Pros: Isolation, comfort, sturdiness, sound
Cons: Soft case, connections oxidize and this causes sound to cut
Everything written here is totally subjective.
Review updated a year and half after purchasing the IEMs.
THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE CORD AND THE EARPHONES ARE NOT GOLD-PLATED,
THEY'RE MADE OF COPPER.
THEY OXIDIZE, AND THIS MAY CAUSE SOUND TO CUT.
DEOXYDIZE ONCE IN A WHILE WITH A PAINTBRUSH.
I'm reviewing the clear version,
but it doesn't change anything, excepted than my review is more visible here
(by the way, the clear and black version of these IEM should be put together into one "SE215" category).
- They isolate very well with foam sleeves. Be careful when wearing them in town, look around you, they prevent you from hearing the cars.
- Over-the-ear wearing makes them keeping in place very well.
- Comfort with silicon tips is perfect. Really.
- Memory cable is practical.
- They look very, very nice. Even the cable is nice-looking.
- Detachable cable can be handy (even if it's not useful to me).
- They are very surdy.
- Foam tips isolate more than olives, but are less comfortable.
- Demands time to get used to and to find the right tips.
- The cable is a little stiff.
- The sound isn't boxy as it is with closed-back headphones. It's nearly as airy as on my Grado's, excepted than the seal gives a little impression of closedness.
- Highs don't sound bad at all, as I could read on many reviews.
- Bass are gorgeous.
- They seem to profit very much from the use of my AD823-based CMoy, but maybe it's only a placebo effect. Anyway, even if it all came from the placebo effect, building said CMoy was the right thing to do. Drums sound better, and soundstage sounds a little wider.
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