i couldn't find a good se 535 to re 272 comparison, so here it is
some points that I noted
properties of sonic acoustics:
clarity : both have the same amount of clarity though I'll have to favour the re-272s mainly coz of its 'analytical/lean' presentation and clean sound
soundstage : the re 272s have a slightly better soundstage in my opinion, though i haven't really put a whole lot of time into distinguishing them by height,width etc.
the shures stage is rather disoriented and all over the place - but this might be a monitoring perspective but if you take the sheer size of it, i find the se 535s to have bigger stage which is easily noticeable.
bass : the shures seem to have a better rendition of the lower registers. the re 272s lack any actual bass body/texture in comparison. i find the bass of the shures to be near perfect for me
mids : the shures have an amazing resolution of the mids mainly coz of the mid centric signature. the mids are a bit too forward on the 535s causing some details to be smudged in the back ground . the mids on the re 272s are equally resolved however the mids are not as forward but forward still.
treble : the shures reproduce the upper frequencies in an average manner. however the re 272s excel in everythin the shures lack here :- space, decay, extension ,clarity etc.
guitar harmonics and cymbals are showcased with decay and crispness in the 272s, however the shures just show them as shrill sounds and dont resolve these upper sound profiles
speed : even though balanced armatures are supposed to be faster, i find the re 272s keep up the clarity and air irrespective of the how fast the music is ; unlike the 535s that loses a bit of clarity and the texture of details fall behind the mids or rather into the mids
presentation : the re 272s are absolute stunners when it comes to presentation. the shures are not down in the dump or anything, the mids of the shures are absolutely brilliant and wow you with its mid clarity and lush sound but to a growing audio-enthusiast the clarity and presentation of the re 272s will be preferred over the shures.
build and microphonics: the build on the shures are way better than the re 272s and offer more reliability . niether are noticeably microphonic but the re 272s are very much so when worn cable down.
comfort : the re 272s have a minute housing and are much more comfortable
isolation : the shures isolate extremely well(like your telephone ringing right in front of you, and all you can listen is music), the re 272s not much but still appreciable
thank you for reading/ignoring this
Edited by ayaflo - 10/21/12 at 6:50am