Originally Posted by Ultrazino
What really bothers me is that they deliberately target the top-of-the line price point and shifting their customers and *probably* having nothing to boast instead of inevitable technologic progress.
Of course, we will have to see if Shure really invented revolutionary sound.
No - I mean really ....... ?
Look at the announcement, and also the short reviews by those who have had the chance to have a brief listen ..... admittedly they are mostly lost within 60 odd pages of pointless debate about the price.
The innovation (which no other IEM is currently using) is the new bass low pass filter .... to directly quote Jude:
To finally move to a three-way configuration, Shure opted for a four-driver design, and innovated a pretty radical low-pass filter design to properly purpose the low-frequency drivers into the roles of subwoofers--True Subwoofer design, as Shure calls it. How this low-pass filter works is by incorporating ten precision-welded stainless steel plates to form a four-inch, high acoustic mass pathway that enables low frequency roll-off beginning around 75Hz. By using this low-pass filter to effectively roll-off unwanted midrange and high frequencies coming from the low-frequency drivers, midrange clarity and detail isn't sacrificed, despite the SE846's ability to deliver very visceral bass
Add to that the adjustable filters for the high-end, which whilst not being a technological breakthrough - is a first for Shure on their own IEMs.
Then you have the comments from those who have heard them:
Jude - rather than requoting him, go back and reread the first post in this thread.
Originally Posted by Currawong
For a quick recap, much like a multi-balanced-armature custom IEM, the SE846 has 3 custom-tuned drivers. Their unique take is a very advanced low-pass filter consisting of 10 very tiny and intricately carved plates that route the bass through what is effectively a long tube. The result is very clean, detailed bass, though a bit much for my tastes. The rest of the sound, using the "balanced" filters was, for me, spot-on, with nothing too forward, such as the treble (my frequent gripe with Japanese IEMs for example), but less dark and wooly-sounding than the SE535s. They didn't have the other filters to try unfortunately. For those of you who have tried universal versions of various customs, they are like a universal JH-16 in effect, but I felt less V-shaped in sound than the TG334s. Other than being, to my ears, about right in strength for the varieties of music I like (mostly acoustic) the excellent low-pass bass filter left the mids and treble, and thus vocals and instruments to be delivered cleanly and beautifully. It was rather like the first time I heard the Audeze LCD-2s, where the bass was simply so much better than I had experienced with any other headphones before. It was the absense of negatives in the sound that was so surprising*.
What is more, the sound was very good even straight out of my iPhone, if, not surprisingly, clearer and tighter sounding out of my HP-P1/Pico Power rig. In that, I have to thank arnaud here who tried them with me and wrote his impressions. We were lucky to get in before they brought out the 3 minute egg timers (the queue to hear them during the day was very long). A good summary would be: If there was anything you didn't like about the SE535s, it has been fixed with the SE846 -- but very sorry about your wallet. Now if they have a filter which reduces the bass a bit, I'll take a pair..
We get that you think they're too expensive. You've made your point - please move on and let it go. And perhaps let those of us who are very interested in reading more actual impressions not have to continually wade through the endlessly repeated clutter.