Originally Posted by JackKontney
Sounds for all the world like someone who doesn't know how to properly insert IEMs.
526, my guess is that your previous experience is with earbuds (Apple iPod type). This is different.
In-ears are designed to create a closed audio listening room inside your head. You need deep insertion and a complete, full seal. Totally block out the outside sound (within the limits of the fit kit). It takes both technique and a bit of nerve to get it right the first time. And when you do, you'll know. The difference is obvious. Even on MP3s
This dude speaks the truth! I thought IEMs sounded like crap when I first tried them, then I found out I wasn't putting them in correctly. When I DID get them in correctly, it enhanced my music-listening experience to the umpteenth level.
If you ARE putting them in correctly, and they still don't sound like $550, then something might be wrong with either the IEMs or your ears.
When I upgraded from the SE110 to the SE210, I noticed the difference.
Also, I read somewhere that the SE535s really make the music sound crystal-clear so the imperfections in the files sound that much more obvious.
This might be the case if you're listening to 128kpbs (or lower, ew) files.
And hey, if you don't like the SE535s, forget about returning them, just send them to me! I'm still saving up for my pair, hehe. :)