Shure SE215 LTD In-Ear Earphone Review


Hi! Welcome to Lachlan Likes A Thing, a show
were I take a thing and see whether or not I like it. Now the thing we’re looking at
in this video is the Shure SE215 dynamic micro driver in-ear earphones. Now the earphone
I’m looking at in this video specifically is the Special Edition of the SE215, and the
special edition differs from the standard edition in that it comes in this blue colour
instead of the black and clear versions of the standard edition. It has a slightly different
design which apparently has slightly more enhanced bass, and it comes with a 1.2m cable
instead of the 1.6m cable on the standard edition. Now I haven’t actually heard the
standard edition in comparison with the special edition but from all the reports I’ve read
from people who own both they apparently sound very similar. The SE215 special edition apparently
sounds just a bit bassier and perhaps with a little more edge in the highs, but I would
imagine that most of my comments about the special edition would apply to the standard
edition. Now the standard edition retails for $99 recommended retail price and the special
edition just costs a bit more than that. I don’t know if it’s a limited edition, I got
my pair for $130 but availability seems a bit spotty in some countries. I think it’s
still very easily available in Asia. Now for that price I have to say I think the SE215
is a demonstration that even a big company like Shure can scale down the features from
their more expensive earphones like the SE535 and scale them down to a $99 earphone and
you still get detachable cables, you still get very strong noise isolation, this negative
profile fit, a really high quality thick cable. And so a lot of the times when I criticize
more expensive earphones having poor build quality it’s because of earphones like the
SE215. My one real concern with the SE215’s design is that the nozzle of the earphone
is relatively thin and it’s made out of plastic which could be a potential weak spot for the
design. It would be nice to see more companies moving towards making the earphone or at least
the nozzle out of metal. So as I mentioned before the SE215 special edition comes with
a cable that is precisely 116cm in length and I have to say that’s a little bit short.
I would have preferred a slightly longer cable, maybe about 1.3, 1.4m. That said the cable
is very nice in quality, it’s quite thick, it’s quite durable, and you know, very reassuring,
especially since it’s also detachable. However this cable is relatively heavyweight for an
earphone cable especially with this very very chunky Y splitter here. And so what you’ll
find, you won’t really notice this when you’re, you know, just wearing it normally, but if
you were to move around a lot with this cable, especially if you were to go running or go
working out with this earphone you’ll find that this cable will bounce around quite a
lot and the earguides might flop over your ears. So I wouldn’t necessarily recommend
the SE215 at least with the stock cable as a workout or a gym earphone. Now in terms
of comfort I find the SE215 quite comfortable. You get this negative profile fit which means
that you can lie down with it, and it won’t be uncomfortable – at least not as uncomfortable
as it sticking out of your ears. It also means wind noise isn’t a huge issue. One thing to
note though is that the earpieces are relatively large and they do rest mostly in your outer
ears so if you have smaller ears you might find it rubbing up against your ears, so that’s
one thing to watch out for. In terms of noise isolation the SE215 is very very strong, very
very good, especially for a dynamic driver earphone. Because it is a pretty much a completely
sealed design it blocks off a lot of external noise and I would especially recommend it
to anyone who was after a dynamic driver earphone with all the kind of tactile bass that you
get from that if you wanted very strong noise isolation. So this is a top pick in that regard.
Now in terms of sound the SE215 is very much a love it or hate it in-ear earphone. The
sound is very rich, very smooth, even a bit sleepy. So the highs are quite rolled off
on the SE215 but overall it’s not a completely muffled sounding eaprhone. There’s still quite
a lot of richness and detail in the vocals. It’s just very much an earphone that’s tailored
towards a warmer or a darker sound. Now if you’ve heard the V-Moda M80 which is a portable
headphone that I reviewed earlier on my channel the SE215 is basically the earphone equivalent
of the V-Moda M80 sound. So very rich, very bassy, maybe a little rolled off in the highs
but overall a very technically competent earphone. Now the soundstage on this earphone is quite
intimate. Because of the rolled off highs you won’t get a sense of spac – sorry spaciousness
with the sound of this earphone, but you know, it’s not completely claustrophobic. Again
I still think this is a really good signature especially if you’re going to do a lot of
traveling with this earphone because you don’t have to turn up the volume as high just to
block out external noise, the noise isolation is great, and the richness of the sound is
still present on low volumes, so if you want to take care of your hearing on the train
or on a plane the SE215 is a really good bet. Now if you have the SE215 or you’re interested
in the 215 but you wanted something that was a bit more dynamic, a bit more lively sounding,
the Yamaha EPH-100 is another earphone that I’m listening to at the moment, I don’t have
a review up of this on my channel at the moment, but subscribe if you want to see that. The
EPH-100 sounds quite similar to the SE215, it’s just a bit more lively, it’s a bit more
dynamic, it’s got a bit more attack to it, and overall I think this is a bit more precise
sounding than the SE215 for a similar sort of price. But with the EPH-100 you don’t get
this negative profile fit, you don’t get the detachable cables, so overall it’s a very
nice package. Now if you wanted something a bit more neutral of course you’d look at
something like the HiFiMan RE-400 and you can check out my review of that on my channel.
Or the Vsonic GR07. But this is a bit like a kind of dark chocolate of IEMs, it’s very
rich and perhaps not the best for overall all the time critical listening. At the same
time this earphone I think is such a nice complete package especially a good backup
earphone or especially as an earphone for a gift for anyone. I think most people on
the street would be very happy with this earphone, especially with the rich and bassy sound and
the really good noise isolation and the detachable cables. So the holidays are coming up so if
you wanted a nice gift for someone special for $99 I would really really recommend the
SE215, or if they really like the colour blue then I would go for the limited – sorry, the
special edition. Anyway thanks for watching this review, click the Like button if you
found this review helpful. You can talk to me about gear on Facebook at facebook.com/lachlanlikesathing
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to my channel and happy listening!

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