Summary: I've been using custom made, 2 driver earphones, that cost almost 3 times as much, and I have to say I prefer the Sure SE 215 earphones. Great sound and a good fit. The fit may be different for other users, but 3 of the 4 members of the group I work with love the Sure 215's.
A Shure Fit For Your Budget, If Not Your Ears (and What Are IEM's Anyway?)
9 September 2013
Summary: Great earbuds (sorry.. In Ear Monitors/IEM's) for budget-conscious, semi-serious audiophiles with tolerant ear canals. Will make you hate MP3's, love CD's (again), and demand lossless files from now on.
Pros: Wonderful well-balanced sound. Great range. Crystal clear reproduction. Price. Neutral EQ, opens your music.
Cons: Fitting takes practice & experimentation. Getting inserts off: hard. Ear fatigue. Amplifies bodily head noises.
Summary: Good solid bass, not very impactful, definitely not for bassheads. Has a warmer feel, and is not very laid back. Also less colored than I would expect. Overall good, as I paid around 120 for them, but in the price range theryre at now, I would hesitate.
Summary: These things sound great and for me, one of the selling points was users serviceable replacement parts. Well, wouldn't you know that after the first set of the first gig, I dropped them on the stage and stepped on them breaking one side, where the stem that holds the earpad meets the driver body (or whatever you want to call it).
Summary: overall sound is subpar. Very thin sound with no bass. Distortion at elevated volumes. The noise reduction claim is bogus as I tried every bud size provided and zero sound isolation. Bought $5 ear buds at Walgreens that blow these away. I would return them but I can't due to "health issues" of having been inserted in my ears. Perhaps I got a dud pair, but I'm still stuck with them without recourse.