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Shure SE215 no bass?

post #1 of 102
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Hey everyone, 

 

I just bought a pair of Shure SE215's from my local retail store earlier today. I plugged them in and played some music, and I was impressed as to how clear they sounded in both the high and mid range. However, I am not noticing any bass whatsoever. I may get punchy bass (sort of), but the low end stuff is simply not there (I can't hear the bass in dubstep for instance). When I break these in will I start getting better bass? I've got a good seal going on, I'm using the small silicon ear buds so I'm not sure what's going on. 

 

Thanks! 

post #2 of 102

Break them in and listen to them for a while

post #3 of 102
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Originally Posted by NovaFlame112 View Post

Hey everyone, 

 

I just bought a pair of Shure SE215's from my local retail store earlier today. I plugged them in and played some music, and I was impressed as to how clear they sounded in both the high and mid range. However, I am not noticing any bass whatsoever. I may get punchy bass (sort of), but the low end stuff is simply not there (I can't hear the bass in dubstep for instance). When I break these in will I start getting better bass? I've got a good seal going on, I'm using the small silicon ear buds so I'm not sure what's going on. 

 

Thanks! 

I'm looking to get the same headphones for portable use.

 

Please update the thread with your impressions :)
 

 

post #4 of 102

Something is obviously wrong since the 215s are bass heavy.  Probable causes of this problem:

  • Too strong of a seal creating a near-vacuum in your ear canal.  This would also cause your headphones (or one side) to sound mute.
  • Weak seal doesn't allow the bass to extend deep into your ear.
  • You aren't focusing your listening to the right spot.  You are expecting the bass in this frequency range, when in reality it's in another.  Solution to this is simple, don't listen for the bass body, feel the sub-bass.  The bass body will only create some sort of presence, but the actual sub-bass is what you seek.
post #5 of 102

I also think the SE215s are bass heavy and at times the bass line does overwhelm the vocals. Try the various tips until you find the correct signature you are looking for.

post #6 of 102

I guess an important question to ask is what headphones he's coming from.  If he's coming from the Beats, for example, everything will sound bass light.

post #7 of 102

Since they are dynamic drivers, you may need to burn them in. And these are very bass heavy phones, they may be lacking impact compared to other phones, but the bass certainly isn't lacking. 

post #8 of 102

Use the black foam tips that came with them. The 215 does not lack bass

post #9 of 102

They need burn-in. I feel like they changed pretty dramatically, but then I'm a novice. 

post #10 of 102

Whether you believe in burn in or not, telling him that isn't helpful because these IEMs have a lot of bass and if he's not hearing it that either means they're defective or they're just not being worn properly (most likely).  IEMs need a very good fit so make that those small silicon tips are big enough to seal.  I bet they're not.

post #11 of 102

They should have bass regardless of burn in...  Burn in isn't some miracle drug, honestly.  It can only do so much... 

 

@OP: check your seal again, remember, you don't hear bass, you feel it. 

post #12 of 102

I'd like to echo what was in this thread,

1) burn-in:  I don't think they need much, 5 - 8 hours on the high end.

2) good seal: absolutely essential.  I have noticed that when I have one side not seated quite properly the difference is huge. 

 

I've described my SE215 as having 'tonsil-tickling' bass when listening to dubstep, for example.

 

The SE215's are really easy to drive, so I don't think the player should make much of a difference (I drive mine off my Android phone, or off the PA2V2, though they don't really need the amp).  I'd say the bass is a bit cleaner and fuller off the amp, but they have had plenty of bass off everything I'd driven them off.

 

Hope you get it sorted out!

 

 

post #13 of 102

I dont't think it is the burning in issue seroiusly coz it's not gonna change from no bass to bassy.

 

IMO, the Shure SE215 is considered a pretty bass heavy earphones. So likely to be the seal or you might want to think that it is a faulty unit.

post #14 of 102

And even if it's faulty, it's highly unlikely that both drivers are not producing bass. You'd hear something from at least one earpiece. I think you're not wearing them properly. 

post #15 of 102


hey guys, i just bought the 215's, and i am one of the very few around here, who is not really impressed with them, even after about 100 hours of burn in... thinking of buying an e6. you think it's worth the 30? will it change stuff? i need more bass and more empowering and warm sound.

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