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Shure 215, 315 or Sony XBA-3iP

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I have just lost my Shure 215s I loved them , very comfotable. I live in London so really enjoyed the isolation. I didnt have to listen to the "nutters" on the bus anymore! I also loved the bass, althouhg I wouldnt want anymore bass. Now im looking to replace them. I dont know whether to go for the Sony XBA-3ip for around £105 or the shure 315s for around £150 (my budget) or just stick to what I knwo and loved the 215s although I could be missing out on what I dont know. Many people seem to like the Sonys, not as much isolation though. What are your thoughts? any other recommendations?

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Forgot to say I will be using them to listen to high bitrate music on my Samsung Galaxy s4 and other android phones in the future

post #3 of 5
When it comes to isolation the shures are hard to beat. When it comes to the two i think it comes down to sound preference. Both will have less bass than the 215 but much more controlled and refined bass. The 315 will be much more neutral sounding than the 215 while the sony xba 3 retains more of a v shape sound signature.
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So as long as the Sonys have enough Bass, which I hear they do, I certainly dont want a pair lacking in bass, but do not need to be as bass heavy as the shures (although I did like the bass on those, I mostly listen to electronic music I guess). If the Sonys have a more defined sound then maybe im leaning towards those. I guess I just dont want to be disapointed compared with my 215s 

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I cant imagine anyone being disappointed going from the 215 to xba 3. O ly gripe is that the xba 3 tends to have more energetic treble that might be too much for some people.
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