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Thinking about buying the Shure SE530's

post #1 of 22
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Hi,

I'm a music major in college and am thinking about purchasing the Shure SE530s for 305 dollars. I went from looking at the SE310-k's to the SE420's to seeing that for 60 more dollars I could get the best so I started thinking about it. A recent big paycheck is helping me make this decision as well.

I just was hoping I could get some of your guys opinions.

The majority of the music I will be listening to on them will be from my computer or iPod. The music on my iPod ranges from Jay-Z, to Beethoven, to John Coltrane, to Spoon, to Ratatat. Very ecletic.

Unfortunately of my so far 17,000 songs only 9,000 are encoded at a bitrate of 192kbps and up. A good half of that is 256 and up and jazz and classical.

Given all of this can I still justify spending that much on a pair of earbuds? As a music major I also don't know where else I will end up using these in the future and I think I would find it comforting that I have an excellent set of earbuds for wherever life takes me.

I'm also working on converting my music files to greater bitrates so those 9,000 will soon be joined by thousands more.

Thanks for any opinions etc.
post #2 of 22
The shures are definitely a great set of iems & i'd see no reason why you couldn't enjoy your music collection on them. Make sure you read a few reviews (or better yet try them out) detailing their warm/dark sound sig before you splash out.
post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Nuwidol View Post
The shures are definitely a great set of iems & i'd see no reason why you couldn't enjoy your music collection on them. Make sure you read a few reviews (or better yet try them out) detailing their warm/dark sound sig before you splash out.
I've read every review that is available I think. They all seem to be overwhelmingly positive. I'm also thinking that instead of starting out at a lesser quality IEM like the SE310 and eventually over time most likely end up at the SE530's I'm going to just in reality save myself money and get them. Still not totally sure about it yet though.
post #4 of 22
You may of already seen this thread as its current now, but just in case you've not or overlooked it: //http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/difference-shure-se-earphones-340527/

May make you reconsider buying the flagship first!
post #5 of 22
I enjoyed the older entry level E2C for a while, then REALLY enjoyed the E4 but I am very dissapointed in the entire SE line-up except the SE530. It destroys the rest of the line-up by a longshot. Some here had high regard for the dual driver SE420 but I returned it within 2 days and ended up buying SE530 a second time after getting bored and selling it (idiot) once before. Can't go wrong. Go ahead and splurge...they are great IEM's. You will get upgradeitis very quickly with anything else in the line-up.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by BloodSugar00 View Post
You may of already seen this thread as its current now, but just in case you've not or overlooked it: //http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/difference-shure-se-earphones-340527/

May make you reconsider buying the flagship first!
I did read through that and that's where I got the rationale of not buying inferior products to just eventually buy the one i want and spend more money.

i do agree with the many points about learning as you go and working your "ears" etc. up to the flagship, but that just doesn't interest me. I totally see the theory behind it all and if I really wanted to I'd probably do it, but I don't. That's just me.
post #7 of 22
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I did read through that and that's where I got the rationale of not buying inferior products to just eventually buy the one i want and spend more money.

i do agree with the many points about learning as you go and working your "ears" etc. up to the flagship, but that just doesn't interest me. I totally see the theory behind it all and if I really wanted to I'd probably do it, but I don't. That's just me.
Fair enough, it was only a suggestion. You're your own person and if thats not what appeals or makes sense to you then its your call mate! I have the SE530's but I've only recently aquired them so have yet to reach any major conclusions on them, sound signature wise, though they are impressive, instantly, in their sound quality, producing a thick, full-bodied, robust, heavy sound, that is dark but warm and endearing. It is polarised at the low-end, however, which I'm sure, with you saying you've read many reviews on the hp's, you've become aware of. The bass is big in quantity, with a boom and feel, but is also accurate, extensive, detailed and defined. High quality bass, but slightly dominaeering over the rest of the sound spectrum. Part of the reason for this is also because there is a significant treble roll-off.This to me gives the visualisation of a very vertically squashed soundstage, though the width of it, for IEM's is impressive. I find the instruement separation very good and magnificantly clear from these phones, this and weight of sound the only qualities, at this early stage, I adjudge the SE530's to out-do my SA6's on. I am analysing and picking apart the sound signature critically here but I will say that what I'm hit with overall I find hard to dislike. In fact, I find it very pleasing to listen to! Sound assessment aside, these phones are aesthetically and ergomically very impressive, looking great, comfy and relatively easy to insert/achieve a seal with. Thats my input of what these IEM's are like. Hope it helps somewhat. As to the question are they worth the cash plunge, I'd say yes, but you may also want to check out the Ultimate Ears Triple Fi Pro's and the SA6 which have different sound signatures you may be more attracted to.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
I enjoyed the older entry level E2C for a while, then REALLY enjoyed the E4 but I am very dissapointed in the entire SE line-up except the SE530. It destroys the rest of the line-up by a longshot. Some here had high regard for the dual driver SE420 but I returned it within 2 days and ended up buying SE530 a second time after getting bored and selling it (idiot) once before. Can't go wrong. Go ahead and splurge...they are great IEM's. You will get upgradeitis very quickly with anything else in the line-up.

I bought the SE420 and literally returned it to 2 days. I found it quite disappointing at its price. It did sound strangely pleasant to listen to though, but it wasn't $350 pleasant.
post #9 of 22
Lots of opinions, but I agree with your decision to begin with the IEM you believe will satisfy you. I pretty much agree with BloodSugar's assessment, and have found the SE530 to be satisfying for IEMs across all music genres.

Enjoy!
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
I enjoyed the older entry level E2C for a while, then REALLY enjoyed the E4 but I am very dissapointed in the entire SE line-up except the SE530. It destroys the rest of the line-up by a longshot. Some here had high regard for the dual driver SE420 but I returned it within 2 days and ended up buying SE530 a second time after getting bored and selling it (idiot) once before. Can't go wrong. Go ahead and splurge...they are great IEM's. You will get upgradeitis very quickly with anything else in the line-up.
I think Shure SE310 is also a very good IEM - I prefer it to Shure E4. Actually, I think the SE310s would work better than SE530s for low powered/low quality sources like cheap portables and built in computer audio. The SE530s really need a clean and powerful output to shine.
post #11 of 22
when using an ipod and low encoded files you don't have to spend so much, you won't hear the diffirence. the 420's deliver almost the same sound quality.
post #12 of 22
me i love my se530's but i found that when using high end end gear with low end sources you get really anoyed by the flaws the iems reveal in your source, it ruines your listening pleasure so when using low bitrates coupled with an ipod i'd really reccomend the se210's, they deliver really great music for a low price(they sound about the same as the se310's) and i think it will be alot more pleasant for you to listen to on that source than a 530
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by 1nf1n1tygame View Post
me i love my se530's but i found that when using high end end gear with low end sources you get really anoyed by the flaws the iems reveal in your source, it ruines your listening pleasure so when using low bitrates coupled with an ipod i'd really reccomend the se210's, they deliver really great music for a low price(they sound about the same as the se310's) and i think it will be alot more pleasant for you to listen to on that source than a 530
Personally, I don't recommend the SE210s if you have the money to buy 310s. The 210s have extremely rolled off upper highs, which makes them sound quite dark and dull The SE310s, on the other hand, have good extension on the highs without much roll-off, which makes them sound significantly livelier than SE210.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by 1nf1n1tygame View Post
when using an ipod and low encoded files you don't have to spend so much, you won't hear the diffirence. the 420's deliver almost the same sound quality.
Couple things. First of all, "almost the same sound quality." Not interested in almost if I can get and do want better. Second and this goes for the Pianist's reply as well, I understand fully the low encoded files and using not such expensive headphones. At the present though, I've basically gotten rid of as many low encoded audio files as I can and am still working on more so that is no longer much of an issue. And being a music major and the possibilities of using them in a studio or with other audio sources I'd like to have the SE530s.

The possibility of owning these headphones has also made me realize how serious I actually am (well, how much more serious I am) with my music collection. I've turned into a bit of an audiophile I guess. Another reason I think I'm going to be happy with these is that I am aspiring to be a conductor possibly so I am constantly listening and following along in scores I own and studying them. I feel that these headphones along with high encoded audio files will help me pick out parts easier and contribute greatly to my learning and appreciation of it all.

Thank you all for your opinions! I considered them all and am glad to say that I'm going to be a very happy person
post #15 of 22
Congratulations on your choice! However, if I were you and aspirng to do what you are within music, professionally, I might look into a high-end headphone or IEM that covers the bass, mids, and trebles of your sound spectrum more. I'm sure you must have to consider the high parts of songs/compositions as much as mids and bass and the SE530's do have quite a significant treble roll off. Just a thought. For personal listening they're great but not sure if they are gona be satisfactory when used in studios etc.
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