Review: InEarCentral.com IEMs
May 15, 2014
article & images by Nick Salazar
For triathletes, the advantages of a good set of phones are many. First off, they'll serve you for both your athletic life as well as your personal life. The Shure headphones I use are compatible with special cables that work with iPods and iPhones (which controls volume, calls, and music playback), and there's also a comparable cable that works for Android devices. The Android cable doesn't work quite as well, because it doesn't have a separate volume control, just a single button that works to control answer/end/play/pause. But the larger point is that these headphones will serve you basically forever. You can take them from one device to another, and the replaceable cables mean you can keep them for as long as a headphone drivers last, which is probably longer than your own lifetime.
If you start with a set of Shure SE-series headphones, you'll have the ability to use a cable that connects to your phone. For me, that feature is indespensible, because it means I can listen to music while retaining the ability to answer incoming calls at any time. That's HUGE for those of you who, like me, try to get workouts in during the work day. Now you can have it all: exercise, music, AND a continued connection to the rest of your life. For the moment, I'm not going to get into the "big brother" or "death of privacy" implications of our constantly-connected lives. Yes, everyone needs to find balance. But sometimes you just NEED to keep that connection, and this is a product that allows you to do so while still enjoying your music and your workouts.
Of course, you don't have to start with the same headphones I did. The Shure SE530's are very expensive, but they're just one product in an entire line of similar headphones. At the entry level of the same line is the Shure SE215, which for $99 will get you the same removable cable ports, and compatibility with the same special smartphone-compatible cables. They use a single driver, which sounds really wonderful. It's not quite the same level as the 530, but it's incredible nonetheless.
As far as buying options, InEarCentral will do pretty much whatever you want. They'll convert earphones you already have, or if you don't already have a set, they'll sell them to you at a great deal. For example, you can pick those Shure SE215 earphones AND convert them, for just $229, at this link. For my money, that's got to be the best custom IEM deal available ANYWHERE.
I have no trouble recommending InEarCentral.com wholeheartedly and without reservation.