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post #2506 of 3085
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"Shure" it has helped. Thanks!

 

I might give another shot to the current SE line...cause i love Shure sound and the earphones look terrific aside from that connector issues.

 

Well your problem sounded a bit more acute than mine as I've had this pair of SE535's for about six months and have only had to clean them once so far... if they are dropping out right off the bat and frequently, then I'd suspect something other than just dirt as a clean connection shouldn't drop out ...

 

Also, something else about this pair of SE535's (had a pair previously but they were stolen) is that they are INSANELY hard to separate the ear bud from the cable ... I mean I have to pull like crazy. I don't remember my previous pair being nearly so hard to separate...

post #2507 of 3085
The connector issue was enough to completely shut me off ti the shure line. I had the connection issue with the bronze and red 535.

I really hope shure goes with a jh/westone/ue style connector in the future.

Aside from the connector the sound is great. But I expect a iem to not have these kinds of issues at this price point.
post #2508 of 3085

I just bought a pair of 535's (second hand) from the forums here with the same discolored clear cable and ordered a UE900 cable to replace. I'm hoping I will not have issues with connectivity or drop outs but prefer the Westone/UE braided style cables as they do not grab clothing fabric and get hung up the way the rubberized Shure ones do. I also ordered a FiiO E17 hoping I can artificially enhance the top end if it is too rolled off. I listed to some UE900 recently and did not care for them. They had great PRaT and decent detail retrieval in the top end but were lackluster overall and I was disappointed with the flat and emotionless rendering of vocals, especially in the upper mids.

 

I've been out of the portable game for a while but some forthcoming changes in my career are forcing my hand here. My last portable rig was some custom UE11's and a Pico or a P-51 Mustang. I gravitate towards female vocals and that is where I want my sweet spot when it comes to sound character, assuming the rest of the spectrum does not suffer for it. 

post #2509 of 3085
All these dropout issues are real interesting. Never had that problem with mine (knocks on wood). I commute to school everyday with them and never experienced this. I've had my pair for three years now. Maybe the earlier production ones don't do this as much?
post #2510 of 3085

Further to what was mentioned, I would recommend DeoxIT as a great cleaning agent for the Shure's.  I read about on this thread and every two weeks or so I clean the connectors.  You can order DeoxIT from Amazon. 

post #2511 of 3085
Hi i just upgraded my Se535 stock cable to Furutech cable Comfortable upgrade by 80% is not expensive hope this help

post #2512 of 3085
^ How are the cables? Comfortable?

I have a set of cables from Chris_Himself coming in next week. Will post pics! biggrin.gif

Also in regards to the cutouts; I own both the 215's and the 535's, and I do get the cutouts maybe once a week, to once a fortnight. It's not really a big issue for me. However, my memory wire on my 535 cable did break. I didn't really move it around too much, but i did notice it eventually. Gives a bit more microphonics due to the cable no longer sitting on my ear properly.

In terms of SQ, depends on my mood. The 215s are definitely a lot more fun and forgiving; they sound really nice listening to majority of music for me. The 535s are when I really want to just enjoy vocals and orchestra, though they offer a pleasant experience for most genres. The overly smooth mids are just too nice to give up.
Edited by Swiftay - 3/21/13 at 6:16pm
post #2513 of 3085
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I have a set of cables from Chris_Himself coming in next week. Will post pics! biggrin.gif

Swiftay,

 

You will love the synergy of the Silerrays with the 535s. I am reporting my (updated) review of the Silverrays here:

 

 

I want to be begin my sound review of the Silverray cables by stating that I am a through going sceptic by nature and training (corporate attorney) but let me say the difference between my stock Shure cables and Headphonelounge's Silverray cables is nothing short of amazing.  I do not know whether this an indictment of the stock Shure cables or praise of the Silverrays or a little of both.  
 
By way of background, I am using the Shure SE 535 Special Edition from Asia.  I was very pleased with my set up and was entirely satisfied with the sound. Or so I thought...I then ordered the Silverray cables from Chris Himself on Headphonelounge not really expecting much if any real sonic difference (I thought they looked great and for the price why not) but I am astounded. I knew right away that the sound would change, the slight hiss prevalent in all Shure IEMs was all but gone.  The memory wire was actually easier to slip over my ears than the stock cables and it retains its shape after only the initial fitting.  Also, I am finding that the Silverrays are much less likely to tangle than the stock Shure. 
 
The Silverrays have opened already great highs and expanded the soundstage slightly without sacrificing the low end or the midrange.  The easiest way for me (an admitted neophyte audiophile) to describe the general difference between the stock cables and the Silverrays is an material overall tightening and clarity of the sonic signature from top to bottom.  
 
The Silverrays took what I thought was a great, if not one of the best, universal IEM and made them SOAR.  Listening to Peter Gabriel's flute and Steve Hackett's guitar of Genesis in "The Fifth of Firth" or Annie Haslam's voice (all five octaves) of Renaissance has brought a subtle but noticeable clarity and beauty heretofore unheard.  For the eminently reasonable price of $85 for a 4'6" cable, I am utterly and completely satisfied.  Bravo Chris and Ted. 
post #2514 of 3085
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Originally Posted by spook76 View Post

Swiftay,

You will love the synergy of the Silerrays with the 535s. I am reporting my (updated) review of the Silverrays here:


I want to be begin my sound review of the Silverray cables by stating that I am a through going sceptic by nature and training (corporate attorney) but let me say the difference between my stock Shure cables and Headphonelounge's Silverray cables is nothing short of amazing.  I do not know whether this an indictment of the stock Shure cables or praise of the Silverrays or a little of both.  
 
By way of background, I am using the Shure SE 535 Special Edition from Asia.  I was very pleased with my set up and was entirely satisfied with the sound. Or so I thought...I then ordered the Silverray cables from Chris Himself on Headphonelounge not really expecting much if any real sonic difference (I thought they looked great and for the price why not) but I am astounded. I knew right away that the sound would change, the slight hiss prevalent in all Shure IEMs was all but gone.  The memory wire was actually easier to slip over my ears than the stock cables and it retains its shape after only the initial fitting.  Also, I am finding that the Silverrays are much less likely to tangle than the stock Shure. 
 
The Silverrays have opened already great highs and expanded the soundstage slightly without sacrificing the low end or the midrange.  The easiest way for me (an admitted neophyte audiophile) to describe the general difference between the stock cables and the Silverrays is an material overall tightening and clarity of the sonic signature from top to bottom.  
 
The Silverrays took what I thought was a great, if not one of the best, universal IEM and made them SOAR.  Listening to Peter Gabriel's flute and Steve Hackett's guitar of Genesis in "The Fifth of Firth" or Annie Haslam's voice (all five octaves) of Renaissance has brought a subtle but noticeable clarity and beauty heretofore unheard.  For the eminently reasonable price of $85 for a 4'6" cable, I am utterly and completely satisfied.  Bravo Chris and Ted. 

That's great to hear. I'm so keen for them biggrin.gif I'm using the special editions as well. Just out of curiosity did you get sheathing/sleeving on yours? And how's the microphonics etc? There's also such clear and friendly correspondence with both Chris and Ted. They're a plreasure to do business with tbh. Also, mind posting some pics? biggrin.gif
post #2515 of 3085
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That's great to hear. I'm so keen for them biggrin.gif I'm using the special editions as well. Just out of curiosity did you get sheathing/sleeving on yours? And how's the microphonics etc? There's also such clear and friendly correspondence with both Chris and Ted. They're a plreasure to do business with tbh. Also, mind posting some pics? biggrin.gif

I originally did get the sheathing up to the Y connection. I wanted the extra protection but after using them for while I found it made the cables too stiff and unwieldy and there was too much microphonics for my taste.  I contacted Ted and he removed the sheath and I should get them back on Saturday. Here is the best part, he is did it for free. I mailed him $20 for his trouble but that was a tip as he kept saying he would do it for free. Craftsmanship and customer service like that is unbeatable. 

post #2516 of 3085
I've revoked my veto to the SE line and grabbed a S215 in order to carry out field trials.

If i can walk an exercise with them for a few weeks with out hiccups i'll jump on the SE535. Otherwise i write off Shure till a new design rolls out.

I found at Shure.com an explanation on the correct way to wear the current SE line and sticking to it so far so good. No hiccups when walking on moving the head.

Knock on wood though!


You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother
post #2517 of 3085
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Originally Posted by spook76 View Post

Swiftay,

You will love the synergy of the Silerrays with the 535s. I am reporting my (updated) review of the Silverrays here:


I want to be begin my sound review of the Silverray cables by stating that I am a through going sceptic by nature and training (corporate attorney) but let me say the difference between my stock Shure cables and Headphonelounge's Silverray cables is nothing short of amazing.  I do not know whether this an indictment of the stock Shure cables or praise of the Silverrays or a little of both.  
 
By way of background, I am using the Shure SE 535 Special Edition from Asia.  I was very pleased with my set up and was entirely satisfied with the sound. Or so I thought...I then ordered the Silverray cables from Chris Himself on Headphonelounge not really expecting much if any real sonic difference (I thought they looked great and for the price why not) but I am astounded. I knew right away that the sound would change, the slight hiss prevalent in all Shure IEMs was all but gone.  The memory wire was actually easier to slip over my ears than the stock cables and it retains its shape after only the initial fitting.  Also, I am finding that the Silverrays are much less likely to tangle than the stock Shure. 
 
The Silverrays have opened already great highs and expanded the soundstage slightly without sacrificing the low end or the midrange.  The easiest way for me (an admitted neophyte audiophile) to describe the general difference between the stock cables and the Silverrays is an material overall tightening and clarity of the sonic signature from top to bottom.  
 
The Silverrays took what I thought was a great, if not one of the best, universal IEM and made them SOAR.  Listening to Peter Gabriel's flute and Steve Hackett's guitar of Genesis in "The Fifth of Firth" or Annie Haslam's voice (all five octaves) of Renaissance has brought a subtle but noticeable clarity and beauty heretofore unheard.  For the eminently reasonable price of $85 for a 4'6" cable, I am utterly and completely satisfied.  Bravo Chris and Ted. 

Thank will upgrade to Chris himself if needed hard to find seller in my country no luck so far
Thank will upgrade to Chris himself if i can find some seller nice woody cable
post #2518 of 3085
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Originally Posted by Swiftay View Post

^ How are the cables? Comfortable?

I have a set of cables from Chris_Himself coming in next week. Will post pics! biggrin.gif

Also in regards to the cutouts; I own both the 215's and the 535's, and I do get the cutouts maybe once a week, to once a fortnight. It's not really a big issue for me. However, my memory wire on my 535 cable did break. I didn't really move it around too much, but i did notice it eventually. Gives a bit more microphonics due to the cable no longer sitting on my ear properly.

In terms of SQ, depends on my mood. The 215s are definitely a lot more fun and forgiving; they sound really nice listening to majority of music for me. The 535s are when I really want to just enjoy vocals and orchestra, though they offer a pleasant experience for most genres. The overly smooth mids are just too nice to give up.
Yes very comfortable sound great not much changes only the highs have been fixed to much clearer i love to listen to vocal too so let's share what will be ours next step up after 535? Custom IEM? or W4R
post #2519 of 3085

I used to have the SE535 about 2 years ago.  Moved to JH13, sold the SE535 and most other universals.  It's an end for me atleast for IEMs.


This was based on some advice I got in this thread, where the thread starter and another person seriously recommended JH5 over the SE535 as they're priced fairly close.  I first disagreed saying that it's all a pain getting impressions, sending them and costs for shipping, possible hassles if reshelling is necessary, etc etc..  but when it's done correctly, customs are definately worth considering.


I don't want to sound like a hater, but I have to say that the SE535 is not worth their price in terms of performance.  I even enjoyed the W3 more since they had a little bit better treble, and more bass but they're a bit boomy.


I was always looking for something better, so I kept changing and trying other universals every few months.  Tried the IE8, W4 on the way too.  Each of them have their strengths and weaknesses, but then the JH13 had it all.  No sibilance, no fatiguing treble and no boomy bass.  Everything is clear, and there's impact all the way.  Mids and vocals are still well pronounced.  The SE535 lacks extension high and low, also not enough bass impact (I tried all ear tips and had a good seal).  Yes they are good for vocals, classic and jazz, but in my opinion for not all vocal situations where you have songs going real high, this is where you also may get that veiled feeling (may not happen with the LE, I haven't tried so I don't know).


The factory cable issues was another major downside for the SE535.  Also the housings with edgy design aren't exactly nice for your ears when you listen for hours.


According to the two people mentioned above, the JH5 does 90-95% of what the JH13 does, so I'd say they're a better buy around $400 (plus impressions and shipping).  If you want to maintain that mids + vocal emphasis, the UM Miracles or SE530/535 reshelled to 6 drivers is the choice, according to my friend who owns both the JH13 and SE530x6 (said to be similar to the Miracles).  Extension, clarity and soundstage go to JH13, vocals and mids go to Miracles or SE530x6.


I hope this doesn't start a flame war, I know there are plenty of happy SE535 and LE owners.  I used to be one of them.  I'm just pointing this out to people thinking about the next step.  So eventually some others may move on to the custom IEM goodness.  You will hear things you never heard before.  Over the years, many Japanese public impressions mentioned the SE535 is a "good student", then I say the JH13 is a teacher or lecturer in that aspect.

post #2520 of 3085
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I've revoked my veto to the SE line and grabbed a S215 in order to carry out field trials.

If i can walk an exercise with them for a few weeks with out hiccups i'll jump on the SE535. Otherwise i write off Shure till a new design rolls out.

I found at Shure.com an explanation on the correct way to wear the current SE line and sticking to it so far so good. No hiccups when walking on moving the head.

Knock on wood though!


You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother

 

How is the Shure recommended way to wear the SE line, just out of curiosity? 

 

I wear mine over the ear, always have. 

 

Hope they work out for you ...

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