by Sheena Ribeiro February 21, 2017

Today, we have two very popular in-ears, the Shure SE215 and the critically acclaimed RHA MA750. Both these earphones are priced north of INR 6000, and both of these 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. 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 can get yourself."

-Raghav Somani

Shure - SE215


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IN-EAR ON-STAGE MONITORS WITH SIGNATURE SHURE DESIGN
RHA - MA750


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UNIQUE ALL METAL EARPHONES WITH BALANCED AND DETAILED SOUND

 


DESIGN: SHURE SE215 VS RHA MA750

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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 and rubber reinforcements in every joint, these are simply built to last.

THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE FLAMBOYANT SE215 AND SOPHISTICATED RHA MA750
While not as flamboyant as Shure, the RHA MA750 has a more subtle, classy and sophisticated look. The all metal build with brushed metal finish screams quality. This looks like a delicately crafted product. The cables are robust but not 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: Shure 215 Vs RHA MA750

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The Shure SE215's 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's 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: SHURE SE215 VS RHA MA750

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This is where things start to get interesting. The key difference between the sound of Shure's and RHA’s offerings is pretty much similar to the design. While both have a lively sonic signature, Shure tends to go overboard while RHA plays safe and tunes it down a bit.

While geared towards an upper tier of audio aficionados, the SE210's 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.
LIVELY SONIC PRESENTATION VS A BALANCED SOUND SIGNATURE
The soundstage, however, is impressively wide. So the overall liveliness of the audio presentation is superb. All in all, not the audiophile favourite, but definitely a solidly good sounding pair.

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, the highs sparkle and they sound proper. The soundstage isn’t as wide as 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 

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

Our Verdict

This is a difficult choice. It’s like choosing between Daft Punk and Van Halen. Both are maestros in their field, it's up to your liking. If you prefer an edgy design and larger than life sound, go for the Shure SE215. If you prefer subtlety, 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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Still confused? Book a time of your preference and let us guide you through other options, discuss sound and help you make the right choice. Allow us to introduce you to the choicest of products at your leisure. 

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

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