Pros: Built Like A Tank, Overall Sound Is Great
Cons: Memory plastic over ear can be uncomfortable, Cable is a little stiff
This is a review for the Shure SE315's, first a little about myself I don't consider myself a hard core audiophile like most people on this site. I am 38 years old and I am just your everyday listener who appreciates quality sound. I have been into Hi-Fi audio since I was a teenager mostly full size speakers. What do I consider an audiophile, someone who pulls those ear buds out that came with your phone or ipod or mp3 player, someone who takes the time to download there music in a lossless format, someone who reads a ton of reviews of the sound quality before they buy it. I work in a machine shop so I wear iem's for 8 hours straight, and I have tried many and have quite of a collection. But the Shure SE315's are one of my everyday go to iem's keep reading and you will find out why. I will not bore you with a long detailed review since there are many other detailed reviews and I try to aim this at your every day listener that seeks something better.
I purchased these about 7 months ago for about $199.99 before these I was using V-Moda ear buds that I was quite happy with for work but they got caught on a machine and ripped the wire right out. I try not to use any thing over $70 for work incase the cable gets caught or snagged on a machine, that's why I was using V-Moda ear buds for the price they sounded pretty good and they lasted a long time.
Frequency Range 22Hz-18.5kHz
Sensitivity 115db SPL/mW
Noise Attenuation Up to 37db
Input Connector Gold Plated 3.5mm plug
Cable 64" with wireform fit
Single balanced armature with tuned base port
The Shure SE315 come in a package that pretty much serves its purpose for shipping and taking home. Its nothing to right home about, it protects them pretty well with the plastic housing they sit in. Its not the typical box I would keep or display but I keep all my boxes for resale if I decide to part with them(not going to happen).
S,M,L Foam Sleeves
S,M,L Flex Sleeves
1 pair of Yellow Foam Sleeve
1 pair of Triple Flange Sleeve
1 Black Carrying Case
1 Ear wax cleaner
1 Shirt clip
All the accessories fit nicely in the carrying pouch even all the sleeves.
Build and Fit
Like I said I wear iem's for 8 hours or more a day, comfort is one of my most important things I look for. I started off with using the foam medium sleeves the ones you have to roll between your fingers. I find these the most comfortable for me after about an hour I forget that there even there and the isolation is pretty good. Even though these were my favorite sleeves I couldn't use them. Since I work in a machine shop I found that they isolated to good and having to remove them to talk to people. And I couldn't roll them between my fingers to stick back in and out all day especially with my hands full of oil and coolant. So I switched over to the medium grey olives, these I found were not as comfortable, but I could easily take them out all day and just jam them right back in. The only problem with these is in the summer with sweat they tend to slide out a little bit but nothing major. Now the cable is a different story I prefer a shorter cable I have to take the excess wire and coil it up and stick it in my pocket I guess I could always buy a shorter one. The cable is very stiff when I first got these after a couple weeks the loosened up a little. Here is the biggest problem I have with these the memory plastic that wraps around your ear is to thick and very uncomfortable after a couple hours. Also the slide on the cable to secure them on the back of your head doesn't work to well, I find myself messing around with it all day. It might sound like I have a lot of problems with the cable, there actually very minor complaints for the type of work I do. The Y splitter is pretty durable and every part were strain relief is needed is pretty sturdy.
One of the reasons I choose to wear these most of the time is there built like a tank. I store them in there little black pouch and toss them in a book bag with a lot of other crap, so they see some abuse and hold up very well. These things can take a beating. The cable is indestructible I constantly get it caught on something all the time and it is still in great shape. I also wear these all summer long with no air conditioning in the shop, I can work up a good sweat and they have never failed or have I ever had any issues with the signal cutting out.
Connection Shure uses is a MMCX connector, I like these over 2 pin connectors because they swivel and just feel better for my liking. When I first got them they were very hard to take off I was afraid I was going to brake the shell. But the female port is mounted in the shell pretty good and after time they loosen up for removal. I don't take them off that often except to clean the terminal.
The most important part of any iem or any kind of speaker. For every day use at work I pair the 315's with a Sony Walkman NWZ-S764 mostly mp3's. One of the reasons I use this source is because of the radio function I listen too a lot of talk radio at work. You can pretty much drive these with anything and they sound good, they don't sound bad at all with compressed music. I don't know why but when I listen to mp3's the lower end sounds better with the volume turned up. When I have the volume down it sounds a little distorted and muddy. It is very easy to crank these up they don't break up or distort at high volumes so be carful not to over do the volume. When I am at home I use WAV files and either use one of 2 dac's my Audioengine D1 or FIIO Andes E07K hooked up to a Lenovo Ultrabook. It pairs the best when I use the FIIO, for being a single armature everything sounds like it should there is plenty of low end when the music calls for it. The low end isn't as deep as the 215's but its sounds more natural and smoother. The highs are crystal clear but they are not bright at all they sound balanced with everything. The mids sounded a little forward when playing rock or alternative music it seemed to jump out on you. In my opinion the mids sound the best with hip-hip and electronica. With hip-hop the lows are very clean and sound as if it were coming from a full size speaker. Also with pop music the mids sound more natural then with rock. With live music the lows sound so life like as if you were there, you can hear the singer breathing into the microphone, you can tell the difference of all the instruments playing. Its amazing what you can hear compared to cheap ear buds. My daughter listens to Ariana Grande, in one of here songs you can hear her take a big gulp of air in before she hit an extended note and it wasn't even a live recording.
Sorry I don't get to in depth they way I describe music, its just not me and I am a terrible writer. I think the price for these is just right, maybe a little cheaper as they continue to add to the SE lineup. For your ever day user that wants more then using ipod buds or the ones that come with your phone and can spend a little money these cant be beat. The average person doesn't want to spend more then double digits on headphones, ear buds, or as we call them in ear monitors. The build quality alone is worth it, you will get many years of service out of these, cheap ear buds last teens about a month before they tear them apart and have to get a new pair. So do your kids a favor or your self and buy them something they can appreciate for the sound. The sound of these is impressive especially how they don't over emphasis any frequency and reproduce sound naturally. At this price point the Shure SE315's are way overlooked, if you have the 215's and are looking to upgrade and don't want to shell out a lot of money these are for you. I want to say thank you to everyone that contributes to Head-Fi since I made an account there hasn't been a day I haven't been on it.