons:
I usually wait a bit to do my reviews, because of course, things are expected to work out of the box. These were my first pair of "real" earphones, and I instantly fell in love with them. They are really great sounding - Mids sound good and bass is just right for me (not too much as to blow out your ears). Now, I bought these just a few months ago; Ordered 8/22/13 and delivered 8/24/13 to be exact (KUDOS to Earphone Solutions for their fast shipping!). After occasional use (I think it would even be fair for me to say rare use) my left driver has stopped working; no sound at all. I've even verified that it's the driver itself and not the cable by switching the drivers to the opposite cable. The right one works perfectly whether hooked up to the left or right cable. Hoping Shure will replace these without hassle... Pros: Great sound. Bass is just right. Cons: Left driver stopped working after only 3 months of rare use.
We apologize for the inconvenience, Joe. Please contact Shure at 1-800-516-2525 and they will replace the defective unit for you.
I wanted earbuds for when proper headphones are too bulky. I chose these and like their reproduction qualities for both the "proper" recordings and the compressed mp3 stuff you get on an iPad for example. I had considered higher end, but frankly full size headphones win out for me as you get to the higher prices. So, as a budget friendly set of earbuds , these are outstanding. A very solid sound, bags of ambiance and comfortable to wear for extended periods. Go buy some for yourself ! Pros: Great sound quality, portable and affordable. Cons: Nothing.
To be honest, sound-wise, I can't really tell a difference between these and other dynamic IEMs (coming from a pair of A-Jay's Three with Comply foams), but, that said, Shure's Olive earbuds are simply unmatched. Really lets you appreciate the sound quality of these IEMs by drowning out external noise. I was worried about fit too as I wear a pair of prescription glasses, but surprisingly, no problems at all. If you spend plenty of time commuting, would appreciate a good set of earphones that block noise out but are unwilling to fork out too much $, look no further than these. And no better place to get them than Earphone Solutions (where I come from these retail at almost DOUBLE the price. Unbelievable. Arrived in no time too - shipped to the US.) Pros: Excellent noise isolation Excellent sound Price Great value Cons: The jack won't fit all the way in (I use a silicone case on my iPod Classic and have had to remove the top half of the casing) Cable is REALLY long so this could be a + or - depending on your needs. A little too long for my liking.
After using these new Shure SE215 earphones for about a month now I can easily saw that they are the best earphones I have ever owned. It takes a bit of work to get them to fit properly but it's worth it. The bass is incredible and I'm hearing things I've never heard before in my favourite music. I initially had problems removing the rubber earbuds but a call to Earphone Solutions solved it very quickly. I had previously used a pair of Westone 1 for some years but find the Shure SE215 to be superior. Great value for the money! Pros: Excellant bass Robust cables Comfortable Great price Cons: Cables a little stiff at first
I have now purchased two pairs of these earphones and both have had the right speaker fail within 4 months after normal gym usage. The first pair was not bought on earphone solutions, but the second was. I have bought the clear pair first and the black pair second. I believe there was a manufacturing issue with early versions of this model and chalked up that first pair I bought to that. However, it was my understanding that the pair I got from here was an updated version and would not have the same issue. I do not abuse my headphones. I place them in a metallic carrying case after every use. I don't get them pinched by weights or wad them up to break wires. While I do use them daily, I consider the care I give them to be at least average, if not above-average. Needless to say, after two pairs, I won't be buying these again. I now have to RMA both of them back to Shure to see if I can squeeze another few months out of each one before they likely fail again. Pros: Sound quality is really good... when they work. Cons: Quality is terrible. Failures in the right speaker on two different pairs.
This is my second shure SE215. previously I had the limited edition blue one. I had it for a good 5 months when suddenly I couldn't hear it on my right side. I thought the cable was spoilt. so I ordered another cable only to realize that it was actually the earphone itself that was faulty! Disappointed as I definitely expected more having paid nearly a 100 bucks for this. I actually love the sound so I thought might as well get another. so I got this black one. guess what, less than 3 months after having it, the left earphone busted! im like OMG! what the heck is wrong with this thing. thankfully I could use the previous blue limited edition for my left ear and continue with this black one on the other ear. Let's see how long this last. I'm definitely not getting another once any of the earphones goes bust again. Usage: mostly just on my normal travels in the subway to and from work. I even put it in the case provided when not in use. its a little difficult to send it over for warranty as I get my friend in the US to ship it over to me here in Singapore as earphones solutions don't allow this earphones to be shipped to Singapore. Pros: sounds awesome. this I totally admit! Cons: everything else!
The Shure SE215 are a fantastic pair of earphones that have exceptional sound quality as well as a durable cable and housing that should last much longer than what you pay for because for under $100, these are a steal. I actually told a friend about these before the 2013 summer ended and we both bought a pair. In addition, the kind folks at Earphone Solution took care of the shipping for both of us as well. A really great shopping experience; I look forward to purchasing from them again. Pros: -Durable cable/housing -Sound quality (good bass response as well as pronounced mids and highs) -Price point is unbelievable for what you get -Accessories (foam/silicone tips w/ a carrying pouch) Cons: -the length of the cable is a little longer than average but that's just a preference and easily replaceable so desired
I've been dabbling with Monster in ears for about three years now, and (to say the least) it's been an awful experience. I've owned Beat's Tour models, Turbines, and the iSports. Every single one of those models completely fell apart after about a year. This was pretty disappointing considering how much I was paying for the ear buds. I have owned Shure's in the past, but due to misuse I ended up not being able to keep them for long. After that, I got an awesome deal for the Monster's which is why I even bothered to mess with their in ear models. After being completely frustrated with Monster's quality and customer service not owning up to being responsible for their build quality, I finally came to this site to get back to some good value and quality monitors. Boy was I in for a treat. I was able to pick up these at Earphonesolutions. They have grade A customer service. Which was a surprise after dealing with Monster for the last three years. They quickly shipped to me within two days. Now for the actual review. The packaging was small and simple, nothing over the top. I was able to take them right out of the box and pop them in my ears. They come with the medium sized foam tips already on the monitors, which is great for me because they fit perfect. The seal is terrific with the foam tip. I'm currently a college student and ride the bus to classes. When these were in my ears, I couldn't hear the bus noise at all. The DD provides crisp bass and just enough detail with the highs. The mids mud out a bit, but I'm fine with that considering the music I listen to. The detachable cables are a nice surprise with a product of this price range, and I cannot hear cable rub within the monitors at all. That's a huge win, considering I use these at the gym. Overall a great product, I never should have strayed away from Shure. Quality product for the money you pay. Pros: Comfort Seal Detachable Cable Value Cons: None so far
The Shure SE215's are an amazing value. I own the Shure SE535 and briefly owned the SE425 and the SE215's are not embarrassed at all. They offer more low end than the other 2 but it's not quite as tight but still very good. What they lack is the high end and that's where the other 2 shine. It's not bad just ok. I just EQ it a bit and it's good. Mids are where the Shure brand lives and the 215's are no exception. The 215's have that same mid pronounced Shure sound signature that I love. Overall it's just an awesome earphone for the money. I also own the Shure SRH440 closed headphones and those are just crazy good. They blow away headphones costing twice as much. You won't find a better company to deal with either, Earphone Solutions are professional customer oriented company that offers great prices and fast FREE delivery. Pros: Sweet Shure Sound Great Value Quality Made Replaceable Cord Professional Cons: Highs could be better but I'm nit-pickin
Thank you for the kind words, Stephen!
Ear buds have great sound and stay in my ears better than any I have ever owned Pros: Fit and sound Cons: Would like a volume control on the cord
It takes about a week of use before the cable is bent properly to keep them in your ears but once that's done, these are fantastic. Great sound and since external sound is blocked so well, you can listen at a lower volume than you normally would. Pros: Cons:
I've used Shure for nearly a decade. Products produce great sound. They absolutely stand by the 2 year warranty on all their products. This particular model is incredible value for what it costs. Pros: Cons:
These have decent sound, if you can find tips to fit you. But they are large and heavy -- lots of plastic in my ears. The cables are very thick. And if you loop them over your ear, as recommended, you may feel tied up! I find myself reaching for something else -- anything that is smaller and lighter. Pros: Decent sound for the $$. Cons: Too large and heavy Cables are thick
I use them for mowing the lawn. Good mower noise supression and great sound. Pros: Cons: Nothing yet
Bought the SE215 to use for the gym. Initially was grainy and sharp sound. Don't be discouraged as after about a day of straight burn-in, much improved an d a pleasure to use. I also have the W4R from earphone solutions. For some reason, I am liking the SE215K more than my SE425. Beyond the sound of these great earphones, I still continue buying from earphone solutions for the great customer service. All of the three earphones I have were from earphone solutions. Pros: Good bass Great mids Replaceable cables Great value Cons: For the purpose intended, NON
I have been listening to these SE215s for most of the afternoon (comfortable). They sound very, very, good. I am listening to Al Dimeola's Pursuit of a Radical Rhapsody - this is a punchy mix that simply sounds delicious. Bass is full (not bloated), mids are spot on and the highs are just a touch rolled off. I own the Westone 3 earphones and they are better, but they cost twice as much as these! I do not think anyone will find a better earphone with the feature set the SE215s offer for the money. Simply superb sound and value for your money. I am totally satisfied with these phones. Pros: great sound to dollar ratio comfortable fit build quality removable cord Cons: The cord for the android is a bit pricey Can be difficult to put in because the cord spins in attachment plug to earphones.
I have been a fan of the Shure earphones for over 6 years. I had to replace my Shure 115's and decided to upgrade to the SE215's. These earphones are not nearly as easy, nor as comfortable as the 115's. The cable is very robust, which I like, but it is a bit stiff and can be difficult to wrap around your ear. My 115's I could leave in for hours without any discomfort, but not these... Maybe an hour but that's about it. I thought maybe the part that goes into the ear canal is bigger, but it's not, so it must be the earphone design itself. The 215's are much bigger and bulkier than the 115's without an improvement to the sound. I mean, they both sound great, but for the bigger size, I expected even bigger sound. Pros: Price, Sound, Heavy Duty Cable Cons: Not comfortable in ears and difficult to put on. Stiff cable
So my last Shure headphones were about 8 years ago. I didn't value them at the time and unfortunately lost them (don't even remember the model). I've grown up quite a bit and bought quite a few different headsets of all kinds. I'm now revisiting my Shure history and though I was tempted to purchase the 315's or even the 425's after reading various reviews for my simple needs apparently the 215's were perfect! Had them shipped to my USA Holiday home and I finally got them redelivered to me here in Australia. Used them for the first time today and LOVED THEM! Great sound, clarity was fantastic and just as I remember Shure's to sound amazing. The only negative for me is the Shure Olives (or commonly called Comply Foam Tips) that come installed on the buds are indeed a son of a b!tch to get off! In fact after several minutes... I gave up as I didn't want to damage the buds themselves, nor tear/rip the olives. According to Shure's website you should put them in a zip lock bag and put it in the freezer over night - but you definitely shouldn't be FREEZING your headphones! lol. For now they will have to do but I need to find a way to get them off so I can try the other tips. Haven't tried the additional cord I bought with the microphone and iphone controls but it looks great! Oh can I also say the cord that comes with the SE215 is fantastic! The length is amazing, and it really doesn't tangle at all especially in the Shure case! Got everything for a great price from Earphone Solutions - would highly recommend to anyone considering buying from this website to do so! They will take good care of you! Pros: Sound, Clarity, Quality, Cost, Cord, Style Cons: Shure Olives/Comply Foam that comes installed on the buds out of the box! Tried for several minutes and still couldn't get them off! Had no choice but to leave them on for now..... Was also a bit tricky remembering how to put them into my ear properly but after a few minutes I got the hang of it.
Hay David, Glad to hear you are enjoying the SE215! No need to leave the earphones in the freezer overnight; 10 to 15 minutes should take care of it :) Try using a "screwing and unscrewing" motion.
I am a musician and have been using earphones for over a decade. My first were the ones from the Shure PSM 400 system. These worked really well for some time until one of the cords snapped from use. I then bought the Shure E3c which was a good upgrade. These worked for some time until they also broke (snapped cable where they loop in the ear). I went for the SE215 after reading some reviews and let me tell you, I'm really glad I bought these! They are very comfortable to the ear, they seal the outside noise pretty good, and the sound quality is superb! The cable seems stronger too. All in all, I feel I have not gone wrong with the SE215's... Pros: Cons:
I was (and am) so happy with my Westone 3, that when I purchased a Kindle Fire, I came to Earphone Solutions for a second pair of earphones that I would feel comfortable taking outside. Although a side by side comparison test (in my home entertainment system) between the Shure SE215 and Westone 3 clearly showed the latter to be better (expectedly...they did cost over 3X as much), it seems the Shure SE215 fits the bill for the Kindle. I can't hear the difference between these two earphones when playing 128mbps MP3 on the Kindle Fire. Pros: Seems sturdy enough to use outside. Uses same tips as Westone 3...I did not have to go through a new tip-test. Cons: Soft sided storage case which could cause the earphones to be crushed by accident when out and about.
I like the Shure SE 215, it is incredible for the price, the sound that is coming out of those earphone is remarkable, the bass is great, I would recommend it to my friend! Pros: very good for the price, good bass, Cons:
Like the shape and feel. Still working with isolation and bass response to get best fit. May need to get molds. Lots of people like the shorter cable, but I have a long torso and like to use my belt for stress relief. This cable's a bit short for that. Pros: Flat against the ear, forward orientation. Cons: Cable is too short.
These have taken my Ipod and Pandora enjoyment to a whole other level. Pros: Sound quality and fit is noticeably better than my less expensive earbuds. Cons: The least little bit of discomfort shows up after extended wear.
Was a bit challenging to get the buds comfortable inside my ear for the first couple of times but now that I am used to them, I love them! High quality sound with a great bass response once you get the buds sealed in your ear. Pros: Bass response Cons: The plastic piece that goes over the ear to hold the buds in place. Could be a little bit lighter plastic that folds better to conform to your ear.
The buds are wonderful, the fit takes a little getting used to.... Hence the four instead of five star...once in the ear, the sound is perfect....and the fit is wonderful. Even if you choose another earbud, you must use earphone solutions....they were the single best online company I have ever worked with....five stars to earbud solutions.... Pros: Great sound Once in the ear the fit around the ear is vey comfortable Cord feels secure Cons: Took a little time to get used to the fit
Good price and prompt delivery.....will defintely use them again Pros: Cons:
This is my first pair of high end earphones....I had a pair of updated apple earbuds, which I had hoped would fit me better, but in the gym, I was constantly struggling to keep them from falling out! So I knew I wanted to find a better pair, and my hunt began. I am so glad that I chose these--- they stay in my smaller ears really well-- they fit like earplugs, and while they do block out a lot of outside noise, I can still hear it very softly, which is perfect for the gym. The music sounds really rich and full.... A whole different experience. I did have to do some work to fit them in and around my ears, but it was worth the practice tries and watching the youtube video to get it figured out! I find that having the cord come behind and around my ear helps stabilize each earpiece. I really, really love these. My next purchase will probably be the cord that accommodates phone calls-- didn't want to spring the $50 for that until I knew if I would love these.... Mission accomplished, this is a great pair of earphones. Pros: Wow--- the sound! This is the highest priced earphones I've bought, and I am very impressed. Also I was so relieved that they stay in my slightly smaller ears! No more earphone buds dropping out mid crunch! Cons: Have to put in some time and effort on the front end to learn the best way to fit them in your ears. Then I had to practice that a little bit so that I could do it without making a spectacle of myself at the gym..... Not sure if I accomplished that, will have to check youtube for any entries entitled "blond tangled with earphones on elliptical"... But I do love these. Was definitely worth figuring out how to make them work in my ears!
I bought the SE 215's in clear and loved the sound, but the cord was a little long. These LE Blue's are a great color, and the 45" black cord is more pliable than the clear ones' 60" Kevlar cord. I like that the shorter cord does not feel like it's going to get tangled up in something. I like to wear earphones under my full face helmet and it's difficult to get the helmet on over my ears without disturbing how these earphones are seated and breaking the seal (which lets in all of the wind and engine noise). So all in all, great earphones, comfortable, good color, terrific sound quality, but they take a bit of futzing to get 'em to sit right. Pros: Color Cord length/pliability Comfort Sound quality Cons: Not quick to put in Unseal easily under helmet
Laying down $200+ for ear buds is just throwing away money with this product on the market, especially since most recorded music is of substandard quality for discerning audiophile listening anyhow. If ever in a noisy place, be that on a crowded bus, in a noisy waiting room, etc., one appreciates the lower level of background noise to better enjoy reading, improve concentration when digesting heavily worded text or just wanting it to be quieter. This does not preclude listening to music, albeit the ear buds are an expensive alternative to ear plugs. Think of it as a bonus. The greatest advantage comes with the remote control for selected Apple products. Wake up manufacturers of audio playback devices - users appreciate the convenience of remote control capabilities. Pros: More than satisfactory sound quality for most audio environments. Comfortable wear, even for long periods Great for make private, noise free calls on iphone and ipad (Skype). Convenient and uncomplicated 2nd cable without remote control for use with non-Apple products. Cons: Soft ear buds, while necessary for a good ear seal, have a downside - they are easily deformed. Must make a conscious effort during storage to avoid such deformation.. Remote mic+ iphone controls are located too close to the neck; separate mic (located high) and remote controls (located lower) would improve useablility. Slightly longer cable would be more practical.
These in ear phones are the bomb. I am riding a sport bike with a minimum windscreen. K1200s. I'm 6'2". These allow me to hear the Music or books on tape, they are clear and sound very nice . Comfortable too. Good noise canceling when not listening to music at all, just like wearing ear plugs. I've been using ear plugs with helmet speakers turned way up or no music at all. Most of the time I couldn't hear the speakers at speed anyway. Wind noise is way too loud without ear plugs. I just won't ride without hearing protection but it is nice to have good sounds again and I don;t have to turn them up very load . Next step is to integrate my comm system to the ear phones. If you ride a bike with a lot of turbulance behind the windscreen, I'm tall, them this is a good option. Pros: Noise canceling ear plugs that I would normally use anyway on a bike and tunes at the same time. the sound quality is good, product is of good quality. Cons: The putting on and taking off is a bit of a hastle inside my helmet but is worth it. Cost is a little more than I wanted to spend but I finally have good tunes after years of trying different items.
Quality earbud for the price. My listening preference is mids and high end. The midrange is excellent nothing special about the highs. ie cymbals of drums not crisp. My Audeo earbuds have better highs. The low end is somewhat muddled. There also is a significant sound difference std buds to the iphone cable. Pros: Excellent midrange quality built comfortable fit Cons: wish there was cleaner highs and bass
Very happy with this purchase. Only complaint is the cables are to long and the Shure Plus cable should be the stock cable for the earphones. Pros: Cons:
I've owned a ton of IEMs and in the past including Shure E2C, Klipsch S4i, Ety ER6i, UE 200, Westone UM2, and Sennheiser HD 600 and Roland RH-300 full size headphones so I'm picky about my personal audio. I wanted some new quality mobile IEMs without breaking the bank since all those listed above are either broke or in the UM2's case, lost. These SE215s seemed like the best choice for price. I didn't want to spend too much since these would get lots of mobile use including being used for exercising. I couldn't bear losing super expensive earphones again. I had a few prerequisites that the Shures met. One being over-the-ear cable and flush mount design. The Westone UM2 were by far the best fitting IEMs I've owned and best looking. The Shure SE215 LE met that. The other point is I greatly prefer either Comply or Shure black olive foam sleeves to the silicone sleeves for isolation and comfort. Having used the olives for a while, I can now say I prefer them to Complys due to durability. They hold up without deteriorating quickly. Replacing Comply sleeves once a week gets expensive. The olives are going on a month with no signs of needing replacement. The Shure SE215 LE are fantastic for the price. The dynamic driver is powerful and provides for a very lively earphone. The bass is quite prominent. Don't get me wrong, they are not the last word in bass tightness or treble clarity. They are a little rolled off compared to UM2 or my Roland full size, but again, for the price, these are great. Bass can get a little muddy. The bass reminds me of of a less expensive subwoofer, prominent but a little murky and one-noted with some music. Again, let me stress, it's a little unfair to be too hard on the SE215 overall considering the super bargain you get especially through Earphone Solutions. The plus side is these are very listenable over long periods with no ear fatigue, no sibilance, no grating highs. The mids are quite prominent as is Shure's house sound. The soundstage is no doubt smaller than multi-driver BA earphones but mids are smooth, warm and enjoyable. I find the fit good but not great. The cable is pretty thick and sometime the memory cable doesn't cooperate behind my ear. I question the need for it. My old UM2 didn't have the memory housing and basically disappeared behind my ear. I suspect makers have gone to this more to protect the cable itself at the fragile area at the earphone connection point. I have to admit that three of my previous IEMs have had cable failure right there and have been rendered useless not having removable cables.The SE215 LE are a great shape and nestle in the ear pretty nicely. Sometimes it's necessary to reposition the angle so that the body doesn't stick out past my ear. The shorter cable of the LE model is perfect. I don't know why Shure doesn't use this for the other models or at least have it available as an aftermarket item. I like removable cable design of these however I haven't had to disconnect them for any reason. The swivel connector doesn't bother me either as some have noted. I find it actually helps to get them out my ear with less hassle. I usually use a portable headphone amp like a Fiio E11 or cMoy with a LOD cable which does improve the depth and some clarity, however they are very sensitive and so are quite content coming straight out of the source, which in my case is an ipod. The addition of an amp with the SE215 LE is a slight improvement but may not justify the added price and bulkiness in a mobile setup. Finally, they look awesome and as superficial as it sounds, that was the reason I went with the LEs over the standard SE215 or UM1. I would describe these as a translucent aqua or blue-green color. Overall, Shure has a real winner here and most people would not believe earphones this good are available for such a modest price. Along with an Earphone Solution service, these are a no-brainer purchase for most people. Pros: - Over-the-ear flush mount design - Removable cables - Shorter cable - Durability of construction and materials - Looks in the LE color - Bass quantity and impact - Enjoyable, non-fatiguing sound - Shure black olive sleeves - Isolation - Nice case included - Quality to price ratio Cons: - Absolute treble clarity - Bass definition - Memory cable
For $99, honestly, these are a bang for the buck. I live in Canada and got this within 2 weeks! Great buy from earphone solutions! Pros: everything Cons: packaging could be better!
Certainly consider getting this as a pair of earphones. They are well worth the money, and deliver superb sound quality and elegant style. Pros: Replaceable wires. Excellent sound quality - Same of which Se115 Very stylish! Cons: Big Female Jack connector First time ear fitting was difficult
This is my first time buying from this company and I am really satisfy with it. Product delivery was delivered on time although I was using the cheapest US delivery method to Canada. I would recommend this to a friend and would definitely purchase with this company in the future! Pros: Cons:
I love these IEMs. When I first got them I did have to struggle a bit with figuring out the best way to get them to properly fit but afterwards it is a breeze and they are the most comfortable I have ever worn. They sound amazing V shaped which is exactly how I prefer. The sound isolation of the foams is amazing as I cannot hear anything around me with them. Pros: Comfortable Sound Style Cons: Difficult fitment at first
I bought these as a gift for a dear friend, so I can't rate them first-hand. When I asked how they were working out, she said she loved them: they're comfortable and the sound is excellent. Pros: Comfortable to wear. Great bass sound. Cons: None.
I like earphones. I have quite a few including Shure 535, Westone UM3X, Westone 3, Westone 4R, Sony XBA 3, B&W P5, UE SuperFi Pro... you get the idea. I really like the SE215. They're a bit bass heavy, but not overbearing. Just enough to be fun. Also, bass emphasis allows you to listen at lower volumes (good for reading and working) while still letting you feel the music. It's somewhat analogous to using the Loudness function on older stereos. They're not going to match the soundstage or cymbal splash of a 3 or 4 driver IEM, but these are really, really good. I actually prefer these over my 535's which are a bit clinical. Pros: Nice build quality. 80% of the performance of my 3 and 4 driver IEMs (good enough for 95% of people). Great price for this level of quality. Kick-in-the-pants bass. Cons: Westone makes a better cord. Fit can be a little tricky. Jack is fat and will not fit some iPhone cases. Shure manufactures an iPhone cable, but it's very heavy and omits the "clinch" slider under the chin. Highs a little mushy.
Dear Earphone Solutions, Thanks for the great phone support and advise, these are a fantastic earphone....especially for the price. I was looking to upgrade from my SE210's which I've used for several years while traveling on many overseas flights. I have tried (and since sold) Monster Turbine Pro Golds which sounded very good, had excellent bass and were "fun" sounding but ultimately had poor isolation, thin and tangley cables that were stereophonic and felt like they would break. I ordered and quickly received my new SE 215 LE's from Earphone Solutions and have given them a good 15 hours of break in. I can report that these combine the bass "hit" that I liked from the MTPG's, but also have the mid and upper clarity that I love and expect from Shure IEM's. They are a bargain, "fun" sounding, durable earphone that stay in your ears, have excellent cables and will isolate well during long flights. The bass sounds great and these are really a bargain! I was used to IEM's already but agree that these are a little tricky to get into your ears. Take your time and insert the earphone first before adjusting the memory cable. That worked for me. Pros: Great bass "hit". Overall sound is "fun" and detailed. Bargain for the price. Quality construction. Cons: Fitting takes some getting used to but is worth the effort.
I bought these today because I wanted to get a pair or affordable in ear monitors.... I read multiple reviews where they worked good, and some that said they cut out. Figured I'd give them a shot.... Well the right ear played for about 3-5 minutes and no longer works. I've now read on here that people have gone through multiple pairs because the same (right) side has gone out.... Yeah they have a warranty, but who wants to constantly have these fail when your mid performance... Pros: Cons:
Andy, we are very sorry for the inconvenience. If you purchased from Earphone Solutions (it doesn't seem like you did as I could not find an order with your name) we will send you a free replacement via RUSH and a label for you to return them to us. Call us toll free at 1-888-473-9661. If you bought form Amazon or eBay you will need to make sure you bought an authentic Shure product from an Authorized Shure dealer. At any rate we are here to help.
Before owning the Shure SE215 LE's, I owned a pair of Westone 1's, which I decided on getting for the staggering amount of stellar reviews. However, my music taste is geared towards heavy hitting and full bass, whether it be hip hop, dubstep and the likes, or ambient. I also prefer songs that have minimal or distorted vocals. The Westone 1's did NOT deliver the bass I wanted. They were very crisp, indeed, and made vocal rich songs a joy to listen to, but didn't pack the "umph" I wanted. After a year of owning them, I sold them, noticing how I preferred my Bose over the ear headphones on almost every occasion. Alas, the SE215 LE's arrive! The extended low frequency was a HUGE selling point for me, as I continue to want an earphone that can produce the bass that I want without breaking the bank and without being too bulky. Thankfully, they very much deliver. The bass is extremely impressive for an entry level IEM and the detail and separation of instruments is very "ear-catching," if you will. Still not producing the bass of my Bose on ear's... but that's to be expected. The cord is very thick and resilient. The housing fits just as well in my ear as the Westone 1's, even though they are slightly larger. The memory wire around the ear takes some fiddling with and getting used to, but it has helped out with comfort, as the twisted cord of the Westone 1's use to be uncomfortable after extended periods behing my ear. The color is also a plus, helping me and my ears stand out among the crowd. The olive tips included with the Shure's are excellent at sound isolation and bass delivery, at a small price. They are more dense than Comply foam tips and are therefore less comfortable after extended periods of time. Though I will gladly take the major increase in sound quality over the minor lack in comfort. My main complaint is the lack of vocal richness. When I do choose to listen to vocal intense music, I always feel like I need to turn it up a few more notches, as the clarity and intensity of the instruments always drown the vocals out. So, like the reviewer above said, definitely lacking in the mid's. This is why I'm rating them 4 stars instead of 5. Very satisfied overall. Pros: Accurate and full bass and sub-bass Rich detail in the instruments Immediate comfort Sturdy build in housing and cord Incredible sound isolation Very reasonable price Cons: Par/subpar midrange Lacking in long term comfort
Im a mobile DJ, and Ive been through several earphone sets in the $100-$250 range. Beats, Klipsch, Westone, monster, etymotic, ultimate ears, and bose. You can say im kind of a earphone junkie. Ive always been a huge fan of shure products, which is what drew me to these. I have been using the bose IE2 (heavily) prior to the Shure. Needed a headset the works with the iphone, sounded clean, and was low maintenance. Highlights/Pain points of The Shure SE215 LTD Highlights: Seem to be fairly sturdy, like the fact that they have replaceable cables, in case they tear (reason why im changing out my bose) Cable is fairly stiff (won't tangle the cord as easily) Loud, these headphones are loud Great highs and Tight bass Tight fit - wont fall out of your ears easily (if properly worn) blocks out ambient noise very well Issues - If youve never used Shure earphones, read the manual. Its not as intuitive as you would think. Learn how to properly put them in your ear, it makes the world of difference. Takes a minute to put them in your ear properly, unlike other headphones that you just pop in. Need to break in - first time I used them, they sounded like crap - almost returned them, after about a days worth of play they sounded better. Tight bass and good highs, but missing mids. the earphone plug is fat, wont fit with most phone covers. Need to relieve your ears after hours of play (since theyre not open earphones the pressure starts to hurt your ears) Overall If youve never used high quality earphone, these will sound like the best thing youve ever heard. The shure definitely do a better job then most earphones on sound quality. The bose had better mids, which gave the music a fuller sound. (can hear intruments I cant hear on the Shure) Bass was tight, like im sitting in a car with a small bandpass box. Bose sounded more like a car with a medium sized bazooka tube. Its been a while since I listened to the regular se215 vs these se215 ltd so i cant give you a difference there. I would try out the bose and these if youre in the $90-$150 range. Choose the best for your lifestyle. Pros: Cons:
I purchased these earphones as a gift and was beyond disappointed. The sound may be fantastic, but I wouldn't know. Three adults with years of experience using multiple brands of earphones could not figure out how to get these particular earphones to stay in any of our ears. We tried all of the various eartips that came with the product to no avail. So unless you plan on duct taping them to your head, I suggest trying another brand altogether. Pros: I couldn't say Cons: It was literally impossible to get them to stay in our ears.
Dana, make sure you are wearing them with the cables going up towards the back of your ear and then towards the back of your head. From what you are describing I'm almost sure you are trying to use them upside-down with the cables going down. Take a look at the image with the silicone ear we have on this page. I own these and they will not come off no matter what.
I purchased these to stand in for my 535s. They fill in alright, i'd rather have these burn out than my 535s. They are built like a tank. Can't really comment on the sound mainly because i've love my 535s, but they aren't bad. With the discount, can't beat the price either. Really great customer service. Pros: Color Cons: Nothing
I've read alot of the reviews where people think that the Shure's are hard to get in and uncomfortable, however after about 3-4 hours of use, they go in really smooth. I've had mine now for about 6 months and I love them especially compared to the wedge monitors. Great product overall. Pros: sound is great comfortable in the ear (after broke in) Cons: The wire coming directly off the ear piece fits snug behind the ear at first but quickly becomes to flexible and doesn't allow for a good seal when moving around the stage or moving your head too much. I wish the first couple of inches had a more rigid wire that would allow the wire to remain snug, like the way aviator glasses fit around the ear would be nice.
I am semi-professional drummer in my mid 50's. That being said, my hearing after playing drums for 40 years is not the best anymore. These IEMs work so much better than a floor monitor and I don't wind up with that loud music "hangover"; after each gig, They are very comfortable and the noise attenuation with the foam ear plugs is outstanding, $100 very well spent and two thumbs up from my aging ears! Pros: Comfort Sound quality Sound attenuation Cons: Honeslty I have yet to find any
I've owned different noise cancelling headphones from Sennheiser for years, but decided to try these in-ear Shure SE215s at the recommendation from an online review site. Wow. Wow! The sound isolation from these headphones is simply incredible. Noises from planes, office environments, mowing grass, etc. are almost completely blocked out. The incredible thing about this isolation is that I now hear musical passages and sounds that I would never have heard in these noisy environments from a portable set of headphones. As an added benefit, there is no active circuitry, so batteries are a thing of the past! The sound quality of these are amazing as well. I've paid more than twice as much for over-the-ear cans and honestly have a hard time finding much difference in the sound from these portables. There is a slight over- emphasis in the mid bass that I sometimes have to tame with the free Denon EQ/Audio app that I typically use, but the rest of the spectrum is top notch for the price. If I wanted to spend more, I've no doubt that the sound quality would only get better the SE315s or 415s. I am pleased with the comfort of these as well. It took a little time to adjust to the feel of a set of in-ear headphones since I was coming from years of on-ear portables. I tried all of the supplied pads and settled on the medium foam set. I can wear these continuosly for 5-6 hours if needed, so transcontinental flights are a breeze. Sleeping in these is much easier than before as well. They are much less obtrusive than on-ear phones and the sound volume can be much lower because of the isolation. Construction seems to be good as well. I have seen other reviews regarding one or the other cable giving problems, but I haven't had these problems and I have used them outside, exposing them to sweat and numerous cable snags. Having the ability to replace the entire cable assembly for roughly $30 is a nice plus too. In short I'm very happy with these headphones. The fact that these sound so good, yet are so small and portable is amazing to me. If you have a discerning ear and mightfind the need for occasional EQ on some recordings to be a nusiance, you might want to spend a little more and go for the SE315 or 415s. If you are like me and don't want to spend more than $100 on a set of portable headphones that might get lost, stolen, or otherwise damaged, then look no further. Pros: -Noise isolation is amazing, I hear passages/instruments that I have never heard from portable headphones. -Sound quality is impressive for price -Comfort is very good, 5+ hours is easy, and sleep is also possible. Cons: -Mid-bass might be too heavy for some, can be tamed with a little EQ.
I wanted to like these. For the price there really aren't a lot of good in ears that don't stick out or fit strangely in my ear. My Westone UM1s gave out on me and I was looking for a replacement set. These had better recommendations that the Westone UM1 or Westone 1 so I decided to give them a try. While I had these working the sound was good for the price. I'd say a little less colored than my old UM1. These were also easily driven by my phone or tablet unlike an older pair of Shures. I have been through three pairs now and always have the same problem. The right bud gives out after about a month and I can't get any sound out of it. I have tried on all three pairs to connect the left cable but no luck. So at this point I know it isn't the cable itself and it looks like one of the tiny wires inside the earphone is coming un-soldered from the driver. The first pair was replaced by Earphone Solutions, the second by Shure. After the third pair did the same thing I just gave up. I had received a pair of Westone 4s as a gift anyway, so for now I am without a casual pair of in ears. Pros: comfortable fit decent price reasonable sound quality (when working) Cons: consistent failure on right bud heavy cable compared to Westone
There were some issues with Shure's first batches of SE215 but that problem has since been corrected. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Love the sound but not made to withstand heavy sweating. Shure replaced the cable because the wires were turning black. The 2nd cable is now doing the same..I believe the discoloration is caused by too much moisture. I also have to replace the foam sleeve frequently, they no longer compress when you squeeze them. You squeeze them then put them in your ear so they take the shape of your ear. Pros: sound quality Cons: not for running or any activity that causes sweating
The color change has to do with the chemistry of the body. That will always happen with clear color cables. The black cables would not have that issue regardless of one's body's chemistry. When you sweat the wires inside the cable will change color. That's normal. Thanks for the feedback.
These were the best earphones I had ever used. I speak in the past tense because about 5 months in they started to go out. I don't see the point in spending $100 on a pair that only lasts 5 months. The SE215s were recommended for running, but I guess they can't handle sweat. It's hard to run without sweating. Pros: Initial sound is great Noise cancelling in phenomenal Cons: Doesn't last
Dear Casey, We apologize for the inconvenience. Please keep in mind that you have a 2 Year Warranty when you purchase from Earphone Solutions and you are entitled to a new replacement if your SE215 is no longer working. I run with my SE215 and I don't have the issue you described so this could be an isolated problem or maybe I don't sweat as much. In any case the sweating issue is only bad when the sweat goes inside the nozzle which is somewhat hard to happen. Thanks for your feedback!
Beautiful earphones. I bought these after my A-JAYS four broke and i jumped from Sony's to other earphones but couldnt find the right ones. I finally decided to check out these and i thought itd be a great introduction to the Shure brand as id never tested them before. Right out of the box they were great! i used all of the earbuds for a couple hours each day to see which ones fit best and i definately recommend that you do the same so you find the right fit as this is imperative for optimum performance. Since then i use these everyday when im out of the house, theyre great for running and doing physical activity. if you wear them right, as instructed, they will remain on your ear even though you pull and tug at the cable. another thing i hate about earphones is that you may have the best speaker and driver but if the cable breaks theyre gone for good. These also fix that issue! The earphone part can detach right at the connection with the cable so if the jack breaks you can simply buy another one for a fraction of the original price! Overall as long as you take good care of the speakers themselves your earphones will last for a long time! Pros: -Detachable Cable -Great sound once broken in (35-40 hours) -Great price for quality -Great bass -Great balance -Built to last Cons: -Look when wearing them (brother commented they look like hearing aids...)
They're very comfortable and easy to run with. Sound isolation is good and build quality seems reasonable. Pros: Cons:
I have been a fan of earbud earphones since the 8th grade, so I've owned many kinds over 20+ years from $15 Sony to $300 Klipsch and these Shure SE215s are my favorite so far. I'm by no means a dedicated audiophile, but I do love good music and am at least a hobbyist of a sound engineer. Frankly, for the average user listening to compressed music these days I don't think you need "more" earphone. I had duel driver Klipsch just before buying these and really can't tell the difference in sound quality. (could be my ears though from concerts, rifles, helicopters and motorcycles - but my hearing tests are ok so far... :D) 1. Sound - Great quality sound, deep bass when you fit them properly but not overly boomy. Full, tight and resonates depending on the style of bass mixed in the song. High ends are crisp when the compression doesn't ruin it. Fit makes all the difference with all the in-ear systems and only seems limited by the quality of music put through them. 2. Fit - Best fit I've ever had. They stay in place VERY well with the foam tips - I haven't used the rubber ones, but all my Shures have stayed in place well. The Klipsch I just had would work their way out, I think because of a an overly rigid ear loop and rubber tips (I tried all the sizes, and the double flange - which went too far into the ear canal for my comfort). For those with difficulty fitting and complaing of tinny sound, I think they just are not doing something correctly. I get a great seal and the foam is the best for keeping it in, external noise out and remaining comfortable (just like the earphone tips we have to use in our military helicopters). I can wear them all day and my ears don't get sore, they stay in place (running, yardwork, riding motorcycles - and slipping my helmet over them does not dislodge them, like always happened with my Klipsch). For fitting, I fit them like when we put in ear plugs for the firing range, pull the tip of the ear back with my opposite hand, rotate in and down the compressed foam tip into the ear canal, place the driver unit in the ear socket, route the cables around the ear and one final push on the driver unit to ensure it stays snug - voila! hours of comfortable fit without adjustment. 3. Comfort - already touched on this, but my ears do not get tired of wearing these, no pressure points or fatigue from the tips, the driver unit fits well inside your ear so wearing a helmet or lying on your side doesn't press the driver unit into your head. 4. Construction - well built, I like the replaceable cable (my old shure cable became brittle and cracked over time), nice shielding and durability - unlike the Klipsch which had a very thin cloth wire sleeve which is fine for indoor use, the Shure's does not pick up and transmit wind noise through the wires (like when riding a motorcycle for example) Excellent value based on the price, quality of construction and quality of sound - remember, most of what you listen to today is already compressed so why go for something much more expensive when the quality of the recording is limiting how good it will sound anyways!?!? Pros: - Sound qaulity - Fit and comfort - Foam ear tips - Well constructed Cons: - I tried hard to come up with something, just to be objective, but after a month+ of frequent use I don't have anything yet. - ok, nitpicking - doesn't come with 1/4" adapter or airline adapter - ha! found one
These buds were purchased because I lost my trusty pair of Atrio. I was expecting good sound quality considering the rave reviews they've been getting. Shipping was insanely fast. I was impressed! I've always used large Comply foams for my buds, so I ordered a pack. This is where it went downhill a bit... Tried the comply: Seal didn't keep whenever I did weight training or did jogging. I then yawned and seal broke. I was confused, messed around with buds to get them to fit properly for over an hour, nothing could be done to get them to work right. I then tried stock tips (Olives that come with it) in medium and large as suggested by Earphone Solutions support. Medium did not seal at all, large did, but hurt my ears after extended use. I tried many foams + tips (Comply, Shure, third party, etc.) and the only ones that worked were Atrio triple fangs and large olives... So I'm dissapointed at the fit, because out of all my buds I've had, these are the only ones that have caused me issues. Once I did get a proper seal though, sound is stellar on my Cowon S9 player and even makes my Galaxy S2 sound better! Bass is clear and punchy, not overpowered... Mids are smooth, but highs are a little faded compared to my Atrio which were pretty even all around with stronger bass... Pros: Sound quality price/performance is great Build quality Detachable cables Very complete tips packaging for general users Cons: Takes a while to get it to cup around the ear properly Heavy cabling, wish it were lighter Discomfort with large olives, but they're the only ones that actually seal with my ears. Thanks mom and dad!
I had a set and then forgot them on an airplane so had to replace them. I bought a set of Klipche for about the same price, and the sound quality was good but there are a few things that I missed, so I ordered another set of the SE215. I take them on motorcycle rides and I like the fact that these fit tight against my ear so it doesn't interfere with putting on or taking off my helmet. I also like the heavy cables and I expect them to be more durable because of that. They also come with a good quality carrying case. Sound quality is superb and I will make sure I don't forget these on another airplane. Pros: Sound quality Fit Heavy (replaceable) cables Cons:
Thank-you ES! I have been searching for an affordable in-ear monitor for awhile. After finding your website, I took advantage of the large number of reviews to help make my decision. I also took advantage of the great 4th of July discount. I'm also very happy with the prompt shipping and the quality of the product. I have already recommended ES to a few of my musician friends. Pros: quality, price, features Cons:
These earphones in combination with the Comply foam tip P series maximum isolation replacement earphone tips are excellent. Great noise reduction - no more ear ringing after a long ride. I listen to audiobooks and I had no problem hearing them clearly. Pros: Great noise isolation with the Comply tips. Cons: They don't stay in easily. I don't like the over the ear design.
I did not appreciate these earphones. They are hard to fit and the quality was not as good as SkullCandy earphones. I am going to try and get my money back. Pros: all range is good except the bass. Cons: Did not fit good. Not enough bass - I listen to music that does not have a lot of bass but I would at least like to hear it.
Hi Jodie, if the SE215 was not a good fit email us to request an RA# and we'll process an exchange for you. Perhaps a model that is slightly smaller for your ears. If you are not getting a good seal, you will not get enough bass.
Loved these until left channel went out. Tried them on various other devices to no avail. Can`t find my receipt so don`t know if I can exchange these. Pros: Sound and fit were very good. Bass is better than my westone ones. Cons: Cables a little stiff. Not to sure about removable cables after these quit, do not know if they had anything to do with sound failure or not.
David, Shure earphones come with a 2 year warranty. All you have to do is contact Shure directly and they will replace the unit for you.
I decided to upgrade from the SE115i to the 215i and with my iPhone, these are great. Even if the cord of my 115, after 1 1/2 year of intense use, start to break open, the quality of the built is impressive. Another negative is that one of the the two earplugs was close to impossible to take-out to try another size. I came close to breaking it just by pulling it out ! Apart form that, great sound, amazing bass, very isolating. Pros: Great Sound Great Bass Great isolation Works very well with the iPhone Cons: I hope the cord will survive more then a 1 1/2 year. Difficult to switch earplugs (at least one of them on mine) Little learning curve to use it propoerly for non-initiate(over the hear)
I first received this item and noticed a severe lack of bass. According to most reviews, something was off as these are known as rather decent bass phones. Returned them as defective, and waited. Pleasantly surprised with both the new phones and earphonesolution's service. Very good sound for a $100 phone, and superb isolation as well. Overall very happy with everything. Pros: Good balanced and clear sound. Nice but not overpowering bass. Very comfortable. Dont fall out. Incredible isolation. Removable cable. Foamies and silicone both come standard. Cons: Not the easiest to remove. Swivel at cord/phone connection. Lack of cord options. Price of different/replacement cords. Formed wire makes them a little trickier to toss around and/or untangle.
I bought these to replace the Shure SE 115M+ that i got for my iPhone. The SE215i is definitely a step up in sound quality. I mostly use these for iPhone use and listening to podcasts, so high fidelity is not that much of a concern for me. The 115M+ worked pretty well until the jack actually broke off (not the thing I expected to break, being the only metal part of the device!). Since I paid about $120 for the 115M, the extra $30 for the SE215i was not a big jump in cost, but the sound performance is definitely better. Many have complained that when you swap out the standard 215 cables, which can be formed around the ear, with the iPhone compatible cables which don't do this, the functioning and comfort is compromised. I didn't find this to be much of an issue since the connectors swivel, which allows the cables to come down from the earpiece in a non-obtrusive way. Pros: Sound performance, iPhone compatible, decent mic performance. Cons: No negatives so far.
Took a little while to get these in the ears comfortably, but once they click, they click. I felt a little guilty breaking the $100 mark for a pair of earphones but boy was I glad I did. I listen to a lot of podcasts and audio books and they are perfect. And I've not had any problems with them while running.... Except recently - I've had them for about a year and now the right earphone cuts out unless I twist the cord constantly. Not sure if this is an ear bud issue or a cord issue. I keep them in their case and never take them out unless I am using them so it certainly (I hope) couldn't be the way I have cared for them. Pros: Beautiful sounds - especially after a good 40 hours of listening Great price Cons: Little difficult to get them in the ear at the beginning Having a few issues with the right earbud after about a year.
I really like these even more than the 2-driver in-ears they replaced. I wasn't expecting the SE215's to be quite as good as my previous in-ears but they have a great response, are comfortable, and the iPhone controls are great. I love that the earpieces are removable. My only complaint is they started to get uncomfortable after 4 hours worn on a flight. Pros: Good all around sound Comfortable most of the time Cons: Earpieces are a bit large Uncomfortable after 4+ hours
I've had issues with other earbud type earphones even after just a few months. Constant use running outside and the gym seem to wear down the foam. These Shure earbuds are simply amazing for the price I paid. I'm always scared using my $300 pair doing anything athletic. So far though, these ones have been pretty durable. Pros: Great sound isolation all the time Stays fit in the early and no adjustments necessary during athletic activities Price Cons: Cord may be slightly long for me, but others may think it's just fine.
I had purchased a pair of Shure E2c's about 6 years ago from earphone solutions and after the great and fast service I received then I knew exactly where I was headed when my trusty E2c's finally gave out. I can happily report that my experience with earphone solutions was as good now as it was in the past. For a quick comparison, the Shure E2c's were quite good. They were built like a tank but were to large to where under a motorcycle helmet or with my head sideways on a pillow. Putting them in and taking them out was also easy to do simultaneously because of the fixed cords. The mids and highs were nice and clear but the bass was lacking for anything in the pop, hip-hop, rap genre. Not only was there little quantity of bass but the impact was not there either. For something like Rhapsody in Blue they performed quite well with enough low end and impact to create a pleasurable listening experience. The SE215 is a nice evolution of the E2c's. They are built well. The cords are nice and thick and the earpieces are solid. I'm not a huge fan of the wire form or the extra coating on the wire that goes over the ears but maybe with time it will grow on me. I like that the cables are detachable but not that they swivel. Because of the swivel they seem to be a little more difficult to put in. The foam tips are as good as ever and make a nice tight seal in my ears. On to the sound... The SE215 sound quite nice. There is plenty of base so long as its above 50 Hz. Below that the bass trails off quite quickly. I've found some tests where they earbuds didn't display that behavior but in my experience they do. So anyone who says there isn't much bass doesn't have the earbuds in their ears correctly. The bass, mids, and highs are all well controlled but not clinical in any way. There is some roll off in the really high notes but nothing that a little eq'ing can't fix. The sound stage is quite large but not airy. Basically, these are an improvement in the E2c's in almost every way with the exception of a very marginal decrease in precision of the mids and highs. The best sound for <$100... quite probably! Pros: Bass from Shure earbuds, finally1 Great sound isolation Sturdy Cheap for the quality Cons: Swivel connector wireform roll off at low and high frequency
I replaced a set of Westone 1s with these. The Westone sounded great for the price, were comfortable but were not very rugged. I had to do a re-soldering job after a year or so and then after another year or so the wires failed again. These are very well built. I like the removable cables and there is a great strain reliever on each earpiece. The sound is not as good as the Westones however. To my ear these sound muddy. Too much mid-bass. Bass lines tend to predominate songs. Pros: Removable cables Well built Cons: Too much mid bass
for $100.... it excels in just about every aspect.... good bass, articulate sound, perfect fit (a little weird at first but totally worth it) if you want to buy earphones in this price range... at least make "SHURE" they are better then these beauties... Pros: everything makes everyone jelly :P Cons: can get a little uncomfortable after long periods of time, not really an issue.
This is my third pair of Shure earbuds in 5 years, so I'm biased in favor of them. I ride a motorcycle and have an iPhone 4, so this kit was ideal for me. The warmth and clarity is awesome - I need to tweak some settings on my iPod because the bass isn't quite what I want, but I'm sure the buds can handle them. The sound is just great. Based on my prior use of Shure products I expect these to last a good long while. Frankly, my last earbuds still work, but the cord disintigrated. LOL!!! See, I'm used to the loose cords of the iPhone cable as ALL Shure earbud cords were loose (not reinforced like the standard cables) in the past. I commute with these as well, and while they don't stay on my ears perfectly, I'll accept how they do work. One gripe - I cannot hear my own voice in the earbuds when I'm on the phone. This is ironic because I've never been able to hear really well with my iPhone without earphones of some sort. Pros: Great fit of the earbuds, great versatility with two cords, convenience of having the audio of phone calls be perfect. Fantastic sound reproduction for the price. Cons: Inability to hear conversations through earbuds on iPhone.
Update: I really like Shure products. It has a excellent price point but their products has some flaws. I managed to RMA these because of the cable losing sound. I use this pair for jogging and the gym. I will stick with Westone from now if need to RMA again. Thanks to Earphone Solutions/Shure warranty rma hassle free. Pros: Cheap, excellent sound, extra sleeves. Cons:
These have fantastic sound at a fantastic price! Pros: Wonderful sound. Great price. Cons: Nothing.
Perfect example of a well priced, functional, quality set of headphones. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to use these with an iPhone. Is a major upgrade from the standard Apple set or any of the cheaper alternatives. Pros: Cons:
They have superior sound, and Ive heard parts in the background songs that Ive never heard before. These songs Ive listened too hundreds of times.. I WILL recommend these phones to anyone and everyone... Lastly they do an AMAZING job blocking out background sounds. I can ride my lawn mower, and BARELY hear the mower. Just hear great music! Pros: Sound quality, they way they block out background noise. They stay in my ears, dont bounce out when im running. I LOVE these earphones. Cons: for some reason my left phone had a hard time staying wrapped around my ear, but only when I bend over.
Bought the Shure SE215 as an alternative to using my Westone1 for exercising. Wasn't expecting much but the reviews were all positive plus it was recommended by Earphone Solutions as one of the best for the iPhone. The sound is very very good. Compared to the Westone1, the Westone1 sounds warmer but I have nothing to complain about the Shure at all. Music is very balanced, not too much bass and not too much treble. Listening to movie dialogue is clear and just the right amount of bass for those action scenes. The cord is a little too long for me, but it's thick and will probably last a long time. The plug is little thick so you may have some problems plugging it into your iPod/iPhone/iPad if you use a case. It took a bit of time to get used to the cord that wraps over your ears. It's thicker and needs to be formed before you put the earphones in. Once in your ears it's very hard to form the cable over your ears. The Olive eartips included with the Shure seem more comfortable to me compared to the Comply that come with the Westone. But I guess it all depends on your ears, I have weirdly shaped ear canals. I use the standard Comply with the Westone but the small Olives with the Shure. I have to try the Olives on the Westone1 and see if it makes a difference. Sound isolation is very good with the Olive eartips, so if you need to hear the phone ring or speak with someone, keep one earbud out. The included carrying case is a nice bonus as are the cleaning tool and extra eartips. The case is a bit large but is needed as you can't wrap the cable too tightly as it is thicker than most, especially compared to the Westone's braided cable design. Overall I am very happy with the Shure SE215. The price is cheap but the earphones definitely aren't. Pros: - very affordable - thick cord will last a long time - good treble and bass - carrying case and extra eartips included - cable is detachable from the earphones Cons: - cord needs to be preformed before placing over ears - plug a little large, may not fit properly if you use a case for you iPhone/iPod/iPad - cord may be a little too long for some people
These are good quality headphones. They sound great, fit my ear well and are excellent at blocking out all that ambient noise. I do not like the swivel aspect of the wire as it attaches to the earbud. For a single-driver system, they sound pretty good. They were kind of tricky to put on at first, but you get the hang of it after a few days. Very comfortable - you can have them in for extended periods of time. I've heard of people having issues with the signal cutting out on the left side, but I haven't experienced this yet. Pros: Comfortable They stay in my ear while working out Fit under my motorcycle helmet Noise isolation Cons: Bulky cord Swivel attachment at earbud Bass is not as apparent unless you turn the volume up more than is necessary
Ordered two different brands of earphones, these will be a back up in case to good ones have a problem, The cable is very stiff but at least doesn't tangle very easily. The sound is ok for listening to podcasts or audio books but don't care much for the quality of sound which seems almost tinny compared to other brands I have tried. The Denon sound much much better for my ears at about the same price. Pros: Case Cons: Cable Sound quality
Sal, make sure you are getting a good seal; without good seal you will not get full bass and the earphones will sound "tiny'.
I listen to music while I run and need the earphones that will stay in my ears while running. I use the Westones and they have served me well except that they are not very reliable and have to be send back for repair as it was still under 2-year warranty. I decided to purchase another pair while the Westone was being repaired and came across the Shure SE215 which came highly rated. The key to ensuring a good fit is the earplug. For me the foam tips works best but you need to spend some time to adjust them as well as coil the cables round the ears to conform to the contours. The noise isolation is good however due to the thicker and longer than usual cable length it rubs against the clothings and swings while you run and because of the cable is heavier it weighs down on the earphones. I prefer the thinner Westone cables as they are easier to wrap over the ears, more comfortable and easier to manage. The sound was a little too bassy for my liking but have a good overall tone and you need to wear the headphones for several hours to break them in. Having said that these are great earphones and priced attractively compared to similar earphones and would recommend to anyone who wants great sound and good sound isolation. Pros: Cons:
I admit that I have no experience with multi-hundred dollar in-the-ear buds. However, I am a composer and work with rather high-end gear daily, including serious studio monitor phones, RME sound units, etc. And this dynamic Shure unit compares very favorably with the high-end closed AKG phones that I'm so fond of. Its spectrum sounds amazingly uniform, and strangely, to me, the longer I use them, the better they get. For the going price, I'd recommend them any day. I've used Shure for years, as their mics, while not in the same league as Neumann, etc, are industry standards. I have several iPods, and they stay loaded, and I listen constantly. So impressed am I with this $100 unit, that today I ordered, from this dealer, the triple-armature Shure buds, after reading dozens of glowing reports from folks who sound experienced. I'm blessed with exceptional hearing at my age, so I have no "I can't hear the bass" complaints, or stuff like that. These have an extremely uniform response across the spectrum. You cannot go wrong with the sound. One final observation - Shure put just as much effort into making these buds insanely awkward as they put into superior audio reproduction. Give yourself about 2 weeks or better to figure out how to wear them, and they'll become comfortable and more than sturdy. Pros: Accurate, uniform response; exceptional sturdiness, very reasonable price. Cons: The cables go forward from the bud, then straight up, and then over the ear and down from there. I suspect that is too keep them in place, but it's initially VERY awkward.
Thank you for the explicative review!
I love the warm sound of these earphones. However, I mostly use earphones for active things such as biking and the gym. It takes some work to insert these and wrap the cord around the ears. It's not easy to take them in and out if you want to talk to someone for a minute. For me the fit is not as tight as I'd like it (I tried both included sizes of the olive foam) and it kind of loosens sometimes when I move my jaw, so the noise isolation is not as good and can vary, meaning the sound is not as good as it could be. I saw that I could order another foam insert and may try that. For me, the best earphones so far have been from Etymotic--the sound is crystal clear and accurate, and the fit with the foam inserts is deep and secure, meaning I can fully utilize and enjoy the sound quality. I may pick up another one of the fairly cheap ones around $60 which also seem appropriate given that the last pair (which were absolutely fantastic and used for phone calls too) were about $140 but I lost them somehow! These Shure are my replacements, though, again, I may go with a cheaper pair of Etys as I'm prone to losing things. Pros: warm, really lovely sound Cons: fit, ease of use, long/thick cord
i use these at work. i use a piece of equipment that has a terrible high pitched sound. i put these in my ears and i cannot hear a thing but the music. the music sounds great. i would not use these for running or sports where you move around a lot. the chords on the earphones are super long. ive allready broken one pair because they had fallen off my ears and got stuck in the car door i had no idea they were in the door due to the chord being so long, when i exited my car all i had were the chords and no earphones. so i bought another pair. Pros: the sound is great. Has a nice bass sound and noise cancellation, but be careful using them where you need to pay attention to your surroundings. Cons: I wish the chords were a little shorter, or there would be a way to shorten the chords.
I bought these to use on an upcoming trip to Europe. They are better than my cheap Sennheiser headphone, but nowhere near as good as buy wife's more expensive Bose noise canceling headphones. While the sound on the Shure SE215 is crisp, the midrange is strangely absent. Frankly, these sound a bit tinny and the bass thin. Pros: Comfortable Good enough sound Cons: One-note bass Lacking midrange
Hi Darron, Thanks for the review. Make shure you are using the correct eartip size for your ears. A correct seal will delivery an excellent bass!
These ear-phones are excellent for the price they are set at. I'm thoroughly pleased with my purchase. These earphones offer great audio and excellent noise-cancellation. Pros: Great audio Excellent noise-cancellation Comfortable to wear Comes with a pouch to house the earphones when they're not in use Cons:
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 Lauren owns an audio supply company and gave me some Shure SE215 earphones to try out. Immediately out of the box you can see and appreciate the quality of these earphones. They have 3 basic parts. 1. Ear foam acts like an earplug and blocks out almost all noise. 2. The driver produces the sound 3. The cord that attaches the driver to your music of choice. 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. 3 sizes foam and 3 sizes rubber and 1 tool for cleaning out the driver canal. 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. Pros: Excellent sound isolation Cons: Excellent sound isolation
The only thing I can really compare these to are Sony's MDR-EX85LP. I bought them at best buy on clearance for about 50 bucks. I couldn't see paying any more than what I did for them. I would have to say my three year old Sony headphones are better for bass and quality on the lows and highs. The Shure headphones are better for comfort, noise isolation, and overall detail. These headphones still have good bass but I have been spoiled by the extra bass of the Sony ones for years. They still deserve a solid four stars, but in another three-four years, I will be going back to Best Buy to pick up a pair of Sony's. Sorry Shure, Sorry EarphoneSolutions. "Sony's the One and Only." Pros: Sound Quality, Noise Isolation, Cord Thickness, the lay-flat style (I can rest my head on a pillow and not distort sound, become uncomfortable, or fall out) overall fit Cons: Bass (probably not an issue to the average person) and wire behind ear is not as tight as I would like it, I'm trying to get used to it. Also, thickness of l-shaped plug. (I have to unplug my headphones in order to insert my ipod cable to sync my ipod.)
Hi Scott, Unlike cheaper earphones, these higher end earphones will only deliver their best sound if the seal is right. Meaning you really need to try all different eartip types and sizes so that you can match one to your ear-canal anatomy.
I am using these earphones with a cheaper in-ear wireless system (Galaxy AS-900R) and they are absolutely amazing. I have never sounded better in my life, and the difference between this and floor monitors is enormous. I will never again go to floor monitors! The sound is full range, crisp, clear and just plain awesome. I wish I had these way earlier. Also, at my last gig, I was standing two-three feet from the acoustic drum hat (and the entire set) and these babies tune out most of the volume that the drum set produces on stage so that you can hear just enough. Pros: Cons:
Just a quick warning to owners of Samsung phones. I've got a Samsung I9000 (Galaxy S), and the mic cable that comes with the Shure SE215a's isn't compatible with it. When plugged in, you get uneven volume between the monitors unless the mic button is depressed. Also, depressing the mic button doesn't activate any of the usual functions on the phone. Pros: Sound is good when using the original cable. Cons:
Hi Luc, We apologize if the product did not work with your phone model. Unfortunately some Samsung models do not have the same type of wiring inside the audio jack. We will be glad to help you with any other product that fits your needs.
I ordered this product last week and got yesterday. At the first time usage i realized it has poor bass. I can say there is no bass. Product specification mentioned that frequency range from 22Hx to 17.5khz. I dont think it has this range. Most of the low frequency lost. Product didnt reach my expectations. In my room, Sony's Bass reflex and Sennheiser HD 202 earphones are available. Compared with them, they are too good and cheaper than this. I ordered this product based on specifications and reviews. But when using, I found no meaning for specifications. Now I am planning to return this product. looking for options to return. Pros: sleeve Cable Cons: No bass. sound is as usual as local earphones Did not reach my expectation No one liked this product in my room.
Hi Sanoop, Thanks for the review. We are very sorry you are not happy with your purchase but keep in mind that no earphones will sound great outside the box. They need 5 to 7 days to sound their best. The eartips size choice is very important too. The bass depends on the seal, so make sure you are using the correct size for your ear canal. If you are still unhappy after trying the above, we will be glad to help you with an exchange that fits right for you.
These earphones are a very good value. They deliver consistently clear sound with good response across allfrequencies. Pros: Stays in my ears. Can wear lying down. Cons: Over-ear wire is difficult to form.
I bought these primarily to use for work calls and to work out in (swapping cables as necessary). The ear loops didn't fit my ears well when using the standard cable (the one with no mic). The plug on the standard cable does not fit all of the way into many iPhone cases, and as a result, your sound will be off. It is not angled to go all of the way into the plug like the iPhone cable plug does. Very odd that they do not use the same plug and angle. The mic cable is very sensitive and makes a ton of noise when moving around. These are not in the same class as Westones in my opinion. I have the W1 and 3's. These are most comparable to the 1s and don't fit or sound as good. These just didn't work well for me. Pros: Cons: Ear loops don't fit well, mic too sensitive, plug on standard cables and iPhone cables (with mic) are not the same, rendering the standard cables unusable w/my case (plug went in @ 2/3 way)
RK, We have tested the earphones with many iPhone cases. It is safe to say that all of them will work with the soft silicone cases.
Great quality. Great for cancelling out noise, and actually hearing the music. Great bass as well! Pros: Cons:
The sound is fabulous. The bass is well marked and no muddy sound is detected, unlike other 'popular' earbud models like the Beats. The cable is fairly tangle-free and its thickness provides durability and resistance. However, the fact that the earphone must be looped around one's ears can be slightly uncomfortable for those who are not used to this kind of fit. Pros: Bass / sound quality Durability Detachable/replaceable cables Earbud design Cons: Loop-around-ear design Cable memory
I found the ear buds sound better than all earbuds i have tried, granted this is the first upper price buds i have tried. they have plenty sound volume for me they are comfy with the correct end piece. Pros: Like that the cord can be disconnected like sound quality has a carry pouch with clip Cons: sad to see they are made in China thought US made
Just got the SE215...WOW! Great sound for the price. Don't know what the complaints are all about. Took less than 5 minutes to adjust, put on the best tips for my ears and start listening. The people that are having a hard time with adjusting these earphones probably don't have much experience with canal style earphones. 4 stars for the sound quality...5 stars factoring in the cost & comfort. Thank you Shure! Pros: Oustanding sound quality...especially for the price. Comfortable for sleeping. Cons: Nothing
I entered the world of higher-end headphones last year with a pair of over-ear Shures and fell in love. Wanted something to use to use while on the go and stuck with the Shures. These are fantastic. Just the right amount of bass, with the perfect blend of highs and mids. Can't go wrong! Pros: Sound Quality, Fit Cons: Nothing so far!
I am sure that these are great but the part that lays flat and loops around your ear is REALLY hard to get in. It seems to be too large to fit into the outside part of my ear . I have the right size tip, but if you can not get the rounded part flat in your ear you can not get a good seal and therefore, not good noise reduction. Pros: clear sound for music good Cons: Hard to get settled in the ear and piece over ear akward
Those reviewers who said they have had trouble inserted the Shure into their ear have one more person to add to the list. These earphones are very difficult, unreasonably difficult, to place in your ear. I have read and reread the instructions and advice offered on line, and no matter how I try to change the tip size or style, manipulate the cord, etc., the thing keeps falling out. If I hold them in with my hands, the actual sound is good. Not great to my ear. All in, I'd say these are not a good buy. Pros: They seem to be well made. Cons: Next to impossible to get into your ear and to keep them there if you plan to move in any way. OK, but not great, sound.
Steve, I have no problems fitting my SE215. The only big problem one will have is when trying to fit them upside down (cables pointing down). Unlike standard earbuds, the SE215 are designed to have the cables pointing up. While holding the earpiece in place with your thumb, you push the moldable cable with your 3 middle fingers towards the back of your ear. The cables then must be routed towards the back of your head and then the cables rest against your back (not chest like most earbuds). If you have been doing the above, it could be that you need a smaller, longer eartip for your SE215. All in all they fit great for me. I can workout, jog and do all sorts of things and the earpieces will stay put. Thanks.
Love these earphones! Can hear so clearly with them and the price was FANTASTIC! Pros: Comfort, looks, everything Cons:
I am very pleased with the quality of the sound and fit of these earphones. I had thought if I liked them I might have custom molds made. No need they fit perfect, snug, with no need to use any over the ear wire guides. For use as reference while I'm playing music I feel the tone is clear, clean and accurate. If I wanted them for listening to an iPod I'm sure they would work well but would probably want the next model up with a little deeper bass....then again with the proper eq on the iPod I'm willing to bet these SE215's probably would be more than adequate. For the price point I'm very pleased all around with them. Also Earphone Solutions is awesome to shop with, lots of great communication all along the way with the transaction and delivery was quick! Pros: Cons:
Like em. recommend em. You should buy em. A great price point -- obviously more expensive than cheap ear buds, but 5000% better sound quality. I am sure the sound quality of more expensive earphones are better but since it is easy to lose/misplace earphones, losing $100 earphones is much less painful than losing $500 earphones. Pros: Great sound for the price. Very solid construction -- they seem like they will be very durable. Great fit -- not annoyingly loose or uncomfortable. Cons: Getting them on and off is not as easy as quickly popping in an iphone earbud, but the extra effort is well worth the enhanced sound quality and comfortable fit.
Purchased the Shure SE215 by recommendation after my in-ear Bose failed me in just over a year. The two-year warranty was appealing but I didn't read up on fit before the purchase. I have a hard time with the fit, having tried both sets of earbuds of varying sizes. But when they do fit they are amazing at blocking out the sound- both on NYC streets and in planes. Find the right earbud and these will be a good purchase. Pros: Noise canceling, Earbud case and type options Cons: Earbud fit, Size of clear bud (a little big for my ears), Over the ear cord gets in way of glasses
I like the setup very much, but as some reviewers have suggested (maybe not on this site, but I've read it), the stiffeners that are part of the standard cord should be part of the microphone cord. Otherwise, the sound is great even though I'm still trying to find out which earpieces are best for me, and I"m enjoying them very much. Pros: Fit, comfort, sound Cons:
Once i got the earbuds adjusted to my ears correctly, I was quite supprised of the sound quality. Good lows average mid and average highs. I bought these so I could fit them under my motorcycle Helmet. For the price these are well worth the investment, Lot of extra buds come with so you can mix it up to get the correct fit. I really like the new foam style vs plastic. The cord seems to be quite durable and plenty long. Also service was top notch. Got earphones in two days, Thats coast to coast. Great Service!!!!!!!! Pros: good fit, good sound,good quality, nice case Cons: could be a little more highs
The sound in these earphone are unmatchable. Pros: Sound, comfort, discretion, personalization Cons: Nothing to report
I have had my SE215 earphones for about a month now, and I am quite impressed with them. The sound is true, not too bright, with good bass response. The only downside to these earphones is that it is a little bit of a pain getting them into your ears. Once they are there though I soon forget the time it took me to get them into place because of the excellent sound I experience. I am looking forward to upgrading my earphones once I can convince myself into spending $500.00 on the SE535 earphones! Pros: in ear style that blocks outside sound Cons: the couple of minutes struggling with the earphones to get them into place
My start for better sound started with the Shure SE110s, then to the Shure SE210s, and now I have arrived at the Shure SE215s. I really like the detachable cable, because I broke the cables off of the 100s and 210s. I like the fit of these headphones, however I found the SE210s to be more comfortable overall. As far as the sound quality goes they are very similar to the SE210s from what I can tell (I am not a audiophile). But I didn't enjoy the jump in sound quality as much from the 210s to the 215s, as I did from the 110s to the 210s. Given the 215s are supposed to be a replacement for the 210s not an upgrade like the 315s would be. Also the 215s are at a cheaper price point than the 210s were. My next set will probably be the 315s. Pros: Detachable Wires so your headphones aren't pretty much worthless if the wires break. Fit kit is awesome. Sound quality is great, could use some more bass, but the mids and highs sound great. Cons: I would like more bass. And that's about it.
These headphones are exceptional! I use them both study and workout, and they perform equally well in both settings. I listen to a wide range of music, and they sound wonderful for all genres. I study mainly at Starbucks, which is when crowded pretty noisy and these block out almost everything, which allows me to not loose focus at all! I bought these mainly because I have very small ears and was afraid these wouldn't fit that well, but I am surprised at how well they sit in my eyes and not move. Pros: Great Sound Isolation Reasonable Price Cons: Would like to try a smaller foam insert maybe?
These sound AWESOME. I listen to classic rock and these are the best sounding iPhone earphones Ive ever owned. Had numerous pars of Ultimate Ears, they sound great also but break within a year. The Shures seem so much more durable right out of the box, I don't think I'll have a problem. They are a little tricky to get in correctly but I suppose I'll get used to it. Pros: Great Sound, Durability Cons: Tricky to fit correctly, Iphone cable does not have bendable wires
Fair Pros: good sound quality Cons: difficult to get comfortable fit in ear.
This is my third pair of in-ears, having previously owned the Etymotic ER6i and the Westone UM1. I would say these are my favourite pair, and I probably prefer them to most of the headphones I've had as well. The sound is quite balanced, there is a very present low end but it doesn't overpower the rest of the mix. I tend to listen to more mellow music at lower volumes than average (one reason I go for in-ears) and I find this pair produce a lot of detail. Subtle sounds will usually be picked up quite well. An overall very versatile, wide and deep sound, capable of producing power without blaring. The cable is pretty short and comes. The only reason I'm not giving this set 5 stars is the actual physical construction. I found them a bit uncomfortable at first (it took me a month or so to get used to wearing them). The cable is made to be detachable, and snap in and out. One time it detached all by itself and I was lucky not to lose the earpiece. Also, one of the cables has started to show a bit of damage, and the inner wires are exposed (which sometimes affects the sound in that ear). I'm pretty sure I just got an unlucky pair, and the warranty will cover repair or replacement, so don't read too much into this. Pros: detail isolation sturdy build great price point Cons: cable problems (probably a one-off)
never had a comfortable and good pair of headsets before, the highs/lows on them are great especially the lows Pros: Cons:
Trying Klipsch Image s4, Bose ie2 and Beats by Dr, I am impressed by this Sound Signature. Clear and Detailed Sound. Getting some time to fit but after that comfort is good. Best of its Class. Pros: Mid and High Enough Bass Clarity Cons: Take time to get fitted
great set of headphones. they are so efficient that my ipod 160gb turned all the way down and can still hear the music coming through. should have ordered the ipod cable. very clear. only draw back is you can not realy hear anybody else unless you take the earphones out.... Pros: the cable is nice and long for lots of routing options from ears to listening device. Cons: ipod cable should have been standard option.....
these sound great. but why are they so heavy? the cable is very long and heavy, and you can't seperate the cable in half like others. great sound, but i would look elsewhere. Pros: sound Cons: heavy! no way you could run in these - what are the others talking about?
i have experience with in-ear phones, so believe me when i say these are awkward to put in. i find myself struggling with them every night at the gym. Once they are in, they sound very good. After about an hour of sweating, they begin to lose their fit and lose fullness (sound)...have to remove, wipe and re-fit. I'm also concerned that the bendable portion behind the ear is going to fail at some point from fatigue.. they have not yet. Pros: price sound Cons: installation
Dear Adach, While holding the earpiece in your ear with your thumb, push the memory wire with your 3 middle fingers behind the back of your ear. A little practice and you will be good to go ;)
I bought these after doing my research for 100 dollar and less headphones for use with an AVIOM system as well as recreational listening. They are really pretty nice for IEM's and although the dual and triple driver earphones I have used do sound better, I couldn't find anything to beat these guys for the price! They fit well in my ears, and are hard to accidentally yank out on stage! The only issue I have had with these so far, is that they are a little awkward to put in and take out, but that is the last thing on my mind before concerts! You can really crank these and not get distortion! Pros: Stay in ears well Great sound for IEM's Comfortable for extended periods of time Not very visible compared to other headphones Excellent value for the quality of the products Removable/adjustable cable rotates so it makes it easier to get the best fit possible Easy to tape the cable out of the way compared to other types of headphones. Long enough cable to run to a wireless pack without any issues. Cons: Hard to get in and out of my ears Bass can get muddy if you turn it up a bit
I've had more expensives earbuds before and this one definitely sounds a lot like them but at a cheaper price. This is probably the best deal you can get for under $100 Pros: -Very clear sound -Loud bass -Cheap price for what you get -Very good build quality, the cable feels solid, the earbuds feel like they would last a long time -Sounds as good as more expensives models -Best price/quality ratio for intra-auricular earbuds Cons: -Cable takes a bit to break in and until then they keep slipping off your ears -The cable is very very long (64 inches), this might be a pro for some people
The sound is not bad but the review given by Earphone Solutions was very misleading. They had recommended them for running (which is why I bought them) and they turned out to be horrible for running. If you buy the extra cord for Ipod use it doesn't have the thick bend-to-shape cords like the stock ones do and as a result they move all over the place, especially if you sweat anywhere near the ear area. Can't complain too much though because they are releatively inexpensive. Pros: Price Cons: Do not stay in place. Not good for running.
Hi Jeff, thanks for your feedback and sorry for not being clear about the cable. The model that we rated high for running is the SE215 while using the stock cable. You are right. When using the iPhone cable, which does not have the wire to mold on the back of the ear, they are not the best option for running but we assumed that if someone is serious about their running they would not be able to take a call while doing it. So the SE215 remains one of our top choices for running, provided you use the cables that come with them but not the iPhone cable. Thank you.
I really don't care for these, usually I do a lot my research, These are such a pain to put on and take off, if the return policy wasn't so bad i would have returned them. What i was looking for was headphones that were all in one for my phone and music with great sound and easy to take off and put on. If you want great sounds you have to unsnap the ear pieces to put on the other set what a hassle, and putting them in your ear is another whole chore, i would never recommend them. Pros: Not much, although when you use the ones for music the sound is very good, Cons: see above, hassle to take on and off and if you want decent sound for music you have to change them to antoher set of wires.
Nancy, thanks for the feedback. During our tests we did not notice any change in the sound quality when switching the cables between the iPhone cable and the stock cable. We even had a couple of customers saying that the iPhone cable gave them better sound quality for music playback. We thought they were the same. The inserting/removing gets much easier with practice. Usually after a couple of weeks you can do that very easily. Thanks!
Whether i'm sitting on the train on my way to work or going home..... These things are the best I ever invested in as far as head phones go. I was skeptical at first ... but they truly live up to the name. I am a music guy, and I tell you, I listen to songs now and hear even the smallest amount of noise. All the instruments, people talking in the booth... ha! Highly recommended! These things are great, first time customer, first good impression! No crackling, film vibration noises that you would usually hear with those cheap iphone/ ipod headphones listening to music with a lot of bass.... The best thing ever is that I can concentrate and be in my own world, noise won't/ shall not pass the cushions if put in properly.... Good idea for the ear hooks, everyone's ear's is different and if you don't mind adjusting, these thing will contour to your ear with no problem. Pros: Good price Comfortable Keeps sound out Handles highs and lows like a charm Cons: Shorten the audio cable just a smidget.
My review closely follows the review by Justin from Florida on April 27, 2011 and Keith from O' Fallon, MO. on August 25, 2011 on one major count - burn-in. Read Justin's review especially (they are sorted by date). When I put these guys in, I was disappointed honestly. I felt the bass to be muddy and inarticulate and the mid and highs to be grossly squashed. I am coming from Sony MDR-V6 studio monitors (over the head, big kind), and I knew that I would get that kind of frequency response (the V6's are 5Hz-30KHz; the SE215's are 22Hz-17.5KHz), but was still disappointed at how lackluster these were... After several hours of listening, I can already hear them opening up. The mids and highs are brighter, clearer. And the bass is certainly there, but not boomy and sloppy, it sounds much tighter. I'm thinking a few things have contributed to this for me. #1 burn-in (listen to them, or keep them plugged into the audio source while you're off doing other things). #2 experiment with the different tips. #3 experiment with how far into the canal the earpiece is going (within reason). Reserve your judgement until you've put them through the paces for a while (some say 24hrs, some say a couple hundred hours). I don't know how long, but I CAN tell you that over the 4-5 hours I've been listening (and taking them off and back on again, etc., etc.), I can tell a major difference. I'm no longer disappointed with these earphones. I'm really glad I purchased them, and can't wait to get them fully burned-in. 4 stars because they're not perfect, but at $99 bucks and when given a chance to break in, these earphones are an excellent value. Oh, and to the people with the problem with the cables, put a little pressure on the firm wire guides, and you can get them to stay in the bend you put there... Pros: Cons:
The sound quality is great for the price. If you have to rely on the microphone (separate wire included) for calls, beware that the microphone gives a loud scratchy noise at the slightest touch that is unbearable for both parties on the phone line. I am shocked that on one else has complained about the microphone noise. Also the separate microphone wire is not made of the same quality as the original wire. I assume most people who buy this Shure version is buying because you can use it with a mic but as I stated earlier, be prepared for a major disappointment. Pros: Good Sound Cons: Bad Microphone
Sounds like you may have an iPhone case that is preventing the plug from going all the way in. That screech sound that you describe is exactly what happens. Unfortunately some iPhone case manufacturers make a too small hole for the audio jack and that prevents the plug from being fully inserted, although it may look like it is. Try the earphones plugged in without that case. There are great iPhone cases that are better designed and have a large opening which allows the outer ring of the male plug to go all the way in. Thanks!
The sound quality is great for the price. If you have to rely on the microphone (separate wire included) for calls, beware that the microphone gives a loud scratchy noise at the slightest touch that is unbearable for both parties on the phone line. I am shocked that on one else has complained about the microphone noise. Also the separate microphone wire is not made of the same quality as the original wire. I assume most people who buy this Shure version is buying because you can use it with a mic but as I stated earlier, be prepared for a major disappointment. Pros: Sound quality and factory wires well made. Cons: Separate microphone wire gives off scratchy sound at slightest touch.
Sounds like you may have an iPhone case that is preventing the plug from going all the way in. That screech sound that you describe is exactly what happens. Unfortunately some iPhone case manufacturers make a too small hole for the audio jack and that prevents the plug from being fully inserted, although it may look like it is. Try the earphones plugged in without that case. There are great iPhone cases that are better designed and have a large opening which allows the outer ring of the male plug to go all the way in. Thanks!
There is a huge difference between hearing the music and having the music inside of your head. After converting over to the Shure earphone, I would not use any other earphone or headphone product. I know that some people cannot not use or stand to use in ear style earphones but these earphones are the only way to go. Pros: Cons:
The reason these earbuds are built like a tank and sound great is because they are made for in-ear monitoring system for live music. They are made to take the beating that you could excpect music equipment to take when a band is on tour. I am a musician myself and I am glad these are only 100 bucks. I am very picky when it comes to my sound. I needed a set of earbuds to go to the gym with and yard work. I couldn't see wearing my studio Sony MDR7506's while on the treadmill. I use these for their intended purpose for in-ear monitoring and they are excellent for that as well. What else could you expect from a company that has made the industry strandard live vocal and instrument mic for the last 30 years. Pros: Everything Cons: Nothing
I really love them. It takes a while to get used to them, but after that, they work as advertised. I agree with other reviews, it would be nice if the wires going behind the ear on the three button control were a bit thicker and were like the wires that come with the earbuds. It's not a deal breaker, it would just be nice. Thanks for getting them to me earlier than expected. Pros: see above Cons: see above
These earbuds are a replacement for Sony noise cancelling earbuds when the cable failed. Some careful research suggested that these were one of the top contenders. My prior experience with Shure phonograph cartridges from over 40 years ago suggested that Shure would be able to successfully engineer a small component like this. Earbuds were shipped promptly and arrived several days before I expected. I was thrilled with the huge improvement in sound quality from my prior earbuds. Also, quality of construction appears very good and the case provided is a great idea to minimize wear and tear when not in use. Once a proper seal is obtained, there is very good base response. Sound quality across the spectrum seems exceptional although my audiophile days are long past. When properly seated in the ear, they do seem to do an excellent job of suppressing random noises. My next air trip will be the real test of this. As these sound so exceptional, I'd like to compare these to some of the higher end Shure and other products. Pros: Very good sound quality. Good base response. High quality construction. Carrying case provided. Ability to replace cords rather than toss the item. Cons: Takes a while to figure out how to seat them so they don't wiggle loose.
i use these at the gym and while working outside. i have an outside job with alot of constant noise. these headphones can block out all the back ground noise, so all i hear is the music. you have to be careful where you wear these because you will not even hear things as loud as an ambulance siren. they fit great out of the box. i kept the ear buds that where on them and they fit just fine. the chords are thick and very sturdy, the sound is great. i would suggest for anyone that is thinking about them go ahead and get them you will not be disappointed. if the sound is not so good just move them around in your ear til you hear the bass, then the fit is secure. i use them with my apple shuffle. Pros: Cons:
I have normally used the Shure Se5's. I wanted to try something else so I purchased these. I have been using them constantly for a month and I am extremely happy with them. They sound just as good as the Se5's and they are very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They are an excellent deal for the money. I would highly recommend them. Pros: Comfortable, excellent quality, replaceable wires, great sound. Cons: Nothing
The sound really is great. Before these I had the Westone UM1 and then the Westone 1. I think the Shure SE215 has slightly better bass. The SE215 has a much thicker cable which is replaceable. There is also a bit of playable metal in the cable part that goes around the ears which makes it even stiffer. Even though the thicker cable is probably more hearty than the thinner cable on the Westones, I prefer the thinner cables. The thinner cable was easier to wrap over my ears, more comfortable and easier to manage. Pros: Sound Cons: Thick cable.
I have had the earlier versions of the 215, this design is hands down a huge improvement. My cables on the earlier versions would harden and crack from sweat, so the new cable covers are perfect, the new ones also fit in my ears better, great for running!! If you place them in your ears properly the sound quailty is amazing, if they are pushed in to far you will loose bass and hear outside noise, if this happens just pull a little bit on the part that goes directly in your ears and viola, you are in sonic heaven!! Best in ears at this price point hands down, I have had the Bose and Klipsh, these are far better!!! Pros: Cable design Sound Quality Price Comfort Cons: NOTHING!!!
I have only used cheap earphones in the past, but was always dissatisfied with them staying in place while exercising. The Shure SE215's were listed as best sports earphones, and I cannot disagree. They were a cost step-up for me, but I don't regret the purchase. Fitment is not hard regardless of what simpletons have said (if you can't chew gum and walk, disregard this.) The sound is marvelous and an added benefit for me. I can run, crew or ski, and they stay in place. Pros: Flexible fitment choices, comfortable, great sound and external noise attenuation. I am exercising, I don't expect a music hall. Cons: Nothing so far. One month in.
After trying all sleaves they do not stay in your ears at all! Worst headphones ever. The wire at the top near the earpiece is stiff so as directed to wear behind your ears it was difficult and very uncomfortable. I was very upset that I chose these, had to return them and pay restocking fee. I would say they are horriable for a runner but they wouldn't even stay put while walking! Pros: The sound was good when they would stay in my ear which was painful for the short time they did stay in. Cons:
While routing the cable behind the back of the ear make sure you are molding the memory wire to conform with the back of your ear and have the cable go towards the back of your head. I own these and they are awesome for running and working out. Many customers also buy these for sports so I'm guessing you are not molding the cable behind the back of your ear. You have to make sure you push the cable with your fingers down towards the back of the ear. Once the cables are molded, there is no way these will come off. We have customers that ride their motorcycles without helmet at more than 80 miles an hour and the earphones stay put. We are sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your feedback.
New to listening to google music on my phone, but compared to the stock Samsung earbugs, these are very clear, with please bass. Pros: Good sound quality & fit. Cons: They do fall out of my ears too easily.
These seem great but I could not get them to stay in my ears regardless of what size buds i tried to use. Had to send them back. Watch out for restocking fees. Pros: Cons:
Dear MT, Thanks for your feedback. We charge restocking fees because we do not sell open items. That's how we can guarantee every customer a brand new, factory sealed product that has not been in anyone's ear canal before. Note that the restocking fee is waived when you opt for an exchange for another item of same or greater amount. Wearing them the "correct" way may take a week or more so please make sure you give them enough time. The "invisible" wires at the end of the cable are used to be molded behind the back of the ear guaranteeing a secure fit. Let us know if we can help with anything. We will be glad to give you some pointers over the phone = 1-407-347-2182 Thanks!
I am definitely not an expert with IEMs but I can appreciate great sound. I wanted to buy some dual armature in ears, but could not pull the trigger on $200 westones. Instead, I bought the dynamic driver Shure SE215. After about 50-60 hours of burning in, I must say, the sound produced by these set of headphones is amazing. The soundstage is very wide and the mids are amazing. Everything is crisp and very detailed. I am not a bass head by any means, but the bass produced is more than adequate. It won't send thundering thumps into your ear canal, but it certainly isn't lacking. It took a couple tries to find a great seal (the foam tips are pretty difficult to take off), but once I found the right tips, it was extremely comfortable. I don't even feel them in my ears! The "negative profile" and relaxed treble makes these great for sleeping. Build quality is also decent. The plastic is very firm (but still plastic) while the cable seems like it will not break in the next 5 years with heavy use. My only gripe with the cable is the memory wire. It doesn't bend and stay as much as I would like. Otherwise, $100 for these headphones is an offer no one should give up. It certainly beats other IEMs I own in that price range and certainly sets double its price. Pros: Ample bass Great for sleeping Sexy translucent black Very comfortable Amazing sound quality Very affordable Cons: Memory wire does not stay at some more extreme bending Foam tips are difficult to take off. Feels like I might break the plastic nozzle.
I've had to have both earpieces replaced because the connector where the replaceable cable attaches has gone bad and no sound comes through. I thought the replaceable cable would be great since I've had to have every other pair of Shure in-ear headphones I've owned (E3, SE535) replaced multiple times for cable failures before their warranty finally ran out and they wouldn't replace them anymore. Turns out the headphones won't even outlast the cables. Pros: Comfort Sound is good for price In-Ear fit Cons: Durability of the connector for the removable cables
Not as comfortable as my Westone One's, but the sound quality is comparable for the fairly narrow dynamic range of the audiobooks that I listen to. Listening sessions with books are typically very long, so comfort is paramount. The Shure earphones are larger, warmer, and more isolating (a negative for me) than the Westone One. I generally prefer the Westones when I know I won't need the flexibility of the in-line controls. However, it is great to have the ability to easily pause my iPod when I need to interact with someone in the room or answer the phone. The SE215i has in-line controls that work very well. As other reviewers have said, the clear standard cord with it's formable wire reinforcements are of all around better quality than the extra cost black wires, but their in-line controls make up for the deficiency. In either case, having the ability to replace the cord in the event of damage or a defect is a huge advantage over the Westone or any other earphone with a standard cord. Pros: replaceable cord high quality in-line controller Cons: slightly larger and less comfortable than Westone high isolation black cord with no wire reinforcement
Where to begin. These earbuds are exceptional in every way. For a single driver, it's amazing how they incorporated everything from the bass to the hi's. The extra ear tips allow for the perfect fit. The only complaint I have, and most likely no one else will, is I've wrestled my whole life and have cauliflower ear in one ear which makes the fit a little distorted. But other then that issue these iem's are worth every penny! Pros: Good sound all around Comfortable Good for working out Total noise cancellation Cons: Long cable
I was looking for a way to listen to my radio and ipod while mowing the grass since my noise cancelling ear phones did not do this for me. The Shure earphones shut out the mower noise and allow me to hear my radio and protect my ears at the same time. I can even wear my other ear protection over the Shures since they fit nicely in the ears. Very good ear buds for the money. Pros: Good clarity and convenient to use. Cons: Bass not 100 % with all of the buds.
Thanks Jerry. Make sure you use the eartips that will give you the best fit and seal. That's how you get the best bass ;)
This is my first earphone purchase and I like these allot. Great sound without breaking the bank. Nice bass/mids/highs. I would recommend these to anyone looking for earphones that doesn't want to spend too much money. Pros: Everything - Especially at the current price. Cons:
Fantastic earphones!! I've always been an over-the-ear guy, but I started running this year and was looking for something that had a really good frequency range. I like to take on albums for the first time while running, so it's important to have pretty accurate sound. Not only do these hit all the ranges, but they do a great job of drowning out outside noise while staying on your ear. It's important to shape the wire pieces well before use, but if you take the time, they work pretty amazing, even while getting physical. And Earphone Solutions was amazing -- living in Los Angeles, I couldn't believe how quick they were at my door coming from Florida. Thanks Shure and Earphone Solutions!! Pros: Cons:
I have used ear buds for my ear monitor for about 10 years, and used several of the Shure earbuds over that time. The Shure SE215 are by far the most versatile and comfortable that I've worn so far. The swivel feature is new to me, which will prevent the wires from twisting as you don and doff the buds, and I really like the formable ear pieces that you can conform to the top of the ear and keep the wire in place behind your ear. Pros: Cons:
For the price these are earphones are great...The highs shine while the lows are tight. The profile is a bit large for my ears and the cables could be more efficient in terms of size...they're hard to use depending on the type of case you use on your mp3 player. Overall though, I love these earphones! Pros: Sounds excellent, especially for the price Cons: Replaceable cable is thick and large...
Very difficult to get into ear. Kept falling out Didn't compare to the Klipsch s4 that I now use Pros: Sound was good Cons: Uncomfortable. Difficult to get into ear and once there it kept falling out
Make sure you are wearing them with the cables going up and around the back of your ears, towards the back of your head. They are designed different than the S4 as far as the way you wear them. The S4 the cables fall straight down against your chest. With the SE215 the cables are designed to all on your back.
Very uncomfortable when trying to use them for sleeping which is why I purchased them hurt my ears. Returned them. Pros: Nothing Cons: Everything
Thanks for your feedback. For most ears these should fit recessed in the nook of your ear so that you could comfortably put your head on a pillow. If you believe you have small ears and the earpieces are protruding try the Westone 1 as the earpiece is even smaller. You can contact us for an exchange. There are no restocking fees on exchanges for products of the same price.
I have been happy with the purchase. I have owned Westone 1 and Ultimate ears 3. Build quality is good, equal with Westone and better than Ultimate ears. The sound quality is good for both music and podcasts. I use these mostly for listening to podcast/streaming radio and using for calls but I do have at least one headphone in 24-hours a day it seems like (just ask my wife). Fit is great and I found these as comfortable as Westone 1s and these are better for sleepling (lower profile with with small comply tips). It did take some time to get the fit right with the iPhone cable (attachment angle is different than stock cable). After 2-3 weeks of working with the angle and my ear the fit was perfect. Pros: good sound and build very comfortable for sleeping due to profile Cons: Fit out of the box was not at easy as Westone but they came around
The over all quality is good. The fit is ok, and would be good if it didn't have the defined edge on the outboard side of the headphone. This tends to cause a hot spot in the ear, and over prolonged usage becomes uncomfortable. The cable is quality! Plastic over braided and yet still pliable. The sound is good also... deep rich bass, nice separation and soundstage. I previously had the Shure E2C's... Although these were more comfortable, the sound quality of the SE215's is far superior. Pros: Price to sound quality ratio. Cons: hard edge on the outboard side of the headphone.
very good sound, but when you are used to a "normal fit" - meaning just put them in like a normal ear bud, you will be surprised. I have had a month and still struggle a little to get them in, not labled right and left, easy to confuse. . Since they are much more difficult to put in than a normal pair you may use them less. I got to use on the plane so it is OK. I have not used for the gym. Pros: sound quality, variety of buds for a good fit Cons: getting them in
I've been using these mostly at the gym since I received them. They sound amazing and fit perfect, I can run without these moving. Pros: Cons:
I'm a worship leader at an on campus ministry, so I bought these to use as monitors. I've always been happy with everything i've purchased from shure. maybe with the exception of the SM48. These IEMs are much, much nicer than the se115 in sound signature and much more enjoyable than the scl3. I fell in love with the shure's E2c and these are very similar. I've only done about 20 hours of burn in so far but I'm already very impressed with them. If you're a singer you'll be happy to know they hardly do any moving while i sing, but then they ARE Shures so I expected that. But these seem to do a better job of staying put than my others. The signature is fairly flat with a pushed mid. This may change once the burn in is complete. If you're coming from the (balanced armature) SCL3 like I was You'll appreciate the warmth of the se215's dynamic driver. The low frecuenies are where theyre supposed to be and they dont track any mud through the other frequencies. I ordered these on sunday with the slowest shipping speed and got these on wednesday. I only live three hours away but i still expected it to take much longer, so i was pleased with earphone solutions. I am noticing some random static every so often when the cable is in a weird position. I'll be keeping an eye on the situation to see if it persists or works itself out. If you like these and are looking for a cheapo pair to abuse, you may want to consider the Meeletronics M6. They sometimes sell for as cheap as 15$ and are absolutley the best i've found for the price. They're quite a bit more bassy and have recessed mids. They're the same fit and look too! Shure's are expensive but the quality is always better than you expect. I'm extremly pleased with the pro qualiy build. If you're looking for a monitor for stage use, you're gonna evetually end up with shures. I wish i would have realized this sooner. It would have saved me a bunch of time. :) Pros: Sound signature Shape, fit, style Swivel memory wire eartip selection kevlar cable price Cons: memory wire (somtimes) Case (they've switched to soft shell) Static (maybe it's just to be expected with the moving parts)
Thanks for the review!
After reading all the reviews I was aware that the iPhone cord didn't have the kevlar reinforced area with embedded wire. I had read several of the articles on this site, I was fine with that. BUT what I wasn't ready for was the fact that one side of the cord, from the Y-intersection up, was longer than the other!! The side with the shuttle controls is a little over an inch longer (see accompanying photo)!! THIS MAKES THE EARPHONES IMPOSSIBLE TO WEAR! The longer side will not, no matter how hard I try, stay looped over my ear, allowing the earphone to easily fall out. What a terrible design. My advise, get the earphones if you want great sound at unbelievably competitive price but skip the iPhone cord. If you want the shuttle controls, like I do, get a different brand. How sad that one of the preeminent names in IEM makes some of the best earphones but worst cables. It's mind boggling. Another baffling thing is the plug that comes with the native cord so huge it won't work with my Speck Case or Mophie Juice Pack on the phone (see accompanying photo) but the plug on the iPhone cord is perfectly sized. I'm dizzy with disbelief and anger. Pros: The Shure se215 sounds amazing, right out of the box, without burn in. The sound is warmer and has more bass than my friends Etymotic hf3 and clearer then my Klipsh Image s4i's that my cat chewed on (thus the replacement). And at $99, they kill every competitor out there. They are without competition. Cons: The plug on the cord that comes on the se215, too big for my Speck iPhone case. The plug on the iPhone cord it perfectly sized. The uneven length of the iPhone cord is one of the most frustratingly, stupid deigns of any product I've ever encountered. I truly believe that no one at Shure has ever used them or they'd realize the flaw.
Thanks for detailed review. We appreciate your feedback and will forward them to Shure.
I've owned a fair number of earphones over the years from the early $99 and $199 Shures to Westone UM2s and recently a pair of Shure SE-110s. Nothing in the $100 range comes close to these for sound quality. At this point, at the intersection of comfort and sound quality, these even beat my UM2s. The only downside to these vs. the SE-110s is that I really liked the short cord on those. Since these have replaceable cords, I'd love to see a shorter cord available. I usually use these with a device attached to my arm or shirt, so the massively long cord is just dangling coiled up in the way. Pros: Sound Comfort Look Price Cons: Cord length
By far the BEST headphones I've ever purchased in my life! I'll never buy anything other that SHURE! Stylish as FAWK! Forget Beatz By whats his face! Forget Bose! Forget SONY! These look amazing and people stare at them with the, "WTF are those" eyes! When they ask, "What they are?", I say, "delicious." When they ask where they can get them, I say, "God only made one." The sound quality is almost indescribable. When I wear these IEMs, it's as if I'm thinking music. The iPhone cord only comes in black, which is not mentioned on the description of this product; but it's ALL GOOD! It works perfectly and the cord feels more durable than stock iPhone headphones. If I were to purchase these again, I'd get the smoke black ones. Pros: -Style -Comfort -Quality -Durability -iPhone adapter is sturdy and and work PERFECT! -Doesn't fall out of the ear. Cons:
It took a while (even thought I've had some experience with Shure before) to get the right fit. I have cavernous ear canals and required the largest soft rubber single flange tips. Once I got that and the whole bend the wire over the top of the ear thing worked out, I sat back to listen. Shure has definitely done the audiophile on a budget a big favor. My prior favorite cans have been the Ety MC-5s; very neutral, but constricted, no soundstage at all. Everything's in your head. They are now my second favorite, however, because the Shures have the neutrality with more body and definition in the bass than the Etys at about $40 to $50 less. I like the replaceable cord (which is, as others have mentioned, a bit too long, but I imagine that is for pro musicians who have to run the cord to the wireless transceiver worn at the belt). They mate well with my iPod classics (I have 3 and almost all my music is lossless). I think I could actually sleep with them in my ears, although I probably won't. Great comfort when properly fitted. I got a pair of the B&W C5s a few weeks ago (I am a headphone junkie). They cost considerably more and deliver considerably less in sound, comfort, and general usability. I recommend these to people who don't mind fiddling around a little to get quality. Once you have set them up, they are pretty easy to put in and take out. At the price, I don't think anything out there can touch them. Pros: Bass, mids, highs replaceable cord fit comfort don't require special amplification Cons: cord length (buy a shirt clip)
This was my first set of premium earphones. Prior to this, I used inexpensive $20 pairs. The sound from these Shure SE215's are clearer and more full than the other pairs that I've used. I prefer the feel of the silicone tips, but the black foam olive tips gave much better sealing and sound isolation. When these earphones work, they work great. I've had these earphones since May. I purchased from Earphone Solutions and delivery was on time. The earphones utilize a swivel connector. This seems to be a problem for these earphones. I did some forum research prior to purchase and found that these earphones could develop an intermittent connection issue. I thought that being careful with them would prevent this from happening. It has not. I use these earphones about two hours a day on the bus, one hour each way. I'm not running around doing physical activity and not jostling the connectors, I'm laying there on the headrest with my head back. I'm always careful to pull out the earphones itself and not the cord because I wanted to avoid this problem. I started having intermittent issues in the left bud a couple months ago. I used to be able to just change the angle of the connector and it would start working again. Now the left bud connector needs constant adjustment and provides crackling and/or lower volume due to this poor connector design. Overall I am disappointed with these earphones. My wife has ultimate ears triplefi's and they use a two pin connector design. Had Shure used this same connector the se215's would be perfect for me. I bought these based partially on the praise a friend of mine has for his 10 year old Shures with a permanent wire. He now needs those replaced and I could not recommend him to get another set of Shures since they all seem to utilize the same swivel connector design now. Pros: Clear and full sound. Nice low profile fit. Several selections of bud material and sizes to choose for best fit. Nice carrying case to wrap up cord when not in use. Cons: Unreliable swiveling connector design.
Michael, Thanks for your review and sorry for this inconvenience. Please give us a call or email and we will replace your SE215 at no charge. Thank you.
I just recently purchased these earphones i was very excited for years I've been looking at Shure headphones and always wanted a pair but could never muster up the 100-200$ price tag. I finally bought them as I have had several cheaper pairs break/ sound like crap. When I first opened these I could tell they were of a VERY high quality build! Upon putting them on I realized didn't like them, they were uncomfortable kinda complicated to get routed and couldn't get a proper seal, so the bass response and noise canceling sucked. Over the next few days I went through almost all the ear pieces that come with them trying to get the right fit of comfort/noise canceling. On like the 4th day I tried them with the right size ear piece for my ear and now I absolutely LOVE them! I work next to a flight line and have a lot of down time these babies make it no problem to hear my music even at the lowest volume over the roar of the jets taking off/landing! Incredible sound although I wish there was a little more high range but overall just really great earphones! Pros: Block out ALOT of noise! Great Bass! Great build Quality, Seem like they will LAST! Great Sound! Cons: Hard to initially set up. Wish they had a little more high end sound.
These headphones have the best sound quality of any headphones I have ever used. They also stay in my ear extremely well. However, they do take longer than other headphones to put in my ears because they go behind my ear. It is also very difficult to change the ear pieces because they have some very strong adhesive on the ear buds. Overall though, they are extremely good headphones for sound quality. Pros: Sound Quality Durability Stay in ear Interchangeable chords Cons: Not so great bass Hard to put in Hard to change ear buds
The sound is comparable to the older E3 that I had but not quite as good as the E4. The bad part about the older series is that both of mine are broken at the cable. The new series solves that problem. If the SE315 was the same price as the older E3, I would have bought it instead of the SE215. You get a cleaner sound with two drivers. As it is, you can't beat the sound and the repairability for the price. Pros: Replaceable cables, and good sound at the sale price. Cons: Not quite as clean sounding as the E4 and doesnt quite mask out outside noise as well as the E3. Maybe the noise cancellation will be better after trying a few of the ear pieces.
I've owned a pair of E2C's and E3C's, and was generally pleased enough with Shure to buy these for my gf. Out of the box, there is a moldable wire with an extra layer of insulation that is supposed to help seat these above the ear. The problem is that sometimes it's more desirable to seat them in the opposite direction/ears for ease of use. My gf hated it, so I had to gently strip the insulation and cut the wire, which was a bit nerve-wracking. I also bought a pair of Westone's, and immediately noticed the treble was extremely "bright" and almost off-putting by comparison. Sound quality is generally quite good, though, with my gf remarking how she notices things she's never heard before. Build quality also seems quite solid, with thick insulation on the wires and rotating/removable connectors to the ear buds. Pros: Build quality Comfort Sound detail Cons: Undesirable wire mold Harsh treble
I picked these up to replace a set of older Shures I accidentally left on an airplane. They are fantastic! Very comfortable. They do a nice job of blocking noise. They provide a surprising level of base response. I'm very happy with my purchase. Pros: Sound. Fit. Cost. Cons: nothing.
This earphone quit working while I was listening to music. Poof! No sound from one of the buds. The detachable cables were good to have, so that I could troubleshoot and figure out that the earbud was defective, not the cable. For the few months it was working, to me the sound was just OK. The bass was enhanced, but didn't sound good to me. My previous earphones were Etymotic-6i and Shure SCL4, both of which sounded better. A small crack appeared in the plastic of one of the cables near the earbud on the SCL4's. I thought maybe I cut it on something, but then a similar split appeared on the other cable. Now the first cable is about to break all the way through. I think I will try a different brand for my next pair. Pros: Inexpensive. Detachable cables. Cons: Reliability. Bass heavy. Difficult to put in and get a good seal, even after several months of practice.
Even though these have a a balanced armature driver, I couldn't really tell an appreciable difference in sound quality between these and the $30 Panasonic buds I was using before. However, the sound isolation on the SE215s is excellent. It's literally like wearing foam ear plugs. I do computer work in a machine shop with a large compressor and pumps running all day, and these earphones make those things almost unnoticeable. The sound isolation also improves how well I can hear the nuances of music. I can turn the volume on my music player almost to zero and still hear all the sound from the song I'm listening to. Pros: Great Sound Isolation Comfortable Good Sound quality Good Build Quality Cons: Cumbersome if you remove and replace the earphones frequently.
Compared this to Klipsch, IMO. these pair beat the S4 hands down! Klipsch is muddy and the bass is bloated and it is just not as defined and clear as E215. I would recommend the SE215 to anyone with budget below $100 for sure! Pros: clear and defined sound good bass and overall sound detachable in-ear speakers Cons: i need to really adjust the in ear speakers when i am working out or running, they become loose and fall out of my ears when sweaty
Whoever designed how these headphones fit your ear was completely incompetent. The cables exit the earphones at an angle the top, which kind of makes sense since the cable is supposed to wrap behind your ear. However, the angle required to pull them behind the ear is extremely sharp, which explains why the cables need to be reinforced with beefier cable insulation near the in-ear units (it's stiffer, but not terribly moldable - also, this sharp angle explains why the heavier insulation is required at all). But the stiff part of the cable is too short to actually wrap around the top of your ear, which means that it's too stiff over too short a distance. Instead of wrapping over your ears, they stick up an over the earlobe like some crescent-shaped antenna. Combined with the replaceable cable, the cable is always falling off (flopping over) the ear, meaning that the headphones are only useful if you never move your head. Sound is pretty great - warm, nice bass, highs come through very nicely; a really nice balance. Too bad they're impossible to wear in order to enjoy that sound. I'll give them a try for a day or two, but if this doesn't get better then I will sadly have to send them back (because the sound is really really good - better than the Westone 2s that I had that disappeared to my everlasting chagrin). Pros: Great sound - hearing details I've never enjoyed before. Cons: Fit is TERRIBLE -Not made to fit a human's head -Poorly designed cable angle ensures excessive cable wear
And the sound is clear and incredible. A great value! When exercising, the stay put as well. This was my first purchase with Earphone Solutions, and I will be a repeat customer. I highly-recommend Earphone Solutions and this product in particular. Pros: Sound quality, comfort, PRICE!!! Cons: N/A
These earphones are excellent, especially for the price. I wear them under a motorcycle helmet, and the sound is good, comfort is excellent, and they are sturdy enough to take the punishment of taking my helmet off and putting it back on again repeatedly. Highly recommended. Pros: Cons:
I've found the product to be uncomfortable and complicated to use. The over the ear fit does not work for me and the array of ear tips do not seal properly for my ears and cause headaches and discomfort. I even separately ordered the triple type ear tips that were not included after trying all the ones included and had a similar problem with ear soreness and head pain above and around the ears. The over the ear style does not stay secure on my shape ears so I've tried just wearing them like a typical earphone but that doesn't improve the fit, feel, sound or comfort. I switched from Etytomic to Shure but am switching back even though the overall solid construction and possibly the life span is inferior and shorter than the Shure SE215. The Etytomic Isolater ER6i is not as well constructed and doesn't last more than a year but has better sound and comfort for me.The Etytomic MC5 may be a better alternative as well. The ShureSE215 has been frusrtaing to use and very disappointing. Pros: I like the look of it and its solid cable and overall constuction. Cons: Fit, lack of comfort, heaviness, over the ear style doesn't work for my shape ears, sound quality, complicated fitting and putting in the ear, diffuculty getting seal despite trying all tips and ordering ones not included. I plan on returning them.
To be frank, I haven't been able to use them yet. The original pads are far too large to fit in my ears. Fortunately I saw the tip on freezing the Shures for 10-15 min and that allowed me to remove the black ones. Now I have a smaller size installed but the shape is so different from everything I've used in the past that I haven't been able to seat them correctly....and the stiff cable? It's so stiff it pulls the bud away from my ears! I'm regretting the $99 but also certain once I figure them out I'll love them. (sigh) Pros: Reputation, build quality Cons: No clear instructions!
Performance of this product is great. I compared to Klipsch s4 and SE215 has even better quality of the sound. I feel little pain after wearing it more than couple of hours but will be used to it. However, I expected to receive clear one, but 3 button control and line is black. I thought that they sent me wrong one but I realized there is no clear control button from the website. Pros: sound quality is great Cons: There is no information that the mic line is black, not clear.
Hi Young, Yes, the iPhone cable only comes in black. Thank you!
I recently purchased these to replace my old Shure earphones. The old pair still sounded great, but was not flush with my ears. Since I mostly wear them under a motorcycle helmet, my ears would get sore after long rides. I purchased the new pair shortly before a 3,000 mile motorcycle trip, and so far am very pleased. They sound great and are very comfortable. There is a bit of a learning curve in order to make them fit correctly, but when installed correctly they do a great job of cancelling out most of the wind noise. I would highly suggest these for motorcycle helmet applications. Pros: Great sound and comfort. Ear bud assortment provided assures proper fit. Cons: Sometimes a bit of a challenge getting a good seal. Cord is too long for most applications
You will not finde a beter sound for the money. absolutely fantastic Pros: everything Cons: 0
I am a headphone and earphone junkie with probably 10-15 sets including the ubiquitous BOSE sound-cancelling headphones I USED to take on my 2-3x monthly business trips. No more. Once I got the hang of how these fit around/in my ears I have had no complaint whatsoever. Great sound, great outside-sound-isolation and very comfortable fit. And, when in place, the clear ones are almost invisible. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Pros: Fit Sound Price Appearance in situ Cons: Nothing
i used them as in ears for a gig i had. they sounded great in all respects. Pros: sound quality Cons: how the cord wraps around your ear.
Great build quality, much better than my old E2c's (the ones with the cable cracking issue). I am quite surprised by their range and openness. I have not spent much more than $100 on canal phones so I cannot say what a second or third driver would add to the sound. As for fit, most professional (unless custom molded) fit the way the Shures do. Pros: Sound Price Cons: none
Sorry for the self-serving title, but that is how I feel about these earphones. I have been an UM1 owner for about 3-4 years and when those finally died, I wanted a set of earphones that also worked with my iPhone. On paper, these looked pretty good and there were lots of positive reviews about the Shure SE215i. However, IMHO, those reviewers are obviously not aware of the Westone UM1 or 2 earphones. First of all, they are much bigger than the Westones, perhaps not a problem for some, but when you get used to the lightweight of the Westones, the Shures are just not as comfortable. Second issue is the cabling. The Shures have a "bendable" cable that is meant to be form-fit over the back of your ear. I thought they were bulky and uncomfortable, especially when compared to the soft, flexibly and very lightweight cables on the Westones. I sent these back the day after I got them and was got my UM1 earphones repaired by Westone for $30. If and when Westone comes out with an iPhone compatible earphone, I will be buying it. Pros: Sound quality was good Cons: Earphones were too big, too heavy. Cable was uncomfortable and heavy and too long.
The Shure SE215 headphones produce clear crisp sounds . I recommend the shure 215 headphones Pros: Great sound Cons: No Dislikes
they fit, they block noise, and they sound good Pros: Love the moldable wires for around the ears. Cons:
I got these as a replacement for my UE 170vi when the cable was damaged in storage. First impressions for these were that these are some solid earphones. They definitely feel and look much more durable than the UEs I had. Removing the foam tips was difficult but once that was removed, changing it to another tip was no problem. The tips and earphones are fitted tightly and I will not have to worry about losing them like I did with the UE ones. This is definitely a plus. These earphones does take some getting use to since the wire goes over the ear, but the wire gives no trouble even though I use them with glasses. The wire is long enough that I don't have to worry about plugging it into my phone and having it in my pockets, it may be too long for some people, but I enjoy having more to work with. It is great to be able to move within close proximity of my laptop without having to take them off like other earphones. These earphones are not going to be something you want if you plan to be taking them out often. They fit nicely in the ear and can be removed without much problems, however, putting them back on does take some time. I have been using these for about 2 weeks and it still takes me some time to put them back on. These earphones are comfortable for the most part, however it does seem to shift at time if you move. I've had to adjust them after wearing them for a longer period of time because they shift and becomes uncomfortable. This is a quick adjustment but should be noted. The sound of these earphones are nice but are different from another pair of Shure SRH440 I own. I am a little disappointed that they don't compare to the SRH440, however they are entirely different type of phones so I understand there would be a difference. I do expect these earphones to last me some time, much longer than the UE's I had. The case is a great way to store and travel with these. The tool and variety of tips that brings should accommodate most people for different material preferences as well as size differences. These earphones are a good fit for people who enjoys music but does not have the extra money to buy the more expensive earphones. They seem to be durable and should last for a long time. Any cable problems could be resolved by replacing it which is definitely a good thing, I do hope those replacement cable prices drop though. I would recommend these to anyone that is looking for a new pair of earphones with this budget. Pros: cable length durable price noise isolation Cons: expensive cable replacement may need to re-adjust after period of listening
I ordered this item back in may so I've had quite some time with this earphone and I must say that the sound is fantastic. The bass is slightly lighter than my monster turbines but it more than makes up with it with the fantastic mid range and top notch isolation. Although the mids are not quite as smooth as the regular "Shure" sound they're still my favorite aspect of these phones. However, in my three months with these earphones I've already had to return them two times due to one of the drivers ceasing to work. According to some of the responses here it's isolated to a batch in the May shipment but my second pair was manufactured in June and had the exact same problem as my first. The first replacement earphone was returned within a week but apparently it will take over a month to replace the second pair which is simply unacceptable. If you are considering to purchase these I would warn you to think about your willingness to risk a faulty pair. Pros: Deep lows with great impact/body Smooth mids Cons: Awful Awful quality control Memory cables are hard to get used too Highs are slightly lacking
The sound quality you get from these headphones is very good, they provide crystal clear sound that sounds like a live concert. Personally I love bass so there could be a little deeper sounding bass but overall they sound great!! Pros: Very clear sound, you can hear each individual instrument. Cons: I wish the ipod cable with the buttons was clear like the standard cable.
These Shure's sure beat the last pair I had. I can't remember the model, but my old ones had flimsy wires and no wire around the ear. The SE215 sound better in the bass department, and are more comfortable and durable than the last, which were much more expensive. It took some practice to find the right way to insert these since they were different, yet similar. I use yellow foam with these beautifully flush to the ears design. No brainer at this price! Pros: Everything (price, feel, sound, durability...) Cons: 0
This IEM (In-Ear-Monitor) is amazing sound and noise isolation. I mostly use these under my motorcycle helmet. Not only do they significantly reduce the wind noise and loud pipes to a moderate background level they let just enough other sounds in to hear your environment, car horns, loud holler, etc. I can listen to music clearly at less than 1/4 volume from an iPod classic on a motorcycle at highway speeds! I have used them to listen to music, Podcasts and audio books while mowing the lawn. Very comfortable fit but you must play with the Ear-Tips to find the right one to get a good seal and to be comfortable too, give it plenty of time (2-3 weeks) you wont regret it. Pros: Good External Noise Isolation/Reduction Sound Quality (Bass/Mids/Highs) Removable/Replaceable Cables Flush In-Ear Fit Durable Feel Cables Comfortable Fit (Give it time and Play with Ear-Tips) Cons: Cables are a bit Stiff Cables are very long for my use Foam type Ear-Tips are hard to change Confusing how to wear at first (Left/Right and IEM orientation for cable)
I have read several positive reviews for these headphones and so I found them here on sale. I wish the bass was stronger, and the pods are a little hard to remove from the ear after prolonged use. Also, my ears tend to hurt a little after a half hour or so of use. That said, I enjoy them and would recommend them to others. Pros: Travel Case Different pad sizes included Price Cons: Not enough bass Hard to remove from ear
Amazing mids,powerful lows but not overpowering but slightly recessed highs ,good soundstage build quality Pros: sound good isolation looks cool much cheaper then singapore Cons: some problems with shipping bad sound quality before burn in
There is a bit of a learning curve re: proper fit. Fidelity is not outstanding unless you have the proper fit, once you have accomplished that you will be impressed. Good bass and clear highs. Only drawback for me is that people do not realize how isolated you are from your surroundings while you have them on. When I'm working out I do not want to socialize and people don't understand that you really can't hold a conversation cause you cannot hear a thing. Works for me but you have to determine if that is a drawback for you. I love them Pros: Sound and noise cancelation. Cons:
Overall for $99.99 this is a great earbuds. Pros: Love the Mid of this earphones. Lots of bass too.. Cons: At first it is hard to fit.. But will get use to it..
Fast delivery, high grade material and construction, great noise isolation compared to other of the type, awesome bass response but not too tight as other more expensive models, fits comfortable for some time - then becomes a bit painfull - they feel like monitors, very long cable, does transmit noise through the cables but I don't mind at all, good not great low, mid frequencies. Highs are not bight enough but gets the job done... will save money to by the higher end ones from the same line, plus you can detach cables any time Pros: Long and sturdy cable Great noise isolation Detachable cables Good fit Good Bass and mids Great for the price Cons: Modest trebles They do hurt after a while Noise isolation plus loud volumes can get a bit- dangerous on the street
I have not had a great experience with these headphones. Only after Three weeks of use, they started to short out in one ear, then both ears. I have now had to send them back for warranty service at my expense, again, only after Three weeks of use. While they did work, the sound is clear. good bass, and I like the size of the earpiece. The flexible wire keeps them firmly in place. Pros: Good, clear sound, flexible wire is a great idea. Cons: That they cease to work only after Three weeks, and I only use them about 2 hours a day..
Dear Gregg, we are very sorry for the inconvenience. Please call us at 1-407-347-2182 and we will be glad to help you. You may also contact Shure at 1-800-516-2525 and they will replace those at no charge for you. When you buy from Earphone Solutions we guarantee your manufacturer's warranty will be enforced. Call us if you need any help with that. Thank you again and sorry for this inconvenience. Flavio
I received my SE215s today. WOW! I own a pair of triple driver SE535 and UM3X (which, BTW, I also purchased from Earphone Solutions). I ordered a couple of pairs of the SE215s to loan to band mates if they need ears for a gig. Wow! Amazing SOUND and BUILD quality. The bass is immediately, noticeably better with this dynamic driver than with the armature drivers in my triple driver models above. With the 20% off sale for the 4th, I cant believe they only cost me $80.00 apiece. I immediately tried to order several more pairs to give as gifts but discovered that the FIREWORKS 20% discount code expired 3 days ago. Bummer! However, Im definitely stocking up on these babies when they go on sale again. I think that bass players would especially love the sound and affordability of these ears that are built with true pro-audio quality and durability. I think Shure has a huge home run here. Makes me wonder what this dynamic driver would sound like paired with their SE535s armature drivers. Shure are you listening? Maybe offer a dynamic/armature hybrid? ;-) Pros: Cons:
Just what I have come to expect from Shure earphone. Good fit, outstanding sound quality for the money and durable. I work on a navy ship in a construction zone for a good part of the day and these earphones noise reduction is good enough so I can do my job and still hear what I need to while working. Pros: Dependability, Values and quality. Cons: Nothing
As a Westone earphone user, I was horribly disappointed in the Shure SE215 earphones. My UM1s were several years old (out of warranty) and I needed some new headphones and was looking to upgrade and get iPhone compatibility as well. I spoke to a customer service person at Earphone Solutions explaining what I was looking for and she strongly recommended the Shure SE215s as they were "just as comfortable" as the Westone UM1s I was replacing. What a HUGE mistake on my part!!! First of all, the unit itself is NOT smaller than the UM1 and does not fit nearly as flush in my ear. The second issue is the cable that runs from the earpiece over the top of the ear is like a "flexi-cable". For people who have the Westone's, you know that their braided cable is extremely flexible and thin and is virtually weightless over the ears. By contrast, the Shure cables are bulky, heavy and do not have anywhere near the flexibility to comfortably conform to the backside of the ear. I ordered my SE215 with the iPhone cable and there are problems with that as well. The SE215 has the removeable cables. The stock cable for audio-only use has a straight connector where it attaches to the earpiece. The iPhone cable comes with an "L" shaped connector that has to be oriented in the right direction to properly route the cable over the top of the ear making inserting the earpiece a much more difficult process. To top it all off the audio quality of the iPhone cable is much poorer than the audio-only cable. If you want great-sounding audio earphones that are also super-comfortable to wear for long periods of time, stay away from these and go with the Westones (UM1, W1 or W2). Pros: Sound quality with the audio cables was good Cons: Audio cables are very bulky and heavy In-ear piece is large and does not fit flush in the ear (at least for me) Audio cable is too stiff to comfortably route over the top of the ear iPhone cable (separate item) has very poor music qualities and has a very poor connector design making putting on the headphones a hassle
Im still wearing them in but these sound great, easy to fit into the ears and great cord which goes behind the ear. The phione do not slip out of my ear as other aerphone s i have had have done. thanks earphone solutions for the quick delivery. Pros: everything Cons: at first it was a little hard to get the foam pads off, as i had to pull quite hard.
I purchased these for my husband for Father's Day. He uses them for his iPad. He travels for work and feels they are very comfortable, provide good noise reduction and excellent sound quality. He also likes the case that they come in which makes it easy to store the headphones and cords for traveling. Pros: Different earbud sizes Storage case Cons:
Shure SE215 has great Mid Vocals good Bass and acceptable Highs I tried some UE700 first, they are very clean on Mids and Highs but are very week on Bass. Then I tried Klipsch -S4s these are all Bass very bad on Mids, Vocals and Highs. Next I tried Bose IE2 these have a great overall balanced sound but are not Sound Isolating so if you use them anywhere that isn't noise free you will not be happy. I am keeping the Shure SE215s because of well balanced sound, price, comfortable fit, Replaceable cables. The sound of the SE215 get much better with some burn time. At $99 bucks they are going to be hard to beat!! Pros: Solid clarity and bass without over-boosting. Replaceable cable. Includes six different sizes of ear tips. Cons: It takes a little time to get used to the thick cable going over the top of your ears but you do. Because of this they don't go on and off real fast but it's worth it.
I purchased these headphones from Earphone Solutions and for the first 35 days they worked great. I was highly impressed with the sound isolation. I could listen to my music low in the coffee shop and work on homework and not be distracted by outside noise. The bass is great on these small earphones and the fit is nice and snug. BUT after the 35 days I noticed that the left ear kept going in and out. I contacted Shure and they said send them in and they send me a pair back immediately. Within three days the same thing happened on these new earphones. I sent them back a second time and they sent me back a brand new pair again. Well within two days they are already not playing again. I called Shure and they said that this has been a fairly common problem with the black earphones. They are sending me a clear cable via next day air. When the earphones work they are great but I have had an awful experience with them. I will like to say that Shure's customer service has been top notch and very quick. Just the earphones themselves have been awful. Pros: Sound Bass Noise Isolation Cons: Reliability
Hi Brian, Thanks for your feedback. Please accept our apologies for the terrible experience. Rest assured that this problem was addressed by Shure. It only happened with some units that were shipped in May of 2011. Since then it has now been corrected. Thank you.
I have used other shure headphones in the past, these are for the price the best I have ever used. Excellent midtones and good high and low as well. For the price these can't be beat. Pros: Price Sound quality comfort replaceable cables secure fit can be worn under helmet Cons: need to go back to the older style of previous shure headphones with shorter main cable then plug in additional length as needed. Very long cord if you intend to attach to other items.
I found this earphone very nice for listening to audiobooks on my iPhone. It was comfortable and clear. Pros: Comfortable and very practical. Cons: Nothing.
Ear phones are super solid fit well with many options for different ears and the mic provides great sound for the person on the other end. Great buy Pros: Sound quality solid Many fitting options Cons: Nothing
Cord is a little long. Otherwise, sound is awesome. Fit is secure, comfortable and noise canceling. And, I love the detachable cords, very sturdy. I wear them for practicing Zumba, weightlifting, running, and when I travel. Pros: Cons:
Keeps slipping out of my ear canal -- won't stay in Pros: Good authentic sound Cons: won't remain in my ear canal -- very disappointed
Neil, Based on your feedback I strongly believe you have them upside down. I own a pair of SE215 and I take them to the gym and they stay put like no other pair of earphones I own. Please make sure you follow the instructions on the booklet included. The cables are supposed to go up (not down like most earbuds) and then routed behind the back of your ear towards the back of your head. We have customers that ride their motorcycles with the SE215 and no helmet :) (check the law in your state / country). Thank you.
Love the sound; love the way the 'phones stay in the ear when exercising hard: that was the reason I wanted new 'phones in the first place. I do find them a bit hard to put in, especially when already treadmilling, hence a 4 star instead of 5 star, but once in, they're awesome. Pros: Snug fit Stay in ear when exercising Great sound with deep bass Cons: Hard t put in, especially on the fly
The longer you have them, the easier you will find to put them on :) Thanks for the review!
For the price the Shure 215's are impossible to beat and they sound great with everything I play and detachable cables to boot!!!! Two thumbs way up!!!! Pros: Cons:
I will explain why I didn't give a full five stars, because quality-wise these are top notch. The construction is far more solid than my last pair of Shures. However, here is the rub. I have yet to find an earfoam that doesn't hurt my ears after a couple of hours. I didn't have this problem with the SC2s. If you include the silicone and foam included plus the Comply's that I ordered, then I had 5 different buds to try on. They all hurt my ear. Its not extreme, but its almost like the angle isn't right on the arm for the Shure making them all direct at an angle in my canal. Pros: Terrific balanced sound. High quality construction. Replaceable wires Cons: Discomfort after about 2 hours of wearing them. Its hard to get reinforcement over the ear shaped properly.
I to got a bit of discomfort the first couple of times I used them but no more. Now I can wear them for 2-3 hours straight with no discomfort. Perhaps that will change for you as well. Thanks for the review!
My experience has been great sound smooth highs and lows with bass. The bass is not overpowering but smooth and warm. However, the left driver stopped working after two weeks. I received a replacement but had to pay to ship them back. The replacements arrived but I also have a problem with them as the wire was pinched and it seems like they are beginning to short out. Pros: Great sound. Warm bass, smooth highs and mids. Warranty honored with no fuss. Cons: Takes getting use to design and ear placement. I have had to replace twice.
We apologize for the inconvenience. I believe that could have been a "bad batch" and I am sure it is now all taken care of. Mine are already 6 months old and no issues. We had about half dozen customers with that same issue all from the same shipping week so the problem was isolated to a small batch of products. If you need any help please contact me directly and we will expedite anything that we need to for you. Flavio -> 1-321-939-0228 Thank you for your support!
I had the previous version of these headphones (SE210s) and so these were an upgrade. Think the sound quality is significantly better with these and more comfortable in the ear. However, I preferred the cable on the old version which was a short cable from the phones connected to a longer cable. This meant it was very easy to untwist. These ones get twisted more easily and are more difficult to disentangle. Pros: Good sound Strong bass if you fit them properly Reasonable price for quality Comfortable fit Like the see-through phones Case provided is very handy Cons: Cord gets twisted easily.
i have had the same problem as another poster above - left earbud driver stopped working after 1-2 days. I have sent them back to the store and they dont have any stock and just issued me a refund. pretty lousy service IMO - i bought the earphone because i wanted it, i gave them the money in exchange for the product - i dont want my money i want the SE215s sound was excellent for the 1 day that they worked btw, excellent isolation as well Pros: sound quality isolation style Cons: it broke and i cant get a new pair =(
The reason we did not replace them was because we were out of stock. We offered the CLEAR as we could not replace for the Black if we didn't have them at that time. The problem you described was identified on a very small batch of products shipped on the second week of May 2011 and that has been corrected by the manufacturer. Not all products shipped on that week presented the problem but unfortunately you got 2 of them. After the small issue was corrected and as soon as stock was replenished we started shipping them again. We are very sorry for the inconvenience and apologize for this terrible coincidence. Thank you for your feedback.
The cheap earbuds that came with my iPhone were starting to disintegrate, and after looking around for a bit, I bought a pair of SE215s. My criteria - I needed something that could fit under my motorcycle helmet, something that would work with my iPhone, and something that could double as an inexpensive In Ear Monitor (I'm a professional musician). After taking the time to make sure they fit properly, I love the way these fit and sound. They're night and day compared to the cheap throwaways that Apple includes with the phone. I've also noticed that the volume on my phone can be cut by 50% when I'm using these versus the stock ear buds. I think these earphones are great, and with this price, it's not a tough decision. Pros: Quality is great Value is great They fit my ears well Cons:
Have been playing with my new Shure SE215s for a couple of days now. A word on Earphone Solutions: I received the usual high quality service from Earphone Solutions. My only gripe is that I had a number of questions that I sent via e-mail and it took multiple e-mails for me to get them all answered. Apart from that very friendly, prompt delivery and good product. The earphones: I still have my old pair of Shure E3c and a pair of Klipsch which were also bought from earphone solutions. The SE215 are better than both. Build quality is very sturdy, the wire is braided and covered with a smooth outer coating, so altogether much better than the old E3c (and those were good in their time). They also have an extra mouldable sheath near the ear so the wear around the ear (highest) is minimised. I also love the fact they sit flat to the ear. The seal and noise reduction is even better than before. I use the olive tips to get the best fit. I have yet to try them on a flight so hopefully they'll be fine on there too. I imagine they will be as I couldn't sleep with the E3cs, as they stuck out of the ear. The Klipsch are very clear and have decent enough bass but the SE215s are all those things and warmer. More fun. I would highly recommend them and earphone solutions. In fact I already have a friend of mine at the gym needed a new pair when he wondered why his stock pair of apple earphones kept falling out and he wasnt enjoying his music. I told him these would redefine his idea of personal audio! Pros: sturdy wire, casing, detachable wires, mechanism allows the wires to rotate without getting twisted or putting stress on earphone joint. Cons: Earbuds were impossible to take off initially. Had to put them in a freezer bag and in the freezer for 5 minutes (as per advice from earphone solutions). Still difficult but managed to get them off now!
Dear Prakash, Thanks for your feedback. We usually respond to emails within the hour however we did experience some problems with our email management software so I apologize for the inconvenience. I trust all your questions were answered. If not please call me directly at 1-321-939-0228 -> Flavio Thank you!
I live in Brazil, bought the Shure 215 which by the way has a sound and elegant! It arrived on time just right here in Brazil and I was pretty happy about it! But alas when I use in my first show, he stopped working one side of the phone! I was very sad and angry at the time, because besides being new, it was good, it's showtime! And by the looks in the comments, I am not the first to say it failed quickly! And I would not spend money on FedEx to send it over the phone for them to give me back a new one, because it would not compensate, I pay a new tax, the phone would be very costly in the end! CONCLUSION! The phone is good, comfortable, but fragile! I hope I bought the shure 425 now, does not get the same thing happen, because it will be very sad! Earphonesolution, a site very reliable, courteous customer ... Hopefully it will be much better the SHURE425! Pros: Phone comfy! Good sound, bass almost perfect! It fits perfectly in the ear very well and insulates the external! He arrived on time perfectly! Cons: Stopped working one side at the first show!
I wear these while I run. The skeletal narrative: they are terrific. Pros: Cons:
I love my new Shure SE215's. These are truly great for audiophiles, like myself! Pros: The width of the soundstage is HUGE. It's like you are listening live. Cons: I tried these on my in-ear monitor system and when the stage volume heats up and I need more volume, they start to distort at higher volumes. I was disappointed at this.
Dear Jay, To avoid distortion please make sure your iPod EQ is set to OFF. These higher-end earphones are more sensitive to EQ presets and we recommend to have the EQ turned off otherwise they will cause distortion. Thank you!
I purchased these headset in March of 2011. To give some background, I have the SE535, Westone 4 and purchased this set to use as the gym headphone. The SE215 has decent sound quality, and are more bassy compared to the Westone 4 (yes, it's not a fair comparison). Comparing it to my normal gym headset of Sennheiser CX-300II, the sound seems more accurate and I liked the behind ear design (to keep the cable a bit more out of the way and less dangling as it sits on the top f the ears. While this is headphone definitely does not have better range than the SE535 and Westone 4 (again, different class of headphones), they do offer a meaningful upgrade relative to other headphones at this price point. However, after about 1 month of usage, one of the ear started to cut out randomly (it doesn't happen constantly, and rejiggering the cable does fix it). The occurrence is about 1-2x per day during the usage. While this is still usable, it did bother me meaningfully as I have had no issues with the SE535 headphones with regards to sounds cutting in/out. I proceeded to contact Shure department, and was disappointed that they simply said I can mail back the headphone at my own expense and Shure will then determine whether the headphone was indeed defective and will then either fix/repair/replace the headphone. I asked whether a cross-shipment option was available (where I would give them CC# to ensure return of defective headset), and the response was no. After being frustrated with the connection and the lack of interest in getting me a fixed headphone asap, I decided to return these headphones (thanks to Amex for their return protection). All in all, I would not recommend these headphone as I think the build quality is definitely not consistent and the lackluster customer service response of getting a fixed headphone to me asap even after I mentioned that I had been a loyal customer (having purchased the SE535 and then the SE215). Pros: Better sound quality compared to the headphones in this price category (when sounds do not cut out) Cons: Inconsistent/poor quality control Cable too long
Dear Albert, The issue mentioned occurred with some units that were shipped in May of 2011 but since your unit was purchased in March I can guarantee you that was an isolated problem as we had close to zero problems with the SE215 during that time. The problem really came up during the shipments made in May. Shure has since addressed and corrected the issue. As for Shure asking you a credit card number, that's pretty much industry standard where the replacement would be sent to you before you had returned the defective item. On a regular exchange no card is needed because the replacement unit goes out after receiving the defective unit. But since out wanted the unit sent out right away the company must secure payment for the second unit being shipped. And then process a full refund to your card for once the returned unit arrives. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. Thank you for your repeat business, Flavio T
These 'earbuds' have excellent sound and ambient noise suppression. They fit well into the ear canal with a choice of size and style of sleeve. Despite the snug fit they do not stay in place if there is any head movement so joggers wear a sweat band. The semi-rigid two or so inches of wire that is supposed to loop over the ear is not terribly effective and the buds easily dislodge. BUT they are a great improvement on the standard earphones that come with the iPod - an improvement that you have to pay for nonetheless. Changing sleeves is troublesome and it is very easy to not adequately connect the leads to the ear plug units giving monaural sound. The price is right but bringing them into Canada costs an extra $20 ($10 customs duty and $10 FedEX brokerage fee) on top of having to choose the expensive shipping fees. Pros: Great sound. Great ambient noise suppression. =/- $100 Canadian or US seems a good deal to me. Cons: Brokerage fee not such a good deal. Connection of wires to plugs tricky. Changing sleeves trickier. Fit over ear not good at all.
Enjoyed these headphones for a little less then 2 months. Now the right earbud has completely died. It's the actual earbud not the cable (switching L to R worked). Now I have to deal with shipping back to Shure to get a repair/replacement. At least they come with a 2 year warranty. I'd been recommending these to friends but depending on how this works out I might have to warn them. Pros: Fit Sleeve Choices Sound Price Cons: Ear buds are too fragile Cord is too long Cable around ear is stubborn & awkward at first
A couple of months ago I purchased the Beats by Dre HD Solo's and they were an amazing product but 2 days in they snapped when my 2 year old nephew dropped them on the table. When I tried to take them back to Frys they wouldn't exchange them so I had to go through Monster and after about 2 months I received a new pair. After that, I gave them to a teenage relative and started looking for a smaller set of earphones because I'm driving a lot; overall, I wanted a set of earphones that sounded real good and that would allow me to talk while driving. My first choice was to get a pair of dre beats but after doing a little research I stumbled across this website and found out about the Shure earphones. I'm not in the music business so i had never heard of Shure. After reading some reviews from people in the music business (engineers, artists, etc) I decided to buy a pair & long story short, they're amazing. I like the Shure SE215i's because, 1) the sound is excellent and, 2) they make talking on the phone while driving easy & 3) I like the idea of having a 2 year warranty of the earphones. Overall, no bs, I have recommended these particular earphones to over 10 of my friends and family through this website - for the $150 you pay for the earphones, it's worth it. In the future, when it comes to earphones, headphones or any audio equipment I will be looking to this website first to make those purchases. Pros: quality sound noise cancelling foam earbuds the speaker where you talk through the price Cons:
Thanks for the review Mike!
sounds every bit as good as shure e3 or e4 and ultimate ears super fi ear buds definitely sounds better than the klipschs definitely a great buy Pros: great sounds durable cheap lots of bass Cons: none
Replaced older model Shure earphones. Close fitting foam ear buds allow a lower volume setting while listening to music. Pros: Large diameter wire leads. Cons: No dislikes to date.
The earphones are a revelation for me! The bass is amazing, alive and punchy! Which is exactly what I was looking for when I bought them... I guess I've been unlucky cuz I have a faulty iPhone ready cable...on the first day I received it I could hear the hissing from the broken cable...it's getting worse... Otherwise best iPhone earphones under 100$! Pros: Affordable Incredible bass iPhone compatible Cons: I have to call to get a new iPhone Ready cable...but that's all...just a little bit of trouble...
Shure got this one right with decent sound; great cables; and compact size. We're using these with our worship team vocalists. Pros: cables; build quality; compatibility with standard sleeves sizes. Cons: It doesn't sound as good as a $300.00 set.
Of all the earphones I have, the Shure has the best sound stage. The overall quality of the sound is great. The only thing I do not like is the cable. It is not flexible enough near the ear where you wrap it over your ear. Pros: Cons:
I had the predecessor of this model, the SE210 and absolutely hated the sound, absolutely no guts to them no matter what I tried. I'm glad they've used a dynamic driver on this model as they are completely different sounding, Shure has awesome sound isolation and won't fall out of your ears if you've spent the time to get them to fit your ears properly. They have a broader appeal imho outside the audiophile critics, it's not super in any particular area of SQ, probably lacking the high end frequencies mostly, but is overall a really nice sound for the price. I replaced a set of broken UE superfi5-EB's with these, and while they can't match a dual driver model like that for deep lows and high frequency, they are small, unobtrusive and still pretty good. I ordered these from earphone solutions and their service and speed was exemplary, thanks Pros: Shure sound isolation Great sound for small budget Great cable design Very very unobtrusive because they are soo small and fit within the outside of your ear Cons: Nothing, is there better...yes, but not for $99
I've had these just over 3 weeks now, and they at that point where the ear loops are getting worked in. Previously I had UM1's (unfortunately the driver broke off during a ski session), and I chose these ones since I was intrigued by the detachable feature. Comfort wise, I still prefer the UM1's over the SE215's. However, sound quality wise I feel they are quite comparable. Regarding the sound isolation, the SE215 might be better due to the firmer buds which might be providing a better seal. Flip side is that I do have some pain in my ear canal after give or take an hour of either listening to music or playing games. The one concern I have is that the sound in my left ear piece cuts out occasionally while I walk or even when I turn my head at the desk to grab something from my shelf. I never really noticed this since I primarily used these outdoors and usually don't crank the volume to the point where I don't recognized someone trying to get my attention. However at home, this is very obvious. I believe this problem is caused by where the cable can detach as when I rotate them its cuts in and out. Not sure if anyone else has had this problem, but maybe its a flaw in the design?? In hind sight, I think it might have been better to stick with the UM1's atleast for my personal preferences. That being said these still have good value. I will be contacting C.service to see if its a simple fix or I have to send em back for a check. Pros: Sound Quality Level of isolation Detachable Cons: Sound cutting out Ear bud comfort Cable thickness
Dear Jeff, Thanks for your review and feedback. Please let us know if you continue to experience this problem and we will take care of it for you. Thank you!
After a whole lot of great reviews, I don't think too much has to be said. Excellent quality sound, and very solid construction. Takes a bit of getting used to putting them on (had to use the old 2 hander for a while). Foam tips were very comfortable, but found they made the sound quite 'muffled'. Switched to the soft silicon tips included. Top notch service from Earphone Solutions - 2nd pair of earphones from them, as good as the service I get 4 years ago. Pros: - Construction - Quality of sound - Other reviews overrated this product. Excellent buy, no regrets. But don't expect mind blowing sound. They're $100 for a reason and they're excellent considering the price. Cons:
Thanks for the review and thanks for the repeat business Leonard!
These are the best earphones i have ever owned. One problem though, they are not easy to put in your ear and to keep keep them there. Pros: Great sounding earphones. Cons: It is always a problem to get them in your ear and to keep them there. This wire Shure use is a poor solution.
Dear Gary, Please make sure you routing the cables behind the back of your ear towards the back of your head. When wearing them that way I find it very difficult to displace them and that's how they were designed. Let us know if you need any help fitting them that way. Thanks!
The Shure SE215 performs beyond my expectations! My main criteria are: (1) Sound with deep reaching bass for Electronica (2) Great fit so I can wear these during long intercontinental flights (3) Good isolation since I like to keep the volume rather low. The SE215 fulfill all these requirements. The sound is more than enjoyable. In fact I wander if a dynamic IEM can get any better. I can wear the headphones for 6 hours straight without feeling any discomfort. Pros: - Great sound, deep bass, - Excellent fit, can't get better - Superb noise isolation - Cable replacable Cons: - Cable too stiff
These are great quality earphone for the price, and sonically sound very good to my ears. Took a few hours for my ears to become used to the fit, but they are now very comfortable during long listening sessions. I only wish the optional iPhone cable with controls had the same stiff wire sections near the ear pieces as the standard cable. Those stiff wire sections allow the cable to hug my ear. With the iPhone cable I cannot get the cable to loop and stay put over the top of my ear, very annoying. Pros: Great fit in my ear Can replace cable Iphone contols on the cable Cons: Optional iPhone cable does not mold to my ear like the provided cable
Thanks for the feedback Rich!
On my first pair the left driver cut out intermittently due to a bad cable connection. Received second pair today and they have the exact same problem. Aargh! Pros: Good sound. Great earphones if you are able to sit motionless for hours at a time. Cons: Poor cable connections.
Dear Eric, Please accept our apologies for this inconvenience. We believe this to be terrible coincidence based on the return rate of the SE215 being very low. We will send a third unit at no charge via FedEx and a return label if you would like or we can exchange for a different model or a full refund. Thanks again for your feedback and we apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you.
Bought these to replace my Shure E2C's that were beyond using. After several years my E2C's had a short in the wire where the sound in the left earphone frequently cut out, and the wire casing on the right ear was broken. I considered Ultimate Ears and Westone earphones in the same price range, but opted for these because of my familiarity with Shure. I have had these for about a month and could not be happier. To me, these sound great. I listen to a variety of music and talk, but am not overly concerned with getting heavy bass. These have a good sound balance and do not sound too flat or tinny like some cheaper earphones. My main objective is for noise blocking for use in the gym and working in the yard, and these do an outstanding job of that. Other aspects I like are that Shure replaced the wax guards they had on the E2C's with the inclusion of a cleaning tool, and they have reinforced the cord where it wraps around the ear (right where my E2C's cracked). Also, if the cord does crack or short again, I can replace just that part and not have to replace the entire set. I would like to see an option for a shorter replacement cord as the length of this on give me quite a bit of excess. I also noticed that there is only one type of sleeves for fitting, compared to the two or three different styles the E2C's came with, although the ones that are included are the style I found to have the best sound isolation and comfort so this is not a big issue to me. Finally, the ordering experience from earphonesolutions.com was very easy and I received my order in about three days just as expected. Overall, I am extremely happy with these and though I can't believe I dealt with the issues of my earphones so long before finally getting a new pair, I'm equally glad I waited long enough for Shure to release this model. I would absolutely recommend these to anyone who would listen. Pros: -good, balanced sound quality -excellent noise reduction -reinforced cord near ear -replaceable cord -cleaning tool (no wax guards) -price Cons: -would like the option for a shorter cord -fewer options for ear insert sleeves
Thanks for the great review James!
Sound is great, and they stay in while working out, not like my previous Shures. Pros: Nice Bass Good Seal Great fit Cons:
I typically go to walmart and buy headphones that cost $12. They don't sound terrible, but they arent amazing either. For spending $99 on these puppies, I wouldn't say they are worth it. Maybe on Shures spectrum of sound quality, but on the MARKET spectrum of sound quality they are OK. I do like the sound isolation but the headphone sound quality isn't anything to marvel at. I should have known better than to buy headphones with a single driver and expect to be baffled and mystifed. I guess as an engineer I just have really high expectations. I dont hate them, I just dont love them either. And if I dont love them, I woudnt recommmend them. Pros: Nice fit Clear sound at high volumes Fairly well balanced sound across all frequencies although I've heard better sound in general. I guess they are good for headphones. Exterior sound isolation Cons: Lack of bass Fit can be uncomfortable at times Sound isnt loud enough from iphone 3.5mm jack
Thanks for the review Monish. Although these have dynamic drivers, getting a good seal is still important with higher end in-ear earphones, so please make sure you try all the different eartips included with the SE215. One of them will fit your ear canal anatomy better than all the others and will deliver the best sound as well. Let us know if we can help you finding the right eartips for you. On a side note I use my SE215 with my iPhone 4 and they are so loud that I need to set the volume at no more than 50% so please make sure there are no debris or wax inside the nozzle which is very common and normal with in-ear earphones. Thank you!
I love these. The sound is great and they stay in my ears. Pros: sound & fit Cons: nothing
I am truly impressed with these headphones, especially at this price point. These tower above most competitors in their price range, delivering balanced, nuanced sound along with very good noise isolation and a host of features that are hard to find in any other headphones, such as the detachable cord which allows you to listen to one 'phone at a time or to completely replace a damaged cord without buying an entirely new set. Brilliant! I was looking for something very specific when I purchased these-- headphones I could wear while sleeping, to block out occasional noise from my neighbors (I live in a fairly crowded urban section of Los Angeles). The Shures ended up being perfect, in that their noise isolation blocks out the offending noise entirely, and their low profile/well-tailored fit in the ear canal makes them comfortable to sleep in compared to other ear buds I've used. Not only that, I can remove the left speaker by disconnecting it from the cable, and still listen to the right speaker while sleeping on my side. This provides the ultimate mix of comfort and sound-blocking. In regular use (while walking, commuting, etc.) the Shures deliver crisp, detailed audio as well. I couldn't be happier with these, overall. Pros: Sound isolation is top notch, without artifacts or power issues associated with "noise canceling" sets Price is very reasonable given the quality Smart design-- detachable cord, multiple plug sizes, shapes and materials, can be worn over the back of the ear OR in front, etc. Cons: Nothing, really. I suppose the color/design/style is a little utilitarian, looking more like something a musician would wear in a concert than a consumer headphone, but it's no big deal.
So I must say, that these are great in-earphones. The sound is good and they are very comfortable, but they are so good at isolating noise, they pick up from the slightest vibration or touch on the cord. The cord's plastic is to hard and it really ruins the earphones. The sound is great if I stay perfectly still and don't move my head, but if I turn my head even the slightest, I can hear the cord rub and I can hear it though music that is playing decently loud. Pros: Sound Quality of the Ear piece Comfort Cons: Vibration sensitivity Cord hardness
Excellent sound! Pros: Sound and noise cancellation Cons: Pain in ear canal.
This is my first pair of Shure earphones, but I have owned Klipsch S4, Audeo PFE 112, Westone UM2, M-Audio IE 10, and low-midrange Sony earphones. For the money, these are a tremendous value. The sound is really nicely rounded out-of-the-box, with the expansive bottom end most apparent. After 24 hours of burn-in the top opens up quite a bit, but not in the same (sometimes sibilant) manner as the S4. After burn-in the warmth and bass bias is still evident, but it is balanced by a truly lush midrange and present upper range. For a single dynamic driver, the SE215 is quite an accomplished performer. Moving up the chain, the UM2 gains accuracy, a certain organic presence and a heaping helping of precision, but the Westones aren't as "fun" as the Shure. In the same range, Audeo makes a fine earphone, but although it is noticeably more precise, the PFE112 tends toward too polite and "studio dry" compared to the Shure. The Klipsch S4 isn't in the same league. Overall, the best comparison I can make is a less-polite, less-precise UM2, and that's no faint praise for a $100 earphone. Don't get me wrong. the SE215 isn't a sloppy or muddy 'phone, but it retains the general character of a dynamic driver (for good and the bad). Overall, I agree with Earphone Solutions' opinion: best in the price range, and a great "daily driver" alternative to the Westone UM2. Pros: Fantastic fit, build quality Nicely rounded, robust tone Bass is present, warm, but not muddy Flatters good recordings (especially the midrange) Great value Cons: The cables are a bit overbuilt, stiff "Sparkle" lacking compared with higher-range armatures Not as revealing as others in the same range (PFE112)