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Shure SE425-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Dual High Definition MicroDrivers by Review Summary ,  Sep 7, 2015

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Shure SE425-CL Sound Isolating Earphones with Dual High Definition MicroDrivers
Report Date: 12/15/2015
Based on 150 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 9.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Noise4.4   above average
Sound4.4   average
Music4.3   average
Response4.3   average
Listening4.2   average
Price4.0   below average
Quality4.0   below average
Fit3.8   below average
Cable3.2   below average


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Cable

Cable:
"After getting frustrated about getting my cables messed up with time and having to replace buy new headphones I came along the Shure SE215LTD which offers a replaceable cable."
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"Quite upset with the cable."
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"Sound quality is great but the cable came with problem as left side earbud volume is much smaller than right side and twisting the cable sometimes makes the left side volume normal."
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"I had the Shure E4c before and after 2-3 years use the cable started to fail."
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"This one is the only one I've used for this long that hasn't, so it's an excellent quality cable, but I'm still very glad it will be replaceable when something finally does happen to it."
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"I have read that one must be careful not to remove these by pulling on the cable as this will provide the user with premature failures of the cable and I can see this happening as the cables look to be a bit on the delicate side."
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"I bought the clear version SE425 with the clear stock cable, and I found the clear wire a bit stiffer than the black cables that came with the SE215...but two weeks of use later they are a bit more pliable."
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"As pertaining to stage use, I highly recommend using an extension of some sort, as the included cable is far too short."
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"I liked the idea of being able to change the cable with a spare one - that's basically why I thought it is worth spending the money for a good pair of earphones."
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"Quality wise, I cannot complain (replaceable cable, two years warranty, built strong enough to hold everyday usage, including gym!"
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Fit

Fit:
"These are not a great fit."
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"So after going through most of the sleeve options in the fit kit I found one that, while not perfectly comfortable, provides a great sound balance."
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"Here's why:Fit - It is not easy to get the proper fit."
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"I think the fit on the UE's is terrible which is why I got these but the sound is clear and powerful while the midrange honk on the 425's makes me wonder how these can cost as much as they do."
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"If they don't fit perfectly the bass is very weak."
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"Play around with the ear tips to find the perfect fit....trust me, the perfect fit is included, just try them all on."
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"The fit is absolutely perfect."
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"The amount of different earbuds is almost obscene; there's many fitment options that should allow one to custom-tailor each ear piece to fit perfectly in the ear canal, even if one of your ear canals is of a different size than the other (should that ever be a factor).The sound:Bass Frequency: The lows are not overly bass-y - it is more of a reference sound that does not attenuate any one frequency compared to another, and seems to accurately represent the low end without being boomy, and so the mids and highs are nice and clear, without having any distortion since the low-mids bass are separate from the highs, by design."
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"The fit is exceptional, and I am able to move freely without concern of having the buds forced out of the ear canal, since the formable wire really helps hold them in place over the ear lobe."
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Listening

Listening:
"Frankly, I miss the low ends with this earphones and don't really enjoy listening to music with them."
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"Without a doubt the best listening experience I have had thus far."
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"Don't misunderstand, they are perfect for a stage or sitting and watching a movie or listening to music."
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"I happen to fly a lot and never could hear well due to airplane noise what I was listening to even at maximum volume which became painful to ears."
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"When listening to recordings, the sound is pleasant and provides a full spectrum of audio that exceeds most cans that I have used (though I must confess that I have only auditioned a few decent cans)."
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"It felt a bit like I was in a perfectly empty room listening to every little nuance of the sound, but that sound was less warm than that of the Shures."
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"The sound is beautiful, rich and warm, and can offer a great listening experience with different genres of music."
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"They don't emphasize the highs or lows...they give you a very accurate representation of the music you're listening to."
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"Deadmau5, Noisia and Koan sound sound really good on these, but these are definitely not for listening to Skrillex."
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Music

Music:
"Frankly, I miss the low ends with this earphones and don't really enjoy listening to music with them."
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"The sound isolation is decent but these earphones sound extremely mediocre on most common styles of music."
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"I have never been into good quality music, and have never paid more than $80 for a pair of headphones, which happen to be BOSE."
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"They were tinny and made the music sound cold and dead."
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"It's really annoying when I know there are certain elements of music I am not hearing or are overexagerated understated because of faulty headphones."
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"Shure SE425 is an excellent detailed IEM for Hi Res music."
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"The thing with playing top quality music files on my excellent Pono Hi Res player or any other brand Hi Res player is that you will want the highest quality ears on that you can get for hearing all that extra sound detail."
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"Electronic musics also sounds good; even bassy tracks sounded fantastic, and you can hear sounds you never would of noticed with basic headphones or headphones with an emphasis on lows and bass."
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"These in-ears sound fantastic with just about every genre in my opinion; but they particularly shine with classical music, traditional musics, (particularly from Japan and China) music with an emphasis on vocals such as folk, gospel, and choiras well as rock music."
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"What a great set of headphones...well worth the price if you're a music lover."
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Noise

Noise:
"I happen to fly a lot and never could hear well due to airplane noise what I was listening to even at maximum volume which became painful to ears."
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"And what's better yet, they're noise canceling, so they are perfect for plane flights and blocking out all of that annoying and loud jet noise, not to mention the screaming baby noise etc."
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"The supplied buds provide excellent noise cancellation and keep the music clear and unobstructed by ambient noise."
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"They do a pretty darn good job of noise cancelleing, and you can feel the bass frequencies in your chest somehow!"
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"I might mention that in addition to my old E3C's I also have a set of Bose Quiet Comfort 15's, bought when I thought noise cancellation might be better than noise isolation."
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"The 315's are probably close to the equivalent to what I was replacing, but the other reviews I read for the 425's praised their better bass response (deep, but clean), the wider range, and the superior noise isolation."
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Price

Price:
"I have no doubt I would love the SE535 as well, but the better price of the SE425 is much more reasonable."
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"For the price I cannot recommend them."
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"I have a couple of top quality on-ear headphones and compared to those, these sound cheap and nasty."
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"For the price, it's disappointing that the phone control cables are not included."
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"If you value the quality of the sound over ease of use and price, I would say with no hesitation that these are great ear buds."
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"It's so frustrating as consumers to spend a lot of money and receive crap!"
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"What a great set of headphones...well worth the price if you're a music lover."
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"Anyway, it's still a decent set of headphones, if you have more money then sense."
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"I liked the idea of being able to change the cable with a spare one - that's basically why I thought it is worth spending the money for a good pair of earphones."
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"I would say that the Sennheiser CX 300 II are a great option for their price (cheap and nice sound!"
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"I still think the SE215s are great headphones at a good price."
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Quality

Quality:
"BUYER BEWAREThe sound quality is good but my eartip broke while in its case very easily, and when I contacted customer service, they suggested a minimum $70 per ear charge for this."
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"Sound quality is great but the cable came with problem as left side earbud volume is much smaller than right side and twisting the cable sometimes makes the left side volume normal."
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"Shure has quality problems."
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"But I was worried about the sound quality of the SE425 the larger earpieces, and the rigid wire that wraps around the ear."
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"This one is the only one I've used for this long that hasn't, so it's an excellent quality cable, but I'm still very glad it will be replaceable when something finally does happen to it."
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"I have never been into good quality music, and have never paid more than $80 for a pair of headphones, which happen to be BOSE."
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"If you're looking for earphones with decent sound quality, look elsewhere."
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"Balanced armature drivers power most of the best audiophile quality IEMs, and the Shure SE425 has 2 separate balanced armature drivers in each ear to better separate out the lows from the highs."
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"I started out a year ago with the great all around quality Shure SE215 IEM with single dynamic full range drivers to use with my Pono Hi Res music player."
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"The thing with playing top quality music files on my excellent Pono Hi Res player or any other brand Hi Res player is that you will want the highest quality ears on that you can get for hearing all that extra sound detail."
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"I love the quality of the sound."
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Response

Response:
"I'm not in the habit of writing product reviews but I noticesd several reviews complaining about the poor bass response of the SE425's and thought this review might be useful."
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"The bass response was terrible on the iPhone and even my FiiO X5 portable DAC."
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"Very good response, clear mids and well balanced bass."
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"response, I frankly do not understand some complains about low to no bass reproduction on other reviews."
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"Those products actually give me headaches and I appreciate a flatter bass response."
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"What is particularly enjoyable is the clear sound definition and flat frequency response."
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"As for ambient sound blocking they do a wonderful job, as I purchased these to use while on the motorcycle I am now having doubts as to whether that is a good idea, having the surrounding sounds dampened so much, may leave one in a state of isolation, you can hear loud noises (such as a blast from a horn), but they are subdued quite a bit, which says much for design of these ear pieces, but also may leave one enjoying the listening rather than paying attention to the surrounding traffic (while driving).I have read that these ear buds lack the bass response that one would be looking for while listening to some styles of music, I did have success in adjust the EQ to increase the bass response to my listening pleasure, but I am in the grey hair crowd so my bass distinction maybe quite different than yours."
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Sound

Sound:
"To some, this may make the in-ears sound weak."
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"the only downside is its short life span,after 18 months the sound fades in and out on the left and right channel."
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"BUYER BEWAREThe sound quality is good but my eartip broke while in its case very easily, and when I contacted customer service, they suggested a minimum $70 per ear charge for this."
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"Sound quality is great but the cable came with problem as left side earbud volume is much smaller than right side and twisting the cable sometimes makes the left side volume normal."
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"The sound isolation is decent but these earphones sound extremely mediocre on most common styles of music."
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"Some might complain that the bass sounds weak, but that's because they're used to 'phones that exaggerate bass."
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"If you're looking for earphones with decent sound quality, look elsewhere."
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"I use the medium foam sleeves, which are extremely comfortable to use all day and block out ambient sound as advertised."
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"Very rich and clear sound."
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"The sound delivered is very detailed & accurate."
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"Sound amazing, great bass if ear canal is sealed."
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