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Shure SE215 Special Edition Reviews


Fantastic bass emphasised IEM, an improvement over it's popular predecessor.


Pros: Great bass reponse and isolation, fatiguing sound, robust build quality, detachable cable.

Cons: Bass is a bit overwhelming at times, difficult to get used to fit, rolled off treble not for everyone.

As I'm looking to move up in the world of IEMs, I'm taking a look back at one of my first big steps in audio.    Having burned through multiple pairs of Skullcandys and Sennheiser CX300-500s and having got a taste for high end audio from my first full sized cans, I set out to get a pair of IEMs with durability as priority number one while also sounding great.   The SE215LTDs absolutely deliver on both fronts. Built like tanks, these things have survived serious beatings and have been used for running and have been slept on.  The inclusion of a detachable cable in their design means that to truly break them you'd have to break the earpieces...
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Pros: fun sound, great bass response, detachable cable, looks awesome, comfortable, good sound isolation

Cons: sound is not for everyone, do not expect this to sound “as recorded”, not that easy to put on and take off.

Overall Impressions   The struggle   Firs and foremost do not expect this earphones to sound as accurate and truth to the recording. They add ALOT OF CHARACTER to the sound, if you don't try to fight against its natural response and accept that those blue devils have a mind of their own, you will love them. (at least i did)   Just a little background on my experiences. I came from a Shure SRH840 as my music listening headphones, i owned some philips reference headphones before as well. Also I have some M-audio Studio monitors in my bedroom setup. I also studied sound engineering and i was always surrounded by reference monitors and everything sounding as “correct” as...
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My first IEMs, and I'm quite impressed


Pros: Basshead sound that's actually articulate!, Well built, Secure fit, Awesome colour, Removable cable, Great isolation, Accessories

Cons: Tips are annoying to fit and remove, Fit is finicky until you get used to it

As an upgrade to my portable setup, I decided that I would buy my first pair of proper IEMs. My only prior experience with IEMs were with freebies that came with phones and the like, which were needless to say, awful. I honestly wasn't quite shure (Sorry about that, had to get the obligatory Shure pun out the way) what to expect in terms of performance level, but I was very pleased indeed!   The SE215 Special Editions come well accessorised. Included is a small zip-up carry pouch with room for the IEMS and spare ear tips to fit nice and snug. 6 pairs of tips are included, 3 foam (the famous shure 'olive' tips) and 3 silicone in S, M and L sizes, as well as a wax...
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Bass is very good, doesn't really affect the highs that much. A very good set of IEMs.


Pros: Splendid Bass, Amazing Isolation.

Cons: The amount of time it takes to put these on, especially with the memory foams.

I decided to purchase these earphones as I was looking for one to replace my other sets that had been broken a while back.   I took my time to look around for some earphones that fit around the price range of $100-$150 and found that these are the way to go.   I do recommend these to the people who really listen to music that are bass-heavy or look for good sound quality in earphones. The bass is very controlled and does not affect the highs and the mids at all.   The only issue I really had with these earphones was the fact that it takes some time to actually put them on. The way to fix this problem is using another tip (gray silicone tip) if you want to save...
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So, this is how it starts...


Pros: Relatively low cost. Good build quality. Excellent value.

Cons: Cable length might be frustrating.

Let me start by saying that this is the first pair of decent pair of headphones that I have ever purchased. I have had very good equipment for home, but always got by with OEM headphones from portable MP3 players and mobile phones. I have been craving a better music experience lately, and started researching portable players (Ibasso, etc) however decided that I am happy with my HTC One M8. The only component that I felt was worthy of an upgrade was the OEM headphones that came with the phone.    I have not tested the other headphones I had considered (DN1000/2000, IE80, XBA-H3, A83), but chose these because the reviews I read made me think they would work best for my listening...
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Very Fun Mid-fi IEM


Pros: Fun signature, value, design, style

Cons: Availability

Many moons ago, early in my head-fi journey, I had the SE215 and thought pretty highly of it. Very good all-around sound, nice form factor, under $100, and removable cables. What wasn't to like?! Those guys served me very well for yardwork and gym-time for a few months before I moved onto something else. Now I'm back with the 215 LTDs and I think they're to be a staple in my lineup.   These guys look great. The aquamarine color is gorgeous. The color reminds me of some nice CIEMs I've seen before so that's cool. The size/shape of the housing fits well inside my ear and the proprietary cable pin is also pretty low-profile. Cable is nice and sturdy without excessive microphonics....
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Great allrounder IEM


Pros: Good bass, perfect mids, great built quality, nice fitting

Cons: Could use a bit more high, took time to get used to the fitting

This is the first item that dragged me into the world of audiophile, having started as noob with this great cans I must say that Shure SE215 Special Edition is cans for everybody, all things considered. I used this cans for travelling, on the go commuting, and basically anytime i wanted to hear music. It comes with nice packed up box with all the bits and pieces needed, 3 pairs of silicon tips and 3 pairs of Shure Oil Foam, carrying zipper pouch. Soundwise it has a great sound with nice bass and a magnificent mids, but it lacks the high needed to compliment the other, the fitting is nice once you get used to it, and the best of all is it's isolation whice really like. All in all, great...
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Landon Watson

Pretty good for what I paid.


Pros: flashy look, good bass

Cons: can be a bit pricy (160+/-)

Good solid bass, not very impactful, definitely not for bassheads. Has a warmer feel, and is not very laid back. Also less colored than I would expect. Overall good, as I paid around 120 for them, but in the price range theryre at now, I would hesitate.
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