Shure is a name that is synonymous with high-end audio equipment ranging from speakers and microphones to some of the best headphones on the market today. Unfortunately, all that comes at a price that is unreachable to the majority of us who are unable or unwilling to spend the amounts that Shure want for their products.
That’s where the SE102’s come in to play. Released last year I got to spend a few weeks using the SE102’s with my iPod and my laptop. Featuring a noise-cancellation design, these tyically offer less comfort than the ear-muff design or the wrap-around models. With some clever design, Shure makes comfort and stability a non-issue with its wrap around cable and earpiece hooks that put the earbuds firmly in place.
Included in the box are a set of four rubber earpieces that can be interchanged as you please. It does take some getting used to so it’s worth trying out a couple to see which gives you the best fit.
On the exterior, the SE102’s aren’t anything special. With a design consisting of two black earplugs with the Shure logo printed on them, it’s clear that the style aspect of these earphones have been an afterthought. Whilst I have a slight issue with that, I am pleased to find that Shure have designed a comfortable to fit earphone system with a generous amount of cabling that is capped off with gold tips.
Sound quality was not on par with what I expected from a Shure product. Whilst I don’t have any reference points to compare with in the rest of the Shure range, what I did notice was that the audio lacked any level of bass that that offers good quality sound with a reasonable level of bass. I’m not sure how much of that audio expertise Shure has put in to these consumer-range headphones for the non-audiophiles, but I have listened to other sets that have offered similar if not better listening experience at a cheaper price.