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Looking for in ear headphones, rock music, shure 425/535?

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Listen to all sorts of rock music. Need a new pair of in ear headphones. Was looking at the 535 or 425, not sure if it's worth the huge price gap. Or anything else I should consider?

 

Thanks for your time,

post #2 of 9

What is your budget?

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and don't isolate well)?

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp?

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans?

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking?

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment?

 

Have you checked out the Buying Guide?  Found here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by KG Jag View Post
 

What is your budget? about £150 = $220. Can go more if its REALLY worth it. Found some good shuer 425 deals on ebay..

 

Are you OK with open cans (they leak sound and don't isolate well)? I want in ear. No leaking sound

 

What equipment will be powering these cans?  Will you be using an amp? - My mobile phone mainly or just pc

 

What is the format of your music and other sounds you will putting into these cans? FLAC

 

Describe the sound signature that you are seeking? Not sure to be honest, I listen to rock, just want everything to sound good. I don't need a punchy base. Just want the vocals, drums and all the notes to be as crisp as possible.

 

Do you plan to use them outside your home?  If so, in what way & with what equipment? Just on my commute to work..walking..if I can run with them thats a bonus

 

Have you checked out the Buying Guide?  Found here:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/a/headphone-buying-guide

post #4 of 9

IEM's are not in my sweet spot.  However, in addition the Buying Guide that I linked above, you should check out this:

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/innerfidelitys-wall-fame-ear-monitors

post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm reading a lot that  Etymotic ER4S are better than shure 425. Looks like here in the UK the range of headphones is very small and the ones we can get are expensive. The ER4S seem bit more expensive than Shure 425 on ebay, just wonder if they are better?

post #6 of 9
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I'm reading a lot that  Etymotic ER4S are better than shure 425. Looks like here in the UK the range of headphones is very small and the ones we can get are expensive. The ER4S seem bit more expensive than Shure 425 on ebay, just wonder if they are better?

The ER4S is better in terms of clarity, treble sparkle, detail and true reproduction. They are sonically flat, like the UERM, which garners quite a love/hate relationship status. If you like a bit of bass in your music, then the SE425 is better.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 

I got a good price on the shure 425 and I'm really not blown away. Sometimes it's a bit harsh/sharp on the treble end?? Or is it my galaxy s4 just got crap components on it.

 

I came from Klipsh s4s where are 1/10 of the price and they really aren't that far behind at all..

post #8 of 9
Oh the Klipsch S4 is a very bass heavy iem. Compared to the SE425, it would sound bright. But this might be a bit surprising for you, I actually consider the SE425 trebles as not bright enough. They don't have enough sparkle, quite bland.
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Originally Posted by greenkomodo1 View Post

Looks like here in the UK the range of headphones is very small and the ones we can get are expensive.

There are many popular Asian IEM brands, and those of us who buy them often get them from international sellers. Check out MP4Nation and Penon Audio.
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