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post #16 of 29
Compare to the W4R, the UE 900 is no where near bass light. Plus that's an easy fix with EQ or some bass boost AMP.
post #17 of 29

in for another vote on the 535 very mid centric. with a upgrade cable and good amp these can be a beast.

post #18 of 29
As of yesterday I am now the proud owner of Shure SE535 Red (Ltd), and I have to say my first impressions listening to them on the flight home from Thailand is that they are absolutely stunning. I auditioned these and the Westone 4 and the Shure definitely was more involving / engaging whereas I felt the W4 was a bit more of a flat sound signature much like my Shure SE420s.

I first listened to the SE 535 Red in the store with the stock cable and then an upgrade cable, and the difference was quite noticeable, the upgrade cable definitely made a difference to the sound quality.

I also bought the JDS C5 (red) portable Amp, and even with the stock cable, listening to the 535 Reds though the C5 amp was nothing short of astounding. An upgrade cable will definitely be on the horizon smily_headphones1.gif



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post #19 of 29

very nice ,excellent choices in both iem and amp.

post #20 of 29

Having auditioned (and considered buying) both in the past, I'm familiar with how W4R and SE535 sounds; Either one will make a fine choice, really. Both have mids that is on the thick side, with SE535 thicker than W4R. I personally think that SE535's mids is bordering on wooly-sounding and the treble is way too rolled off -- making it unsuitable for high-energy genre such as Rock -- but it is definitely more intimate than W4R -- It's just a matter of preference, really.

 

I heard SE535Ltd (the Asian release version) takes care of the rolled off treble to some extent, so you might want to consider the Ltd version.

post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Deadlovestory View Post

Having auditioned (and considered buying) both in the past, I'm familiar with how W4R and SE535 sounds; Either one will make a fine choice, really. Both have mids that is on the thick side, with SE535 thicker than W4R. I personally think that SE535's mids is bordering on wooly-sounding and the treble is way too rolled off -- making it unsuitable for high-energy genre such as Rock -- but it is definitely more intimate than W4R -- It's just a matter of preference, really.

 

I heard SE535Ltd (the Asian release version) takes care of the rolled off treble to some extent, so you might want to consider the Ltd version.

 

Yes the bottom statement is true, i directly compared both the se535 bronze and se535-ltd-j or ''reds'' and the reds definitly do take care of that roll off that is present in the bronze and clears. so much so that when i recieved my 535 bronze and  then the 535 reds i sold the bronze right away. highs sparkled no roll off. very nice

post #22 of 29

Good to know that the red one is not just a color choice.

post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by DrSheep View Post

Good to know that the red one is not just a color choice.

The new USA 535 Red is just a colour choice. It is the same as the bronze and clear. I posted a thread on this.
The Asian release Red 535 (SE535 LTD-J) is the one with the higher frequency tuning.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by warrenzn View Post

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The new USA 535 Red is just a colour choice. It is the same as the bronze and clear. I posted a thread on this.
The Asian release Red 535 (SE535 LTD-J) is the one with the higher frequency tuning.

Pretty nice looking too.  You know any place in the US that sells it for less than $550?  I just got the SA7 and W4R so it maybe a while... but it will be nice to compare the SE535 with my UE900 and W4R myself without relying on other people's reviews.

post #25 of 29

I think old Shure E500 had much better mids(rich, clean, forward,, highly detailed) than current SE535 with better bass response but highs were missing and had average soundstage(in size). IMO few dynamic drivers IEMs i recommended offers better rich, thick, forward midrange and richer bass than multi BA drivers IEMs like FX700 sound amazing with natural instruments music and has deep reverbing bass, wide soundstage, clear extended highs, highly detailed thick, rich mids.


Edited by HFAUDIOPHILE - 3/26/13 at 9:21am
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by HFAUDIOPHILE View Post

I think old Shure E500 had much better mids(rich, clean, forward,, highly detailed) than current SE535 with better bass response but highs were missing and had average soundstage(in size). IMO few dynamic drivers IEMs i recommended offers better rich, thick, forward midrange and richer bass than multi BA drivers IEMs like FX700 sound amazing with natural instruments music and has deep reverbing bass, wide soundstage, clear extended highs, highly detailed thick, rich mids.

The FX700 is open though, I'm looking for an IEM that isolates well and doesn't leak.

post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by SmettMark View Post

The FX700 is open though, I'm looking for an IEM that isolates well and doesn't leak.

Make sure you get some Comply Foam Tips too, and at least for me it helps quite a bit.

post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by Mooses9 View Post

very nice ,excellent choices in both iem and amp.

 

Thanks a lot :)

 

I forgot to mention I also got the ALO Audio CRYO SXC 18 line out connector dock to complete the package wink_face.gif

 

Listening to the 535 Reds from my iPod classic via the JDS C5 Amp using the Cryo SXC 18 is utterly amazing, jaw dropping even. And that is with no upgrade cable.

 

Speaking of cables, I have been eyeing this one, which is what the guys at Jet Live Audio were selling:

 

http://www.oyaide.com/ENGLISH/AUDIO/products_category/headphone_earphone_cbl/pg750.html

 

 

 

post #29 of 29

Nice, and I guess it will work for the UE900 too.

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