So, you’re entering the audiophile world, finally willing to throw down some dough on a good pair of in-ear headphones. Well, rest assured that both these headphones will give you a fantastic bang for your buck. But which model is better suited to your listening style? Let’s find out in this Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review.
Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review
IN the BOX – Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review
|Final Audio E4000||Shure SE315|
|Removable MMCX cable with 3.5mm connector||Removable MMCX cable with 3.5mm connector|
|Eartips (xs, s, m, l, xl)||Flex and foam tips (s, m, l)|
|Flange and yellow foam tips (1 size)|
|Silicone carrying pouch||Soft carrying pouch|
FIT and DESIGN – Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review
You’ve got two very different designs here. The Shure SE315 has a memory wire that goes over the ear. And the bud itself fits to the contour of the ear. As a result, it has better sound isolation than the Final Audio E4000. However, I love the minimalist design of the E4000. It quickly pops in your ear without any hassle. It also comes with ear hooks if you prefer that kind of fit. In terms of durability, both have detachable cables that can easily be replaced. But if you have a destructive personality and enjoy stepping on your headphones, the Final is the safer option.
SOUND – Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review
The SE315 is solid and punchy, while the E4000 excels in its clarity and naturalness. Let’s see the breakdown.
Both headphones have a great bass response. They’re tight with a pretty dry texture. But the bass on the E4000 is deeper. Comparatively speaking, the lows on the SE315 slightly bleed into the rest of the mix. The E4000, however, has great separation between the lows and higher frequencies. Both work great for pop, hip-hop and EDM. But the SE315 has a slightly faster transient response, making it ideal for poppy pop songs.
The E4000 is a cleaner, clearer sound than the SE315. It has much better separation and a more natural profile. On the E4000, the high-mids are slightly emphasized. The SE315 less so. The vocals on the E4000 are also more forward than on the SE315. On certain rock songs, the SE315 had an almost muddy feel. Therefore, given its midrange clarity and detail, the E4000 works better for rock and folk music.
Both headphones have smooth highs. I put the highs through my usual Whitney Houston test. On the E4000, the highs are clearer and more delicate than on the SE315. You can more clearly hear details, like breath, on the E4000. The SE315, on the other hand, is thicker. I found the same result when listening to Miles Davis. The E4000 had more texture, while the SE315 was more solid. So, if you’re looking for high range clarity, the E4000 is the way to go.
The SE315 has a slightly grander feel than the E4000. The soundstage is wider and has a tad more depth.
SUMMARY – Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review
If you’re looking for the best all-rounder in terms of music genres, the Final E4000 is the ideal choice. But if you only listen to pop and hip-hop, you might prefer the punchiness of the Shure SE315.
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Audio 46: Final Audio E4000 In-Ear Headphones
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SPECIFICATIONS – Final Audio E4000 vs Shure SE315 Comparison Review
|Final Audio E4000||Shure SE315|
|Frequency Range||Not specified||22Hz – 18.5Hz|
|Impedance||15 Ohms||27 Ohms|
|Sensitivity||97 dB||116 dB|
|Cable Length||1.3 meters||1.62 meters|