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Shure SE 420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 90 reviews of Shure SE 420. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the comfort and noise isolation. The design and portability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the treble quality and usability.

sound, portability, design, noise isolation, comfort

price, usability, treble quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Shure SE 420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Shure SE 420

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 10 user reviews of Shure SE 420 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk.

70% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Shure SE 420

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Shure SE 420 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com.

87% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Nov, 2019

Recommended!

Expert review by : Riyad Emeran (trustedreviews.com)

Shure SE420 Noise Isolating Headphones

 

If you can't afford Shure's E500PTH earphones, have a listen to the new SE420s.

Shure has created a superb set of earphones in the shape of the SE420s. I maintain that the E500PTHs are still the best earphones that money can buy, but the SE420s are a far more affordable option. As I said earlier, if you've been lusting after the...

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Shure SE420 earphones

 

So you've spent £200 on a brand new top of the range MP3 player and then got to trust the cheap headphones in the box to give you that mellow rich sound you've been hoping for. Shure, makers of in-ear headphones for the music profession for years, has...

Sound thankfully, fit

Expensive

All this hyperbole might sound a bit airy fairy considering that they are more expensive that most MP3 players on the market, but then this is a case of paying for better sound quality than you've probably got in your house. So should you invest? Well...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : tech.co.uk staff (techradar.com)

Shure SE420 review

 

One of the more refined ways to plug music into your head

Superb clarity ; Comfortable when properly aligned ; Dynamic, punchy mids ; Sound isolation

Heavy price tag ; Take some getting used to

Excellent sound quality and the useful ability to cut out most ambient noise

Aug, 2007

Expert review by (macformat.co.uk)

Shure SE420

 

Surely £202 is far too much for a rational human being to spend on a pair of earphones? Together with one of the bigger iPods the pair would cost you over £400. That's an expensive way to block out the chattering and sniffing on the Tube

Superb clarity, Comfortable when properly aligned, Dynamic, punchy mids, Sound isolation

Heavy price tag, Take some getting used to

Excellent sound quality and the useful ability to cut out most ambient noise

Aug, 2007

Expert review by (hifichoice.co.uk)

Shure SE420

 

Costing more than most upmarket portable music players, these earphones are clearly targeted at quality-conscious listeners - and they're not even Shure's top model. The cost, of course, is in the detailed micro-engineering

Surprising sound quality

Overly deep bass, Expensive

If you're a fan of in-ear phones the SE420 may be just the set for you

May, 2007

Expert review by (itreviews.co.uk)

Shure - SE420

 

So, how much would you pay for good headphones? In fact, scratch that: how much are you willing to stump up for astoundingly good noise-cancelling headphones that offer real comfort and quite brilliant sound quality? Shure ...

For anyone who takes their audio really seriously, Shure's SE420s are, frankly, superb. They're also very expensive. But they're still worth having a chat with the bank manager about...

May, 2007

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jonny Evans (macworld.co.uk)

Shure SE420 Review

 

Shure has made professional headphone systems for musicians for years. The explosion of digital audio systems means the company now has a reason to offer iPod users some of its advanced audio technology.

Great sound, comfortable fit, almost as good as the e500s

Too much cable length, swapping earpiece sleeves is tricky, too expensive for most iPod users

If you love music you'll want the best headphones you can afford, and these are an excellent alternative to the SE530 and set at a slightly lower price. Your music will sound great, you'll suffer no background noise, and they are light and comfortable...

May, 2001

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

How to Buy the Right Headphones

 

You could argue that it makes a lot more sense to spend, say, $100 on an MP3 player and $400 on earphones, but this is rarely how consumers spend. Thus, despite its excellent quality, I'm pretty positive the Shure SE420 set of earphones isn't flying...

High-quality audio performance. Excellent sound isolation. Excellent fit in ear.

"Cable thump" is intense-not ideal for gym use.

Equipped with a fit kit for all ears, the SE420 blocks out noise and makes beautiful music, eschewing flat response for a stronger bass response and crisper high end.

May, 2008

Expert review by : Tim Gideon (pcmag.com)

Shure SE420

 

The SE420 pair sounds superb, but there are other excellent options in this price range.

High-quality audio performance. Excellent sound isolation. Excellent fit in ear.

"Cable thump" is intense—not ideal for gym use.

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May, 2008

Expert review by : Mark Brezinski (headphoneinfo.com)

Shure SE420 Headphones Review - Intro

 

The SE420s are a set of in-ear headphones from Shure, available for $200. Like other Shure headphones, the SE420s have angled nozzles, which make them look a bit different than other in-ears. If you like to wear your headphones' cord looped around the...

Look ok and seem durable overall ; Excellent isolation and leakage control ; Portable, great selection of sleeves ; Not all that comfortable ; Value & Comparisons

The open nozzles might cause durability issues ; The actual quality of audio playback isn't great ; Not a bad deal for the money, definitely a valid purchase ; Still a bit over-priced, without their isolation, they'd be somewhat average

The Shure SE420s are a solid pair of headphones. Their frequency response graph wasn't bad, their distortion was fairly low (to the point of not being noticeable unless you were looking for it), and they can isolate better than any other headphones...

Nov, 2008
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