March 27, 2017

Today, we have two very popular in-ears, the Shure SE215M+SPE which was released recently as a special edition upgrade to its famous predecessor Shure SE215, and on the other hand, the critically acclaimed RHA MA750i which is well known for its sound signature and accessories. Both these earphones are priced north of INR 9,000 and are probably the best you can get under the 10K line.

With a large number of concerned buyers asking about the best earphones in the aforementioned budget, we take off the veil on the pros and cons of each of these two in-ears. Thereby, letting you decide the best one for yourself!


CUTTING THE LONG STORY SHORT

"If you want an industry standard IEM to use on stage and off with an iPhone compatible Mic and Remote, the  Shure SE215M+SPE is great value for money.

The RHA MA750i has a classic well-built RHA body and delivers an extremely strong audio reproduction. "

-Raghav Somani

Shure SE215M+SPE 


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IN-EAR ON-STAGE MONITORS WITH SIGNATURE SHURE DESIGN
RHA - MA750i


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UNIQUE, ALL METAL EARPHONES BALANCED AND DETAILED SOUND

 


DESIGN: Shure SE215M+SPE VS RHA MA750i

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The Shure SE215M+Special Edition is an upgrade to the well acclaimed Shure SE215 and does not stray too far away from its predecessor in terms of design. The SE215M+SEP sports a very cool design. Not adapting to conventional earphone designs, it features earpieces that are made from appealing translucent gray plastic. The edgy and angular profile of the earbuds and the see-through transparent housings make for striking looking earphones. 

It would not be wrong to say that the earphones do look like studio wearing assistants. The earpieces rest on the outside of the ear, while the earbuds go deep inside your ear canal. 

When it comes to the durability, Shure has never gone wrong with the build quality. Although plastic, the molded earpiece material is thick and will not break down easily.

A design quirk that is hard to find in this price range are detachable cables. Although the cable is strong, the fact that it is detachable could make repairs down the road much easier and hassle-free.  

DETACHABLE CABLES FOR ON-STAGE MONITORING VS SUBTLE AND CLASSY DESIGN BY "REID HEATH"
RHA has created a ground for itself in the headphone industry, and this being for all the right reasons. The premium audio company never ceases to surprise its fanatics with its well-built design and more than great sounding audio pieces. Taking the same route as that of all other RHA in-ears, the RHA MA750i comes with an all metal build. The all brushed premium casing reeks quality in every sense.

While not as flamboyant as you may like, the RHA’s MA750i has a more subtle, classy and sophisticated look. This looks like a delicately crafted product. The cables are robust but they aren’t detachable, which is a bit of a letdown on RHA’s behalf.

The RHA MA750i screams 'Pure Business' with its straight forward design. 'RHA' is etched into the back of the earpiece and the metal piece is etched with the phrase "Designed by Reid Heath."


USABILITY: Shure SE215m+SPE VS RHA MA750i

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With every Shure product, an exceptional build comes as a standard, and the SE215M+SEP are no exception. The Shure SE215M+SEP has to be worn in an upward fashion, such that they cradle over your ears. The earphones are slightly large in size, and they are like to fall of your ears. Thus, the over-ear design makes perfect sense.

The in-ear fit does feel uncomfortable in the beginning. It needs a little getting used to because of the negative profile and over-ear design of the earphones. But once it is settled, it conforms to your ear canal. The modules rest on your ears, while the earbuds go deep inside your ears, unlike other ordinary earbuds. Moreover, the SE215M+SEP packs with it numerous eartips, choose the right ones and ear strain won’t be an issue.

The noise isolation is the best we have experienced. And using the given foam tips, the isolation levels are possibly the best in class.

Coming to the detachable cables, they are excellent and of very high quality, making the Shure SE215M+SEP highly recommended.

The Shure SE215 is an entry-level model for on-stage monitoring and professional use, which is why it was never expected to come along with a mic and remote making this edition rather special in a lot of ways.

There are a few extras, like a carrying case and several eartips. As always, Shure has concentrated more on the earphones rather than any additional frills

DETACHABLE CABLES VS ASTOUNDING 3 YEARS OF WARRANTY
The RHA CL750i employs a distinct 90-degree angle. The earbuds go straight inside your ear canal and sit perfectly without causing strain.  A feature that definitely makes a difference to these earphones is the ability to wear these both in a regular way and around-the-ear. This is a nice design quirk, as the metal housing does cause strain to the ear when worn in the traditional style. 

Above all, these IEM's come with a plethora of accessories. You can customize your in-ear fit with the added eartips that are packed with these earphones.

The cable is robust and is coated with a thick durable material. The gray, rubber-coated cable is quite thick compared to typical earphones in this price range, and there's some serious design thought here.The RHA MA750i too features a 3-button mic and remote. Thus, you can carry out all your functions with convenience.

When it comes to warranty, the Shure SE215M+SPE is has a 1-year warranty, while the RHA MA750i has an astounding 3-year warranty. 


SOUND: Shure SE215M+SPE VS RHA MA750i

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The SE215M+SPE,  just like Shure's SE Series, are made for in-ear monitoring. It uses the same technology that was originally developed for pro-musicians to deliver premium sound quality. With comfortable sound-isolating sleeves blocking up to 37 dB of outside noise, the earphones reproduce uncolored, artifact-free sound that prevents outside noise from interfering with your music, thus making sure that you enjoy uninterrupted sound on-stage or on-the-go. The SE215M+SPE specially designed for music enthusiasts using iOS devices, also boasts a single dynamic MicroDriver for detailed sound and enhanced bass extension and features an acoustic network tuned for extended bass performance which was notably not present in the Shure SE215.

While the large design may not have impressed you, the superb audio performance that these in-ears deliver is sure to take you by surprise. This is where things start to get interesting. The Shure SE215M+ is definitely geared towards an audience who 'know their sound'.

The bass is the highlight. It’s powerful and well controlled. The mids are admirably present and aren’t washed over by the lows. The highs, unfortunately, aren't as clear as they should be. The bass does tend to muddy them out, losing out on clarity, sparkle, and detail. 

Soundstage is also excellent for this price point, giving the impression that your music's spread out across a wide sonic area rather than in one corner, probably making them the best in this range.

BEST ON-STAGE MONITORING VS A BRIGHT SOUND SIGNATURE
The RHA MA750i does not stray too far away from the SE215M+SPE in terms of audio presentation. Although bassy, these are not tuned to sound like most other cheap earphones that come with a trumped up shrilly sound quality.

Tha bass quality is top notch and hasn't been sacrificed on. The best tweak with these earphones is the sub-bass. The RHA MA750i deliver pleasurable sounding thunder and just like the SE215M+SPE does not distort even when listening to music at high volume levels. Lovers of big bass are bound to enjoy the truckloads of thunder that is clearly not overdone in any way. 

The mids and highs are not distorted, however, purists will wish for a more crisper output. The vocals are clean and sound articulate without any sibilance. The MA750i variably boasts of one of the best soundstages among earphones in this range. The noise isolation is decent, and indubitably better when worn over the ear.

Although the MA750i is bass inclined, instrumental and classic music sound lovely with the balance of rich lows and perfectly synced mids and highs. 


Summary


Shure SE 215M+SPE

  • Exceptional Build Quality
  • Edgy design
  • Sturdy and Quirky Cable Design
  • In-Ear Fit
  • Works with Loud Music Genres
  • Decent Stereo Imaging
RHA - MA750i

  • Fantastic Build with an all-metal housing
  • Subtle and Sophisticated Design
  • Over-the-Ear and Tradition In-Ear Fit
  • Works with all Genres of Music
  • Bright and Strong Audio Performance

Our Verdict

If you prefer bright sounding music with perfect sync between the bass, mids, and highs, the RHA MA750i is perfect for you. The wide range of ear tips from RHA also lets you enjoy the best fit.

If you enjoy listening to loud music along with perfect detail, and stereo imaging, the Shure SE 215M+SPE is a great pick.


Which earphones do you prefer? Do let us know in the comments below!

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