HIGH-CLASS
IN-EAR

SE425

SHURE

Rating

Price

7.6

230 €

Review published:

06/2020

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Driver

2

per Side

0

Dynamic

2

Balanced

Impedance

22 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

7

Bass

8

Mids

7.5

Trebles

Sensitivity

109 dB

7.5

Handling

9

Haptic

C

Value

-

Daily Life

Frequency

20 - 19000 Hz

Intro

There are IEMs that are designed for a special audience and the SE425 is such a niche product for me. Voices? Check! High resolution mids? Check! Can you listen to classical music with it? Check! Anything else? Depends on what's required... dynamics? Dead. Bass? Nope! Treble extension? Not really...
The SE425 is not bad per se, it is admittedly not really to my taste, but it has a few technical and tonal weaknesses to judge objectively!

Handling

Extract from the handling of the SE215:
>> The design is always quite similar within the series with minimal adjustments in size and thickness. Personally I find the wearing comfort outstanding, even though I always find the cable a bit stiff and reinforced with wire and you have to bend it again and again. In contrast to the SE846, the thin sound openings are made of plastic, so that one should be careful not to break them when changing tips...

... The isolation is basically good on all models, but there are also in-ears that seal a little better even without musical help. So the SE models are optimal for the stage, because you are not completely isolated from the outside world and the "fans" when the band is not playing. <<

In contrast to the SE215, we get a little more in the way of additional equipment, such as a 6.3mm to 3.5mm jack adapter, or the great yellow foam tips.

Sound

The SE425 is a quite neutral IEM, which is missing something at both ends.

The bass of the SE425 gives me the most problems. It simply has zero authority, is typical BA, but in a more negative view and doesn't manage to breathe life into the music. If you're looking for a very sterile bass that politely stays in the background and if at all emphasizes the midrange bass, you'll find it here. Don't get me wrong, the bass is not that bad in terms of quality, which also allows for a slightly higher rating, but for me it doesn't serve the full spectrum and just sounds dull as a tin can in the sub range. For listeners who want to fully focus on speech and the good mids this might be enough. Not for me!

The very spacious and inviting mids are what makes the SE425 so special. After the SE215 it seems that SHURE wanted to concentrate a bit more on these and transparency. They succeeded, but they are certainly not among the most exciting representatives. The mids are flat like a flatfoot and convince more with precision than with dynamics. The instrument separation is very good and voices have a good weight in the mix, but they lack body and some warmth. Instead the mids are transparent and very detailed. Nevertheless not for everyone, but more for lovers of neutrality. Sometimes they also get a bit hot in the higher frequency range.
The mids usually don't have it easy. Since they are strongly influenced by the bass and the high frequencies, they usually lose their subjective evaluation. This is also the case here.

The highs drop surprisingly early and still have to struggle with sibilants and slight peaks. Strange. So, if you want to present every fine detail directly on the plate and especially love a wide treble range to detect even the smallest micro details, then this is not the right place for you. Admittedly, the SE846's treble doesn't have the high frequency presence that trebleheads are used to, but it still sounds more mature, more precise and fuller in the high frequencies, with more headroom. On the other hand, it's darker compared to the SE425.
The SE425 opens up more at stage height than its big brother and therefore sounds more airy, but can't make the most of it because it's too thin. Nevertheless, its openness helps to span a larger stage, which at least in this point makes the SE425 a little bit ahead.

Outro

In my opinion, the SHURE SE425 is more for artists or audiophiles who prefer clean and accurate vocals and mid-range reproduction, are a bit sensitive in the high frequencies and don't need authoritative bass in their music. The SE425 has its strengths short and sweet in transparency and resolution, but also preferably in the midrange, where they perform strongly. The bass and trebles drop off a bit here and so the mid-centered signature usually sounds flat and boring. Nevertheless, you can't deny them a musical quality, but it lacks dynamics. Meanwhile BA drivers are capable of more.

Purchase possibility:
https://www.thomann.de/de/shure_se425cl.htm

The DEMO-In-Ears were kindly provided directly by Shure Distribution Switzerland GmbH.

https://www.shure.ch/de-CH/produkte/ohrhoerer/se425cl

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. 

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