Hello there, I'm in desperate need of help!
I'm buying my SO some new IEM:s since the cord got damaged on the last (very cheap) ones she owned. You know, one IEM starts failing... Shure headphones are then an obvious choice and already decided, because of the ingenious ability to replace the cables as well as the special cord-over-ear ergonomics.
She's never had anything remotely good headphone wise, which is why I'm taking the moment to introduce her to some good audio quality that's highly valued. SE215 and SE535 are the ones that really stand out on getting your money's worth; the problem being that I can't decide if it's worth it to go the whole way to 535 or not. It's quite a price difference we're talking!
The main problem here is that they will be used mostly with a smartphone (audio quality may not be superb), without any dedicated amp. We own a FiiO E17 that can be used in the home (that mostly I use at the moment; with an E9 and HD 650), but it will only be the smartphone on the go. A reasonable DAP could be bought in the future, but as of right now, it's lacking.
SE215 are way cheaper and maybe more "fun" (less analytical), which could be a smarter choice to such a novice as her. But when investing in electronics, I aways get the nagging feeling that I really should think of the future and not waste money on products that may very well be upgraded. Also, for SE215 the cable replacement costs like half the price of the IEM:s themselves...
How stupid/smart is SE535 in this situation? Is it better to go for an entry level SE215? What would you do? Thoughts and opinions?