Reviewed on Jun 29, 2017

Shure SE425 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.0
Mixed Usage
5.9
Neutral Listening
6.3
Commute/Travel
6.6
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
3.9
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
2.1
Phone Call
Type : In-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : No
Transducer : Hybrid

The Shure SE425 are well-built and durable in-ear headphones. They have an ear hook design that makes them a decent option for sports and they easily fit into your pockets. They're also a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears. Unfortunately, they don't have any controls and although they've improved their sound quality over the SE315, their mid-rangy sound may still be a deal breaker for more critical listeners, especially, at their price range.

Test Results
Design 7.6
Isolation 7.3
Microphone 0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.8
Pros
  • Minimal leakage.
  • Durable build quality.
  • Stable and portable design.
Cons
  • Mediocre-at-best sound quality.
  • No controls.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
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7.6

Design

The SE425 have the same design as that of the SE315 but with slightly larger earbuds. They're stable enough to run with and have a comfortable in-ear fit thanks to their angled ear buds and the various tips types and sizes provided in the box and fit nicely and easily, unlike the similar Sennheiser IE 40 PRO. Unfortunately, they lack a good control scheme and although they have a great detachable cable, they don't provide an extra cable in the box like some other premium in-ears in their price range. On the upside, they're quite portable and come with a sturdy hard case that's easy to carry around on your person.

Style

The Shure SE 425 have the same look and feel as the SE 315 but the earbuds are a bit bigger. They also have an ear-hook design and angled earbuds that better fit the contours of your ears. The cable is thick, heavily rubberized and detachable which makes them feel like premium in-ears. Unlike the SE315 they stand out a bit more with their flashier color schemes.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.07 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0 lbs

The Shure 425 like the 315 are decently comfortable headphones that come with multiple tip types and sizes to help you find the right fit. 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 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : N/A
Feedback : N/A
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : No
Microphone Control : N/A
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : N/A
9.0 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1 C
8.5 Portability
L : 2.3 "
W : 2 "
H : 1.5 "
Volume : 7 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The SE425 are portable in-ear headphones. They're a bit larger than the SE315 and most typical in-ears but they still easily fit into your pockets. They come with a good case that's also quite portable. This makes them practical and convenient to have on you at all times.

8.5 Case
Type : Hard case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

Comes with the same hard case as the SE315. 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 Build Quality

The SE425 feel like premium and durable headphones. The earbuds are dense and tough enough to withstand a couple of drops without getting damaged. They also have a thick and rubberized cable that's detachable in case it gets damaged over time. This means you will most likely have the Shure 425 for a very long time. Unfortunately, the lack of an extra cable out of the box is a bit disappointing at their price range especially when compared to the Westone W40.

7.5 Stability

These headphones have a stable design that prevents them from falling from your ears. The pseudo ear hooks are flexible which fits a bit better around your ears, but the lack of stiffness means they won't be as stable as other true ear-hook designs. They're still great headphones to run with though, and unless you physically pull them out or the audio cable gets hook on something they won't fall from your ears. This makes them above-average headphones for working out, and for sports.

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Sound

The have a deep bass that unfortunately sounds boomy, an overemphasized mid-range, and a Treble that lacks brilliance and air. They have a decent distortion performance but a poor soundstage. On the plus side, they have good imaging, and given a good fit can perform quite consistently. If you want less mid-rangy sounding headphones, take a look at the BGVP DM6

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
4.0
Bass-Heavy
:
2.7
Warm
:
8.9
Bright
:
2.2
6.8 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
2.02 db
Dips
:
1.83 db
9.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.07 dB

Excellent frequency response consistency. Given a proper seal and fit using the variety of tips that comes with the SE425, the user should be able to achieve consistent performance with these headphones each time.

7.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.23
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.3
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.56
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
21.21
0.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
N/A
PRTF Distance
:
N/A
Openness
:
3.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
0
5.1 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
2.186
WHD @ 100
:
0.548
7.3

Isolation

The Shure SE425 isolate well against high-frequency noise but still struggle in loud environments. They only block noise passively with their seal, which is decent, especially if you have audio playing through the headphones, but, they won't be ideal to use on public transit. On the upside, they barely leak, which makes them great headphones to use in quiet settings or when you don't want to distract those around you.

6.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-18.74 dB
Bass
:
2.62 dB
Mid
:
-12.57 dB
Treble
:
-47.46 dB

Decent Isolation performance. The SE425 don't have active noise cancelling and isolate noise by plugging the ear canal. They do not achieve any isolation below 300Hz, which is worse than some other in-ears we have measured. However, in the Mid and Treble ranges they achieve 13dB and 47dB of reduction respectively. Both values being good.

10 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
16.4 dB

Excellent Leakage performance. The SE425 has one of the quietest leakages we have measured so far. For all intents and purposes they do not leak below 2KHz, and above that, the level of their leakage is very low.

0

Microphone

Integrated
:
N/A
In-line
:
N/A
Boom
:
N/A
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
0 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 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise : N/A
Speech + Subway Noise : N/A
SpNR
:
N/A
0

Active Features

No active features

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A
3.8

Connectivity

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

In the box

  • Shure SE425 Headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Earbud tips (x9)
  • Wax removal tool
  • Carrying case
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

See our recommendations for the best earbuds, the best closed-back headphones, and the best audiophile headphones.

BGVP DM6
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The BGVP DM6 are better headphones than the Shure SE425. Their sound quality is more neutral and won’t sound as mid-rangy as the Shures. They are also create a better seal if you can find a decent fit, isolating more against ambient noise. On the other hand, the small design of the SE425 fits more people and is very comfortable. They also come with a nice hard case to protect the headphones when you’re not using them.

6.0 Mixed Usage

The Shure SE425 are a bit better for mixed usage than the SE315 thanks to their slightly better sound quality. They're just as compact and easy to carry around with a stable and durable design that would be decent for sports. Unfortunately their lack of controls, mediocre isolation and the below-average sound they may not be the ideal headphones for more critical listeners.

5.9 Neutral Listening

Mediocre for neutral listening. The SE425 improve slightly on the sound quality of the SE315 with better a Mid and Treble range. However, they still have a big emphasis on low-mid that extends to the high-mid which makes their sound a bit boomy and muddy while pushing instruments and vocals to the forefront of any track. Unfortunately, those instruments and vocals do not sound as clear and detailed as some other in-ear headphones due to their somewhat inconsistent high tones. That and their closed-back, in-ear fit means they have a poor Soundstage that won't be ideal for more neutral listeners.

6.3 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commuting and traveling. They're comfortable and they're easy to carry on you at all times. However, they isolate a little less than the SE315 and they have no control scheme which is a bit disappointing.

6.6 Sports/Fitness

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. Unfortunately, they don't have any controls and the audio cable may get tangled or hooked on something when exercising.

6.3 Office

Average for office use. They barely leak even at very high volumes so they're a decent pair of headphones to use at the office. Unfortunately, their sound quality may be a bit fatiguing after using them for a while.

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