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Shure SE425

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Hello there,

 

Long time lurker and first time poster.  For whatever reason, there's been an extraordinary lack of reviews/interest in the Shure Se425.  Even on Head fi there is a huge thread for the SE535's but no one even seems to mention the SE425's.

 

I'm an owner of the SE420's and I loved them even though they seem to have been universally panned on Head-fi, but it's about user tastes in the end no?  Unfortunately, the cables are broken in multiple places, and I'm fed up of the band aid fixes needed to make them usable.

 

So my question is, does anyone here own the SE425's?  Any impressions or info for someone who is looking to acquire a pair?

post #2 of 9

theres a review in pcmag and a response curve at headroom.

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HI just got a new pair of SE425 from Shure today - 10-4-2011.

 

Bottom line:  They are a very poor quality product.

 

Background:  I used to work for RCA Records as a sound engineer and I now work in TV to optimize CODEC's for Video and sound reproduction.  I have a EE degree and have built two recording studios

 

REVIEW: 

 

1. MUSH - That's what the SE 425's sound like "MUSH"

2. There is no soundstage. The roll-off is all wrong. There is too much cross-over in the drivers at the wrong levels.

3. The impedance is improper for the drivers.  Most in our industry know that WRONG impedance matching causes a number of issues such as high power use, high distortion, and REAL noise problems. The set of SE425's I have are a MESS.  There is HIGH noise and a lot of distortion. Mulltiple drivers need to be matched in a proper manner.  This is just one of the issues.

4. Placing the set through EQ tests I found them to be not equal (L-R) and the curves to slope at NOT EQUAL points.  

5. This is a very poor product and I'm not sure why Shure would put out such a product. There no way these could be used in a professional environment.

6. I found the SE420's to be a better product for "consumer" use.

7. I find my son's $29.00 set of SONY ear buds to be a much better product than the Shure SE 425's.

 

I would not buy this product nor can I see why anyone would buy them.  I will contact Shure and try and return them for another product.

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by TVSTAFF View Post

HI just got a new pair of SE425 from Shure today - 10-4-2011.

 

Bottom line:  They are a very poor quality product.

 

Background:  I used to work for RCA Records as a sound engineer and I now work in TV to optimize CODEC's for Video and sound reproduction.  I have a EE degree and have built two recording studios

 

REVIEW: 

 

1. MUSH - That's what the SE 425's sound like "MUSH"

2. There is no soundstage. The roll-off is all wrong. There is too much cross-over in the drivers at the wrong levels.

3. The impedance is improper for the drivers.  Most in our industry know that WRONG impedance matching causes a number of issues such as high power use, high distortion, and REAL noise problems. The set of SE425's I have are a MESS.  There is HIGH noise and a lot of distortion. Mulltiple drivers need to be matched in a proper manner.  This is just one of the issues.

4. Placing the set through EQ tests I found them to be not equal (L-R) and the curves to slope at NOT EQUAL points.  

5. This is a very poor product and I'm not sure why Shure would put out such a product. There no way these could be used in a professional environment.

6. I found the SE420's to be a better product for "consumer" use.

7. I find my son's $29.00 set of SONY ear buds to be a much better product than the Shure SE 425's.

 

I would not buy this product nor can I see why anyone would buy them.  I will contact Shure and try and return them for another product.


Do you have proof?

 

post #6 of 9

Owned the 535/530/425 and I kept the 425. That's just me though ph34r.gif

 

It reveals everything - has a very delicate sound signature with a lighter punchy bass. Has excellent attack and fast decay, the music sounds faster. Very analytical and unforgiving.

 

That is the 425.

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Originally Posted by TheGomdoRi View Post

Owned the 535/530/425 and I kept the 425. That's just me though ph34r.gif

 

It reveals everything - has a very delicate sound signature with a lighter punchy bass. Has excellent attack and fast decay, the music sounds faster. Very analytical and unforgiving.

 

That is the 425.


So the 535 is more "fun"?

 

post #8 of 9

Yes for sure. It has good bass impact and more enjoyable (opinions of friends/family) than the 425, also a wider soundstage. However I am still happier with my 425s.


Edited by TheGomdoRi - 10/3/11 at 10:17pm
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Originally Posted by TheGomdoRi View Post

Yes for sure. It has good bass impact and more enjoyable (opinions of friends/family) than the 425, also a wider soundstage. However I am still happier with my 425s.


Cheers! Just the right information that I need. 

 

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