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Spending lots of money and what looks like to buds and a piece of cord can often be hard to justify but when compared to the amount of money invested in your MP3 device and the music collection on it, it becomes apparent that one certainly deserves the other.
Shure are certainly a fine brand when it comes to earphones and microphone equipment and have a range of earphones starting from around £50 up to over £400. In most cases spending £400 on earphones that will mostly be used for listening to compressed audio cannot be justified. However, the SE210's are much cheaper and offer great sound quality for the price. They are very comfortable to wear and come complete with various buds so that whatever ear canal shape you have one will mostly fit. Whilst not exterminating all external sounds they do provide a reasonable noise cancellation effect - again this depends on the fit of your buds. A nice case is provided and has proved robust in all my travels.
all in all I would recommend these earphones and would urge anybody who wants to upgrade their poor supplied earphones with something better to check out the Shure range. Regardless of budget they have a pair that will suit.
I bought a pair of these earphones because I wanted some that didn't rattle around in my ears.
I found that the Sony/Sennheiser kind that have a rubber sleeve covering the speaker tend to transmit noise of anything that touches the cables.
Whereas, the expanding foam buds of these Shure SE210s provide a sort of sound pillow that stops that kind of irritation.
The sound clarity is very good but you do need to play around with the different sizes of foam tips to get the one that suits your ear canals perfectly. When you try it you'll know because whatever you're playing with sound so much clearer.
I'm not a sound buff (I can't tell the difference between a CD and vinyl!) but I don't need to turn my music up as high when using these earphones, so that's definitely better for my ears and for other people on the train.
They come in a nice carry case, good build quality, and with a generously long cable which has a connector between the phones and the main wire (in case you damage the main wire you can just replace it without having to fork out for new phones).
Overall, I'd say they're the best quality earphones I've owned and if you feel like treating yourself to some that are better than the bundled ones, or if you have some ear canals like me, then they're worth getting.
Ergonomic and lightweight sound isolating earphones offer the most accurate audio reproduction from both portable and home stereo audio sources - for the ultimate in precision highs and rich low end.