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Shure

Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones

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Shure in-ear headphones offer a distinctly rich-toned sound with precise musical detail at all frequencies, along with a nicely comfortable fit suitable even for first-timers to the category.

The Shure SE425 balanced armature design contains separate tweeter/woofer microdrivers within each earpiece for the ultimate in clear music reproduction and spacious instrumental separation. The SE-425 is a great choice for audiophiles seeking superior 'listening room' sound quality on the road with their portable music device of choice.


Musicians have known about the quality of Shure products for decades but it was only with their splash into the headphone world that audiophiles got wind of the superior audio performance and product durability that has made Shure awesome for 90 years. The Shure 'SE' series of earphones have become the defacto standard for serious listeners and music lovers demanding a galvanizing deep sound, a comfortable wearing experience and accurate musical response.

The Shure SE 425 earpieces each contain dual drivers with tweeter / woofer arrays - just like big speakers - delivering very precise timbral detail, excellent instrumental separation and smoothly rendered voicing with a rich tonal palette that synergizes well with nearly all music genres. Our Headphone.com review team highly recommends this product for portable listeners and music lovers on the move who demand the best sound quality on their journeys.

Expect a tasty but controlled emphasis on the bottom-end buttressing a clearly defined vocal mid-range and spacious, open-toned upper treble extension. The overall sound quality differences between this Shure SE425 and the upscale 3-driver Shure SE535 model are certainly notable but nuanced, making the 425 the obvious value winner for listeners watching the budget.

The earplug-like design of the SE-425 provides thorough noise-blocking/listening privacy even in noisy settings, like during airline travel or commuting. The proprietary Shure 'Sound Isolating' eartip sleeves deliver up to a claimed -37dB of isolation, meaning almost total blocking of environmental ambient noise. The wide array of eartip shapes/sizes included with the SE425 enables a personalized fit sans the overly fastidious and precise insertion process required by some deeper-fitting brands.

Another of the SE425's big design advancements is the lightweight low-profile earpiece shaping with a nozzle angle especially engineered by Shure to rest comfortably within the ear canal. The Shure SE425 detachable cable allows easy cord replacement if ever needed and greatly extends the use-life of the headphones while providing comfortable ergonomics using the flexible cord routing method of your choice. The varied cord routing styles keeps the cable out of the way.

The cord construction uses a tough Kevlar-reinforced sheathing for maximum durability. A gold-plated detachable MMCX connector employs a solid locking mechanism allowing full 360 degree earpiece rotation and superb product durability without connector worries. 

Again, remember to try all the various eartip sets for the very best fit and, thus, the best sound quality performance. You can then (eventually) purchase a pack of your favored Shure tips separately and you'll be good to go for years!

  • Product Features:

    • Impressive musical detail clarity from dual-driver balanced armature
    • Detachable earpieces allow easy cord upgrade/replacement if needed
    • Form-fitting flexible cable can be routed as desired
    • Among most comfortable in-ear headphones available
    • 2-year 'repair or replace' Shure manufacturer warranty
  • Specifications:

    • Driver Type: Balanced Armature
    • Impedance @ 1kHz: 37 Ohms
    • Sensitivity: 109 dB SPL/V
    • THD+N:
    • Isolation: -15dB ~ -35dB
    • Connector Type: 3.5mm (1/8")
    • Cable Length: 5 ft.
    • Cable Style: Straight Y
    • Weight:
    • Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years

    What's In The Box:

    • Shure travel case
    • 5 sizes & shapes of eartip sleeves
    • 1/4" stereo plug adapter
    • SE425 earphones
  • Shure SE425 Frequency Response

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