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What I will bring you in this review
- Video Review
- Amp/DAC requirements
- Who these headphones benefit?
- Thoughts from Stu’s Notepad
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
- Type: In-Ear
- Drivers: 1. What is a Headphone Driver?
- Frequency Response: 22Hz-17,5000kHz
- Impedance: 20 Ohms. What is Headphone Impedance?
- Noise Attenuation: 37dB
- Plug Type: 1/8″
- Cable Length: 64″
- Color: Clear/Black
- Weight: 1oz.
- Manufacturer Part Number: SE215-CL
I may have just become a fan of IEM’s overnight. I’m absolutely loving the revealing nature of these. The bass knows it’s place, but it’s still present and accounted for. Overall, the sound signature is extremely tight, authoritative, and punchy without really getting muddy or distorted. Everything just sounds lively and engaging. The music has a really nice bounce to it.
The wire is also really sturdy and overall the IEM’s are comfortable. You get a nice carrying case, a mini carabiner to hang off of whatever, and 6 sets of ear bud sleeves depending on the size and shape of your ear.
I would classify the sound as bright, with an emphasis on the mid-range and the bass being less prominent overall. On some songs it can sound a bit hollow, but for the most part these are incredible.
- Great Soundstage for an IEM. Wow. What is Soundstage?
- Incredible clarity. These things pick up everything. More on that later.
- Nice bass response. It’s tight and has authority without being overbearing, like your mom when you were about 15. 😛
- Detachable and replaceable chord.
- Noise Isolation is phenomenal. Once you have them in correctly, they create this nice vacuum type seal that really blocks out sound well.
- They are a bit of a pain to get in properly.
- They can get a bit harsh/sibilant at times at higher volumes. What does Sibilant mean?
You won’t need an amp with these, as they were meant for portable devices. How to choose a headphone amp!
That said, they have been known to do well with:
- FiiO E7
- Fiio E12
Who these headphones benefit?
- Drum monitoring*
- Church live performances* (seemed to be very popular for this)
- Guitar monitoring
- Indian Classical
- Watching movies
- Audio books
- Radio (my mom uses them for this)
- Video editing
- Yard Work
Thoughts from Stu’s Notepad
- As mentioned earlier, these things are extremely revealing. In listening to Tim Atlas’ “Compromise” I was a little taken aback. First of all, I can’t decide if the ridiculous clarity and detail is a good or bad thing. I was able to hear so much that I never had noticed before. The subtle guitar plucks and slides, the sound of fingers changing chords, and most notably the imperfections in the track itself. I would say that these aren’t on the forgiving side. If the song wasn’t mixed perfectly, you’re going to know about it. If it is, you’ll also know.
- What I also like about these is the vocal clarity. In certain songs I start to hear lyrics that I previously had trouble making out. Don’t expect to magically be able to discern all the mumblers out there, but do look forward being able to decipher sounds and voices better. You’ll also start to hear extra stuff that you didn’t even think was part of the song, or extra voices, instruments, and other miscellaneous sounds. It’s a real treat, but can be a little unnerving! 🙂
- These are really honest. On Skyzoo’s By Any Means, the second verse is clearly mixed differently than the first. Skyzoo’s verse is rather clean; it’s integrated into the mix very nicely. The second verse not so much. You can tell it was recorded after the fact, or before depending on which came first. I had never noticed this with other headphones so it startled me a little. It’s not necessarily bad, just different.
- The bass feature on Deezer’s mixer works pretty well with these if you’re listening to bass heavy music like EDM, Hip-Hop, etc.
An incredibly revealing set of IEM’s. You will hear things you haven’t before. Not exactly forgiving. You’re going to hear the mix as it was recorded, good or bad. Overall pretty comfortable, just make sure you use the right pieces for your ear. Will take some experimenting.
I would wholeheartedly recommend these as your first foray into the world of IEM’s. I think they’re a perfect starting point. They’re tough, revealing, honest, but at the same time enjoyable.
Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Shure SE215 Review.
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