Shure SE215 Special Edition

General Information

Featuring Dynamic MicroDrivers, the SE215 has a newly tuned acoustic network to deliver detailed sound with extended low frequency performance. A distinctive translucent blue earphone color offers an exclusive look, and a detachable cable and multiple sleeve sizes ensure a comfortable fit and lifetime of use.

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Pros: Splendid Bass, Amazing Isolation.
Cons: The amount of time it takes to put these on, especially with the memory foams.
I decided to purchase these earphones as I was looking for one to replace my other sets that had been broken a while back.
I took my time to look around for some earphones that fit around the price range of $100-$150 and found that these are the way to go.
I do recommend these to the people who really listen to music that are bass-heavy or look for good sound quality in earphones. The bass is very controlled and does not affect the highs and the mids at all.
The only issue I really had with these earphones was the fact that it takes some time to actually put them on. The way to fix this problem is using another tip (gray silicone tip) if you want to save yourself some time of sorting out the memory foam and putting it in your ear.
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Pros: Relatively low cost. Good build quality. Excellent value.
Cons: Cable length might be frustrating.
Let me start by saying that this is the first pair of decent pair of headphones that I have ever purchased. I have had very good equipment for home, but always got by with OEM headphones from portable MP3 players and mobile phones. I have been craving a better music experience lately, and started researching portable players (Ibasso, etc) however decided that I am happy with my HTC One M8. The only component that I felt was worthy of an upgrade was the OEM headphones that came with the phone. 
I have not tested the other headphones I had considered (DN1000/2000, IE80, XBA-H3, A83), but chose these because the reviews I read made me think they would work best for my listening preferences. I also started to realize that there is too much to know about "good" headphones for someone like me to make a ~$300 purchase. So, for $130, these seemed like a safe bet. 
I am very pleased with this purchase. So far, this was money easily and well spent. I can also say that this will probably be the first of several headphone purchases, for me. Not because I am dissatisfied, but because my eyes are starting to open. Through all of my research, I have judged others for statements like, "You can hear things you never heard before." Well, these headphones have alerted me to two things, quickly:
1. Good headphones make a very significant difference. Listening to Eulogy, by Tool, I truly can hear parts of the song that I have never heard before. The beginning of the song is quite different than I ever remember it. I will need a good amount of time to get used to the new sound. I keep listening to them and realizing how much different these are from my OEM headphones.  
2. Tips matter a LOT. I have tried four different size/material combinations. Some are clearly better than others, but I have still not settled on one yet. I can see now where this plays a significant role also in the overall sound from any headphones. 
All-in-all, I am very pleased. I think this was a very good spend for what I feel I am getting - with my sample set of 1 headphone, I can say that these are perfect for me.
My listening so far has ranged from Tool to Rush to Mobb Deep to Dave Brubeck to Porcupine Tree. Everything has sounded MUCH better. 
I am planning on wearing these to the gym, so time will tell how well these work in that environment. I think that the shorter cable will be good for working out, but would likely be very frustrating as a dedicated length in my home. As a mobile application, it works for me.
Pros: fun sound, great bass response, detachable cable, looks awesome, comfortable, good sound isolation
Cons: sound is not for everyone, do not expect this to sound “as recorded”, not that easy to put on and take off.
Overall Impressions
The struggle
Firs and foremost do not expect this earphones to sound as accurate and truth to the recording. They add ALOT OF CHARACTER to the sound, if you don't try to fight against its natural response and accept that those blue devils have a mind of their own, you will love them. (at least i did)
Just a little background on my experiences. I came from a Shure SRH840 as my music listening headphones, i owned some philips reference headphones before as well. Also I have some M-audio Studio monitors in my bedroom setup. I also studied sound engineering and i was always surrounded by reference monitors and everything sounding as “correct” as it could be. Therefore I am used to all of my media to sound as true to its recording as I can afford. In the sense that there is very title coloration to my audio experience. 
I was not expecting this headphones to be as colorful as they are, for about a week a hated them. Than I started to give up on trying to “fix” them with EQs and such. Pretty much just cave in to their true selves. 
Just give in 
They make music sound so much fun. They add a lot of bass and a “dark” sound to the audio without giving up on precision. Their are a special type of IEMs in the sense that they will add their version of the audio and you will either love it or hate it. 
Don’t take me wrong, I love the fact that i can get my SRH840, and listen to a true representation of the music. But as a on the go, listen to music while walking in campus and doing your shopping. You cant go wrong, they make for a enjoyable experience. And because the highs are not poking you in your ear hole you can listen to them for ours without getting tired. 
I even started appreciating the overwhelming bass that they provide. Sometimes its so surprisingly out of proportion on songs that you haven't heard on those IEMS before, that I just LOL like a little kid that just found the first boner by mistake!
Build quality 
Solid build quality. I don't mind falling a sleep on them at all. Did it a couple of times and not a single thing went wrong. Some say that the tips can be a point of weakness, true that, but the plastic is solid even at it’s most vulnerable part. Same design and material as their $500 se535, so we are probably ok. Also they are design to take the punch of live musicians, those MF can get rough!
Cable is also good, same as the se535. They are shorter than the clear or black se215, not a issue if you use with your iphone/ipod. But if you are a musician it may be a problem. But Shure on their infinite wisdom made cables detachable, so you may do as you please.
Sound Quality
This is what you are really here for anyway. 
    In your face! Imagine that you where a rapper and had a 4x4 with a massive sub, and you just happen to be on a beach road. YAH, this intense.
    Accurate and surprisingly crisp. But Shure is well know for its mids, They lack abit of speed.
    Rolled off highs. Don't think this is a bad thing by a second. Its only its sound characteristics.
Sound Stage
    The rolled off highs do degrade the sense of space on these IEMs. But the accurate mids make up for the absence of the “tss”. So its not bad at all, not great either. ummm… Up to interpretation, grey area here. (sorry guys)
Sound Characteristic
    Aimed to be your chill pill headphones. Not in your face, does not lack anything import. It however puts a big fat slime on your face! 
Love it! Buy it, they are not that expensive in any case. 
I can describe this IEM as a sports car. You wont use it all the time because they are for special occasions. But when you do use them, you will be smiling away. 
They sound really freaking cool if you just accept the color it adds to the sound and that they have a mind of their own. But if you are looking for a flat response you better stay away from these.
Any questions on the review, please let me know and I'll reply to the best of my ability. Thanks
Wow, I would imagine that the SE215 is a substantial downgrade from the UE900. But if he's a Beats by Dre kind of guy the se215LTD is what he wants. 
Hahaha, is really a big downgrade for him.....but he needs something that is cheap and can drives his R&B song while the UE900 will drives his classical songs~~ I am sure the SE215 will sound way better than Beats by Dre right??
The Shure is a refined grown up kind of sound. It adds loads of bass, yes; it provides color, definitively. But within be bounds of reason. It keeps the mids and sound image intact while it does so.
I only heard one Beats by Dre (some wireless model, not sure what tho) and it was just bass bass bass, without any apparent reason, also there was very little clarity specially on cymbals and high frequencies.
They look good tho, but they are fashion statements, and everyone knows that you spent cash on them. Like driving a Mini... Yeah, looks good. But you could have invested in quality over looks.


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