Shure SE210 Noise Isolating Earphones - Shure SE210

By Riyad Emeran



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Shure SE210 Noise Isolating Earphones


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Like all the more expensive SE series earphones, the SE210s feature heavy duty cabling that instils confidence in the user. The earphones themselves have a short cable, which then plugs into a supplied 91cm extension cable – all the connections are gold plated and have a very solid feel to them. Like the SE310s, the SE210s ship with Shure’s Deluxe Fit Kit comprising three sets of foam sleeves in small, medium and large sizes, along with three sets of soft flex sleeves, also in small, medium and large sizes. You also get a pair of triple flange sleeves for anyone with very strange ears, a tool to clean any errant wax from the earphones and a zip up case.

There are optional accessories available like the inline volume control, a shorter 23cm extension cable, an airline adapter and the Push To Hear module that comes with the E500PTHs. Hopefully Shure will bring a smaller PTH module to market soon, because it really is a great concept, but a little bulky in its current guise.

With an RRP of £99.99 Shure has placed the SE210s well within the reach of the average consumer. In fact, even though these earphones aren’t actually available yet I have already found one retailer offering them for under £90! At that kind of price, anyone who’s even semi-serious about their music should think hard about buying a set of SE210s.


The SE210s can’t compete with Shure’s more expensive dual and triple driver models, but they’re indiscernibly close to the SE310s while costing considerably less. With a street price of under £90 the SE210s should be a tempting proposition for anyone that encodes their music at a decent bit rate. If you want great sound quality from your player without breaking the bank, the Sure SE210s should be top of your shopping list.

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Scores In Detail

  • Value 10
  • Sound Quality 8


October 13, 2008, 6:01 pm

I have had several pairs (4 to be precise, 3 replaced on warranty) and on every single pair over time the insulating plastic around the copper wire corrodes and splits. I wear them "over the ear" and it seems to be where the plastic comes in contact with the skin and is formed into this permanently curved shape around the ear that the corrosion occurs. They come with a 2 year warranty, so have had them replaced every 6 months or so... but now the 2 years is up, I'm not sure I'll be able to get another pair. There is an obvious design flaw here though - better materials need to be used.

dani kornhauser

October 20, 2008, 2:59 pm

has Shure said anything about rectifieng this problem?

i had the same problem with cheapish (㿅) Sony ones.



October 15, 2009, 1:39 am

will you recommend this pair over Ultimate ears 700?


November 7, 2009, 2:07 pm

Or the 102s???


December 20, 2009, 1:06 am

I wouldn't reccomend these headphones at all,very uncomfortable,no matter which type of bud you use.As for sound quality,very tinny,bass very weak if at all existent and i am comparing these to my so called inadequate bundled headphones which came with my old Walkman MP3 which in my opinion are of superior quality.I have also tried a pair of samsung headphones that came with my phone and my bundled ipod headphones, even these are better sounding.If your thinking about spending this amount of money on a pair of headphones look elsewhere or ask someone whom has a decent pair and would reccomend them to you.Even better try before you buy if possible.

Dan Healy

December 24, 2009, 6:20 pm

Shures warranty replacement is second to none - I've had 4 pairs free from them because of the problem highlighted in the first comment - if you wear these over the ear, the wire will definitely split in time - in about a year with moderate use. That said, if you can wear them like normal, they should be fine, but also, I find the foam tips that come with them (default ones) very comfortable and the sound isolation is amazing. Riding on my bike blocks out traffic perfectly. I know people say this isn't safe, but to me, as you don't ride a bike looking behind you constantly, what will you do if something behind you careers into you, hearing or no hearing, you won't have a chance. I've cycled thousands of miles with in ear headphones and it just makes you more careful and aware through vision.


March 19, 2010, 9:27 pm

Shure SE 210 earphones are made of substandard materials.After just nine months of careful usage,copper wires were already exposed.To make matters worse,Shure,instead of replacing them,came up with flimsy excuse,and refused to replace them eventhough they are still under warranty.I bought those earphones from the Philippines so those planning to buy Shure earphones,try other brands first and don't waste your money on defective products and lousy after-sales service.


June 1, 2010, 7:24 pm

I'm trying to decide between these and HF2s, any advice? They're to go with an X-series Sony player.


June 1, 2010, 7:39 pm

Sorry, between these, HF2s ad SHE9850s*

Augustus Nightcustard

October 2, 2010, 1:41 pm

I bought my 210s in October 2008 to replace a pair of E2Cs, mainly as the latter were uncomfortably large in my ear canals. Since then I've been very pleased with them - I've seen no evidence of materials quality problems referred to above and they sound very good with excellent noise-isolation properties. It's an obvious point, I suppose, but you only get good bass if there's a good seal between the ear canal and the earphones - this may be a reason why some people complain of weak bass. My only gripe is the overly short stub lead and the bulky and heavy extension lead. So much so that I made my own extension from an old pair of earphones. They are now so much better to use but it's a shame it was necessary.

Jamal David

December 25, 2012, 3:40 pm

after using for 2 years.... MONSTER SOUND!! Only if you know how to wear them properly. (BIG BANG FOR YOUR BUCKS)

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