Summary: *I have listened to the Shure SE535 using iPhone 4S and the latest iPod Classic (6th Generation). The below sums up my listening experience from these sources only.*
To my ears vocals sound better through the Shures than any other earphones I’ve heard. Voices are rich and clear. I often listen to audiobooks or Radio 4; just listening to people talking is a joy. However, I find the lower frequencies too thin.
Pros: Mid frequencies, sound isolation, customer service
Summary: Bass hit enough to my ear with accurate of level and frequency.
Its bass responds so good and can feel when you
change bass fre. just 5Hz! Very detail bass it is.
Mid is very concentrate and forward field.
Treble clear,clean, but a bit hi-cut due to 19Khz support only.
That is better than some others give plus freq for high but feel like
too metalic. Right?
One thing I dont like is the capble. Rotation joint is good but wire is quite hard.
Pros: Clear sound, clean bass and treble , forward mid. Large sound stage
I'm no audiophile so sorry if I don't use the appropriate terminology within my review. I'm just a guy who likes to enjoy his music where ever I go. I usually commute most my life (to university and work) so I want a really good pair of earphones that will last as my companion for as long as possible and are compatible with my iphone 4, these are my requirements.
The path to the shures se535
First I bought the shures se315 and I weren't really impressed with...
Pros: Sound Quality, Comfort, Replaceable Cable, Array of included tips, Sound Isolation, Durable Included Cable with Kevlar
Cons: Price (UK), No iPhone mic and controls included
Summary: It amuses me when I come to this section and see these wonderful earphones in 85th place. The only reason this can be is the folks who buy these just enjoy them and don't feel the need to write about them. But then you head into the forums and they are at least one of the most discussed items. Odd.
Well I'll speak up then. I have owned the SE 500s, which needed repair at some point after the warranty expired. Shure sent me SE530s for a modest fee.
Summary: 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.
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)...
Summary: 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.