Our Verdict Not the most promising looks, but the Shures are assured music-makers For Open, balanced and engaging Against Not the greatest lookers Reviewed on 27th July 2009 ‘Chunky' is the word we'll be using here. A chunky cord and chunky driver enclosures distinguish the Shure SE102s, but they're comfortable enough and not all that heavy. Sound is chunky too – to an extent. Low frequencies are robust but not overblown, and there's excellent detail retrieved, in the midrange particularly. Open, balanced and poised, the SE102s are a composed and engaging listen – they're expressive and involving enough to make the best of whatever you choose to play through them. More after the break On balance, in fact, ‘poised' is the word that best applies Related News V-Moda unveils new Crossfade 2 wireless on-ear headphones Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 05:03pm Denon's AH-C621R in-ear headphones launch next month Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 11:02am The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the week Fri, 24 Mar 2017, 02:26pm Headphones catch fire mid-flight, injuring airline passenger Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 04:26pm The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Mar 2017, 04:44pm Headphones SE102 Shure Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.