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Shure SE215

Tuesday 31 May 2011

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

The Shure SE215 headphones are the entry-level offerings in the award winning SE Series. These in-ear isolation headphones come with a single dynamic driver and a frequency range between 17 – 22,000Hz. Delivering up to 102dB of sound, you’ll find a host of different bud sizes, both foam and rubber, while the package even comes with a great canvas bag to tote your headphones around in when not needed. The 1.6 metre cable is comes with a heavy plastic coating and there is a heavy-duty joint where the two cables meet.

The good

The Shure SE215 headphones are built to last. The housing that connects the 3.5mm audio jack to the cable is nicely reinforced and as the cable comes out at a 90-degree angle accidental damage is kept to a minimum. Shure specialises in making kit for professionals so it’s the little details that count for a lot. For example, unlike most headphones on the market, the Shure SE215 come with a detachable Kevlar reinforced cable, so should it ever get damaged you can easy pop it out of the headphone and replace it. The headphones live up to expectations as we found almost all external noise was blocked out when out and about. Sound quality is amazing for the price point with plenty of warmth to the music with a decent balance between the high and bottom ranges. Even at serious volume we found the drivers worked to maintain balance with little or no distortion.

The bad

We like the heavy-duty appeal of the cable and plastic houses but we’re aware they’re not as sleek as other makes out there. The biggest problem with the Shure SE215 headphones is the rather large and bulbous driver housings, which make you look a bit like a TV broadcaster and will certainly prove a problem for people with smaller ears.

The bottom line

Shure may consider these headphones to be entry-level but in terms of quality you wouldn’t think so. Sure, the design is a little love it/hate it but is you’re a fan of the brand then you’ll already be warming to what these budget cans have to offer.
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Howard

were can u buy Shure SE215 headphone

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jamie

iheadphones have stock of both colours

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Howard

are there Sound Isolating Earphone for iheadphones

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