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Cambridge Audio SE1 In-Ear Headphones - £20 @ Amazon (Sold by Cambridge Audio and Fulfilled by Amazon)
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Posted 14th JanEdited by:"rev6"

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BERYLLIUM DRIVERS
The key to this smooth sound is the use of Beryllium in the diaphragms of the 8mm speaker drivers we have developed. Beryllium is extremely light, lighter than Aluminium, but very rigid, even more so than titanium. This means that it can react quickly to small high frequency signals and reproduce them with remarkable accuracy.

WHAT'S IN THE BOX
  • SE1 headphones with in-line universal remote control
  • Three different sized Comply foam ear tips (small, medium, large).
  • Four different sized silicone ear tips (small, 2 x medium, large)
  • Microphone for phone use
  • Storage pouch

TECH SPECS
  • DRIVER 8mm Beryllium
  • JACK PLUG 3.5mm gold plated plug (4 pole)
  • FREQUENCY RESPONSE 19Hz – 20 kHz
  • IMPEDANCE 22 ohms
  • SPL 102dB
  • CABLE LENGTH 1.2m
  • WEARING WEIGHT 8.7g
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29 Comments
Bargain, I have these and they are fantastic. Compare very well to the RHA T20i earphones, which retailed at £199 originally
Edited by: "GRSC" 14th Jan
GRSC14/01/2020 12:51

Bargain, I have these and they are fantastic. Compare very well to the …Bargain, I have these and they are fantastic. Compare very well to the RHA T20i earphones, which retailed at £199 originally



I was tempted myself with the previous deal but they sold out. Thought it was worth posting them here again but fullfilled by Amazon.
im real tempted to buy these, although I have no use for them at all!! can you use iPhone functions with these?
How do these compare to the Xiaomi earphones?
Thanks ordered. I have a CA Minx bluetooth speaker speaker and that's been fantastic.
djbenny114/01/2020 14:01

How do these compare to the Xiaomi earphones?


xiaomi is good, this is better. much much more clear sounds.
ordered to replace my broken sennheiser momentums (best in ears which i gained for free and too tight to spend retail for!) thank you rev6
Agent_Silver14/01/2020 20:56

ordered to replace my broken sennheiser momentums (best in ears which i …ordered to replace my broken sennheiser momentums (best in ears which i gained for free and too tight to spend retail for!) thank you rev6


I gave in too and ordered
rev614/01/2020 20:57

I gave in too and ordered


the comply foam tips were a clincher for me!
Look very tempting!
Only issue I have with these types of in ears is that the body of them generally makes them fall out of my ears. I tend to find cheaper teardrop shapes stay in easier.
robchester15/01/2020 10:07

Only issue I have with these types of in ears is that the body of them …Only issue I have with these types of in ears is that the body of them generally makes them fall out of my ears. I tend to find cheaper teardrop shapes stay in easier.



Even with the memory foam tips?
rev615/01/2020 10:11

Even with the memory foam tips?


I usually use rubber tips, I've tried foam ones before (not sure if memory foam) but I've got small canals so usually have to use the smallest sizes.
Nothing to lose really. If you find they're a dud pair you send them back. But most people seem very happy with them.
I bought these a few months ago when last on offer, and can honestly say at this pricepoint you'd struggle to find better earphones.The foam tips are great (not used the rubber ones at all), nice metal body on the unit. sound quality is excellent, certainly comparable to a few 50-70 quid pairs I have, and deffo a step up from xaomi etc
rgvkid15/01/2020 14:28

I bought these a few months ago when last on offer, and can honestly say …I bought these a few months ago when last on offer, and can honestly say at this pricepoint you'd struggle to find better earphones.The foam tips are great (not used the rubber ones at all), nice metal body on the unit. sound quality is excellent, certainly comparable to a few 50-70 quid pairs I have, and deffo a step up from xaomi etc


How would you describe the tonal balance. Neutral? V shaped? Etc.
Arrived today and I'm very impressed. I usually use Ultimate Ears triple-fis which cost around £150 when new, these are comparable in sound quality. Not so sure about the longevity; the cable is a little flimsy. But for twenty quid they are a bargain.
Received mine today. The packaging is really nice. I like the leather pouch, it is a nice presentation. One of the comply tips is damaged though which is annoying. I've contacted Cambridge Audio about it so we'll see what they say. I haven't got round to listening to them yet but I'll report back when I do.
Edited by: "rev6" 16th Jan
Spent some quality time with them.
I have a love and hate relationship with earphones. I want to like them but there's always something not quite right.
Anyway, these sound nice. They seem on the neutral side to me which I prefer. Nothing stands out too much. Mids don't sound scooped and the bass isn't overpowering, I expect the opposite with cheaper earphones. They don't sound too closed in either which is probably why the noise isolation isn't the best.

I prefer them over the AKG N20U I'm currently using because they're the only ones that fit me well at the moment. Fit isn't as good but decent enough.
Leather wallet is a bit too small so I'll use something else.
Overall a good buy for just £20
Edited by: "rev6" 16th Jan
I'm a bit disappointed with my pair, only used them for a few hours but when reviews say lack of bass, it's usually fake newd.
I actually feel there is no bass at all! I've not used with a DAC yet. Just my phone, and I didn't plan to use in ears with a DAC!

I've only got negatives:
Shape means they don't stay in my odd earholes! I've moved to the large rubber tips and it's better but I'm always medium tips on others.
Looping the wire over my ear helps but I do look odd! And worse wearing these!

The noise isolation is actually the best I've had with in ears! (With the big tips) But for me that's a negative!

Noise from the cable rubbing or touching things is crazy loud and near enough a deal breaker...

Wait, positive: I do like the clear audio quality, these are replacing 20year old sennheiser in ears that still work fine... Guess I shouldn't have tried to replace! As those sennheiser don't need a dac and sound great as is...

I've not used the foam tips as I can't decide if I want to return them yet... And feels unfair to use them in that case
stressedman17/01/2020 08:37

I'm a bit disappointed with my pair, only used them for a few hours but …I'm a bit disappointed with my pair, only used them for a few hours but when reviews say lack of bass, it's usually fake newd.I actually feel there is no bass at all! I've not used with a DAC yet. Just my phone, and I didn't plan to use in ears with a DAC!I've only got negatives:Shape means they don't stay in my odd earholes! I've moved to the large rubber tips and it's better but I'm always medium tips on others.Looping the wire over my ear helps but I do look odd! And worse wearing these!The noise isolation is actually the best I've had with in ears! (With the big tips) But for me that's a negative!Noise from the cable rubbing or touching things is crazy loud and near enough a deal breaker...Wait, positive: I do like the clear audio quality, these are replacing 20year old sennheiser in ears that still work fine... Guess I shouldn't have tried to replace! As those sennheiser don't need a dac and sound great as is...I've not used the foam tips as I can't decide if I want to return them yet... And feels unfair to use them in that case


Your phone has a DAC. They shouldn't need anything special to drive, they don't here.
rev617/01/2020 11:59

Your phone has a DAC. They shouldn't need anything special to drive, they …Your phone has a DAC. They shouldn't need anything special to drive, they don't here.


I use the DAC with a laptop and over ears. Only sometimes with the the phone. It does make a difference with the phone, well it just boosts the levels I guess?
*Only mentioned the DAC as disappointed with these so looking at options to improve it?
Edited by: "stressedman" 17th Jan
stressedman17/01/2020 12:14

I use the DAC with a laptop and over ears. Only sometimes with the the …I use the DAC with a laptop and over ears. Only sometimes with the the phone. It does make a difference with the phone, well it just boosts the levels I guess?*Only mentioned the DAC as disappointed with these so looking at options to improve it?



Is it just the bass you're disappointed with? I'm hearing a good amount of bass here, with just a phones output.
It could be the seal. Try different tips.
Edited by: "rev6" 17th Jan
rev617/01/2020 12:20

Is it just the bass you're disappointed with? I'm hearing a good amount of …Is it just the bass you're disappointed with? I'm hearing a good amount of bass here, with just a phones output.It could be the seal. Try different tips.


Thank you for your time and advice, I've left them running audio for a few hours -I've read burn in is a myth but I'm convinced it's real from my last 3 sets of over ears!

Guess I'll try the comply tips, even with the big rubber they still want to fall out of my massive ear holes...!
stressedman17/01/2020 12:52

Thank you for your time and advice, I've left them running audio for a few …Thank you for your time and advice, I've left them running audio for a few hours -I've read burn in is a myth but I'm convinced it's real from my last 3 sets of over ears!Guess I'll try the comply tips, even with the big rubber they still want to fall out of my massive ear holes...!


No problem at all. I don't have a great time with most earphones but these seem to stay in my ears, with the tips that came on them. I'm using them right now actually. I normally run pink noise through speakers/headphones but not this time.
stressedman17/01/2020 08:37

I'm a bit disappointed with my pair, only used them for a few hours but …I'm a bit disappointed with my pair, only used them for a few hours but when reviews say lack of bass, it's usually fake newd.I actually feel there is no bass at all! I've not used with a DAC yet. Just my phone, and I didn't plan to use in ears with a DAC!I've only got negatives:Shape means they don't stay in my odd earholes! I've moved to the large rubber tips and it's better but I'm always medium tips on others.Looping the wire over my ear helps but I do look odd! And worse wearing these!The noise isolation is actually the best I've had with in ears! (With the big tips) But for me that's a negative!Noise from the cable rubbing or touching things is crazy loud and near enough a deal breaker...Wait, positive: I do like the clear audio quality, these are replacing 20year old sennheiser in ears that still work fine... Guess I shouldn't have tried to replace! As those sennheiser don't need a dac and sound great as is...I've not used the foam tips as I can't decide if I want to return them yet... And feels unfair to use them in that case


Like all headphones you do need to break them in - its no myth as the vibrating parts need time to be able to start oscillating freely. Bought these for my son last week and I agree they were very "bass light" out of the box, but break them in for 2 or 3 days of medium/heavy use and the bass appears. This principle applies for all headphones (and speakers too BTW) but some need to loosen up more than others - and these definitely need time to loosen up. I borrowed them today and they sounded very smooth so I've ordered myself a pair too.

The only complaint I have is that the plug going into the phone seems to stick out HUGELY due to the extra protection on the connector wire. So I've invested a few extra pence in an angled connector- bought three for just over 3 quid here kenable.co.uk/en/…tml
Edited by: "MisterT9" 30th Jan
MisterT930/01/2020 20:23

Like all headphones you do need to break them in - its no myth as the …Like all headphones you do need to break them in - its no myth as the vibrating parts need time to be able to start oscillating freely. Bought these for my son last week and I agree they were very "bass light" out of the box, but break them in for 2 or 3 days of medium/heavy use and the bass appears. This principle applies for all headphones (and speakers too BTW) but some need to loosen up more than others - and these definitely need time to loosen up. I borrowed them today and they sounded very smooth so I've ordered myself a pair too. The only complaint I have is that the plug going into the phone seems to stick out HUGELY due to the extra protection on the connector wire. So I've invested a few extra pence in an angled connector- bought three for just over 3 quid here https://www.kenable.co.uk/en/audio-cables/audio-adapters/6240-4-pole-35mm-jack-socket-to-right-angle-plug-av-cable-adapter-gold-006240-5055383462407.html


As above I found them quite enjoyable first listen. I don't like bass light or bass heavy I'd rather flat, which I think these are close to. Good buy for £20
MisterT930/01/2020 20:23

Like all headphones you do need to break them in - its no myth as the …Like all headphones you do need to break them in - its no myth as the vibrating parts need time to be able to start oscillating freely. Bought these for my son last week and I agree they were very "bass light" out of the box, but break them in for 2 or 3 days of medium/heavy use and the bass appears. This principle applies for all headphones (and speakers too BTW) but some need to loosen up more than others - and these definitely need time to loosen up. I borrowed them today and they sounded very smooth so I've ordered myself a pair too. The only complaint I have is that the plug going into the phone seems to stick out HUGELY due to the extra protection on the connector wire. So I've invested a few extra pence in an angled connector- bought three for just over 3 quid here https://www.kenable.co.uk/en/audio-cables/audio-adapters/6240-4-pole-35mm-jack-socket-to-right-angle-plug-av-cable-adapter-gold-006240-5055383462407.html


I forgot to say too. The strain relief is ridiculous. A right angle adapter is a good idea.

I think I'd prefer one like this but more expensive

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Edited by: "rev6" 31st Jan
Good and bad news. First the bad. I've been using the pouch they came with but noticed last night the cable has kinked and exposed the copper cable wire.
The good. Contacted Cambridge Audio on Amazon and they're sending out a replacement no questions asked.
Moral of the story: Do not use the pouch. Cambridge Audio are great.
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