Shure SE110 earphones Review

These in-ear sound isolating headphones aren’t intended to match the acoustic fabulousness of their £350 award-winning siblings. For a start, they’re equipped with just one, not three, tiny speakers in each earpiece. They don’t ship with the Push To Talk unit of the other set either, and they don’t promise to deliver accurate reproduction across as wide a slice of the sound spectrum. What matters is the cost – around £70, which leaves a lot of change from the £350 the more sophisticated SE530s would set you back.

Once again, though, Shure has borrowed technology from its years of creating products for working musicians. This means you can expect a high standard of music playback and accuracy, and Shure’s solutions are always worth looking at once you’ve decided on your price range.

In the box you get the earphones, a soft canvas carrying case and three sets (small, medium, and large) of both foam and soft flexible plastic sleeves. You get to choose between either type and then fit the size of sleeve that is best suited to your ear. Once you get the size right, the company promises the earphones will screen out 90 per cent of ambient noise.

We agree. With these in place you won’t hear anything, not even that screeching, beeping car careering toward you while you cross the road oblivious while singing along to your favourite tune. Despite the road safety risk, they’re comfortable to wear.

However, rockers and hip-hoppers alike may be a little disappointed by the bass on these; while the treble and mid-range are beautifully balanced, the bass response is a little more limited. This doesn’t mean they’re no good – far from it, they offer great sound clarity, at the expense of slightly muffled bass.

If you’re a Kate Nash fan you’ll love them – these are great for pop and top-end heavy indie music. Acoustic music gets a little extra warmth. With this in mind, it’s clear Shure has developed the SE110’s to appeal to a mass market, presumably hoping more demanding or picky music fans will invest in one of the more expensive models in the range.

OUR VERDICT

If you’re hunting for good- quality headphones in this price range, then you should add these to your shortlist. Although it is worth noting that the better-sounding SE210’s (the next in the range) are competitively priced in comparison to this set if you shop around for the best deal (we found them for £64, but the RRP is much higher). Keep an eye on the SE110’s though – if they fall in price they will become an instant bargain.

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