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I just got the SE846 and I have issues putting it down.. I love the sound so far. the vocal so nice, subwoofer so nicely tune (I wish I can tune my 2 other sub like Shure tune it here), just the right amount of Omph and so natural. This kind of sound is what I consider "Lush" with enough ommph on the subwoofer and with the right amount of sparkle..never dark, just enough warmth like the morning sun. I love it and love it. Not dark at all like the 535.

 

I really like the sub-woofer sound.. its subtle but yet obvious. This is no Car boom box type of boom, Its audiophile sub-woofer tune by experts. Very nicely done IMO.

 

I am using white filters..and I just request Ted to make me a pure silver cable..

 

 

 

 

post #962 of 6138

Well, aty least that was the case until now :) I might change that...

 

What is your experience - what should I expect to have when switching from SE530 to SE846 - using Ipod Classic with no additional equipment?

post #963 of 6138
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Originally Posted by Audiowood View Post

I just got the SE846 and I have issues putting it down.. I love the sound so far. the vocal so nice, subwoofer so nicely tune (I wish I can tune my 2 other sub like Shure tune it here), just the right amount of Omph and so natural. This kind of sound is what I consider "Lush" with enough ommph on the subwoofer and with the right amount of sparkle..never dark, just enough warmth like the morning sun. I love it and love it. Not dark at all like the 535.

I really like the sub-woofer sound.. its subtle but yet obvious. This is no Car boom box type of boom, Its audiophile sub-woofer tune by experts. Very nicely done IMO.

I am using white filters..and I just request Ted to make me a pure silver cable..

I hope you experience with Headphone Lounge OCC silvers is like mine. They lift a veil off the music you never knew was there.


post #964 of 6138
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Originally Posted by Roscoeiii View Post

And another question to ask may be whether upgrading the source or getting an amp to pair with the iPod would provide the greater benefit with the 846. 

I would agree. The first step is better source material. When I purchased my 535 a couple of years ago the first thing I did was upgrade my music files to either 320kbps or Apple lossless. I then tackled upgrades in my cables and amplifier.
post #965 of 6138
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Originally Posted by spook76 View Post

I hope you experience with Headphone Lounge OCC silvers is like mine. They lift a veil off the music you never knew was there.
 

 

I am looking forward to that as I am not a fan of dark signature... and thanks by the way for posting the OCC silver here. Ted is really responsive.

post #966 of 6138

Well, I just got an iBasso PB-1 Toucan to pair with the 846 and my iPhone 4. The amp is a bit overkill but I have the balanced HE-5LEs that it can also power. Really impressive using an LOD for the phone, or pairing the amp with the headphone output on my office computer. Quite the step up. Really bringing out the excellence of this headphone when the amp is paired with it. 

post #967 of 6138
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Originally Posted by BeHappy View Post
 

Well, aty least that was the case until now :) I might change that...

 

What is your experience - what should I expect to have when switching from SE530 to SE846 - using Ipod Classic with no additional equipment?

 

 

 

The bass impact is the most obvious here, its like adding a sub-woofer to the SE535 roll off bass.  The dark signature of the SE 535 is completely gone. The 846 white filters lets all the treble through, giving it a slight sparkle to the breath and cymbals crash way more realistic than SE535, its like ripping off the speakers grill and letting "clean treble" flows through (finally after so many years of waiting for this). The legendary mid range of the SE535 is being carried into the SE846. The warmth, intimate and lush vocal is ever so presence here. The isolation increase a little bit and the comfort level is much better. It's still a very shure house sound, all these upgrade is not going to turn it another IEM.

 

I always felt that the SE535 is half way done with many deadly flaws (treble was one of them),  The SE846 addresses all that.. and I think It is now in the same league as the crazy expensive UIEM out there like the Tralucent 1p2, AKG3003, TG334, IE800 etc..

 

I highly suspect that I will keep it for a very long time... Lets see...

post #968 of 6138

I love 846 to the point that I wanted to cancel my Roxanne order, but couldn't cause it was in production already. In 3 days I will be able to compare the best UIEM and the best CIEM. I am wandering, who will win the battle?

post #969 of 6138
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I love 846 to the point that I wanted to cancel my Roxanne order, but couldn't cause it was in production already. In 3 days I will be able to compare the best UIEM and the best CIEM. I am wandering, who will win the battle?

Looking forward to reading the comparisons of those two! The roxannes would have to be alot better than the 849 for me to consider switching. The waiting time, price, fragile connectors, and the hassle of ear impresions for the roxannes are reasons why I am happy to have chosen the 846. The universal roxannes seem huge. I dont think I would consider anything larger than the 846.
post #970 of 6138
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I love 846 to the point that I wanted to cancel my Roxanne order, but couldn't cause it was in production already. In 3 days I will be able to compare the best UIEM and the best CIEM. I am wandering, who will win the battle?

I can't wait to hear your comparison.

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I can't wait to hear your comparison.

+1
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Thanks for the replies.

Assuming I will stay with my ipod classic - what impat should be expected when changing from 530 to 846?

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Originally Posted by BeHappy View Post
 

Thanks for the replies.

Assuming I will stay with my ipod classic - what impat should be expected when changing from 530 to 846?

If it is an older iPod classic Gen 5.5 then you are probably fine.  I have a Gen 6 ipod classic and it isn't that good.  You have few options. The first is to stay with what you have since you are use to it with the 530 you will still hear an improvement going to the 846.  If you want to change then I'll list a few options below and others can chime in:

 

Sub-$100 - a Sansa Clip or Fuze (Rockboxed).  These and the later DAPs (digital audio players) I mention later support FLAC and other lossless formats.

 

$100-$500 - Fiio X3. This is a huge improvement over the ipod and it can serve as a DAC for your computer. The UI isn't great but nothing is as good as an Apple device IMO. Remember that iTunes scrubs you music's metadata before it loads to the iPod.  You will have to do this yourself with all of the other DAP's I mention.  While there are tools to help with this it will be time consuming. 

 

$500-$1,000 - You have two directions here. The first is to get a DAC and AMP combo which works with Apple devices i.e. CypherLabs. These come combined such as the Theorem or as separate components.  Your iPod will be relegated to simply being a storage and transport device. You bypass its DAC and Amp.  The second option is to replace your iPod with any number of great DAPs. I'll leave it to others to fill in but you might want to investigate the Fiio X5 when it is released ~$350 supposedly.

 

$1,000+ - A few great DAPs. I use the AK120 and I think the music coming out of this device is sublime.

 

$2,000+ - You can always get the new AK240 for ~$2,500 or you can get the AK120 and light hundreds of great cigars using your spare dollar bills.

 

Hope this helps. 

post #974 of 6138
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yep, same exact problem on a 12/2013 build...bought through Amazon's vendor system and were delivered last week. Right side bud has buzzing noise at lowish volume at any vibratory signal (bass guitar for example). Sent them back to Sam Ash for a replacement. The loudest example was on the Dave Mathews song "Crush"....first few seconds are very demonstrative of the buzzing. If you turn it up louder, it went away. I changed the filters and got no improvement. There were others earlier in this thread who had the same buzzing in the right bud! I hope shure is paying attention....

 

BTW, that was my review on amazon that mentions the buzzing! I had to take a star away for it....

Disappointingly, the buzz in the right bud is now happening with this new pair.   Production on these is 12/13/13.

 

Unlike the first pair, I was able to get it to stop by reseating the right side.  I'm not sure what it was exactly that action did to stop it, ie a problem with seal, moving or putting pressure on whatever (if anything) is loose, or what.  Regardless, it came back within a couple of minutes.

 

Doc, did you get your replacement yet?  If so, are they ok?  At this point, I'm going to experiment with these through the weekend, with other tips and moving them around.  I haven't completely discounted that it's my ear that's defective, but it doesn't happen with any of  my other IEMs.  

 

I don't know if I'll be interested in trying it a 3rd time with the 846, even though I do think they sound great (other than the buzz).  

post #975 of 6138
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Originally Posted by BeHappy View Post

Thanks for the replies.
Assuming I will stay with my ipod classic - what impat should be expected when changing from 530 to 846?

I hate to respectfully disagree with my colleagues but unless you plan on upgrading your music to high resolution your iPod will be great as a source. The benchmark tests demonstrate it has a ruler flat output with little or no distortion.

As I said before, you should upgrade your music from 128kbps to at least 256 or 320kbps or lossless. If you decide down the road to go to high resolution music THEN look into upgrading your digital audio player.
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