He "forgot" to tell me the 535 have 3 sound drives (hence the number5-3-5) while the 425 has only two- meaning it lacks bass... Does anyone share my opinion?
I can't return it... So bummed.
Was waiting for months.
The 425's actually have about 4-5dB more bass than flat. Keep them and see if you get used to them. It can take a while to adjust, but this is how hi-fi sounds. You should notice more detail and less bloat and boom in the bass. Make sure you have a deep and very secure seal. Come back after 30 hours of listening and share your opinion.
Head-fi is divided between two camps. One camp believes in the difference that cables can bring, the other camp believes it is all snake oil.
It is important to note that although the SE535 has three drivers, it is a two-way system (2 drivers for lows, 1 for mids/highs) not a true three-way system (low/mid/high).
Shure IEMs are notorious for a sound signature that is composed of an excellent midrange, somewhat tamed highs, and a weak/less impactful bass.
^What he said. Also :
Lesser number of drivers doesn't always mean less bass :p
If you previously owned a very bassy IEM, then the SE425 might sound lacking in bass. It might take your ears a while to acclimate to SE425's sound; When your ears are used to it, it's likely that you will find the bass of SE425 is okay. Here's a piece of advice a head-fi vet gave me :
"My best advice is this: stick with an earphone. If after several months or weeks of constant listening you still don't like it, it's not for you. If you listen to it and immediately dislike it, that is your fault." - shigzeo
You couldn't have said that any better. I listen to mainly old school reggae, with the triple flange the bass is extremely rich and smooth but the already muffled highs and mids are sacrificed even more. The yellow tips and the foam tips are clear but for me non of them provide that good a seal. I would recommend looking at third party tips.
Just felt I had to add to this thread. Got some se425's yesterday & I have to say they sounded like absolute gash to me. Bass reproduction was poor even with a good seal & they sounded a bit well lifeless. None of the amazing detail that people seem to rave about. This was even with a DSD file through a chord mojo & ibasso DX50 as a digital transport. I Have some philips fidelio L2's which sound waaaaaaaaaaaay better. I'm pretty stunned to be honest. I have had shures in the past which I remember sounding a lot better than these. Plus the right ear plug kept cutting out also. I kind of thought are they a copy or something the sound was so bad. Maybe I have spoilt myself recently by trying out some fidelio x2's & audio technica m50's plus have the L2's currently. I'm just trying to find something that sounds great on the move but has great portability & something for at home which I'm not too bothered about the portability of but great for music & movies. I have some Shure se535's on the way as went for the se425's but then thought I'll go for the higher model. The 425's arrived & after reading quite a few reviews I thought I'll give them a go & send the 535's back but the 425's are on there way back & I am know seriously thinking of cancelling the 535's.