Submitted November 12, 2015 by Marc de Brisay in Torrance, CA
"Look no further."
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I'm a music producer, film producer and musician, been working with sound for about 40 years now. These last two years I got tired of shopping around, reading reviews and I ran out of time. I just couldn't decide. All I knew is that I wanted the best. There's a lot of product in the in-ear monitor market these days. I bought these things out of desperation, I was tired, so I just made my best bet based on a few reviews that were circulating at the time and the brand name of Shure. And I never looked back since. These things are spine-tingling. The bass is something that's hard to describe if you're not a poet. I've never heard bass like that coming out of in-ear monitors. There are earphones that claim "big bass" alright. But that's what you get, "big bass" 70s disco style. Nothing else. The symphony double bass sounds almost the same as a German techno. Not here, folks. These things can dish powerful, rich and creamy, molar-rearranging bass as easy as they can reproduce narrow-Q mid-bass, distorted and woody, exactly what the producers intended, no less, but also no more. And that is hard to get. But here is the deal closer for me: I often fly on trans-Atlantic flights that last 10 hours plus. Guess what, for the first time in my life I've worn earphones and listened to them straight for 10 boring hours and didn't experience the slightest ear fatigue. And another surprise: It happened that I had some badly adjusted levels with outrageously high volumes. I know how that hurts and how it leaves your ears ringing for about 10 minutes afterwards. Not here! To my huge surprise, with these babies you can get occasionally hit with an equivalent of a 110 dBs for a few seconds it takes you to wake up and adjust the volume and it still doesn't make your ears ring. Why? Because the sound is loud but clear and wholly undistorted. That's what makes a difference. For ease of use I give it four stars as it takes a little wiggling around to properly install in your inner ear. However, it is still easier than another top brand (I won't mention their name). For manufacturer support I haven't had a chance to call them yet, treat it as Not Applicable. My only beef is with the cable (they come with two cables, one longer, one shorter). The shorter cable came defective, it had a break in it. I haven't had the time to call warranty yet, but I will. Otherwise, they're built like a brick doghouse. Bottom line: It's rare when you spend a thousand dollars on something and, given a chance, won't give it back for fifteen hundred.
40 years, musician, producer.
Rock, jazz, blues, electronic, film.
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