Well I got mine for $350 so I'm golden haha, I think there worth it as much as the W4r's the W4's are a little better value till ur cable goes. Plus I already have the SE215's with an iPod cable so I'm just going to swap the cable sense its $50.
Hudy, if you're interested in the W4 or W4R, you may want to consider the Heir Audio 4.Ai. Many consider them to be a direct improvement over the W4. I personally use the UE900 since I could not audition the Heir 4.Ai in my area.
Edit* You may also want to try and make a journey down to Jaben Australia You could audition almost everything you could think of there.
Have you ever heard the 535's or the W4's? I'm interested in how they compare to the UE900's, I was going to get the 900's being only $400 and having the sound that I think I wanted but then I got the 535's for $350.
Well, I've spent an absolute motsa on IEMs and accessories. I also would defend the Shure 535s. I think they are very well built and unamped are a fun IEM with great mids for outstanding vocals with plenty of sparkle in the highs (especially the red LEs, and I have both). But sometimes they can be too forward. So depending on my source I swap between them and my W4Rs. I find them just a bit muddy though and don't get the instrument separation of the Shures. Tip selection is crucial. I don't mind the olives but they are too tight on the W4Rs if you want to change from time to time. Plus you'll only find them comfortable if your canals are a perfect fit for one of their three available sizes. Mine are between the Med and Large. Mediums done seal well enough so bass is weak, and the large puts just a bit too much pressure on the canals and becomes uncomfortable after a while. I use the silicon tips that come with both Shures and Westones most. Fair isolation, good seal and can wear for hours. What would I buy if only could have one set?
I'd probably go with the W4R and a decent amp with good EQ. I use a Fiio E17. It helps me adjust bass and treble for the different source music when relaxing. Lets face it when you're on the go, you just want nice sound and a bit of isolation. The W4R are very forgiving in the isolation and fit department. And in a pinch you can either use your iPhone's EQ if needed for the genre or a 3rd party app like Bongiovi DPS if no amp.
Finally, check out Addicted to Audio for a source in Australia. They often have some good prices. I bought my SE535LE for $425 recently from them with free shipping. Also purchased from Earphone Solutions. Both seem reliable and fair pricing. Look out for ES coupon codes. Register with them to get their offers. They've had heaps of codes lately up to 30%.
You think that the RED 535's sound different than the regular ones? I know the blue 215's are different from the regulars but I thought that the 535's were the same besides color. I have read just the opposite, that the W4's have better detail and separation, I can't afford both so I just bought a pair : / I hope I like them.
Again you can't really tell without listening for your self so I just gave up on reading and got the 535's because I had the 215's and I like them.
Edited by ScaryFatKidGT - 12/5/12 at 11:00am