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How To Get The Most Out Of My Shure SE-535s?

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I'm somewhat of a novice with higher end audio setup, so I'm looking for some advice. My setup right now consists simply of an iPod Classic + Shure SE-535. I am looking any advice on how to get the most out of my SE-535s. After doing some research on these forums, I know I have a few options: getting a different source, getting a headphone amp, etc. If I've got a few hundred $ to spend what should I invest in? Will spending a few hundred $ really make a worthwhile difference? Thanks for your advice in advance!

post #2 of 28

Simple answer: Listen to them and enjoy them.

 

 

I'm not sure if the SE535s "need" to be amped.  I have the exact same setup.  Sometimes I use my iBasso D6, but most of the time I do not.  I find the D6 opens up the soundstage ever-so-slightly but it does not completely transform the sound.

 

Are you happy with them and are just looking to slightly tweak the sound?  In that case I would recommend trying different tips.  That will have a much more dramatic effect on the tonal characteristics than an amp would.  Tips that work with the size of the SE535 nozzles include: EarSonics bi-flanges (my personal favorite), Etymotic Research, Future Sonics Atrio and Comply tips.  

 

If you are not happy with them, let us know what you specifically do not like.

 

 

Edit: BTW, welcome to Head-Fi.

post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by tresenddrums View Post

I'm somewhat of a novice with higher end audio setup, so I'm looking for some advice. My setup right now consists simply of an iPod Classic + Shure SE-535. I am looking any advice on how to get the most out of my SE-535s. After doing some research on these forums, I know I have a few options: getting a different source, getting a headphone amp, etc. If I've got a few hundred $ to spend what should I invest in? Will spending a few hundred $ really make a worthwhile difference? Thanks for your advice in advance!


Well i also have the same setup, except i have the amazing DHC Symbiote Cryo version which i find musically orgasmic. Weather or not you go cryo or not, will make a difference and is up to you. Look at my review to see what one fits your music tastes best.

 

post #4 of 28
Amping the Shure SE535 will make difference and improve overall soundquality because iPod Classic line out signals are much cleaner than HP jack and gives more volume to the music with AMPs help. The better AMPs and dock cable will also shows great improvement and I will recommend the ALO 18AWG Pure Cryo or CXS dock cable and AMPs like XM6, P51 Mustang, iBasso PB2, Stepdance and ALO MKII. The CLAS, HP-P1 takes digital signals through USB from iPod dock and the results are amazing.
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Originally Posted by ZARIM View Post

Amping the Shure SE535 will make difference and improve overall soundquality because iPod Classic line out signals are much cleaner than HP jack and gives more volume to the music with AMPs help. The better AMPs and dock cable will also shows great improvement and I will recommend the ALO 18AWG Pure Cryo or CXS dock cable and AMPs like XM6, P51 Mustang, iBasso PB2, Stepdance and ALO MKII. The CLAS, HP-P1 takes digital signals through USB from iPod dock and the results are amazing.


To the OP, the amps above are not necessarily needed since the SE535's are one of the few headphones that wont need an amp. An amp will help all headphones, but this is just my $.2 on the hundreds of threads ive personally read on this subject.

 

post #6 of 28

Buying an amp just for an IEM is not worth it IMO. Enjoy your music! wink.gif

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Originally Posted by SoulSyde View Post

Simple answer: Listen to them and enjoy them.

 

 

Edit: BTW, welcome to Head-Fi.



 

post #8 of 28

I`ve just recently bought the SE535`s too and will post here instead of making a new thread, help me out:

 

Is the line out quality of an iPad 2 or an iPod Touch 4G poor to a degree that using a Jena labs cryo LOD paired with an amplifier like the iBasso PB2, or the Tomahawk with the SE535 not worth it? I notice a lot of flaws using the iPod's headphone out. (Lossless files)

 

I'm only worried about wasting money if either of them have substandard line out capability. Some comments on that specifically would help me a lot. Thanks fellas.

post #9 of 28

The 4G Touch isn't that great via HO, but the Ipad 2 should do fine via headphone out. I don't think that set-up above is worthwhile at all, the CLAS/Fostex set-ups are even less appealing. Both of the devices mentioned have a clean enough LO. A Fiio LOD should do the job and so can a budget amp like the E6. If you want even more performance (but less bang-for-the-buck) I'll recommend the Leckerton Amps. Either way, I don't think the Ipad needs amping, the 4G Touch unfortunately is the worst sounding new Apple device. 


Edited by Inks - 11/12/11 at 6:40pm
post #10 of 28

Thank you, apreciate that advice/summary a lot. I'm willing to spend cash for any incremental improvement in quality, so I'l look for a suitably priced amp. Bummer about the 4G touch.

post #11 of 28

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Originally Posted by tresenddrums View Post

I am looking any advice on how to get the most out of my SE-535s. 


Step 1. Sell them used for about $350. 

 

Step 2. Buy other IEMs. Or just save the money. 

 

There you go, problem solved. XD

post #12 of 28

Get a Fiio e6 amp. It's like 30$. With 3 levels of eq. 

post #13 of 28

OP, do you want real music or just more BASSbasshead.gif?

post #14 of 28

FLAC --> Cowon _ _ (BBE) --> SE535

 

Had the setup with an S9 was very pleased with it. There are newer players for you to consider as well =)

My current is the same but with 425s and it's pretty much no frills and fulfills my needs.

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Originally Posted by Yggdrassilious View Post

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Step 1. Sell them used for about $350. 

 

Step 2. Buy other IEMs. Or just save the money. 

 

There you go, problem solved. XD



Huh?  He's looking to "get the most of them," not replace them.


 

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Originally Posted by Carsonwen View Post

Get a Fiio e6 amp. It's like 30$. With 3 levels of eq. 


 

I'm not sure about this.

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