Summary: This is my favourite part, as I get to tell you about the price and imagine what your face is going to look like. These earphones have a market price (MOP) of Rs. 27,000. Yes, that is correct. While this is definitely way too expensive for a regular guy like me, I’m sure there are audiophiles that would love to get their hands on the SE535s. They sound great, are comfortable once you get used to them (despite the size) and look like they’ll last a while.
Conclusion: The Shure SE535s are the best earphones Shure have made yet, improving the sound quality and design of the classic Shure SE530s, but you'll have to open your wallet pretty wide to afford them. If you're serious about sound quality though, these are the new buds to beat.
Pros: A triple-driver design gives the Shure SE535 earphones fantastic performance across the whole frequency spectrum. Big, bombastic bass, lush mids and detailed treble will make your music sound better than ever before. Shure's foam and rubber tips offer fab sound isolation, so if you're on the tube or bus, all you'll be able to hear is your music, not the irritations of the world around you. The removable cable means that the Shure SE535s are likely to survive much long...
Cons: With an RRP just under £500, you'd be hard-pressed to find an MP3 player anywhere near as expensive as these earphones. Superb buds from rivals like Ultimate Ears can be had for half the price. Nothing about these earphones is small. The price is big, the in-line volume control accessory is big, and the buds themselves are hefty too. You'll have to wear them with the cable draped over the top of your ears to make sure they don't fall out.
Excerpt: If you polled a group of high-end headphone aficionados to ask which universal-fit in-ear headphones they regarded most highly as performance icons, I’m betting that Shure’s venerable SE530 would appear near the top of the list. Or at least it would have done so until quite recently, given that Shure has now opted to replace its well-loved flagship with the new SE535 ($549), which is the subject of this review. This leads us, of course, to ask several key questions.
Excerpt: The Shure SE535 earphones are a study in contrasts between frustration and nirvana. Boy, this wide-open gap in opinion is going to need some explaining. Shure is one of the better known headphone/earphone companies around, so when they announce a new model, it’s news. A few months ago, they introduced the SE535, which replaces the SE530 model.
Pros: Really good sound, Removable cables, Good selection of add-ons, Little to no microphonics
Cons: Really high price, Not the most comfortable earphones at this price
Summary: Anyone looking for ultracompact headphones with top-notch sound quality should consider the Shure SE530 Sound Isolating Earphones. This set will cost you a pretty penny, but it'll be worth it.
Pros: The Shure SE535 headphones offer exceptional clarity; deep, tight bass; rich, enveloping sound; and great noise isolation. They are also relatively comfortable and include some useful extras such as an in-line volume control and an airplane adapter.
Cons: The Shure SE535s are expensive, and the earbuds are on the large side.
Conclusion: Listening to the Shure SE535 was a revelatory experience. In comparison to a high performing earphone such as the B&W C5, the Shure SE535 showed there was more to be heard and more enjoyment to be had in the music. If I had to provide criticism, I’d say they could do with just a touch more bottom-end weight and a little extra air but these are truly nit-picks and likely a matter of personal preference.
Excerpt: The cables themselves are the first things that shout “high quality”. Shure has gone with a new Kevlar-reinforced material that’s far more resilient than standard plastic, and they’ve added gold-plated connectors right on the monitors themselves. In other words, you’ll never need to replace a complete headset due to cabling problems.
Summary: Yes, that is how much Shure's flagship in-ears will cost you. They look and feel expensive though, with a thick replaceable cable that attaches to the buds via articulated joints. And the sound? Unbelievably detailed, utterly uncompromising.