Hi there Head-Fi! I'm in need of some help here and am at a bit of a loss.
A while ago, 3-4 years ago, I decided to ditch low end headphones and go all out, I purchased a set of Shure SE535's and absolutely loved them. But these days they seem to have lost a bit of their "Magic". Their once brilliant balanced sound seems to have degraded to being very fat around the middle with very little detail in the mids and highs and the right monitor seems to be significantly under powered now, requiring a good deal of balance correction to bring the sound back to center.
I already did some reading online on how to maintain them and carefully removed any wax buildup from the stems without damaging the little filter inside. Even went as far as to get new foams and cables, as well as cleaning out the connections for the cable. Nothing seems to bring back their old sound.
So I guess my question is this: Is it possible for the drivers in IEM's to age with use and eventually lose their brilliance? I'm driving them with a Galaxy S4 outputting USB audio to a Fiio E17 DAC and no amount of EQ seems to be able to bring out their old sound signature.
If they have been damaged what would a good replacement be? Should I just get a new set of 535's? or should I be looking at some of the other IEM's that seem to be well liked here (Sennheiser IE8/IE80 or Westone 3 / UM3X)?
Edited by biglightbt - 12/10/13 at 7:25pm