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Upgrade from Shure SE310


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Hi there,

I just wanted to know if the B&W C5 would be a good upgrade over my current Shure SE310s? I can get a pair from a friend for around £80, would this price justify the upgrade or should I stick with the Shure?



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I've not heard either but from price and reviews etc I reckon it would be a side step. Although for £80 might be worth a punt.


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I have the Shure 210s & the B&W's ... so not exactly the comparison you're looking for. I am on my 4th pair of B&Ws due to quality issues with the first 3 but it appears they fixed something as the latest version have lasted a year or so.

To my ears, the B&Ws are a significant upgrade however you do need to be aware that on some recordings they can come across as bass heavy with some absent mid-range but ... again, to my ears, they do sound superb and are built really well.

I listen mainly via an iPod classic with recordings that are lossless alac on iTunes converted on the fly to 256 aac when moved to the iPod.

I have toyed with replacing them a few times but I think I would need to drop some serious money to get a significant improvement and can't really justify that right now.

Let me know if there's anything specific you need to know.


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The Shure 310 have balanced armature drivers, whereas the the C5 have dynamic drivers, so they are going to have pretty different sound presentations (caveat: I've not heard either!)

From everything I've read about the C5, I'd expect them to be bass-heavy, and not very controlled bass at that.


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Thanks for the detailed replies!

I do feel like a change and am finding bass response from my Shures to be a bit low for my liking (I listen to all sorts of music but I like heavy bass when needed too- e.g. when listening to EDM/dubstep)

Maybe they are worth a punt at that price!

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