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Shure SE215-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Single Dynamic MicroDriver by Review Summary ,  Aug 18, 2015

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Shure SE215-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Single Dynamic MicroDriver
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 1885 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 5.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Drum4.7   above average
Packaging4.7   above average
Response4.7   above average
Listening4.6   above average
Range4.6   above average
Value4.5   below average
Vocal4.5   average
Balance4.4   average
Monitor4.4   above average
Noise4.4   above average
Performance4.4   average
Price4.4   average
Quality4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Comfortable4.2   below average
Music4.2   average
Fit4.0   below average
Loud3.7   below average
Pain3.7   above average
Shape3.7   average
Size3.7   average
Treble3.5   below average
Control3.3   below average
Design3.3   below average
Heavy3.3   below average
Warranty3.2   average
Cable3.0   below average
Cord2.9   below average
iPod2.8   mediocre
Plug2.7   below average
iPhone2.6   mediocre
Image2.5   mediocre
Connector2.2   below average
Microphone2.0   mediocre
Connection1.9   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Cable

Cable:
"The earbuds are detachable allowing for easy cable replacement if it gets damaged, and the clear casing looks very nice."
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"They fit into your ears in such a way that I don't know how you could fail to insert them properly (which is a bit issue with other earbuds not getting a good seal and sounding poor), and the cable near the earpiece has a slightly stiff wire in it so that it forms over your ear, further securing it."
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"I really enjoyed my Klipsch s4i, s4i-rugged, and a5is however I kept having a problem with the cables going bad after several years."
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"Pretty mediocre - cord is too long , ends up taking space in the pocket and tangles sometimes."
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"My only complaint is the cable length, but it's not an unusable length."
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"I have noticed that sometimes the connection on a ear gets loose, but simply pushing the cable back into the ear set solves the problem."
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"The earbuds are detachable allowing for easy cable replacement if it gets damaged, and the clear casing looks very nice."
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"Great musical sound, great cable"
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"I really like the fact that the cords are over your ears, allowing the cord to get a pretty good tug without pulling them out."
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"But the earbuds themselves keep on working great, cable after cable."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"There are plenty of included earpieces to find a comfortable fit, though the headphones are not good for taking in and out often due to the way in which they wrap around the ear."
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"Terrible sound for its price class and not comfortable to wear."
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"The sound isolation is wonderful, but the in ear comfort and sound quality is not at good as I expected, granted the sound quality is far superior to standard headphones, but I had higher expectations for these."
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"First the flexible earfitting wire in the cable broke, which just made them a little less comfortable."
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"In any case, I plan to continue searching for headphones that are not only durable but also comfortable and sonically impressive."
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"However, the comfort level for me is not very good."
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"Comfort is typical of IEM's which in my opinion is satisfactory."
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"- Ok audio separation and soundstage- Very comfortable fit and very efficient audio isolation."
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"The comfort is supreme, and it has a decent balance between treble and bass!"
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"The sound quality is well worth the difficulty of adjusting them to your personal comfort as they are a little tricky to get fitted properly, took me a few days of use to get them fitting perfectly but its well worth it."
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"Perfectly comfortable for extended usage time in one sitting."
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Connection

Connection:
"Looking through the forums, this is a fairly common problem thought to be caused by sweat or the connection becoming loose over time."
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"the negative is that inevitably you will send them to Shure to get fixed because the left earphone goes dead due to s***ty cables or connectivity which is a recurring flaw due to the design of removable and replaceable earphones."
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"As advised by our worship drummer, putting the connection into your back pocket reduces possible damage to wires by putting any tension on your pocket instead of the connector."
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"I unboxed these earphones not twenty minutes ago and was greeted by sound dropouts from broken connections in the cable, which is super frustrating because when they work properly with some persuasion they sound great for $99."
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"After couple of eartip swaps, literally 3 hours after I opened the box, the plastic nozzle connecting the earbud to the eartip broke off."
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"My past 4 pairs of $70-100 headphones have all failed near the cord connection to earbud, the cable, or from liquid."
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"After using for a year, one of the wire sometimes not too often has the problem of connectivity (no sound on that side of course)."
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"It is great look and the connection code is very long!"
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"The cables are extremely durable and thick, and detach through a unique swiveling connection to the earpieces."
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"Sweat can get in easily to wreak havoc with your earphones and I have a pair that suffered a loose connection but Shure's warranty took care of that nicely."
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"The part that wore out on my old pair, was the cable that connects the phone to the wire (at the ear), and on this revision - they have re-engineered this to not fail (with the detachable connection).I have had the new pair about 5 months, and have liked them as much as my beloved old pair."
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Connector

Connector:
"These do a much better job blocking that noise, as well as making it easier to hear the quieter parts of music at the same time without jacking up the volume until you do permanent damage to your hearing."
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"They are not water proof, and the connectors by the headphone start to do weird things."
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"Cable did go on me(accidentally broke the connector) but was swapped out, they work, sound great and are easily the best sounding lasting headphones."
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"I won't stray from Shure again, sound quality is top notch and all the areas where my previous 2 pairs have broken (wire broke away at the jack connector) are reinforced and seemingly durable."
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"Each one has had a similar problem - with the connector dieing and losing sound to one of the ear buds, usually the left."
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"And that cable has a 45-degree angled connector, which I'd never seen before but is surprisingly effective at keeping the plug in the jack while in a pocket, etc."
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"The only problem I have with the clear model in particular is that the right angle headphone jack doesn't fit cases very well."
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"The jack was a pretty loose fit on my standard iphone 5s and over time got looser and looser to the point where even a slight motion would dislodge them."
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"These are completely useless if you intend to run or eve walk with them since they fall out of the jack so easily."
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Control

Control:
"64 cable length is excessive and there's no controls mic."
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"My only regret is not getting the version with the in-line controls, and that I couldn't drop the cash on one of the sets with a wider frequency range."
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"The only problem is There is no Volume Control with this."
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"Apparently it's a common problem, so I will return and go with a brand that has better quality control."
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"My only real complaint is the lack of included in-line mic and controls."
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"I used to use much cheaper ear buds under my helmet, then those $80 Etymotic Research ER7-MC3-BLUE-I-A MC3 units (with the built-in iPhone control & mic, to enable easier phone calls with the helmet on)."
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"The cable which comes with these ear buds is solidly built - good for motorcycle use (think what a live stage musician would do to them, night after night... the cable is sturdy and well-made).Note that there is no iPhone remote control or mic on this cable, though Shure sells a rather expensive one that I may buy soon, after my existing $15 version I bought fails (that is, the second one I bought, as the first cheapie already died)."
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"Would prefer if they had volume control or a mic but in sound isolation and clarity, these are the great."
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"Pros: Removable cable can be replaced with one that controls your I phone Great sounding for the price Noise Isolation Multiple Tips to customize fitCons: May be too Bass heavy for some Very different fit then a standard ear bud Plug to fat to work with most cases"
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"I use them in conjunction with aviom in ear monitoring controls and they allow me to hear the entire band very well."
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Cord

Cord:
"from the cords because the cords are always what fails on earphones."
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"Very good investment if you damage your cords more than once a year."
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"After you mold them to a comfortable fit around your ears (I never achieved this, cord was too stiff and never held the same shape) they essentially become hooks and tangle the cords making the untangling process lengthy and VERY inconvenient."
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"The SE215's are a superior product, with a 2 year warranty, replaceable cords and once broken in, sound quality above the purchase price."
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"but then I could see people complaining about long cords too."
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"I really like the fact that the cords are over your ears, allowing the cord to get a pretty good tug without pulling them out."
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"The cords are pretty smart."
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"Very good investment if you damage your cords more than once a year."
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"I really appreciate headphones with replaceable cords."
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"The over the ear cords are quite nice."
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Design

Design:
"The earpiece is designed in such a way that you can wear earmuffs or lie on your side and they do NOT jam the earphones into your skull (which was one of my bigger complaints with other designs), and the wire is replaceable in case it gets damaged."
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"Unfortunately I believe they have a design flaw, see below."
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"Uncomfortable ear design unless you have ears like dumbo."
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"I've been using SHURE earphones for quite a few years now, and it has been about 2 years since my last pair broke (old design before you could unplug the ear piece from the wires) and I always said I would get a new pair."
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"This is due to one of the following problems or a combination of them:1.Poorly designed cables.2."
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"My only problem was the overall design on the headphones."
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"Sound Quality - 2 5Comfort - 2 5Design - 2 5 : Apple Earbuds were Better"
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"For on the go listening I would suggest the Bose sound true Ultra, V-Moda ZN, or if you want an earbud design the bose soundsport would be great too."
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"I will admit It take awhile to figure out how to wear these earphones due to the design and I will admit I was ready return them, but I was able figure it out."
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"When I first saw these shure earphones, I loved the design of them specially the clear ones, but when I started reading the reviews here on Amazon I was disappointed and didn't buy them right away, instead I bought the se215's special edition which come in a nice blue had better reviews and four days after I got them I started experiencing a problem that many reviews have stated which is the left earphone cutting out and I ended up returning them."
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"The design is great for staying around the ears."
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Drum

Drum:
"What I mean is that it's not an insufferable amount of bass; just annoying; like, that drum could have been toned down just a bit."
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"Again these are perfect for recording drums but not good for all the extra noise that comes from the guitars and bass in rehearsing situations."
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"Vocals sound great through them, as well as lower frequency stuff like drums or bass."
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"I mainly use these when play the drums and these are comfortable for that."
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"Also, a little too much bass is both a negative and a positive -- although excess bass takes away from other frequencies, sometimes bass sounds good; if you want to hear the drums in your favorite tracks, this will deliver.2."
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"I use these to play drums, electric and acoustic, predominantly by myself (music in ear with without drums mic'ed in) and these earphones work great."
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"I can hear music over my drum set, as well as protect my hearing."
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Durability

Durability:
"Also makes me worried about the durability of these earphones."
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"SE215's heavy and detachable cord make this better for me durability wise because I will use them everyday (unless they are just too uncomfortable to do so)."
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"But I can not recommend them on durability."
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"As someone who's gone through no less than 7 pairs of CX300's mostly due to poor cable durability, the robust build is a welcome change and the reason I switched - will update review should anything change."
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"They are perfect (once you figure out how to put them on, which for some people takes a while to figure out), with amazing build quality, durability, and sound production."
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"ProsPowerful bass and very good overall sound quality (I listen to electronic music and RNB)Blocks out airplane noise and other external noises better than Bose Quiet Comfort iemsThey demonstrate solid durability; they have survived near daily usage for 1.5 years and still look like-newConsNot the most comfortable when walking - the wire makes a lot of noise when walkingNo microphone"
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"I can't speak to their durability yet as I just got them, but I think these are well worth the money for the quality of sound and comfort alone."
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"The comfort and durability of the product is great otherwise."
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Fit

Fit:
"There are plenty of included earpieces to find a comfortable fit, though the headphones are not good for taking in and out often due to the way in which they wrap around the ear."
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"The real problem is trying to put them on and possibly the fit of the ear phones."
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"Unfortunately after testing both the medium (this size fits me best) and the large size silicone tips and going through two bouts of ear_pain skin_infection, I'm certain that line is the cause of my discomfort pain."
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"None of the earplug options fit my ears, unfortunately."
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"And as a set of earphones for casual listening, they are a real hassle to fit."
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"The sound was not as good as my old Shure earphones because the fit was so bad."
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"This is good if you like listening to many different genres, but if you only listen to a couple you may be better served looking for headphones which best fit those genres."
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"They fit into your ears in such a way that I don't know how you could fail to insert them properly (which is a bit issue with other earbuds not getting a good seal and sounding poor), and the cable near the earpiece has a slightly stiff wire in it so that it forms over your ear, further securing it."
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"Unfortunately after testing both the medium (this size fits me best) and the large size silicone tips and going through two bouts of ear_pain skin_infection, I'm certain that line is the cause of my discomfort pain."
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"Use the large 3 flanged tips if the Shure medium silicone tips fit you best."
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"Fit was awkward at first but once you get a good deal the sound is great! "
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Handle

Handle:
"sound is perfect but to handle these things getting in and out of our ears is a painindabutt even after 1 year of use"
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"These can handle a great deal of head movement without requiring readjustment."
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"Considering how long the cable is, it would be nice if it came with something to handle it (Seriously, I'm 5'8 and the cable is almost as long as I am tall)."
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"I've never had the issues some people have with memory foam eartips or earplugs but I still found them easier to handle than most."
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"Music from my iPod sounds great too; they handle a variety of musical styles very well."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"We all know that Shure sound quality is amazing, especially at this price point, but my biggest complaint with earbud headphones is that after a year (of heavy use) the cord connection to the bud ALWAYS wears down, sometimes breaks."
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"Although they headphones were well-made and extremely comfortable, the sound was muddy, unclear, and so base heavy it was hard to actually hear the vocals."
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"Bass is heavy, fitting is not really good for my ear."
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"However, if you are used to and love bass heavy headphones I would not recommend these as they do not produce the lower frequencies with as much power."
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"After some practice though, I'm sure it'd be easier to do.3) Although I complimented the earphone cable in the pros, since it is pretty long and heavy, it can be somewhat awkward and isn't extremely good for a lot of moving around, as it can make some cable noise."
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"The only downside is that they aren't compatible with the more heavy duty cases."
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"I love my bass heavy music, but these do a good job of accurately reproducing music without being murky."
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"The sound is balanced with a nice lean to the heavy end to my ears."
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"Although they headphones were well-made and extremely comfortable, the sound was muddy, unclear, and so base heavy it was hard to actually hear the vocals."
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"They sound good with bass heavy songs,and they do HAVE bass, but they don't rumble the way a basshead set of earbuds would."
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"But two weeks of heavy listening and these are great."
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Image

Image:
"The EM are very good, very flat sounding, with space around the instruments, but they lack warmth and they don't image as well as the RHA, they aren't as detailed, particularly in the treble (cymbals), they definitely have less bass."
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"Overall sound quality is not as good as my Klipsch Image S4s."
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"I have had these headphones for nine months know and I just still don't get the sound quality; before owning these headphones I had the klipsch image s4 owe how I missed them headphonesto me the sound quality out of the klipsch image s4 just sounded so much better in every way from the bass extension, to the bass, to the midrange bass, to the mids, to the vocals, to the highs,Shure Se215- the sound is there but its not as clean and crisp as the klipschBass: the bass is just a boom;it sound like an bookshelf speaker pushing to much bass;muddy most of the time overpowering and poor qualityMids: the mids on these things are decent listing to acoustics the guitar notes came though clean."
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"overall sound quality9 out of 10 the only reason why I got the shure se215 was because someone had stolen my klipsch image s4 HAHA the person who stolen them know the value they had held .I will surely get me another pair of the klipsch image s4 II also challenge the bose ie2out out of the SHURE SE-215 KLIPSCH IMAGE S4 BOSE IE2 the klipsch just came out on top the klipsch are just the bang for your buck I dare you to find anything else better than them under $100 lol you won't"
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"I had moderate luck with an earlier model of Shure, as well as Klipsch Image S4 and its descendants."
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"Don't let this fool you, however, these headphones are amongst the most durable in-ear buds I've ever owned (far surpassing the Klipsch Image X10 and S4, as well as the Monster Turbines, which have an *all metal* enclosure and Monster Beats Tour)."
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"The Klipsh Image S4's are just as good, but function better for longer time"
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"I own and highly recommend the RHA-MA750's, the HiFiMan's for 99 bucks, the Klipsh Image S-4's and the Monster Turbos that I paid 100 bucks for."
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"Previously, I bought a pair of Klipsch Image X10's, and I thought they were amazing."
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Listening

Listening:
"And as a set of earphones for casual listening, they are a real hassle to fit."
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"Great headphones although for me some long listening sessions can get a bit uncomfortable as the over ear cable can dig in a little bit even with the cord binder thing loosened."
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"In short, buy these TANK headphones that not only produce a wonderful listening experience, but can also somehow withstand being nearly destroyed & shrug it off."
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"Music is now disappointing when I am not listening to it on these."
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"The biggest issue however, is the discomfort the phones cause after extended listening sessions."
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"For the price, very clear sound with decent bass but a little uncomfortable for extended listening... a little bit of a hassle to initially fit"
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"This is good if you like listening to many different genres, but if you only listen to a couple you may be better served looking for headphones which best fit those genres."
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"I have a Zumo 550 with XM radio and love listening to news and music."
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"I'm happy with the sound quality, and the sound isolation is so excellent that I can enjoy listening to chamber music (which has a huge dynamic range) in these noisy environments."
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"I would probably want different inserts for everyday listening, but the foam ones are great for performances."
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"So I've been looking for a good pair of IEMs for a while, and I particularly wanted some good noise isolation for listening when I had to get around campus."
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Loud

Loud:
"Otherwise, just listening to second language exposure, it's fine to just listen to one unless you like your music loud, then beware your need to turn up the volume since one ear vs. two ears makes a ~6 decibel difference."
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"They just weren't loud enough for me and to bass was differently not as good as I expected after doing some research on them before I bought them."
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"Indeed, I dislike loud music of any kind."
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"If I can hear myself breath, or there is a cable thump or the bass is distorted or too shallow, or there isn't enough treble, or too much treble, or they are not loud enough, or they are too loud, or they are uncomfortable, I can't use them."
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"On crowded and loud locations like the bus, these are amazing since they block almost all sound out."
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"(blocks all sound and when turned all the way up no one can hear your music so they won't be annoyed, trust me their pretty loud with good bass)"
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"I had them cranked at a comfortable level and was able to turn my in-home Denon stereo up loud enough to feel the bass, but couldn't actually hear the sound."
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"I have big can headphones, so it's definitely a downgrade from them, but considering how small, portable, performance in windy hot loud areas, and how convenient these are, it's well worth the drop in quality."
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"The sound is clear and unbelievably loud."
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Metal

Metal:
"after using it for over a month i have 1 huge issue with my earphonemy left earpiece makes annoying metal."
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"clicking sound whenever i move the wire.. i am going to contact shure to see if i can have it fixed or replaced-editi figured out the issue, the left earpiece's socket is loose, so it vibrates whenever i move or tap it (causing the metal clicking and *ting ting* sound i am very disappointed, i am still waiting for customer support to answer me back"
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"I did have problems with corrosion on the metal jacks from my sweat."
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"I primarily listen to EDM and occasionally metal which the ATH-CKS55 are quite good at."
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"The neutral sound of the Shure seemed to take away from the basslines and drum rhythms from the electronic music, though metal and rock sounded excellent with them."
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"I primarily listen to metal music, and the precision of the sounds is amazing."
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"Don't let this fool you, however, these headphones are amongst the most durable in-ear buds I've ever owned (far surpassing the Klipsch Image X10 and S4, as well as the Monster Turbines, which have an *all metal* enclosure and Monster Beats Tour)."
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"I've also picked up a pair of jvc xtreme xploders (both the higher end $50 metal model and the $20 cheaper model), which I would give a good review to, but for the price of the Shure's, I would recommend saving your money up and spending more -- after all you will be using these for many many hours."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"Lack of microphone and mute button is inconvenient."
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"64 cable length is excessive and there's no controls mic."
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"My only complaint is that there's no mic, and it's over $60 to get a cable with mic...."
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"Good for the price, but not too great through a complete, mic ed system."
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"I've read that the replacement cable is sub-par in mic option which is a little scary as I might need to replace that part soon."
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"I used to use much cheaper ear buds under my helmet, then those $80 Etymotic Research ER7-MC3-BLUE-I-A MC3 units (with the built-in iPhone control & mic, to enable easier phone calls with the helmet on)."
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"Would prefer if they had volume control or a mic but in sound isolation and clarity, these are the great."
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"Through a couple of Apple iPhones, a Samsung Android phone, an iPad and Nexus 7 tablet I've kept searching for the perfect in-ear monitors with an integrated microphone."
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"At $25 these exceeded all my expectations and have a microphone to boot."
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"would have been nice to have a microphone and or an inline volume control, but not a deal breaker by any means."
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Music

Music:
"Otherwise, just listening to second language exposure, it's fine to just listen to one unless you like your music loud, then beware your need to turn up the volume since one ear vs. two ears makes a ~6 decibel difference."
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"Only complaint is that you have to burn them in a little to get some bass in (my music).."
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"Just be careful if you're in a situation where you need your hearing, because you won't be able to hear anything except the music that is playing."
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"I had music playing but it sounded terrible because I couldn't get them the right way on my ear."
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"Sound QualitySince the moment you hear decent music with the SE215 you notice an amazing quality, crystal clear, sharp, deep bass but not too much, and perfect balance across all music genres, I've tested it a lot with FLACs, Audio CDs and good quality MP3s and the sound quality is amazing."
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"They made me want to find my more sophisticated music to hear all the nuances I was missing."
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"The neutral sound of the Shure seemed to take away from the basslines and drum rhythms from the electronic music, though metal and rock sounded excellent with them."
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"I was able to notice more details in my music that I never really noticed before."
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"The Sound-Isolation is amazing, and the whole world becomes engulfed in the music when I wear these."
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"I have a Zumo 550 with XM radio and love listening to news and music."
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"What I can say, and what should be very obvious, if the music is recorded well, the bass if fantastic, it's very tight and deep."
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Noise

Noise:
"Nearly dead quiet for ambient noise during recording, and snug enough to allow freedom of movement."
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"If Amazon allowed it, I would have rated this product in 3 areas:Directions on what is in included and how best to use the product: NEGATIVE STARSEase of using the product and or setting it up for best use: NEGATIVE STARQuality of sound and noise cancellation 5+ starsExpect effort to get them right for you, but then they're awesome."
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"- Excellent noise isolationCONS- Uncomfortable- Too dark for my tastes"
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"Bass is bit weak but noise cancellation is quite good."
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"I can have them on for about an hour before they start to cause pain , might be the pressure from my tight fit helmet or the large size foams I use but that the compromise for the noise reduction."
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"These sound pretty good , I use them with motorcycle so with the ambient noise its a little hard to notice quality."
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"I'm very happy with them - they provide great sound quality, excellent (if unintended) passive noise cancellation, and are easy to clean."
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"be warned however: while the noise cancelling feature is nice, it can also potentially be dangerous, you will not be able to hear anything around you, so you should be extra cautious when crossing streets, or walking home."
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"If you work somewhere that is noisy, these are great to block out the background noise."
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"Also, they're great at noise cancelling, so you only hear what you want to hear."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"With the proper size shape ear-piece, this product will provide great noise-isolation and produce a wonderful range."
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"i've had a couple other sets of noise-isolating earphones before but these WAY outperform the others, both in noise-blocking and in sound quality."
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")Over the years, I have collected a handful of favorite headphones (SONY MDRV55s, Sennheiser HDs, Bose Quiet Comfort for noise-cancelling), and while the Sure SE215s do not match the stratospheric audiophile quality of my favorites, they perform exceptionally well on-stage or when active and needing noise isolation."
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"However, I recommend buying the triple-flanged earpieces from Shure if you are after noise-isolation (search Shure EATFL1-6, they should be about $8 and are well worth it)."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"These headphones are great for a long time I had wanted these headphones to use with my monitor system for drumming and they sound great, the package however came a little dirty and with scratches, but the headphones were great they were non damaged and looked perfect."
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"These headphones are great for a long time I had wanted these headphones to use with my monitor system for drumming and they sound great, the package however came a little dirty and with scratches, but the headphones were great they were non damaged and looked perfect."
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"Both the earphones which i purchased, came in good packaging and the sound quality was awesome."
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"Finally, the padded case provided in the package is fantastic."
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"The package comes with a nice array of accessories."
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"Response is all-around fantastic, the bass is just so striking from such a small package."
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Pain

Pain:
"Unfortunately after testing both the medium (this size fits me best) and the large size silicone tips and going through two bouts of ear_pain skin_infection, I'm certain that line is the cause of my discomfort pain."
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"If I adjust the fit and twist them forward in my ear, it relieves the pain...but they seem to slip back into the painful position after just a few minutes."
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"So excellent earbuds, but even though cables are a problem for all headsets it's a real pain to have to ship back the whole kit straight out of the box, especially as it's a detachable cable."
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"Only complaint I have is the removal of the ear buds, that was a pain in the ass, but, by default they give you the medium size so you should know right away if you need to swap at all, go bigger, or go smaller; so you should only have to do that once."
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"Very quirky and a pain, but they sound outstanding, especially for the price."
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"The sound is still great, however, it is a pain to get these not only in the ear but to stay in the ear."
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"Good sound quality, but too much of a pain to insert and remove."
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"I have fallen asleep with theses in and woke up eight hours later without any pain or discomfort to my ears."
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"They are very comfortable when you get them in but they are a pain to get them in in the first place."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"Also the foam tips will get much more dirty than your typical plastic earbuds."
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"And the peaceof plastic that goes around your ear it's uncomfortable...."
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"The outer plastic is very rough and is quite painful against the ears."
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"Unfortunately, the plastic posts will also easily break if you happen to step on the earpieces."
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"After couple of eartip swaps, literally 3 hours after I opened the box, the plastic nozzle connecting the earbud to the eartip broke off."
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"They're also surprisingly uncomfortable because the buds themselves are really thick and the hard plastic is actually jamming itself against my ear (no change in the latex piece helps this problem).But mostly, they have no low bass (I listen to a lot of electronic music-- they're the worst for psytrance! )"
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"They sit on a plastic thing, (great description, I know) and you have to take your fingernails and slide the plastic thing off."
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"It is such a turn off to get your brand new expensive (expensive for earbuds, but sure not luxury items I get it... ) electronic thingy and it wreaks like... well sickly plastic fumes."
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"The clear plastic is cool I guess."
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"The cables are thick and the earpieces feel like strong, durable plastic."
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"These worked great the first year until I noticed a tear in the plastic where it molds to your ear."
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Plug

Plug:
"Very clunky to plug in to your ears and for me not the most comforable (not the best for extended sessions)2."
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"I've had to get rid of too many headphones in the past because of broken cables or plugs."
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"The headphone cable fails right above the plug where the strain relief ribbing is located."
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"Try out a few different sizes of the plugs to figure out what fits right, if they are uncomfortable then you probably have the wrong plugs on."
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"For all the people complaining about them.. You must understand you can't just buy these and plug them into any device and expect them to sound amazing."
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"And that cable has a 45-degree angled connector, which I'd never seen before but is surprisingly effective at keeping the plug in the jack while in a pocket, etc."
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"Sound quality is great, the fit is a little hard to get used to but I am trying different ear plugs to see if I an get a comfortable fit."
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"Wind noise inside a less-than-very-well-designed motorcycle helmet can be surprisingly irritating to the point of being fatiguing, so before figuring out how to get earbuds to stay in while donning a helmet I had always worn disposable foam ear plugs, and good, more-expensive ones at that."
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"The build quality seems really sturdy and I really don't forsee any problems with the cables or plugs in the near future."
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"They of course broke which is not the fault of shure, however it is their fault that the plug in one of the earbuds broke, rendering one earbud totally useless."
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Price

Price:
"We all know that Shure sound quality is amazing, especially at this price point, but my biggest complaint with earbud headphones is that after a year (of heavy use) the cord connection to the bud ALWAYS wears down, sometimes breaks."
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"These do not sit comfortably on the ear, the sound is medicore for the price."
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"The sound quality is good, but not good enough to justify it's price."
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"They weren't that amazing for the price they give."
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"Amazing headphones, good price, wont be disappointed."
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"I really cant complain for the price."
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"Overall these are very nice headphones, however the price tag seems too high for what you get."
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"They sound very good to me and I was pleased with the price to performance on this."
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"You've tried the cheap in ear monitors, so now may be the best time to upgrade to these in ear monitors."
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"Excellent IEM's (In-ear-monitors) for the price."
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"We all know that Shure sound quality is amazing, especially at this price point, but my biggest complaint with earbud headphones is that after a year (of heavy use) the cord connection to the bud ALWAYS wears down, sometimes breaks."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality is good, but not good enough to justify it's price."
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"I've owned 2 pairs of the old Shure e2c's in the past, and while I liked the sound quality, they both ended up having problems with the cable, specifically the part that bends over the ear."
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"I was very excited when i got this earbuds I tried them on and yea i can say that the sound quality was good but i was disappointed with the bass oh and another thing the left earbud would cut off ill never buy shure headphones ever again"
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"My only complaint would be that the cable, while high quality, has a fairly stiff section near the buds which is probably intended to keep them in place by wrapping around the back of your ear, but instead make fitment needlessly tricky, IMO."
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"These sound like a quality Shure product, but I find them too uncomfortable to wear."
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"Sound quality is great, the fit is a little hard to get used to but I am trying different ear plugs to see if I an get a comfortable fit."
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"I use these while walking but prefer more comfortable, higher quality over-the-ear headphones while at home or working at a desk as these can be a bit uncomfortable with prolonged use."
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"I'm very happy with them - they provide great sound quality, excellent (if unintended) passive noise cancellation, and are easy to clean."
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"Supreme comfort with the memory foam tips, and VERY high quality sound for the price."
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"The sound quality is pretty good."
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"Sound Quality - 2 5Comfort - 2 5Design - 2 5 : Apple Earbuds were Better"
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Range

Range:
"Clean sound, after they are broken in the bass is solid, highs are not brittle and there is a great mid range."
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"By this I mean that the the deepest of lows do not register at all and anything at the low end of its rated range is weak."
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"I am sure audio maniacs might say something negative about sound range or quality but if I can barely hear up to 15- 16k HZ why would i spend money for earphones with 22k."
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"The sound quality far exceeded my expectations because after I saw a mediocre low range, I was surprised when the low end was crystal clear and definitely present."
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"The mids are fine, nothing special but there isn't much range on the treble and isn't as great there."
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"Great quality, beautiful range, and once broken in after a few days, very comfortable."
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"With the proper size shape ear-piece, this product will provide great noise-isolation and produce a wonderful range."
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"Accessories and extra tips provided pretty much make these in-ears the best in range."
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"For reference, the Polk Audio Nue Era in ears are a very nice sounding option in the sub $100 price range."
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"The dynamic range is more than adequate to be able to hear clearly both the high and low frequencies of the various instruments of our band."
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"favorite IEMs for the price range, great warm sound, and super comfortable with the foam tips"
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Response

Response:
"POSITIVES:* Cost $50 less* Slightly longer cord* Brighter and deeper response (if that's what you prefer)NEGATIVES:* Don't fit as well* Wiring too rigid to make inconspicuous* Too bright for my taste"
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"They only have one driver, so the bass response isn't great, but for the money I've been quite pleased."
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"None of the supplied tips seemed to seal well with my ear canals, resulting in weak bass response."
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"There's a little bit lacking on the bass frequency response, but good clarity."
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"FREQUENCY RESPONSE:As a drummer I need clear, honest bass response, and that's exactly what they give me."
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"TL;DR:Even frequency response with good, clear bass."
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"Nice flat response and accurate earphones."
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Shipping

Shipping:
"Thanks for the speedy shipping and great product"
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"Overall I'm very satisfied with this purchase and shipping and pricing can't be beat! "
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"I love being in LA where we get same day shipping!"
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"Great quality and shipping! "
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"Items just as described, shipping was nice and fast as well!"
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Size

Size:
"Unfortunately after testing both the medium (this size fits me best) and the large size silicone tips and going through two bouts of ear_pain skin_infection, I'm certain that line is the cause of my discomfort pain."
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"But in the beginning while your'e trying to experiment to find the perfect size so you're changing to different ones, it's hard to do."
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"Sometimes this can be a disadvantage, because they are small, people may not realize that you cannot hear them and will talk to you while you sit there an enjoy your favorite albums until you notice them looking at you in disbelief because your not responding."
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"I can have them on for about an hour before they start to cause pain , might be the pressure from my tight fit helmet or the large size foams I use but that the compromise for the noise reduction."
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"At first I tried the wrong size tips andwas less than pleased."
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"Update: these are not great for people with small ears."
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"Unfortunately after testing both the medium (this size fits me best) and the large size silicone tips and going through two bouts of ear_pain skin_infection, I'm certain that line is the cause of my discomfort pain."
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"With the proper size shape ear-piece, this product will provide great noise-isolation and produce a wonderful range."
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"But in the beginning while your'e trying to experiment to find the perfect size so you're changing to different ones, it's hard to do."
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"It's good once you have a size you like, no fear of them slipping off."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound of these IEMs is disappointing in my opinion."
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"They fit into your ears in such a way that I don't know how you could fail to insert them properly (which is a bit issue with other earbuds not getting a good seal and sounding poor), and the cable near the earpiece has a slightly stiff wire in it so that it forms over your ear, further securing it."
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"They didn't sound as good, and now one side doesn't work at all."
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"Terrible, they sound like earbuds from the dollar store."
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"That's to be expected from basic headphone science; a pair of dynamic drivers will generally image better than multiple balanced armature drivers (partly the nature of a dynamic driver, and partly because it's hard to perfectly time the sound from multiple drivers.)4."
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"These do not sit comfortably on the ear, the sound is medicore for the price."
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"I'm very happy with them - they provide great sound quality, excellent (if unintended) passive noise cancellation, and are easy to clean."
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"They sound very good to me and I was pleased with the price to performance on this."
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"Not a deal breaker as they seem to be durable and have great sound."
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"Perfect sound, these are my favorite all purpose earbuds."
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"The sound quality is pretty good."
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Travel

Travel:
"I'm returning the 5th Star.....Recommended by r headphones Reddit for travel size and noise isolating (for air travel).Best headphones I have ever used."
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"Update about 6 months in, regular use on air travel about twice a week for 3-5 hour sessions... LOVE THEM."
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"Comparing Shure to Beats is like comparing a finely tuned supercar (Shure) to a turbocharged Civic (Beats).The SE315 was another one I was looking at but I go though headphones quite easily just due to all the travel I do and the amount of usage I use them for, $200 was a bit much for me to spend but the SE215 was in my budget and they are amazing."
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"Have already used the buds for air travel on some longer flights noting exceptional cancelling of outside noise and excellent comfort."
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Treble

Treble:
"The treble is the only downside to these, but if you are looking for a nice mid-tone IEM than look no further."
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"By comparison, the Beyerdynamics I mentioned earlier have more bass output, more accurate bass, not quite as good midrange, and similar treble."
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"No treble and not good base."
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"The mids are fine, nothing special but there isn't much range on the treble and isn't as great there."
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"The EM are very good, very flat sounding, with space around the instruments, but they lack warmth and they don't image as well as the RHA, they aren't as detailed, particularly in the treble (cymbals), they definitely have less bass."
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"If I can hear myself breath, or there is a cable thump or the bass is distorted or too shallow, or there isn't enough treble, or too much treble, or they are not loud enough, or they are too loud, or they are uncomfortable, I can't use them."
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"The highs are rolled so don't expect a sparkly treble, but the highs are good."
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"The comfort is supreme, and it has a decent balance between treble and bass!"
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"My go to earbuds are Klipsch Image S4 so I did a few sound and usage comparison tests (I had previously owned a pair of Shure E3's - great treble and midrange, best sound isolation, but no bass and poor durability).Pros1."
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"Very good mids and trebles (but not as much as the E3c's)2."
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"great sound isolating, Great basses, you can hear every sound range, since basses from middles and trebles, easy to fit."
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Value

Value:
"It's not fun, especially since although they are very good value, they are still not cheap."
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"Purchased these because I didn't want to continue to supply my band members with Shure 535s whenever they broke, stepped on, or otherwise disregarded the value."
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"It's great value"
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"If you want insane sound quality, look elsewhere, maybe the westone line; however if you value durability slightly more these are great."
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"Definitely a good value."
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"An amazing fit, great sound, and a good value."
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"Overall good value."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Shure has the worst customer service and warranty on earbuds."
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"I had been using Westone UM Pro10s, but they kept failing under warranty."
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"I had been using Westone UM Pro10s, but they kept failing under warranty."
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"The warranty expired on May 23... Don't recommend! "
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"I plugged the cable into the earphones and had the same exact problem that I sent it back under the warranty period for."
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"I sent the headphones in for repair and lo and behold, the warranty does not apply because there was earwax damage!"
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"All you have to do is buy a replacement cable and your set and you also have a 2 year warranty from shure so if anything ever happens to your pair then just mail them in and your good to go for a brand new set (just as long as you follow their policy for warranty then you should be in good hands with Shure).The one thing I'm a tad bit concerned is how you change the earpieces on the earphones."
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"Needless to say I was pretty disappointed but I sent them back to Shure for a warranty claim."
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"Great warranty coverage! "
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"I love the fact that the drivers detach so that the cable can be replaced (which is where headphones usually break first).Buy these headphones and you won't regret the sound or warranty."
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"The SE215's are a superior product, with a 2 year warranty, replaceable cords and once broken in, sound quality above the purchase price."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Using an under powered device, like an iphone can actually damage the drivers (speaker core) inside the headphones."
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"You won't be dissapointed, you guys just don't know how good your iPhone iPod, Galaxy, or whatever device you use really is until you've tested it with a pair of decent ear pieces instead of the lousy ones that come included with them."
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"If you have a case on your iPhone or other unit, you won't be able to use the SHURE headphones with it."
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"I called Sure and they blamed Apple for sending the wrong specs, but the iPhone 5 has been out for over a year and they have not taken the time to fix the problems."
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"They have even forced me to turn on the volume limit on my Iphone so that I don't cause permanent damage."
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"It also has a terrible connector that will not pass through an iphone case."
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"I used to use much cheaper ear buds under my helmet, then those $80 Etymotic Research ER7-MC3-BLUE-I-A MC3 units (with the built-in iPhone control & mic, to enable easier phone calls with the helmet on)."
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"The cable which comes with these ear buds is solidly built - good for motorcycle use (think what a live stage musician would do to them, night after night... the cable is sturdy and well-made).Note that there is no iPhone remote control or mic on this cable, though Shure sells a rather expensive one that I may buy soon, after my existing $15 version I bought fails (that is, the second one I bought, as the first cheapie already died)."
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"Pretty great, made even better by buying the iphone cable as well as in ear plugs to replace the default tips (find them in the suggested items)."
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"The jack was a pretty loose fit on my standard iphone 5s and over time got looser and looser to the point where even a slight motion would dislodge them."
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"You won't be dissapointed, you guys just don't know how good your iPhone iPod, Galaxy, or whatever device you use really is until you've tested it with a pair of decent ear pieces instead of the lousy ones that come included with them."
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iPod

iPod:
"You won't be dissapointed, you guys just don't know how good your iPhone iPod, Galaxy, or whatever device you use really is until you've tested it with a pair of decent ear pieces instead of the lousy ones that come included with them."
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"In general (for all genres) the bass is weak, if you set an iPod's EQ to hip hop to boost the bass the head phones can't handle it and give that crunchy plastic distorted sound when the bass hits."
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"If I had to pick a downside, they are a bit bulkier than say the stock iPod pieces of trash, but these are fine for running, working out, etc."
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"I changed Ipods (spares in case of battery failure) but they were the same - even checked my phone."
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"I run with these and I had to reset the volume limit on my iPod nano to keep from damaging my hearing."
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"I liked this because I could detached the cord without taking off my earbuds and put the cord under my shirt, and it would disconnect there instead of ripping out of my ears or damaging my ipod if it got snagged."
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"I can definitely suggest these to any band just starting out with an IEM system, all drummers who want to practice with hearing protection and be able to jam to tunes on an iPod and not have the bulk of headphones, and to the active set who want something that sounds better and stays in the ears better than iPod ear buds."
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"I have worn them with my ipod too and they sound fantastic."
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"That by itself is not a big problem, but it somehow it manages to pull on my ears and on the iPod on my arm after every set."
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"Amazing when combined with an iPod and a headphone amp."
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"Music from my iPod sounds great too; they handle a variety of musical styles very well."
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