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Shure 535 Limited vs Audio Technica ATH-IM04

post #1 of 4
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Hey guys, 


Recently, I am looking to upgrade my earphone. I had a look around and downsized to Shure 535 Limited VS Audio Technica ATH-IM04. I am still very new with earphones and stuff. Definitely would like to hear from all of you experts advises.


One of my major concerns would be the bass. Currently I am just using Jays A Three for a few years. What struggle me the most is that, would I actually express less bass feeling once i change to these in-ear monitors?



I will be using iphone 5s or 4s as music player. R&B Acoustic and classical musics are the majorities.

I may consider a quality mp3 player later on in terms of more upgrading.  


Thank you very much

post #2 of 4

If you use your iphone as source, think about getting the Shure 215 or 3xx series.

They ll be a vast improvement without braking the bank.


Suggestion: you could add a DAC to your iphone or go for a dedicated player. I did both. But i prefer to keep my phone as phone and have a dedicated player (AK100 II in my case).






post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 

Thanks very much, I am also considering using a dedicated player due to quality and battery consuming on the iphone.

Meanwhile, I have also hear about W40 could be another great choice. 


However, Could any help me in terms on Isolation among these three? since this is the major concern for me deal to traveling for work.

post #4 of 4
IMO, the audio Technica new IM series build is abit bulky. For example, the IM50 to me, is pretty hard to achieve both a good fit and a good seal. Takes some effort to do a tip mod so that the IEM can sit nicely. But the body of the IEM will still be bulging out unless you have got a large ear canal.

The SE535Ltd is pretty good in terms of their build quality and as well as fitting and isolation. However, IMO, MMCX connections can result in occasional sound cut off when you're using them for jogging as the connectors can swivel.

I do not have any opinion or views on W40 as I have not tried them yet. But the W4R is sturdy build and provides a good seal and isolation as well. To me, i prefer the old Westone pins to the new MMCX connectors.

Sonically wise, I can only comment on W4R and SE535Ltd only.

W4R houses a more balanced sound signature with very smooth treble extension, lush and sweet vocals but with a mid bass bump. It is more of a laid back presentation which may get boring over time. Separation on W4R is very good and soundstage is above average as well.

On the other hand, SE535Ltd houses a mid centric sound signature focusing on vocals. Both male and female vocals are portrayed upfront which sounds very lush and intimate. Puts you like 2nd row of the hall. W4R is more laid back probably around 4th row of the hall. However, treble extension on SE535Ltd is not as extended as the W4R and I find them slightly metallic occasionally on certain tracks as opposed to W4R. Bass on SE535Ltd hits slightly deeper without the mid bass bump. But I find the quantity of bass is more on the W4R. If you're planning to EQ SE535Ltd, the bass can be made better. Separation and detailing wise loses out to W4R. Soundstage is pretty much the same as W4R if not slightly wider. SE535Ltd is more fun sounding due to it's more engaging vocals.

From reviews and impressions on the W40, it can be seen that it is slightly ahead of W4R. Probably W40 maybe a better option than W4R.

Hope this helps! 😊
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