Originally Posted by kzhlin
I have a pair of Sennheiser Momentums that I really like and my friend was telling me to check out the Shure 535's. I only got a chance to hear them for about 5 minutes and I'm not sure whether or not they're better than the Momentums (or even worth all the hype they they're getting). What do you guys think?
I'm looking to get a good pair of IEMs. I have a pair of Ety HF5's that I really like, but I want to upgrade to something better.
I usually only listen to mainstream or classical music.
IF you like HF5, you like flat earphones. SE535 is slightly warm and has midcentricness with rolled off highs. If you like HF5, I suggest that you look at more flat earphones like ER4S.
And comparing Momentum and SE535 would depend on what you are looking for.
Sub-bass: Momentum is probable better as there is more energy
Mid-bass: SE535 is rounder and more punchy while Momentum is very impactful.
Lower-mid: SE535 will win
Upper-mid: SE535 wins again
Lower treble: I'll call it a tie
Upper treble: Momentum probably wins as SE535 has rolled off treble.
Sound stage: really? iem vs headphone? momentum wins. SE535 has pretty good sound stage for iem though.
Detail: SE535 might be slightly more detailed, but I don't remember to be honest.
Smoothness: SE535 is more smooth.
This is impression from 15min demo of momentum against my se535. I may not be totally accurate.