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Shure SE315-K Sound Isolating Earphones with Single High Definition MicroDriver and Tuned BassPort by Review Summary ,  Sep 5, 2015

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Shure SE315-K Sound Isolating Earphones with Single High Definition MicroDriver and Tuned BassPort
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 203 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 8.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.8   average
Listening4.8   above average
Noise4.8   above average
Size4.6   above average
Price4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Design4.2   average
Music4.0   average
Quality3.9   below average
Range3.9   below average
Fit3.7   below average
Cable3.2   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Overall: I am in love with these headphones, and if it werent for its price and the problems with low quality audio drivers, I would tell everyone to get them."
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"Same goes with these headphones, when you put them on your iPod, tablet, or any device that does not have a good audio driver, you wont get the full quality of these headphones."
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"I'll still opt for over-the-ear headphones when I can, but now, I don't hate earbuds anymore, and I've got a high-quality audio solution for when I'm walking, exercising or riding my bike."
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"I've been listening to music (metal, progressive metal) not-stop with these headphones and with great joy and enthusiasms, you'll inevitably hear a distinction in the great audio quality."
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"The audio was perfect."
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"The image s4s were great for my music on my Zune HD (which I only use 320+ encoded audio files) as was the Shures, but as soon as I plugged them in my amp the audio quality on the s4s took a dive."
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"I have had good home audio and great in-car audio for the better part of my life."
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Cable

Cable:
"I just hate the cable that keeps making sound when you are walking."
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"The SE315s solve this problem in such a simple manner; Detachable cables!"
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"The durable lead holds its form better than a bare insulated wire so it's less likely to degrade from flexing so the cable should last longer, as well."
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"Pros:-Unbelievably good sound, even at low volume-GREAT sound isolation with foam tips-Flexible over-the-ear cable takes the weight and pull of cables off the ear canal (especially good for when cable gets caught on something)-Replaceable cable is easy to switch, means you don't have to send your phones back for repairs-Offers custom fit tips available from Sensaphonics (I haven't tried these, they're like an additional $150)Cons:-The bendable over-the-ear part of the cable looses it's stiffness after 6-9 months (causing the cables to be loose over the ears, which can be uncomfortable)-Variety of ear tips is good, but they're not as comfortable for sensitive ears as the Etymotic yellow foam tips."
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"The double cord under the chin is not very comfortable."
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"I had to send them back a first time because the cable was broken."
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"Oyaide makes a nice cables that brings the highs out more in the headphones but the headphones out the box are great."
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"The replaceable cable is a huge advantage sense I gone through a few pricey headphones before that went bad due to the jack or ripping the cable."
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"If only they could make the cables softer and friction free, these are good stuff."
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"Plenty of reviewers have talked about all the technical plusses of these earbuds (e. g, detachable, Kevlar-reinforced cables; great frequency response, etc., etc."
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"They fit in my ears nicely (much smaller than those honking TF10's) and the cable rests nicely over my ear and keeps them in place."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I put these in and sleep without even connecting them to another device2) ComfortIEMs aren't perfect but these are the most comfortable I've ever worn."
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"Full range, extremely clear, and very comfortable."
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"Isolates the sound very well and quite comfortable to wear for extended time."
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"Very good sound quality and comfort."
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"I look for a few things when buying in-ears;1) Durability - this is the #1 factor on my list, and it's why I LOVE my HD25's - they feel indestructible.2) Comfort - As I said, I wear these for 10 hours a day, so comfort is key.3) Sound Quality - Obviously, sound quality is important."
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"The olives are great; just as comfortable as any other foam tips I've ever used, but way way more durable (I'm looking at you comply!"
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Connector

Connector:
"I had problems with my previous Shure's jack, I am less concerned about that occuring with this set."
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"Second: I was a QA (Quality) intern at Shure when the first earbuds for non-musicians (consumer) were being developed and I was able to try many out in my spare time (I even have 2 pairs still that work great, some 12 years later).Third: I have owned in the past:- Sony Ear Wrap headphones (gym grade - meh - never use them anymore...ever)- Shure pre-EC Prototypes (still working great)- Shure EC2s (still working great)- Shure SE310s (dead of a crappy chord failure near the 3.5mm jack at just over 2 years of life)And most recently purchased Shure SE315s (horrible product - see my other review) at the same time as these Klipsch S4's to see which I'd keep."
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"The connectors to the individual earbuds are junk!"
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"Love the cable that isn't a broken connector waiting to happen!"
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"They have very well designed strain reliefs the input jack and Y-connection, which many other manufacturers neglect."
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"I had no issue with connectivity or sound but the jack would fall right out if I moved at all."
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"It introduces the question of whether the connector will be reliable in the long term but it works fine, without introducing noise, when new."
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"They are attached by a clever swivel connector which further improves their ability to stay in place and probably reduces stress on the wires."
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Design

Design:
"The chord also is flimsy, new design but very uncomfortable, always am fixing it in my ear....i want my money back...do not buy this crap"
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"Also, the round design of the ear piece is wrong."
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"All in all, they sound amazing and the over ear design is perfect."
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"Just a very poor design (or good from their perspective--repeat business)."
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"I love that the design allows for you to replace a worn set of cords without having to throw out the expensive drivers."
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"The spilt line and offset wire design was great!"
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"They have very well designed strain reliefs the input jack and Y-connection, which many other manufacturers neglect."
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Fit

Fit:
"Could not get a good fit, so sound quality was compromised."
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"I don't typically write product reviews, but I have been SO impressed with these, and I also didn't want people to almost make the same mistake as myself and dismiss them without a proper fit."
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"The caveats are ALSO true, especially about them fitting properly and how much this impacts their performance...especially bass."
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"Further, the fit of the earpads is not just a matter of comfort ... properly fitting earpads are CRUCIAL to getting the most out of what these things can do."
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"not my ear drums but the outside part of my ears, do not fit very well."
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"Great fit and great sound!"
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"I can barely hear any outside noise with these bad boys in and the expandable earbuds really lock in for a good fit."
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"One thing I do notice is that I have to compress the expandable earbuds really thoroughly to get a good fit so that I can hear more bass from songs."
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"It took me a few tries before finding the ones that fit my ears perfectly so be patient."
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"The fit in my ear is near perfection."
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Listening

Listening:
"Still, listening to my personal library has never been more enjoyable."
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"Listening to music was still enjoyable during lunches while the plant ran, these block out a good bit of noise."
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"I love listening to music while I ride."
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"After a few days of intensive listening, my ears finally appreciated its sound signature."
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"I end up listening to music more with this gem than I do on the Ath-m50x (which is also outstanding given its price.)"
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"I have to say that I find more enjoyment in this when listening to rock alternative music more than anything else."
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Music

Music:
"Not recommended, if you want these for your music."
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"You can have these headphones at full volume, and you wont get a buzzing sound from the music being too loud (although I still dont recommend using them at full volume for a long period of time, it will damage your ears).Warning: I have to say and remind people, these are quality headphones."
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"I am not an audiophile - I'm a DJ and I love music and appreciate clear, balanced sound with little coloration (especially for when I'm mixing)."
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"I've been missing a lot with my music."
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"They were tinny and made the music sound cold and dead."
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"Not only was I able to hear my music very clear, I was able to hear the bass clear as day."
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"Listening to music was still enjoyable during lunches while the plant ran, these block out a good bit of noise."
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"Sound quality is great, more on the warm side that allows you to enjoy music for many hours."
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"Just be very careful when changing the ear insert, by mistake I broke my right piece but was able to get it back without any music lost."
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"I love listening to music while I ride."
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"I often listen to music while vacuuming and the Shures outperform the JVCs in blocking the noise of the vacuum."
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Noise

Noise:
"They also shield my ear from the damaging wind noise."
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"Listening to music was still enjoyable during lunches while the plant ran, these block out a good bit of noise."
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"I often listen to music while vacuuming and the Shures outperform the JVCs in blocking the noise of the vacuum."
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"These things are outstanding for blocking out wind noise and maintaining sound quality."
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"There is a lot of noise playing in a drum booth, but these in-ears do a great job isolating everything but what they're putting out AS LONG AS you find the right pair of gels that fit your ear."
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"They stayed in, even while I sweat, and the noise isolation was very good!"
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Price

Price:
"For what they are they just dont do the best job for the money"
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"This is very important to keep in mind, as you may be dissatisfied with these at first listen, if you are comparing them to other inexpensive ear buds, but DON'T give up on them."
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"Really frustrating paying a lot of money for a broken item I can't replace anymore."
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"Overall: I am in love with these headphones, and if it werent for its price and the problems with low quality audio drivers, I would tell everyone to get them."
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"After replacing them 3 times for the same connection failure I bit the bullet and spend some extra money on the Shure headphones."
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"Compared to my Grado SR-225s (which are at the same price point as the Shure 315's), there is something missing in these earphones."
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"They don't feel cheap but are still pretty light."
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"Tia is clearly a professional's choice and well worth the price! "
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"Well worth the money."
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"I end up listening to music more with this gem than I do on the Ath-m50x (which is also outstanding given its price.)"
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"Pros: If you know what you are doing and are patient, these will be the best earphones for the money you have ever purchased."
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Quality

Quality:
"Could not get a good fit, so sound quality was compromised."
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"The four stars is for the build quality, again I broke the tip trying to change the ear insert but was able to get it back with a little JB WELD.."
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"If your goal is to enjoy music with great resolution, exceptional noise isolation, comfort and great build quality for everyday use, I cannot recommend them highly enough! "
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"Although it fits nicely in ear, however, the sound quality is not good at all."
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"But base is weak, simply lack the punch and resonance compare to many other earphones.2) Build quality: not as good as I hoped."
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"The bass in electronic music is ok, since Shure headphones are known to be more about quality than bass (something that people complain, but remember, these are quality headphones, meant for artist and what not)."
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"Sound quality is great, more on the warm side that allows you to enjoy music for many hours."
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"So I need something rugged, with very high sound quality, and easy to use."
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"The sound quality is insanely good, clear, and with lots of deep, deep bass."
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"The sound quality was good but one side lost sound the third day it was received.."
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"The sound quality is GOOD but there is room for improvement."
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Range

Range:
"A really good seal is needed in your ear to get decent bass response (other reviews complain about lack of fidelity in that frequency range)."
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"They truly represent the entire frequency range in a way other earbuds just aren't able to do."
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"The bass is a little weak on low volume but the clarity and range of the drivers is amazing for how small they are."
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"Full range, extremely clear, and very comfortable."
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"Bass response is very good and the dynamic range excellent."
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"the frequency and range is nice and full."
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"GREAT range and depthCord is replaceable(detachable) and is ridiculously strong thick."
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"These headphones have a fantastic range and I have no complaints when listening to classical music with beautiful highs or heavy dub-step with crazy lows."
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Size

Size:
"(I find the Shure M foam tip too small, L too large)-Tips get uncomfortable after about 3-4 hoursI use these for studying and for subway commuting, and sometimes just for noise isolation."
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"The proper size foam is imperative for great bass sound."
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"What's REALLY great, however, is that Shure provides a packet of EIGHT different types sizes of earpads (S M L rounded foam; S M L rounded hollow rubber; a silicone tree type, and a foam cylinder, so your chances of finding ONE set size that actually fits YOUR ears is excellent)."
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"These earbuds work very well and even though they are a standard size, they fit me nicely."
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"They fit nicely and sound great for such small speakers."
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"They come with 6 different sizes to fit any ear canal, so fitting should not be a problem for most people.3 sizes foam and 3 sizes rubber and 1 tool for cleaning out the driver canal."
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Sound

Sound:
"I just hate the cable that keeps making sound when you are walking."
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"Mine came faulty with sound issue in one speaker."
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"Could not get a good fit, so sound quality was compromised."
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"Only complaint is simply a payoff to excellent isolation of sound, I cannot hear anything else but the sounds from the earbuds, external voices cannot be heard."
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"Compared to the earbuds that came with my iPhone, these Shure earphones sound like junk."
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"Although it fits nicely in ear, however, the sound quality is not good at all."
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"Shure earphones are simply the best sounding!"
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"For best sound use the foam tips from Shure or Westone."
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"Sound quality is great, more on the warm side that allows you to enjoy music for many hours."
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"Great Warranty, great sound."
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"Great fit and great sound!"
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Volume

Volume:
"You can have these headphones at full volume, and you wont get a buzzing sound from the music being too loud (although I still dont recommend using them at full volume for a long period of time, it will damage your ears).Warning: I have to say and remind people, these are quality headphones."
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"You can literary block all outside sound at around 20% of your volume, but some people like full volume to get the max feeling, and this might be a problem if you dont have the right player."
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"The bass is a little weak on low volume but the clarity and range of the drivers is amazing for how small they are."
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"Sound isolation is great - at 30% volume i cant even hear myself talking, no need for the active noise cancelling."
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"I once wore these headphones on a cross-country flight, listening to music at a reasonable volume, and when we were about to land I took them off and realized there was a child screaming behind me."
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"If you put the volume at 90% you dont get that problem, but it is still something to keep in mind."
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"I should also mention these Shure's are very efficient with power - ie the volume setting required (for the same loudness in my ears) is much lower, maybe 3 10 versus 7 10 for the Ety's Bose's."
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"The bass is a little weak on low volume but the clarity and range of the drivers is amazing for how small they are."
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