How do these stack up against the Shure in-ear models? like the SE425?

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-Ear Headphones

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    I had a pair of Shure SE500 series earbuds and loved them for 2 years until I lost them. These B&Ws replaced them, and I didn't expect that they would match up considering the rather large price difference.

    That said, I think they actually sound better and the bass response is very, very close to what I experienced with the Shures. I'd give anything if I still had my Shures and could compare them to each other directly to be sure.

    The point, however, is that "i'm not sure" which means the difference must not be all that great.

    Bottom line, these are excellent excellent earbuds and the design is outstanding. They are incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods of time and the ingenious loop design of the wires actually lets you adjust the fit which makes sure they don't pop out on you. In terms of comfort, they're more comfortable than the Shures.

    The biggest difference? The noise isolation. The Shures would turn airplane engine roar into a low hum, but you also couldn't hear a darn thing happening around you. The B&Ws do not isolate sound to the same degree, but more than enough for me.

    You won't regret the purchase and they're cheaper than the SE425s. Give 'em a try.