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Shure SE215 bassy and muddy: upgrade to 535?

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Hi all,

I have owned the SE215’s for 2 months now – my setup is iphone 4 (mostly ALAC) + Fiio LOD + Fiio E11 (just purchased). Previous to the SE215 I have used Sennheiser CX300-2

I like sound signature/seal/conformability of the SE215’s but I find them way too bassy (maybe the problem is not only quantity but also quality?) and I am considering upgrading to the SE535 (I might eventually add a custom cable and acoustic filter mod).

To give you an idea of what kind of music I would like to use them with: Muse, Radiohead, Pearl Jam. I find the SE215’s perform decently with Muse and Radiohead (though the bass make a muddy mess in some tracks) and perform poorly with Pearl Jam (the problem again being way too much bass).

To give you more indication of the level of bass I might like, I have recently tried the Sennheiser Momentum over the ear and found they have just a bit more bass than I would like. I have also tried the Bower & Wilkins P7 and the bass there sounded right for me (I have considered getting those instead, but portability is a big deal for me).

Would the SE535 perform well with my rig and music? I have read that compared to the SE215 the bass is much less in quantity and much more in quality (punchy?) Do you think I might like it or maybe find it underwhelming? Please note that I am looking for a sound I will like out of the box without having to EQ.

Also, how would the SE535 perform on let’s say the current Ipod touch with no external amplification using 320kbps files (Sportify)? To me the P7 sounded good straight out of an Ipod touch (that was at an apple store, so I am guessing I was listening to 256kbps files?)

Please do not suggest other IEM’s if you don’t own/haven’t owned the SE535. Westone W40 and 4R are out of my budget (they are £400+ on Amazon UK versus £260 for the SE535).

Thank you all

Nic
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I'm gonna try one last time.. Anyone? 😁
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