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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 mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts 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 82/100 = 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.

Jun, 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.

Jun, 2019

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

Expert review by : Alfredo Padilla (washingtonpost.com)

Shure SE420

 

The Shure SE420s are a set of isolating in-ears with astounding isolation and are currently available for around $250. The headphones have a typical Shure design, meaning the nozzles protrude from the ear bud at an angle. This makes the headphones rest...

The headphones also have a very short cord, which is the perfect length for connecting to an arm-band media player. For those who don't wear arm bands, there's an extension cord included that lets the headphones reach down to your front pocket. The...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Mark Brezinski (reviewed.com)

Shure SE420

 

A scientific, in-depth analysis with side-by-side comparisons

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

Expert review by : Chris Martens (avguide.com)

Shure SE420 In-Ear Headphones

 

In just about any product line other than Shure's, the SE420 in-ear headphones would be a flagship product (and then some). But as things stand, the SE420s are Shure's next to the top-of-the-line models, slotted into the range just below the mighty...

The SE420s offer smooth, neutral tonal balance, and a good though not quite great measure of detail and nuance. It’s been said that the great is the enemy of the good, and sadly, it’s true. So, if you can afford the already good SE420s, may we suggest...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Jeremy Horwitz (ilounge.com)

Review: Shure SE420 Sound-Isolating Earphones

 

Clockwise from Bottom Left: Single-Driver Shure SE110 and V-moda Vibe Duo; Double-Driver Jays q-JAYS and Shure SE420 Following up on our earlier reviews of Shure's lowest-end model SE110 and a competing alternative, v-moda's Vibe Duo with...

So why the sharp difference in our ratings? The answers are simple: pricing and comfort. Except in the treble department, we'd call q-JAYS a slightly superior earphone to the ER-4P-it's smaller and has better bass at a lower price, unless you shop...

Oct, 2007

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
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