Prior to a long-distance flight right after a payday I impulse bought a pair of Beats Tour a year ago and I'm amazed at how bad of an experience it's been.
- Impossible to get a good fit with any of the tips, got aftermarket ComplyFoam (Went through a 5 pack in 3 months),
- Microphone and volume controls is dead due to running sweat, pause/answer button was really difficult to press without increasing volume due to moronic design
- Color has pealed off in several places and I've lost the right side beats logo.
- Now back on standard tips and the right one keeps coming off as i take it out, leaving it stuck in my ear all day until I get home and can take it out with pliers... I now bring pliers to work.
- Price: 1700 HKD
- The custom cable/3.5mm plug design with nice logo (that fell off) isn't very good - the rubber there has worn off and now I've got exposed and broken cable
We all know how overpriced these are and I... paid airport-price.
Worst. Purchase. Ever. You can't make this stuff up!!!
However - the horrible design and build aside, I was quite Ok with the sound (When I could get them to seal perfectly, never whilst running..). I like to have a lot of bass, I listen to Electronic music mostly.
Currently I'm back to using my 4-5 year (Still perfectly functioning, nothing broken, so I'm not unusually carless or anything..) Creative Ep630i's. Whilst these are amazing for the price, it's a clear audio downgrade. And it's hard to downgrade audio.
Reading reviews, SE215s seems like an excellent deal, better isolation, works well for running, not as in-ear of an in-ear monitor as the turbine's - I've got confidence in the design and brand, However, do they sound as good or better? Given the price difference... surely.. they can't sound _that_ great..? or...? As long as it's not a downgrade.
Copper Turbines seem to have the kind of sound I'd like, reading the rave review in the guide from head-fi certainly got me to consider them, despite the above experience. Will those just fall apart as well? Thoughts? Is Monster better when Dr Dre is not involved?
I've never heard of VSONIC. Are these easily available internationally? GR07 vs SE215 for electronica and running?
So I went with the Shure's. They're a clear and rather significant upgrade from Tours. They do lack bass, but not _that_ badly. Much much wider soundstage.
The design of the Shure's vs Tours is night and day. The foam tips that come with Shure's are very good, cable-ear loop works well and have confidence in cable and other bits of it.
Nobody should ever by tours over se 215's. There is no reason.
Edited by Hauken - 7/2/12 at 7:24am