Originally Posted by AmberOzL
Are we allowed to ask a comparison between, well, let's say TG334?
Quick impressions, with stock cables for both, I like the TG334 much more than the SE846. With stock cable (I'd guess it's copper based from what I heard) the Shure's transient responses, and the bass, are way too slow for any faster paced music across different genres I tried - pop, rock, metal, classical despite being a 4BAs. Resolution and sound stage is also disappointing. I would prefer the 334 in a heartbeat and was frankly a bit surprised by my lukewarm response to a shiny new toy. Chatted with a local distributor from where I got my AK120 and preordered the SE846, he is also trying to "manage" my expectation (he didn't know I had already listened to it) with the SE846 against my other IEMs.
With better cables, in the case of my Shure demo, an expensive OCC silver/gold alloy cable, the Shures improved a lot - to the point it's performance is on par to the TG334 (/w whiplash twag v3) but with different strength. Comparing the two I feel the bass of the Shure is more impactful and have a certain dynamic driver qualities to it while the Fitear produces a more 3D imaging with much better depth. I can see many users would be impressed by the SE846 especially if they have not owned or demoed other TOTL universals like the 1plus2 or the Fitear due either to their higher price point or limited availability. It is also the perfect upgrade for existing 535 users who wanted more bass. It is also good for people who have fit issues with with the 334 or 1plus2 type. It is priced below these two TOTL iems and is a welcoming addition and would either be more intriguing if it's USD800-850. I also like the Shure (on stock cable) over IE800 but that didn't say much as I really haven't liked the IE series.
YMMV but it should be fairly easy to get a demo of the SE846 once launched with Shure's huge global distribution network. Edited by kkcc - 7/16/13 at 5:13am