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Shure in-ears - I love them, but what are the alternatives? They keep breaking...

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Hi all,

 

I've had a great run using Shure stuff in the last while. I've had seven iPhone microphone adapters (the MPA-2B), and two SE-530s. I love them to bits...

 

...when they work. I bought one each of the above, the rest have been warranty replacements. Eventually I gave up on the MPA and bought an Audio Technica one, as Shure eventually stopped giving me replacements as my warranty expired. The to-ing and fro-ing wasn't worth the no-quibbles replacements after that. I wasn't going to buy another one if they needed replacing every few months.

 

My SE-530s have just given up the ghost on the right-hand side, and I'm about five months out of the two-year warranty. I'm expecting to be told to buy another pair when I call them tomorrow, which'll be a real pity.

 

What are the alternatives? I've got some lovely HD800s at home, so they'll need to be good to keep me happy, but I'm not keen on spending any more than I did last time unless there's something very special to be had.

 

Unless Shure's cable issues have been comprehensively solved (or if everyone else's have the same problem) I'd probably steer clear of Shure this time too.

 

FWIW I've got a set of moulds on file with ACS (http://www.hearingprotection.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=151&Itemid=288), so I guess I could get a pair of those instead. Any experience with them compared to 530s?

 

Thanks for any help, and apologies if this sounds a bit like a whinge. Most of it's disappointment at having a great-sounding 'phone die on me. Again.

 

Ben

post #2 of 4

The SE535s have detachable cables so you're only out like $30 or so if it breaks.  The new cables seem a lot tougher though, and should last longer.

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JVC FX700, EX1000, Westone 4, UM3x, ATH-CK100 and IE8.

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Just a quick update. I had a really nice surprise when I called Shure. They've replaced my SE-530s with a pair of SE-535s. I'm hoping that these ones will last me a good long while, as they sound beautiful!

 

Thanks for all of your suggestions, everyone. And Shure for giving me a pleasant surprise :)

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