Seems to me that:
- Headphones that are highly accurate and analytical, while providing great transparency, treble, and midrange, do not provide bass so strong that you feel it, while...
- Headphones that provide visceral, thumping bass tend to be "flabby," distorting the upper harmonics of that bass (and everything else in the mid and upper range).
Also, we know that bass frequencies have a longer wavelength and can penetrate the body to greater depth than higher frequencies.
So we knew that it would not be long until some time, some idiot would conceive a solution to this dichotomy.
The time is now; the idiot is... ME!
The Shure SE 535 bronze is a great, neutral in-ear monitor, with great sound stage, good transparency, small size, yet great isolation capability as it fits tightly into the ear.
The Beats Pro over-ear headphone provides great thumping bass that you can feel as well as hear, bass that grabs you by the throat and shakes you. It also has a plug on each earpiece, allowing you to drive it through one and daisy chain a second headphone with the same signal through another.
Introducing... The Heavenly Hybrid Headphone!
- Plug the Shure SE535 IEMs into the daisy chain signal jack of the Beats Pro;
- Insert the Shure IEMs into your ears as you normally would;
- Place the Beats Pro headphones over your ears that already have the Shure IEMs in them;
- Plug the other Beats cord into your signal source, and Prepare To Be Amazed!
Most of the signal comes unaltered through the high-fidelity Shure SE 535 IEMs.
However, the deep visceral bass, which the IEMs do not replicate, come in through the Beats Pro over your ears, felt via bone conduction and not obstructed by the Shure IEMs in your ear canal.
Here is a picture, which shows one of the IEMs placed in the earcup, and shows the black Shure cord daisychained from the Beats right earpiece, as well as the red Beats cord bringing the signal in from the source.
Sort of like adding a subwoofer to your high-fidelity speaker system.
(And to think that some folks here state that they can only use ONE headphone at a time!)
Edited by ruthieandjohn - 5/24/14 at 11:56am