I'm relatively new here but I've used this forum for a lot of information. I'm a newbie audiophile overall, mostly due to lack of funds more than anything. I would really appreciate some help on my situation below!
At some point I misplaced one of the Shure SE535 ear buds and I called Shure to see if they can sell me a replacement. I was told that if mine had broken I could send it in and they'd sell me a new one for $84, but for them to just sell me the piece would be $350!
That price sounds rather ludicrous to me, but I guess they don't want to just sell them out to people if they're not for replacement. Does anyone have any experience dealing with Shure on this? I feel that these are my options:
1. Suck it up and pay it since $350 is still cheaper than most IEMs on that level.
2. Pound the internet and see if I can find anyone who happens to have a broken SE535 earpiece that they can donate to me (or sell). Or maybe if I can find an authorized dealer who's in a position to help me.
3. Chalk it up to a lost cause, use the $350 and check out a different pair of IEMs, since I wasn't too hot on the SE535 anyway (feels a little too mid-forward). Plus, after thoroughly enjoying the Fischer Audio DBA-mk2 I think there is much more value to be found in the sub-$400 price range for IEMs.
On #3, what are some solid recommendations? I've been looking at the Sennheiser IE80, which is $100 above the budget but I've heard some great things about them. Thoughts? I can't say what I like listening to as my music library encompasses almost every genre out there. So typically I'd want an all-rounder.
These are what I've listened to and a brief summary of what I thought of them (I'm not proficient in examining them, so sorry if I sound a bit like a noob):
1. Westone W4 and 4R - Pretty much my favorite pair at this point. I really love the balanced sound signature and instrumental separation. The sound stage is quite awesome and listening to live tracks is really a treat to my ears. My only complaint is that it can sound a little dull sometimes. I read a review that I agreed with saying it's akin to watching a musical genius play a number; sure, on a technical level he/she hits everything perfectly, but there's little soul, creativity, or flair. You sometimes wish he/she would just deviate a little.
2. Klipsch X10 - I love these as my everyday "consumer listening" buds. The heavy bass, though a bit sloppy at times, it great for times when I sit on the train to work and just want to drown the noise while I read a book. The small construction and shape gives it great isolation and it's easy to get them in as opposed to the others, though I wasn't too fond of the durability.
3. Fischer Audio DBA-mk2 - Love these, really. And it's what made me believe there's more value to be found in the mid-range price than anything else. They sound like the Westone 4, but with more liveliness to them, if a bit harsh at times. Sometimes the bass feels a bit suppressed, but I don't notice much due to the attention of detail given to the mids and treble.
4. Shure SE535 - I like the construction of these much than the Westone 4, and I like the liveliness of the music but overall I enjoyed the Fischers more, I think.
Sorry for the long first post. If anyone can provide some help I'd greatly appreciate it!