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.
Summary: 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.
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!
Summary: 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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Fit, Comfort, Style and most importantly, the Sound!!
Summary: 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.
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.
Summary: 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.