Shure SE115 review

These Shures aren't only a colourful upgrade but a sound investment, too Tested at £100.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

These Shures aren't only a colourful upgrade but a sound investment, too


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    Snug fit

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    well balanced sound, brimming with detail

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    full-bodied, but not overblown bass


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    Not everyone's a fan of in-ear headphones

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Don't let the fact that these Shures come with a 'Fit Kit' worry you. It may sound like a pair of trainers and compulsory gym membership, but it's actually an assortment of different-sized foam and plastic ear tips designed to make the in-ear intrusion of the SE115s as comfortable as possible.

Of course, not everyone likes the intimacy of in-ears, but at least Shure gives you a nice spread of options.

Variety of colours
Talking of options, the SE115s also come in a variety of colours including red, pink and blue. This makes for a nice change from the dull black models that usually frequent our ears, not to mention the iPod-friendly white ones.

Inside the earpiece you'll find Shure's second-generation Dynamic MicroSpeaker. Shure claims this new speaker design improves performance, especially where bass is concerned.

Well, compared to their Award-winning predecessors, the SE110s, there's definitely greater weight and solidity. The SE115s don't sound fat or bass-heavy, though.

Full-bodied sound
Low frequencies are taut and agile and this allows the headphones to time extremely well. The whole sound is full-bodied and expertly balanced, with no sign of thinness in the treble. The vocals and piano throughout Adele's Hometown Glory sound both detailed and emotive.

If you're thinking of splashing out some in-ear headphones that cost (relatively) big bucks, give the SE115s a chance and we're certain they'll shine.

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