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Shure SE210 -- Hate it or love it?

post #1 of 6
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So I just demo'ed the Shure SE210 five minutes ago here at Singapore airport.

 

 

After listening, I now just went online to check them out (prices and reviews etc.)

 

It seems like most reviews here think they sound incredible or sound like utter garbage!!

 

I'm leaning more towards incredible, this is pretty much the sound signature I'm looking for except with some more bass, the only fallback I could hear in these was in the bass, it is rather aenemic, but the rest of the spectrum is really really good, I need an IEM that sounds like the Shure SE210 + bass.

 

Any tips?  I'm investing in a new pair of IEM's this afternoon, it'll help to know what to look for rather than demo a whole shop, although my main focus is on the CK10 at the moment (haven't heard it yet).

 

thxxx

 

 

p.s. I demo'ed the Audio-Technica quietpoint NC7b as well (I think that was the model nr.), I liked them quite a lot, never heard such good instrument seperation from my weak mp3 player.

The noise-cancelling is rather pointless though unless you listen at low volumes or turn the volume off and just want silence.

 

Everything else I demo'ed was useless, especially the cheap ATH stuff, I think Audio Technica are really bad in the low pricerange, everything under $100 I've heard made by ATH was terrible.  Demo stalls FTW.

 

 

 


Edited by kiteki - 10/13/10 at 9:42pm
post #2 of 6

If you can try the Fischer Audio DBA-02, they have a similar sound in comparison to the CK10. Personally, i have never tried the SE210 or DBA-02 but if the CK10's do have more bass than the RE0 if that helps

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Originally Posted by slntdth93 View Post

If you can try the Fischer Audio DBA-02, they have a similar sound in comparison to the CK10. Personally, i have never tried the SE210 or DBA-02 but if the CK10's do have more bass than the RE0 if that helps


 

I think the DBA-02's are sold out everywhere here at the moment, but if I see them I'll most certainly listen to them, the freq. response curve looks very appealing.

 

Yes I've heard the CK10's have decent bass, so I hope they sound like the SE210 +bass and soundstage then I am more sold than a hot-dog in winter.

 

 


 

post #4 of 6

I absolutely loved my SE210's.  They were my first pair of phones above $30.  The biggest thing about these phones (as well as all iem's, though especially Shure's and it seems even more especially the 210's) a proper seal is needed.  I'm not just talking about shoving them in and not being able to hear the outside.  In order of the the bass to truly feel like bass, the seal needs to be well set.  With the olive tips, a good squeeze and the holding them in while they expand back out will do the trick normally.  The tri-filanges or w/e they're called apparently work very well too (and are more of a shove and go tip).

 

I used the phones more for jazz listening, with some acoustic/folk music as well.  By no means was anything I listened to very demanding in the bass department, but at times I felt like it was almost over presented.  I don't think shure 'phones are really for bass heads (though I never tried any of them amped, outside of my 110's which I wasn't a huge fan of), but the 210's have bass when they're done right.

 

That said, obviously try out any and everything you can.  smily_headphones1.gif

 

tl;dr - A lot (thought not all) of the complaints regarding 210's seem to be people not making a proper seal with them.

post #5 of 6

I have a love-hate relationship with the SE210's. I find that, when connected directly to a portable music source (iPod, iPhone, etc.), regardless of the EQ preset used I just get a hollow midrange and harsh high end from them. This is in stark contrast to my Shure E2's, which sounded fantastic (albeit a bit undetailed) when driven from any source. I actually sent my first pair of SE210's back to Shure because I thought there was something wrong with them; Shure sent me a new pair and they sounded pretty much the same.

 

However, when I have them connected to my iMac at home (through a Sony shelf system) I was able to get them to sound even better than the E2's through careful EQing in iTunes. The mids and low end became full and rich, and I was able to (somewhat) tame the harsh high end while maintaining detail.

 

I will agree that getting the seal right is *very* important with this model; I got a set of custom molds made for mine and even then it takes a little bit of fidgeting to get them to seal completely.

 

Lately I've been seriously considering picking up an amp/DAC (the Audio-Technica AT-HA25D looks interesting because of its optical input) and stepping up to the SE425's. I just wish there was someplace in town where I could audition them first.

post #6 of 6

I demoed the SE210 at a store too and I thought they were better than what some people made them out to be. I like sound signatures that lean towards the darker side, but the SE210s were sufficient imo.

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