March 27, 2017

Shure and V-MODA are two of the most popular brands and have taken the headphone world by storm, in their own right. Today, we have two in-ears, from the respective brands, the V-MODA Forza, and on the other hand, the Shure SE215. 

We came across a large number of music enthusiasts who were confused between the two earphones in the aforementioned budget, we take off the veil on the pros and cons of each of these two in-ears. While we will say that this a close take, both the earphones will appeal to people with different preferences.
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.

The V-MODA Forza is the best in-ear sports earphones in this price range. We love the plethora of accesories paired with the excellent audio quality"

-Raghav Somani

Shure - SE215


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IN-EAR ON-STAGE MONITORS WITH SIGNATURE SHURE DESIGN
RHA - CL750


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UNIQUE, ALL METAL EARPHONES BALANCED AND DETAILED SOUND

 


DESIGN: V-MODA Forza VS Shure SE215

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It is rightly said 'V-MODA Earphones do not just deliver great sound, but depict a lifestyle'. The brand aims to enter the sports markets with its Forza series. One glance at these in-ears and they reek the V-MODA's signature design. Engineered in a plain matte body, theV-Moda Forza may not be the flashiest in-ears we have ever seen, but, they more than makeup for in simple functionality.

Extremely tiny, one will fail to notice these when worn. Where the in-ears differentiates itself from other earphones in this range is the 3-D shields (Currently not available in India). You can customize your shields and flaunt your very own style. Add that extra bling to your earphones. 

The build quality is exceptional. Although, built from V-MODA has been built to last. The dark grey fins that come with included in the package. The fins add a nice sporty look to these in-ears. On the other hand, the sport ear hooks require you to slide it around the wire of the headphones itself to attach them. 

The V-MODA offers accessories in abundance and blows the SE215 out of the water. 
THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE FIERCE V-MODA FORZA AND TH FLAMBOYANT SHURE SE215

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.


USABILITY: V-MODA Forza VS Shure SE215

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In terms of comfort, the V-MODA Forza is as good as it can get with in-ear earphones. The in-ears come with soft rubber fittings that make them extremely comfortable to be worn for long hours- especially great if you are looking to use these at the gym or during your outdoor activities. The Forza, in short, are down right pleasant. These are one of those few in-ears that you will practically forget you are wearing. 

The V-MODA Forza employs a tangle free cable, so the brand claims. However, we did find that although the cable doesn't twist easily and does feel quite stiff. When to comes to durability, the cable boasts of a very sturdy cord.  The cables are ultra-reinforced so as to provide unmatched strength. 

Since the Forza is designed to be used during physical activities, they handle elements well. Water and sweat resistant you can be rest assured of a smooth run or work out at the gym. 

A great feature, unlike the Shure SE215, Forza comes with a 3 remote and mic. It lets you control the volume levels, tracks and better voice recognition.The BLISS™ fittings allow for clear sound transmission and efficient noise isolation. 


THE V-MODA FORZA'S 3-BUTTON REMOTE AND MICROPHONE WITH BLISS FITTINGS

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.

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.

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.


SOUND: V-MODA Forza VS Shure SE215

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The V-MODA Forza's sound has been tuned to match the taste of that of a modern audiophile. In one line- these sound fantastic. The in-ears definitely lacks the shine of the brands higher-end model, but otherwise, these do a great job. 

The bass is heavy but warm, while the highs shine and mids are just present. The frequency from highs to lows is pretty bang on, and you will feel the audio comes alive at high volumes. Everything in between is is clear and crisp. To put it simply, nothing is overpowered. 

The Forza's audio profile remains fluffy and lively through out. The sound stage and impressively wide and does add a great deal of depth to your music.The Forza can effortlessly to pull music from across every genre.

We also ought to mention the sound quality of the microphone. The audio is transmitted with extreme precision. It is the best that we have come across in this price category. 
BALANCED AUDIO OUTPUT VS A LIVELY, ENTERTAING AND FUN SONIC PRESENTATION 
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, thesound stage is impressively wide. So the overall liveliness of the audio presentation is superb. All in all, not the audiophilefavourite, but definitely a solidly good sounding pair.

All said and don, we did find that the Shure’s do go overboard by adding its won shine here and there.

Summary


SHURE - SE215

  • Edgy Translucent Design
  • Exceptional Build Quality
  • Detachable Cables
  • Over-Ear Fit
  • Sound that Works with a variety of New Genres
  • Excellent Stereo Imaging
V-MODA - FORZA

  • Matte Finished Simple Design
  • Fantastic Build 
  • Sturdy Stiff Cables
  • Over the Ear Fit
  • Works with all genres of music

Our Verdict

This is a crystal clear choice, if you prefer an 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 a subtle sound that is close to an audio grade sound, especially to be used during physical activities, then the V-MODA Forza should be your go to choice.


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