In-ear Headphones Problems

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Shaun.P, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. Shaun.P macrumors 68000


    Jul 14, 2003
    Omicron Persei 8
    I wanted to upgrade the headphones that came with my iPhone (3G). I settled on the Shure SE210's. They arrived today, and I had a chance to try them out after work.

    I think they sound awful, and have hardly any bass. Also, even the smallest tips felt painful in my ear.

    So I've packaged them up to return to Amazon. I am too afraid to try another type of in-ear headphone, and I was wondering if anyone would be able to recommend something similar to iPod headphones, only much better quality?

    I was really looking forward to that 'awe' feeling you get when you hear incredible sound. Something similar to when I bought my Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II. The Shure's didn't deliver, and they were not cheap - I think the iPod headphones sounded better.

    Anyway, I would appreciate some feedback on what you would recommend. Thank you.
  2. MicBook macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Mooresville, NC
    Alot of the sound quality issues have to do with placement although the shure 2 series have never been known for their bass

    the comfort issue also has to do with the 2 series, they are made for a certain shape ear either you love them or you hate them

    you would probably get a lot more satisfaction out of a 3 series
  3. prostuff1 macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2005
    Don't step into the kawoosh...
    If you were expecting a lot of bass then you would be dissapointed. I find the SE310's that I have to be very good. These also are not bass heavy but I have found that music sounds so much better with my SE310's then the others pairs of headphones i have had. I can assure you that the iPod headphones SUCK compared to the shures.

    My guess is that you did not quite get a good fit with the Shures. The sound isolation really is key with in-ear-headphones.

    head on over to and do some reading up on headphones over there. You should find a pair that you like.

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