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Shure SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones - Clear Reviews

4.5 stars based on 170 customer reviews
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  • from Bedford, NH June 8, 2017Music Background:

    Great in-ear monitors!

    These monitors work very well, they do a great job of isolating the ambient sound and allow you to hear the pa system. I recommend checking them out!

  • from Denver June 3, 2017Music Background:
    Working drummer

    Great in ear monitoring

    These things are the real deal, not to mention the incredible price point. I am a drummer and they work to keep out stage noise so well that I can monitor at a very low volume. The fidelity of the range of sound is great from up high to down low and they are well balanced. If you are looking to save your ears and tighten up the live sound/mix, buy this product and you won't be disappointed.

  • from March 21, 2017

    Perfect for the money

    Great earphones. The little carry pouch and variety of inserts (rubber in various sizes and foam in various sizes) make the Shure earphones top notch in the price range they are marketed for. I use them behind a drum kit in a 9 piece band behind a drum shield and they work great.

  • from February 24, 2017

    Best earphones I've ever had!

    Absolutely love my new earphones! Sound isolation and music quality are the top!

  • from December 29, 2016Music Background:
    Lead professional singer and guitarist

    Skeptical at first, however...

    I used to own the previous model. One day they fell off my shoulder and hit the ground. The driver popped dead (I understand this used to be the previous model's weakness, faulty fragile drivers).

    Needless to say I was skeptical when buying these, but given that I've owned a lot of Shure gear that has resisted time and abuses for several years, I decided to give the new model a shot.

    I was completely blown away. When I compare both the old and newer model, the difference in overall quality is worlds apart. Shure revamped these in such a way, they feel like completely different products in very different price ranges.

    The newer SE15 model simply feels a lot sturdier and a lot more durable, it makes my older model feel like cheap street earphones. I got these from Sweetwater at a Holliday discount and I just couldn't be more satisfied.

    Audio quality is amazing, perfect for my voice, and the definition is unbeatable. I used to own double driver Audio Technica earphones (which btw died on me after little less than a year). These earphones sound way better, and when using the ear foams that come with them, I'm completely isolated, better than ever. These also stay in place, rarely come out of my ear.

  • from midwest December 23, 2016Music Background:
    Classically trained from band and regularly play drums bass guitar and piano for church/ like events.

    All around good

    I think that these are definitely the best for the money under a couple hundred dollars. I also own a lawn care service and I used these all summer with absolutely no problems. I was actually able to turn my music down because of how well these isolated the sound into my ear and did not let the sound bleed out. I'd buy them again and again and again x ‚ąě.

  • from Cape Cod December 5, 2016Music Background:
    Worship Leader/Live Sound Engineer

    Great Starter Headset

    I love shure. Their build quality is second to none. If you want a great starter set of IEM that are built like a tank, get these. You wont be amazed at the sound clarity, but thwy get the job done accurately. Super comfortable. Long cable. Great price.

  • from Atlanta, Goergia December 2, 2016

    Shure Love these Buds

    My last earphones were my first ear phones that came with my Shure Wireless in ear monitors that I bought back 2005.
    I didn't think it could get any better than that... I was wrong.
    Thank you "SHURE" for a great product and thank you Sweetwater for your advice and making it easy for me to purchase

  • from MI November 30, 2016

    Great value

    Good clarity, comfortable fit. I like that it comes with various sizes of foam tips. They isolate well.

  • from Texas November 14, 2016Music Background:
    Pro in the 70's just playing around now

    In ears

    Price perfect. Very fast delivery. Perfect product, zero mistakes and incredible follow up check in to see if my experience was a good one.

  • from October 28, 2016

    An Excellent Choice

    My SE215s offer great sound quality AND noise-cancelling foam tips! Love 'em.

  • from Champaign, IL September 16, 2016


    I'm not sure what more I can say than the 130+ five-star ratings before me said. These are fabulous. I use them all the time for live performance at my church. They sound great and are built tough!

  • from Iowa September 3, 2016Music Background:
    Bassist in a working cover band

    Great For 5 String Bass Players

    I was really worried that this wouldn't pick up the low end of my B-string on my Fender 5 string J-bass. It sounds great. I haven't tried the more expensive ones so I don't know if there would be a dramatic difference but I have never been left wishing it sounded better. I play in a working cover band that uses all in-ears without any stage monitors. We all use these. For $100, you couldn't ask for anything better. You do have to play around with the ear pieces to find the right fit. And boy are the once that come on them hard to get off!!! Follow the instructions and keep pinching and twisting. You'll eventually get them off. I unfortunely kind of messed up the ones that came stock on them when I was trying get them off but I didn't end up using those anyway so it didn't matter.

  • from CT June 9, 2016

    Best I've ever had!

    The noise-isolation is far better than with any I've used (including "noise-canceling"). I've had dozens of different pairs of earbuds over the years. I think if I'd had these, that number might be as low as 1. With others, the cables are usually the first thing to go, rendering the earbuds useless. The cable that came with these is clearly sturdier than any I've ever seen, and even if it does go, you can replace it at relatively minimal cost. The sound, to my ears, is quite balanced.

    Only issue I've had is with the over-the-ear configuration; they don't always stay in place quite as well as I'd like when wearing glasses. This might have been worth taking off a half-star, but the pro's so far outweigh the cons it averages out to the highest possible score.

  • from April 25, 2016


    These headphones are great! The stay in your ears nicely and a wonderful quality of sound.

  • from Defiance March 13, 2016

    Great product

    Switched to in ears from a monitor when I play drums. Blown away at the difference and sound.

  • from Cookeville, Tn March 3, 2016

    Very happy

    As with most of the reviews I've read here, I bought these for worship team use and am extremely pleased as these were a significant upgrade over what I had been using.
    A big part of what makes me happy about this and EVERY transaction I've had with Sweetwater is the way I'm treated.
    Dustin does an outstanding job of making each purchase, no matter the dollar amount, feel as if it were one of the most important transactions he has handled all day. He has made certain that I have what I'm ordering when I need it. From call recognition to order follow up dealing with Sweetwater is a pleasure. I'm a customer for life.

  • from Parkhomenko March 2, 2016Music Background:
    Guitar Player, Live Sound Worker Performer

    Absolutely Amazing

    I've listed to multiple headphones that cost far over $250.00 and these by far outperform many two and even some 3 driver headphones. I'm amazed at the low end and clarity. And honestly, these Shure SE215s blow away some monitors. I highly recommend them. I already told my friend to get a set. Buy them and you won't be disappointed.

  • from Georgia February 26, 2016Music Background:
    Worship Leader


    Great set of ear buds for my wife. She said the clarity was amazing!

  • from December 26, 2015Music Background:


    Amazing Vocals And Bass. The case included in the box is a little flimsy and not very large. Other than that, They Are The Best Earphones Under $300.

  • from Virginia December 25, 2015

    Shure SE215

    These are way better than my previous earphones. After 35 years of playing bass, guitars and keys in large church and secular venues, these are the best in ear monitors I've used. The sound is clear and punchy and the sound isolating quality is almost too good. Thanks to Sweetwater for the quickest free delivery on the planet and most competitive prices!

  • from October 11, 2015Music Background:
    Professional Musician

    Exactly what I needed

    I needed a replacement for my in-ear monitors, as the set I owned previously had failed. Didn't need a megabuck kind of setup, but something that reproduced sound in a clear and clean fashion.

    I found the Shure SE215 in-ear monitors at Sweetwater, decided to order them, and was greatly surprised at how well they work. For the money, they're perfect.

    If you are in the market for an inexpensive in-ear unit that gets the job done, I would highly recommend these.

    Thanks, Sweetwater!!

  • from October 5, 2015

    Great sound!

    We've been using in-ears for a number of years and I finally decided to buy a decent pair.
    The sound of these ear buds is excellent - nice low end - clear mids and highs - I'm very impressed. They are a bit difficult to get "fitted" to your ear at first but once they are shaped it becomes easier.
    Mike at Sweetwater was a pleasure to deal with, as always - good price - fast delivery!

  • from July 6, 2015Music Background:
    Live & Studio Bassplayer / Worship Leader

    First time with IEM

    Before I start, let me make clear that these are my first IEM earphones, so I have nothing to compare them. I've been playing bass for about 11 years and I've always been told that "bass is too loud in the stage and we can't hear the voices/guitar/keys" so I decided to make an upgrade (Had a real struggle before moving forward, I'm one of those old school bassplayers that love to feel that powerful low end behind my back). I bought a headphone amp for me and the drummer so we can hear each other along with some multi tracks/backing tracks. The first time I used the headphone amp I did it with my Beat Earbuds....oh man, that was awful, so I ordered these quickly, and believe me...I'M REALLY IMPRESSED! We're trying to get a professional In-Ear-System for the whole band (individual mix), then maybe I'll do an upgrade to 2 drivers, but at this moment, I'm really glad with my purchase...and wondering myself why I didn't do this long time ago...

  • from Raleigh May 19, 2015Music Background:
    Guitarist, bassist, wannabe singer


    I use these for our worship team and I love them..perfect fit, perfect sound, perfect price.

  • from Toms River, NJ April 8, 2015

    Best. Buds. Ever.

    These have the best fit, finish, and sound of any in ear monitors on the market. I've owned many pairs of buds in my life, and these are by far tops. If you are thinking of picking them up...STOP WAITING. BUY THEM!!! They are incredible and will not let you down.

  • from March 23, 2015Music Background:
    Keyboard player

    Great Ear Buds

    These ear buds were everything I needed to cut down on stage noise and adjust to my own mix.

  • from Indianapolis, IN March 9, 2015Music Background:
    Touring Musician


    These work great! They sound great and stay in my ears.

  • from Roanoke, VA February 23, 2015Music Background:
    Semi-Pro, house of worship band

    Super Value In Ears

    My old Sure In Ears were beginning to have cable issues, and our drummer had a pair of these. I compared it to the 3 driver in ears that our bass player uses, and for my purposes these were great. I primarily play electric guitar & also do backup and lead vocals. I like the fact that I can replace the cables if needed. We use an Aviom system for personal monitoring, and these work great with it. Very clear and very comfortable. I am pleased with my purchase, you can't go wrong with Sure.

  • from United States February 7, 2015Music Background:

    surprisingly good sound

    I decided to order these phones because the brand and price were excellent. I have always previously used Bose phones but tried these because of the price. I did not expect the sound quality to be at least equal to Bose and the build quality might in fact be better. Even more impressive has been the service provided by Sweetwater. From the moment my order was placed it was treated as an important order even although it was a $100 dollar item. I received the item ahead of the promised date and Sweetwater stayed in touch throughout the process.

  • from NC November 6, 2014Music Background:
    Touring Bassist

    Worth every penny.

    I had a pair of custom in ear monitors with 3 drivers. Lost them on the road. A friend recommended es215 and I couldn't be mor happier. Clarity and isolation are compairable to my custom $400 pair. Bass response is solid with deep low frequencies.

  • from United States October 28, 2014Music Background:
    Musician, Live Sound Engineer

    Awesome In-Ears

    My wife and I purchased two of these to replace our old outdated in-ear monitors and have been completely satisfied. My wife plays the keys and sings while I play the bass and we both are able to get what we want out of them for our instruments/vocals. Affordable and quality, another great Shure product.

  • from Missouri September 17, 2014

    Great bang for the buck!

    I was needing to get some in ears and someone told me to try these. I really didn't want to spend a lot because I play occasionally at my church and didn't want to tie up a lot of money into them. All I have to say is WOW! I really didn't think that they would be great being around $100 but I was mistaken. I can hear everything clear and nothing is distorted. Really great product especially for the money.

  • from San Jose, CA August 24, 2014Music Background:
    Vocalist, performer, Worship leader.

    Amazing sound!!

    I sing in a Christian worship band where we are starting to switch to an in ear monitoring system. We were preparing for a concert at a nearby park and it was my first time to use the system. Since they only had so many professional in ear buds, I was given ipods. Everything was muffled and I couldn't really hear anything. I finally had to take them out of my ears so I could hear something. I decided to search for my own earbuds in hopes it would make a difference. I stumbled upon this sight and there were so many good reviews on these ear monitors, plus the price was reasonable, so I thought I'd give it a try. They came very quickly in the mail and I wore the to the next rehearsal. OMG!!!! AMAZING!!! I could hear all the vocals, and instruments. Everything was clear and crisp and the balance was incredible. I LOVE these ear buds. They are comfortable and seal out outside sounds so well. I can't say enough about these. The price was great, the Sweetwater service was great. I would totally recommend these.

  • from USA August 16, 2014Music Background:
    Former Worship Leader, Hobbyist

    Shure SE215

    I auditioned for my church's youth band recently, and needed to get some good/cheap IEMs to start out with. I looked around for a while, particularly at Westones in the same price range, but the reviews on these were extremely good, so I decided to try these out. It took a while to get them because the shipping had some setbacks I think, but it was worth the wait. These things are AWESOME. I've heard so many parts of music that I've never heard before in my favorite songs. The medium size foam tips were a perfect fit and keep almost all sound out. Eventually I was thinking about getting some custom in-ear molds, but I think I'm gonna wait a while. Overall I'd definitely buy them again! Thanks Sweetwater and Shure!

  • from Heber, AZ USA August 15, 2014Music Background:
    Hobbyist student of recording

    Shure's SE215 in-ears

    I became aware of these in an music related magazine I was reading. They had good things to say about them. These are my first pair of in-ears and I did not want to spend a lot in case they just didn't work for me. Anyway, I did good. These are terrific and I could not be more pleased. It would be hard not to find a decent fit with this set because of the assortment of tips included in the box. Includes a neat little case to keep them in, too. They sound great and are comfortable for me to wear for extended periods (one day I forgot I had them on...well almost). I will use these for a long time before needing to upgrade. They're that good.

  • from July 16, 2014

    Sure SE215 IEMs

    A very durable product! Great clarity as well. But what makes it a "5" rating is Sweetwaters customer service! Bar none, the best!

  • from Houston, TX July 15, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, live sound engineer, church musician, hobbyist.

    Groud breaking tech for an affordable price

    I am a musician. I play drums and also play electric guitar. I recently switched to being the electric guitar at my church. We've aviom monitoring system and I was using a cheap headphone. I've been looking for a good price to get a better in ear headphones for a while and when I heard about this shure earphone, I was very skeptical. Biggest reason, because it was only $100s. I did some research on it and found so many great reviews. So I thought I'd take a chance and test it out. I got one a tried it at my church; I honestly say that this is THE best in ears you can get if you are on a budget or not. So surprised by the results I felt and saw, I started using it with my personal music player and recommended it to lot of my friends who are musicians. I'd like to thank Shure, Sweetwater and Mr. Norb (sales rep from Sweetwater) for making this awesome experience. I would definitely recommend this to everyone; beginner or pro, this will blow you away. It has a very crisp sound. Every note, I pick on my electric and every beat, I play on my drums; it never fails to give me and amazing experience.

  • from United States July 3, 2014Music Background:
    Classic Rock Drumming

    Great Headphones

    I use these earphones as ear monitors when playing drums with my classic rock band and for practice with my ekit. They sound amazing, no matter what your listening to.

  • from PA June 16, 2014Music Background:
    Praise & Worship Team

    Great Ear Monitors

    When these buds are placed properly into your ear, you better hope you can read lips because cut out all sound except what's coming through your monitors. There is know static or any other mudiness. These Shure SE215 in-ear monitors work great. They will work as great as your mixing system and sound man allow it. They look good and do the job without remortgaging the house!

  • from Millersburg, Ohio June 4, 2014Music Background:


    Been playing piano/ keyboard for 40+ years. Just recently we decided for the sake of our church congregation that we need to clean up the sound coming off the stage during our worship services. We'll that meant in ear monitors. I was one that dreaded the change. Just used them for the first time and was blown out of the water with the clarity of sound I was hearing. These are comfortable and stay in place. Drums,bass, voices, all were very clear. Never imagined that I would be able to hear like this.

  • from Gainesville, GA May 26, 2014Music Background:
    All State Chorus 3 years. Praise Band singer at Lakewood Baptist Church

    Shure SE215 Ear Bud Monitors - Awesome

    Great Ear Monitors and absolutely great price. They work just wonderful.

  • from Huntsville,AL May 21, 2014Music Background:
    Worship Leader, Guitarist


    These fit great and stay put. Super clarity and very comfortable.

  • from May 16, 2014


    i LOVE these ears!! they are perfect for playing in the band at church. its just gross to me to use the same ears as all the other people that play bass on Sundays. took a strong stomach to spend 100 dollars on earphones but they are WELL worth it!

  • from Columbia, SC USA February 18, 2014Music Background:
    Drummer, studio musician

    Right tool for the job

    The Shure SE215's give you the quality and audio you'd expect from a legendary brand. Being in two national touring acts, and being a percussionist, I need the perfect balance of isolation and clarity. You won't find more value for your dollar! The team at sweetwater made it easy, fast and friendly and really understand what a musician like myself needs. Great product, great retailer, couldn't be more impressed!

  • from Fargo, ND September 17, 2013Music Background:
    I play in church on a regular basis and I have done some studio recording / tracking.

    Worth it!

    I just started playing drums regularly at my church - I play on an acoustic drum kit, behind / blocked in by a drum shield. The sound can be pretty overwhelming. These work great for Isolation - and in a church that regularly has a 8 piece band - 2 guitar players, bass, acoustic guitar, grand Piano, 2 keyboards, plus 2 or 3 vocalists as well as a full orchestra and choir - the mix is great in my SE215's. I haven't tried the more expensive models, but the SE215's work very well for what I need. Again, the isolation they provide is great. They are a comfort fit too - I wear them with EAYLF1 Foam Sleeves for Shure Earphones - Yellow. I play pretty heavily and am pretty animated, I never have a fear of them falling out. The fit nice and snug, and part of the coil can wrap around your outer ear, which helps keep them from ever falling out. Worth it!

  • from Houston, Texas July 22, 2013Music Background:


    I bought a pair of "Beats Audio" ear buds (159.00) that cost more and are not equal to the sound quality of the SE215 's (99.00). Short story, i gave the Beats to my daughter and kept the Shure.

  • from Houston, TX May 9, 2013Music Background:
    Hobby / Church Band

    Awesome Earphones

    The service I received from Sweetwater was amazing. As soon as I placed my order with them, I got a call and an email from a representative within an hour. Great customer service.

    The earphones are amazing as well! I was using some over the ear headphones before with our monitor system and decided I needed to get some in-ears and for the price I don't think there is a comparison in quality. I hear everything so clear now and they are also very comfortable.

  • from United States May 6, 2013Music Background:
    Worship Pastor

    Great in-ears!

    I have been using some of my own personal ($14) ear buds when leading worship with a wireless in-ear monitoring system. When I got these and put them in, I found out what I was missing--a clear, crisp sound. A huge difference!

  • from Rochester, MN April 15, 2013Music Background:
    Drummer, and Studio Owner

    A great buy for the price

    I have been looking at in ears for a while, and almost spent $ 400.00 on triple driver IEMs, but these are great, plenty of low end, I think the key is experimenting with the foam inserts, once you get the right fit, WOW, you better be sitting down. And Hey can't say enough about the service and speed of delivery you get from Sweetwater.

  • from Newport, Oregon USA March 28, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician since 1965

    Excellent Value!

    Use them playing a set of Roland drums on our worship team. The set offer excellent base response and clarity for the cost. If you are looking for an affordable in-ear monitor you must give them a try. Compared to others that cost much more it is a great value!

  • from SC March 23, 2013Music Background:

    First Time Buying- Great Product!

    I have never bought anything like these before; however, they work great! I don't have anything to compare them to, but everybody that I sing with has these and loves them. They fit very comfortably and stay snug!

  • from Russellville Arkansas March 4, 2013Music Background:

    Shure Monitors

    Ordered my Shure in ear buds a few weeks ago and i am totally satisfied with the product. The customer service was top notch before and after the purchase. I will be a returning customer for sure.

  • from Paramus NJ February 27, 2013Music Background:

    Customer Service

    My purchase was insignicant however, the staff at Sweetwater doted all over me and my concerns. I highly recomend this co on any purchases. They are Fab!. Jack Inserra NJ

  • from Lombard IL February 22, 2013Music Background:

    Quality Product

    Fantastic quality, easy to set up and start playing.
    Shipped to my house way quicker than expected;
    will definitely come here for all of my equipment needs!

  • from Atlanta, GA November 28, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Shure SE215 In-Ear Monitors

    I am so loving my new Sure SE 215 In-Ears!!!! They have a big, loud sound and a great sense of space. Sweetwater is by far the Best! Their customer service is unmatched! Thank you Sweetwater.

  • from Northern CA October 11, 2012Music Background:
    35 years semi pro bassist, guitarist

    Professional In-ear Monitors....

    I use these on stage at church and I can tell you that these sound great. Excellent clear bass response without any muddiness. Vocals, keys, guitars all come through the mix crystal clear. It will take a few minutes to fit these to your ears so take the time and experiment with the included Fit Kit and make sure that you have the right and left on the (ahem) right and left ear as it is easy to get these mixed up if you don't look closely at them. The R/L markings are small and hard to see in dim light so make sure you fit these on before going on stage. Once fitted though, you will have no problem hearing what you and your band are doing during the show.

  • from North Augusta, SC June 29, 2012Music Background:
    Church sound guy

    Shure SE215

    These are great! They are worth the money and isolate very well. I was blown away.

  • from VA May 17, 2012Music Background:
    worship leader

    Great Set

    This is a great in-ear to start off using. It even comes with an accessory kit. Well worth the money.

  • from United States April 24, 2012Music Background:
    contemporary Christian worship music, bachelor's degree in music, vocal performance

    huge improvement

    I spent several months on and off trying to find an inexpensive upgrade for the Sennheiser IE4 earbuds I had been using for leading contemporary-style music in worship. When I found these for under $100 and read the great reviews they were getting, I knew this was the way to go. I've been using them for around two months now and the over-the-ear design is a huge improvement for keeping my guitar strap from pulling them out of my ears by the cord. The clarity of sound is also a huge improvement for hearing what everyone is playing in more detail through our Aviom monitoring system. I couldn't be more pleased with the purchase!

  • from Springfield, MO USA April 23, 2012Music Background:
    Recording Engineering (Student)

    A Great Buy. For real.

    These headphones were exactly what I was hoping for. A great pair of headphones for that 100-dollar price point that I could use both on stage and in the car. I didn't want to sacrifice quality, but I definitely couldn't break the bank when I bought these. Fantastic.

  • from Soldotna, AK USA April 20, 2012Music Background:
    10 years worship leading Jazz, Blues Guitarist, drums, keys, bass

    So clear makes you think twice about your favorite band

    I'm use these about 2 times a week in a live setting with aviom personal monitors in a full band(guitar,bass,drums,keys,2 lead vocals,3 back vocals, and everything comes through with such fullness and clarity that it has made me seriously consider the quality of bands out there. I think musicians are just throwing crap together in songs cause they know most people have bunk speakers/ear buds or something. These in-ears stay in your ear nicely with the foam sleeves that compress and fit in your ear then expand again! Great bass! Great Buy!

  • from NJ/NY, USA March 23, 2012Music Background:
    Pro musician.


    These are great earphones. I am a Broadway pit guitarist and need quality, durable phones. Plugged into the Aviom mixer we use everything sounds great through these. I'm ordering a second pair.

  • from Warner Robins, GA March 1, 2012Music Background:
    Minister of Music

    Awesome headphones

    These headphones are the greatest! Nice quality and sound is awesome!

  • from Purcellville, VA February 21, 2012Music Background:

    So Good!

    This is my first higher quality set of ear buds. They're amazing! Though the headphones aren't noise cancelling they do a great job of blocking out the noise with the foam pieces. As a drummer that typically uses a drum shield the volume can be very overpowering. These ear buds block out enough sound to be efficient!

  • from SE Michigan February 16, 2012Music Background:
    Part time musician

    Shure SE215

    I have been looking a long time for a good set of earphones that would not break the bank. Good does not do these justice. The sound from the SE215s is amazing. They may not be of reference quality but for the price these are the best I have ever tried or used.

  • from VA January 5, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Shure SE 215

    These are great. Good fit, amazing sound.
    And of course, Sweetwater got them to me quickly so I could use them at my next gig.

  • from December 21, 2011Music Background:
    Classical piano student of 12 years, piano tuner/technician, amateur band keyboardist, and general audiofile.

    Great earbuds

    I've had these monitors for a few weeks and really like them. The sound quality is great, and when I play in the band, they block out the painfully loud drums almost entirely. I also use them for my computer and phone. In fact, using them makes me want to get a better audio card (so I can use them to their full potential). They are low impedance, so I usually have my volume down at 2 or 3 out of 100. I also use the smallest foam earpieces (they come with three sizes of foam, and three of plastic/rubber/silicone stuff), because they are the only ones that fit into my ears. In fact I would prefer some even smaller ear pieces. These really work great in general though, and I'm glad I bought them.

  • from November 29, 2011Music Background:
    Worship leader

    great buy, great sound

    The sound in my ear is clear and natural.

  • from CA USA September 26, 2011Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Amateur Musician

    Best Value

    Just buy them already. I researched IEMs for months and made the best decision of my life by buying these. I've had them for six months now and I'm 110% satisfied.

  • from MI August 25, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Awesome Sound Quality!!

    I am an experienced vocalist, gig quite a bit, and can personally vouch for the awesome sound quality of these single driver in-ear monitors. I was skeptical at first until I tried them and WOW am I impressed. I was eventually going to buy some custom triple driver in-ear but decided, why bother? These are so clear that I don't really need to upgrade. I can hear every little detail in the band mix and they save my voice (from shouting) and my ears from blasting floor wedges and loud stage volumes. The stock ear buds (black foam) are perfect and block out 98% of ambient noise. I will NEVER play a gig without these again. I'm super impressed! Shure did a great job with this product. You won't be disappointed.

  • from Kansas CIty March 25, 2017Music Background:
    Worship Band and Classic Rock Band

    Great sounding in-ear monitors!

    I'm still adjusting to how they feel in my ear...very different from other earphones. To me, they still feel slightly uncomfortable, but maybe with more time it will be okay. However, they do sound amazingly clear, stay perfectly in place (even moving around on stage), and are well made. I would recommend these to others - especially for the price.

  • from Spring Hill Fl February 2, 2017


    I'm using these earbuds in my church praise team. I am so glad I finally found ear buds that carry bass so well.great sound

  • from Pennsylvania December 27, 2016Music Background:

    Shure Ear Monitors

    Excellent product at excellent price! I recommend for anyone looking for great sound. Thank you for all your help in chosing the best product for my needs!

  • from Big Bear Lake, CA November 27, 2016

    Great quality!!

    I contacted my agent, Andrew at Sweetwater for advice on ear buds. I recently started performing with the worship team at church and wasn't quite sure what I needed since I would be playing guitar and/or singing. Andrew suggested these 'in-ear monitors' and what a great choice!! Sound isolating is an understatement as they need to be removed to hear anything other than what you are hearing from the monitor system. This is the first time I have ever used a monitor system so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. They took some getting use to as far as how snug they fit, and also identifing which earphone fit in which ear. (I soon realized that each one is marked with an identifying color dot for this purpose.) Overall, I believe these were exactly what I needed.

  • from November 3, 2016

    Great sound.

    These earphones offer great sound. The only problem is the cable doesn't stay put around my ears and the ear buds won't stay in my ears, especially when I'm out walking. I guess I'll have to enjoy them in the comforts of my home while relaxing.

  • from Elverson, PA` November 1, 2016Music Background:
    Professional Musician

    Sounds Excellent

    Excellent in-ear monitors. We picked these up for our entire church worship band. Everyone loves using the IEMs now! Clear sound. Solid bottom end - the bass player even likes them! Only complaint, the smallest cushion is too big for some of the petite women:)

  • from South Carolina August 9, 2016Music Background:


    Can't go wrong for this price! These buds sound great and stay in while I'm wearing them whether it be on stage or doing yard work. They're very comfortable and being they're clear in color, they blend in well without being overly obvious.
    Sure you can step up to the 315 or even the 1500 series but the extra $100 for the 315 wasn't worth it for me and I don't have $3000 for the big boys.

  • from July 18, 2016

    Just what I needed!

    The overall quality is fantastic! Great sounding for what I need. I'm a worship leader and in-ears don't often come cheap but these get the job done and sound great!

  • from Kentucky June 3, 2016


    Great deal for the money for a good full sound.

  • from Findlay, OH May 22, 2016

    Great low cost monitors!

    Bought these the other day as a spare pair and also to use in everyday situations like listening to music while I work out or do work outside like mowing grass, et cetera.

    Couple of things about these monitors. First, they come with the medium size foam sleeves attached as the default. The sleeves are really held in place tightly, so if you need to change them, don't get frustrated, just carefully work them off so you don't damage them. Second, when you put these in your ear and want to test which size sleeve you need, start some music and if you cannot hear the bass, use your index fingers to press and hold them tighter in each ear. If you hear the bass after you press on them, then the sleeve is too big and you need to go smaller.

    Second - the leads and buds are color coded with little dots. Red is the right ear and blue is the left ear. Make sure the correct leads are connected to the monitors - otherwise, things will be backwards!

    Third, the first few inches of the leads coming off the buds is stiff, but bendable - this is so you can bend it up and behind your ear so it holds it in place and routes the leads behind your head to your neck. This is a great feature, but remember to use the wire slide to snug up the left and right wires at the base of your neck - otherwise, you can easily pull one of the buds out of your ear (if you wrap the lead to the right to plug it in, it will start to pull the left monitor out of your ear if you don't use the wire slide to snug it up and vice versa).

    Lastly - crank them up! Run up the volume, check them out to find the right levels, and enjoy! Keep in mind these are single driver monitors - they are not going to give a full range, phenomenal sound like the Shure SE425 or SE535 models (also available from Sweetwater), but they do put out plenty of sound.

    If you are looking for a good quality set of monitors to just listen to music from any source, I highly recommend these. They make the cheap buds that come with cell phones or that you find at big box stores sound like a 1945 AM radio station. Great Product!

  • from West Lebanon, NH April 25, 2016Music Background:
    20 year touring musician

    Great Sound and Isolation

    Great sound and isolation for in-ear monitoring. Took me a bit to get used to wearing them; you have to really shape the foam and form the cable up and around your ear. My one complaint is that I blow them out. I don't think it's due to volume but sweat. We are very active performers and we sweat while playing. I think it doesn't take much sweat to kill the high end in the drivers of these things.

  • from Payson, Az December 31, 2015Music Background:
    Guitar, bass, player; Pine View Studio owner.

    New User in home/studio

    The SE 215s give me the feathery-lite, accurate-audio portability I need.
    As great as they are, however, solving the high population of ear hair requires drastic measures. Once that is solved, I'll probably give them 5 stars. Still, Wa-a-ay better than without in so many ways, lower room noise contributing to spouse happiness being number one.

  • from Boynton Beach October 24, 2015

    Find and use the right tips!

    As only a second-time user of IEMs, I was ready to toss these earphones after about 20 minutes because they sounded like crap. SUPER thin, almost no bass. Long story short: by experimenting with the various included rubber and memory foam tips, I was finally able to find a pair that fit my ear the RIGHT way. And wow, what a difference! I'm using the narrower memory foam tips. When the right tips are placed in the right way, you get a full seal of your ear canal, tons of ambient noise reduction and a really nice sound with plenty of bass. You'll know it when you hear it. So don't give up. Be prepared to spend some time with these earphones, both for finding the right tips and for practicing putting them in. Maximizing their sound is all about getting the right fit.

  • from Toledo October 12, 2015Music Background:

    Nice earbuds.

    These are the first earbuds I've owned for use as IEMs and I'm very satisfied with them.having tried earbuds for things like I pods and I phones in the past, I was concerned with comfort, since those earbuds left my ears sore after only an hour of use. I can wear these comfortably for a full four hour gig, removing them of course, during breaks. The bass response is lacking (which I've come to expect from ear buds, but the earpieces seal nicely and provide excellent sound isolation.

  • from Cincinnati, OH September 16, 2015Music Background:
    bass player, vocalist

    Great earbuds for me!!

    I'm a bass players/vocalist. I've found that the "better", multi-driver buds don't work for me. My first set was the Shure #1, which I liked. I then decided to try some the E3 & E4's. They were also very good. But I'd reached a point where my buds were no longer functional (cables literally disintegreted - crumbled to pieces). Shure no longer manufactured any of the buds I'd been using & I'd heard so much about other manufacturers blowing away the current Shure models. I tried Westone 5 driver units......Future Sonics (which came highly recommended). I even had some custom molded units. While I loved the fit of the molded system, I could hear properly out of any of these units. I couldn't hear the lowest notes on my bass. My entire monitor was a muddy mess. I couldn't distinguish individual notes. I kept messing around & experimenting for a year...............and I was MISERABLE. Finally, I decided to try the cheapest set of pro ear buds out there-the Shure E215. And suddenly, my problem was solved. I believe the inability for this set to produce super low notes is a benefit. I can hear my bass & my vocal CLEARLY, without a bunch of extra low end muddying the waters. I need the pitch of the note and the E215 allows me to hear it. I keep 2 sets with me at all times. I was concerned about the detachable cable being an issue, as I tend to sweat quite profusely. Overall, I'm quite happy with the E215....and so thankful to have put an end to the exhausting search for a solution.

  • from Lexington, IL August 7, 2015

    Shure SE215 Ear buds

    It took some getting used to, having them in my ears. Have had for a month or a little more and I just love them now. They have fantastic sound!!

  • from Dyer, IN July 27, 2015Music Background:
    40 years as singer/drummer

    In Ear Monitors

    These are a good deal for the money. I use them as an in ear monitor in a live music situation. They sound great and are very comfortable. They seal out the surrounding sound so I can concentrate on mixing, singing and playing drums. I highly recommend them to anyone who needs a good monitor without spending a fortune. They also appear to be sturdily built.

  • from April 20, 2015Music Background:
    Piano, Worship Leader, Drummer

    Shure SE215

    I ordered these earphones in order to get into the personal in ear monitoring world. I was using $17 earphones before deciding to upgrade. I narrowed my choices down to these earphones and the Westone UM pro 10s. At this point, I was looking to not spend a lot of money, and these two sets of earphones fell into my price range. I had a good friend who opted for the Westones, and he loved them. He said the only downside was the bass was not quite there. He could hear bass, but it was a little weak.

    After reading several reviews, I opted for the Shure 215s. I know Shure has a good name and they would not produce any junk. I was right. These earphones are crystal clear and with enough bass response for my needs at my church with our in-ear setup. I'm sure the triple and quad driver earphones out there sound much better than these, but for $99.00 you can't beat it. I really like the fact that these fit your ears like earplugs. Makes for a good seal from exterior noise. I would highly recommend this product. The reason I did not give five stars is because I have only been using them for about a week. We will see how they hold up!

  • from Thomasville GA January 8, 2015Music Background:
    Worship Leader

    Great Buy

    This was an amazing deal. I am a drummer/bassist and i need good bass resonance and i wasn't sure with in ears. Well, i'm saying i have all the clarity and resonance i need. Great job and great price.

  • from Rogers, AR September 22, 2014Music Background:
    Gitar for decades. Ply live but not often enough.

    good buy, great sound

    Ue them as monitors in church and with 80s cover band. Quite good. Fit is fine. Well made and appear solid. Directly compared with Shure 535 (three driver) and other than the expected loss of bass clarity, they stand up very well. The biggest difference is that I can buy 4 pairs of these for the same money. 1/2 point off for bass response but I knew that when I bought them.

  • from Chicago IL July 30, 2014Music Background:
    FOH/Monitor Engineer, Songwriter.

    First IEM's.

    This is my first pair of IEM's and I couldn't be happier. I'm a FOH and Monitor engineer, most time i'm pulling double duty on one console and the band is always asking me to modify their in ear or wedge mixes. Most times I'm on an x32 or another digital console that is able to connect to an ipad. I bought these and a galaxy in ear system and I walk around these venues wirelessly while mixing, When they ask me to modify their mix all i do is hit a button on my ipad and Their mix goes straight into my ears, so i'm hearing exactly what they're hearing and I can modify from there... its great. These IEM's are only single driver.. but they sound better then any pair of ear buds i've ever owned. they're pretty accurate. My only thing with them (not necessarily a complaint) Because they're noise canceling, when they're in your ears, you cannot hear a single thing outside of them. I was putting them in the other day and someone was talking to me, once they were in, I saw their mouth moving but I could not hear them at all. Could be a good or a bad thing.

  • from Raleigh, NC June 20, 2014Music Background:
    Keyboards - Worship Team

    Great Stage Monitoring Earbuds

    On stage worship team keyboardist. We have in-ear monitoring with personal mix control. I had been using a set of ME Electronics M6 ear buds purchased for about 20 bucks. They seemed fine,but I sort of felt I could get better sound quality if I invested a little more. Read tons of reviews and settled on the Shure SE215.

    As usual Sweetwater's delivery and packaging was excellent. I opened the box, pulled out the ear buds and tip assortment and pretty quickly found a set of tips that fit my narrow ear passages perfectly and did an amazing job of blocking out ambient noise. Comfortable, too. The audio quality on CDs . . . basically off the charts from my perspective. Highs were crisp and well-defined, vocals came through clearly, bass was solid, no mud, and not over-stated at all. I seemed to be able to hear clearly and distinguish all the instrumental subtleties far better than with the M6s. Shure's single driver design seems able to do an amazing job across the whole sound spectrum. But on stage would be the test - could these puppies give solid ambient noise isolation and deliver a better overall quality of mix during a worship service? That first practice night I scored these a perfect ten.

    Another nice feature is the cabling; seems to be sturdy and simply will not tangle as did the light M6 cables. Also the cables are of a slippery material which slides nicely under my clothing for on stage wear. Plus the extra cable length Shure provides gives me a longer length where the cable pops out at my belt to better reach the extension cable from my monitor box.

    Of course, it's not a perfect world yet. There are two minor negatives. The first is the relative difficulty of installing these in my ears - the tips fit snugly so getting each ear bud aligned and pressed in takes a bit longer compared to the others I had been using. Practice should improve this. The second is the fact that the R and L markings on the ear buds are very difficult to read. However, they also are color coded so once I got the R and L colors figured out that problem went away. Of course, you cannot install them in the wrong ears - you can try, but they just won't fit.

    Finally I must add that a significant problem emerged after several weeks of use when the sound output began to suddenly drop off in one of the ear buds. Off . . . then back on and repeat after several minutes. Very disorienting while on the keyboard. I wiggled the connections; I took time to clean the connections with a toothpick dipped in contact cleaner; I did a burn-in cycle. None of that helped. My tech guy at Sweetwater said, "Forget that . . . send 'em back . . . we'll replace 'em". And they fulfilled that commitment, getting the replacements to me very quickly. This second set works perfectly.

    In sum, Shure has a winner with this product, and the Sweetwater commitment to us end users cannot be beat. We will see how the SE215s endure over time, but right now I could not be more pleased with this purchase.

  • from Houston, Texas May 29, 2014Music Background:
    Live Sound Engineer

    Shure SE215 , Break them in right .

    Shure SE215 are some awesome sounding IEM's for the price . Over all the sound quality is great for LIVE applications . Some say that the mid-range is a little harsh , it's not , this bump allows the vocals to cut thru the instruments . Also , these can produce some decent bass by proper fitting of the sleeves and wearing them correctly . But use of an EQ is always recommended .

    HOWEVER - you must break these IEM's in . Let them play at moderate levels for at least a day . After some breaking in , these units really rock . We have had several ear pieces act up ( lower volume on one side or the other ) . Luckily they were not damaged and after being broken in they now perform flawlessly .

  • from Katy, TX, USA May 27, 2014Music Background:
    Amateur musician and audio tech.

    Worth the money.

    I was looking for a way to monitor the sound of a fun jam band while minimizing external sound leakage, These definitely do that. The construction inspires one to believe they will last, especially with the replaceable chord. I normally use a pair of Sennheiser hd565, and these buds compare well sonically.
    They are, however, very difficult to get in and out. You have to get out of the habit of pulling them off to talk to others! It's difficult to identify right from left, so stick some tape on one side. :-)

  • from Kalispell, MT April 26, 2014Music Background:
    50's - 70's pop rock drums/vocals

    IEM's for drummers that sing

    Well, here's one for you. I just now got these SE215's from SW and soundwise they are great. I am a drummer and do a one man band thing using MIDI tracks for the music. I supply percussion (acoustic drums) and the vocals over a honkin' sound system. I have been using Direct Sound EX25's for monitors and isolation and they work well for me. I have always wanted to try IEM's (vanity) but what a surprise I got!
    Isolation is basically too good for my needs but that could be remedied. The big surprise for me was what happened when singing. Between bone conduction and eustahcian tube resonances I experienced many artifacts which were unpleasant. Try plugging your ears (maybe push on the little 'flaps' to close them) and then hum in the lower registers going up and down the scale - you will hear yourself very plainly and will discover resonances where the level peaks considerably. Every head is different internally and the effect may vary but for me it is pronounced enough where it bugs the heck out of me when singing. To be certain it was not the SE215's - I tried the same thing with them in my ears and unplugged with the same results. I conclude that it is not the SE215's - $1500 IEM's would do the same thing. Many of the reviews I read before the purchase were from drummers but I did not know if they were singing drummers. One can sing with these in your ears but you will have to live with the artifacts. Maybe I'm all wet - anyone else experience this effect? Again, this is not a fault of the SE215's - they sound great and do provide good isolation. I will stick with the cans.

  • from Springfield, IL USA April 14, 2014Music Background:
    48 years on bass instruments

    Best earbuds for your monitor

    When I learned my worship team was going to ear monitors only, I was concerned because I have significant hearing loss in one ear. Earbuds for monitor systems can cost hundreds of dollars and being a bass player, I was especially concerned with bass response. I bought these for $99 and was very happy with the quality of sound.

  • from Muncie, IN USA April 5, 2014Music Background:
    Professional Sound Engineer, Worship Musician

    Great Value

    I've used a lot of monitoring earbuds, including Shure's former top-of-the-range 535s. None can compare to the comfort of the Shure range for me, and the sound quality and sound staging of the 215's is extremely impressive for the money. Leave it to Shure to offer such an excellent product, even at the entry to the product range.

  • from CA March 24, 2014Music Background:
    Weekend warrior(mostly at church!)

    New in ear moniters!

    I have to say I've depended on my sennheiser IE6 for over 10 years and finnaly they died. So I got these as a likely replacement. Very good sound quality! Maybe could have a little more bass response. The fit around the ears takes a little getting used to. Otherwise a good replacement at a decent price!

  • from Savannah, GA USA February 13, 2014Music Background:
    Touring musician, producer, church musician

    Great Buy!!

    Great bang for the buck!! I'm a touring keyboard player and I use them just about anywhere I travel!! They carry a great deal of low end support for the hip hop feeling music and have a great "punch" in their overall output!!!

  • from United States January 18, 2014Music Background:
    Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Experienced musician/Worship Leader

    Comfortable, great sound, great price, can't go wrong!

    I unboxed these about 20 minutes ago and I've already gotten them shaped to fit my ears (excellent feature!) comfortably. They fit great, they aren't going anywhere, no matter how crazy I get on stage. I've listened to 4 or 5 songs of various styles and they sound excellent across the board. They are slightly bass heavy (not overbearing, they're no Dr. Dre "Beats"), but I am used to studio reference headphones and studio reference near-field monitors. Most people will probably think the bass is just right. All of this for $99? You seriously can't go wrong. For the working musician, I can't imagine ever needing one of the more expensive models. Sweetwater's customer service was excellent as always, and they shipped very quickly.

  • from Rockford, Il USA November 18, 2012Music Background:
    worship team (djembe/percussion) live sound.

    If you need to hear

    If you need to hear and hear it clearly, look no more. Unless you have more money then buy the next levels. You will enjoy everything about these in- ears...

  • from Marietta, GA October 23, 2012Music Background:
    Musician and Recording Engineer

    Buy these!! There's no better way to spend $100!

    The short version of this review is simple: if youíre on the fence about buying these phones or youíre just trying to keep a $100 budget, stop hesitating and buy these. For the price, you simply wonít find anything better.

    My first impression of the SE215ís was quite disappointing. But then I discovered that I wasnít wearing them properly, and after correcting the problem my ears were launched into a state of pure sonic bliss. MAKE SHURE YOU ARE WEARING THEM CORRECTLY BEFORE DISMISSING THEM!! If the buds arenít properly seated in your ear, or the foam earpieces donít completely seal off your ear canal, they will sound horrid, with sharp shrill highs, over-pronounced mids, virtually zero lows, and a very thin, bright sound overall. Not to mention they will be fairly uncomfortable. I have a hunch that some of the low reviews were a result of improperly wearing them.

    However, once you figure it out, make sure youíre close to a chair, because you will get knocked off your feet! I can hear details in my music collection that I never knew existed. I conducted a frequency response test by sweeping a pure sine wave across the sonic spectrum and the SE215ís did not disappoint. They faithfully reproduced everything from 20Hz to the upper limits of my hearing (about 17kHz, but Iím sure they go much further). Iíll be using these to do most of my intricate mixing from now on unless I decide to upgrade my monitors. These in-ear monitors can fully produce lows that my monitors canít even touch.

    Honestly, I was skeptical about buying these and I was also considering similarly priced products from other brands. I ultimately decided to get these because their frequency response is more flat and I wanted to use them for mixing and stage use, in addition to everyday listening. However, they still throw down enough bass to satisfy even the most demanding bass-happy rap fanatic. Another point worth mentioning is that they didnít move a bit after a solid 10 seconds of heavy head-banging. Of course, more expensive earphones like the SE515ís will sound even better, but weíre talking about a $100 set here!

    Seriously, what are you waiting for!? BUY THESE EARPHONES!!

  • from Houston Texas USA September 18, 2012Music Background:
    Pro musician

    Great buds

    Great fit, sound and sound quality. Bought these to listen to my iPod while I'm on my motorcycle and as a back up to my tripe driver in ear monitors.

  • from Portland, OR June 11, 2012Music Background:
    Singer/Rythm Guitar

    Save your hearing and improve your singing

    This was the answer to all of my problems hearing myself and the mix on stage! I wish I hadn't put it off for so long. My hearing wouldn't have suffered so much.

  • from Los Alamos, NM USA June 6, 2012Music Background:
    Hobbyist, garage band member

    Great bang for the buck!

    This is my first set of in-ear monitors, so I really can't compare these SE215's to anything but over-ear or buds.

    My band has been struggling with monitoring for over a year, and part of the solution is in-ear monitoring. Once we got personal monitor mixing (Elite Core DM-16, IM-16, and several PM-16s), we were able to get personal mixes to each member, but the drums (acoustic) still filled the room and made it difficult to hear the main mix and individual channels.

    So we all went out and got in-ear monitors. WOW!!! A couple of us got the SE215's due to the low price. It's truly a night and day difference. After you get the hang of it, they're easy to put in your ears, loop over your ear so the weight is carried by your ear, can run down your front or back, and don't pull loose. Actually, everyone has been forgetting they're in, walking around, and having our heads yanked back when the slack runs out, and they don't pull out even then. The drummer has a different model that doesn't go over the ear, and he's had problems with them falling out.

    As for sound quality, I'm pleased. I can hear the bass guitar, kick drum, floor tom, bass vocals and low keyboard notes no problem, which is an issue with ear buds or even over-ear monitoring head phones. The higher frequencies are clear. I'm not a sound engineer, so I can't speak to fidelity and the like, but if you want to hear the monitor mix and not what's "outside" in the room, these are a great deal!

    One word of caution...be careful when you're tinkering with your monitor mix. Your band mates won't appreciate when you turn up a channel and (accidentally) blow their socks off. Feedback can be a cause for near panic, too. We rely on our personal monitor mixers' head phone output compressor option to save us.

  • from Greeneville, TN May 14, 2012Music Background:
    Amateur sound engineer at churches for 15 years

    Shure SE215 in ear monitors

    I recently switched our church from stage monitors to in ears. I started with cheaper in ears & received complaints from the entire worship team (10 people). They wanted their speakers back, but after I purchased the Shure's, they are all happy as can be. I don't think you can beat them for the price. The advice I received from your Bart Good was right on.

  • from Greer,, SC May 12, 2012Music Background:
    Working Musician, Recording Engineer Wanna Be, Live Sound Engineer

    Great Value - Great Product

    I use these live in a bluegrass and acoustic seting. They are very clear across the frequency ranges and give me exactly what I need. I have no inclination to go to more expensive sets. I'm actually looking at buying another set or two to keep in various guitar cases (I use them "wired" so I don't have the receiver) - they work great this way.

    The only drawback is that if you have never used this design, there is a very specific way to get these to fit in the ear, Get that down pat before trying them on stage

    And Brandon Eden got them to me in short order! He's great!

  • from April 24, 2012Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Wonderful In-Ear Monitors

    Great, high quality pair of in ear monitors for the price. They are well made and very comfortable. The pouch that is included is very nice as well.

  • from NW Pennsylvania March 28, 2012Music Background:
    Gigging local singer and guitarist for 30 years

    If you sing, you need these!

    My band has the Audio Technica M5 in-ear monitor system, but the earbuds are pretty shaky. We bought these based on reviews and wow! They sound great, and seal so well that I can walk out front and barely hear the mains unless I take one out. Then I hurry and put it back in because the sound is too much! The ONLY reason I don't give a 5 is because they will distort a bit with all four guys singing and if we crank up the bass.

    The thing is this... you hear everything, everywhere you go on stage. No more blaring stage wedges. No more feedback. No more volume battles with the guitarist. No more straining to sing over the noise. I sing Journey, and with wedges I struggled to get through some of the tunes and even through the night. No more. My pitch is better and I never strain to get the notes, because I am not singing nearly as hard.

    The AT is a good system, but these buds are a necessary upgrade. Your throat will never give out again. Your ears will never ring again after a gig. You will never struggle to hear what you are singing or playing. I was going to get Alien Ears triple drivers, but these are doing the job for me. If you are in a band, and especially if you sing, go with in-ears NOW! It's worth every penny. And if you have in-ears but aren't happy with the buds, this unit is a huge bang for the buck. Plus they sound great with ipod and seal out noise well enough you can mow the grass and listen to music. Like the other reviewer said... just do it already. You won't be disappointed.

  • from Salado, Texas March 16, 2012Music Background:
    Live Sound Pro Musician

    New Shure Earbuds

    Typical Shure excellant quality. Very good quality for an inexpensive price. Thanks to Shure and to Sweetwater both companies taking care of us musicians.....

  • from Philly November 21, 2011Music Background:
    musician, engineer

    great value

    for the money, these are great. They're single driver, but the fidelity for onstage monitoring is fine. Well worth the investment.

  • from Houston, TX November 21, 2011Music Background:
    Independent/Studio Drummer

    Great sound for $99!

    The SE215 produce the quality sound I'm used to from the previous two pairs of Shure earphones I've owned in the past. For $99, this set has good bass, solid mids, and non-overbearing highs. The quality of the cable seems much better than the older (and more expensive) Shures I already own.

    These are a great buy, especially for anybody looking to upgrade from their cheap Apple earphones.

  • from Philadelphia, PA July 26, 2011Music Background:

    Superb phones... at any price

    There is so much to like about these in-ear phones that it's hard to be succint. I listen to a wide variety of music but I'm more critical of the reproduction when I am listening to classical and opera because it gives the phones a hard time. Not with these. I have a pair of SE535 and these guys are not embarrassed by them, which is saying something considering the 535's are over $400. On 'regular' music and I would say anything that is not very bass heavy like Hip Hop, Reggae et.al they are really superb. If you listen to the bass heavy stuff and you want even more then either adjust the eq on the ipod or get something more suited to that (Dr. Dre etc).

    The SE215s manage to avoid the vices of cheap sound reproduction; uncomfortable treble, flat sounding and rolled off or exaggerated bass without being bland. The phones are pretty much neutral but they have a way of letting you get into the music without constantly noticing them. They are involving and comfortable to listen to for long periods of time which is somtheng most people who have used the standard or low end earphones may not relate to. Let's put it this way. If you have tried the standard iPod phones, and who hasn't, then migrated to a $40 - $50 pair you're going to breathe a sigh of relief because you can actually listen to the music. With these it goes about 3 steps farther because you WANT to listen to music. It becomes fun not just a background filler. The sound isn't just better by miles it's more involving and you wind up looking for things to listen to and there's this annoying desire to let other people hear what they are missing. They are very very good

    Now the other side, and it is minor - for me. When you listen to these guys you probably want to look into the white flanged ear tips. These are the only ones I found that sealed well, were comfortable and did not let the phones fall out. Why would the phones fall out? The cables are replaceable which is fantastic! Anyone who has used phones that fit into a small pouch thing will know that, after a while, the cable get's worn, usually on the inside. Replacing it meant a phone replacement. Not so anymore. That means the cables are a little heavier and that means they drag at the phones a bit. The regular ear tips are all good but may, stress may, not give you the security you need. The white guys solve that issue 100% and really let the phones shine in the sound department. that is the only negative I have found and it is the same for all the Shure SE range and probabaly half a dozen other phones.

    Lastly the kicker. The warranty. Shure offer a 2 year unconditional warranty for these guys. When I got my SCL5's back in 2005 or so I used them for 18 months and then broke on of the tip things by not using the superb little case. Shure replaced them free with a brand new pair. About a year later I did the same thing (I don't learn) again they replaced them. After another year I wore them playing sports and shorted them out from sweat, yep they replaced them again. Finally the cord gave out and I thought...that's it I am done. Not so. I sent them off and although they were out of warranty Shure charged me just $150 and sent me the latest version of the SE535! Superb service. I do not think any company comes close. Buy these phones you won't regret it and also you can buy them as a gift knowing that the recipient will have no problems...ever (I don't even have to say 'for the price').

    Competition? I've compared then to Dr Dre and Bose; the bass over powers the Shure's by a fair margin. Klipsch 4i, which are cheaper but more fatiguing are closest I suppose so if $100 is a bit much look at them. The Etymotics 4pt are really for those people who like super analtical sound and I would not recommend that at this price point since the otehr equipment becomes an issue (iPod for example - you'll need a head amp with the Etys). I also compared them to my own reference the SE535, like I said they were not embarrased.

    Two last comments. There are some super head amps for iPods out there like the Fiio E7, Icon etc. These phones LOVE them. For the money they are a no brainer. Also try, just try, ripping your CD's lossless onto the iPod, you'll be amazed at what you have been missing. Enjoy!

  • from Tulsa, OK April 20, 2011Music Background:
    Semi-professional musician.

    Very impressed!

    I really wasn't expecting a $99.00 pair of earphones to have superb sound but the sound quality of the SE215's really impressed me. They come VERY close to my $250.00 dual driver earphones of another maker. They do take a bit of finesse to find that 'sweet spot' in my ears (hence the 4.5) but once I picked the correct size tip and found the right spot, the frequency range was excellent. Smoothe response from low-end (not overly punchy or distorted) all the way to the high-end (not harsh). Very comfortable plus they sit flush with my head, unlike my other in-ears. For the price, I would highly recommend them!

  • from Issaquah, WA 98027 March 31, 2017Music Background:
    Accustic Guitar Player in Training 7 years

    Shure SE215 Earphones

    Great delivery time as well as customer follow-up calls and e-mails.

    Bill Cooper

  • from NC March 22, 2017Music Background:
    Gospel/Praise and Worship


    This is my first experience with in ear monitor system. The SE215's were recommended by our sound tech. So far so good.

  • from Connecticut March 5, 2017

    My favorite in the price range

    Good isolation; the default set of foam buds were a perfect fit for me right away, but it takes a little practice to get the fit consistently. Decent fidelity: the bass frequencies seem tight (definitely not hyped like others in this price range), the upper midrange is a bit relaxed and the details in the treble come through nicely.

    I use these for casual listening, not critical monitoring or live IEM use. If you are considering these for live monitoring, you may find that you need more upper-mid detail in your instrument's channel, but that is easy to dial in if needed.

  • from Olney, MD January 23, 2017


    I bought several sets of the Sure SE215 headphones, primarily in an effort to save my son's hearing. He and his bandmates always seemed to end up in a volume battle during practice. One couldn't hear himself, so he cranked up his monitor, and when that didn't work, their respective amps all went to "11."

    My ears ring 24/7 because when we were young, we didn't know any better, and years of standing feet from a cranked SVT rig, and various other amps and P.A. systems ensured tinnitus. I hoped to spare my son that particular experience, and controlled volumes through an IEM system seemed to be a good way to go.

    So far so good, their IEMs (the Sure SE215 headphones) are fed through an Art Head Amp 6 Pro slaved to the aux outputs from the mixer. No, not quite as cool or convenient as wireless, but much less expensive, plus with a system called QMix on the board, they can control their individual IEM signals via iPhone or iPad, really handy.

    But I digress, back on point, the Sure SE215 headphones were very reasonably priced, and got good reviews everywhere I looked. No, they aren't audiophile quality with a single driver, but they do deliver a very good sound, and best of all stay-put, right where you place them. They also come with both rubber and foam buds, in several sizes, to fit most any ear canal well; additionally, you receive a cleaning tool, and a nice storage case.

    I find that the volume wars in the basement have stopped, and all the guys are really happy with the headphones and system. A couple of them who had never used anything but iPhone ear buds had to learn how to properly put these on, but they picked it up quickly.

    I personally, find the sound quality and fit to be better than I expected for their price point. They fit well, provide a good full sound, with more than adequate bottom end, as well as nicely articulated mids and highs. You really do need to take the time to figure out which insert fits your ear canal best, and how to properly put on the headphones to get the best possible sound, especially the bass levels. Once you get that tweaked, these sound great, and are quite comfortable for extended wear.

    Yes, I got myself a set too, for no reason other than I just wanted them, and I'm glad I did. Very good return on your investment in terms of quality received for the price paid.

  • from December 20, 2016

    Love them!

    I really like them! They fit my ears perfectly, are super comfy and really cancel out all noise. Don't have the best low end, but a HUGE step up from my last in ears.

  • from Iowa December 9, 2016Music Background:
    Old man playing guitar

    Ear buds for sure...

    Great for what I'm using them for. We're just a gigging band like to practice twice a week every since we started using ear buds it definitely made a difference for the better.

  • from NY September 29, 2016Music Background:
    Serious Hobbyist

    Great Quality Product

    Its a great product. I use it for everything. I record music, listen to music, watch movies on my iPad with it. Its just a great product.

  • from February 6, 2016

    Shure Earbuds

    Ordered these from Sweetwater and had another great order through delivery experience with Sweetwater. Never used in-ear before, so I am in the process of getting used to them. Used them for the first time last week and I was impressed with the sound quality. There's some mixing tweaks that are on our end, but the buds were comfy and I heard what I needed to. The soft black rubber ear inserts showed some wear after just one use, and may need to be replaced already, so that's a bit of a concern. But otherwise I recommend these for in-ear monitor applications.

  • from Houston December 26, 2015Music Background:
    Live, studio, etc

    Great sound and reliability for the price

    I've been using the e215's for several years. They are a single driver i.e. but for the sound, reliability, and price they are great. To be honest, I generally get about 3 years out of them before one of the driver goes out. I've used the more expensive ones as well and get the same mileage so I don't see the need to pay more for the same failure time. Good thick cords on the ie's so they can endure more strain, sweat and road wear than other brands.

  • from MEmphis December 21, 2015Music Background:

    Shuts se215

    Great ear monitors. I do have to say that you have to to play with the right ear rubber plugs to fit your ear style. Also. Trying to put the ear monitors behind the ears will require a matter of getting used to it cause you really need to bend the cables around to make sure they stay put.

  • from November 28, 2015Music Background:
    I'm a semi- professional

    Very Impressed

    I'm loving my new ear monitors, the sound, the noise cancellation is great. I can practice at home in the room with my two kids and all their noise and still not be disturbed!

  • from Vincennes, IN July 17, 2015Music Background:
    Vocal performance for over 15 years and guitar for almost 10


    I just bought these SE215s and was very pleasantly surprised at how great they sound! The best part for me is the ambient noise cancellation. It makes for a very refreshing and clear experience on stage. The customer service was spot on as well. I love the personal touch! Thank you

  • from South Haven, MI July 10, 2015Music Background:
    Church Worship Team

    Nice Frequency Response

    My other Shure ear buds developed an intermittent connection after about 8 years of use, so it was time to replace them. With Gear Fest 2015 great deals I saved $$ and what I considered a good deal. I know there are more pricey models available but at 65 I don't think I would be able to tell the difference. Most of all I like the long cord which allows me to put my phone in my back pocket while cutting grass without the cord being tight.

  • from June 29, 2015

    Shure SE215

    Excellent sound

  • from Cedar Rapids, IA June 5, 2015Music Background:

    Good product...

    These IEM's work well and isolate sound from coming in. If you really jam them into your ears (with the right size pads that come with them), you can get a very good sound with little coming in from the outside world. I have noticed that my ears get fatigued after about 2 hours or so or constant wear and have to take them out for a few minutes. This could be just my problem, since I have not used IEM's in a long time. At first, they were also a bit trick to get fit into my ears but one I had the curved hard plastic fitted right for the outside portion of the ear, they are much easier.
    On a hygiene level, make sure that you clean your ears often and certainly right before you use these so you do not create extra build-up in the holes in the pads where the sound comes from.

    I recommend these. Make sure that you do not turn the volume up too high as to damage your hearing. In ears were designed to isolate the sound from coming in from the outside so you can have lower volume levels. I use them on stage with the band I play in and we use them while practicing as well and they work just fine.

  • from Saint Paul, MN January 6, 2015Music Background:
    Guitarist, singer, play in a cover band

    They do the job

    First set I received had a bad driver in one of the buds, kept cutting out. But Sweetwater was fast sending replacements, and for the money, these do a nice job, with clear sound and good isolation once you pick the best fitting earpiece from the included selection. I use these as in-ear monitors for live performance and can recommend them for that purpose.

  • from Seattle, WA May 30, 2014Music Background:
    musician, composer, teacher......

    Great for the price. Nice fit in the ears with plenty of options.

    Nice touch to have several options for fit with the acknowledgment that every ear is not the same size. A huge step up from iPod standard earphones in every way.

  • from March 9, 2013

    Squeegee Your Tympanic Memebrane.

    I had been using a headphone beginning with S that sells for $150, and these buds smoke them!!!! Much more clarity and warmth. Old jazz recordings suddenly bloom to life as I can now hear the brushes across the snare!! Nice airy quality.

  • from Orange County, CA February 21, 2013Music Background:
    Professional Sound Engineer

    Best set of Ears for $100

    After having used the Shure 315s for a year I was in a pinch and needed extra ears to support an artist coming in. I bought 4 pairs of these because of the price point. Comparing the tech specs against the 315 the only major difference on the 215 model is a lack of a bass port and a slightly lower high end. I think they stop like 1k less than the 315. Needless to say I was super impressed by these ears. Incredible ears for the price! If you are just starting out I highly recommend getting a pair of these until you can afford a higher end custom molded set.

  • from Waterford, Mi. February 18, 2013Music Background:
    Professional Musician, Leader of Magic Bus Tribute Show

    Great in ears for the price!

    I don't think you'll ever beat these in ears for the price. Of course triple driver in ears sound better but are MUCH more expensive. These are built great and are VERY comfortable to wear. I have custom molded ones being repaired right now and they just may become my second pair! Lol! I've been using these on stage lately and they seal better and stay in place better they my expensive ones. If your looking for a good solid in ear for a great price you can't go wrong with these!!!

  • from Palmyra, PA October 24, 2012Music Background:
    Recording, Live Sound, Musician

    Excellent Quality

    After reading many reviews, I was a tad skeptical when purchasing these headphones. Most stated they felt different frequencies were boosted too much. After using them, I completely disagree.

    I get a great tone from these. Granted, I upgraded from a $20 pair of in ears so I had a lot to gain.

    My Setup:
    AVIOM into a Shure wireless pack (not sure which one... pretty old). Then into these.

  • from Hilton Head, SC August 17, 2012Music Background:
    Longtime rock "weekend warrior"; worship leader/guitarist

    Excellent value!

    I use the SE215's as a worship guitarist at Low Country CC, a church of 1200+ people near Hilton Head, so we're in a very large room. We use an Audiom system and my mix consists of click track, lead vocal, acoustic guitar, 2 electric guitars (one of which is mine : ) a bit of keys & bass & a tiny bit of kick drum. Even though my position on the platform is right next to the drummer, the isolating shape of the SE215's really keeps my mix from being muddy or drowned out either by the drummer or the FOH mix. That's pretty impressive performance for any ear buds.
    Like every other Shure product I've owned since the 60's, the design is outstanding. For example the Kevlar reinforced leads are detachable/replaceable & the selection of sleeves makes finding a comfortable fit very easy. I could have spent a lot more money without getting performance as good as the SE215's deliver. I don't think you can go wrong, especially at this price point.
    BTW, the Sweetwater rep was really helpful in answering a lot of questions and making a recommendation, as I was considering a couple of other brands/models. Thanks, Matt!

  • from Floyds Knobs, IN July 7, 2012Music Background:
    part time musician

    Great sound and very good noise isolation

    With these monitors I'm hearing the group better than I ever had before using traditional on stage monitors. They also reduce the overall volume tremendously to protect hearing. Could tell a significant difference the first time I used them.

  • from Fairfax, CA June 4, 2012Music Background:
    Unmotivated Musician

    Shure SE215, quite a step up

    Shure SE215

    These are my first pair of > $60 headphones and I can safely say that adding the extra $40 is more than well worth it.

    The SE215 are classified as reference monitoring earbuds but I use them as my everyday headphones (on the bus and while at work) and I'm incredibly happy with them.

    They are not bass-killers. If you want "boom boom boom" then get something else.

    What you'll get here is an extremely accurate reproduction of the music as it was recorded and supposed to be heard.

    Taking them for a test drive, I heard moments in songs that I had been listening to for years and years and didn't know certain arrangements actually existed in the mix. I even heard extra parts in electronic music such as Autechre, which is pretty incredible.

    Everything's very detailed in these earbuds.

    The fit is very comfortable. It comes with many different sets of fitted earbuds. The sponge earbuds are fantastic. All you do is squish them between your thumb and index finger before you place them in your ear. After a minute the sponge expands to fill your ear cavity, providing a very nice isolation.

    The over-the-ear cables took a little bit to figure out and get used to but, after that learning curve, everything was great.

    They are built as solid as a tank. The cables are rock solid.

    Even the carrying case it comes shipped in is nice. It's not too big and not too small. Trust me, you'll want to keep the case with the earbuds. The last thing you want is to just throw a $100 pair of earbuds in a bag and leave them banging around with other stuff.

    In short, these are very very nice. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants to step up to a semi-audiophile grade of earphones.

    I'm terrified that since I made the plunge into the $100 range that my next earbuds will be even more expensive. And when that happens, they will be the higher Shure models.

    It's only getting four out of five stars because I'm quite sure these aren't the best headphones out there but, for the money, these are really quite nice.

  • from Waterford, Mi December 30, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    Great Great Great

    Wow! I put these on and was amazed at their clarity! I have an pair of custom fitted triple drivers also and I have to say that these buds come really close! Shure has always delivered quality products and again they did not disappoint! Good Job!

  • from December 28, 2011

    Great Sound, cable is short and too heavy

    Excellent sound quality across the spectrum. Not the most practical though - a little difficult to put in your ear though you get used to it, cable is short and its own weight alone pulls down uncomfortably at your ears. I've found that I have to tape the cord to my clothing to avoid this, as well as any accidental pulls.

    Once you get used to these minor hassles, you'll love these phones. I am a drummer and use them as monitors and they block out (most) of the db's coming off my kit and allow me to hear what's going into the board.

  • from Wapakoneta, OH September 19, 2011Music Background:
    Worship Leader, Pro Musician, Singer/songwriter

    Great for the Price!

    For only $99 these create a great seal in my ear. I can barely hear anything with them in. The sound quality is far better than my (other brand) monitors.

  • from East Peoria, il July 4, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician that does it as a hobby now.

    Great value surprise

    Needing some spare In-ears for rehearsal and not wanting to drop a lot of cash, the Shure SE215's seemed intriguing. I'm always skeptical about something advertised as a great item with a low price. I have to say that for the money these are excellent buds for anyone wanting to test the world of in-ear monitoring. Also, they make any iPod sound so rich and clear, very pleasant on the ears. I've owned dual driver buds in the past and I honestly have to say that for a single driver bud, it does the job and does it well.
    The customer support from Sweetwater has been very pro and genuine.

  • from New York, NY March 23, 2011Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    great sound

    got these in today, and they feel great and have a nice fit. The cable is longer than I like, but it looks study enough that it should be able to hold up over time. The sound felt even and more then loud enough for my taste.

  • from Inver Grove Heights, MN September 4, 2016

    Great sound, design could be better

    I purchased these earphones to serve a dual purpose - as pleasure listening earphones and as IEM earphones. Overall I'm quite satisfied with their performance. The audio quality for both applications is very good. Not too harsh or fatiguing to listen to for long periods of time. The bass is present, but a little weak for my taste. But these earphones do get plenty loud and don't distort when I push the volume. The noise isolation for IEM use on stage is fantastic, especially with the black foam earpieces.
    This brings me to the one downside of these earphones. It's all but impossible to remove the foam earpieces. I tried twisting and pulling as suggested by the manual but they simply don't slide off. At least not if you want to keep the foam intact. I've found that very conservatively lubricating the plastic shaft with a small amount of Vaseline helps, especially when you want to audition different earpieces for the first time. Other than this one issue, these earphones have been great and I do recommend them, especially if you're investing in your first pair of IEMs or higher quality earbuds.

  • from Kansas City, MO December 23, 2015

    Hugs Ears, Respectable Performance

    I use these for live performance and fitness training. They cling tightly to my ears, eliminating the biggest frustration with ear monitors. The case and replaceable cable are useful for preserving a long life.

    Comes with 3 sizes of soft ear pads. Printed Instructions for changing the ear pads are cryptic and I ruined an ear pad during my first pad change. A YouTube video explaining how to safely change ear pads without breaking the transducer housing would be helpful. Also, the red & blue left/right designation dots are unnecessarily small.

    I recommend the SE215 as a minimum pro investment instead of unpredictable cheap ear buds falling out of your ears. Worth every penny.

  • from Savannah April 23, 2015Music Background:
    Guitarist/Vocalist Event and Club work.

    Shure SE215 Earbuds

    These buds do a very good job on-stage or at home. Very well built. They have been well worth the price as they allow for close harmonies and also... no more lugging 60+ lb. monitors. What was just as outstanding as the SE215's was Sweetwater's customer service. (3) day ship time was amazing.

  • from Tennessee March 4, 2015Music Background:
    Christian Drummer

    Nice Monitors

    I play drums for a touring Christian Artist. We use accompaniment tracks for the live show, and I needed a good set of monitors to hear the tracks. These are clear and powerful and still allow me to hear some stage volume. Dual drivers are better, but for a single driver monitor it is hard to beat them.

  • from Craig, CO USA March 22, 2013Music Background:
    Singer, Songwriter, Amateur Recording Engineer, PA Owner and Operator

    Almost Like A Silent Movie

    Please understand, at the low price, these couldn't earn more than a 4 (you do "get what you pay for").

    Sweetwater almost always gets a 5 for it's BBB A+ service, which is why I chose them to be my primary supplier. Jeff Barnett is wonderful, kind, patient, [too] tolerant [of my lengthy, over-frequent e-mails].

    The SE215s get a 3. Averaged (the way I did it), the total for the purchase is a 3.5.

    I'm allergic to the black, latex foam rubber tips (sleeves). So, I tried the large orange foam, which would not hold the SE215s securely in my ears. So, I'm now using Shure EATFL1-6 white, flanged sleeves.

    If I grab my pinnae (fleshy part of ear) and pull, while pushing hard, the Shure SE215s will fully insert and not stick out. As I clip the cord to my shirt collar, run the joiner on the cables up to the back of my head, and leave a small loop in between, the 215s stay securely in my ears for hours at a time, unless I hit the cables with my hands.

    The SE215s serve their primary purpose very well, playing backing tracks while I'm practicing vocals.

    For walking, using the SE215s is scary. It doesn't take very much level for them to almost completely drown out the quiet cars, which just "whisper" by. A little more level, and only the noisy trucks occasionally intrude. More level than that and I'd have much worse tinnitus and earlier hearing loss. It's somewhat surreal, like watching an almost silent movie. But, dangerous!

    The 215s are, however, a bit "mix-specific"; with a good mix, they sound good, with a bad one they don't sound quite so good. (But, remember, they're low cost.)

    While the bass response could be better (and probably is in the more expensive models), it is sufficient for my all my needs, including on-stage/in-ear-monitoring where additional bass will be heard from stage monitors or mains speakers. Those critical of wireless transmitters' and IEMs' bass response might avail themselves of loudness contour curves and an increased understanding of the non-linearity with which our ears/brains perceive pitches relative to each other; at low levels, we simply don't hear the bass and treble as much as the mid-range.

    The replaceable cord was an absolute necessity as I regularly have had the 215s predecessors fail from cord-breakage. No more! I ordered a spare cord when I got the 215s.

    Overall, I love them! They work so well, that Shure's competitors will have difficulty getting me to not use the SE line exclusively (including, eventually, as rental IEMs).

    (A note about hygiene and tinnitus. One should always clean their ears out daily, using a soft, "baby's" bulb to gently rinse out the inner part of the ear, never inserting the tip of the bulb deeply, squeezing gently so as not too damage the eardrum by intense direct water flow nor by intense sound. One should always clean the sleeves. While loud sound or noise will cause tinnitus, so will the use of aspirin and other substances. The presence of tinnitus doesn't always presage eventual hearing loss. Still, an annual hearing exam by a qualified audiologist is essential for those regularly listening to loud music or other loud sound. Furthermore, consulting and abiding by daily noise-exposure charts is suggested.)

  • from Michigan,USA December 14, 2011Music Background:
    Drummer. Classic Rock.

    Great product for the money

    Used these in ear monitors with my band and they worked great. Very clear sound, Helps with vocals so i'm not straining my voice.

  • from March 4, 2017

    Sultry Sound, Disappointing Design

    The good: With a good seal, these sound very nice. A well-balanced, relatively flat response with ample bass, decent imaging and strong isolation.

    The bad: For me, these IEMs are easily the least comfortable earbuds I've ever donned. Just placing them in my ears takes endless fidgeting. The over-ear wire compounds this already frustrating experience. My speed at getting them "set" correctly has not improved.

    The ugly: As a result of these factors emerging during the first week I owned these buds, I placed them back into their carrying case haven't used them since.

    The complaint: Good sound and isolation are not worth more to me than comfort and ease of use. I want them both! I bought a pair of Panasonic HJE120's for nine dollars, and they sound only 80-90% as good (actually, wait, that's pretty darn good) but are 200% more comfortable and easy to use. And yeah, they're a tenth the price.

    The caveat: I'm surprised there haven't been many other complaints about comfort. I don't know if that's due to the low expectations of others or simply that I have strangely shaped ears. I suppose either or both are possible.

    I'd suggest proceeding with caution and finding a way to try these on before you purchase,

  • from Canyon, Tx February 17, 2017Music Background:
    Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Sound Technician, Producer...

    Very Muddy/Boxy and lack consistency in the quality of these particular models.

    These Are the second pair of Non-Custom in-ears I have owned. Aside From My Westones, I have owned 2 pair of these. They Aren't All bad and I understand They Have Single drivers. For My biggest complaints; There are VERY Dramatic differences in the quality of the 2 pair I've owned. The First Pair Were beyond muddy even after breaking them in. The cable didn't last 6 months. I sent them in for repair and they returned them with a new cable then the driver went out in the very same pair a month later assuming it was the cable again. Purchased a new cable and it was not the problem. I later decided to buy a second pair and they are much better than the last. They are still too muddy for my preferences.

    Budget wise, these are great for starter in-ears. Especially if you can't afford customs (like myself in the beginning).They are comfortable after a little tweaking. Minimal Ear fatigue

    I do not, however, recommend upgrading to the dual drivers or any of the higher end Shure In-Ears.
    If you can afford anything past $300 purchase something better.

  • from WA December 31, 2016Music Background:
    Musician and engineer for half a century and still learning

    A little disappointed

    I bought these to replace a pair of SE-210s that bit the dust (as all such IEMs eventually do). I thought: "215", that's 5 digits better than 210, right? Should be similar or better, I thought. Wrong. Not the same at all.

    These are severely bass-hyped, and clearly designed for portable pop music listening, not for stage monitoring or critical listening. If you're among those who consider Beatz the last word in headphones, then you'll like these on your iPhone. But if you spend your days listening to high-end studio monitors in an acoustically-treated space, then you're attuned to a flat frequency response and will be disappointed with the SE-215s.

    Mind you, I don't expect much in the way of fidelity from in-ears, using them primarily for long-distance air travel. But I had been hoping they might do double duty as stage monitors. That's probably not going to work. I also like to evaluate my mixes away from the DAW, using various headphones as alternate references. The SE-215s won't be much use for that, either, as just sounding bad isn't in itself very informative.

    Still, I don't want to be overly harsh. For casual listening, e.g. a podcast while taking a walk these'll do just fine. They'll let me avoid using those nasty earbuds they hand out on the plane,.And after all, they were only $.

  • from California December 28, 2016Music Background:
    Drumming since the 70s

    Blown Drives

    Loved them while they lasted. Blown driver after 5months. Same with the 315 series.

  • from Medford oregon June 4, 2016Music Background:
    29 year musician

    Shire SE215

    The sound is great, the earbuds are a bit too big for my ears.

  • from August 5, 2015Music Background:
    Sound Tech

    Sure SE215

    Our Drummer seems to be very happy with these. I was previously using two floor monitors and bought these in an effort to reduce stage monitor volume. No matter how loud I cranked the floor monitors, they were never quite loud enough for the drummer. Now I have these running off a headphone amp, and he can turn them up as loud as he wants.

  • from downers grove, il May 6, 2015Music Background:
    analog synth enthusiast

    not impressed, mid range earbud with isolation. but that's it.

    these were a disappointment to me. i don't mind spending 100 on earbuds, and considered jumping right in at a much higher model but kind of glad i got these to test them out.

    basically, these don't sound much better than some $40 urban outfitters earbuds "urbanears" which can be bought even less than that price. and i'm sure countless other earbuds offer something that sounds great for 50 or less.

    the only advantage i see here is the sound isolation for playing on stage or trying to cut out background sound. i was expecting a much better sound quality and depth for the price. going to use them as headphones to mow the lawn as a result.

  • from Dayton March 24, 2015Music Background:

    Shure SE215

    I'm not blown away by these, but they work well and don't cost as much as custom made in-ears. They're more comfortable than the Vic-Firth headphones in that they're not pinching my head or get all sweaty when playing the drums, but they do have a different muffling signature. The Vic-Firths let through bit of a boxy sound whereas these block out most of the drums and cymbals well except for my snare drum for some reason. I plan on using them when mowing the lawn and all that. The wire connections seem beefed up and heavy duty, so I don't foresee a problem with that. For the cost, I'm happy, just don't expect to be blown away by them.

  • from Boyne City, michigan October 20, 2014Music Background:
    Lead vocals, acoustic/lead guitar

    Great In-Ear Monitors

    I have been using these in ears for about a month now and have really enjoyed them. I use them for monitors in a live band setting and have found them to be functional and reliable. The product is of good quality and I like the (I believe is 6) different ear attachments options. A small, medium and large option is given in two styles of attachment: foam or soft rubber. They are comfortable while providing good sound isolation from room noise. The ear pieces can actually detach from the end of the cords as well although I don't use that feature very often. For the price I couldn't complain about sound quality. I have never used a set of ears that have had more than one driver per side so I really don't know what I am missing when it comes to "high end" in-ear monitors. There is a strip of rubber tubing at the end of the cords where the ear pieces attach, this is the part of the cord that will wrap over the top/back side of the ear. Over time it has begun to keep its form - it has a bit of memory to it which is great because I am not having to fight to keep the cords back behind my ears where I need them. Over all these are a great pair of in ear monitors that I feel are affordable, comfortable and for someone shopping for some in this price range I would recommend them.

  • from new jersey August 17, 2012Music Background:
    performing musician

    worth the money

    I had the m audio in ears before these and o l like these better.nice fit in your ear and clear yet a little too " scooped" in the eq.but overall worth it

  • from Gainesville, FL June 20, 2011Music Background:
    Hobbyist Recording Engineer

    Shure SE215

    So far I've only used the SE215 for listening to mp3 music on planes; but I'm really impressed by the level of stereo detail and sound quality. I clearly hear things that I've never heard with my previous in-ear monitors and those had two drivers!

    Also, I'm just an amature engineer, but, even I can clearly tell where everything is in the songs on my mp3 player. The SE 215 also does a great job of blocking out plane noise and conversation allowing me to listen at a comfortable level and still be isolated from the noise around me.

    Since I don't play an instrument, I hadn't planed to use the SE215 in the studio. Now that I've heard them, I want to give the SE215 a try for mixing and compare the mixes made using the SE215 with mixes made with near field monitors. My home studio acoustics leave a lot to be desired and I often resort to headphones for balancing EQ, levels and panning. I'm thinking given the clarity I've experienced from the SE215 might allow me to expand their role in mixing and improve my mixes at the same time.

    On the down side, the first pair I received were defective. The cable connections were intermitent and the cables would often pop off the ear pieces. I consulted Arend Raby, my Sweetwater salesman for advice. Luckily Arend has a SE215 that he uses each Sunday without problems. So, I requested a replacement pair and I'm glad I did.

    One more minor downside, I use my mp3 player to listen to radio when I'm traveling. It appears that the grounding of the SE215 shield interferes with the mp3 player using the in-ear monitor cable as an antenna causing intermitent radio operation. I found that poking the SE215 audio plug through a piece of plastic wrap solves that problem. The SE215 is the only headphones that have that problem.

  • from Utah June 16, 2016Music Background:

    Not too Sure

    Can"t seem to remove buds. Twist and pull off. Very weird, thought I might break them. Still havn"t removed buds for a smaller size. Will call Sweetwater and see what gives. Also, strange cable connectors. Awkward style for inserting into ear.

  • from Ohio May 10, 2016Music Background:
    Various instruments, mainly drums

    Good until...

    These were great as my first 2 sets of in-ears (the first ones died in under a year, the second started giving way about 2 years in). Then again, I didn't know what I was missing. The next in-ears that I purchased blew me away with how much louder (with these I'd had to boost every signal I was given) and clearer other monitors (specifically Westones) were. Again, these weren't bad sounding to someone who hadn't heard better. I know a lot of people who love these... so they'd probably work great for you if you've never used in-ears. My recommendation is go with something else, though.

  • from New Jersey April 4, 2013Music Background:
    Recording, Drummer with click track

    A step backward

    I bought the Shure SE115s a couple years ago. I loved them, even though the neck slide broke only a few weeks after getting them. Recently, the left bud stopped working, so I replaced them with these. Compared to the 115s, these are a pain to put on and actually hurt my ears--the ears themselves, not the eardrums--to wear, especially because of my glasses. The old design on the 115s was simpler and more streamlined; the 215s are more twisty and complicated, take longer to put and take off, are uncomfortable for long periods of monitoring, hover at times within your ear (creating poorer sound quality), and cannot be used without running the wire up and behind your ear, whereas the 115s could be used this way. You could just stick them in your ears and go.
    All that said, when they are in well and tight, and not hurting my ear cartilage, they work well. Also, using them while drumming works well because they are very secure in your ear. Lastly, if the wire was to break, the buds are removable so the wire can be replaced.
    I should have done more research. I'm sending the 115s to Shure for repair. You should buy from that older line instead; these newfangled deals are too needlessly complicated.

  • from Saint George, UT May 24, 2017Music Background:
    First record purchased, Great Balls of Fire ! 45


    Could not get ear plugs off, the ones that came attached did not fit my ears. Afraid to twist too hard, thinking I might break them. Ordered second cable, as, most often that what goes bad. Not using much.
    No info on how to get ear plugs off without breaking.

  • from Oregon April 17, 2017Music Background:


    I I bought these earphones to use riding my motorcycle. They do not fit well enough to use with my helmet. They claim they fit flush with the wire around your ear it is very uncomfortable.
    The sound is OK to use just for music but would not recommend them for riding.

  • from November 27, 2015


    These in ears are a little below average. They are extremely muddy and everything in your mix with be dark. I just bought them while I saved for customs. After 10 months the cable broke. These are good for temporary use while you save for nicer in ears. And remember, customs are always worth the wait and money. 3 driver universals suck compared to 3 driver customs. Customs have unmatched clarity and depth. If you are looking for a good pair of universals, stay away from the single drivers and buy at least 3 drivers. Check out 1964 ears.

  • from March 2, 2016

    The poor cable ruins everything

    I have used Shure headphones for almost a decade now and I used to love them, but they have always struggled when it comes to duration around their cables. In the past they were good to honor the warranty and provide new headphones when the cable would begin splitting. However, the new headphones, the SE215, have detachable earbuds, which is a good idea in theory, but now that I am looking for replacement cables, I am running out of luck in finding sufficient cables without paying nearly has much as I originally spent. Even the replacement cables made by Shure are far less quality than the original. I am starting to look for new headphones from other manufacturers.

  • from May 14, 2012


    Thay are ok. They do not have the best bass response but they are a sturdy set of earbuds

  • from South Carolina June 2, 2014Music Background:
    Acoustic Guitar-Praise Team-Weddings


    Received these two days ago. Most uncomfortable anything I've ever had in my ear. Sound is clear, however I just waisted $100.

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