Shure SE215 (Black)
Manufacturer: Shure Inc. Part number: SE215K
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- Average user rating: 4.5 stars out of 9 reviews
- Featuring dynamic MicroDriver, the SE215 delivers detailed sound with enhanced bass. A detachable cable with formable wire enables easy replacement and a secure, comfortable fit on-stage or on-the-go. Sound isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 dB of isolation and a customized fit.
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Best Under $100
by M4Hawkins on February 3, 2014
Pros: Excellence for sound quality, in-ear fit/comfort, and cable quality
Excellent noise cancellation
Cons: Cord is a little bit too long
Plug is very large (1cm diameter)
Summary: I work in a fairly noisy environment, so I need a noise-isolating in-ear monitor. I have tried several models, and the Shure SE215-K is the best I have found in ...
Summary: I work in a fairly noisy environment, so I need a noise-isolating in-ear monitor. I have tried several models, and the Shure SE215-K is the best I have found in the under-$100 price range. There are three categories in which I evaluate in-ear monitors: sound quality, in-ear fit/comfort, and cable quality. The SE215-K excels in all three areas.
The Shures are very good-sounding monitors. They deliver a well-balanced sound across all frequency spectrums. I have found that many in-ear monitors over-emphasize the bass frequencies, resulting in a somewhat "boomy" sound. The bass response of the SE-215Ks is very full, but without going over the top and sounding unnatural. Mids are clear and well-defined, and high frequencies are reproduced smoothly without sounding overly sibilant or tinny. This is quite an achievement for a single-driver system, but the Shures do very well.
Fit/comfort is an essential quality of any in-ear monitor. This is, of course, very subjective, as everyone's ears are shaped differently. I have personally had difficulty finding in-ears that fit me well, but the Shures do not have this problem. The Shures come with six sets of ear buds, three sizes each of rubber and memory foam units. Once I found the best-fitting set (the large rubber ones), I found that the sound isolation properties were excellent. One word of caution: these are intended to be used as stage monitors, which means they are designed so that the cable goes up and behind the ears. This is not an optional feature of this product; you won't get a good fit unless you do this. I found that this took a bit of getting used to, but with practice I learned to remove/replace the monitors quickly and easily.
The last category is cable quality. I learned about this category the hard way, as monitors that I have used in the past had terrible cables that would kink or--worse--produce significant microphonic feedback. For those not familiar with this phenomenon, microphonic feedback is when contact with the cables (touching with hands, rubbing against clothing) results in audible artifacts in the monitors themselves. The cable acts as a microphone and transfers the sound to the monitors. The Shure SE215K cable is free of both of these problems. I have had no issues with the cable kinking (if anything, it is a bit too stiff, but I have found this to be manageable), and its microphonic properties are negligible.
Having just described the cable, I want to note that I use the cable that includes the microphone (an actual microphone, not an accidental one)and the three-button controls for my iPhone, not the default cable that comes with the monitors. I have used the controls on this cable and found them to be high-quality. The buttons are easy to access and distinguish by touch, and they provide good tactile feeback. I have had no sound quality issues using the microphone. The only complaint that I have is that Apple does not provide side tone (i.e., the sound of one's own voice) when using monitors to make a phone call. This means the user cannot hear his own voice when talking--and this is made worse by the sound-isolating ear buds. This is disconcerting, and as a result I typically do not make calls in this way. However, it's there in a pinch.
I can recommend the SE215K monitors over the Klipsch S4 and the ME Electronics CC51P units. I have logged significant time with both of these monitors. The sound of the S4s is OK (the bass can be on the "boomy" side), but I was never able to achieve a comfortable fit in my ears. I had all sorts of problems with the CC51Ps, but the worst was the microphonic cable. The slightest movement is very audible, which made them all but unusable. My issues with the Klipsch have more to do with my ears than with the overall quality of the product (I happen to think highly of Klipsch products in general), though I cannot say the same for the ME Electronics monitors. All that notwithstanding, the SE 215K beats both of those monitors in all three categories. I would recommend this product to anyone.
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Damned near perfection
by sllopp on August 7, 2011
Pros: Isolation great, comfort excellent, build is solid, and sound is wonderful.
Cons: I can't think of a thing
Summary: To each his own as the saying goes. I'm not fussy but I usually have something I can nit pick about given any product. But these 215's at ...
Summary: To each his own as the saying goes. I'm not fussy but I usually have something I can nit pick about given any product. But these 215's at this price are for me just extraordinary. Like Goldie Lox these some buds are too this or that but these are just right. Sure they take some getting used to, and I found that though the tips they come with will surely suffice for isolation and comfort, I use the Klipsch ovals and these make these the most comfortable and isolating buds I own...and I own a bunch. I just can't fault these. I find myself listening to the music instead of critiquing the product. The bass, treble and mids are coherent, clear and well blended. Shure has hit a home run in my book and for $100 you can't do any better. The kit is nice with a sturdy case, albeit a bit large, and the cable which is replaceable is well thought out and built although it may turn out to be the Achilles heel so far as durability is concerned. I suspect this to be true but I don't know it. Shure has a good warranty. These are good when exercising, they stay put. The isolation is the best, you are essentially deaf to the outside world even at modest volumes. These 215s are certain to please, I recommend them highly.
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by Kevin222222 on January 23, 2014
Pros: They actually STAY comfortably in your ears, Sound is full, bright, clear and balanced, they sound stunning! Build quality is top notch, the fit is just perfect. Shure customer support is second to none. These SE215s blew me away.
Cons: they do not come stock with microphone / iphone control. but you can add it on later by changing wires. not a big deal. no other cons for such an amazing product in this price range.
Summary: My ancient Shure E2Cs had to go in for repair and i was surprised to see that Shure replaced them with these SE215s. They did not disappoint! while my E2Cs ...
Summary: My ancient Shure E2Cs had to go in for repair and i was surprised to see that Shure replaced them with these SE215s. They did not disappoint! while my E2Cs were failing, i used the Bose SIE2i and was not impressed for many reasons. i also tried Klipch and they were just down right awful. No one has the customer support, build quality, and sound that Shure does. im in love with these things.
Excellent Sound Quality across the entire spectrum
by cbr1000r on November 6, 2013
Pros: -Quality sound reproduction, smooth from highs to lower, great transition, no skip or clip
-Great fit, stay put regardless of activity
-Replaceable connectors and plenty of fitting options rival higher end products
-Handy carrying case holds Ipod too
Cons: The fit is so good it can be a problem removing the buds with one hand
Summary: I have been through every ear bud from AlienEars through the Bose and Klipsch lines and have not been able to find what I was looking for in a daily ...
Summary: I have been through every ear bud from AlienEars through the Bose and Klipsch lines and have not been able to find what I was looking for in a daily use ear bud for working out, riding bikes, traveling and lounging by the pool, until now. These reasonably priced buds fit the bill perfectly.
While they are not the best for live performance monitors, they work great for listening to recorded music. Shure's quality is apparent from first use, but it is the sound quality of the buds that make them a stand out.
I have been able to get a great fit with the provided extra and have had some extras provided by Shure to share the sound with friends and family. I may move up the the 353, but for now these are providing everything I was looking for right now.
Reading some of the other reviews make me think...I guess I was not looking for the bass to rattle my filings loose or cause the neighbors windows to shake in their sashes. I was looking for realistic sounding bass reproduction, these buds are made for true to life sound reproduction and do an excellent job across the entire hearing spectrum.
Lacking in depth...
by Smegz on April 16, 2013
Pros: Clarity of sound
Cons: Weak bass
Difficult to fit
Summary: I've been looking for the nirvana of ~$100 ear buds/canal phones and I'm having trouble finding the right pair. The Shure's have a nice clear sound ...
Summary: I've been looking for the nirvana of ~$100 ear buds/canal phones and I'm having trouble finding the right pair. The Shure's have a nice clear sound but lack depth due to fairly weak bass response. Comparing these with 4 other headphones I have owned. Their sound is better than some of Shure's earlier endeavors in this field but fall short of the Klipsch SI4 line and ThinkSounds excellent TS-02. There's just not enough there. The compare well in highs and mids with ThinkSound, but have almost not depth to the bass. Disappointed to say the least.
Earphones made to run.
by hotpinknoise on June 1, 2012
Pros: It's true! They stay in your ears while running!!!
Cons: Don't eat or chew gum while wearing the SE215's. The sound of your own chewing will drive you insane.
Summary: I have never been a fan of running with headphones for two reasons: They always fall out of my ears, and running on the streets without full use of hearing ...
Summary: I have never been a fan of running with headphones for two reasons: They always fall out of my ears, and running on the streets without full use of hearing seems dangerous. I am always on the look out for headphones that will stay in my ears while running for use on the treadmill or on trails.
I came across this article recommending the Shure SE215 for great sound quality and security in ear. I have always used cheap earphones that you can buy at the gym or Target so I was not familiar with the more high end products like Shure, Etymotic and Klipsch. My friend owns an audio supply company and GAVE me some Shure SE215 earphones to try out. The consumer site is www.getavproducts.com
Immediately out of the box you can see and appreciate the quality of these earphones.
The cord attached to the driver with a nice positive click of the proprietary connector.
The cord is very nice, it is almost impossible to tangle up the cord due to its construction.
After a 5 mile run the earphones are solidly in place. I never had to adjust them at all. I have found that the key to success with these ear phones is the fit of the earplug part. They come with 6 different sizes to fit any ear canal, so fitting should not be a problem for most people.The noise isolation is really great with these earphones as well. I have used a pair of Beats Studio headphones and these earphones block an equal amount of ambient noise for 1/3 the price. The SE215 would be great to use on an airplane or anywhere you don't want people to bother you.
With the good sound isolation comes one drawback. They act like earplugs, so you can hear everything in your head. It is impossible to use these earphones while eating, the sound of your own chewing is immense. While running there is also a constant boom boom boom with every footfall, this may be distracting for some, it was easy for me to ignore.
Overall these are some really great earphones and I would recommend them to anyone who wants great sound and good sound isolation.
A pair of Earphone that's definitely worth buying
by fungkevintam on January 30, 2012
-Perfect SOund isolation
-Fun: Cable replaceable
Cons: -Weak separation of instruments
-Could do better in clarity
Summary: -The BASS response is really strong and solid (wish it could be more solid though). The mids are smooth and highs are accurate. Considering the price of this pair of ...
Summary: -The BASS response is really strong and solid (wish it could be more solid though). The mids are smooth and highs are accurate. Considering the price of this pair of earphones, you can't ask for more.
-Sound-isolation is PERFECT (Foams do better), i have to get off my earphones every time to hear people properly.
-The cable might be long, but it's secure and tough, meaning that repeating coiling will not damage the cable.
-The core part(driver in a shell)looks sturdy and well-built.
-Last but not least, SE215 in transparent black looks awesome
However, the separation of instruments and clarity is relatively weak. In worse case(low recording quality songs), all of the music kind of congests into the center.
-Female voice may not have the crystal clearness that there should have.
-Cable is long(well, i'm tall enough, but i still sometimes find it frustrating.)
Despite these cons, if you love bass, this is it. The SE215 suits u more than anything. Replacing a more decent cable(recommend silver braided) will help reduce the "congestion"problem.
Also, the kind of player you use greatly affects the performance of this pair of earphones. iPhone or iPod touch may produce sound that's too stuffy(a bit suffocating). If you are an apple lover, ipod classic will do much better. Other better players include Samsung, Cowon, Sansa Clip, iRiver...etc
However, strongly recommend users to pair SE215 up with a decent player (and maybe a replacement cable) for a more decent listening experience.
Incredible Noise Isolation & Amazing Sound
by ConorWG on January 5, 2012
Pros: Powerful Noise Isolation
Strong Base (but not over powering)
Solid Mids and Highs
Great Building Quality
Best fitting in-ear I've ever tried by far!
They are relatively unusually/rare
Compact, especially vs On Ear/Over Ear headphones
Cons: Tricky to put and take out.
Bulky jack housing
Cable is maybe a bit long for ear to pocket wearing (you can tell I'm nit picking because I really cant fault these at all)
Summary: The best in-ears I've ever had (compared to UE Studio Fi 3, UE 700s, iPod earphones (I'm not even sure you could call them earphones). Great sound, especially ...
Summary: The best in-ears I've ever had (compared to UE Studio Fi 3, UE 700s, iPod earphones (I'm not even sure you could call them earphones). Great sound, especially the base which is strong but never over powering. Solid mids and Highs.
But the thing that I really wasn' expecting was how well they fit. I wasn't sure whether to go with the Medium or Large tips so I put a large on the left one and a medium on the right and tried them out like that for a few days. While they both fitted amazingly I found the base a little stronger in my left ear (large tip) which suited me better as I prefer earphones that are a little Base heavy. So I'm running the large tips at the minute.
They look great, and get tucked away into your ear well (unlike my old Studio Fi 3s which kind of stuck out). The clear finish (which I got) might not be to everyones liking but being able to see the innards is kind of cool.
The real selling point of these earphones is the price (I picked mine up for 90euro online shipped to Ireland) but I believe the RRP in the US is $100 which makes them amazing value for money! Unless your a sound engineer and can appreciate the sound quality of something like the SE435/535s these are all the earphones you will ever need.
Best in-ear i've listened to so far
by mundisum on August 30, 2011
Pros: Very sound isolating.
Cons: A bit hard to fit initially, but once you get the cable bent the right way and has choosen the right earbuds...
Summary: I have tried a number of bothe in-ear and on-ear headphones.
Before i bought the SE215, I haden't listened to any earphones that even come close to my Audio ...
Summary: I have tried a number of bothe in-ear and on-ear headphones.
Before i bought the SE215, I haden't listened to any earphones that even come close to my Audio Technica ATH-ES7. I would say that the SE215 are on par with my Audio Technica but at half the price.
- Manufacturer: Shure Inc.
- Part number: SE215K
- Description: Featuring dynamic MicroDriver, the SE215 delivers detailed sound with enhanced bass. A detachable cable with formable wire enables easy replacement and a secure, comfortable fit on-stage or on-the-go. Sound isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 dB of isolation and a customized fit.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headphones
- Series Sound Isolating
- Color Black
- Headphones Form Factor In-ear
- Headphones Technology Dynamic
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Frequency Response 22 - 17500 Hz
- Sensitivity 107 dB
- Impedance 20 Ohm
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable - 5 ft
- Included Accessories Carrying case,
3 foam sleeves,
3 soft flex sleeves
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years