Summary: Shure SE425 - Highly Impressed - Great Build, Great Sound
I received these as a replacement for my SE420 - which unfortunately had to be replaced due to the cable splitting at the relief (luckily inside warranty). Kudos to the fantastic team at Now Sound in NZ for their prompt work replacing them.
Pros: Great fit, wonderful isolation, superb mids, good clarity
Cons: Could use a little more treble extension, hard to remove the olive tips
Summary: Shure has definitely outdone themselves with this wonderful product. Never have I experienced more clarity in a pair of IEMs. For someone who listens to alternative rock, pop, and an assorted array of indie music, I say that few IEMs can do better. The amount of detail displayed is extraordinary.
Summary: play music professionally.
these sound great.
been through 3 of them in 90 days.
buy the insurance from guitar center - if you're on tour with these and the left side goes out (it will) you'll be screwed for a week.
seriously - buy these - but DO NOT hit the road with out replacement cables.
Pros: great solid flat sound, comfortable, isolating
Summary: I got my pairs (plural) because my last pair of tried and trusty EC-4s bit the dust.. losing the left channel as they tend to do over 3 or 4 years. In the past, I'd send $100 dollars and the EC-4s to Shure, who'd fix them and send them back. Good to go.
Pros: Great sound, Great brand and customer service
Summary: Ok, I've had these for a while now and decided to leave some feedback on these. First thing, the sound from these IEM's (earphones) are nothing short of excellent with a few minor dislikes.
At times, some music demands a bit more low end although to be fair that is what an equaliser can be used for.
Summary: Please check out my video review of these:
(Sorry for the lack of images as I have since sold these IEMs)
Before I begin, I picked these up from a friend of mine for $280 CAD. They currently retail for $379 CAD and $299 USD. Street and used prices vary widely with the SE425s.
Pros: Smooth mids, Detailed and analytical but not dry, Scales well
Cons: A bit slow, Mid-Focused, Lack of extension on both ends
Comfortable: Coming from a few different buds and a few different IEMs these felt like a dream to wear for more than 4 hours at a time. That's my biggest complaint with headphones and IEMs is the fatigue that comes with wearing them for long periods of time.
Pros: Comfortable, clean sound stage, no bloat
Cons: tips are hard to get off, putting them on can be a struggle, price
Summary: I used the e4's for about 6 years, loved them, never had one problem until one day I was lazy, forgot to throw them back into the case and the cat got ahold of them. I emailed shure and they said they no longer produced them however that they would upgrade me to the 425 for the same cost as...
Pros: Bendable wire near ear, great fit, beautiful isolation, smooth bass, clean highs
Cons: cable gets twisted easily, the cable with the built in mic is poorly made
Summary: First of all, I don't think we should be comparing these to anything else but in ear monitors (IEMs), and generally in the price range. However, my only experience is with Sure SE 110s that I used for over 5 years. Those were about $99, and I got the 425s for about $270.
Pros: Balance, imaging, speed from top to bottom, mids
Summary: I use these when exercising next to cars. I used to use sealed closed back headphones which didn't block out noise well, but these definitely do. When outside in a loud environment and wearing these, I set the MP3 player's volume to the same level I use when listening to these IEMs in a quiet room.
Pros: Noise isolation. It's like wearing hearos earplugs.
Cons: The wires are really stiff, sound isn't anywhere close to a similar priced over the ear headphone