SHURE SE215 – Review



| Dynamic Micro-Driver |

🎧 We are reviewing the SHURE SE215, probably the most popular earphone from SHURE.

The SHURE SE215 features a single dynamic micro-driver configuration without a specifically disclosed size and detachable MMCX cables.

The housings have a slim profile and a transparent plastic build that allows the inner components to be seen at plain sight.

The cable bundled with the SHURE SE215-CL is a thick and heavy duty, reinforced one that feels as it could handle hardcore beating without showing signs of falling apart.

The SHURE SE215 is one of the most affordable headphones from the brand, sitting above the SHURE SE112-GR and below the SHURE SE425, SHURE SE535 and SHURE SE846.

Long time after the release of the original SHURE SE215, the brand launched a wireless version of equally named, while a third variant also exists that is called SHURE SE215 Special Edition which has a slightly wider frequency response than the original version. To be more specific the SHURE SE215 Special Edition vs SHURE SE215 frequency response shows a 1Hz difference, being the Special Edition 21Hz – 17.5Hz while the original version being 22Hz – 17.5Hz.

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Accessories & Packaging

The SHURE SE215 unboxing results in a soft pouch, a cleaning tool and 6 pair of eartips (2x foam tips and 4x standard single-flange)

The packaging is a tall, rectangular box with a relatively small size and a clean design.




Bass & Sub Bass

Despite having a microdriver, the SHURE SE215 have fun, energetic bass with very strong mid-bass punch and good depth.

In general, they are more punchy than deep with negligible roll-off on the very lower end of the bass region.

Moreover, the SE215 have a clearly fun and more “party-tuned” bass response than many other earphones, like the RHA MA750.

Nevertheless, we have reviewed much more impacting and powerful bassy earphones.

With an EQ there is a monumental increase of sub-bass depth and noticeable extra punch but mostly it is the insane amount of depth that is able to provide after the right EQ manipulation.


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Mids & Vocals

The SHURE SE215 have warm vocals, which are clear enough despite some mid-bass bleed.

Higher mids are crisp and clear, yet have a smooth non-forward tuning (think of them as a spiced up, warmed up version of the RHA MA750).

Even though their mid-bass bleed is present, their lower vocals sound alive and not distant but can get sporadically congested at times when tracks get intensely bassy.

Fortunately for sensitive listeners, the SHURE SE215 exhibits extremely low risk of becoming harsh or presenting annoying peaks.

Using an EQ, lower vocals can be boosted a bit to remove some of the congestion on the lower mids range, still their sound will always be very warm and present some mid-bass bleed. Higher mids can get crispier too without becoming harsh.




Highs & Treble

The SHURE SE215 highs offer good brightness and some detail with an, overall, slightly darkish tint.

Some piercing peaks can arise only with extreme notes but they will not be excruciatingly strong. Sibilance can show up, yet it will be mild and will only appear on particularly sibilant-prone songs.

Overall, their highs have a very coherent tuning with their midrange and lower frequencies, completing their smooth and pleasant sound signature.

Applying an EQ, an excellent improvement over highs and treble can be achieved, with a much more open, clear, brighter and more detailed sound with the consequence of more frequent sibilance and piercing peaks.




Sound Leak

The sound leaking out of the SHURE SE215 is nearly absent, nearby people will never hear anything coming out of the SHURE SE215.

This feature makes them an ideal companion for libraries or when listeners are concerned about the privacy of their listening sessions.


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Sound Isolation

The sound isolation provided by the SHURE SE215 is noticeable right away as soon as are placed in the ears.

Partial isolation will be instantly reached while absolute isolation can be easily reached by cranking up the volume above moderate-low.


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The slim profile, rounded shapes and light weighted earpieces result in a fantastic comfort that will grant endless lasting listening sessions without any pain nor discomfort issues.

Probably the “uncomfortable” piece of the SHURE SE215 will be the stiff and heavier than average cable.


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Response to Equalization

The response to EQ of the SE215 showed important refinement of their highs and boosting of their bass but their midrange did not exhibited the same efficiency.


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Frequency Response (raw)

SHURE SE215 Frequency Response Curve

SHURE SE215 frequency response curve
SHURE SE215 frequency response curve

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SHURE SE215 Technical Specifications


Driver UnitMicrodriver
Power CapacityUnknown
Impedance17 ohms
Frequency Response22-17,500Hz
CordY-type, MMCX cord
Cord Length1.2m
PlugStereo mini plug
WeightApprox. 30g
Supplied Accessories6x Earphone tips, cable, pouch, cleaning tool

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