My Shure SE210s stopped working last week; the sound level in one of the ears suddenly faded by about 90%. I did some research googling and found lots of people reporting the same issue, then I recalled that the same friend that recommended the Shures to me originally, also mentioned some reports of cable issues, including cable breakdown from perspiration. The general consensus of opinion seems to be that the Shures are kick ass, but will need replacing every 4-6 months and I would have to concur with this point of view. Some people are suggesting that users are to blame for abusing their ‘phones, but I assure you that mine were very looked after. To their credit, Amazon didn’t quibble about giving me a full refund or a direct replacement and since my research googling indicated that the replacements would fail in another six months, I opted for the former.
I decided that I was going to get a pair of Monster Beats by Dr. Dre (no he isn’t a real doctor) since I wanted over/on ear ‘phones, they are designed for use with iPods/iPhones and because well, you’ve got to feel it if the Doctor sealed it. No more pissing about with different boots, insertion and removal of in-ear ‘phones from my auditory canal followed by the very necessary house keeping, i.e. ear wax removal. First impressions: breath taking. The packaging for the Beats oozes class and that’s just the packaging, they literally tore through the playlist* that I concocted as a test with ease: distinct notes, powerful lows, no outside noise. I’m loving the mute button (you can temporarily mute the music by pressing the right ear), I can see myself making good use of that at work and I also like the inline mic for making calls without removing the cans. They are comfortable, light and well balanced (even with the two AAA batteries on one side) and they look good too (candy black and red). Stay tuned for more updates.
*Sound Test Playlist:
- Lil’ Wayne, A Milli, Tha Carter III.
- The Game, How we do, The Documentary.
- Bullet For My Valentine, Scream Aim Fire, Scream Aim Fire.
- Snoop Dogg, Drop It Like It’s Hot, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece.
- Avenged Sevenfold, Almost Easy, Avenged Sevenfold.