Shure SE846 Impressions Thread
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Well I was thinking about getting one of the Fiio mmcx balanced cables to see whether this hiss issue occurs with them too (I am using the Fiio M11 DAP). But then again should someone expect any SQ improvement with the se846 on balanced cable and what is the technical background for this? So would you recommend going for any of the Fiio balanced cables?
Also, have you noticed any difference with the stock Shure cables coming with the other Shure IEMs (eg with the 215s, 315s, 535s), if they r used with the se846s?
I really never used the stock SE846 cable hardly at all. I had modded my SE425 cable to be the right length to reach a Clip+ or ES100 clipped to my shirt, and its memory wire was bent to perfectly fit my ears, so I used that when I got my SE846. (Note: This is the original SE425 cable. It's fatter than the SE846 cable and doesn't have the ledge at the end of the plug the newer design added to let it fit into the holes many phone cases have for the headphone jack.) Then a while later I decided to give balanced a try. I got the Brainwavz balanced 2.5 mm cable off Amazon for like $17. It's a silver plated copper litz wire. I heard very little to no difference vs my old SE425 cable, maybe a little added clarity, I'm not really sure. Now I'm using a Fiio LC-2.5D cable, the pure monocrystaline silver litz one. The difference is subtle but it definitely adds detail to the highs. I also noticed it brought out a certain character in the sound of guitars that I don't think I'd ever really heard except in person.

If you're trying to get rid of a hiss, balanced will only help if your player outputs less noise on its balanced output than on its single-ended output. I don't have the M11 so I don't know if this is the case. If you want to give it a shot, the Brainwavz cable seems to be nice enough quality and is very cheap. If you want a more surefire option, get an attenuator -- all it does is reduce the volume, then you turn up the output volume which will usually raise the volume of the music and not the hiss. I'm not sure whether the plain old cheap "in-line volume control" ones would work here, or if that would effectively raise the output impedance.
 
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Well I was thinking about getting one of the Fiio mmcx balanced cables to see whether this hiss issue occurs with them too (I am using the Fiio M11 DAP). But then again should someone expect any SQ improvement with the se846 on balanced cable and what is the technical background for this? So would you recommend going for any of the Fiio balanced cables?
Also, have you noticed any difference with the stock Shure cables coming with the other Shure IEMs (eg with the 215s, 315s, 535s), if they r used with the se846s?
Big Time go with the Fiio LC-2.5D monocrystaline silver balanced cable I am using it with my Astell & Kern SR 15 DAP
And no Hiss
 

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Wouldn't something like ifimatch help if people are having problems with hiss rather than a cable swop?
 
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Coming to think about it, the issue is not any discernible hiss but something like crackling sounds coming from the left earphone.
Crackling sounds... that sounds more like an issue with the cable making poor contact someplace. You could try cleaning the jack and the left side MMCX connector with deoxit, or try a new cable.
 
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I've been listening to these guys for a year or so now until I just recently picked up a set of jh audio 16v2s ... I'll be honest, I would say that the 16v2 are different but I really can't say that they are "better" just different. Maybe a little less in the midrange and a slightly different bass signature ... I still really love the 846's and listen to them often.
 
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Would you recommend this? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RZRMRG1/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A7EL6FXUBCG7Z&psc=1

The balanced cable I've already tried is this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PM2WV54/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (in the photo posted), quite an unknown brand for me. It doesn't work well with my se846 (crackling sounds) but works pretty nice with the se535ltd making the sound more 'energetic' with more prominence and punch in the bass region.
 
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Would you recommend this? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07RZRMRG1/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?smid=A7EL6FXUBCG7Z&psc=1

The balanced cable I've already tried is this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07PM2WV54/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (in the photo posted), quite an unknown brand for me. It doesn't work well with my se846 (crackling sounds) but works pretty nice with the se535ltd making the sound more 'energetic' with more prominence and punch in the bass region.
go with this cable
FiiO LC-2.5C 2.5mm Balanced MMCX Earphone Replacement Cable ( amazons.de )
or the
FiiO LC-2.5 D 2.5mm Balanced MMCX Earphone Replacement Cable ( AliExpress) this one i
recommend you, cuz i have it.
 

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go with this cable
FiiO LC-2.5C 2.5mm Balanced MMCX Earphone Replacement Cable ( amazons.de )
or the
FiiO LC-2.5 D 2.5mm Balanced MMCX Earphone Replacement Cable ( AliExpress) this one i
recommend you, cuz i have it.
Thank you for the recommendation.
I think the cable from amazon UK at the link above is the LC 2.5 D, according to the description.
 
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I like the fiio cable as well. I tried one of the heavier yinyoo braided 8 core silver cables also and while it performed really well and I have no doubt it will be sturdy over time but it was way too bulky/heavy for a light iem cable I think.
 
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Hi,

I am deciding between buying the shure se 846 (I can get them for around $650 new) and the fiio fh7 (around $450). Which one do you consider is the better buy? Is it worth it to spend the extra $200 for the shure? I listen to a wide variety of music, and these iem will be my first high end iems.
 
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I forgot my headphones and had to buy an emergency pair for £6
 
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Hi,

I am deciding between buying the shure se 846 (I can get them for around $650 new) and the fiio fh7 (around $450). Which one do you consider is the better buy? Is it worth it to spend the extra $200 for the shure? I listen to a wide variety of music, and these iem will be my first high end iems.
for that price $650 i will get TWO SE846 , i will recommend the
FiiO M11 is the new model for $480 ( great reviews )
i do have the SE846 with Astell&kern SR15
 
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