Shure SE315 Sound Isolating Earphones review: Shure SE315 Sound Isolating Earphones

CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 5.0

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The Good The Shure SE315 earphones offer an exceptionally durable design. The package includes useful extras such as a case and the Shure Fit Kit.

The Bad The Shure SE315 earphones don't offer great sound quality across the board considering the price point. Getting a good fit takes effort, and these may not be comfortable for all people.

The Bottom Line The Shure SE315 Sound Isolating Earphones offer an exceptionally durable design, but you can find better-sounding sets for about half the price.

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Shure has been churning out impressive-sounding in-ear headphones for consumers for more than 15 years, and any new models from the company have featured mainly evolutionary changes from their predecessors. The latest update to the Shure consumer line is no exception, with the new SE models featuring a few fairly minor--but mostly welcome--tweaks.

We first checked out the Shure SE425 earphones, a $299 set that impressed us with a durable design and excellent sound quality. Now, we have our ears on the SE315, which is Shure's single-driver offering. At $199, this set falls in the middle of the SE line in terms of pricing. The SE315 is a follow-up to the SE310, and its earpieces feature a noticeable design shift from those of its predecessor. Rather than the bulbous teardrop shape that tends to stick out of the ear, Shure has moved to a contoured mold that's meant to sit inside the outer ear. We saw this originally with the Shure SE530, and--for most users--this design means a more ergonomic fit.

Of course, this newly contoured earpiece shape also means the SE315 earphones need to be worn a bit differently from their predecessor. Namely, the earbuds need to be twisted in just right, and the cable is then looped over the top of the ear. Shure has built in a few inches of memory wire right near the earbuds to help with this. Still, not everyone will like the feel of the cord over the top of the ear, and the initial tweaking to get the earpieces just right is tiresome at first; practice helps over time.

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  • Color black
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Additional Features gold-plated plug
  • Type headphones
  • Headphones Form Factor in-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm