Shure SE535 Earphones with Replaceable Cables
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The Limited Edition SE535 Translucent Red features advanced mic controls and an exclusive translucent red color. They include Detachable Remote + Mic Cables:
These are my favorite earphones. When I travel I always take my SE535 and that says a lot since I own about a dozen sets of high-end earphones.The greatest characteristics of the SE 535 are:
- The superb, velvety mid-range
- The built quality. If you ever find yourself needing to impress your boss or someone else, gifting an SE535 will make you look real good. The finish, careful manufacturing and texture of the bronzed color earpieces scream quality. The feel of the earbuds and cable -- which are thick, malleable and replaceable, and the super fancy metal box they come in, makes them an unbeatable gift.
- Best sounding earphones by far if you are into acoustic music, female vocals and light jazz.
The SE 535 earphones are made by Shure in their own factory in Asia. This guarantees the utmost quality in the manufacturing phase. They feature a 2-way crossover which divides the frequency range in two. The upper and higher mid range are directed to the single driver which is specialized in handling the highs and mids such as a tweeter and mid-range speaker would do. The other bottom part of the sound frequency, lower medium range and the low (bass) frequency, the SE535 routes to their specialized dual "woofers". Yes, they have not one, but 2 low frequency drivers which are designed and located within the earpiece to maximize bass without creating an unbalanced sound. This Shure "signature running" is what makes the "Shure sound" which competitors could never replicate.
When I visited their laboratory in Evanston, Illinois some years ago everything came together and I immediately understood why something so small could sound so incredible. Research and development are not taken lightly by this almost 90 year company. The SE535 is the company's flagship. They outperform my $700 full-size headphones and actually made me stop using full-size headphones.
The case they come with is also very useful and are perfect for traveling. When going through airport security I drop them inside my shoes and then I put them back in my ear canals which serve to alleviate the stress of going through airport terminals, crying babies, running route children (nothing personal - I have two kids - but I make them behave in public spaces), and flying. When flying there are always the chatty folks, with the big voice, the crying babies, the repetitive unnecessary announcements and engine noise, to all of which I find the cure in the same antidote: my SE535.
If you decide to get them I hope you will love them as much as I do mine. You should give them at least 10-15 days for them to sound their best. Specially the bass which will come only after you get a good seal with them which can take some time as you must try all different ear tips included with the SE535 to find the "right" size and design for you.
If you decide to buy them I also hope you will support our American, small family owned business and get them from Earphone Solutions. We are proud Authorized Shure Dealers since 1996 which means that when you buy from us you are fully covered under Shure's awesome warranty for 2 full years. If you ever need service or repair all you will need is a copy of our invoice. If you lost them, don't panic. Simply drop us an email and we will send you your proof of purchase within the same business day of your request. If you come across a lower price in the US or Canada from another authorized dealer, I assure you we will beat that. And most of the times we will even beat eBay resellers. Amazon? We beat their prices every day! Just give us a call at 1-888-473-9661.
My name is Flavio and I own FMA Solutions, the operator of Earphone Solutions. We are located in Orlando, Florida and we ship to all North America on the same day you place your order.
If you ever need any help with your new earphones, please feel free to drop me an email and I will be glad to help you.
- Noise isolation?CHECK!
- Flush fit?CHECK!
- Comfortable for long hours?CHECK!
- Removable cables?CHECK!
- Extreme audiophile-sound quality?CHECK!
- Superior accessories?CHECK!
- Stay in the ear no matter what?CHECK!
- 2 Year Warranty in the US? CHECK!
The iPhone cable can control music, calls and volume. The quality is excellent for both microphone and listening to the caller on the other side. For running we prefer the stock cables which are also included in this bundle. SE535 Review
Powerful bass, strong forward mids. Highs are controlled and clean.
The vocals are amazingly detailed yet, no frequency range gets neglected. The sound is rich and warm; balanced and powerful at the same time. The SE535 is everything it promises to deliver. Comfort and fit has been improved even further and the new cable is robust like a tank.
Phone Interview with Shure's Matt Engstrom Summer of 2010
The new SE535 replaces the old SE530PTH and SE530.
We just had a great conference call with Matt Engstrom with Shure about the new headphones that will hit the market in mid June. The Shure SE535 and Shure SE425 earphones.
The new earphones will not be a simple re-branding of the SE530 and SE420. It will in fact be two re-engineered products.
Drivers: the SE425 will have 2 balanced armature drivers which will feature distinct driver assembly. The SE535 will feature 3 drivers. The driver assembly has been changed and the 2-way crossover will be located in a different manner than the old SE530.
Cables: Certainly the greatest feature of the new SE535 and SE425 headphones will be the detachable cables. I was somewhat concerned about this because of historical issues with UE cables but Matt told me that Shure decided to not use any of the existing attachment systems in the market and for that, they tested all the existing ones plus 20 different types of connectors and then went with a new developed attachment similar to what is used with the very expensive Countryman microphones.
It's a type of coaxial attachment but different than all existing replaceable earphone cables. Shure tested the new cable for a couple of years and chose to go with a very high end material. Different than some other manufacturers, the replaceable cables will be covered under Shure's excellent 2 year warranty. Another feature on the new cable is the formable wire (not included with the SE535 Red as described under the Specification tab - in case you missed, the RED version includes Android and iPhone cable only as stated on the option box) at the earpiece end allowing the user to shape the cable around the back of the ear similar to what was featured on the E5c and SCL5 which always received great feedback from professional musicians.
Cables are available in 2 colors: CLEAR and BLACK. The SE535 are available in 3 colors: CLEAR, TRANSLUCENT RED and METALLIC BRONZE. The cables are made of an improved material and are be 60" long. YAY!! No connection at 12" mark like the old SE series. It is a straight cable connecting from the earpiece to the source (MP3 player, iPod, iPhone, body-pack transmitter). The new Shure cables will also be even more flexible and lighter than the excellent cables on the SCL5 (old E5c). Extra cables should cost around $20.
They will come with Shure's 2 year warranty (plug time: provided you purchase your SE535 from an authorized Shure dealer such as Earphone Solutions ;)
Connection on the source: 3.5mm plug, 90 degree angle.
Connection on the earpiece: snapping type that takes several pounds to detach. Granny will not be able to replace the cables for you.
Earpieces: They are smaller than the old SE530 and SE420 and according to Matt, their most comfortable earphones ever built. I'm excited about this one. After hours of listening, comfort and fit become a deal breaker for me, so for the sounds of it, I should enjoy these more than my SE530s.
Compatibility: All iPods, iPhones, MP3 players and any source with a 3.5mm earphone input jack
The SE535 will be a no brainer with these "Shure style" replaceable cables, smaller redesigned earpieces and keeping everything that was right: the sound, with small assembly changes in the drivers.
Shure SE535 Metallic Bronze Earphones with Replaceable Cables
These metallic bronze earphones look as good as they sound. Indeed, a careful bronze colored finish, as sleek as Ancient bronze reliefs. Careful manufacturing equals quality. Like many of its fellow great quality earphones, the SE535 is endowed with a 2-Way crossover design which divides the frequency range in two. They also have a triple armature driver which makes for a detailed rich bass, with a velvety mid-range. The upper and higher mid range are directed to the single driver which is specialized in handling the highs and mids such as a tweeter and mid-range speaker would do. The other bottom part of the sound frequency, lower medium range and the low (bass) frequency, are routed to the specialized dual "woofers". These 2 low frequency drivers are designed and located within the earpiece to maximize bass without creating an unbalanced sound. This Shure "signature running" is what makes the "Shure sound" which competitors could never replicate. Need more incentive? Know that these SE535 earphones have stay in the ear design, which means what for you? Comfort. Flush fit. Paradise. They also have removable cables and are thick and malleable. Of course let’s not forget the fancy classy metal box they come in, and i-phone case available to you! And as always, there is Shure’s awesome 2 year warranty with ES invoice that comes with them. Kill two birds with one stone: want to impress and have pleasure? These SE535s make it possible. How many earphones in the market such as Amazon can do that for you? Lower prices in the US or Canada from another authorized dealer? eBay resellers? Amazon? They can’t beat us. We beat their prices and quality any day! The quality of these earphones make it possible for you to impress anyone, say your boss or your date. The beautiful case they come in is useful and quality-perfect for travelling. Going through the airport and enduring the stress of terminals, crying babies, running route children, flying, chatty folks, the too loud speaker, unnecessary announcements and engine noise? Plug them into your ears and find your elixir to eternal bliss.
Want to know the secret behind the quality of these SE535s which beg to be yours? The earphones are made by Shure in their own factory in Asia. This guarantees the utmost quality in the manufacturing phase. When I visited their laboratory in Evanston, Illinois some years ago everything came together and I immediately understood why something so small could sound so incredible. Research and development are not taken lightly by this almost 90 year company. The SE535 is the company's flagship. They outperform my $700 full-size headphones and actually made me stop using full-size headphones. I love my SE535s and I have no doubt you will too. You should give them at least 10-15 days for them to sound their best. Specially the bass which will come only after you get a good seal with them which can take some time as you must try all different ear tips included with the SE535 to find the "right" size and design for you. If you decide to buy them I also hope you will support our American, small family owned business and get them from Earphone Solutions as we are proud Authorized Shure Dealers since 1996. If you ever need service or repair all you will need is a copy of our invoice. If you lose them, don't panic. Simply drop us an email and we will send you your proof of purchase within the same business day of your request. Just give us a call at 1-888-473-9661. We are always here for you!
With three drivers in each earbud and a bronze-colored style that exudes quality, the Shure SE535 earphones are the flagship model from a company known for quality sound from small packages. Each earbud contains two low-frequency drivers for maximum bass response that isn’t overpowering or unbalanced and a mid-range and high-range driver, all controlled by a two-way crossover. The Shure SE535 accurately reproduces even wispy female vocals or the subtle intonations of light jazz. These earphones come with several earbuds so you can get a perfect fit. That flexibility, along with the impression of high quality that they exude, from the metal packaging to the sound they provide, makes the Shure SE535 a particularly good choice if you want to give a gift that will really make an impression. The cables on these earphones can be unplugged at the ear and are replaceable. Cables are often the part most likely to suffer damage from daily use, being coiled up for storage, getting snagged, etc., and when you invest in a quality set of earphones like the Shure SE535, you want to know you can continue using them if a cable is damaged. For all these reasons, we list the Shure SE535 as among our best choices.
- Speaker Type: Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers
- Sensitivity (1kHz): 119 dB SPL/mW
- Impedance (1kHz): 36 Ω
- Noise Attenuation: Up to 37 dB
- Frequency Range: 18Hz 19kHz
- Input Connector: Gold-plated 3.5 mm (1/8")
- Cable: 64" Detachable (at ear) with wireform fit
- M Cable - Integrated one-button remote and mic allows you to answer or end calls and switch back to audio. Works with most music-enabled phones with a 3.5 mm jack including Google Smartphone
- M+ Cable - Integrated three-button remote and mic allows you to adjust the volume, control music and video playback, record voice memos, and answer or end calls
- The Translucent Red LTD Edition SE535 does not include the regular audio cable
- iPod touch (2nd and 3rd generation)
- iPod nano (4th and 5th generation)
- iPod shuffle (3rd generation)
- iPod classic (120GB, 160GB only)
- iPhone 3GS
- iPhone 4/4S
- iPhone 5
- Sensitivity 119 dB SPL/mW
- Frequency Range 18Hz 19.5kHz
- Cable Style 2 detachable remote + mic cables: 57 M+ Cable for iPhone, 57 M Cable for other music enabled phones with 3.5 mm jack
Shure SE535 Earphones with Replaceable Cables Review by Earphone Solutions
Review of the Shure SE535 Earphones by Earphone Solutions: After hearing and reading so much about it, I finally gave in and decided to test out the new Shure SE535 earphones. Knowing that these were top of the chart best selling devices (and after taking a peek at the price tag) I had very high expectations... - Continue to Read Our Full Review of the Shure SE535 Earphones
Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews
They are comfortable, sound good, and I like the replaceable cables. They do cost more than my NuForce HEM4 though which have all of the above and were cheaper. Some stuff sounds better in these and some in the HEMs.
I used to own Klipsch x10 and x11i IEMs, as well as some Monster Turbines. To give a perspective, those IEMs ranged ~$200 and were all single driver. All of them were also pretty bass heavy, which if you've done your research, you'll realize is a big change going to the more neural SE 535s. The SE 535s have accurate sound, and everything is really clear and crisp. The stock cables are fine, if a bit stiff, but I recently upgraded to the Westone Bluetooth Cable so that I now have essentially one of the best Bluetooth headphones available. This is actually the reason I was considering the Shure/Westone line-- the removable cables meant I not only was able to replace the cable in case it broke (the Klipsch IEMs were great and small, but the cables were incredible fragile and broke on each pair), but it meant I could upgrade the Shures in the future as new cables come out. Given I have an iPhone 7 now, the ability to switch to Bluetooth (or potentially lightning in the future, if Shure or Westone create lightning cables) was really great. One thing that everyone says, and I have found to be 100% accurate-- the bass is not super powerful. Coming from my old Monster Turbines, which were incredibly heavy on the bass, and the small-yet-surprisingly-bass heavy x10/x11i, this was something I had to get used to. I wouldn't say the bass is lacking on the 535-- it's just not overpowering. In bass heavy music, you'll still get that bass thump, it just seems tighter and more accurate than other bass heavy sets. Other than that, the sound is amazing. It's clear, and there's fantastic separation between the instruments and vocals. One downside is the price. They are really, really expensive. Not as expensive as the SE 846, but I personally would never spend more than the ~$400 I spent on the 535. These should last me for quite a while, however, given that the 530 had very similar (if not the same) internals, so the design has been proven over the course of ten plus years. The removable cables make these headphones that much more future proof and will help minimize the chance I need to get completely new headphones due to a single part breaking.
Great product! Sounds great, good isolation and comfortable fit. Sounds good on my iphone too, but they could use a little more power to reach their full potential. Build quality from the earpiece is very good. I am amazed they still sound great after all the rain and occasional drops and they had to endure for 4 years. It is great that you can replace the cables on the new versions, but that is mostly because the cables are the 535's Achilles heel. The ear piece has a great fit, but I can't say the same about the cables. The stock cables with memory wire don't bend enough to fit my (relatively small) small ears. The iPhone cables work better for me, but they also tend to slide over my ears regularly. The real problem with these cables is not the fit though, but the ephemeral lifespan. I have bought at least 8 new sets of cables over the past few years. The stock cables are much more durable than the iPhone cable, but for both cables, you expect more durability for this price.
For rich Bass and using isolating.
I just got it and god bless this is the best day in my life yet in the music world, i just can't explain it, i'm now literally hearing over all my playlists in a different quality, it is really a nice experience.... oh and the hardware, accessories, and ear tips are just perfect for me-right now the best ear tip for me is the black foam, [and for those who would want the triple flange if it is too long just bend over the bottom flange (biggest) and with a sharp knife cut of to any size], now the wire seems good but i am not using the regular, cause i have the 3-mic control and besides the fact that it doesn't have the sliding guide wire its OK, and i think i'm going to jump into my earphones right now, so bye.......
Bought these late 2013. These have a phenomenal soundstage, have listened to a large gambit of music on them, not any flaws to complain about regardless of what I'm listening to. They are very comfortable for long stretches. The kit comes with a large assortment of ear piece options. Well worth the price tag. Only complaint I have, is due to me trying out a set of SE846's. The bass is lacking in the SE535s compared to the SE846's. After listening to both of the 535 and 846, if you have the spare cash, go for the SE846.
First time buying shure se535, won't be disappointed great sound and a lot of accessories. interchangeable cables help so they will last long. I will use these for the gym and working out. Strong build the bass is a little weak but nice mids and highs.
I had the Shure SE 530 earphones for five years. I loved them! Unfortunately the cables wore out from constant use. At first I only used these under "controlled" circumstances. Eventually because they sounded so good I just used them all the time, at the gym, while working in the yard. I am so glad that the new generation of the Shure SE 535s now have replaceable cables. I hope to get many years of great listening out of these babies.
These are the second pair of SE 530 series earphones I have owned. The sound is as great as I remember from my circa 2008 SE 530s but the new design of the SE 535s is even more comfortable and convenient than before. The removable and customizable wire connection option is a great improvement as well. In fact that's where my SE 530s failed after 5 years of hard use. The connected wires eventually broke and I lost the signal to one earphone. Being able to replace or upgrade the cables is a huge improvement on an already great set of earphones.
Nice mids and highs but need more bass after a while they are a little bit uncomfortable Pros: The mids and higs Cons: The bass and the shape
The SE535's were purchased as an early Christmas gift to myself since I was an awfully good boy this year. I am familiar with the Shure sound signature, having worn out two sets of E2c's, and coming from SE215's. Suffice it to say that if this path is similar to your IEM journey, then the SE535's will not be a disappointment. I use these during twice daily dog walks, and during frequent airline travel. My tips of choice are the long Westone silicon star tips. I find the isolation excellent. Airplane engine noise simply disappears. Before my purchase, I looked at a large number of reviews, and many of these discussed specific aspects of the sound quality...bass presentation, forward mids, rolled off highs, etc. Comments of this nature are highly subjective. I find the sound quality of the SE535's to be excellent across the entire audio spectrum. The sound produced is crystal clear. If anything is lacking, rolled of, or missing, I cannot detect it. Pros: Comfortable for long listening sessions. Isolation with proper tip selection is excellent. Sound reproduced is clear and full. The cable can be replaced if necessary. Cons: The cable appears to be very durable, but can be a bit stiff.
Owned a pair of Bose QC15 headphones for a number of years as I fly several times a month. Appreciating good sound, I was researching on the net earphones for riding my motorcycle. I discovered Earphone Solutions and purchased a pair of Westone UM3x. While I never used them for riding, I took them on my next trip and found the noise cancelling to be superb, without the cumbersome bulkiness of my Bose set. Comfortable too! However I was not totally satisfied with the bass and after a couple of conversations with the staff at ES I decided to get the Shure SE535. While I was offered the opportunity to return the Westones, I decided to keep them as well and often use them at home. They are slightly more comfortable then the Shure but I now travel exclusively with the Shure set. The sound is just a little bit richer pretty much across the spectrum and the bass is definitely more pronounced. I love the 535 and would highly recommend them if you are looking for outstanding sound and effective noise cancelling. Just make sure to use the right tips to get an effective seal. In my case I am using two totally different tips to get the proper fit. These are awesome, awesome earphones! Customer service from Earphone Solutions is also second to none and the product is shipped promptly. I highly recommend both the product and ES to anyone who asks. I wouldn't deal with anyone else! Pros: rich wide range of sound effective noise cancelling I find the long cables to be useful Cons: not quite as comfortable as the westone
Dear Wally, Thank you for the kind words and great review!
These are my first real earphones. I purchased them after reading the blogs about the impending 846's that will cost $1000. Decided not to wait and not to spend that much anyway. Plus, the reviews I had seen about the SE535 were all positive. I am a headphone enthusiast and member of Head-Fi.org. I currently own the Ultrasone ED-8 cans. So, I am comparing these earphones against the ED-8. The overall sound of the SE535 is tremendous. The midrange is much smoother than the ED-8. Overall, the sound of the SE535 is great and I can listen for hours, with one exception. I have trouble keeping them solid in my ears. They keep moving a little bit, and you know when they move the sound degrades. Only the largest tips fit my ears, when properly seated the sound is great but the earphones don't always stay fully seated. I'm looking for different tips, have tried the Westone stars but they are all too small. I would appreciate some advice in this area. Pros: Overall sound, especially midrange. Build quality is excellent Cons: Just not comfortable with the fit in my ears.
I began with shure se215's 2 years ago as my first 'quality' earphones, and was in love with the noise isolation and better sound quality. I was not happy with bass though, I do like more deeper sounds to the music that has it, especially since I primarily use earphones for the gym and running. They began to have problems within 9 months of use, I'm sure due to the sweat and almost daily use. Warranty covered it no problem, and the replacements lasted about another year till a couple months ago when they began to have the same problems of one side just not working unless twisted just right, but would lose sound with any movement, then it happened to the other side. So I decided to upgrade, and went with the 535 model as it was said to have better bass than the 425's. Comfort - 10/10 I've only had these for a couple days, but I love the shure design of over the ear and twisted into the ear canal that earplugs. Provides an excellent seal and they stay on during even sprinting sessions, just needed to be readjusted every now and again. I tried them at night and can lay my head on my pillow while watching netflix on my ipad or listening to spotify and be completely comfortable even with the side of my head resting on the pillow. The length of the cord is great, can run the wire down the inside of my shirt to my phone in my pocket or place the phone on the cardio dashboard no problem. Sound - 10/10 As I can only compare these to cheap earphones and the se215's, the sound is definitely a 10. Gives great bass to songs by NIN, White Zombie, David Guetta, Hans Zimmer, while maintaining great clarity at the other ranges for live recordings and softer songs. I'm not an audiophile so can't really go into detail here, but there is definitely a very noticeable difference in quality between these and the se215's. Price - 6/10 The quality is noticeably different but I can't honestly justify having paid $499 for these. I would suggest either sticking with the the $100 models or trying the 425's, but seems like more than $250 for earbuds you're really not going to get your money's worth unless you're an extreme audiophile or just have tons of cash to spend. I'd compare it to Breaking Bad and how Walt could make 99.1% pure meth and the other guy could maybe get around 97% pure. I'm not a meth head, but the point is most people won't be able to notice that small difference, but to those who can, that small percentage is a HUGE difference and incredible feat. Point being, I'd say the 215's are 85% while the 535's are 95%, the biggest difference between the two is that the 535's have way better bass, and the clarity in the other ranges is definitely better, but not revelatory as when I went from cheap earphones to the 215's. I probably could have gotten another pair of earphones at the $100 price range like the velodyne's that have reportedly great bass and been just as happy. Durability - 8\10 I've only had these a couple days, so too early to tell, but if anything goes wrong with these at all I'm definitely taking advantage of the 2 year warranty immediately a crackling and earbud failure is noticeable. I got the monitor saver canister to keep them dry so hopefully the failure that'd start around 6 - 9 months of use won't happen with these, assuming it was sweat/moisture causing one side to not work consistently. Delivery by FedEx - 1/10 Just adding this as I was going to order these on a Monday and get the free shipping, but then I saw on the earphone fb page that some big news was coming out on Thursday, so I waited, and then it was just shure releasing some $1000 pair of earphones which is completely useless to me, so I ordered overnight shipping to get them on Friday. I'm a commercial photographer and was editing from home that day, while waiting for the fedex guy to come before I went out to do errands. I had my window open so I'd be able to hear the truck backing up into the driveway in a quiet residential area, as well as no music so I'd at least hear the doorbell. Never heard either sound, and I check the tracking at 1:45pm and it says they stopped by at 1:15 and that I wasn't here, which is a complete lie, I go to check the front door and garage area, no sticker receipt left anywhere. The driver did not stop by, and fedex said he wouldn't be back at the sorting facility till 6pm. So I wait till 530pm, and make the half hour drive out to the facility in horrible traffic and a rainstorm to pick it up. And the facility is the complete opposite direction from where I had to do my errands, so was a complete waste of time and extreme inconvenience due to a lazy negligent driver. I've had this problem several times with deliveries by fedex needing signatures, but never with UPS. This has nothing to do with the earphones or earphonesolutions.com but adding it so customers can be aware. Pros: +Great bass while maintaining great clarity at all other ranges, the 215's had very soft, unsatisfying bass and lesser clarity +Great noise isolation, can't hear the gym stereo or anyone talking while my music is on. +Great fit and comfort, I love the over the ear design and twisting them in like earplugs +Stay in during runs no problem Cons: -The price is really high, strongly recommend getting the 425's or not ever spending more than $250 tops on earphones unless you're an extreme audiophile or your job depends on high end quality -fedex drivers are lazy and you should put a sign on your door saying to actually knock or ring doorbell if your delivery requires a signature, as they've repeatedly not even stopped and left a sticker receipt, while claiming they have on the tracking info.
I received the Shure SE535s in eager anticipation of great sound, and I wasn't disappointed. The audio that these earphones produce is the best I have ever heard. However, i could not keep them in my ears, especially when walking, and thus back to Earphone Solutions they go (thank you for GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE). The cables that come with these are very heavy duty, especially the "keeper" portion next to the actual earphones. I had great difficulty in trying to make them fit comfortably, and could not keep them flush in my ears. Greatly disappointed because the sound is unbelievable. For me the cables were the problem that killed this deal. Thank you ES for allowing me to return them for a pair of Westone4Rs. Pros: Fabulous sound high quality Cons: Bulky, heavy duty cables that made tight fit impossible for me
Hey Steve, Thank you for the great review and for the kind words!
This product performs at a level that is far beyond the others. The sound quality is supreme. Pros: Great sound quality Cons: cord is a bit heavy
I've been a Shure ear phone customer for more than 4 years, but did not move up to SE535 until recently. They are expensive but for some one who listens to music everyday and cares about the quality of sound, they are surely worth the price. Other earphones that claim comparable sound reproduction are priced comparably or perhaps 10-15% lower, but none appear to be as good as SE535 in performance and quality. I wish the price were lower, as ~$500 is out of budget range for so many of us. One can speculate that Shure can perhaps sell 10x as many units if the price were below $300. Shure: are you listening? Pros: Great sound quality Replaceable cable Excellent build quality Nice aesthetics Cons: Price of earphones Price of replacement cable Not having a mic built into the basic configuration Not having the mic like in prior SE500 models for airplane use.
You have probably read numerous other reviews, so instead of regurgitating what others have already said, I will provide my personal experiences here. I always play 100+ hours of various music genres and all frequency ranges through new ear buds / earphones before making any kind of comparisons. This is vitally important. You need to break in the armature drivers appropriately because they do not operate like typical speaker cones. FYI, I am using an Audioengine D1 DAC and 256-bit variable rate compression MP3 source files for this review. I have an acute sense of hearing. The sense of hearing is obviously as variable as a person's visual acuity, sense of taste and smell, and other senses. So what you hear will, to a degree, be unique to you. QUALITY: The SE535 is built like a tank. I love the smooth, soft, beefy cables and the high-quality gold electrical interconnects. The 4R twisted-pair cables are a nice touch, but are very light and flimsy feeling in comparison. The body of the SE535 also seems much beefier, with the 4R seeming more lightweight. COMFORT: Again, the SE535 shines. Excellent fit and finish everywhere. The swiveling interconnects take a little bit of time to get used to, but they are wonderful compared to the fixed cable attachment on the 4R. The portion of cable that loops over the ear on the SE535 is of a relatively large diameter and velvety smooth in comparison to the small diameter clear, hard plastic tubing of the 4R. After only 30 minutes or so, the 4R left the tops of my ears a bit sore with actual indentations in my ears where the cables were. FIT: It was easy for me to get the SE535 to sit flush in my ear with a excellent seal. Unfortunately, the only way I could get a good seal with the 4R was to use the largest foam eartips and press the earbuds into my ears with my fingers. This is curious, since the design of the two models looks almost identical, but it must have been the angle of the nozzle or something that made such a difference. SOUND: (Broken up into two sections below) SE535: My first thought upon hearing them was, "Oh my gosh, what a velvety smooth sound!" It is a very smooth, natural sound with plenty of soundstage (most noticeable when using the D1 DAC, but even the iPhone 5's output is pretty impressive all by itself). With a good, tight seal the low-end bass will blow you away. It literally feels like my body is feeling bass concussions, even though I know that the sound is coming from tiny armatures in my ears. I can clearly and easily hear/feel the lowest frequencies in the Boston Acoustics Bass Test CD "Woofer Cooker". The whole frequency range is nicely balanced and easy to listen to for hours, without any frequency peaks or over-emphasized bass/mid/treble. 4R: When I could get a good seal, the sound was impressively good. Not as velvety smooth as the SE535, with an almost sibilant "sizzling" high frequency that is a bit over-emphasized for my personal tastes. It does, however, make the string section in a symphony sound absolutely sublime. You can hear every nuanced vibration of the violin strings, for example. The bass is terrific, however the lowest frequencies in the Boston Acoustics Bass Test CD "Woofer Cooker" are noticeably weaker than the output of the SE535. The frequency range is a bit more harsh overall for my ears, so extended listening is not as enjoyable as the SE535. SUMMARY: In the end, I ended up trading the Westone 4R in for a second pair of Shure SE535s. This is obviously a personal and subjective decision, but the overall quality of the SE535, including the design, construction, materials, comfort and overall sound quality is what made the difference for me. Pros: Super high-quality design and materials Comfortable fit with excellent seal Velvety smooth, lifelike sound Nice, expansive soundstage Rich, concussive bass Cons:
I've purchased 3 pairs of the 500 series and all three of us in the family have had the same problems with the cables becoming loose , I sent one pair back to be repaired and they quoted me $230 to repair it after the warranty period was over...BUYERS BEWARE after repeated use these will break on you.. Pros: Fantastic sound Cons: durability
Dear Ray, we apologize for this bad experience. Did you purchase them from us? I'm sure we can do something about that by contacting Shure's director of customer service. They come with a 2 year warranty when purchased from Earphone Solutions and the new SE535 is fairly new. Are you sure yours are out of warranty? We can also locate your invoice for you. Just drop us an email. If you had the SE530 then it's a different story as those are quite old. When you say "500 series" it could be the E500 which is even older (8 years ago probably) and the SE530 which is quite old as well. The SE535 are the newer version and according to our experience they are much better in sound and cable design as well. Again we are sorry and thanks for the feedback.
I don't want to get into details because of the great reviews but I have to say these are the best earphones I have ever used. I have made many purchases from thism company and have purchases several Westone earphones and the Shure blows them away. Great balance from the Shures. Perfect highs and lows and you don't have to turn the volume up because ofm the balance. I must say these people at Earphone solutions are the best in the business. I spoke to the owner Flavio and chatted for almost a half hour. You won't get that from another company. We spoke and he steered me in the right direction. I also spoke to Claudia and she was just as helpful. My hat is off for earphone solutions. Best in the business. Shipping is also fast. Better than any other company. Thanks again for all of your help. Pros: Best sound from the highs, mid range and the lows. Strong cables. Extremely well built earphones. Solid Great cables that are strong and the memory wire works great. These are the best of the best. Cons: Nothing
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This is the one I love most. Earphone solutions is a nice Online dealer can be trusted. I received the earphone so quick with nice tax on international shipping Pros: Great sound Cons: N/A
ive had these earphones for now for about 3 months. my first impression was less than encouraging. That all changed when i figured out the fit and found the best ear tips for me, (medium foam comply tips). the sound from these are fantastic! Very tight sounding highs and lows, (note that bass is not overpowering, which is what i prefer. My music preference is blues, classic rock, outlaw country). I purchased these phones to replace my damaged shure E4C's, (frayed wires). The E4C's were very nice but are not as detailed as these. The replaceable wires for the SE535 is a very nice option...they should last a long time. You will need to experiment with the different tips and figure out the fit, but once you do, you will not be disappointed. Note: after you figure out the fit, they are very easy to insert. Pros: tight highs and lows comfortable fit sound isolation Cons: nothing really, but does take some time to figure out fit / best ear tip
I originally bought the Shure SE425. They sound awesome but I was not getting the instrument separation I needed for live sound monitoring. I returned them for the Westone UM3X as they were actually designed for live monitoring and were cheaper than the SE535's. I was really disappointed in them. While they did separate the instruments better, they also were very "flat /dead" with no real sparkle. So I returned the Westone's and went all in on the Shure SE535's. All I can say is WOW. It has the same awesome Shure sound signature as the SE425's but now I get the separation I needed. I'm now hearing the bass and drums much better and vocals seem cleaner. I highly recommend to anyone with a higher budget looking for a universal IEM . I've got to say the SE425's are also great (for $200.00 less than the SE535's.) for those of you not as critical as I am. I'm just one of those guys that wont be satisfied until I get the best. I also have to say Earphone Solutions is not only the cheapest place to get these headphones but, their customer service is second to none. I highly recommend Earphone Solutions and Shure headphones. Pros: Built like a tank sounds amazing instrument separation replaceable cables (although I doubt if I'll need to) sound isolation Cons: I'm nit picking but the price is high but, you get what you pay for.
Thanks for the review and kind words!
I hesitated in buying these, partly because I loved my Shure E5C's so much. I didn't think anything could top them. But, when one of my two pairs were damaged by a careless footstep, I began to think I might need a second pair. The E5C's are hard to find now and, when you do, they cost as much as this newer model. I ordered these during the great ES xmas sale and I'm glad I did. I am happy to admit that these are even better than my treasured E5C's: brighter, clearer sound; volume higher at lower listening settings due to their wonderful sensitivity; extremely comfortable right out of the box with incredible sound isolation. I live in New York City and my music must compete with the subway noises. These win hands down I love that the cables are more substantial than other in-ear phones and I am crazy about the memory wire around the ears. It makes finding the right and left earpieces a snap. No more fumbling about trying to figure out which piece goes in which ear. That alone makes these worth the price of admission which is, admittedly, high -- but worth every penny when you hear them. Pros: Cons:
I've use a pair of SE353 over 2 years and still love it. But I wish it could bring the feel same as Phonak products : lightweight, small, easy carrying , soft wire...etc Pros: - Sound stage open and wide - Bass clear and clean - Mid is close, warm and "thick"; (but some guitar pump my ear too close - Treble is clean and soft (but need higher freq) Cons: - Hard wire - Discoloring of clear type (change to green after one year)
an update to an earlier review, very disappointed with these and returned them to stick with my westone 4s. if you are deciding from the W4s and shure 535s get the W4s non discussion. the cables on these will drive you nuts. WAY to thick and the memory wire; part that goes around ur ear is completely useless and epically irritating. very uncomfortable as well. as far as sound they are great but W4s still sound a tad better and not as expensive and you can manage the cables way easier. Pros: removable cables good mids Cons: cables are way to thick memory wire is terrible cable too long doesnt sound as good as westone 4s and cost more than them.
I bought these to replace my SE530 phones. The 535 have a wonderful sound but I find the cable ... five feet and a half feet long ... to be cumbersome and annoying. Pros: Sound Cons: Cable length
i want to give these a 4.5 out of 5 but there is no option. i had westone 3 than upgraded to westone 4 and had those for 2 years. i loved them, all the reviews are usually pretty dead on, on this site. the W4 did everything great but nothing really stood out. for the most part it is a toss up/personal preference between W4 and 535's and i can certainly agree. the 535's bump a little bit more but the W4's seem to sparkle just a tad more. i find the 535's more entertaining to listen to however for whatever reason. since its such a close match between the 2 it comes down to aesthetics which the 535s win by a land slide. the build quality of the 535s are FAR superior than the W4s and feel the way they cost. one irritation which didn't give these a 5/5 is again what most are saying, the stupid memory wire part of the earphones are very annoying and wish they weren't there. it requires more effort to put these on than the W4s. overall i love these and prefer them over the W4 simply because aesthetics and build quality and nothing really to do with sound preference. Pros: incredible build quality punchy bass Cons: memory wire is very irritating for this price, the iphone mic should be included
The fit, sound, and quality of the SE535v is exceptional. I could not ask for a better product. Some say they are pricey, but the cost at earphonesolutions was clearly the best around. After lots of experimentation, I found the right eartips in the package. I am glad there we lots of choices as the fit is critical to great sound. I like that these are flush when in the ear as I use them for cycling and this reduces wind noise. Yes, I know some have a problem with cycling with earphones, but it is no problem when you use your eyes and stay focused. Actually with the music turned down you hear the traffic due to low wind noise. So, if you want great headphones, these meet your needs. Now, why a four star rating. Well, the cord that comes with the 535 is great. I love how you can shape it around your ear. I also like that it is heavy and does not tangle. It has a nice way of tightening up using the slider. And, the cord swivels due to the disconnect jacks. The iPhone cord does not have the shaping capability around the ear and is very thin. It just does not do it for me. It works just fine, but I wish it was the same as the normal factory supplied cord. It is disappointing and I don't understand why they did these differently. All I can think of is that Shure outsourced the iPhone cord. In summary, fantastic earphones with a perfect fit when using the factory cord. The iPhone cord needs to be revamped to reflect the same quality and shaping capability of the factory cord. Then these would be PERFECT. If I see the release of an improved iPhone cord I will replace the one I received as I don't want to be changing the cord all of the time based on how I am using the earphones. Pros: Sound quality, build quality, overall fit, factory cord, even the way they look. I recommend these phones when used with the factory supplied standard cord. Cons: iPhone cord is of a lower quality than the factory cord and a disappointment. I would not recommend the iPhone cord.
Even before any burn in time these sounded amazing. Perfectly balanced. There just isn't anything wrong with the sound. I much prefer the Westone cord as you forget it is there. The only reason I didn't keep these was how loud they were with most sources. They come with an attenuator, but it seemed to degrade the sound quality a bit. Perhaps there was a better one I could buy? They were fine with my laptop using an AudioEngine DAC / AMP to bypass the crappy sound card. I had good volume control with it as well. I returned them, but with some regret. I am strongly considering the Westone W4 as the sound produced by the Shure se535 was truly mystifying and my Westone W1 isn't as loud, etc. No attenuator needed. Hopefully the W4 will be that way too. My music is all Apple Lossless or &254k mp3 & m4a files. My source is an iPod touch or my laptop with an AudioEngine DAC / Amp to bypass the crappy sound card. P.S. Read the Earphone Solutions review on this, they really hit is spot on and put it better than I can about it's great sound quality. Pros: Perfect sound, bass, middle, & treble. It is that simple. Great isolation and very comfortable. Cons: Westone cord is more comfortable Needs attenuator for more devices, too loud for me. Unforgiving if you have a poor quality source (hiss)
I own the Westone 4's and now these and I have to say that they are entirely two different beasts. While I feel in the end that I prefer the sound signature of the Westone 4's a bit more (entirely my own preference), these sound just as incredible. The biggest difference to me was the bass...the presence is definitely more apparent with se535 in my opinion...the 4's had more of a tighter bass to it but again the presence wasn't there as nearly as the se535. Also the mids seem more forward than the 4's. The highs are great on the se535 but lack a little bit of that sparkle that my ear notices with the 4's (though that could just be my ears or the soundstage). You can really tell the sound separation with both earphones. The soundstage for the se535 are a bit more "intimate" compared to the 4's which is definitely more open and wider (which is why I prefer the 4's). In the end, they both do everything well but it'll come down to what your tastes are...while I do prefer the 4's, the se535 are terrific earphones when I'm in the mood for something different! Pros: Bass is definitely there... Earphones are definitely built tough... They do everything well... Cons: Price is definitely a little steep... The cord is too thick... Plug is way too big/wide to fit an ipod classic with hard case (need to take off case to fit earphone jack)...
the headphones are so comfortable and excellent sound, I cant believe how fast I got them after order was placed absolutly amazing Pros: Comfort Sound Quality Cons: n/a
Great fit, sound is a huge step above my previous Shures. Pros: Cons:
First of all let me just say that this is by far the best set of earphones i have ever had the privilage to use, unfortunately i havent had the opportunity to use them as much as i wanted to, but for the time i have used them all i keep saying to myself is "WOW". only a couple of things bother me with these however. 1: I mainly bought them for under my helmet use, once they are in you will barely notice them being there and they are the perfect description of noise cancellation, only problem, it takes me forever to fit them in. it takes me east 5-10 minutes sometimes to put my helmet on properly (might be effect that i have bigger than average ears) but if they would go in easier without falling out so often as im putting my helmet on it would be 1000 times better. 2: i cant say its for every set, possibly mine are somewhat "minorly" defective, but, i cannot change the ear bud tips without erasing my finger and thumb prints, first time i changed them it took me well over 45 min (partly fear of breaking them), second time 20min +, and even then i think (not sure, but i think) i might have broke part of the plastic on the ear bud tip.. if it was easier to change the tips (or if i knew an easier way) id give these 10 (double max) starts not 4, because that way i could maybe switch around tips to see how they effect putting the helmet on, maybe one pair would help them stay more securely in my ear as my helmet is being worn. but changing these tips is a mission. other than those all i have is good things to say! Pros: sound is unbeatable, i have owned almost every kind of ear phones around, from klipsche to beats to what ever, these are by far the best sound quality and comfort ever the fact that they "come apart" will be useful in the future when a part needs to be replaced not the entire set even tho this is least important, they look amazing, especially tht see through ones Cons: takes me forever and a day to put my helmet on properly with them (but once their in theyre awesom!!) changing the tips is a mission , if there was an easier way to change the tips without fear of breaking them it would be 1000 times better
light, comfortable and great sound quality. Pros: the design and the quality. Cons: none
I expected good performance, I have been very happy with another set of Shure Earphones I've had (and were confiscated by one of my kids), but I was pleasantly surprised - these things are truly awesome! You'd swear you were sitting right in front of your favorite artist/band. The sound is so clear and lifelike accurate. You can hear the distinct sounds of individual instruments. Worth the cost. Pros: Crystal clear, accurate sound Cons: Nothing
I experienced fast shipping and a super good packed deals. Pros: Shipping Packed Deals Cons: I had to return the item I bough from Best Buy because Earphone Solutions deal was way better
They fit better than previous models, and, more importantly, they sound better. Great broad spectrum sound with a beautiful midrange. Pros: Fit Sound Excellent construction Cons: Cost, but that's the price of quality
I can say that I have tried some other IEP armature devices, including Westones and other Shures, These do best those, but they still lack real air around the instruments. The instruments sound quite clear and have good tone, but they don't have the fullness needed to sound real. I've tried them with and without headphone amplifiers costing up to $200, and I have the same complaint. Pros: Clearness of individual instruments Fairly accurate tone Good bass with headphone amplifiers Frequency balance is decent Cons: Could have better air and space around instruments and voices Could have better fullness to instruments and voices Much too expensive for the quality one gets
There is not much more I can say about the SE535 accept they are simply awesome! If you are a bass head, look at the Beats by Dr. Dre brand. If you like to hear your music the way the artist intended, the SE535's are worth every dime. Also, I bet if you go to Dr. Dre's studio, they are most likely not wearing Beats. The sound from the 535s is so precise, they will point out a poor recording. I listen to lossless .wav recordings (320kbs) and the SE535s make it seem like you are in the studio, making all of your music sound like the first time you've listen to them. There is NO clipping of the Highs The Mids are front and center. (Vocals are amazing) Lows are accurate and super quick. All I can say is I thought my UE SuperFI 5 Pros sounded good and they do but they tend to lean more towards a warmer sound. Compared to the SE535, no contest! I gave the Ultimate Ears to my wife. Pros: Accurate Sound. Sound Is So Clean. Can't Imagine Any That Sound Better! Worth Every Dollar! Sound Great Even With Portable Audio Players. Cons: Expensive Will Make a Crappy Recording Stand Out!
I love these headphones. They sound fantastic with solid bass, clear mids and perfect highs. They are the most comfortable in-ear headphones I have owned. Having owned the Etymotic ER4 with custom ear molds and also currently own the Etymotic hf2, I can say that the SE535i are in a different class altogether. You can hear hear notes that are present in the music which you simply can't hear with most other headphones. It took me a year to muster up enough courage to plunk down the big dollars for these babies but they are totally worth the money. Pros: Love the sound - the highs, mids and the lows. You can wear them for hours without any discomfort. Cons: Wrapping the cords behind your ears takes some getting used to but once you get the hang of it you wonder how you wore headphones any other way.
Oustanding sound and very comfortable. Used Westone 4 before and these are even better. Highly recommended!!! Pros: Cons:
These are my 3rd set of $400+ IEM from Shure. Don't let my title fool you, I am a huge fan of Shure headphones. My first set were the E5/SC5s. I absolutely loved them. They had big bass, great clear sound and I could hear things I never heard before in the music I have long loved. I fell in love with them. The problem I had with them were that they were uncomfortable over long periods of listening, the wires were very stiff, and they weren't the most aesthetically appealing to me (especially after they start to age, the clear wires start turning green, although it doesn't appear to affect the sound quality). My next set from Shure was the SE530s. These were absolutely beautiful. The soundstage was much wider than the e5s, and the sound was a lot more neutral and refined. They had a magnificent hand-off, from low to high, balanced and beautiful. The styling was improved over the E5s, as well as the fit, but still wasn't perfect. When I was working out, or running, the monitors would have some issues staying in my ears. Also, after long periods of listening, my ears would need a break... they weren't completely comfortable. The wires were a lot less stiff than the E5s, but this gave me issues with wear, and I needed to have a few warranty replacements. When I got the SE535s I thought, "Finally! All those issues have been fixed". They have the sound signature i loved from the 530s, and fit phenomenally well. I realize these are the same drivers as the 530s, but I feel there has been an improvement in widening soundstage and slight improvement in clarity. These sound fantastic! The 535s are also incredibly comfortable. I can sleep with these babies and not have any issues. The seductive looks of these has also gotten me many complements just on the looks of these things. And finally, the replaceable cable gives me confidence that I will be using these for many decades. Pros: Cons:
I won't go into the details that many of the other positive reviewers have - as I completely agree with them The sound is amazingly stunning. The base, mids and highs are all balanced and perfect. I agree that they are somewhat pricey - but you get what you pay for - and these headphones are worth every penny. The replaceable cord also helps keep the cost in line as that is typicaly the first thing to wear out. The case is great and the various ear peices help make them an excelent fit! Nice work Shure!!! Pros: Fit, Comfort, Style and most importantly, the Sound!! Cons: A little pricey
I owned a pair of Shure SE530s before. My other high end ear/headphones are Etymotic 4S and Sennheiser HD580 upgraded with a Cardas cable. When my SE530s died (too many falls into the bathtub) I didn't know what to do. You see I loved the bass of the SE530s but didn't like the high end much. The Ety 4Ss had great high end but no bass. The Senn HD580s were my favorite but were open headphones and aren't suitable for everything I want headphones for. What I needed was another in ear phone that combined the best features of the SE530 an Ety 4S. Some reviews mentioned the improved sound of the SE535s. I was skeptical but as they were about 1/2 the price of the other earphones I was considering I decided to give them a try. They shouldn't be any worse than my SE530s were, right? I must say that I've been blown away. The sound is everything I hoped for. I love these earphones. If you're hesitant about upgrading to these from the SE530s, don't wait any longer. The bass is far more clear and the treble has improved so much over the SE530s. This is not just an incremental upgrade. I'm incredibly pleased with these earphones. Pros: Comfort Sound isolation Small size, huge sound! Much improved sound over Shure SE530 Detachable cable - can control iPhone along with making and receiving calls if desired with alternate cable. Cons: I wish I could get a better seal on my left ear. It seals fine but I have to keep shoving it in deeper every 5-10 minutes to reseal it.
Bruce, thanks for your feedback. You should try a different kind / size of eartips for your left ear. Many customers benefit from different size eartips on each ear as our ear canals sometimes can be very different from the left one to the right one. Thanks for your review!
These are the best earphones I tried by far. When I first put these on I know it was already going to be good. But I was amaze how clear the sound and strong the bass. I would get these if the price was 2/3 of the price. These are for the diehard audiophile choice. Pros: Excellent Bass Excellent Isolation Excellent Sound Cons: PRICE
I had the Westone 3's and broke them somehow. I really liked them and felt they were really good until I got these today. I ordered and received them in two days. I have purchased from ES before and have always been very happy with their service. These Sure SE535's are fabulous! It didn't take me long to find the right fit for them and from there it has been great. I had no idea how good these things could sound. This price is a little strong but they are worth it. Pros: Replaceable cord Great fitting Cons:
Terrific sound clarity and noise-canceling, the best earbuds I have ever used. Pros: Base is impressive, noise-canceling is excellent, won't disturb neighbors on long flights with music pretty loud. Cons: I'm an avid runner and gym-goer, and like another reviewer here, the SMALLEST amount of moisture wreaks havoc on these earbuds. Replacement cables last a month before it becomes an issue again (I'm assuming this is why Shure created the replacement cables to begin with). Shure really should create earphones for the active listener.
Hi Mike, Thanks for the feedback. I take mine to the gym and the sweat was never an issue granted I don't sweat A LOT, but in any case they stop functioning due to excessive sweat simply leave them be for 1 or 2 days and they should start working again without any problems. If you keep getting this problem simply get the "Monitor Saver" accessory which we sell here for only $9 and leave the earphones inside this canister overnight and that should resolve the sweating issue. Thank you!
The sound is great but they are more of a challenge to get them to seat well in my ears. My old set of shures were easy to get adequate ear canal penetration to get the full effect of noise canceling and bass. The SE 535's seem designed more to a flusher fit to the ear over all then to allow the tips to extend into the ear canal. Once you get them seated they sound fantastic. The case is definitely under designed for $500 IE Headphones. I'm using the old case from my IE3's. Pros: Sound quality Cons: Difficult to get a good fit in the ear and inexpensively designed storage case
After wearing out a previous pair of Shure's I decided to invest in the SE525s. I'm glad I did. Pros: Clean clear sound. Cons: Pricey. Bad recordings sound even worse.
I actually got an upgrade from Shure when my SE530s crapped out. I could not have been more elated when I opened the box and plugged them into my Cowon X7. I had just purchased the Westone 4. But when I received the Shure SE535s, I was simply blown away. While I like the Westone 4, particularly since the bass is a little more pronounced, the Shure SE535s are measurably better. The clarity and separation are phenomenal. Using them with the X7 has been a joy, particularly since I can control the bass with the Cowon's EQ. The soundstage, as many have mention, is quite improved. The treble is suburb. And the fit is quite comfortable, which is a big plus for me, since I use them for workouts, commuting and just listening to music while walk from one end of the building where I work to the other (a whole city block :). I simply have fun focusing on the different instruments or vocals as they are blended together by the Shure SE535s into a fine balance of complex rhythms and tones. Pianos and vibes are crisp and clear, and the brushes and symbols in the jazz music I love sound just as they are supposed to, not scratchy or distorted. If you love complex music, whether its jazz or classica, the SE535s are a great buy. Pros: Clarity, separation, balance. Cons: Bass is a little more subtle than it is in the Westone 4s.
I have used this for over 2 months, no problems at all. Solid 5 stars performance Pros: Balanced sound Superb clarity Detail you can hear Cons: Weight on ears
TINY UNITS WITH HUGE SOUND. AN ONGOING AUDIO PLEASURE CRUISE. LOVE THE NEW DISCOVERY OF MUSIC I'VE ALWAYS TREASURED. EARPHONE SOLUTIONS' COUPON MADE THE DIFFERENCE IN MY PURCHASE DECISION. Pros: HIGH QUALITY! POWERFUL Cons: LOFTY PRICE
Finally i have got my earphone Shure SE535 after a half month. This is the best one i have . Thanks EarphoneSolutions Staff :) Pros: Nice looking and great treble Cons: Little bit bass
These earphones sound absolutely incredible, as they should for the price, because to me amazing sound quality is a ticket to play in this price range. How they sound however, isn't the Number 1 reason to buy them in my opinion. Earphones are inherently fragile. I have a fairly active lifestyle and have torn up dozens of cheap ones and several $200+ pairs. These little puppies are truly that...little! They're half the size of my custom monitors from Fidelity, yet sound better and are nearly indestructible. I saw another review where someone said you could jump rope with the cables, and sure enough...I think you probably could. They're the only pair I've ever owned that are small and comfortable enough to wear to bed and never notice you even have them in. Worth every penny and then some. Pros: Small Indestructible Amazing build quality Very comfortable Incredible sound Cons: Nothing. There are as close to perfect as I can imagine any earphone ever being at any price.
I originally purchased a pair back in Jan 2011, I loved these headphones from the start. Great full bright and round sound. Why did I buy them twice? Well, I lost them a month ago, and I loved them so much I couldn't go back to something less. Pros: Great sound. Great packaging. Great! Cons: Price.
These were my first pair of high-end Shures, I've had a couple of them (Shure) but only single driver models. This is something completely different. My best purchase in a long time. Instead of buying several $150-200 earphones with which I'm not really satisfied - these actually saves me money! I have tried (bought) a lot of models, from in-ear to on/over-ear, the latest were a pair of Bose QuietComfort 15 which are great but they are tiresome to wear after an hour or so. You will not even notice the SE535 after a couple of minutes, they fit perfectly in your ear. It takes some experimenting to get a good fit but it is well worth it. These babies can produce some really amazing sound if fed the right combination of quality and player abilities. The only downside was the iPhone cable which feels inferior to the default, included, cable. It does not have the same quality. The thin cables which are supposed to go behind your ear does not stay in place if you are moving (walking). Cable management and the ability to change cables is really good. Instead of just throwing your $500 worth of earphones into the thrash, it is dead simple to just detach and connect a new cable. I would order a new pair if these were misplaced, stolen or lost. My best earphones so far. Pros: - Sound is amazing if you get the right fit. - Very comfortable. After 5-10 minutes you will not even notice that you're wearing them. - Can even make the iPhone rock, which is weak on the bass and perhaps not the most able player. Cons: - The iPhone cable does not have the same metal wiring which makes the cable stay behind the ear. - You have to replace your 192 kpbs MP3 collection with higher standards. - As always with in-ears, fit is crucial to get the real experience.
I prevously submitted a review saying the while they are great, I could not get them to fit one of my ears sufficiently to block out noise while I was mowing/driving the tractor. I wish to RETRACT that review and remind folks it takes time to get these to fit, but once achieved, they are great. The depth and quality of music is unlike any other earbuds I've used. Pros: I like the noise cancelling and sound quality. Cons: The new configuration takes some time to get adjusted to the user's ears. The price was scary enough.
Great sound but at this price I would expect the connectors to not be faulty. Will have to return them. Pros: Sound Cons: Faulty connector on right side...will have to return
Dear Kevin, We apologize for the inconvenience. Please send us an email and we will expedite a free replacement to you. You may also call us directly at 1-321-939-0228 It is extremely rare that an SE535 fails like that. We will take care of you right away. Thank you.
I've had some 'lesser' cost in-ear headphones before but the cords either failed or they could never seat right in my ear canals. These are amazing! Once they're seated, the sound is nothing short of fantastic. All vocals can be heard and understood and the dynamic range of the music is so full. Never heard anything so good before. Pros: Comfort of the earpieces. The fabulous sound. And the fact that it has replacement cables. This should last for a very long time. Cons:
These are by far simply the best Ear Phones I have ever listened to music with. You won't be disappointed with Shure 535 SE they are truly magnificent sound quality. Pros: Sound Quality Cons:
I have owned Shure's se530's for the last two years, recently they were stolen. While this was undoubtedly frustrating and caused a few headaches, it was also an opportunity to upgrade. I received by new se535's from Earphonesolutions.com about a week ago. (Side Note:Great service, will be a lifetime customer.) The se535's s a vast improvement on that of the se530's. They are much much more comfortable. Not to mentioned to heavily anticipated detachable cables. As for the sound, I am not sure whether I didn't have my 530's fitted properly or if the 535's are simply that much better. The sound stage these things is incredible. Two thumbs way way up Pros: Cons:
Thanks for the review Jake! When customers ask us if the SE535 is better than the SE530 we give them an enthusiastic loud: YES! :)
Very good design, in the ear seen almost a custom model. Bass quite deep, vocals superb and highs very clear. The new cable is very robust but could be difficult to find the perfect adjusment sometimes, but the plugging system to connect the cable with the earphone is more robust that Westone and UE (two models of UE died because the insert place was broken and in less than a year of use my Westone es3X custom need a repair for the same problem). The sound is better than Westone UM3x, UE 10triple fi and a lttle worse than Westone ES3x custom. I prefer to use it with triple flange (quite easy to insert quickly). In the next months I'm going to order the Westone 4, so I can compare with this model too. Pros: New design Replacement cable The vocals are superb Pluging system between the cable and the earphone Cons: The cable is too long
Thank you José for the great review!
I loved my E500 but the cable over the ear split after 2 years of use. With a little help from scotch tape, they are still usable but when I saw the E535 advertised I pre-ordered a pair. The noise cancellation is still great but the E535 are not as comfortable in my ears as the E500. Since I use them primarily to listen to audiobooks on my i-Pod Touch when exercising, walking, or mowing the lawn, the noise cancellation was a primary consideration. I do sometimes use to music, especially when I am traveling (which I do a lot), and the sound is excellent. I can sleep with both the E500 and E535 but the E500 is more comfortable. With the iPod Touch (as opposed to the iPod Classic), a way to control the volume is critical, as the iPod Touch, with earbuds, is way too loud for sleeping even with the volume turned as low as possible. The volume control on the E500 and E535, however, is not in an easily accessible place when the iPod is in a pocket, as it usually is. I like that the cable goes over the ear. Pros: Stays in the ear. Great noise cancellation. Cons: Fit. Long cable and placement of volume control.
I am very particular about the quality of audio & video, and have a very strong interest in music which I enjoy while traveling, hiking, and doing choirs around the house. This set has better sound quality than any other set of earphones I've tried (and I've tried quit a few high-end products over the past 20 years; I like these much better than the Bose over-ear noise cancellation headphones that I used to use on airplanes). And the fact that these are very small and fit very securely make them ideal for traveling, running, or hiking when space, weight, and secure fit is a big consideration. I use them often when traveling and they are perfectly comfortable to wear 5-6 hours straight. Pros: Sound quality, fit, compact size. Cons: I wish they were not SO expensive - losing a pair is pretty gut-wrenching...
Outstanding sound,5/5 rating, as I was listening to sermon by Joseph Prince. It felt like I was taking there immediately. Outstanding bass too, mid was perfect, high was excellent. I will recommend this to anyone. This is the best sound and better than my previous se530pth. As when I use my se530 yesterday before I got the se535, thought it was the king already. But when I decided to buy the se535 and put it on and listen, it is the king now. Woah...Buy this earphone and forget about Bose, IE8 or Westone 4 or Bang & Olufsen A8 or anything else. Pros: Remarkable sound.10/10 for Shure Cons: None.
First, about myself. I am not a audiophile by an stretch. I enjoy music and I primarily use a Zune HD or my PC with ZunePass. (BTW - ZunePass is AWESEOME.) Prior to purchasing the SE535, I've had the Westone UM2 for about 5 years (which I purchased here). The UM2 was my first entry in to the IEM world and it blew my mind at how great music can sound. It was like night a day difference between any earbud headphone and an In-Ear-Monitor that completely shuts out ambient sound. The separation between the high and low frequencies were so incredible that I was amazed at the difference. So after 5 years, I thought I give a 3-driver IEM a try. I could have got with the new Westone UM3x but decided had a great opportunity to pick up the Shure SE535 at a great price so I pulled the trigger. Thus my subjective review is based comparing the SE535 to the Westone UM2. I listed to three songs on my Zune HD with a 3.5mm audio jack with 2 ports. I plugged in each IEM so I can switch back and forth. First, I listened to David Guetta's Toyfriend from the One Love album. This is very bass beat driven song. In comparing the two, I couldn't tell the difference. My guess is because of the over powering bass, whether you have a 2 or 3 driver IEM, it will be difficult to hear the benefit of the 3-drivers. Second, was Jason Marz's I'm Yours live version. Here I noticed some difference in the overall sound. It's hard to describe but the SE535's seemed more full where as the UM2's seems a bit muted. Don't get me wrong, the UM2 sounded great but I did notice that the SE535 sounded better. Third, Eric Johnson's Cliff's of Dover live from Austin, TX performance. For those who don't know Eric Johnson, this is a Grammy-winning master piece of electric guitar performance. (Very subjective, I know.) This is where I think the SE535 separates from the UM2. In comparing the two, again the UM2 is great to listen to but I noticed that the SE535 was much more full. I don't know how better to describe the difference other than saying "sounds more full" but the sound seems more "alive". I wish I had better vocabulary to describe the difference, but I don't. All in all, I will give the SE535 5 stars but if I could, I would give it 4.5 stars from an overall value/performance stand point. I feel like I have been spoiled with my first IEM being the UM2 but in comparison, although the SE535 sounds great, it wasn't tremendously better than the UM2. Thus the 4.5 star rating especially given how old my UM2 are and the fact that a 2-driver IEM will probably meet most people's needs. With that said, the build quality of the SE535 is top notch. The cables are so much better than the UM2. The UM2 had breaded cable and while better than majority of the earbuds out there, the new design of the Shure's cables are very sturdy. However, they are a bit thicker and I haven't quite adjusted to popping in the IEM. I am still adjusting between the more flexible UM2 cable which I can fit in my ear very quickly to the thicker and rotating cable which I have yet to master. But I figure it's just a matter of time. With that said, if price wasn't an issue, then I probably would have been more brand loyal and picked up the latest Westone IEM. However, like I said, I was able to pick up the SE535 for a very good price so I jumped on it. My biggest problem (if you want to call it that) is how to wind up the cord properly to put it in the case. I have no idea what the center plastic piece and how to use it in the inside of the case. :-P ) Pros: Cons:
Costs a bundle, but if you desire great sound with very good isolation from outside sounds, you can't go wrong with this set. Pros: Sound & isolation are great Cons: High cost
I have been using previous version of Shure headphones and was really excited for the new one. However, I prefer to use my new Westone. Most frustrating part is that it is almost impossible to change the earbuds. I've called and asked for help and was told to put it in refrigerator for 10 minutes. It didn't work! Pros: Sound Cons: Difficult to change the earbuds
We understand it's very hard to remove the first set of eartips. It might have to do with the temperature changes between factory, warehouse, in transit, etc. Shure is aware of this issue but it's just a minor nuisance since once the first set of eartips is removed you should not have that problem anymore.
I bought a pair and I felt guilty after I got used to place them in my ear properly I was blown away. The bass is great mids, and highs are just right. Pros: Pricey Cons: Cable are thick but they will last.
I bought it after my westone 3 died. fortunately my w3 broke down. it is the best sound you can carry with you. Pros: esp. clear mids and lows replacement/iphone controlable and quality cable Cons: I have a problem with choice of earbuds.
I have had the Shure SE115 for about two years and have really liked them. I didn't imagine that technology could offer much better sound since the source is MP3 (even un-compressed MP3). I could not be much more wrong. The open clarity with acoustic music is astounding and the bass is tight but quite full somehow. This is better sound than probably 99.9% of what people are getting from their stereo systems. This is just startlingly good and really addictive. Best Christmas present in 10 years, easy! Worth the ridiculous cost if you love music. Easily better than all competitors I tried (Klipsch, Monster, Bose). Fit is better than lower models too. Pros: detail, openness, clarity, bass, fit. Cons: cost
The sound is terrific. Noise cancelling is more than adequate for most purposes. Generally, outstanding! Pros: The quality is wonderful. Cons: It is very pricey.
best headpones I ever listened to. Bass wasn't quite at the level of the monster turbine copper's but everything else out of those is washed out compared to these. Pros: replacement cables usable with an inline mic cable mid and highs are the best I've ever heard can be driven respectfully by a normal media player Cons: not really a con but mine were stolen maybe an option to get the smart phone adapter with the headphones
I grew up in a recording studio so I may know a few things about audio recording and playback. These earphones provide the same playback fidelity as the studio monitors that I grew up with. The sound is clean and crisp. There is no distortion - unless distortion exists in the recording itself. I have now listened to at least one hundred recordings from a variety of eras. I have dicovered what many of you may have already noticed: the recordings of my older music are vastly superior on the average than that found on my newer music. Thus, the good and the bad. With these earphones you hear everything. If the recording is poor, the playback will be poor. When using other earphones, the inherrent distortion in many modern recordings was barely discernible. With the Shure 535s, you can hear the distortion quite clearly. On the other hand, you can actually hear a guitar playe'rs fingers on the frets in my older music. If you want studio monitor playback, these are the earphones to buy. Pros: True studio monitor fidelity Cons: You hear all the flaws in modern recordings.
in terms of sound the SE535 is an amazing item, thats a fact. however if you are going to use it in normal situations, like while playing your instrument or in any environment with water dont buy it. if water gets in the phones (even if its water from your ears when you transpirate) it stops working immediatly and wont get back to normal even if you let it dry for days. actually id say u should just buy this if you are only listening to music in a place where there is absollutely no water and there is absolutely no chance of transpiration. I had 2 of these, both stopped working while i played the drums and sweat got into it. seems to me that this earphone is just too expensive for such a restrictive use. Pros: Cons:
Sound quality and comfort are second to none. In various types of music, really enjoyed the response from these headphones. Highly recommend--albeit an expensive purchase. Pros: Quality, comfort Cons: Expensive
I tried many earphones and always seem to find something not right about each one. I have a pair of Klipsch S4's and bought some Ultimate Ears 700, Ultimate Ears Super Fi 4, Ultimate Ears 350, Westone 3. Just wanted quite happy with any of them. I tried so much to like the Westone 3's, but the sound just was a bit artificial to me. The cable's length from left to right was not exact. Was very upset with not being about to find an IEM that would satisfy me, but when I exchanged the Westone 3 to the Shure SE535, I became a happy man! The SE535 is great! The sound is so pure and accurate! It has nothing that blows you away, but it just does everything right! The W3 has stronger bass; the UE phones have higher treble. and even the S4 has a punchier bass, but the SE535 just has balance! If I just went with one set of IEM's, the Shure SE535 will be it! The cable can be a bit heavy, but I didn't buy it to workout with. I just wanted something to listen to my music when I was relaxing at home. Also, I wish the cable was a bit shorter, but come on - this is just me being a picky! The SE535 is an outstanding piece of machinery. Worth every bit of what I paid for them! I like them so much, that I will stick with the Shure brand for future IEM's. I also just purchased a pair of SE315's for my wife. She just wanted to upgrade from the S4's, but wanted to spend SE535 money. I'm sure that she will love those, too. Thank you Earphone Solutions for helping me with my purchase! You are the best retailers of earphones there is!!! Pros: Outstanding sound Strong cable Sturdy casing Great packaging Impressive looks Cons: Cable a little too long and heavy
Lee, thanks for the detailed review!
I LOVE my se535's. They are comfortable to wear, look very cool, and the improved cable is strong. They have a very clear, warm sound with great highs, lows, and of course the mids. Coming from a pair of Westone 3's, I was surprised to hear much better the vocals were and a huge reduction in sibilance. These headphones are truly top of the line and should be first on our list when looking for top quality headphones. Pros: great sound comfortable new cable design Shure warranty Cons: memory wire can be annoying ear buds are on the larger side (as expected) cable is VERY long
These are awesome! Cable is sturdy; the point at which the main cable splits into Left/Right has very good support, so you won't end up "splitting" the two wires and breaking it. I love the snug fit, and the sound-isolation is great in traffic! I actually own the Grado SR325 ($250). It's hard to compare cans (over-the-ear open end), to In-ear buds. The Grado's sound much more spacious, where as the SE535 sound a little enclosed. Nevertheless, the SE535's ROCK!!!! Pros: Sturdy, snug fit. Awesome sound, with noise isolation. Lots of ear piece attachments to fit your personal taste. Cons: Rather tricky to exchange the ear attachments. Gotta grab the attachment tight, and twist and pull at the same time. Not a big deal, since you only need to do this the first time to get your own fitting.
SHURE SE535 These earphones are stylish and very lightweight and the swiveling cables are a very cool touch that actually helps you when it comes time to insert them in the ear. The bass is powerful; it is the first thing that jumps at you when you power them on. The mid range is clear and the highs are controlled - you won't get any screeching or won't be annoyed - just perfect. The SE535 performed really well with all hip-hop songs we tested. It also did well with jazz and big vocal songs. However when it comes to big'ol'rock and roll, it sounded "a bit muddy". It lacked clarity. But at the same time it added warmth to songs where it wasn't exactly expected, like Dave Brubeck's "Take Five". "Sultans of Swing" from Dire Straits was a very nice surprise with all those guitars coming alive. * Disclaimer: Review posted by Adriana, Earphone Solutions Customer Service VP Pros: Cons:
Disclaimer: This review was posted by an Earphone Solutions staff member.
Setup: -------- iPod Touch => ALO SXC Line-Out => ALO Amphora => Earphones So what's the difference between the SE530 and SE535. Is it worth the upgrade? Are these just E500/SE530's with removable cables? Appearance & First Impressions: -------------------------------------------- The SE535 out of the box feel like a much better product. The earbuds look and feel more chunky than the E500/SE530, but just feels like a better quality product. From the shape of the ear buds to the cables to the gold 1/8" connector, it just seems Shure took all the issues with the E500/SE530 and just resolved them. The SE535 just feels like a much more superior product. I got my E500s from earphonesolutions way back in July 2006. And since then I have asked Shure for 3 replacements. The issue - cracking cables. It was so annoying to have cracked cables near the ear buds when you're extremely careful with the product. This is a flagship product for Shure and that was completely unacceptable. Very, very annoying!!!! Sound: ---------- The SE535 just takes the sound a few notches above. A simple way to describe it is like this - the E500 went to the gym, got lean and ripped, and then went on to become a professional triathlete. Lows, Mids and Highs are all more pronounced, and reproduced with perfect clarity that is non-fatiguing. If you're wondering how they sound compared to the Westone 3's, the Westone 3's are a bit warmer. The Shure's sound a little more drier, but make up with a better soundstage and increased presence. Now please be aware I have used my Westone 3's every day since I got them, and they are wonderful. I prefer not to compare them to the Shures since they display 2 different tonal palette depending on your mood. So hereâs the question? If I have an E500 or SE530 should I upgrade? Of course you should. If you loved the sound signature of the E500/SE530's you will have just upgraded to a whole new level of that wonderful sound signature we have grown to love. If I have a Westone 3's should I buy a pair? I think you should. It just is a different sound that is not as warm but has more presence and an increased sound stage. This is a great product and although I was pissed off with my owner experience with the SE530s, I loved their sound and dealt with the cracking cables. I feel with the SE535, Shure has listened to their loyal customers and just delivered a superior product; it would a crime not to own these earphones in your collection. Pros: Cons:
Dear Rohan, Thanks for the excellent review!
Its my first high-end earphone, that I cannot really comment on the sound quality, however, to me (a frequent flyer, train & subway commuter) the overall performance is outstanding. I have done some online review comparison and confirmed my decision is correct that SE535 could be a great investment due to its newly design on detach cable with slightly size reduced ear piece that makes the product overall seems could last for years. Here, I would like to special thanks to Earphone Solution customer service, who has follow-up my order closely with emails and phone call. Thanks to them! Pros: 1. Comes with CLEAR COLOR! that visually looks great and feel lighter when wearing. 2. New wire design let wire stay in place. 3. 2 years warranty. 4. New detach cable looks robust. Cons: 1. Cable is not modular as SE530, when it connects with mic adaptor the cable is VERY LONG. 2. Even with promotion, comparing with SE530PTH cost still a little too high. 3. Users who want mic adaptor function WILL have to spend more money on their new cable accessories (and they are NOT in clear color to match)
Hi Bill, thanks for the review and feedback. We are now offering the new Shure cables with built-in microphone for the SE535 and SE425. Thank you!
Nice IEMs, but horrific support. The analogy, "the chain is only as strong as its weakest link" seems to apply to Shure's service department. We live in Lake Tahoe and Chicago. While in Chicago my husband noticed a crack in the wire insulation on the right bud where it loops over the ear, an easy fix for sure. He assumed it would be a quick trip to the Touhy Av. HQ in suburban Chicago for a repair a few months out of warranty. Were told on the phone that they would fix it free of charge, as long as inspection revealed that it wasn't user damage beyond the brittle wire. Walked into the service department and was told that the charge would be "$144.xx + tax". I was a bit taken aback and mentioned I was told that it would be repaired for no charge. "I don't know what to tell you... $144.xx + tax" I asked to speak with the Service Manager, who was out, what a surprise. It looks like Westone has a new customer. Pros: Cons:
Bought these slightly used as previous owner included only the sealed bag of unused earpiece sleeves and wiped down the earphones with alcohol to disinfect! The warranty was still good! Decent earphones with decent sound quality. I still use Shure's SCL-4 and sometimes the SE530. I have slight case of tinnitus (i.e. ringing in ears) so use these earphones to isolate noise and hear music at LOW volume. It's very pricey and the pads do NOT fit well even the newer black foam sleeves which works well on the SCL-4. It's really NOT worth the money unless you're really a music aficionado! Music quality from iPod nano isn't so good while it was better from iTouch and SE Walkman phone! Guess the earpiece really brings out the music quality of the music device! Pros: 1. Good music quality Cons: 1. Pricey! 2. Does NOT isolate noise well 3. Sleeves do NOT fit well 4. Earpieces are BULKY
Lost my first pair. Looked to see if there was something better for similar price (or more), or something near as good for much less. I could not find anything that seemed better so I purchased these again. Again, I am not disappointed. These fit and sound great. Very well balanced to my ears. Isolation level is just right, allowing me to hear nuance in music in in somewhat noisy environments. Great, natural sounding and comfortable earphones. Period. Pros: Cons:
I love the SE530 Earphones. Great sound. Best available earphones at a ok price. Pros: Cons:
UE may not have the best build quality and because of that I was interested in the SE530... that is until i listened to them side by side. Test was on an Iriver H340 - yes it still works... through a Total Bithead with the "expander" switch on. I was listening to the Grateful Dead - pristine sound board downloaded at 256kps. Eyes of the World off of Dick's Picks 5-22-77 Pem. Pines, Fla Right off - the SE's high end sounded too bright, almost brassy - it was like a high end slider on an equalizer was all the way up as opposed to flat with all the other frequencies. The next thing I noticed was the bass - it was thumping as opposed to articulate. One of the reasons I so like listening to the Dead is the way Phil works the bass - very subtle and melodic. The SE's did not give you the tone on the notes he was playing - like slurring vs articulation. I just couldn't "see" the bass being played with the SE's. After a few more back and forths between the SE's and the UE's the only other thing I would say is that the UE's put out a much warmer sound, but were still absolutely crisp - you could hear all the nuances. I then listened to some Janos Starker playing Bach solo on a cello - the UE's, for some reason really create a "visualization" with their sound - SEs just don't. The SEs sound good - no doubt, but the UEs sound better. thanks, db Pros: Cons:
I own a few 'lower' end earphones from Sony, UE & Shure. When I had the oportunity to choose a high end earphone as a xmas gift I opted for the SE530 based on my experience with comfort and cabling on my set of older E3Cs. I'm glad I did! These earphones, although not fully broken in yet, deliver on all counts when it comes to comfort and sound. Every detail and nuance of 320kbps MP3 files played back on a Zune 80 can be discerned compared to my Super.fi 5 Pro IEMs. I acctually thought I was listening to a different version of the same song when heard through the SE530! These are astounding. The only drawback I've found is the tightness of the foam tips that were pre-installed on the buds. I actually damaged one of the sleeves during removal which took about 30 minutes of twisting and pulling. Shure should either provide slightly looser sleeves or not pre-install any tips on the buds in the package. And according to the great person that ordered this fantastic gift for me the transaction with Earphone Solutions went smoothly and delivery was quick, about 6 days to Canada. So in short, Shure + Earphone Solutions = A winning combination. Pros: Cons:
The best headphones I've ever have, even the price too high, but I received the quality that I am looking for. Pros: Cons:
This is my third pair of shures - I upgraded my set gradually to these SE530's. Sound quality is amazing - the best I have ever heard through earbuds. I wouldn't say they're worth every dollar I paid for them, but I am quite sure this is as good as it gets. There are however more affordable options that give you more bang for the buck. Pros: Cons:
I was hoping these earphones would provide better sound isolation and comfort as compared to myE4C's. The difference is that and more. The depth of the base, clarity and detail of sound is remarkable. I am very pleased with the foam earpieces and have used them for several hours without soreness. Very satisfied overall. Pros: Cons:
Excellent full rich and deep sound. Sounds like a $5,000 stereo system in your head. Responds very well to EQ so can be set to just about anyone's personal preferences. Great detail in low/midrange with silky crisp highs. Punchy bass and massive impact but not overpowering. Just very controlled and realistic. Pros: Cons:
Iâve had these now for about two weeks and absolutely adore them! What can I say that hasnât been said already other than they sound unbelievably incredible. Punchy bass, flawless midrange, and superb highs. I use these with my iPhone and they work great. Granted, I have to use the adapter made by Belkin, but despite itâs size, itâs not as annoying as I thought it would be. Overall, its money well spent. True 450 bucks is a lot for these, but considering the sound these suckers generate and the listening enjoyment theyâll give you its well worth it. Simply put, theyâre so good, itâs like listening to your music all over again for the first time. By the way, Iâd like to thank Earphone Solutions for their great website, excellent customer support, and most importantly GREAT PRICES!!!!! I wish there were more companies on the internet like Earphone Solutions. Thank you so much! Keep up the good work guys. Pros: Cons:
just got mine from earphone solutions as per my other pair of e4c's ,using iriver h340/triple flange sleeves, these earphones are just amazing, just one warning, rubbish in =rubbish out as they show up poor recordings for what they are, they are that good. Pros: Cons:
The best earphones I've ever heard. Listened to several offerings from Shure, Ultimate Ears, Sennheiser, and M-audio, but these are by far the best. Perfect balance but not flat or boring. Amazing sound signature. Just as soon as you think they are perfectly balanced they come out and sound very vivid and exciting, but they are never harsh. Wonderful no-compromise. Full warmth and balance and yet vivid live and crunchy tones as well. Excellent bass and crisp highs. These things both rumble and sparkle, and sometimes simultaneously. Worth every penny if you're into your music. Pros: Cons:
Amazed by the 530s when compared to the SE310 ans Westone UM2s. I use my 10mW players as a reference to determine efficiency... these SE530s are by far the most efficient IEMs I've ever heard. SQ is amazing at first glance, but they've yet to receive a proper burn-in. The top does seem slightly rolled off, but it may be my EQ settings. Off the bat, they sound better than anything I've owned; E4s, UM2s, Superfi. Amazing! Pros: Cons:
these are simply amazing,i have been lucky enough to try out the ue triple fi 10 pro,ane numerous others in a lower price range such as ue 5 pro and such,these are simply beautiful to hear,everything is right,no harsh highs hear,clean,clear bass and the best mids of any earphones in my opinion,this is where it seriously counts in my opinion,nothing over powers nothing,crystal clear,order now,expensive but the best!!! Pros: Cons:
These are the perfect sounding headphones!! For me they were an upgrade from the E series and wow what an upgrade. Highly recommend them. high price but the sound is worth it and you get what you pay for Pros: Cons:
THE BEST. I have listened to the UE Triple Fi 10 and I like these better. The mids are perfect. Absolutely perfect. The highs are slightly rolled off, but it's the most balanced sound that I've ever heard in an earphone. Do everything in your capacity to obtain these suckers! Pros: Cons:
Question & Answers
Questions on Shure SE535 Earphones with Replaceable Cables
will this work with android phone?
- Tech Support answered:
- No. This model SE535i comes with a standard cable plus an iPhone cable.
For the Android, you need to get the SE535:
Plus this cable:
I am looking at purchasing these earphones and I am comparing pricing. While your price meets Amazon's current price, I can get free 2 day shipping from Amazon. Can you provide an additional discount or provide upgraded free shipping?
- Tech Support answered:
- Sure. Actually we offer FREE Overnight on the SE535 with coupon code FREE1DAY Amazon's "free 2 day" shipping actually cost $75 membership which we understand may be worth if you buy a lot from them. We will be glad to give you a better deal than Amazon. Beware of Amazon resellers which are usually not authorized dealers which would render your warranty void. Thanks for checking and we will be looking forward to your email.
Pardon what is likely a stupid question, but what is the point of having replaceable cables for in ear headphones?
- Tech Support answered:
- Its not a stupid question whatsoever. In most cases earphones purchased by the general consumer have permanent wires attached, therefore when one wire gets worn out, frizzled, cut, or whatever the case may be, you have to get an entire whole new set of earphones. If you use them often, especially for profession al purposes, then it is not a matter of IF the cords will have problems, it WHEN.
Given that you you pay a lot for ear phones such as the Shure SE535, its nice to know that when your wires get old, frizzled and broken, you don't have to go spend a lot of money to get them working again.
We have had the Westone UM2 Earphones with Dual Driver and 2-Way Crossover for about 2 yrs now and my wife and I are runners. Our preference is to changeout the earbuds as we did with our previous set to the triple flange sleeve because of comfort and to ensure they stay in our ears.
How is the SE535 for people who are avid runners? I assume its the same wrap around style but will there be any issues or is this particular model a good style for us? Thanks
- Tech Support answered:
- Both UM2 and SE535 will fit identically, noting the following:
UM2 cables are thinner, lighter and a bit more flexible.
SE535 cables have the memory wire that many people love and other customers not so much.
Both UM2 and SE535 are highly rated for runners. The triple flange ear tips are a personal preference and will fit some well and others not so. I personally prefer the PA910 (black olives). The SE535 would be a great upgrade but if you like the UM2 and want to stick with the same exact fit you should take a good look at the UM3X.
When the website says "iPhone cables available," does that mean that the earphones don't come with iPhone cables?
- Tech Support answered:
- The SE535 comes with cables that will connect directly to the iPhone for music playback. Only if you want an inline microphone to place or take calls with your iPhone you will need to buy the iPhone cable.
Otherwise this model will connect directly to the iPhone for music playback. You may also take or place calls but in that case you would speak in the mouthpiece of your iPhone and listen to the caller using the earphones. My preferred method!
What makes these better then other Earbuds?
Why do they cost so much?
- Tech Support answered:
- Construction, 2 year warranty, 2-way crossover, 3 armature drivers per earpiece, top quality replaceable cables, nice bundle of accessories, incredible fit and mostly, superb sound. If you listen to them the price tag starts to explain itself.
Is the iPhone Ready Cable also clear or is it black?
- Tech Support answered:
- The iPhone cable only comes in BLACK.
How long is the cable that goes with these in ear headphones?
- Tech Support answered:
- The cables that come with the SE535, SE425, SE315 and SE215 are all 64" long.
Can you please let me know where these are manufactured, i.e. country of manufacture? Thanks.
- Tech Support answered:
- Shure earphones are either made in China or Mexico. Unlike many other manufacturers, Shure owns their factories in the US, China and Mexico.
I am looking for earphones to replace Bose headphones to use primarily for air travel. Wanting more comfort and compact size as well as good outside noise canceling and sound quality. Shure SE535i for iPhone is what I have been looking at but would appreciate any suggestions.
- Tech Support answered:
- These will outperform the Bose by a long shot. The sound isolation is up to 44db on certain frequencies. The Bose only cancels up to 26db of CONSTANT noise. For example, the airplane engine is a constant noise. The baby crying and the people talking in the cabin are NOT. Therefore the Bose won't do anything for those types of noise. The Shures will. They sound amazing.
Does Shure make cables for the SE535 that are shorter than 64 inches? I end up having to coil mine up in order to run with them.
- Tech Support answered:
- No, unfortunately the cables are only produced in one length (64").
Does free shipping apply to orders that will be shipped to Australia?
- Tech Support answered:
- Unfortunately, as stated on the product's page, we cannot ship Shure products outside the US. We can ship to a friend or relative of yours here in the US. Also, only one coupon code can be applied per order. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Replacement cables....one comment mentioned that the Shure placement cable with the mic had a reduced sound quality vs. the original cable. Is this the case? If so.....why? I would have preferred the bendable ear wires , as the original cable has, for the mic cable. Is it,available?
- Tech Support answered:
- The cables with mic do not offer the guide wire.
The reduced sound quality might be related to the fact that, even though very small, the mic is very sensitive and when one takes calls, there is a certain amount of "noise" from the environment where the person is located at the time that the mic picks up. As for playback sound quality, honestly we didn't feel any quality drop listening from an iPhone.
The microphone option is not of the same clear material as the headphones. Is it the same quality and do they make the option with the same clear material.
- Tech Support answered:
- The cables with mic/controls only come in dark grey. They are slightly thinner and they do not come with a guide wire.
I live in Brazil and will go to Orlando this month. Is there some kind of International Warranty? ? In this case, if I have any problems could be attended by Shure in Brazil?
Can I withdraw the product and pay in person at Earphone Solutions? What is the adress?
In this case, could I get some discount on the price?
- Tech Support answered:
- Yes, you can purchase them here but their warranty will only be valid here in the US.
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Your site is so informative and unbiased that I'd like you to help me further, I've suggested your site to many of my friends too...
My choice is between a SE530 and an SE 215. The 530 is new and unused, I need to know id its better than the 215's. I'm a drummer and my use is for IEM-ing, Please advice with the following in mind,
what is the diff with the 535 and the 215... I know cost :-) but the reasons for discontinuing this model, changes applied on the 535's etc...
Would like to in advance, thank you for your help
- Tech Support answered:
- The 530 has been discontinued a while ago. The SE535 is a much improved version of the 530. It is a triple balanced armature driver.
The SE215 is a single dynamic driver. It will offer a vibrant sound but it will not be as detailed and refined as the SE535.
Why don't you ship outside of North America for shure? Thanks
- Tech Support answered:
- As Shure authorized dealers, we are not allowed. We apologize for the inconvenience.
I am a drummer looking for a great sound. I use a avion which has no real bass or low end. I want to know if these in ears will give me the low end and mids and highs that i so desire.
- Tech Support answered:
- The SE535 has a warm and balanced sound signature, with robust bass and plenty of clarity specially on the mids.
How does the Shure SE535 compare to the Westone UM3X in physical size?
- Tech Support answered:
- The SE535 is slightly bigger than the UM3X but it does not become uncomfortable; it is hard to quantify the difference in numbers. The SE535 provides a flush fit, just like the UM3X does.
Is there a sound difference between the red ones and the bronze and clear?
- Tech Support answered:
- According to Shure - no. The only difference is that the red ones come with 2 sets of cables (one for the iPhone and one for Android phones) while the Clear and Bronze models only come with the plain audio cable (which the Red does not).
How do these compare to Westone 3? I listen to a wide variety of music but the majority is rock music. How are they with bass?
- Tech Support answered:
- The W3 is clear and detailed. The SE535 will provide a warm and balanced sound signature with a good punch on the bass. It will not be as clear as the W3 but it is more vibrant.