I have to say that i've started out as the SE110 greatest cynic and now i'm becoming their biggest fan. The bass is coming through nicely, and to be honest, I'm starting to enjoy them. I don't know whether I give them up over the UM1's though. They do seem to come unstuck with the wrong kind of music, but the more i listen, to what i feel is better suited to them, the more i enjoy them.
the westones are very lightweight in the bass, but i feel the midrange in the SE110 comes through a tad stronger than i'd want a at times. The Westones feel more consistent across different types of music.
After watching Rush Hour 3, I downloaded Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - The Closer I Get to You ( the song that Chris Rock sings). and with the shures, the bass is delightful, but not overpowering. The Wesontes have the edge over the SE110's though. The separation is better with the UM1's.
Laugh at my musical taste if you want, but I feel the way that the Shure's plays vocal music is very good. Getting the SE110 to fit right is a bit more of a struggle, than with the UM1's. The UM1 cable is far more comfy.
Final thoughts: For a broader range of music, the UM1's are more consistent and versatile. at times, the Shure's come unstuck. For a beginning pair of Shure's, I still say that they are very good. O.K. the Shure faithful don't like the SE110, but for me, I think they're worth the money. Once I change my POV of coming from a consumer frame of mind, to understanding (being educated) on what to listen for, I can see Shure's case.
To The Shure Faithful: Please don't slag these off too much, they're O.K.really.
I'm still thinking of getting the UM3's though. i find The comfort and fitting is better with the UM1's. 10 minute into the se110 (now) i want to rip them off my head., If only they didn't sound so good, but the wire is starting to hurt right now.
Playing Alicia Keys & Jack White - Another Way to Die,,the Shure's struggle with the chorus, compare to the UM1's. the verse is stunning, but complex pieces, the SE110's are still giving in too easily. Anyway, I still like them. Sit back, relax and respect them, and the Shure's will perform.
I';m gonna listen to Roberta again!