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Shure SE315 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Jun 27, 2017 at 05:07 pm
Shure SE315 Picture
Test Methodology v1.4
5.5
Mixed Usage
5.4
Neutral Sound
5.5
Commute/Travel
6.3
Sports/Fitness
5.8
Office
3.7
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
2.2
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic No
Transducer Hybrid

The Shure SE315 are well-built headphones with a comfortable and stable fit. They're easy to carry around in your pocket, and they're decent headphones for sports since they won't easily fall out of your ears. Unfortunately, their sound quality is disappointing and may be a deal breaker for most listeners, especially in their price range.

Our Verdict

5.5 Mixed Usage

The Shure SE 315 are mediocre mixed usage headphones. They have a compact and stable design and isolate fairly well. Unfortunately, they have a poor sound quality for casual and critical listeners and they lack any controls which makes them a bit more difficult to use with mobile devices.

5.4 Neutral Sound

Below-average for neutral listeners. They have decent bass but an overemphasized mid range that makes them sound too warm and muddy for most listeners. They also tend to push instruments and vocals to the front of the mix which with their slight lack of clarity makes their boomy sound quality even worse. Unfortunately, they also have a poor soundstage due to their closed back in-ear design which means they won't be the ideal headphones for neutral listeners.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.5 Commute/Travel

Decent for commuting and traveling. They're comfortable and they're easy to carry on you at all times. They also block a fairly decent amount of ambient noise but they have no controls.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.3 Sports/Fitness

Above-average for sports. They have a good ear-hook design that's stable enough to run with and they're decently comfortable for an in-ear design. Unfortunately, they don't have any controls and the audio cable may get tangled or hooked on something when exercising.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
5.8 Office

Decent for office use. They barely leak so you won't distract your colleagues even at higher volumes. Unfortunately, they have a subpar sound that may disappoint serious listeners.

See our Office recommendations
5.7 Wired Gaming
2.2 Phone Calls
  • 5.5 Mixed Usage
  • 5.4 Neutral Sound
  • 5.5 Commute/Travel
  • 6.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.8 Office
  • 3.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 2.2 Phone Calls
Pros
  • Minimal leakage and decent isolation.
  • Durable build quality.
  • Stable and portable design.
Cons
  • Below-average sound quality.
  • No controls.
  1. Update 2/4/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  2. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  3. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  4. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Shure SE315 have an ear-hook design and angled earbuds that better fit the contours of your ears. The ear buds look and feel premium and the audio cable is thick and heavily rubberized. Like the SE425 they have a transparent variation that stands out a bit more than the all black color scheme.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.06 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The Shure 315 have an in-ear fit that's comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. They have a wide variety of differently sized tips, some made of memory foam that better conform to the shape of your ear canal. They're also worn like an ear-hook design, so the earbuds are shaped to fit snugly within the contours of your ears. This makes them more comfortable than typical in-ears, although if you're not a fan of the in-ear fit, they may still get a bit fatiguing after wearing them for a while.

0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
No Controls
Ease Of Use No Controls
Feedback No Controls
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control No
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No
9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 C
8.6
Design
Portability
L 2 "
W 2 "
H 1.5 "
Volume 6 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The SE 315 are as portable as most in-ear headphones. They easily fit into your pockets and aren't much of a hassle to carry on you at all times. They also come with a sturdy carrying case that will also fit into your pockets although it does add a bit of bulk to the headphones.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Soft case
L 3.2 "
W 4.7 "
H 1.4 "
Volume 21 Cu. Inches

Comes with a sturdy hard case. It's decently portable and protects the headphones from impacts and drops as well as minor water exposure. It does add a bit of bulk to the headphones, but the case is still portable while being big enough to carry all the accessories.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

These headphones have a sturdy design and replaceable parts for added durability. The ear buds are dense and hard to damage even if you accidentally drop them a few times. The cable is thick, rubberized and also detachable so they can be swapped out for another cable or a wireless adapter to make the in-ear buds wireless. Unfortunately, no extra cables are provided out of the box which is somewhat disappointing for their price especially when compared to the Westone W40.

7.5
Design
Stability

The SE 315 are stable, wired in-ear headphones. They have a pseudo ear-hook design that's flexible and not as stiff other ear-hook models. This makes them stable enough to run with, and they won't fall out of your ears unless you physically pull them out or the audio cable gets hook on something. This makes them above-average headphones for working out, but, the flexible hooks are not as stable as some of the true ear-hook designs that we've previously tested.

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In The Box

  • Shure SE315 Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Earbud tips (x9)
  • Wax removal tool
  • Carrying case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-4.37 db
Treble Amount
-8.5 db
8.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.27 dB

Excellent frequency response consistency. If the user is able to achieve a proper seal and fit using the variety of tips that comes with the SE315, then they should be able to achieve consistent performance each time.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.34 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
109.92 Hz
Low-Bass
-9.58 dB
Mid-Bass
-4.9 dB
High-Bass
-0.98 dB

Good Bass Range performance. Low-bass which is responsible for thump and rumble is lacking by about 3dB. Bass has a tilt towards high-bass, which is overemphasized by up to 6dB. This makes the Bass of these headphones noticeably boomy.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.65 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.04 dB
High-Mid
2.2 dB

Poor Mid Range performance. Low-mid and mid are consistently over our target by more than 5dB which makes these headphones muddy and mid-rangy. High-mid is hyped by more than 10dB, pushing the vocals to the front and making them sound honky.

1.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
10.77 dB
Low-Treble
-7.73 dB
Mid-Treble
-12.81 dB
High-Treble
-26.98 dB

Poor Treble Range performance. Low-treble is relatively balanced, but the dip around 6KHz hurts the detail and clarity of vocals/leads. High-treble shows more than 15dB of underemphasis, taking the air and brilliance out of the Treble.

6.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.39 db
Dips
1.19 db
9.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.08
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.24
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.97
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.74
0.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
0
0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
6.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.703
WHD @ 100
0.683
Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
No Microphone
Isolation
6.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.79 dB
Bass
-0.77 dB
Mid
-17.7 dB
Treble
-45.4 dB

Decent Isolation performance. These in-ears do not isolate below 300Hz, which is inferior to some other in-ears we have measured. However, in the Mid and Treble ranges they achieve 18dB and 45dB of reduction respectively. Both values being good.

10
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
18.05 dB

Excellent Leakage performance. The SE315 has one of the quietest leakages we have measured so far. The do not leak in the Bass and Mid ranges, and their Treble range leakage barely reaches audible levels

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
N/A
LFE
N/A
FR Std. Dev.
N/A
HFE
N/A
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
N/A
0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise N/A
Speech + Subway Noise N/A
SpNR
N/A
Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

No compatible app.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 5 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

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