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Shure SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones
6.6 out of 10

Shure SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones

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Shure's SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones With PTH Option.

Digital Home Thoughts
12 June 2010
  • Conclusion: There is a clip on the back of the main body of the accessory to attach to your belt, waistband, or other piece of clothing, but again, there is just too much cabling to justify the clip. Also, there is another clip that can be attached to your shirt to hold the other cable in place as it makes it way to your ear, but again, this negates the purpose.
  • Pros: The ear phones themselves have superb acoustics with quality construction for the most discerning audiophiles;, Excellent array of ear buds for many different tastes and comfort for any ear and fit;, Extremely comfortable; even for long periods of time of wear;, Fits flush within the ear making them very discrete.
  • Cons: Wicked expensive; depending on your taste for quality sound;, The PTH (Push-to-hear) option is not a push but rather a slider; i.e., instead of a true click push button;, Superfluous amount of cabling just to disable outside ambient noise;, The PTH cabling and the ear buds themselves do not fit completely inside the carrying case.
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Shure's SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones With PTH Option.

Digital Home Thoughts
26 May 2010
  • Excerpt: This, personally, is where it falls apart and why I wanted to review these earphones separately. The sheer amount of cabling that goes into this design is so superfluous that it's borderline comical. I'm not trying to be harsh but the footprint is massive once it's all put together and finally attached to your Windows Phone.
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Shure SE530 in Review – Hail to the King of this hill

touchmyapps.com
9 September 2009
  • Conclusion: When Shure’s SE530 was introduced in late 2006, it was the king of two hills: listening comfort, and number of drivers. But, at nearly 500$, even discerning audiophiles had to make serious sacrifices to afford it. In the intervening years, several other triple driver earphones have arrived on the seen, threatening the king, but ultimately, haven’t dislodged him from the throne. The reasons are bare: Shure’s flagship is a stunning earphone which looks and sounds great.
  • Pros: Great Sound, Smooth, unfatiguing, Great Accessory kit, Comfortable
  • Cons: Build Quality isn’t up to par with its price rivals: Westone and Earsonics
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Overall 0
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Expert Review

reviewed
14 April 2009

Shure SE530 Review

Anything but iPod
4 June 2008
  • Conclusion: The Shure SE530 are a slightly contradictory mix of features and qualities. Some of their strong points are usually found in dynamic driver earphones, not in balanced armature ones: good sound at low volume, good sound with dense orchestral works, good soundstage, low fatigue, and so on. Most other balanced armature phones I know don’t excel regarding these issues, the SE530 are rather special in that matter.
  • Pros: Excellent midrange, fast attack, great clarity and precision, good soundstage, Non-fatiguing, good sound at low volumes, “mellow, laid back”, Excellent isolation with foam tips, Very little cable noise, over-the-ear design, Comfortable and ergonomic
  • Cons: Treble and sub-bass are a little rolled off, Hisses with many portable players (an amp can fix that), Cheap blingy design, no choice of alternative colors, Awkward modular cable, huge Y-splitter, unappealing “iPhone” connectors
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Shure SE530 in-ear headphones

innerfidelity.com
29 December 2007
  • Excerpt: During the year or so it took Shure to bring the SE530 to market, it went through some changes, including its model designation. Shure added modular cables (different lengths are available), as well as a standard in-line volume attenuator and a Push To Hear (PTH) module ($50) that "allows you to activate the VoicePort microphone and adjust levels of external sound for clarity—ideal for brief conversations without removing your earphones.
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Shure SE530 in-ear headphones

Stereophile
29 December 2007
  • Conclusion: Does that make the Shure SE530s my favorite in-ear headphones? If I had to choose just one set of 'phones that would work in all of the circumstances in which I use them, yeah, they would be—if only because their impedance makes them work so well with unamplified portable media players. The SE530s are sonically well balanced, having both extended bass and a smooth, soaring top end, and at $449, they fall between the $299 Etymotics and the $1000 Ultimate Ears.
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Overall 8
8.0

Shure SE530 earphones review

electricpig
3 September 2009
  • Excerpt: For many, the thought of spending even a quarter the amount forked out for an MP3 player on accompanying headphones is a big leap. The Shure SE530s blow that notion out of the water – you’d be hard pressed to find an MP3 player that even comes close to this pair of earphones’ RRP. Read our full Shure SE530 review to see if it really is worth it.
  • Pros: The sound, especially the bass
  • Cons: The price, when rivals cost half the price
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Overall 8
8.0

Shure SE530 Earphones

Tech2
9 August 2008
  • Excerpt: It’s a well-known fact that earphones bundled with MP3 players (yes, even the iPod) look and sound plasticky, and anyone serious about music should consider replacing them. The device I’m reviewing today is meant for those who do not believe in audio compression at all; and who need to hear every nuance at the highest audible frequency. Let me warn you that the product is ridiculously expensive, so stay away if you're either broke or skeptical!
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Overall 9
9.0

Shure SE530 review

TechRadar UK
29 August 2007
  • Summary: What a performance, but what a price!
  • Pros: Stunning sound quality
  • Cons: Crazy price
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