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UE triple fi 10 or Shure SE 425-CL?

post #1 of 4
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I listen to hip hop, r&b, rock, heavy metal, and jazz. I'm currently using my old but awesome Shure SE210 and was thinking that it is time for an upgrade. Which would be best for me? On Amazon the UE 10 is retailing for $183 while the 425 is at $299. Is the Shure an 'upgrade' to the UE 10?
post #2 of 4

I own and like both. Technically, the UE10 should be superior, as it has 3 drivers per earphone, while the SE425 only has 2. However, I actually prefer my SE425 and listen to them more often.

 

Anyways...here are some pros and cons.

 

 

UE10

 

Pros:

   Great bass, good treble.

   Excellent soundstage

   More V-shaped (strong lows and highs), "exciting" sound.

   Replaceable cable

    Good case and accessories

 

Cons:

   TERRIBLE fit (they are huge and unwieldy)

   Recessed mids (for example, vocals)

    Awful stock cable.

 

 

 

SE425

 

Pros: 

   Smooth, fluid sound. Very accurate

   Excellent mids.

   Very comfortable

   High quality construction

   Detachable cable

   Excellent accessories pack

 

 

Cons:

    Maybe too smooth sound

    Bass is good, but not great.

    Treble is a bit rolled-off.

    Cable is VERY long.

  

 

 

Overall, I think it depends on what you want. The UE10 will definitely give you stronger bass and a more "exciting" sound for rock as well, which i don't think the 425 do as well. However, I HATE the fit of the UE10, which is reason enough for me to avoid them, and I really like the SE425's smooth, non-fatiguing sound. They are EXCELLENT for jazz too, due to their amazing mids. Shure's strength is definitely mids, while the UE10 has stronger bass and more extended treble.

post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by takoyaki7 View Post

I own and like both. Technically, the UE10 should be superior, as it has 3 drivers per earphone, while the SE425 only has 2. However, I actually prefer my SE425 and listen to them more often.

 

Anyways...here are some pros and cons.

 

 

UE10

 

Pros:

   Great bass, good treble.

   Excellent soundstage

   More V-shaped (strong lows and highs), "exciting" sound.

   Replaceable cable

    Good case and accessories

 

Cons:

   TERRIBLE fit (they are huge and unwieldy)

   Recessed mids (for example, vocals)

    Awful stock cable.

 

 

 

SE425

 

Pros: 

   Smooth, fluid sound. Very accurate

   Excellent mids.

   Very comfortable

   High quality construction

   Detachable cable

   Excellent accessories pack

 

 

Cons:

    Maybe too smooth sound

    Bass is good, but not great.

    Treble is a bit rolled-off.

    Cable is VERY long.

  

 

 

Overall, I think it depends on what you want. The UE10 will definitely give you stronger bass and a more "exciting" sound for rock as well, which i don't think the 425 do as well. However, I HATE the fit of the UE10, which is reason enough for me to avoid them, and I really like the SE425's smooth, non-fatiguing sound. They are EXCELLENT for jazz too, due to their amazing mids. Shure's strength is definitely mids, while the UE10 has stronger bass and more extended treble.


thanks for the unbiased response. I guess I will be buying the SE425 since I've grown to like my 210.
post #4 of 4

I have had both and currently have the 425's...  I really like the 425's, but truthfully, at times I wish I could mate the TF10 and 425's to get something with the body and cord of the 425 and the sound of the TF10.  I know reshelling a TF10 would do that... but overall I like the 425's enough that I don't need to bother.  

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