Shure KSE1500 Review - Shure KSE1500 Sound Isolating Electrostatic Earphones

  1. kubig123
    I have a X (and a 7), I'll try tomorrow to see if I can reproduce the problem, but I don't know if it have the cable that comes with the KSE1500.
  2. plinth
    That is so kind of you. It is hard to do an elimination test without two of everything.
  3. kubig123
    This is what this community is about!

    I'll let you know in a couple of hours.
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  4. kubig123
    hi @plinth,
    I've been listening for few song with my iPhone X and the KSE1500 using the shire cable, I don't have any popping.
    I used the Apple Music app, tidal and the onkyo app with some flac files.
  5. plinth
    Very many thanks. This is encouraging as it suggests that the problem is soluble.

    I guess I need to find another iPhone X and then another HSE1500.

    I really appreciate your help.
  6. kubig123
    Anytime, on your iPhone X, do you have the latest iOS version?
  7. plinth
    Yes, 11.2.
  8. Mimouille

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017
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  9. kubig123
    I'm just having a good time

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  10. BasilFawlty
    I have tried the KSE1500 and Sensaphonics special moulds for a month now and I am amazed! With CEntrance HiFi-M8 no statics either so a great companion.

    Ordered the new BlueDac as well and will come back with a review.
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  11. sklonchpower
    Hi everybody!
    Could you please help me with the next two issues I'm interested in:
    1. Is it exist rating of eartips for KSEs?
    2. Where could I find a guide for proper equalizer customization. I would like to add a little bit drive.

    Thank you very much.
  12. csglinux
    1) I posted some frequency-response measurements to show the effects of various ear-tips on the KSE1500:

    2) The KSE1500 DAC/AMP has a built-in parametric EQ, so you can customize FR beyond the effect of the ear-tip if you need to.
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  13. plinth
    I am having no luck eradicating the constant popping using my iPhone X; and based on the fact that Kubig123 has no problem with the same combination, and the fact that the new cable altered but did not solve the problem I have to now consider that the unit might be faulty. I will organise another trip to Shure and see what they say.

    I have been listening to the KSE 1500 with my Hugo 2 and the sound is by far the best I have ever heard with a headphone. After reading this forum I assumed that I would need to increase the bass in the equaliser and probably use custom ear tips. I could not have been more wrong. The seal with the olives out of the box was superb and the tonal balance is remarkable. With no transducer generated overhang you are left with impactful, deep lightning quick bass, deep rich integrated mid-tones and a completely sweet clean top end. I did not want to spoil the magic by comparing to my HD800s but with the Hugo 2 that second output tempted me so I plugged both in and swapped over to the big Sennheiser. I observed three key differences, one, the stage was wider and airier, the bass disappeared from the bottom and mid range and the top end gained a harsh sibilance. It was a pleasure to go back to the KSE 1500. I had been so frustrated by the pops and ticks problem using the built in DAC I had not fully appreciated how gorgeous they sound. Also, I use no EQ as it just seems to be perfectly balanced with it bypassed, adding any to the bass seems to overblow the bottom registers.

    Now I am doubly motivated to get the unit sorted.
  14. csglinux
    Probably an obvious suggestion, but are you able to take your KSE1500 into an Apple store to test it with another iPhone X?
  15. plinth
    It is a good suggestion. I will either try a different iPhone X first, or a different kse1500. I have to believe that a fault is more likely in the headphones as opposed to the iPhone given that over 15 million are in use and I cannot find a google result for a similar crackle over the digital output. I guess it could be the lightning connector though as it seems to change its frequency of occurrence as I change cable or change orientation of the cable. All good thoughts though and thanks you.

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