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I heard some reviews that they aren't comfortable for extended hours of listening? I'm going to be picking them up for my gf, who loves music, and wondering how comfortable they would be? The 425s seem to fit her musical tastes but she tends to fall asleep with headphones on. Unless there is an alternative; anyone with experience them?
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I have the Shure SE215's which are basically the same on the outside. If she has small ears, you should pick up some Klipsch ear tip gels to replace the ones the Shure comes with. They are very large and none of them fit my ear. They are way more comfortable with the Klipsch ones.  

 

As a side note, if you are going to spend that much on headphones, I'd probably recommend you look into Westone as they are a better brand for the high end than Shure. 

 

Also, I can't imagine anyone could fall asleep with these in...they are large and the ear guard is semi hard. It would rub against your ears as you move and annoy you into wakefulness. You have to get used to even walking around with them. 

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SE425s will take some getting used to, unless you plan on going the custom cable route. Thicker, and stiffer cable than the W4s. You do kinda get used to the weight of the IEM, but the cable weight isn't that pleasant.
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SE425s will take some getting used to, unless you plan on going the custom cable route. Thicker, and stiffer cable than the W4s. You do kinda get used to the weight of the IEM, but the cable weight isn't that pleasant.

Thanks for the input. A different IEM might be the best idea, then.
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I have the Shure SE215's which are basically the same on the outside. If she has small ears, you should pick up some Klipsch ear tip gels to replace the ones the Shure comes with. They are very large and none of them fit my ear. They are way more comfortable with the Klipsch ones.  

As a side note, if you are going to spend that much on headphones, I'd probably recommend you look into Westone as they are a better brand for the high end than Shure. 

Also, I can't imagine anyone could fall asleep with these in...they are large and the ear guard is semi hard. It would rub against your ears as you move and annoy you into wakefulness. You have to get used to even walking around with them. 

I was thinking of the Westones, but at this price range, I also want to include a decent MP3 player to go with them. Likewise, the Westone 4s lack in the treble region, leaving them a bit washed out and layback by my understanding. I was thinking of the ER-4S but I don't think the bass impact would be enough for her.
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Unless it's the 425LE, the regular 425 isn't that good with treble. I listen to a lot of funk and instrumentals with brass. Even with the 425LEs, the W4s did better at Tema Do Canibal's brass section.

On the other hand, if she likes bass impact and vocals/midrange, the 425s are the way to go. They slaughter the W4s there.
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Unless it's the 425LE, the regular 425 isn't that good with treble. I listen to a lot of funk and instrumentals with brass. Even with the 425LEs, the W4s did better at Tema Do Canibal's brass section.

On the other hand, if she likes bass impact and vocals/midrange, the 425s are the way to go. They slaughter the W4s there.
That is one of the focus, yeah, but I'd like her to have a bit of 'sparkle'/detail to the treble range. I was also thinking of just grabbing her the same pair that I use, the SM3v2s but they aren't coloured and need some time to get used to in order to appreciate how flat and spacious they sound... Best IEMs I've ever used.

The HiFiMan RE262s? Or what about the Etymotic ER-4PT? Based on my experience of their traducers, the bass impact might not be enough for her.
Edited by Domino - 6/28/13 at 10:33am
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