Pros Outstanding durability. The cable feels as if it's never going to snap, however I do not advise anyone to try this.
Cons Price is just a little too high. However you are paying for amazing in-ear-monitors
Summary Sound: The sound is so clear, yet rich. It has depth, and each individual note is expressed clearly through the triple drivers (one tweeter, two woofers).
Bass: Clear and crisp, not muddy like Skullcandy earphones
Mids: Really direct, clean, and not interfered with other noises.
Treble: Could be a tad-bit better. It feels as if bass is at its at it's potential, mids are at its full potential, but treble is at 90% of its full potential.
When using cheaply made earphones, for me, my music starts to become more dull every time I listen to it. Definitely not the case with the Shure 535's. I enjoy my music more and more everyday because each an every individual note is so clear. I feel as if I'm in a concert.
Jazz sounds amazing with these, but so do all the other genres out there. Dubstep and hiphop will sound good with these if you are a heavy bass kind of person. Rock fits perfectly with the solo guitar. Metal is all about precision even though there is so much distortion (Dream Theater/ Metallica). These earphones as I said, are very clear.
If you are looking for cheaper Shure earphones then I suggest the Shure 315.
The 425's seem to have a lot of reviews of not enough bass.
While comparing the 315 and the 535, the only difference was that the 535's were a little more rich, bassy, and direct.
The 315's have an effect that sound a little like an empty room. Bass/Mids/Treble seem to be all equal with the 315's, and a little more bass oriented with the 535.
Pros Great sound
Cons Unfortunately, these earbuds don't work for very long, The detachable cord broke off in the earbud when I triedd to remove it when it stopped working & the factory could not repair it, so now I've got 1 side working - WHAT A WASTE of money!
Summary I have now purchased 3 sets of Shure earbuds.
Unfortunately, these earbuds don't work for very long,
My first set (about 5 years ago), their second model from the top (I forget the #), worked great, until a kink developed in the cord & rendered the buds inoperable. I was told by Shure that the cord was not repairable, so....
My 2nd set (about 3 years ago), again their second model from the top (& again, I forget the model #), I ordered with an inline telephone answering device, which worked great for a while, but stopped working recently. However, the earbuds still work great, but again told NOT repairable.
My most recent set of your 535's worked great for a while, but recently one side stopped working. I tried every connection, etc. & eventually decided to replace the cord, so I ordered a new cord with a telephone answering device. As I was detaching the existing cord from the earbud, the gold piece on the cord broke off inside the earbud (it was an extremely tight fit). What is the best way to remove this broken pice from the earbud, so I can try out the new cord, to see if that fixes the problem? Finally, if the new cord ultimately does not get it working again, what can I/ should I do to repair it? I was asked to sent it back to the factory, which I did.
I shipped these back to Shure for repair & NOTHING was done. What a waste of money & time & earbuds that still aren't working. I have recently bought some Klipsch earbuds for far less money, better fitting & seemingly more rugged. Never again for Shure, for me.
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.
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