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post #181 of 3180

As a long time Shure SE530/SE535 fan (Since 2006, owned both for years and years) this new pricing on the flagship is retarded. Where is my reasonably priced SE540 with four drivers?


Two thumbs down for Shure.mad.gif

post #182 of 3180
Originally Posted by elnero View Post

Originally Posted by Divine33 View Post

I would be interested if they weren't so expensive. As the other member said, I can go for a JH16 for a few hundred bucks more.

That few hundred bucks more for a JH16 can quickly turn into a heck of a lot more when you consider the cost of ear impressions and shipping back and forth for refits. When I went down the custom IEM road my impressions cost upwards of $100 and after shipping back and forth six times for refits costing close to a couple of hundred dollars in shipping without any success I finally had to give up. I sold them for about half of what I paid not including all the shipping, taxes and impression fees. After that experience I'm only interested in universals and being an IEM guy I'm extremely excited whenever I see a new high-end universal that can potentially compete with top of the line customs.

Well, that was refreshing to read! Thanks! I wish more people would share their not so great experiences with CIEMs, but I guess CIEMs are pretty much holy cows around here. CIEMs can be great, but UIEMs in my experience can be equally great. As a matter of fact, my best sounding IEMs are universals (AKG K3003 and FitEar ToGo! 334). It will be very interesting the hear this new Shure UIEM.

post #183 of 3180

Interesting, but not at $1K MSRP. Too many true competitors out there for the half the price. Might pique my interest in a few years when the price goes down some.

post #184 of 3180

I find it funny that they ask $1k USD and still have the guts to sell it with a plastic body. 

post #185 of 3180

Out of curiosity, is the high end audio industry regulated by any competition commission? The prices seem to go up exponentially every time... And the rest follow suit and rarely anybody attempts any undercutting (of course at the time of release, there will exist cheaper pre-released alternatives), instead they put up prices to match the most expensive product of the moment. I sense a cartel!devil_face.gif

Edited by uchihaitachi - 5/9/13 at 3:03pm
post #186 of 3180
Originally Posted by shigzeo View Post

There is more upper frequency shimmer in the SE486 (even stock standard tubes) than the SE535. That shimmer adds to the feeling of space. Again, I've spent only about 10 minutes with them so far. Tomorrow cometh, tomorrow cometh.

What about the upper frequency shimmer of the SE846?  (Guess we're going to see all combinations... wink.gif)

Edited by Aero Dynamik - 5/9/13 at 3:29pm
post #187 of 3180
Originally Posted by rbbthole View Post

looks really nice.. but 1000$ for a standard fit when with the same price i can buy a custom.. mmm.. they really need to sound amazingly...

What's so great about customs, exactly?

post #188 of 3180
Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post

Originally Posted by rbbthole View Post

looks really nice.. but 1000$ for a standard fit when with the same price i can buy a custom.. mmm.. they really need to sound amazingly...

What's so great about customs, exactly?

I have that EXACT same question:

  • low resell value
  • have to have re-fits every so often
  • I hear they're really fragile
  • if you don't like the sound, you're screwed


On the other hand:

  • Better fit, and possibly isolation
  • More customisable colour options, though that's completely subjective
post #189 of 3180

You can get it customised for a personal aesthetic touch. If the fit is correct, it is also very comfortable. Certain CIEMs with many number of drivers have space limitations in going into an universal shell so need to be customised to fit the person's ear.


They aren't very fragile, unless you treat them very badly.... Although a lot of CIEMs seem to have cable issues with non-recessed sockets.


Isolation wise, I have many customs but none have surpassed the SE535 olive tips in my opinion. Customs normally are meant to provide 20-30 db of ambient noise isolation. The SE535, is 37db and I believe this is an underestimate.

Edited by uchihaitachi - 5/9/13 at 3:09pm
post #190 of 3180
Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

I'm fine with the price tag as long as it is good. The k3003's are worth the price, the IE800's which i'll be getting soon are getting good reviews. I for one can say that akg's flagship in ear resolves more than the LCD2 or HE500; quite a feat for earbuds.

And that's AKG... They're not as specialized as Shure in IEM's; so who knows?

I hope the Shures turn out good!

Very interesting information! Have the AKG K3003 myself and the resolution is... I lack the words! smile.gif Great to know I won't be needing the LCD2 or HE500 to improve in this field. Thanks for sharing!

post #191 of 3180
Originally Posted by music_4321 View Post

A few random thoughts



Hilarious. Similar things running through my mind. And by similar, I mean exactly. 


Bugs me to no end that people assume customs are better. They just aren't. They have their pros and cons. In fact, you all should be RELIEVED there is now Flagship-custom level sound without the massive fuss of Customs!



Oh, and why are people surprised about a $1000 price tag? Some of the most popular stuff around here are $1000+ universals.... 1Plus2, TG 334, 3003i, FAD stuff....Those threads are big! Those products have been out for a while.


Looking forward to the inevitable Westone Universal Flagship. But they have a problem. Their custom flagship has 5 drivers, and their universal flagship has 4. Can't make the universal have 5... so what are they going to do? Add rumble packs to attach to your chair to simulate visceral bass. 

Edited by SoundFreaq - 5/9/13 at 3:16pm
post #192 of 3180
Originally Posted by Aero Dynamik View Post

What's so great about customs, exactly?

They screw right into your ear canal and dont fall out on bouncy castles.

post #193 of 3180
Originally Posted by gkanai View Post

SE846 vs. FitEar ToGo! 334... that will be an interesting comparison. Hopefully we can try these back-to-back this Saturday at the Tokyo Spring Headphone Festival May 11, 2013

Yes, please!

post #194 of 3180
Originally Posted by gelocks View Post


I LOL'ed!!!

Hi Music!


(maybe I should quote you completely before you change it back to a "."!!! ;-) Are you still doing that!? lol -- long time no see...)



Hi there gelocks,

No, that's something I mostly did in one particular thread (you're familiar with), but it seems it didn't always go down too well — seems some people misunderstood why I did such (a 'terrible') thing.  


Originally Posted by gnarlsagan View Post


Agreed, $500 off something overpriced by $1000 still makes it overpriced, although admittedly less so. 


As an ER4S purist I can appreciate extra bass for a different flavor, but anything over 6dB for me is pushing it, and ~10dB or more is just not in the realm of accuracy. These sound like they could be pushing that 10dB boost, but we'll see. Having different filters is definitely a plus. It'd be nice if Etymotic did the same with the ER4.

Whether these new Shures are overpriced or not I guess is debatable — what is indeed a fact is that $1,000 is a hell of a lot of money. You can get exceptionally good-sounding IEMs for $100-$300 — hey, even $150-$350 is already a lot of money! Many, many, MANY people are still unaware of the "law of diminishing returns", and hype coupled with fancy audio jargon works wonders...

I don't know where the SE846 is made (my guess is it is made in China like the SE535), but at least the K3003 is made in Austria, the IE800 in Germany, and the TG 334, FI-BA-SS & Piano Fortes in Japan, countries with VERY high labour costs. Also, all of these companies—including Shure—have at least spent money on R&D and, specially in the case of FAD & FitEar, production runs are are very small, much more so in thecase of FitEar. Then we have, for instance, that the K3003, has the whole housings /earpieces and nozzles (all one unit) made of a single piece of solid stainless steel (no seams), and the TG 334s are virtually assembled all by hand, so those things have to be factored in, apart from SQ, when considering these very, very expensive products.

In my previous post I should have added:

-- Gotta love those claiming that for $1,000 you can (almost) get some of the best full-sized headphones out there — is the convenience and comfort of a full-sized phone comparable to that of many IEMs? Is the fact that a great-sounding device is truly portable relevant at all? Perhaps some people are not aware of the fact that there are tiny phones (known as IEMs) that can actually compete sonically with some serious cans, and also that, for instance, the 300-euro HD600 is an exceptionally good headphone, which isn't that far behind SQ-wise to the 1,200-euro HD800 (another case of the so-called "law of diminishing returns").

post #195 of 3180
1kUSD is a big jump from the previous totl shure considering the parts in this new product. On the other hand, it does transpire that people in the lab have been spending time trying to bring some innovation and sweated bullets to make it all fit in a compact package. I like the adjustable filters too, the main compelling thing against a custom iem.

At least, I would feel less abused spending 1k on this than on an ultrasone iq for example.

I will try to have a listen to this at the fujiya festival this week end and sample other similarly priced units (btw, I don't follow closely the iem threads so if anyone has some potential contenders in mind, let me know and I may try to sample these as well...). I am considering the latest jh13pro, westone es5 atm...
Edited by arnaud - 5/9/13 at 3:31pm
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