Friday, November 23, 2007

Shure SE210 Earphones (upgrade from E2c)

When I bought my Shure E2c earphones two years ago, I was blown away by the sound quality. I never spend more than $50 for earphones before and after buying the E2c model I would never consider downgrading to anything less. Shure really knows how to create addictive high quality products. The quality of the sound produced by my old E2c earphones was so good that I had to get rid of some albums that I ripped into mp3s long time ago when hard drive space was measured in megabytes rather than in gigabytes.

After two years of slave-like everyday service my Shure E2c earphones started to show signs of wear and it became apparent that they were going to retire soon.

Afraid of being without a good pair of earphones during my upcoming transatlantic flight, I got a new pair of Shure SE210. The design has change slightly compared to the older model, but it still preserves the main features that I loved so much.

I've been listening to some music via these earphones for only an hour or so, but I can already tell that SE210 brings "great sound" to a brand new level. I don't consider myself to be an audiophile, but even my untrained ear can hear the big difference between the two. The new pair fits better as well as feels more comfortable in my ears.

J, lost his mind a couple of weeks ago and bought a pair of the high-end SE530. I don't even want to know what those sound like. I know that if I tried them, I would be tempted to pay an insane amount of money for them, so I better say away :)


J Irving said...

It's a progressive disease my friend. Soon your curiosity will gain the upper hand... Bwahahahah!

fikovnik said...

I had the same ones E2c and I was very disappointed at the end. Not by the quality of sound but by the fact that they fall apart in 6 months. I know that I use headphones a lot, but expected more. I use them a lot for running but wires have a tendency to tangle that makes them tricky to place in ears.

Then a friend of mine recommended me: Sennheiser CX300 which are so far much better. Quality is the same but price is lower.

Igor Minar said...


I haven't tried Sennheiser yet, but at the moment I don't have a good reason to look for anything else :-). Looking at the pricetage at amazon, the price difference isn't big. Actually I got the E2c pair for something like $70 during Apple's Black Friday deal two years ago and I also got 30% off the SE210 at Apple this year.

Igor Minar said...

ROTFL! I misread amazon's price:

List Price: $89.95
Price: $3.99
You Save: $85.96 (96%)

Sennheiser CX300 for $4 at amazon now. Apple/Shure will never beat that! :-)

phoenix said...


Hello from Canada btw.
I must say that AKG totally rocked my world in a headphone kind of way.

Here is a post i made in my blog:

about AKG 701
They are expensive but i found a good deal on ebay. and 501 and 601 are pretty good too.

Anonymous said...

I own a pair of Ultimate Ears 5EB (Extended Bass) from Amazon. The earphones are rather pricey but I got it at a discount.

My blog on the UE5

With all the good comments for Ultimate Ears 10 Pro, I do hope I could own one, but they are far too expenive. Im actually looking for something balance, maybe your recommendation on Shure SE210 will be a good choice.

Anonymous said...

I had E2c myself. I think they were okay but nothing special. Now I went for Koss Earphones I found Koss Earphones