RE-ZEROs. Thin and sibilant.
<--flame ninja mask!
Agree!! Don't know what's the deal with the SE535. In first place, I definitely don't like the sound signature, but letting that aside, I also don't think they have the technical capabilities of a $400 IEM (should I start wearing a flame suit now? )
I don't get this, I bought the SE535s before I even heard of head-fi, and I don't see very many touting it as a suggestion, as of late Heir Audio and Earsonics seem more widely favoured. I first bought the SE535s after testing them against various other IEMs including W4s and Fitears, and I just happened to like the 535s sound sig :) I kinda agree slightly with that last point though, the SE535s never "blew me away", it just so happened to sound the way I like my music, and if Vsonic had released the GR07s earlier I probably would have those instead :P
IMO I think that all the Phonak Audeo IEMs are kinda overrated, never understood how they were worth what they were selling for, the sound seemed worse to my ears than other cheaper options like Vsonics or Beyers.
I don't think the Shure 535 fits the category of an over-rated IEM if measured by Head-fi.org alone. Shure has been around a long time, so they may be over-rated in advertisement elsewhere. But, I don't see a case where people here (who have tested a wide range of IEMs in various price categories) are raving about the 535. Most reviewers here say it is underwhelming, mediocre, and overpriced.
I bought my 535 based on Headroom years before I ever heard of Head-fi. Actually, I bought the Shure E5 in 2004 when variety was not as it is today. I purchased the SE530 in 2007 (ish) and Shure replaced it (under warrant) with a 535 when the cable broke. The fact that I'm still operating off of $389 investment 6 (ish) years ago is great to me.
In my very limited experience (and small market area) I had never heard a better pair of headphones of any kind than the 535. I'd say now the UE900 is a real contender by having a very nice hue (or timbre). Although, I can't imagine it having the noise canceling that I need for daily truck use, so I'll probably take it back. But, now I'm a lot less skeptical about other earphones.
It's taking companies like Logitech, Harmon Kardon, and V Moda to put headphones in local stores so they can be heard. And believe me, it won't be long before these very companies are despised, demonized, and considered “over-rated” for better marketing and business practices.
I have. In fact, I might be among the first head-fiers to listen to FXZ100/200; they had a mini launch event in a local electronics store when they 1st came out. Wasn't impressed then; still not impressed nowadays when I listen to those again.
Dunno, maybe I'm just weird.