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: 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
Summary: I've been holding off the write this review because I wanted to give myself a good long time with these headphones before I broke them down. Starting off with look and comfort these are above par, the clear models give you the sense of technology added to the already quality given by them.
Pros: Sound Stage is very wide, Dual Driver separates tones, Comfortable Fit
Summary: I'm not as experienced as other members here in headfi, but I can assure you that you won't be disappointed a single bit if you are coming from sub 200 dollars price range. I've been using earphones all the way from Apple's stock earphones, Audiotechnica sub 100 dollars, to Sennheiser sub 150.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, fit, and soundstage