The Shure SE215-BT1 plays music wirelessly and delivers spacious sound with punchy bass.
Shure's most popular in-ears go wireless
You can tell by our customers' rave reviews — the wired Shure SE215 professional in-ear headphones are as big a hit with the on-the-go crowd as they are with stage and studio musicians. Turns out that what works best for performing music is also great for listening to it on the bus or train.
After trying out the SE215-BT1, I'm convinced these wireless Bluetooth headphones will be a top choice for the savvy commuter who appreciates good sound.
This edition features the same secure fit, professional-grade noise isolation, and clear sound as the wired version. But it also includes a Bluetooth adapter cable that connects the two earpieces, so you can wirelessly play tunes and take phone calls from your phone.
Eliminate noise — the old-fashioned way
If you've never worn Shure SE-series headphones before, the first time can be startling. It gets really quiet. I put them on in the office, and all the usual distractions just disappeared.
Unlike noise-canceling headphones that pump in subtle phase canceling signals to neutralize external sound, Shure in-ears make a tight seal that blocks it all out. It's a super-effective approach that reduces outside sound by a whopping 37dB, to be exact.
Secure, pro-style fit
Shure includes six pairs of ear tips to ensure a snug fit that feels completely comfortable to you. That's three sizes of soft silicone tips and three sizes of my personal preference, spongy foam tips.
I had to overcome a small learning curve to get the right fit — you wrap the cord around your ear like you've probably seen musicians and performers do with their in-ear monitors. Once properly secured, they felt like they wouldn't slide around at all, no matter how I moved my head.
My thoughts on the sound: wide open and detailed with potent bass
What struck me most about the Shure SE215-BT1's sound was how spread out everything sounded. Because of how they fit, my brain was telling me to expect a concentrated, between-the-ears soundstage. Instead, Kasami Washington's sprawling jazz-funk song "Truth" practically enveloped my head. I'm talking aImost 360-degrees — I heard instruments way off to the side and even behind me.
Shure's sound signature is usually pretty neutral. They make headphones for professional recording and performing, after all. But these headphones are more bass-focused, which I actually appreciated. The slight low-end lift added a fun yet taut energy that underscored the looseness of Washington and crew's jam. It was a welcome presence that never took away from the airy spaciousness of the sax.
— Jeff Miller, Crutchfield headphone guy
Since the Bluetooth adapter cable is water-resistant, it can handle some rain or sweat from the gym. The cable's built-in mic and remote let you make or take calls without removing your headphones, adjust the volume, and toggle through your tunes.