Solid aluminium box with sharp edges. That's it. I don't do impressions on packaging.
Included volume control is cheap (overly so). The plugs on the airline adapter are already tarnished. 1/4 adapter is fine. The short 'extension' cable is of questionable usability.
Great Shure strain-relieving on the plugs and jacks. The most awesome I've ever seen, IEMs or full-sizers (owned SRH840 before, also as awesome).
Not having much experience with IEMs (the first and only being the Turbine Pro), it all comes down to tips. Really. They're that important.
I used to hate foams (thanks, Comply). SE530 came with 'medium' (two dots) black olives, I got them off without damaging them too much (ridiculously hard to get off, I think in the future these will be core donors).
Put on large Grey Soft-flex tips.
Turn on rig (see PortaRig in sig).
You know, after listening to the Turbine Pros and having read all that info about BA vs. dynamic IEMs, I always had the impression that BAs are more 'nimble' and 'quick' and 'resolute' and more jargons than an equivalent dynamic.
Well, these Soft-flex tips sure don't do that.
Sound is overly soft; absent bass; absent treble; overly forward mids.
But one thing I noticed is that the three-dimensionality of these IEMs are better than that of the Turbine Pro. Hmm. Potential. Change tips.
The triple-flanges don't fit, too long. So I used the 'voltag3 mod' (look up 'voltag3' in the search function, guy's banned for some reason) on them.
Much improvement: bass come out a bit, mids went a little bit back and treble actually came out.
(Oh, and I can't return them: bought in China PRC where I currently am, I verified the certificate of authenticity codes online. Those codes are of single-use only and the goods cannot be returned once the codes are checked)
So having that in mind, I thought maybe the foams won't hurt.
Two dots won't fit; used three-dots black olives.
No doubt the SE530 is mid-centered. Haven't listened to males yet, however Nelly Furtado (you will see her a lot in my subsequent impressions) has this indescribable 'layer', distance and texture to it that's just absent on the Turbine Pro. Bass, although it does sound full, is not punchy like the Turbine Pro. It does have some good detail to it. Not 'more' detail, just in a different way. High are not as rolled-off as I imagined, but hey, if you go to HeadRoom and compare FR graphs, it's about the same so I didn't notice much of a roll-off.
I'll update this in a couple of days... give my ears (brain) fifty hours to adapt to this changing sound signature.
Currently I'd say 'mids-centered but not overly done; warm yet detailed enough'. Sound field is about on par with the Turbine Pro. Dimentionality and location is 'excellent'. Binaural stuff just sounds so real on this rig (see sig again).
For those of you who say that I shouldn't compare BA to a dynamic (realised by Monster? eww), sue me.