Friday, 05 September 2008

Shure SE110 Sound Isolating Earphones

(Review) - Shure has recently announced an economic version of its SE series earphones for $99. While Shure has gradually transitioned from a pro-only company to an earphones legend for mainstream consumers, it's still a little limiting when a lot of the earphones hover around $200 with some going for as high as $500. There's nothing mainstream about these price tags, but that's about to change with the SE110. The SE110, with its $99 price tag, promises to be a fine entry level unit in Shure's otherwise high-profile and luxurious product line.

Physically, there's nothing special going on, except for the slightly larger body of the SE110. Shure could've made it smaller, but that would've added to the overall cost, so it's fine where it is. It's a typical case of "you get what you pay for" and the price tag makes that statement fairly clear. The black overview is also highly professional and will match a majority of your devices. Hey, it'll even contrast well with your white iPod. That's something we can't say about every pair of earphones in the market. Good going, Shure! Then there's the deep ear design that Shure is so popular for. It's a natural way to block extraneous noise, and we like it. It works amazingly well.

Other than that, you get same modular cable design and a kit with a cleaning tool and a plethora of custom flanges and foam sleeves. Needless to say, they are amazing to work with, and too comfortable. Shure knows how to win over audiophile hearts, and it shows. Kudos!

Shure SE210 Sound Isolating Earphones Review

By the way, please understand that we are skimming over the SE110 for a good reason. Accessories, the overall package and even the design is very similar to Shure's other earphones in the SE consumer line, and we would like to direct you there for a detailed overview. For everyone else who is familiar with Shure, we don't think you want to read about the same old, same old accessories and Shure's typically great design more than you have to.

For audio performance, however, we were a little let down with a weak bass. What's up? Lows and mids were reasonable and clear, but highs were also hit in some samples that we used. Vocals were vibrant, crisp and a pleasure to listen to. It's the actual music (orchestra and band, to give examples) is where we noticed some of these issues. Overall, the performance is very satisfying, but don't expect to blast your Metallica collection with a slim bass. On the other hand, if you prefer to listen to soft music, these earphones will work exceptionally well. It's evident that Shure's SE110 are not an all rounder pair. They are designed for a very specific listener (with casual, soft tastes), and unless you fall into that category, we say make a leap to Shure's more expensive series that do have a strong bass. For $99, it's silly complain too much, but Shure has done well with a pair that's so untraditional for the company's otherwise expensive product line.

All in all, throw away your pathetic, stock earphones, and go buy yourself a pair of SE110... if you don't listen to bass heavy music.

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