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
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: Comparing a bunch of universal IEMs, I'd rate the Shure se535 as one of the top tier choices. There are a few issues, but how much these affect you will be dependent on each person's ears physically and audibly.
Basically, I find the shure 535 to be a very pleasant smooth sweet sounding IEM with the major points being bass and midrange. The bass isn't basshead level or really that prominent per se, but it is very nice.
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Sound quality
Cons: Difficult to get a good fit in the ear and inexpensively designed storage case
Summary: When I listened to the sound for the 1st time, I was hit by it. I was punched by the not-punchy-bass. I was hoping it would offer much better bass response than SE315.. equals to Klipsch Image X10i. It gives better bass than SE315 but still far from Image X10i. The bass is still too weak, or just say not punchy. I am not a bass lover. I just want the sounds to be there whenever they are there, incl the punch. It's just the bass, fortunately.
Pros: Great clarity & details, no coloration (neutral), good soundstage
Cons: lame bass response, the high is too harsh when combined w/ my amp
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Stays in the ear., Great noise cancellation.
Cons: Fit., Long cable and placement of volume control.
Summary: 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.
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)