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Shure SE425 or SE535?

post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 

Before you guys tell me to use the search button, I have, and nothing really seemed to answer my question.

I have a few hundred bucks to blow on a new pair of headphones, and since I'm done with Monster (until they give the Turbine a wire that's durable like the Tours or hell, the Solos), I'm back to Shure. The SE425s are sold almost everywhere here, for $329.99, so availability is no problem. The SE535s are only sold in one store, for $100 over the MSRP, so it comes off at $549.99.

 

I've been Googling around a lot, and apparently these 2 IEMs have very similar sound quality. I've read somewhere that the SE535s have more bass than the SE425s, but I'm really after the clarity of the IEMs since I have a great equalizer (and bass booster, which doesn't make the bass overpowering at all) on my P3 anyways.

 

I listen to a lot of different music, from power ballads (Air Supply, etc..) to Indie (Death Cab For Cutie, The Postal Service, et al) to Synth-y (Franz Ferdinand, Passion Pit) and I've recently started listening to Kanye West, particularly the Twisted Dark Fantasy album.

 

My Turbines and other IEMs couldn't handle the bass of the My Twisted Dark Fantasy album (in FLAC), so whichever Shure IEM you guys vote for has to be able to handle the likes of Dark Fantasy without distortion and without feeling too.. Muddled.

 

So to sum it all up, I'm basically just asking you guys, as somebody mostly after clarity in his IEMs, which set would you choose?


Edited by Dr-Atrocious - 12/1/10 at 6:07pm
post #2 of 29

Dr-Atrocious, welcome to Head-Fi.  I just wanted to say that, and great name!

 

I'm also curious to see what others recommend as well.

post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 

Haha, thank you very much, SoulSyde.

Another tidbit of info I left out - I'm currently listening on my Shure SE210s right now, and the clarity is pretty freaking amazing.

I suppose anything that's a step above that would simply explode my head.

 

Still after IEMs that are incredibly durable and don't fizzle in very high and very low frequencies. :)

post #4 of 29

I am very curious about this too. I see the 425s everywhere and I am curios how they sound compared to the 530/535. I had the 530s and liked the smooth mids.

post #5 of 29

Had the SE210 and if you're fine with the bass it produces, the SE420/425 would be fine. Mind you I haven't heard the SE420/425's but the SE530/535 (own them) definitely has more bass than the SE210. If clarity is what your after, check out the ER4P/S, DBA-02, and the UM3X.

post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply, Rip N' Burn. I'm definitely fine with the bass of the 210s, just a hint of thump, but I also wouldn't mind a boomier system.
Besides clarity, I'm also after durability, and I think Shure is the only company with these.. These amazing almost indestructable wires.
post #7 of 29

You're welcome. Yeah, the wires are made incredibly well but they are prone to cable noise. I waited for a used pair of SE535's to be on for sale forums because I didn't want to pay msrp. Westone and Sennheiser also make very durable iems.

post #8 of 29

I wouldn't worry about the bass quantity if I were you either. The major criticism I have of the SE420/425 is the roll-off of both the highs and lows. I haven't listened to SE530/535, but my experiences with the SE420 have been uninspiring because of the roll-off. With that being said, the SE530/535 are said to have a similar, but less prominent problem.

 

In terms of midrange, I didn't find any issues with the SE420 in terms of the Low/High crossover range. Shure is great with mids, and the SE420 is no exception; the SE530/535 are supposed to be even (well, much) better.

post #9 of 29
Thread Starter 

If I get the SE425s, I'd really only miss out on the added drivers (bass) of the SE535s, right? None of the SQ?

I know that the SE425s have the same detachable wire as the SE535s, but is the quality the same? Is it just as thick and durable?

 

I think I'm leaning towards getting the SE425s. I don't think I could spend an extra $120 on a *wee* bit of improvement.

post #10 of 29

As a prior owner of the 530s, I absolutely LOVED their silky smooth mids. If it weren't for their gargantuan size (at least for my ears) shoddy cable, and severe roll-off, I wouldn't have sold them...

   I have been very intrigued reading about the new 425s/535s, particularly with their smaller form factor and stronger cables. The lower price point and cool silver color of the 425s have been calling to me, as it seems they're at every other store I go to. I have come close to biting the bullet, but I think it would be a complete waste if they lack the great mids that made the 530s special.

   So anyways, this post is both an inquiry and a warning to the poster above. The 530s (and I assume 535s) have a really special character, a smoothness unlike anything I've heard before. I've never heard the 420s/425s before, so I don't know just how MUCH of a compromise they are. From a lot of what I've read here, I have a suspicion that they are perfectly ordinary in comparison to the 535s...which is one of the reasons I haven't picked them up!

post #11 of 29

dr-atrocious have you checked electronicsforless - they're here in Canada and do on-line (I just bought my 535s for $450 all included). Shipping was free and they got my units to me in 2 days

 

 

There's also a longish thread here on the 535: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/497285/shure-se535-reviews-and-first-impressions-thread

 

I think one can only conclude for oneself but it seems like a lot of good things are being said about the 535.

 

PS: I have not listened to mine yet - holding out until Christmas!

post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by takoyaki7 View Post

I am very curious about this too. I see the 425s everywhere and I am curios how they sound compared to the 530/535. I had the 530s and liked the smooth mids.


The SE535 sounds exactly the same as the SE530. The main difference is the replaceable cable (a HUGE plus considering you're spending $500+ on IEMs).

post #13 of 29
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by hiplytragic View Post


dr-atrocious have you checked electronicsforless - they're here in Canada and do on-line (I just bought my 535s for $450 all included). Shipping was free and they got my units to me in 2 days



 



 



There's also a longish thread here on the 535: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/497285/shure-se535-reviews-and-first-impressions-thread



 



I think one can only conclude for oneself but it seems like a lot of good things are being said about the 535.



 



PS: I have not listened to mine yet - holding out until Christmas!






Dude, you get the biggest kudos I can possibly give in an online forum without seeming creepy.
Saw that electronicsforless also had the 425s for $279 so I will be getting those sometime in the next few weeks ( as soon as I can sell my Solo Beats, which are unopened so it should be no problem).

Does anybody have any thoughts on the durabulity of the clear set vs. the metallic set?? I mean, warranty'll be there but I don't want the casing breaking on me.
post #14 of 29

The cable is really the only thing that can break on most IEMs. Most Shure IEMs are built like a tank. My E2cs took quite a bit of abuse before they died (it was ultimately a...you guessed it...cable failure). Now with the replaceable cables, I bet they'll last forever etysmile.gif

 

So to answer your question, the durability should be about the same for both sets. Choose the one that looks the best.


Edited by calipilot227 - 12/5/10 at 8:42pm
post #15 of 29

The nozzle can break in shure iems, there've been a few threads about it.

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