Pros: great soundstage and mids
Cons: stock cable is short, expensive
will write a review soon :)
Pros: great soundstage and mids
Cons: stock cable is short, expensive
will write a review soon :)
Pros: Sound quality, punchy bass, great cable.
Cons: finding the perfect seal will take some time
I will write a short review soon :)
Pros: Excellent Quality Well Defined Sound Through All 3 Ranges
Cons: Can Be Difficult To Find The Best Tip To Extract That Amazing Sound
Pros: an ethereal existence on gossamer wings
Cons: only two ears to use; how can I get to 7.1?
When we were over in Asia last year I had a couple chances to visit the Hong Kong tech meccas. I was very pleased to buy one sealed set of these, thinking I might pass the favor on to a fellow head-fiér. As it was, I put an ad up but the closest I got to a reasonable bid was still below my out-of-pocket. And YES, I did pay the customs duty when I brought them in!
Since no one was that eager to pay what I was asking, I decided to open the box in mid-December, awarding myself an early Xmas present. I'm so glad I did! These Shures have a very different sound from my bronze and clear Shure sets. (Incidentally, all my IEMs are now on Comply tips, the deep-foam ones if available for the IEM. Some IEMs don't have long Complys available though. It all has to do with the size of the shnozzle; length and diameter. SE535s take the same as tips as Westone 4/4Rs, FWIW. )
The sound ... well, along the way, my kit expanded to a Cowon Z2, 32GB internal and an extra 64GB microSD. It has been hard to start to write this review because the upgrade of the Cowon over my last-generation Zunes is sheer amazing... and the Cowon is also Android, meaning I can play (smartphone-like) anything, while also listening to my music.
Let's put the sound this way: You will abandon your previous rigs, perhaps in their entirety, when you buy these two pieces of kit.
Ranking, I'd put the red SE535s in the top two of my collection. I still prefer the discontinued Sony MDR EX1000 for its precise soundstage imaging. But I haven't seemed to have found time to put those IEMs on while this is such a fantastic pairing!
Now im in love with these <3
Pros: Deep Soundstage, Crisp Highs and Mids, Durable, Range of Tips
Cons: Price, Can't keep up with fast songs
Pros: Good Clarity, Deep Soundstage, Balanced Sound, Beautiful!
Cons: May not be the best for universal flagship IEM, price, short cable.
After struggling to find an ideal universal flagship IEM, I finally chose Shure SE535SE.
Cheaper deal I got over here, compared to W4R which will be around USD$100 more.
A strange affinity towards Shure brand.
Beautifully painted body and beautiful packaging.
Honestly, I'm not really particular in auditioning the IEM before purchase. Reason is because it takes time to appreciate or get used to the new sound signature. And I wanted a flagship IEM so that I can stop (temporarily) searching for a better IEM while learning what BA drivers can do. Probably later I'll go for W4R or EX1000, where the latter would be more intriguing.
I'm a dynamic guy. So BA is kinda fresh to me. What this IEM lacks compared to dynamic ones is the bass punch. It's decent, but not as airy and powerful compared to dynamics. But the thing that impressed me right out of the box is the sense of depth in soundstage. Boy I was really enjoying the chanting and whistling behind the back of the songs in Hell Freezes Over.
Frankly speaking, this thing is not 50% much better than any IEM 50% cheaper than it. Value wise, it's better to go for cheaper alternatives, like SE425, or what I've tried myself: GR07, EPH-100, and those ultra value buy dynamic IEMs. However, there'll be time when I felt discontented with the lack of something in the sound by those IEM, and wanting more. Thus here I am, listening to the SE535SE.
This IEM is highly dependent on the source you feed it. The better the source, the more it will be able to perform. In short, Source>Headphones.
Edit (11/23/12): After a few month using it, I noticed that:
1. Bass: Bass is deep, but not having much impact. While remaining airy, the bass don't punch the ears. Even on pop songs which normally have powerful bass, 535LTD isn't really portraying any much punches.
2. Details: Arguably one of the better IEM with good details However, due to the nature of the FR (rolled off treble), much micro details isn't really in-yo-face. Well, I guess 535LTD is more towards fluidity of the presentation rather than a microscope analyzing all the details (or defects) of the song. It's very enjoyable, yet not for those who demands excellent micros.
3. This thing isn't really isolating 100% of the sound. It blocks out most of the little annoyance, but not moving trains or roaring thunders. I'm not sure if it's due to my use of the Olives, but 535 to me is brest used with the Olives.
Thanks for reading. And enjoy your music :b
Pros: excellent sound quality, excellent build quality, great isolation and comfort, awesome color, good tips and accessories
Cons: cable is a bit short, very pricey
These have excellent mids, vocals sound very sweet, typical Shure.
Good treble with some sparkle, although less sparkle/piercing than the normal SE535, but more refined.
Bass is great, low and punchy, not overly emphasized, just the way it is meant to be heard.
Soundstage is okay, not as big as the Westone 4.
Sound isloation is excellent, for me it's better than Shure SE315 and SE215.
Very comfortable and snug with the black foam tips.
Cable is robust, but I wish it is longer by like 10cm, right now it's 116cm.
Although they say "enhanced high frequency response", the red 535 aren't that much better than the normal 535, just a little less emphasis on mids and a bit more details in the treble, same bass reponse.
The red SE535 are much more passionate and engaging than the Westone 4/4R, which are probably their biggest competitor, I prefer the Shures over the Westones; just my opinion. I highly recommend these earphones.
I've had them for over a month and I'm very pleased with what I'm hearing. They don't seem to change that much with burn in.
I've also realized the black foam gives a better sound than the gray silicone tips, the foam has more bass, and has a fuller, richer sound, while the gray silicone has a cold, metallic sound with harsh treble, and less bass. It's a very minor difference by the way.
The nozzles of the red 535s seem quite delicate, I could heard squeaky sounds from them when I was changing the ear tips.
Pros: Great clarity & details, no coloration (neutral), good soundstage
Cons: lame bass response, the high is too harsh when combined w/ my amp
When I listened to the sound for the 1st time, I was hit by it. I was punched by the not-punchy-bass. I was hoping it would offer much better bass response than SE315.. equals to Klipsch Image X10i. It gives better bass than SE315 but still far from Image X10i. The bass is still too weak, or just say not punchy. I am not a bass lover. I just want the sounds to be there whenever they are there, incl the punch. It's just the bass, fortunately. As for other details & freqs, I can listen to them more clearly than my other IEMs. I like the neutrality of the presentation & the soundstage. (Maybe the price that made me overexpecting, it is more expensive than X10i!) Another hit for me is when my eardrums were kicked by the high when I combine it w/ headphone amp from SoundMagic (A10). The high becomes very much harsh & felt intruding. The rest of the sound will better though w/ the combination, incl the bass. So, now I think this IEM is a little picky to headphone amps
I mostly listen to rock (U2, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Buckethead, etc) and classical (Yo-Yo Ma, etc), but also blues (BB King, Albert King, etc) and some electronic & rap (Prodigy, Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, etc).
Overall, this is a fantastic IEM. The highs and mids are amazing and the bass is adequate. The bass has been discussed fairly extensively in the forum and while I agree that a bit more punch would be nice, the detail of the bass provided is superb. The highs are in no way too strong or aggressive. And the mids are as great as others have said. One aspect that I really appreciate is that the vocals shine and are exceptionally audible compared to other headphones I have owned (Denon 5000s). I am finding myself actually learning lyrics that I didn't know previously just because the detail on the vocals on the reds is so amazing.
I now have about 50-60 hours on these and I have seen a slight improvement over that period of time. But the first 10 hours probably made the biggest difference, with the IEMs opening up quite substantially during that period.
I previously owned the regular SE535s and sent them back to Amazon to order these instead. Overally these are marginally better (esp highs), but I would not recommend a replacement of your SE535s unless you are an extreme audiophile and listen to alot of classical music.
Until now, all of my headphones (Denon 5000s, regular SE535s and these) have been used on an iPod classic with the regular headphone jack. I have ordered a Pico Slim and can update my review once listening to the reds on the Slim. Truthfully I'm a bit skeptical how much the reds will improve on the amp because they sound fantastic already.
All in all, you can't go wrong with these IEMs. If you desire super punchy bass then perhaps you would want to look elsewhere. But if you appreciate nuanced bass (even in songs from groups like Prodigy, Beastie Boys, etc), then you should go with these.
I want to provide an update after listening to these with the Pico Slim and the SR-71A amps. Although the Pico Slim has the upper hand in resolution and clarity, I think these pair better with the SR-71A. The Pico Slim is known to do well with mids and highs and these happen to be the strengths of these earphones. When paired together, however, there was an edginess and strain to the highs, almost to the point of being hard to listen to with some tracks. On the other hand, the SR-71A and SE535LTD red combo seemed to be more complimentary, with the SR-71A providing a nice boost to the bass while not undermining the mid and high strength of the reds. The highs are a bit smoother than they are coming staight out of the ipod jack and don't have the edginess to them that they had when coming from the Pico Slim.