Reviews and Problems with Shure SE420 Sound Isolating Earphones
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brilliant but break easily
13 December 2010
Summary: agree with all reviews above - excellent sound etc. however both the extension cord and the cord to the right earphone broke within a year. heard similar things about sure's before so maybe worth looking into other options if you're not likely to treat them well
Summary: A very nice pair of earphones, but not *quite* good enough for what I want Good points: Erie noise isolation - I couldn't believe how much external noise these 'phones cut out - to be honest I can't quite see how they achieve it. I've actually settled on the Sennheiser IE8 (I want more bass) but the IE8 is no where near as effective at cutting out external noise. If you're a London tube traveller (or similar) then these are the 'phones for you.
Summary: These earphones were to replace an old pair of Shure earphones that I left by mistake on an airplane. I had been looking at other makes, but knew what to expect with Shure. I can wear these for hours without them falling out or making my ears ache and the sound isolation is so good that I can just wear them as earplugs without anything playing through them if i need too. The sound quality is very good.
Summary: By any measure, these are expensive headphones, but they do sound incredible, with a very full, clear, concise and immediately responsive sound, and great sound isolation. In case you're worried, let me say now that you can definitely hear the difference in quality - they're unlike anything I'd heard before, including my old Shure 210s, which are already streets ahead of your average earbud or high-street in-ear headphones.
Summary: Solid build; you can feel the quality. wide range of good durable earbuds sound quality feels good but untrained ears like mine probably won't fully appreciate it. Bass is weaker than hoped, so not the best for pop n rock but its just amazing for classical/instrumental quite pricey but if you imagine how many hours you will have it plugged into your ears for at least 2 years its a worth-while investment.
Summary: After unpacking the ear phone I had to choose the right sleeves. Not easy, because there were 7 different ones. I started with the medium soft foam sleeves. Not the right choice, but it worked. After a few days I tried the small ones and it was a fit. Not just better in my ear, but the sound was also much better. Used on my iPod touch it does sound better than the original Apple earphone, but used in combination with my CD disk player, a whole new (musical) world opened.
Summary: I have been with Shure for some time now. Initially started with the SE110, which was without doubt an amazing upgrade from the Sony earphones I had. When I first played music through the SE110 I remember feeling my hair raise, they were leaps ahead of the Sony's, and provided clarity I was not expecting, and did not even know could be achievable using earphones. This being said, my story with the SE110 was cut short when I lost them.
Great but maybe not entirely what you would expect...
Z. Kaj "Zain", Amazon
1 April 2009
Summary: I bought these earphones trading up from Shure SE110s. While I liked the quality, accessories and noise isolation of the 110s, they were very poor on bass production. I fugured the 420s, with their dual drivers, would be much better in this regard, and they are but they are not as good as I was expecting them to be. That said, here is a run down: 1.
Summary: When these first arrived I was deeply disappointed at the quality of the headphones and the wires - they look cheaper than I expected and the wires were so tightly packed up that it was difficult to straighten them out, plus I thought they sounded terrible. Hugely frustrated, I left them untouched in a draw for about a week. However the fact that they had cost so much forced me to persist and I eventually worked out how to fit them into my ears correctly (I think).
Summary: Amazing quality ONLY if you put them in right, have a decent mp3 player or oudio output source, and if the mp3 is in a high quality or lossly format. I have a ipod 4th gen nano and it works great but works even better if you try these on your laptop or pc. May feel uncomfortable at first, but after a few times wearing it it'll feel fine, and it won't feel like anything after a long while. Great seal, great isolation. Great clarity and a good base.