Summary: I originally bought them for £86 in 2011. The isolation is amazing, the soundstage feels unexpectedly large and definitely out of head. They bring out a great amount of detail, can be driven easily (though do benefit in treble detail and bass oomph with amplification). Sonically the only things missing are the extreme low end, which can be heard tonally but is somewhat subdued, and the higher frequencies (symbols mainly) can be a little lacking in articulation which I...
Summary: In my spare time I am a musician and I think I have fairly well tuned ears. I own a pair of Shure 535's with custom moulds. The 535's are stunning. So much so that I have ended up "keeping them for best." I bought the 425's to use as my everyday set. If you want pure sound quality over and above anything else then Shure is the obvious choice. The soundstage is immersive. The sound is neutral and detailed without any horrid bass boost features.
Summary: I mislaid my earlier set and upgraded to these. No regrets. They keep external noise out, work at low volume and save my ears with a full frequency response. I have always made sure that my hearing is not overloaded so that I continue to hear the slightest whisper. These earphones have helped me to continue with this requirement.
Summary: Found it difficult to justify the cost but now are my go to phones (just wish the 535s weren't so pricey else I'd upgrade). To get the best of these phones three things you really must do 1. be patient and run them in for a while 2. try the different supplied ends (foam or rubber) and find those that'll give a good isolation from external noise 3.
Summary: As my 425's have just passed the 2 year mark i thought id write a review to feedback on long term use and warranty cover. These come with 2 year warranty and i've had my original pair replaced twice under warranty- both with cable/connection faults. I was unsure whether shure would replace the cable (in case they saw them as being consumables as opposed to covered by the warranty) but on both occasions my old pair was swapped out for a new retail boxed pair.
Summary: I had used Etymotic earphones for a number of years but when my second set failed the same way as the first I realised I needed something else. The Shure ones seemed to be a very good set with little chance of failing in the way the Etymotics did, so I bought them. Having used them for almost a month I know they will take some damaging. A fine purchase if you like earphones as opposed to headphones.
Summary: These are an absolutely outstanding pair of IEMs. Sound quality is unlike anything I've previously heard with superb highs and mids however may be slightly lacking in bass depending on your personal preferences, however this is easily overcome with the aid of a small headphone amplifier which I would highly recommend if you wish to get the best out of these earphones. The sound is clear and natural and you will not be disappointed.
Summary: Before getting these ones I read many reviews until I got convince of paying 249...which I think it's a lot of money for a pair of earphones. The most I've ever paid was 180 for a pair of beyerdynamic dt 770 pro 32 ohms limited edition and 130 for the bose ae2. I know it's unfair to compare them all but I have to, in order beyerdynamic would be a 10, bose would be a 6 and shure probably only a 3. Shure lacks of high frequencies, and bottom end.
Summary: This is the second pair of Shure in ear headphones I've owned over the years and to be honest I'm very underwhelmed. I bought these for one main reason - the self proclaimed sound isolation which is idea for flying. Normally I use Sony Electronic Noise cancelling over ear units but they are large to tote around despite their utter brilliance.
Summary: I bought SE215 2 yrs ago and they developed faults 3 times, Shure were really good and replaced them every time. I had a driver fail twice and the cable once. The cable is very strong and i am heavy user, but still they managed to develop a fault. After the 3rd set failed after only 6 month i gave up on the SE 215 model.Shure gave up on me as well telling me they were out of warranty (2yr) from original purchase. FYI the cable is the same on all models to my knowledge.