BUDGET
IN-EAR

SE215

DIY EARPHONE

Rating

Price

6.3

18 €

Review published:

10/2018

Driver

1

per Side

1

Dynamic

0

Balanced

Impedance

32 dB

Piezo

0

Sound

7

Bass

5.5

Mids

6

Trebles

Sensitivity

98 dB

6.2

Handling

7.5

Haptic

B

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 22000 Hz

Intro

This review is not about the original SHURE SE215, but about a replica.
The dealer nevertheless advertises that the original housing and the original dynamic driver of the SHURE SE215 are used. Unfortunately, I don't have the comparison whether there is also a tonal agreement, but the reviews found on the net also partly apply to the copy. Attention: If you like to listen quietly, you can give the sound-rating one more point!

Handling

There is no more comfortable way to design an in-ear. Due to its size, weight and fit, there is hardly anything comparable when it comes to wearing comfort. In this context, the TENNMAK Pro or the ASY/YINYOO Bellsing, which have a similar fit, should also be mentioned.

There is the possibility to order only the In-Ear without cable, so you can save another 3 € if you already have a good MMCX cable. If you decide for the cable, you get a very solid one with reinforced copper earbuds.

In addition there is a pair of FoamTips and a silicone variant. Here you are also a little dependent on it, because the sound tubes are the thinnest I have seen so far. You shouldn't be too rough here, because there is a danger of breakage. The same applies to the original, by the way.

The isolation is above average and gives you a safe, intimate feeling.

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Sound

The bass is definitely lifted up a lot, which also coincides with many reviews of the original. It has a pleasant beat, but is a bit slow and soft, which makes it seem bloated. The mid bass is also more boosted than the sub bass. It is really noticeable from 30 Hz, but cleanly first between 40 and 50 Hz. That's not a bad value and bass lovers will get their money's worth. But it lacks clarity and structure. If you operate the SE215 with a somewhat more powerful DAC, you get a better result, as the bass becomes tighter and rounder, but you rarely have such a device at hand in everyday life, let alone on the road. I have seldom experienced that bass can get tired, here it is the case.

The mids get a good swing from the bass and don't really try to fight it. Basically we have a V-signature here, but you could also go one step further and call it L-shaped. The bass already discolors the lower mids a lot, which makes them appear unnaturally warm and fuller than they should be, especially with male voices, which are more distant and hollow, but also women have an unnaturally darkness. The same is true for guitars. Not even a jumbo western guitar has that much resonance. Here you inevitably have to use an equalizer to exploit the potential of the mids. Details are there and also a good separation of the instruments, but only when the bass has a break.

The highs are still the best here. They don't have much expansion, but they give the sound a much needed airiness and brighten it up. In addition, they never get unpleasant, or hang themselves on sibilants. Classical music can even be heard quite well and you are looking forward to extensive violin passages. Here the highs together with the mids can show what they can do and that's not bad at all. The stage is also very good, as there are several layers and tones outside the head.

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Outro

I doubt you can get the sound of an original SHURE SE215 here. If this is the case, 100 € are not appropriate for the original! For 18 € you can talk about it, but you are very limited musically. Jazz or classical music profit here from the smooth, relaxed style of the SE215 and the good stage and positioning of the instruments in the room. Rock also works partly, because rock can be a bit fuller of sound. However, if the bass comes into the play stronger, everything is quickly thrown over the pile. At a low volume the sound is much more harmonious. If you increase it, you increase the bass exponentially. For those who prefer a quieter sound (I usually hear damn loud compared to many of my friends), the SE215 might be a good choice.
You can do it, but you don't have to!

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

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Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

DR2

DR2

SE215

SE215

Second Opinion

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CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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