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post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

I am looking for a pair of IEMs. I am pretty interested in the Shures SE535 Ltd Ed but i just want to know if there are other good ones out there with better soundstage and clarity. I heard the Senns IE80 are good. What do you guys think? 

 

Any other good IEMS too

post #2 of 20

Sony EX1000

post #3 of 20

My collection of universal IEMs, by personal ranking --

 

Sony MDR EX-1000 (discontinued)

Sony XBA-4

Sony MDR EX-600 (discontinued)

Shure SE-535 (2sets, both bronze & clear)

Westone 4R

Sennheiser IE8

 

The Sony MDRs have the clearest, deepest, most powerful bass, followed by the XBA-4s.  If you like EDM (electronic dance music) like Deadmau5 or Kaskade, you can't find better IEMs.

 

There's subjectively little difference in my kind of music wearing the Shures or Westones.  All seem to fuzz up at the BA crossovers.  The music is definitely "murky" compared to the Sonys.  Not in a bad way -- they make the music sound like a hi-def radio channel.  But after you've listened with Sonys it's hard to transition back.

 

The Westones have the thinnest cable, Shures the thickest cable.  Shures are very comfortable to wear.  In contrast, Westones with Comply tips can make you forget you're wearing them.

 

IE8s are tweakable -- there's an adjustable bass setting.

 

Of these sets, the XBA-4s and IE8s do not have field-replaceable cables.  This should be a priority to safeguard your investment.

 

I regularly rotate between all these sets, and find that I'm constantly fussing with eartip size and shape. Olives with one set sound best; triple flanges elsewhere are the key. Unfortunately, I can't make Complys work everywhere. :)  (Part of the problem is that each IEM model speaker aperture is different in diameter and length, the housing weighs differently, and the mass is balanced differently between dynamic and 3- or 4-BA speaker types.  Even wearing all cords over-the-ear, the cord weight and stiffness influences how the IEMs sit.  And if you wear while exercising or in other sweat-inducing environments, you have a whole extra set of conditions to consider.)

 

If the SE535 limited edition (reds) were obtainable at the prices I paid for my two regular sets, I'd consider adding to my collection.  I wouldn't pay a nickel more, though.  The red housing is like slapping a Lexus sticker on a Camry. :)

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by Add1son89 View Post

I am looking for a pair of IEMs. I am pretty interested in the Shures SE535 Ltd Ed but i just want to know if there are other good ones out there with better soundstage and clarity. I heard the Senns IE80 are good. What do you guys think? 

 

Any other good IEMS too


the ie80 have good sound stage and clarity but there are better iem for clarity like the w4 or um3x but the ie80 soundstage is one of the best out there in my opinion


Edited by lightningfarron - 8/14/12 at 4:24am
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

Based on reviews for the Shure Se535 Ltd Ed, they have changed the sound signature and it tends to solve problems on the normal 535s. I guess i have to try the westone 4 before i make a decision. Seems like it is equally or even better than the 535

post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Add1son89 View Post

Based on reviews for the Shure Se535 Ltd Ed, they have changed the sound signature and it tends to solve problems on the normal 535s. I guess i have to try the westone 4 before i make a decision. Seems like it is equally or even better than the 535


My IE80s paired to the Studio V are amazingly good. The SE535s were not that great IMO. They sound is more balanced than the SE500s but in no way warrants its cost. It's more of a boutique item than price to performance.

post #7 of 20

What's the price range? and have you considered waiting for the Aurisonics ASG-2's to come out? I have a set of the custom model and they are amazing. Ridiculously large soundstage you can't believe you have in IEM's and the clarity is absolutely killer. I have a review in my sig, just click on "AS-2". Let me know what you think. They should be out in the next few months. Price has yet to be announced, nor has the release date been announced, but I know they'll be out before the end of the year for sure.

post #8 of 20

The SM3, IE80, JVC FX700, Sony EX1000, GR07 offers wider soundstage than SE535 and overall very detailed soundsignature.

post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by ZARIM View Post

The SM3, IE80, JVC FX700, Sony EX1000, GR07 offers wider soundstage than SE535 and overall very detailed soundsignature.

+1. SE535 is a bit overrated imo.

post #10 of 20
for soundstage and clarity go for w4.
post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by sofastreamer View Post

for soundstage and clarity go for w4.

I concur
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by lee730 View Post


My IE80s paired to the Studio V are amazingly good. The SE535s were not that great IMO. They sound is more balanced than the SE500s but in no way warrants its cost. It's more of a boutique item than price to performance.


+1 on this. studio v and ie80 pair is just incredible.

post #13 of 20
Thread Starter 

I went to my local shop to listen to the IE80. Seems abit tight in terms of sound stage. I was hoping something more wide. 

post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by jginnane View Post

My collection of universal IEMs, by personal ranking --

 

Sony MDR EX-1000 (discontinued)

Sony XBA-4

Sony MDR EX-600 (discontinued)

Shure SE-535 (2sets, both bronze & clear)

Westone 4R

Sennheiser IE8

 

The Sony MDRs have the clearest, deepest, most powerful bass, followed by the XBA-4s.  If you like EDM (electronic dance music) like Deadmau5 or Kaskade, you can't find better IEMs.

 

There's subjectively little difference in my kind of music wearing the Shures or Westones.  All seem to fuzz up at the BA crossovers.  The music is definitely "murky" compared to the Sonys.  Not in a bad way -- they make the music sound like a hi-def radio channel.  But after you've listened with Sonys it's hard to transition back.

 

The Westones have the thinnest cable, Shures the thickest cable.  Shures are very comfortable to wear.  In contrast, Westones with Comply tips can make you forget you're wearing them.

 

IE8s are tweakable -- there's an adjustable bass setting.

 

Of these sets, the XBA-4s and IE8s do not have field-replaceable cables.  This should be a priority to safeguard your investment.

 

I regularly rotate between all these sets, and find that I'm constantly fussing with eartip size and shape. Olives with one set sound best; triple flanges elsewhere are the key. Unfortunately, I can't make Complys work everywhere. :)  (Part of the problem is that each IEM model speaker aperture is different in diameter and length, the housing weighs differently, and the mass is balanced differently between dynamic and 3- or 4-BA speaker types.  Even wearing all cords over-the-ear, the cord weight and stiffness influences how the IEMs sit.  And if you wear while exercising or in other sweat-inducing environments, you have a whole extra set of conditions to consider.)

 

If the SE535 limited edition (reds) were obtainable at the prices I paid for my two regular sets, I'd consider adding to my collection.  I wouldn't pay a nickel more, though.  The red housing is like slapping a Lexus sticker on a Camry. :)

 

The IE8s do have removable cables, no?

post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by Add1son89 View Post

I went to my local shop to listen to the IE80. Seems abit tight in terms of sound stage. I was hoping something more wide. 

Yeah, but what source did you use? This will have a major outcome on soundstage width.
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