Review: Shure’s SCL2 – Sound Isolating Earphones

Item: Shure’s SCL2 – Sound Isolating Earphones

US $60.00 – $99.00
UK £60.00 – £80.00

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At a Glance: Shure’s entry-level earphones claim to offer an excellent introduction into premium audio via sound isolation. They offer a discrete way of hearing yourself on stage whilst also helping to protect your ears from the high sound pressure levels present in many live settings.

High Notes: The SCL2’s come with a range of size attachments to fit most ears and in a choice of clear or black finishes. They enable you to hear a clear monitor mix whilst reducing the ambient sound level, which can also help you to reduce long-term hearing damage from playing gigs. The SCL2’s single dynamic micro-drivers have an decent frequency range with reasonable bass response and it is provided with a neat carrying pouch.

Off Pitch: Several users have complained about the wires being a little fragile and breaking. This is more likely to be a problem if you are not using a wireless system however, and it is also worth noting that the SCL2’s come with a 2 year warranty which offers a full replacement if needed. Some potential customers may also be put off by the cost of a wireless system (a complete system from Shure will cost around $600/£450), as without one your movement onstage will quite limited.

A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Considering these are Shure’s entry level earphones, they perform well on stage and provide a greater listening experience than is often possible with wedge monitoring speaker systems. There are several comparative offerings out there, however the SCL2’s cost a little less than most and seem better suited for stage use than many sub-$100 earphones. For improved sound isolation and fuller frequency response, it is worth checking out Shure’s more expensive earphones in the SCL range too.

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  • Stephen Pâté

    It would be helpful if your link labels named the review, versus the “Review 1” etc. Also helpful to name the specific competitive products to which you are alluding.