I was going to ask this in the SE215 first impressions thread but my question got a bit long so I created a new thread - hope that's OK!
I've had the SE215s for just over two years, bought as a replacement for some SE210s with a cracked cable, which were given as a warranty replacement / free upgrade for some E2cs which also suffered cable cracking. Now the cable is starting to lose connection around the jack and the sound crackles occasionally. I have been extremely happy with the SE215s, even to the point that I don't really care if Shure IEMs only seem to last about two years for one reason or another. I hammer them every day on my commute, in the gym and for running. I probably use them for at least 12 hours a week; they get sweaty, rained on and generally treated with insufficient care, so $100 for two years' of that still seems pretty decent.
I might try my luck getting a replacement cable from Shure (just outside of 24 months, but Shure customer care have been very good in the past so it's probably worth a shot). Failing that a replacement cable is $40 and with a new set of SE215s only $100 I am considering whether it might be better to replace the whole lot and have a set for spares / repairs later. However, I've been reading head-fi a bit more recently and become more aware of some of the other IEMs in the same price bracket. I'm currently considering:
So I'm after some thoughts from people who've owned the SE215s as well as any of these and can give me some comparative feedback. I listen almost exclusively to electronic music, and while I'm not a fan of the artificial basshead (Beats Audio etc) sound, I definitely like 'phones that deliver a strong natural bass. This is something I've found the Shures are excellent at, but I've just got myself a set of V-Moda Crossfade M-100s for home use which I absolutely love, so I wouldn't mind an IEM with a touch more bass as well. I use the largest Shure foam tips which I find very comfortable and the noise isolation is epic, so very happy in that respect too.
I'm also looking at the SE215 Limited Edition "with enhanced bass" -- I've read some of the big thread on these and seen a number of posts comparing to the standard SE215s, and most people's opinions seem very positive assuming you like the standard ones.
My main daily source is a Nexus 7 connecting digitally to a FiiO E07K via USB on-the-go*. I also use them with a SanDisk Clip Zip when I go running and a Samsung HS3000 bluetooth headset paired with my phone when I'm in the gym. As I'm considering whatever I buy as basically 'daily use disposable' with a two year projected lifespan, I don't really want to spend over $150.
I'm based in Singapore so anything I consider has to be available here or sold somewhere that ships internationally (so Amazon is out).
* I bloody love this by the way. I mostly did it as proof-of-concept geekery for curiosity's sake and possibly for bringing instead of a laptop when I travel. I thought it'd be crazy to carry it with me on the train every day, but it's so good I really can't bring myself to go back to using the analog output on my phone...