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I agree with mostly everything. Fit was a real issue for me, especially the wire and it's plastic sheathing. With my glasses, it just didn't work well.
Construction is amazing. Solid and sturdy. The 'rope'-like cable is a good match for the tank build of the earpieces, though a bit much for me. I prefer smaller / lighter (DBA-02, SM3, UM2, etc...), but if someone likes a solid, thick durable cable, look no further.
Sound-wise, I felt it a bit too mid-centric (like an upside-down 'U'), with the bass and treble rolled off too early for across-the-spectrum neutrality. But what is emphasized is truly gorgeous and relatively flat (that's a good thing). And for some music (without bass or extreme highs), I don't know of anything better. The sonic problem for me was not the lack of deep bass, it was the highs. The roll-off prevented me from pin-pointing the instruments. It seemed to produce the notes, but the presence was missing. That 'air' which places the instruments in the sound-field is not produced as I tend to require.
I also think list price for these is way off the mark.
For what it is worth, I had fit issues where housing was rubbing my ears canal the first few days until I realized they need to be orientated in your ears so the cable are projecting almost forward (not upwards) before going behind your ears. That fixed the fit for me.
Specifically treble extension and detail. I'm wondering if you found that the SE535 really does improve upon the SE530 in this area. If so, is it a marked or subtle improvement?
I know what you mean here, although I didn't see it as much of an issue as you did. Can you say which of your current IEMs do this well SM3s, DBA-02?
Yeah I tried all sorts of orientation setups with mine, but nothing seemed to fix the pain after long periods. Saying that when they were in these isolated very well, better than my Etymotic ER4s in fact
From what I heard of the SE530 the SE535 does seem to have a better extended, though its still not bright or sparkly. The difference is somewhat subtle - the overall sound signature hasn't changed a great deal. To put it another way its an iteration of the SE530 sound as opposed to a revolution of it.
Hope that helps. Maybe those who have heard the SE530 more extensively could comment on this further.
The DBA-02 produce brilliant highs and a very natural and neutral tonally (to my ears). If any complaint, it would be that they are slightly light in the bass, but the extension is there. They go deep, just not forcefully. SM3's (long gone) were the exact opposite of the DBA-02 which are now my current fave. The SM3's were all bass and depth, and dropped off substantially in the highs and upper mids. There is a filter-removal mod which is said to restore the highs in the SM3, but some claim it makes them sound brittle and sibilant.
I have the same fit problem with the SE535. I find them very uncomfortable. They press on certain areas in the earlobe because they are designed to sit "nestled" in the earlobe rather than protruding. The problem is that if that area of your earlobe isn't large enough to accommodate the fairly large case of the SE535, you'll be in discomfort and pain. This picture shows what I'm talking about:
My ear is larger than that, and the area of the earlobe behind the case still hurts. You need a fairly large cavity in that area of your earlobe to be comfortable with the SE535 case sitting there.
SE530/535, when fitted properly sound just about prefect for my tastes and I am the kind person who is after a completely balanced sound which is airy, musical, smooth, revealing and natural all at the same time and the only headphone I've heard thus far that successfully combines all of these qualities is the Shure SE530. To my ears a properly fitted SE530 sounds just natural - the best thing apart from actually being there in the studio or concert and hearing the music live. If you hear it as mid centric or bass light or whatever, chances are that you are not getting a good fit. Even it feels comfortable and seals well, that doesn't mean that the fit is right.
just got these =) had no problems with fit (lucky me) as I have quite large ears cavitys or whatever you want to call them. I'm not going to go into details (I pretty much agree with the write up on this page) but basically these are a million miles better than the ie8's I sold to fund these. I never realised just how much the senn's bass interuppted the mids and detail perception until I tried these. I think the bass is perfect on these; like the writeup says, if there is bass in the track it you will hear it. Simple.They just sound right; when I listen to them, I feel like I am hearing the music exactly as I should; a little cliche maybe, but I'm just happy to have cured my upgraditis for iem's. Now to get the headstage arrow, and hopefully complete my portable rig for the foreseeable future.
Actually you can't. I only knew that I got a much better fit with my SE530, when I started hearing much better sound out of them. Sometimes (actually most of the time) I was very disappointed with the sound even though the IEMs were comfortable and isolated very well. But there were times when I put them in and the sound was suddenly amazing and my jaw just dropped. I just couldn't believe the difference some seemingly insignificant changes in fit could make to the sound - it was night and day. I really don't know how to explain this, but I think that these IEMs are extremely picky about how you position them in your ear - the angle at which the nozzle is inserted into the ear canal has to be just right. It's kind of like listening to speakers - the acoustic properties of the room have to be just right and you also need to sit in a certain sweet spot in order to hear the speakers perform at their full potential.