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Just Got Shure E500PTH

post #1 of 89
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I had been happily listening to my iPod using Shure E4cs. I hadn't visited this forum in some time and read with interest about the E500s, which I ordered earlier this week from Todd the Vinyl Junkie. Todd sent them to me right away via Priority Mail and they arrived today. My immediate first impression is that they sound much better than the E4cs. There is certainly more bass and just a fuller sound overall. In addition, they are more comfortable to wear than the E4cs. I had been using the medium soft flex sleeves in the E4cs and that was what on the E500s. They just fit in my ears more easily on the E500s. I can't explain why but wonder if it has to do with the shape of the E500s. And the E500s are unobtrusive to wear. I won't look like a dork.

I haven't yet tried the microphone.

I just wanted to share my first impression and my excitement.

Happy New Year to all!
post #2 of 89
Awesome can't wait to recieve mine!
post #3 of 89
Congrats! They're a great pair of IEMs.
post #4 of 89
I'd be interested in hearing anymore impressions you might have from going E4C to E500. I plan to make them my next IEMs.
post #5 of 89
Lucky.. I paid for mine on Sunday and they haven't even been shipped yet
post #6 of 89
There is a huge advantage to amping the e500's with an IPOD.
Brings them to a whole new level and helps greatly with the rolled off highs.


Congrats on your new toy!
post #7 of 89
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Originally Posted by trose49 View Post
There is a huge advantage to amping the e500's with an IPOD.
Brings them to a whole new level and helps greatly with the rolled off highs.
Thanks. I have an Emmeline SR-71 and tried the E500 using the amp and my iPod. There is a significant improvement -- but I am not very mobile with the SR-71.
post #8 of 89
hmm, the whole microphone thing to hear what others are saying is nothing new is it?
I remember having a cheapo "walkman" made by ALBA I think (circa 1980 or so), that had a mic and a push to hear button.. I wonder why they took so long to do it again?
post #9 of 89
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Thanks. I have an Emmeline SR-71 and tried the E500 using the amp and my iPod. There is a significant improvement -- but I am not very mobile with the SR-71.
Are you using the line out? Much bigger improvment!

I guess it's time for a Tommohawk or a Hornet!

Sorry about your wallet!!!!!!!
post #10 of 89
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Are you using the line out? Much bigger improvment!

I guess it's time for a Tommohawk or a Hornet!

Sorry about your wallet!!!!!!!
I'm not using the line out. What cable would I need to do that?
post #11 of 89
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I'm not using the line out. What cable would I need to do that?
www.ALOaudio.com seems to be one of the favorites around here. But to use your line out you need an amp. I recommend www.raysamuelsaudio.com. I have a Hornet and he has a new amp called the Tommohawk which is designed for IEMS.

Since you have such high end IEMs you owe it to your self to get a good lineout dock and a portable amp.

You have no idea what you are missing!

Amp and cable are gonna set you back about 350-400.

This hobby isnt cheap. Thats why I said sorry about your wallet.

Once Head-fi gets a hold of you there is no turning back.

Trust ME!
post #12 of 89
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Thank you. I already have Ray Samuels's SR-71. I will order a line out (which one would you recommend) from the place you recommended. I know what you mean about price but the quality of the things recommended here really does show up in the sound.
post #13 of 89
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Thank you. I already have Ray Samuels's SR-71. I will order a line out (which one would you recommend) from the place you recommended. I know what you mean about price but the quality of the things recommended here really does show up in the sound.
PERFECT!!!!! you are more than halfway there!!!!!

I own a regular Cryo Dock which sounds great and is very duarable for portability. I have not heard the Jumbo Cryo but it is highly recommended on Head-fi as is all the ALO docks (the jumbo cryo was not available when I bought my cable). Ken at ALO builds beautiful cables. I guess it all depends on your budget. I dont think you will go wrong with anything you get from ALO. I also have a Jumbo dock (not to be confused with the jumbo cryo)to rca cable but have not listened to it enough to compare.

The Cryo cable is very clean sounding. It seems to crisp up the highs which may be just what you need for those E500's.

I think the Jumbo cable Ken offers tends to be a warmer cable compared to the cryo or jumbo cryo and unless you want to accent more bass and mids then I would lean toward a CRYO. Just my opinion!

Other head-fiers may offer different advice.
post #14 of 89
trose - I don't get it with cables. There is some debate as to whether they make any difference at all. But leaving that aside, look at it logically. This guy has a pair of E500s. So the audio signal will pass through about a metre of thin, black E500 cable before getting to his ears. If it is correct that some cables sound better than others, surely he should be more concerned about this metre of cable than about the couple of centimetres of cable the signal will pass through between the amp and the DAP?
post #15 of 89
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Other head-fiers may offer different advice.
My advice would be to not buy into the notion that a cable can possibly crispen up the highs, warm up the sound, or have any other audible effect.
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