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Just got the Shure se425 and very dissappointed - no bass at all...

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Thread Starter 
After much deliberation ive decided to buy the shure 425. I asked the online seller whether there is a significant in the sound quality in comparison to the 535- he responded that in his opinion they're almost the same. He said the difference between the 325 to the 425 was much more significant....
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.
Thoughts anyone?
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Originally Posted by dubstepnext View Post

After much deliberation ive decided to buy the shure 425. I asked the online seller whether there is a significant in the sound quality in comparison to the 535- he responded that in his opinion they're almost the same. He said the difference between the 325 to the 425 was much more significant....
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.
Thoughts anyone?

 

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.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will although the bass is substantially lacking...hope it might improve.
Do you have an idea for more bassy iem? (not the ie8)
Thanks
post #4 of 11

Judging from your moniker, you may have chosen wrong for your desires. I think Klipsch X10s are cheap on Amazon right now.

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post #6 of 11
Thread Starter 
Just to let you guys know I was able to upgrade to the 535- the difference is amazing!!!
Do you guys think the replacement cables are better than the original?
post #7 of 11

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.


Edited by SolidVictory - 1/12/13 at 8:17pm
post #8 of 11

If you read these forums at all, you can't actually say you expected bass from those.

 

 

Grats on the 535, if you have money to blow, go for the cables, but I wouldn't expect too much.

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The Shure SE425 have very fine bass, but getting a good seal is paramount. If you're getting weak bass, it means that you're not getting a good seal. You should try all the available tips until you find a pair that works.

I like the yellow foam tips for instance, they're very comfortable, but they're too small for me and thus the bass is severely lacking with those. The triple flange tips offer the best seal and the biggest bass for me, but I find that they muffle the mids and highs (YMMV). For now, I've settled with the default medium black foam tips: the seal is pretty good, there's good bass and the overall sound quality is excellent. Again, YMMV, try all the tips!
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^What he said. Also :

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Originally Posted by dubstepnext View Post

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?

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

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Dubstepnext: I've owned the 425's for about a year and have been underwhelmed by them. I too find the bass lacking, thus leaving the listening experience without the anticipated "sound-stage", even with a good seal. I've owned the etymotic er6 and er6i for about 5 years. I found them exceptional, but when they failed I decided to check out the Shure. Just yesterday i mailed mine back for repair/replacement to shure... may just sell them since they are giving me a new set.. although im not ready to jump ship im also not sure im ready to jump in again without my swimmies for 535... Wish I could sample them..

So how we're you able to upgrade to the 535's?
Edited by csh212 - 1/20/13 at 2:42pm
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