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Shure SE215-K vs. Hifiman RE-400

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I need some new headphones for work and I have been looking at the Shure SE215-K and Hifiman RE-400.

I have a Sansa Clip+ Rockboxed and I do have a FIIO E11 (if I need to use it for IEMs, but more likely not).

I currently use the Hifiman HE-500 with Schiit Lyr for my home audio. I love the syrupy and tangible sound those cans produce, and it was something I got to experience some of with the JVC FX101. But I have already gone through 3 of them already, they don't last which is why I'm looking to "upgrade"

These are $99 each which is right in line with my budget.

I've heard really good things about the RE-400 and supposedly they are better than the RE0s.

I listen to a lot of hip-hop, pop, rap, rock, jazz, etc. The only thing I don't listen to at all is metal, but hip hop is a big chunk of my listening.

I might be somewhat of a basshead but I like with the HE-500s how they achieve more of an accurate bass rather than overexagerrating it.

Any other suggestions than these two would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for reading.
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

I might be somewhat of a basshead but I like with the HE-500s how they achieve more of an accurate bass rather than overexagerrating it.

That right there throws out the SE215's. I haven't listened to either the RE-400 or the SE215 but the measurements from Tyll would suggest that you should stay away from the Shures.

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That right there throws out the SE215's. I haven't listened to either the RE-400 or the SE215 but the measurements from Tyll would suggest that you should stay away from the Shures.
I didn't realize Tyll has measurements for both headphones. Can you kindly post these?
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SE215: http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/ShureSE215.pdf

 

RE-400: http://www.innerfidelity.com/images/HiFiMANIE400.pdf

 

Note, there is a typo on the RE-400 graph and it says "IE400" instead. I grabbed this straight from his RE-400/600 review, so I know it's the right IEM.

 

The bass is boosted by 5-8dB on the SE215 compared to the RE-400.


Edited by Thujone - 9/26/13 at 11:33am
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I don't think bassheads will like the RE-400. It's supposed to be more analytical. Future Sonics Atrio M5 is for bassheads.. Another highly rated IEM is the Vsonic GR07BE. Both are about $100-$150 depending on where you buy them.

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Hi Alexnova, if you like the HE500s I believe you'll like the sound sig on the RE400s. It is an analytical and warm sounding IEM with the trebles a few dbs below the mids and bass. The RE400s does not have the impact of bass that the SE215s do but it does reach quite low and is controlled (400). Watching a movie with the RE400s can show how the bass extension quite a bit. The 215s has a rolled off boosted bass but shy of being bloated on top of a well executed emphasized vocal range (Shure's specialty) which you might like for your hip-hop.

Overall, I enjoy the RE400s quite a bit but my choice of music is mostly classical and jazz. I do enjoy my electronics, hip-hop, and R&B as well but I'd say 75% is the former. Analytical, great instrument separation, and warm sound sig allows many hours of enjoyment on the 400s. The 215s are my go-to for the gym when I need that extra pump from the bass/beat, otherwise the RE400s all the way.

I have both. Only had the RE400s for a month but the 215s for 2 years. For the price, you can't go wrong with either.

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