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Thanks for the info on EPS.  They seemed legit, and they do have great cust. svc.

 

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@Hero - Can you try and describe the difference in my 535's with an amp vs just over the iPhone?  I'm the only one in my group of friends with nice IEM's, so I'm having to learn this stuff on my own.

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Hello guys, are there any other IEM's that are comparable/onpar/better/equal besides the SE530's-535's on the same price point (say between $450-600)?

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Hello guys, are there any other IEM's that are comparable/onpar/better/equal besides the SE530's-535's on the same price point (say between $450-600)?


CK100 other than that Customs.

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So I'm jumping-in to my 1st and 2nd pair of IEM's in this new-found fascination of mine.  Bought the Shure SE535's first and loved them.  Incredibly crisp, clear, hearing things in recordings I had never heard.  The instrument separation was incredible.  Really an incredible experience - though the low-end was a little light maybe, but not a lot - the detail was amazing.  I'm a musician and vocalist, so not having a heavy low-end wasn't necessarily a turn-off for me.

 

But coupling the sound with incredible build-quality, removable cables (I bought a Shure integrated iPhone/Mic control cable to replace the standard), and the awesomely comfortable olive tips: I loved them.

 

Being the noob I am, I slightly bent the nozzle out of round and the filter moved down a bit when changing out the tips for the first time - side note: manufacturer's tips are crazy hard to remove - so I had to send them back under EarPhone Solutions return policy.  Kudos to them for excellent cust. svc by the way.

 

Went ahead and ordered a pair of UM3X's (new replaceable cable model) along with the replacement SE535's.  I had heard that the UM3X has considerably more defined low-end, so I was kind of looking forward to a richer sound and and comparing the two models.

 

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Got them in today.  Big-time disappointment in the quality of the UM3X.  First of all the left monitor doesn't work.  Sound is incredibly faint - definitely broken - so it will have to go back.  I'm not sure if this is a knock on Westone or if Earphone Solutions gets discounted/refurb models from somewhere??  I also switched the monitors on the cables, and the faintness followed the monitor, so it's not a cable issue.

 

That and the housings and cables just feel cheaper to me - especially compared with the heavy-duty 535's: the 535's just felt like more substantial gear.  The UM3X shorter cable is also not as much to my liking.  The tips were comfortable, though.  Seemed to do a good job of isolation.

 

Listening in just one ear it was impossible to form an informed opinion on their sound.  But it did seem a little veiled on the high-end.  But again, that's not really fair to the phones without hearing a working pair.

 

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My solution so far: I will send the UM3X's back to see if I like them when testing a functional pair.  I've heard so many great things about them (at least about the old/non-removable cable version), I'm sure they're good phones - I just am disappointed in their quality of construction.  They don't feel as substantial as the 535's.

 

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The 535's are again sparkling, stellar.  Especially on acoustic selections, the vocals are amazingly crisp, bright and present.  The low-end may still be a little light to some, but I've found a solution that works for me as well: I turn my iPhone EQ setting to either Electronic or Rock.  So far, Electronic seems to be my favorite.

 

With those two settings employed, I think the 535's have won me out over the UM3X's.  I have seen enough positive feedback to give the UM3X's a fighting chance, but I don't know that they'll be able to unseat my 535's.

 

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Cheers to all on such a great forum.  I've learned a ton stalking these threads over the past few weeks.

 

 

BTW - is that a no-no amongst audio-philes?  Both the iPhone? and the EQ setting use?  Due to portability and usability, I'm pretty much locked-in to using the iPhone as my source.  But the EQ I felt might be a little bit of a cheat to the 535's - but hey, it works for me.  :)

 
 
Thanks to all,
Jared

 

 

Re: the cable, looks are deceptive and the Westone cable (or the like) is the standard used by professional musicians. It's much stronger than you think, though it doesn't look it. Other advantages are the complete lack of microphonics and total flexibility. Yes, the SE535 cable looks stunning by comparison and seems much stronger, but I found it too stiff and often 'getting in the way'.

As for SQ, perhaps in the end the UM3X is not for you. My advice, however, is to give them a little time. I was personally not wowed at first, and also felt (having come from the brighter sounding Westone 3) that something was missing. However, after half an hour or so I gradually began to appreciate it's treble, fantastic mids and tight bass. I then regarded the UM3X treble as quite remarkable.

One great aspect, in my view, is the absolutely non-listening fatigue when using the UM3X - I can easily go on for hours at a time with them. With the W3 & SE535, because of their more prominent treble (and bass on the W3), my ears soon had enough. I also soon discovered with the UM3X that all the detail in the high-end was really there, just not 'piercing' through my ears. When I had my iPod Classic on a couple of albums - eg Animals by Pink Floyd - I used the acoustic setting.

But, like I said, perhaps they're not your cup of tea in the end.
 

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CK100 other than that Customs.


Or buy the SE535 in the UK and you'll pay in some places over $600: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shure-SE535-V-EFS-Sound-Isolating-Earphones/dp/B003S3RD7O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1282793247&sr=8-1  £450 = $697.50

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Re: the cable, looks are deceptive and the Westone cable (or the like) is the standard used by professional musicians. It's much stronger than you think, though it doesn't look it. Other advantages are the complete lack of microphonics and total flexibility. Yes, the SE535 cable looks stunning by comparison and seems much stronger, but I found it too stiff and often 'getting in the way'.

As for SQ, perhaps in the end the UM3X is not for you. My advice, however, is to give them a little time. I was personally not wowed at first, and also felt (having come from the brighter sounding Westone 3) that something was missing. However, after half an hour or so I gradually began to appreciate it's treble, fantastic mids and tight bass. I then regarded the UM3X treble as quite remarkable.

One great aspect, in my view, is the absolutely non-listening fatigue when using the UM3X - I can easily go on for hours at a time with them. With the W3 & SE535, because of their more prominent treble (and bass on the W3), my ears soon had enough. I also soon discovered with the UM3X that all the detail in the high-end was really there, just not 'piercing' through my ears. When I had my iPod Classic on a couple of albums - eg Animals by Pink Floyd - I used the acoustic setting.

But, like I said, perhaps they're not your cup of tea in the end.
 

 

 

Thanks music -

 

Your posts re: the UM3X are actually what got me to try them.  Like I said, I'll have to setup an exchange for these and give them a chance.  I'll keep everything in mind you've said.

 

I do also understand your point though that everyone's going to have different preferences.  I'm trying to not be swayed too much by people's opinions and wait and decide for myself.  I'll post back next week sometime what I find.

 

 

Thanks again to all,

Jared
 

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Thanks music -

 

Your posts re: the UM3X are actually what got me to try them.  Like I said, I'll have to setup an exchange for these and give them a chance.  I'll keep everything in mind you've said.

 

I do also understand your point though that everyone's going to have different preferences.  I'm trying to not be swayed too much by people's opinions and wait and decide for myself.  I'll post back next week sometime what I find.

 

 

Thanks again to all,

Jared
 


Yep you should not take to heart to much of what is posted here. For every IEM there is at least one person who will post tons and tons about the IEM and newcomers usually tend to take those words to heart and think that they are the "best" because this one person who posts a lot says they are.

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I've always used the #2 Olives, but I just tried the triple flanges - and I think they sound much better, more clear, and better seal.  Sealed so much that I had suction trying to remove them, haha.  I do have swollen sinuses from allergies at the moment though 

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SO UM3x on the way tomorrow. And I couldn't resist got the MD for $250 total at JR.... Sigh my wallet hates me.

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Sigh my wallet hates me.


But we dont ! 

 

Congrats. You'll have to let us know how they compare. When do you get the MD's?
 

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But we dont ! 

 

Congrats. You'll have to let us know how they compare. When do you get the MD's?
 


I had them sent to my School as I will be moving back in Saturday. But since its in NY and JR is in NY I suspect at the latest Wed. Hopefully I wont have trouble selling off either the UM3x of the 535s.

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what are MDs?

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what are MDs?


Monster Turbine Miles Davis Tribute IEMS

http://www.jr.com/monster-cable/pe/MC_132704/

 

Supposed to be very good Dynamic Driver IEMs. The price they are selling it for right now is a really good deal.

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what are MDs?


monster miles davis tribute turbine pro 

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monster miles davis tribute turbine pro 


Actually to be exact :D The MD's are not part of the Turbine Pro line.

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