Pros Aural Nirvana
Cons What Cons?
Summary Monitors at this level of sound quality give you an entirely new perspective on the music collection you already own. It's amazing.
Pros Rich Clear sound, awsome bass , awesome highs, awesome mids, you could swear you were at a live concert on the front row. Easy to change out cables if they break. You don't have to buy a whole new set.
Cons they are a little expensive expecially if you upgrade with the luxurious hand made cables plan to spend around $700 with taxes.
Summary if you can afford them, these are the best. Started with 412 series, then got 530 series, then up graded again to the 535 series. You will not be disapointed. Awesome for working out or riding your motorcycle. they fit perfecty in your ears. hidden perfectly.
Pros Cost-no-object sound quality. Short of custom made $1000 dollar headphones-- there's nothing made today that sounds better in-ear.
Cons They're not for every ear, and there is a fatigue factor.
Summary I've had a lot of experience with earbuds. I wear them nearly all day long at work-- so I've worn many-a-pair out-- and know where most of the flaws lie in these things.I stand my my assertion over time that these earbuds do offer superior quality sound in the $500 range. There's nothing better for pure sound quality in this range of price. But I agree with shawnfbkev-- these are not comfortable over time. My ears want them out after a few hours. The EC-4 model (no longer made) is much more comfortable for a over a hundred dollars less and they give up very little in sound quality.
The biggest problem I've faced is durability. The SE-535s are durable. The heavy plastic shrink wrap over the connection between the cord and the earbud virtually make that connection indestructible. Other earbuds wear out over time at this connection.
Sound quality? The best. For $500 bucks, it should be. They don't boom like the cheaper models on the low end. If you're looking for beat-box sound-- pass these up. These are all about accuracy.
The only earbuds that surpass the 535 for in-ear sound are the custom fit models used by professional musicians. But those up the ante to around $1000 dollars.
The 535S are a bit uncomfortable over time. After a few hours, I need a break-- they can hurt a little.
Don't overlook the lower priced 4-series Shure headphones offer a "slightly" diminished sound-- but they are wearable for an entire day.
Unfortunately, after 2 years of heavy usage, the 4-series wear out at that critical connection between the cord and earbud. I've had two pair suffer the same fate. You can get them repaired but it costs around $100 dollars.
Updated on Nov 24, 2011
Put it this way, both the EC-5 (SE-535- they're the same) and the E4C (or EC-4) both live in my backpack. I have worn the EC-5 once or twice in the last 6 months, and I choose the EC-4 the rest of the time. I wear earbuds every single day at work.
Pros Great sound that of full size over the ear headphones. Great highs, mids, tweets, and superb bass.
Cons doesn't come with a iPhone control adapter which Shure is releasing shortly, and they are expensive.
Summary If you want great sound in in ear buds and price is no option than these are the headphones for you.
"Overpriced"on by shawnfbkev
Pros decent sound
Cons Fit, comfort and price
Summary I bought them.. big mistake... these are VER VER VERY difficult to wear.. not to mention getting them in your ears properly!... they are way overpriced. I expected perfection.... the Shure SE535 is not perfect ....the fitment is so difficult.. each time you put them on expect to take 30 seconds or more.. easily...... the sponge sleeves that fit inside the ear canal are lame at best... they squeeze down and the inner plastic tube is felt in the canal after several songs of wear.. and it HURTS!.. I tried all of the adaptors..none are comfortable... the wire is VERY stiff, there is a loop system that is supposed to loop over the ear.. and it is cinched with a collar on the wire system..a PITA.. ... running and athletics with the Shure SE535? forget it! every step every movement is heard through the wire.. and the inner ear system is so intrusive with body sounds that I hear my heart beat!!!!... There is just wayyy too much distraction with these headphones to overcome the decent sound quality.. the fit, the comfort, the body sound, the stiff wire, the lengthy time to actually put on the headphones and the HUGE price all detract from the sound to make these one of my least favorite headphones... AKG cans, B&W P60's, etc blow these away for half the price when considering all of the above... OUCH!!!! I just moved my jaw while typing and had these in my ears!!! Warning... don't move your jaw if you are wearing these... it alters the sound and will hurt!!!
in short... way over rated!!! avoid ...there are phones better out there especially for this price
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