Not sure which of Shure's E-Series headphones to buy your iPod? Well, you're decision's got even harder thanks to the arrival of an equally capable new line called the SE series.
The new range won't replace Stuff favourite E-Series – they're here to offer some different aural qualities, which could well paralyse the indecisive shopper looking for some sound isolators.
Shure seemed loathe to explain what exactly separates the new lot from the E-Series – apparently, it's all down to personal taste. But in simple terms, the cheaper SE210 ($150) and SE310 have slightly less bass and a roomier sound, while the SE420 ($349) and SE530s ($449, formerly the E500s) use tweeters plus one and two respective 'subs' to supply the biggest bass the company has produced.
Having tried the SE420s with some boomy Beastie Boys and Interpol at the stand, I have to agree – it's the biggest, most rounded low end I've heard from some in-ear 'phones. Sadly, I had to give them back, but will update you on UK release dates and prices when I get 'em.