Excerpt: I use these for music listening and for field monitoring.I bought them, in part, based on the Shure reputation for design, ruggedness, and accuracy.When I first received and tried these I did not like them. They fit poorly and the sound was very thin and lacking in bass and definition. I put them down after 5 minutes and considered returning them.But, as in most things patience (and reading the instructions) are indeed a virtue.
Pros: Accurate Open Sound, Durable, Fits Well, High Ambient Isolation, Replaceable Cable
Summary: Great product; pro quality; crystal clear sound; seem very durable
Pros: GREAT SOUND. To me they are much better than Beats or Bose. I like the in ear option headphones better than over the ear. Better comfort on long trips. Very accurate sound. Pro product and quality.
Cons: Even fitted well the bass response is good but not heavy. If you like heavy bass you should try something else.
Excerpt: I have been in search of quality, noise-canceling, in-ear headphones for a long time. In truth, I have delayed investing in a really good pair of headphones because it was always a tough cost-benefit analysis for me. However, I am also a professional vocalist and have been considering investing in a really good set of earphones that can serve as in-ear stage monitors as well. I am now so glad I purchased these headphones...
Excerpt: The sound quality is amazing, and the sound isolation is fantastic. Initially, as many have reported, they can be slightly painful, but I believe the material softens up over time, I've had them a few weeks now and they don't hurt at all. I had owned a set of similar Shure earbuds for years, they were great! They had survivied a severe rain storm (I figured that'd be the end of them, but no), and I accidentally ran over the with my motorcycle, yet they kept going strong.
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. I've now had them for about four months, and have gone through the slightly disappointed stage which seems to occur for a lot of people with a lot of headphones.
Pros: Balance, imaging, speed from top to bottom, mids