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Headphones for Z5: Shure SE110 v. Bose In-Ear

by yufmb / December 3, 2007 7:51 AM PST

I wanted to find out which of the two are better in terms of sound quality, build quality, and noise-isolation.

I'm looking at headphones within the $100 range, and those are the two that I've found that appeal to me most.

The Shure's are the cheapest entry level headphones they make. I've always heard about Shure's high-end headphones, but how are these low-end ones? Are they worth the money, or should I get the Bose and get the high-end Shure's in a few years after I pay off my student loans? Wink

Noise cancelling is a big factor for me, travelling in the city on public transit, I want to be able to hear my music without shattering my ear drums.

I've been using a pair of $20 Skullcandy's the past year, so I'm used to complete sound isolating headphones, but I've heard the Shures are a different breed altogether in how they fit. The Bose, I've read in a handful of Amazon reviews, don't completely seal off the ear canal. Is this true?

I bought a Samsung Z5 last year so I want headphones to complement that in terms of the quality of sound they output... as long as they don't completely bankrupt me.

I know this is more of an mp3 forum but I'm hoping there's a few people who know about headphones.


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Noise isolation
by ktreb / December 3, 2007 11:18 AM PST

I own the Bose Triport in-ear headphones, and I can tell you that they provide no noise isolation. The headphones are designed to fit in the bowls of your ears and are not meant to create a tight seal.
They sound good, but I wear those in a quiet environment.

If you're considering the Shure se110s, you might want to also consider the Ultimate Ears Super.fi 3. They're $60 on Amazon.com. I don't have either of these, but I do have Shure e2cs. They provide good sound isolation. I can't really tell you about the finer points, though. I'm mainly interested in sound isolation...I have some hearing loss and would like to keep external noise out so that I can keep the volume down.

I recently got Skullcandy headphones...I actually got 4 pairs. The first one at Target for $15, then I found the same ones at Staples on Black Friday for $10 (I bought 2). Then another, slightly different and more expensive pair (it was Rasta-colored: red, green, yellow) that had a volume control for $32 at Best Buy. I'm happiest with these.

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by yufmb / December 9, 2007 1:19 AM PST
In reply to: Noise isolation

Thank you so much for your advice. I think I am going to finally go with the Shures. Sound isolation is key for me.

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