New Apple In-Ear or Shure SE210?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by bobdard, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. bobdard macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    So I have a pair of Shure SE210s that I got when they came out a bit over a year ago, and I love them; they're awesome. Only issue: they're not the most portable due to the high-quality and thick cable (which is not an issue, but something I would prefer was different, though I know in order to keep the quality high, they had to use the thicker cable).

    Anyway, I bought a pair of the new in-ear Apple headphones, and compared the two. The sound quality is similar, though the Shure is louder and has better base.

    I like the smaller size of the Apple earphones, the look, and the controls that work with my iPhone and MacBook. Having said that, am I retarded to keep the Apple and sell my Shures for a bit?

    Just want some opinions. Thanks!
  2. tuneup macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2008
    It really depends on the application. What are you using them for?
  3. svndmvn Guest

    Nov 6, 2007
    I don't think selling anything makes anyone retarded:)
    I say sell them, keep the in ear Apple ones and buy some "external" non in ear ones when you have the money, not for jogging purposes though..
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    I'm going to pick up a pair of the Apple ones because I want the microphone/click button (to pause/FF/etc).

    If the sound is close, and you gain those additional features, I'd sell the Shures and go for the Apple ones. :)
  5. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I have the new Apples and the interface convenience makes them worthwhile for me.

    Can you really sell your Shures? I mean they are in-ear's. ewww.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    LOL. For those that don't have confidence in rubbing alcohol, there's always this:
  7. polpaul macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008

    Rather than buy new earphones, consider Shure's in line MPA-3C. I got mine from Amazon for only $30. It has a microphone for accepting calls, and a button to control forward, back and replay for the music playback functions. Everything Apple's earphones have, as I understand it. I use mine with my Shure 210's and my iPhone for running/working out and it works great. A lot cheaper than buying new earphones and the functionality ports to any other headphones you may have, or buy in the future.
  8. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    How is that for bulkiness? Does where the adapter connects to the headsets add a lot of bulk/weight?
  9. afes macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    feel and sound like 90 dollars

    the new apple in ear headphones are amazing and i've only had them for a day.

    first off let me start with the sound, really good not weak like the standard external one that your ipod came with. some say the bass is lacking but i say its fine and if it was i would adjust the eq.

    the mic is very crisp, i cant stop recording my self just to listen to the quality.
    very fun

    the in ear headphones fit in and come down and out the ear and feel really smooth coming out of the ear and the fit is nice and secure with out being uncomfortable. the kind you can sleep with and not even notice. alot ppl like in ear headphones for sleeping and these would be ideal. if your a ipod touch owner and have notice trying to ff or rewind with the touch isn't the easiest task!!! thanks to the remote it is

    2 click for ff , 3 for rewind, 1 for pause/play volume un and down are very responsive.

    mic/remote is high up the cord let say i have them in the mic would be around my neck just around the collar line at first i thought it was too high then i realized that all the one hand on my touch hitting record and pause i dont have to hold the mic or anything like that which is conveniently nice.

    i ended up paying like 90, 100 bucks and the only real down side is the feel of the cord its not like sturdy plastic but the soft kind but then again the stirdy stiff plastic usually ends up breaking at points any way so maybe its a good thing?

    i dont know about the shure se210 but these are worth the money to me.
  10. polpaul macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008

    I have been using the adapter for about three months now and I do not even notice any added bulk or weight--and I run with them. The adapter also comes with an alligator clip (which I don't use) that clips the cord to your shirt, if you do happen to notice the weight.
  11. bobdard thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    I decided to sell the Shures and keep the Apples. I know an audiophile would probably notice significant sound quality differences between the two, but I didn't notice much of a difference. They both sounded crisp and clear. The only difference after a few days of intense testing is base and loudness. I don't care about the volume, because I don't listen to it at max anyways, but the bass would have been nice if originally higher (not through EQ). Overall though, I think the Apple set is better suited for me, so I decided to sell my Shures and keep the Apple set. I already have an offer for $70.
  12. bobdard thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    I read your comment after I made my decision, but it isn't too late, and you have a nice suggestion.

    I didn't know the button controls play, next/prev song like the Apple model. Do you know if these functions work with the new MacBooks as well? They probably will if it works with the iPhone; just interesting that Shure doesn't talk about these features on their website.
  13. polpaul macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008

    I just tested the adapter with my Macbook and no, it does not control iTunes functions on the MB. I don't have one of the new unibody MB, but mine is about a year old with OS X 5.5.5. Sounds like if you need the MB music control you'll need the Apple earphones. But it works fine on my iPhone 3G.
  14. bobdard thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    hey thnx for trying! The Apple ones only work with the new unibody MacBooks, so the MPA might still work with these. I think I'm going to go for the MPA.

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