March 27, 2017

Klipsch and Shure have grown on to become the most popular brands in the world of audio. While Klipsch is based in US, Shure hails from Germany. Today we have with us the Klipsch Reference R6 and the Shure SE215. 

Alot of buyers with budget have been asking us about the best choice between these two in-ears, thus, we decided to put the questions to rest. Let the battle begin!
CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"If you want an industry standard IEM to use on stage and off, the  Shure SE215 is great value for money.

If you are wanting to buy a great sounding in-ear for the sheer pleasure of listening to music from a portable device across all genres, the MA750 is simply the best all round earphone you an get yourself."

-Raghav Somani

RHA - MA750


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UNIQUE, ALL METAL EARPHONES BALANCED AND DETAILED SOUND
Shure - SE215


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IN-EAR ON-STAGE MONITORS WITH SIGNATURE SHURE DESIGN

 


DESIGN: Klipsch Reference R6 VS Shure SE215

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Almost unanimously, the reaction that comes from people checking out the SE215s are “Insanely Cool”. That's no surprise given the edgy and angular profile of the earbuds and the see-through transparent housings. They are striking to look at, make no mistake.

Coming to the build quality, Shure never compromises on build, they never did even on sub-4000 earbuds like the SE112, the SE215 is no exception, with a build that is truly quality. Solid housings, a thick strong and sturdy cable that’s detachable, rubber reinforcements in every joints, these are simply built to last.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE FLAMBOYANT SE215 AND RHA MA750
While not as flamboyant as the Shure’s, the RHA’s MA750 has a more subtle, classy and sophisticated look. The all metal build with the brushed metal finish screams quality. This looks like a delicately crafted product. The cables are robust and built but they aren’t detachable, which is a bit of a letdown on RHA’s behalf.

The RHA MA750 screams 'Pure Business' with its straight forward design.

A special mention here about the accessories offered by the RHA, it's abundant and blows the SE215 out of the water; with a huge selection of eartips, better carrying case, and better packaging.
USABILITY: Klipsch Refernce R6 Vs Shure 215

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The Shure SE215's fit does feel uncomfortable in the beginning. It does need a little getting used to because of the negative profile and over ear design of the earphones. But once its settled, it conforms to your ear canal. Provided you choose the right eartips and place them properly, ear strain won’t be an issue. The noise isolation is superb, and using foam tips, the isolation levels are possibly the best in class.

A special mention about the detachable cables, they are excellent and of very high quality, making the Shure SE215 highly recommended.

The SE215 does not feature a microphone and remote. However, the same is justified as these in-ears have been specifically designed keeping on-stage monitoring in mind.

SHURE'S ONE YEAR WARRANTY VS RHA'S THREE YEAR WARRANTY
The fit is extremely comfortable, they sit plush on your ears and are easily manageable for hours of listening. A feature that definitely makes a difference here is the ability to wear this both in the regular way and around the ear. The noise isolation is good, better when worn over ear.

The MA750, like the Shure SE215 does not comes with a microphone and remote. However, you can opt for the RHA MA750i, that is the microphone and remote version of MA750.

When it comes to the warranty, the Shure SE215 comes with a one year warranty, while, the RHA MA750 comes with an astounding 3 year warranty.


SOUND: Klipsch Refernce R6 VS SHURE SE215

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This is where things start to get interesting. While geared towards an upper tier of audio aficionados, the sound signature is oddly consumer centric. There's an emphasis on bass and treble frequencies while the mids are laid back. The good bit is, none of the audible range vastly overpowers one another and there isn’t any early roll-off. Honestly speaking, most would be happy with what they hear, especially Rock, EDM and other bass accentuated genres. But, they do lack the subtlety and finesse to bring classic and jazz to life.

However, the soundstage is impressively wide. So the overall liveliness of the audio presentation is superb. All in all, not the audiophile favorite, but definitely a solidly good sounding pair.
LIVELY SONIC PRESENTATION VS A BALANCED SOUND SIGNATURE
The key difference between the sound of the Shure's and the RHA’s offering is pretty much similar to the design. While both have a lively sonic signature, the Shure’s go overboard, and the RHA’s play safe and tune it down a bit.

The MA750 has a more balanced output in comparison. Though not strictly accurate, they bring out a good balance between accurate and fun sound. There’s bass, the mids aren’t recessed, and the highs sparkle, and they sound proper. The soundstage isn’t as wide as the Shure’s, but they do well in terms of overall presentation and instrumental separation. Unlike the SE215, a vast majority of music genres will work with the MA750.

Summary


SHURE - SE215

  • Exceptional Build Quality
  • Edgy design
  • Detachable Cables
  • Over-Ear Fit
  • Sound that Works with a variety of New Genres
  • Excellent Stereo Imaging
RHA - MA750 

  • Elegant and Classy Design
  • Fantastic Build with an all-metal housing
  • Worn both Straight & Over the Ear
  • Works with all genres of music
  • Balanced and detailed sound
  • Plethora of Accessories

Our Verdict

This is a difficult choice. It’s like choosing between Daft Punk and Van Helen. Both are maestros in their field, its up to the consumer's liking, if you prefer edgy design and larger than life sound that’s gonna easily please the vast majority of the crowd, go for the Shure SE215.

If you prefer subtlety and finesse, and audiophile grade sound in which you can admire the little details in your music, go for the RHA MA750.


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