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post #91 of 302
But the ltd comes in candy apple red. You can match it to your gfs lipstick. The regular edition can't do that!I don't think they expect a lot of people to find out. Heh. Just the portion of us here maybe
post #92 of 302
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Originally Posted by Zalithian View Post

But the ltd comes in candy apple red. You can match it to your gfs lipstick. The regular edition can't do that!I don't think they expect a lot of people to find out. Heh. Just the portion of us here maybe

but, but... I don't have a gf. Damn.

post #93 of 302
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My damper order arrived today, and I had zero problems popping out the stock dampers and dropping in the new ones.  Short of rehashing prior impressions at great length, I've settled on the brown/1000 ohm dampers--brought up and rounded out the lows, took the prominence out of the mids, and added ever so slight a warmness to the highs.  Was most impressed with the impact on the bass.  

 

My tests for bass were Aphex Twin, "Xtal," from Selected Ambient Works 85-92 pleasantly smoothed out a bit of the original master's rough recording; and Andy Stott, "Numb," from Luxury Problems, which has wickedly deep and highly directional metallic bass thump that enters around 2:12--these dampers rendered a feeling of an unending stream of manhole covers dropping on my head like 1-ton raindrops.  

 

A few other favs demonstrated the all-around nature of this damper.  Waylon Jennings' whiskey-soaked Taker/Tulsa came through deep and warm--like seeing him play again as I did when I was a kid.  Balmorhea's western americana All Is Wild/All is Silent felt more intimate and immediate--something I didn't think the Shures were capable of before now.  

 

Kudos for the great instructions and suggestions for replicating this nice mod.  

 

Edit:  rig for the moment is iPhone 5 - Alo Audio International - 535's

 

 

I didnt tested the other ones, using brown here. Your impressions are the same as mine, more detailed bass, little less mids, less congested sound overall...

 

To me feels like the dampers are the best way to equalize the sound.

post #94 of 302
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I didnt tested the other ones, using brown here. Your impressions are the same as mine, more detailed bass, little less mids, less congested sound overall...

 

To me feels like the dampers are the best way to equalize the sound.

And shure knew that too.

post #95 of 302
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And shure knew that too.

yep and they kind of tried to pull the wool over their customers eyes by switching the insert and changing the sound and then calling it a limited edition and charging a bunch more money when alls you have to do is get a different damper and boom, changed the sound signature.

 

and on a positive note although other companies do offer nozzle filters to change the sound signature, its cool we found that out that we can change the sound signature by changing the nozzle filter

post #96 of 302
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yep and they kind of tried to pull the wool over their customers eyes by switching the insert and changing the sound and then calling it a limited edition and charging a bunch more money when alls you have to do is get a different damper and boom, changed the sound signature.

and on a positive note although other companies do offer nozzle filters to change the sound signature, its cool we found that out that we can change the sound signature by changing the nozzle filter
A bunch more? Aren't they like $50 extra? I guess maybe older pricing had a bigger gap. Anyway, at least that didn't pull a Westone.
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yep and they kind of tried to pull the wool over their customers eyes by switching the insert and changing the sound and then calling it a limited edition and charging a bunch more money when alls you have to do is get a different damper and boom, changed the sound signature.

and on a positive note although other companies do offer nozzle filters to change the sound signature, its cool we found that out that we can change the sound signature by changing the nozzle filter

I did not pay anymore for my SE535-J a year ago than the SE535 bronze was selling for on Amazon. The only difference is I had to buy it off eBay from a seller in Hong Kong.

Edit: and before anyone asks the 535-J was new still sealed in the box.
Edited by spook76 - 11/6/13 at 8:39pm
post #98 of 302

yeah i am talking about the initial price release, i think they were pretty expensive, i owned them a few years ago. i liked them, i thought they had a slightly better sound vs the bronze, but i also now own the bronze, and feel the sound equally as good with a full rig setup.

post #99 of 302

Let's not get too excited over $50 when the cost to change the filters yourself is roughly the same if you but the tool.  That and the LTD comes with two cables you otherwise have to pay more than $50 to get.  Now the 846 at $500 more just to use these same filters in a more user friendly format... esh.

post #100 of 302

im not bend on 50 or 500.00 its principal, shure tried to pass off the se535 series in multiple different ''limited editions'' the se535-led-j, then there are the silver limited edition and the american red limited edition which i believe are the same as the asians.

 

the idea that replacing the nozzle inseert changes the sound should have been something incorp's into the design, much like the 846 nozzle filter design.

 

and i do think that the limited edition were much more than the original clear or bronze clolors. 

 

now the limited editions are 50.00 more yes but when they were first released i think they were a good ammount more, but cannot find any websites showing the original msrp, and its understandable that the 535 price have came down becuase of the 846 release, although the price differences in them are substantial, making the se535 shures top teir for people who cant afford 1k for a pair of iems

post #101 of 302

Just ordered the 535 and Westone Pro 30 for comparison.

 

Does anyone know if the Westone filters are replaceable as well? If not, the Shure already have a big advantage.

 

Btw, tell me if you still have some spare filters and don't mind shipping to Germany. I'd be forever grateful :)

post #102 of 302
Unless the new series is different they use the same filters, all BAs do, but they are glued in and deep. You can put one on top of it but it only makes the scoop out deeper.
post #103 of 302

Well, muffling the Westones with additional filters on top is the last thing I want. Thanks!

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Well, muffling the Westones with additional filters on top is the last thing I want. Thanks!

what westones do you have?

post #105 of 302

Currently none, ordered the Pro 30 and 535 which arrive next week. Just read the UM3X (or Pro 30 since they seem to be mostly the same concerning sound) would be quite warm and bassy and was interested in the possibility of exchanging Westones' filters.

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