Originally Posted by archercat
Got them... I can't really take pics here, but the box has a similar to Beats... LOL... There is a cardboard sleeve... then a nice black hard box that has a blue ribbon to open the flap to reveal the earphones and their jewelry type box.
The earphones themselves look just as nice as the pictures... The black faceplates are glossy and attract fingerprints easily enough. The main body is that same color blue but more translucent than the triples. you can see the drivers etc... The body and faceplates are glued or epoxied together, hopefully they don't decide to split. The bore is totally different, one larger hole with a metal sound tube flush up to the tip and then a second super small hole next to it. The connectors are as similar to what I had on my Shure's as they can be. They are difficult but not impossible to snap off and can spin around. When I first put them in there was some static when I moved the right earpiece around, but after a unsnap and a re-snap I have not been able to reproduce it. The little curve they have where they connect is nice, similar to the new design of the UE Customs.
To me, and I'm just listening to 256 through my iphone, it sounds similar to the triple.fi. In terms of bass, I'd say it's about the same from what I've heard, the treble is there too... maybe a tiny tiny bit less, and I can hear more mids, which may explain why I think there might be less treble? I've never heard the reference monitors, but these sound more energetic than the se425's from what I can remember. I think they extend farther at both sides of the spectrum against both the se425 and 535 for that matter. Everything is crystal clear and the soundstage seems as good as the triples if not better. I'd still say they are slightly V shaped in sound signature for my ears, which is what I like. I listen to a decent amount of techno/dance and dubstep, along with classical, rock and hiphop and these seem to handle everything well so far. They are not as bass heavy as the she3580's I have, but when the song calls for it I think the bass is very satisfying. They also pick up the plucking of an acoustic guitar or the chirp of a finger running the fretboard with every little detail. I think the tf's did that well, but these do it better if that makes sense... I don't know if there's a category; "How well it picks up random noises"lol.
My favorite part is the fit. I didn't have that much trouble getting a good seal with the triples, but these are in another league. They are pretty tiny compared to the triples, and still smaller than I remember any of the shures to be. They fit flush to the ear, so sleeping on your side or something won't be an issue. They are also much lighter, I can barely tell they are in there. The memory wire isn't as stiff, so getting it to curve closely around my ear still takes a bit of work, I'm sure over a bit of time I'll get it to follow my ear better. They don't fit any deeper than my tf's did, but I was able to get them in pretty deep before... they do create more of a seal for me, and I actually have to work harder to remove them form my ear, lol.
So far I am happy with my purchase.
I know I don't a ton of info, but I can try to answer anything you guys want. They are the best I have heard without a doubt for my tastes.