Shure SE425 Earphones with Removable Cables

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Bass - Lows
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Treble - Highs
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Noise Isolation
Build Quality
Bass - Lows
Vocals - Mids
Treble - Highs

Overview

Shure SE425 Earphones with Removable Cables

Shure bounced back really strong with these new earphones. Not much buzz, Shure quietly puts out an extraordinary product. The looks and form of the new SE425 is simply a beauty. This is a dual balanced armature driver with a 2-way passive crossover design and a removable cable with a never seen snapping system. All at $299. This is a great price point for a dual driver, in ear headphones that come with a 2 Year Warranty (when you purchase form an Authorized Shure dealer such as ourselves) and the new featured replaceable cable. Targeted at the professional market, these will continue to be an outstanding performer for the audio enthusiasts, athletes, travelers and audiophiles.

The SE425 Professional Sound Isolating™ Earphones offer new features and color options. Designed for both professional monitoring and personal listening, these two models integrate a detachable cable at the ear for increased durability and functionality, and formable wire for a comfortable and secure fit.

Shure SE425 Review by Earphone Solutions

  • Dual Armature Driver = great sound separation
  • 2-Way Crossover design
  • 2 Year Warranty with ES Invoice
  • Removable Cables w/ "stay in the ear" design
  • Extreme comfort w/ flush fit
  • iPhone Cable Available

The Shure SE425 earphones combine the excellent sound separation provided by dual armature drivers with the convenience of cables that are detachable at the ear. The dual drivers and two-way passive crossover design create the sound quality Shure is known for, with powerful bass and strong response throughout the tonal range. The Shure SE425 earphones come with a selection of foam sleeves and silicone tips so you can obtain a perfect fit. The formable wire can be shaped to fit around your ear to keep the earphones securely in place, even during a workout. Choose the right sleeve for a perfect fit and noise-blocking ability of the SE425s means you hear only the music. The detachable cable means that it’s easy to replace the cables if they’re ever damaged.  The attractive chrome finish and dynamic sound from the Shure SE425 earphones make them a great choice for everything from powering through your workout or getting lost in an audio book on your next flight, while blanking out the distractions.   

Specifications

SE425 Specifications

  • Speaker Type: Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers
  • Sensitivity (1kHz): 109 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (1kHz): 22 Ω
  • Noise Attenuation: Up to 37 dB
  • Frequency Range: 20Hz – 19kHz
  • Input Connector: Gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8")
  • Cable: 64" Detachable (at ear) with wireform fit
  • Reviews

    Shure SE425 Earphones with Removable Cables Review by Earphone Solutions

    Review of the Shure SE425 By Earphone Solutions: The SE425 offers exceptional sound and a strong seal. The SE425 come in a very nice box that holds the earphones and a hard carrying case. In the case come several different sleeves to...- Read our full Review of The Shure SE425 Earphones

    Comparison of the Shure SE425 vs Audeo PFE 132 vs UM2

    Shure bounced back really strong with these new earphones. Not much buzz, Shure quietly puts out an extraordinary product. The looks and form of the new SE425 is simply a beauty. This is a dual balanced armature driver with a 2-way passive crossover design and a removable cable with a never seen snapping system. All at $299. This is a great price point for a dual driver, in ear headphones that come with a 2 Year Warranty (when you purchase form an Authorized Shure dealer such as ourselves) and the new featured replaceable cable. Targeted at the professional market, these will continue to be an outstanding performer for the audio enthusiasts, athletes, travelers and audiophiles.

    Comfortable and well balanced. Versatile sound signature with excellent vocals. Highs in the right place. Clear vocals. Strong and controlled bass. The SE425 features well balanced dual drivers. What a nice surprise! Rich and detailed it does not leave you feeling as if there's something missing. The highs are in the right place; the mids are clear and provide phenomenal vocals while the bass is strong yet controlled. Improved cable design, improved earpiece manufacturing, deliver astounding looks with hard to top comfort and fit.

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    34 out of 39 (87%) reviewers recommend this product

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    Rating
    Nickname
    Jesse
    Summary
    SE425 Earphones
    Location
    New York
    Posted on
    9/14/2016
    Recommended?
    No

    Must admit I am highly disappointed in these earphones. Bit of a problem keeping them in my ears. Cables don't stay put when wrapped over the ear. Most importantly, however is the sound. This is extremely disappointing. The sound is dominated and smothered by the bass. Treble is weak, almost non-existant. This leaves a very "heavy" sound. I found the vocals lacking in clarity. There is definitely a lack of balance. Yes, the cabling system is very good. The earphones look great. But who buys earphones for pretty cables and looks? At the end of the day it is all about great range of sound. The Shure SE425 misses the mark on this one.

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    Carman
    Summary
    Great sound for me.
    Location
    Port Orange, FL
    Posted on
    12/19/2015
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Only had them a month and love the sound and fit. I did replace the cable, do not care for the stiff wire around the ear, with the Shure iPhone mic/music cable. Works great for me. I previously owned a discontinued set of Shure in-ear phones and the Shure SE215. These older ones go to the beach and pool. Big difference for me. I am not good at this, but the sound-separation on each side is excellent. I am quite sure there are better earphones, but in my price range, I am very happy.

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    Glen
    Summary
    The Shure SE 425 earphones are solid performers.
    Location
    Davenport, IA
    Posted on
    11/10/2015
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Although the Shure SE425 earphones only have dual drivers, the sound reproduction is similar to my Westone UMPRO 30 earphones. The SE425 are only slightly lacking in richness at the low end of the audio scale. The SE425 are very comfortable and lightweight. Overall, they are very good general purpose earphones.

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    darrell
    Summary
    great headphones
    Location
    norwalk ct
    Posted on
    7/10/2014
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Good headphones help me pump up while working out. Lost 20 pounds! :)

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    Gary B
    Summary
    GREAT PRODUCT, HORRIBLE IPHONE CABLES
    Location
    Tucson
    Posted on
    11/29/2013
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I BOUGHT THE 425 AND 525 WITHIN THE LAST 2-4 MONTHS AND THE IPHONE CABLES HAVE ALREADY COMPLETELY SELF DESTRUCTED. Pros: THE ORIGINAL PRODUCT IS GREAT Cons: THE IPHONE CABLES ARE WRAPPED IN FLIMSY MATERIAL THAT SPLITS AND FALLS AWAY FROM THE INTERIOR CABLES AND THIS IS AN ONGOING COMPLAINT THAT SHOULD EMBARRASS EARPHONE SOLUTIONS BECAUSE IT IS SO POORLY CONSTRUCTED.

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    Jonathan
    Summary
    Great for vocalists
    Location
    Bedfordview, Gauteng
    Posted on
    11/22/2013
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I've used these in-ears for about a year and a half both listening to recorded music and for live in-ear monitoring for singing, acoustic, electric guitar and drums. I've found them brilliant for singing, giving me great clarity for pitching vocals more accurately but have also found myself wanting a little more presence in the low-mids and bass frequencies when playing only electric guitar or drums. Pros: Cons:

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    Michael
    Summary
    Shure SE425 Earphones
    Location
    Needham, MA
    Posted on
    8/14/2013
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I currently use my Shure SC-4 and needed a spare earphone set so I got these when I got the chance. I have a bag of the large black olive ear sleeves so it fits nicely. Sound isolation is very good once you get the proper fit with the sleeves and lower the volume on your device that you use the earphones with. I use it with my iPhone 4 and laptop and the music was pretty good. I'm no audiophile and not a musician so I can't tell the finer details about music but I know what I like. I do have a slight case of tinnitus so the sound isolation helps in that I can hear good, clear music with a lower volume. The earpiece set comes with a moldable plastic piece that wraps around and over your ears for a snug fit so the wires don't move around often which is nice but makes it a bit uncomfortable. Also, the foam sleeves are OK as it just fits within the ear canal based on this earphone's design. Having a removable cable is good when the cables start to fray but it's still relatively pricey. It'll take time to get used to both the earpiece plastic and foam of the earphones, just like how it took awhile to get used to my Shure SC-4's when I first used them. Overall, the earphones work fine, music sounds well but wish it wasn't so expensive, esp. at retail price. For the price, it should have included the phone mic adapter. But the earpieces are really meant for musicians not music listening so the phone microphone wasn't really necessary but it should have been. Pros: - Decent sound, clear vocals - Bass is acceptable provided you have a good and proper fit of the foam sleeves in your ear [Bass heads should stay away as GOOD earphones are NOT bass heavy] - Good sound isolation Cons: - PRICEY! - No phone microphone included - Takes getting used to the plastic around the earpieces - Relatively pricey cable replacement - Questionable warranty work if not bought directly from a "certified" seller - Warranty work is still pricey as it does NOT cover everything (based on past experience with Shure) - NO cable shirt clip as the cable is long

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    Zach Sampson
    Summary
    Good but not comfortable :(
    Location
    STURGIS ky
    Posted on
    5/19/2013
    Recommended?
    No

    I like the sound Quality but the comfort is just not there would not recommend to someone looking for comfort. Pros: Sound quality Cons: Comfort

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    Jesse
    Summary
    Great sound for the $$$$
    Location
    Texas
    Posted on
    4/9/2013
    Recommended?
    Yes

    This has been a great investment for playing music at church, a world of differance from the old MP3 ear buds to the SE425's. Glad I spent the money Pros: The comfort of the fit and the sound of the music is out of this world. Once in the ears no out side noise work very well with our church My Mix system Cons: Still getting use to the way they have to go in tne ear, not bad just different

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    aDeivirus
    Summary
    Perfect for me..
    Location
    Oregon
    Posted on
    2/26/2013
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I'm a drummer and I need really good sound isolation, this one just give what i really need. Pros: Awesome mid definition with a a sufficient bass. Cons: it took a while to learn how to wear them.

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    Anthony
    Summary
    Just OK
    Location
    SD
    Posted on
    11/6/2012
    Recommended?
    No

    Let me start off by saying that these are really good iem's. They have a nice sound, feel, and quality. I have used the single, these, and triple driver versions and they all have there strengths and weaknesses, which is why I say these are just ok. If it was me, I would wither buy the single driver or the triple. The single driver have less punchy bass but have wider range of highs compared to these, and to me for the extra money needed for these, get the single drivers. The 535 are much more expensive, but are so much better its worth the money. The difference from the 315's to the 425's isn't worth the extra. You get less high's and the bass difference isn't enough to justify the extra expense. I also own the westone um2's and they are twice the iem these shures are (westone developed the armature driver). Again, these are great iem's, just not that great. Either spend less or spend more, or get the westone's. Pros: comfortable, sturdy, good sound, priced well Cons: Lack of range, not all that better than the 315 and no where close to the 535's. If you are going dual driver and only have $300, get the westone um2, hands down, you'll be happier.

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    gerry nishikawa
    Summary
    great earphones
    Location
    Davis Ca.
    Posted on
    8/4/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I used them out on a handcycle, comfortable and sound great. Pros: Comfortable fit, great sound. Cons: cord a little long.

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    dane
    Summary
    amazed !
    Location
    west bend, wi
    Posted on
    5/16/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Bought these to use with an iPhone along with iPhone ready cable and am amazed at what I was missing with my current Sony's. The range and clarity of the 425's is above anything I've had so far. The fit is perfect with the right eartips. One thing though caught me off guard was the normal earphone cables that use the Memory Wire, they need to be hand molded around your ear as they are kinda stiff (don't be afraid to bend these). Once done, these rock ! Pros: Cons:

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    Randy
    Summary
    Shure SE425 Chrome Earphones with Removable Cables
    Location
    Boston, MA
    Posted on
    4/25/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I recently purchased these earbuds to go with a Shure body pack. These come as advertised, crystal clear highs and lows, very durable, and very well made. I use them in a band situation, but I've alo used them to just listen to music on an ipod. In both situations they perform brilliantly. A must have for in-ear monitoring situations. Pros: Cons:

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    Adam
    Summary
    Great, but pricey
    Location
    Ohio
    Posted on
    4/23/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    These headphones are great. They fit snuggly and block out a good amount of ambient noise and the sound they produce is amazingly good for headphones. The design of the buds is the best I've ever seen in that they don't protrude from your ears so they don't get knocked out like most do. Also, these are componentized. Each bud is separate from the cable and all can be replaced without having to buy a whole new set if something should break. Awesome, awesome design and sound quality. My only complaints are the lack of deep bass. You can do better from a cheaper pair, but you will sacrifice sound quality everywhere else. And the price is very steep, but you get what you pay for and these are the best headphones I've ever owned. I'll never leave Shure. They make the best headphones. Pros: Cons:

    Merchant Response:

    Hi Adam, Thanks for the review. Keep in mind that the bass quality will depend on the seal, so make sure you are using the correct eartip size for your ear canal.

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    James
    Summary
    Shure SE425
    Location
    San Antonio, TX
    Posted on
    3/12/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    These headphones were great, but a week after I bought them I returned them for the Shure SE535. Which have been awesome. But the price of the Shure SE535 is a little bit more to stomach. Pros: Cons:

    Rating
    Nickname
    MP
    Summary
    Excellent
    Location
    Ct
    Posted on
    3/8/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Use primarily for travel - both for airplane noise reduction and iPod music. Fulfills all needs Pros: Fit Sound Replacable cables Cons:

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    David
    Summary
    I love these earphones
    Location
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Posted on
    2/15/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I am over the moon about these 'phones! I have my Ety HF-5's which I also love, but these are my all-time favorites. A balanced, nuanced sound from bottom to top. As I'm getting on in years, my hearing isn't what it was, but these help me remember the sounds of my youth. Just a solid job. Pros: Build quality comfort Solid bass without exaggeration smooth mids and highs Cons: Ultra long cable requiring wire management devices

    Rating
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    Douglas Olsen
    Summary
    Wish they were usable
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posted on
    2/8/2012
    Recommended?
    No

    The cables give out within months of use. They are the most tangle prone and difficult to put on earphones i"ve ever used. The sound is great but they break so quickly it is very frustrating. Pros: the Sound Cons: The fit The tangle prone design THEY BREAK SO QUICKLY!!!!

    Merchant Response:

    Dear Douglas, We are very sorry for this terrible inconvenience. Please contact us so that we can expedite a free replacement to you. Thank you.

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    Woody
    Summary
    Best so far
    Location
    Hartland, WI
    Posted on
    1/24/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I have tried different earphones, from Klipsch S4's and Shure 215's which sounded okay, big difference over the stock earbuds, but the Shure 425's was a noticeable and huge difference for the better. They have the best sound in quality and depth. The mid-tones and highs are just right. The bass, slightly on the light side is easily correctable with a little low end boost, but still is solid. I did change the stock inserts to the Comply Foam sleeves. This created a tighter fit for me which helped with the bass. I took my time and did not have any issues with removing the stock sleeves as I have read in other reviews. Earphone Solutions has been GREAT. Ordering was easy and the product was delivered on time as expected. Thanks you !!!! Pros: Very good Sound Quality Comfort, un-noticeable Cons:

    Rating
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    Jeffery
    Summary
    Great Headset
    Location
    Hollywood, Florida
    Posted on
    1/15/2012
    Recommended?
    Yes

    The headset is great for sleeping and are very comfortable. They are excellent for noise cancellation. Easy to use and the sound is excellent. Pros: Comfort in ear. Excellent noise cancellation. Clearness of sound. Cons: Foam ear buds close when laying head on pillow cutting off sound.

    Rating
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    Josh
    Summary
    Great for stage monitoring
    Location
    Perth, Australia
    Posted on
    11/18/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I bought these for use as in ear monitors- I'm a drummer in a 8 piece church band and they are excellent! The noise cancellation is perfect keeping my hearing free from damage. We use an Aviom foldback system which allows me to control individual instrument volumes- the sound separation with these earphones is great. I can clearly hear each instrument and frequency even at low volumes. The sound also stays 'true' giving true representation of actual acoustic drum sounds- other earphones and headphones often can make the mic'd kit sound entirely different to it's true acoustic sound. The fit is comfy and I love the strong cable design. However, users beware- Do NOT use the foam earbuds! They can be almost impossible to remove due to the moldable flexibility of the foam. One of my foam buds 'fused' onto the stem of the earpiece and nothing would remove it. I put them in a ziplock bag and into to freezer as recommended but still no luck- pliers wouldn't even suffice! In a last attempt to remove the bud I snapped the stem right off the earpiece!!!! Aargh!! I was devastated! Luckily Shure agreed that it was a design flaw in the foam bud and replaced the earpiece! Stick to the silicon/rubber ear buds- they have much more flexibility to remove them from the stem. All in all- great earphones! Clear separate sound and tight deep bass with comfort for extended wear. Pros: Strong cable design and comfy earpiece. Great sound separation. Cons: The foam earbuds- DON'T use them!

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    filip
    Summary
    comfortable & good noise reduction
    Location
    belgium
    Posted on
    11/7/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    using the 425 for a year: comfortable and once you're used to the fit, it's a great in ear monitor with just the right level of noice reduction. you can keep in the iem to have talk to someone as i use them in the office to reduce noice and add some noice. have worn the iem for extensive periods without any trouble. and great sound. you do have to fit them well to have a good bass. used them for a year with the microphone/remote control cable of shure. the fit on the ears is not as good as the original cable and the cable is worn out above my ears and can't be used anymore. Pros: good fit comfortable great sound reasonable price Cons: not easy to change muffs

    Rating
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    Kevin
    Summary
    Se425
    Location
    Paris
    Posted on
    10/13/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Amazing earphones!!! WTF!!! THX great deal Pros: Sound, isolating, ..... With flac or alac it's outstanding!! Cons: Hard to put on ears thé first Time, CAN be more easy...

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    Christopher
    Summary
    Fantastic overall quality - crisp highs, solid mids, bass is alright
    Location
    Los Angeles , CA
    Posted on
    10/3/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Overall I am very satisfied with the performance of these earphones. The bass could be better, and requires a snug fit, but based on the type of music I listen to, I don't really require extremely high quality bass. Pros: Great fit crisp highs solid mids detachable cables are nice Cons: bass could be better

    Rating
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    Van
    Summary
    One outstanding set of Headphones!
    Location
    Honolulu, HI
    Posted on
    9/8/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I upgraded from the Shure SE315's to these, and I'll just say that there was a very noticeable difference! The 315s provided very nice mids and highs but were very lacking on the lows. The 425's offer the same mids/highs (if not better) with lows that you can feel to make the music experience complete. The bass is not over-powering either where it can become annoying or drown out the mids/highs. The 425's offer a balanced sound that go great with any type of music. Remember that the seal is everything for a satisfying sound so ensure you have the right-fitting ear tips. Pros: - Outstanding balanced Sound - Comfortable - Durable Cons: - The cable seems a little too long. - I like to run with these so I wish they came with a shirt clip or something more accommodating to athletic activities.

    Rating
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    WX
    Summary
    among the Best, if not the Best Dual Armature Driver IEM
    Location
    Portland
    Posted on
    8/14/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Simply Love the Mids but it maybe too forward for some of you. The Bass is adequate for me and is nicely controlled. The SE535 & SE423 simply looks the most gorgeous among all the IEMs. Had no difficulty removing the tips and switching them to the comply tips. The shell and cable constructions are way better than with the previous generation of Shures; if only they came with 46 or 50 inch cables. Pros: Definitely the Mids as expected from a Shure Product :) Nice and Durable Construction Cons: 64" cable was a tad too long for my liking

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    Bruce
    Summary
    Great Upgrade!
    Location
    Central MA
    Posted on
    7/11/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I just upgraded from the Westone 1's because I wanted a slightly higher listening quality. But I went with the Shures because they had a beefier cable for riding motorcycle and I always get the wires accidentally caught in my helmet clasp. I have good hearing and use the triple flange sleeve ear pieces--which really block a lot of noise!---and I can hear a wonderful range of music at normal, non-damaging levels, even at full speed. I also purchased the Shure PLUS music phone cable controller for iPods and it works really well. This combo is great for any activity, but especially those like motorcycling that have a lot of background noise you want to block out. Pros: Beefy cables Cons: slightly larger, but still doesn't interfere with my helmet.

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    Pete
    Summary
    Excellent sound
    Location
    Huntersville, NC
    Posted on
    5/14/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    The twin drivers in each earpiece delivers accurate sound throughout the range from low to high frequencies. The detachable cables are a nice touch and allows you to purchase shorter or longer aftermarket cables if desired. Pros: Great sound Cons: Expensive

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    Monica
    Summary
    Only the best
    Location
    Norway/Florida
    Posted on
    5/3/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    These earphones take a bit to get used to. Hard to get into ears the first 20 times. Once you get it, you'll be lost in the music. Perfect fit with NO outside disturbing noises. Nice sound, good bass when the fit is right. Nice vibrations! Listen to: house, rap, alternative, pop, blues. Pros: Perfect fit. Does't fall out while running Nice sound Cons: Very hard to get them to fit the first many times. Hard to change tips.

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    Tab
    Summary
    Great product
    Location
    Bethlehem, PA
    Posted on
    4/16/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    The product works! Took a week to get the ear piece to fit comfortably. Other than that, I'm very satisfied. Pros: Cons:

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    John S.
    Summary
    Shure SE425/CL vs. older abused SE210
    Location
    Virginia, Beach
    Posted on
    3/28/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    With Shure's release of the updated earphones, and my last pair (the Shure SE210s having lasted two and a half years and surviving two deployments with only three repairs, all done myself and still functioning just fine I might add) needing replaced, I wanted something that was a nice upgrade but still be easy on the wallet. So I opted for the SE425. On Arrival: I hooked them up and let them burn-in for two days on my iPod at half-volume and then listened to them for the following week on a daily basis for a few hours each day. This is all based on the iPod being set with the EQ off or rarely with treble booster. There have been some improvements but if these are anything like my 210s, I know it'll take a year before the drivers really break in perfectly where the music will start gaining transparency and air. So do not be too critical of these when you first get them. Since it isn't just a full range driver you will need to remember they might sound good, then bad, and then good again while they are going through their break-in process. ON TO THE SOUND: Coming from the SE210s which are an old, used, abused and nearly broken set of IEMs, I can tell you I'm a little disappointed with the 425s. I don't believe their sensitivity ratings to be accurate. You really do have to push the volume to get these to come to life. Otherwise, the vocals in particular, are a bit laid back. The only thing I can say about these that I really like better than the 210s is the clear, less distorted sound. They have more low-end body and slightly extended highs. Mid-range is really unchanged. Again, maybe just a little more body but nothing really worth mentioning. Tonality is very neutral. While I know quite a few recommend these for jazz and classical, I think they fair well with rock as long as you aren't trying to over-drive the bass, which again, seems to be an obsession as of late. If you want to go deaf, fine, but don't complain of poor bass-output. These are micro-driver in-ear-monitors. Not 40mm drivers typically found in actual headphones. Despite the micro-drivers, I was very impressed with the opening of Chevelle's Comfortable Liar off their "Wonder What's Next" album. Great bass response at half-volume on my iPhone with no over-driven distortion. If you love natural sounding percussion and acoustic guitars you will be very pleased. FIT AND FINISH: I thought the clear would be a bit clearer but no problem. When I think of clear, I think, clear. Not mostly clear or translucent. Maybe a gloss coating instead of the matte finish would have been a good option. I like the fact that they all come with detachable cables since owning head-phones long-term will eventually leave you with broken cables. Only thing I don't like is that you will ultimately wind up with a loose connector on the headphone side. Even new, the cables aren't exactly snug because they are designed to turn. If you bump the cable or wind up with it getting pulled on while you are listening you may notice sound cutting in and out. But under normal listening conditions (i.e... not running, working out, practicing Kung Fu) you will not have this problem. Just remember, a pair of IEMs such as these deserve a different level of respect. Treat them like you would treat $20 Apple earbuds and I assure you they will not last. Also, depending on your ears, you may not find the design very comfortable for long periods of time. I did this with my 210s and my 425s... I took a non-adhesive backed electrical tape and wrapped a couple layers around the body and connector to keep everything snug and tight. You will be much happier after you take these out of your ears if you wear them for extended periods of time. But the nicest part about the new design is you can lay on your side in bed and still be able to listen just fine since the sit in your ear. Overall, I still love my 210s and often find myself going back to them often for their open and natural sounding full-range driver. There are many advantages I still find in the 210s, including the ability to still emtionally involve a listener into the music that I have yet to find in the 425s. Least to say, I'm keeping both. But it does make me wonder what the benefits of the 215s are. Good luck with your choice and thanks for reading. Pros: Detachable/replaceable cable Two-way crossover design Overall style and finish Articulate/tight bass Right angle mini-plug. 1/4" plug included Cons: Body is too large which make these uncomfortable for extended periods of time.

    Rating
    Nickname
    Derek
    Summary
    Great Sounding Pair of Earphones
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Posted on
    3/14/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    These headphones are great for sound isolation. It is perfect for studying in noisy environments. These headphones are comfortable but take some time finding the right fit. I ended up choosing the yellow foam sleeves since it molds to the ear, providing the best sound isolation. Also, these headphones work great without a headphone amp. With regard to sound, bass is somewhat lacking. This is only true when comparing to my usual pair of headphones, the Denon D5000. However, bass can easily be enhanced using an equalizer, resulting in powerful bass. Pros: Comfortable Great sound isolation Strong mids and highs Cons: Weak bass

    Merchant Response:

    Thanks Derek for the review. Make sure you are getting a good seal, that way you will be maximizing the bass output.

    Rating
    Nickname
    Neil
    Summary
    Definite Upgrade
    Location
    Jacksonville, AL
    Posted on
    2/16/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    Upgraded from older single driver Shure model. I use these on-stage for monitoring guitar. What an amazing difference from the older Shure's. Each instrument stays clearer and I am able to hear a much better sounding mix. Pros: Replaceable cables Sound quality Carrying case Cons: Takes a little time to get comfortable with(but you will)

    Rating
    Nickname
    Joel
    Summary
    Great headphones
    Location
    Balwyn, Victoria
    Posted on
    1/30/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I've had Shure before and went for a new pair when my old one broke at the cable connection to the headphones. I was pretty excited about the new cable system with replaceable cables. Headphones sound balanced. Yes the best is not what some would expect but I like the balance. Got this with the iPhone mic cable and they work well together. It's not easy to to fit into the ear initially, it takes practice. But once it's in it's very comfy. I also like the fact the earphones don't protrude out so you can lie down with them on. Pros: Nice balanced sound Replaceable cables Comfortable Cons: Not a strong base as some would like but I'm happy with them

    Rating
    Nickname
    Hanna
    Summary
    Love them...
    Location
    Florida
    Posted on
    1/23/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    The sound quality is so good. I have them on all the time. Great for gym workouts! Pros: Cons:

    Rating
    Nickname
    Stephen
    Summary
    Shure SE425 In Ear Monitors
    Location
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Posted on
    1/20/2011
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to buy a quality in ear monitor. Startlingly accurate mids and highs, with adequate bass. Sound great with all types of music. Pros: Replaceable cable Accurate Mids Great Detail in music Cons: Bass isn't very present unless you have great seal with foam tips.

    Rating
    Nickname
    Andy H.
    Summary
    Smooth, detailed, expansive sound and excellent build quality.
    Location
    Brooklyn, New York
    Posted on
    10/15/2010
    Recommended?
    Yes

    I've had these for about a month now, and I can see why they're kind of under the radar: they're not cheap, nor are they at the top of the pyramid. But they are what they are: a balanced, honest, revealing pair of $300 IEMs, with a raft of other appealing traits. I can't fairly compare these to what everyone would want me to compare them to (the SE535s, Westones, etc), but I do have a few points of reference, namely a pair of closed-back Beyerdynamic DT770s fed by a Headroom Total Bithead, and a pair of Sennheiser HD600s powered by a Leben CS600, which also drives a pair of Devore Super 8s. Also I have some latent memories of ER6s, E2Cs, and so on. One thing that you might not believe is that these balanced-armature units do break in -- it took about 2 weeks of daily use, and I expect they may continue to change. They're becoming more full-sounding, rounder, while not losing any of the quick edge and sparkle. These will never satisfy those looking for thumping bass, but that's not what you get these for. If you're familiar with my home rig equipment, you might guess that midrange and smoothness is vitally important to me, and these deliver. You can hear into complex instrumentation in a natural, not clinical way -- everything is so clean. Unexpectedly for an IEM, they are open and spacious, coming closer to the open-back HD600s than other IEMs I've tried. These won't be a rocker's best friend, but anything acoustic is especially well served. Classical and jazz fans will be very pleased (as am I). But I'm typing this as I'm very much enjoying The Black Keys: Brothers, so they're really quite versatile. So they sound good, but in reality I chose these out of many practical reasons as well: first, they look good. Second, they look indestructible, and further, they feel like it. I really like the build quality, it's very reassuring (remember the other IEMs I mentioned? Broken.), and also very comfortable. The over-the-ear formable wire helps with the stability of the unit in-ear; it doesn't jiggle around. Finally, they're $200 cheaper than the SE535s. Enough to get a decent headphone amp. There's a couple of niggles: they're somewhat fidgety to put in, especially if you've chosen the foam eartips which require compression prior to insertion. And I fully expected to stick with the silicone eartips purely out of convenience's sake, but the foam tips sound so much better and provide such good isolation that I'm willing to put up with the hassle. NYC subway crazies are completely and satisfyingly blocked out. Another disappointment is with the included case, which is provided but very not-premium, definitely not up to the standards set by the device itself. And the bulky 1/8th-inch connector won't fit in an iPhone 4 with a bumper case. The case is a non-issue since the cord is long enough for me to wear around my neck, and when on the go, I have a non-cased iPhone 3GS, which powers it just fine, with the volume sitting around 60-75% depending on the music. Whenever possible though, these should really be used with an amp, and the Total Bithead gave these more punch and smoothness. But since I had an extra $200 sitting around from not buying the SE535, I ordered a $130 NuForce uDAC-2, which is even more "more" -- more detail, more air, more punch, more smooth. The DT770s for whatever reason were not granted this magical level of "more", whereas the SE425 said, "yes, more, thanks!" Anyway, I'm glad that Shure makes these very balanced, not-bass-heavy IEMs with extraordinary build quality and versatility, because as a discerning listener and average working human, I enjoy them very much. Pros: Smooth, tonally balanced, great midrange. Responds well to amping, still enjoyable from plain vanilla portable player. Outstanding build quality, looks cool. Cons: Fidgety insertion, ho-hum case, bulky connector.

    Merchant Response:

    Thanks for the great review!

    Rating
    Nickname
    Anthony Frankenfield
    Summary
    Ok, not great
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posted on
    10/8/2010
    Recommended?
    No

    I liked them, but were not blown away. The sound quality is close to the lower end Westone's, such as UM1 and 1. They are not as good as Westone, and I was expecting this. However, I purchased them because of the removable cord which would make the life extend, thus making them a smart investment. I was put off by the time it took for these to get in my ears properly, but maybe that's just me. The flexible cord by the ear takes a long time to break in, and the burn-in doesn't help the bass, thus leaving the bass similiar to open box, which is HORRID! The base is not balanced, it's just simply unexistant really. I am not a bass-head or heavy-metal junky, and do not like to listen to people screem into the mic. The bass, made me return them. The high's were clear, and the noise isolation was pretty decent, but overall. NOT WORTH $300.00 ! TRUST ME! Pros: Somewhat Good Noise Cancellation Good Noise Isolation Clear Highs, but not close to 300.00 Comfort Cons: If you want headphones for somewhat decent bass, go for Klipsch or Westone 3's. It's worth the investment, and the bass does NOT DROWN OUT THE MUSIC! Period Time consuming to put in ears, and out. Not worth the money, for cheap knock-off quality.

    Merchant Response:

    I was able to get great bass from the SE425 but it took the 4th eartip set to get there. Remember, if the seal is less than excellent, so will be the bass, since the low frequency is what leaks out when the seal is not good. Thanks for the great review Anthony. We appreciate the feedback!

    Question & Answers

    Questions on Shure SE425 Earphones with Removable Cables

    Questions on SE425

    13 Questions  |  13 Answers

    Q.

    1) Does the iphone cable work for other phones as well? Or just the iPhone. I'm looking for a microphone that I can use for my iphone and blackberry.

    2) Does this come with a regular cable if I dont want to use the iphone cable?

    asked by John

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Hi John,

    The cable is designed to work with the iPhone 3GS and all other models after that (iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, etc.) There is not 1 cable that will work with both Blackberry and iPhone as far as I know. We are leaving the question open to see if another customer may have tried them with Blackberry.
    Q.

    Does this come with the Shure carrying case ?

    asked by Patrick

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Yes, the carrying case is included.
    Q.

    Would they be the recommended earphones for jet engines (frequent flying)? And, would the ear piece fit as well as some I know advertising "gel" comfort?

    asked by Linda Swanson

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    The SE425 is an excellent solution for frequent flyers as they can isolate up to 44db in certain frequency range. Compare that to 26db of cancellation by Bose which needs to create an opposite frequency to cancel out the engine noise, however the Bose does not work for canceling dialogue, baby crying, etc. The Shure SE425 on the other hand isolates all types of background noise because it works like an earplug. The SE425 is best with the "Olive" ear tip kinds and they are very comfortable. They already come with them included. The gel ones are a product made by Monster and do not fit the Shures but honestly they are not better than the Shure ear tips.
    Q.

    When I buy the clear earphone set, does the Iphone mic cables come in a clear wire as well or is it only in black.

    Can I order the silver earphone body with clear cabling?

    asked by Hap

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    The iPhone cable only comes in BLACK.

    When you order the CHROME SE425, the cables only come in black.
    Q.

    Is the SE 425 categorized as sound isolating?

    asked by Rose

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Yes. All Shure, Westone, Jays, Audeo and Etymotic are sound isolating.

    Basically the sound isolating earphones are the ones that the ear tip enters inside your ear canal creating a seal like an earplug, therefore isolating the sound. An Apple earbud and most Sony earbuds on the other hand sit right outside the ear canal and are not sound isolating.
    Q.

    I bought a set of sound blocking shure headphones a long time ago and had some earpieces made for them. Now one of my stems broke, do the new ones have the same dimensions as the old?

    asked by trishmcfarlin

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    For that please call 1-800-516-2525
    Q.

    Do all shure's fit the same. The reason I ask is because I have the SE215 and they actually hurt my ears.

    asked by Chris

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Yes, they all fit the same way and are very comfortable.
    Q.

    I am trying to decided between Shure SE425 and Westone 20 for my daily train commute (3 hrs). I am looking for the best sound isolation possible (especially train noise and people talking around me) and also, I prefer more bass than less. Thanks in advance.

    asked by Paul

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Either one of them will isolate noise well; more bass = W20
    Q.

    Can I buy this In ear phone (shure se415) from Brazil and ask to delivery In NY or Miami In a hotel?
    Tks.

    asked by Erica

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Yes, but please input the correct billing address when you place your order. Choose Fedex as your shipping method to ensure delivery in the right time-frame.
    Q.

    I'm thinking of taking this earbud, but one thing has stopped me, that is, when you send me this shude earphone, to Canada, do I need to pay duties and taxes?

    asked by W. Chu

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Dear Customer,
    Please take a moment to read out Shipping Info page to Canada:
    http://www.earphonesolutions.com/shtoca.html
    Transit time is 2-5 days. Tax, VAT, import duties and any brokerage fees will be due upon arrival and they are the customer's responsibility however, we declare a lower value and our Canadian customers had never had a problem.
    Q.

    I tend to build up ear wax in my ears. how do I keep these earphones clean

    asked by Wayne Stevens

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    The earphones come with a little tool that you can use to clean the nozzle.
    Q.

    hi there,
    i currently have a WESTONE UM2-RC which i love very much.
    I was thinking of buying another IEM for myself, to complement the WESTONE UM2-RC.
    I was thinking of Shure 425 or Shure 315. would you recommend these are a nice complement to my WESTONE UM2-RC?

    I listen to all kinds of music equally - Jazz, Acoustic Jazz, Classical, Hip Hop, R&B.
    Thank you so much
    Angie

    asked by angie

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    Angie, the SE425 has a sound signature that's very similar to the UM2; the SE315 will be brighter and crisper - a little different than the UM2.
    Q.

    Warranty is worldwide ?
    I mean, can i get after service in singapore if i buy in this site?

    asked by Jun

    A.
    Tech Support answered:
    No because your local distributor will not want to perform warranty on a product purchased outside their territory.