"Incredible sound; rather uncomfortable."4.0 starson by Tofujr
Pros: Detailed sound: I was hearing faint cymbals and background instruments that I had no idea were in the mix.
Rich sound: Great mids! Makes the music sound fuller and warmer.
Replacable cable was a main selling point for me. I'll have these for years!
Cons: My biggest problem with these: discomfort.
May desire amplification.
Summary: I previously owned the Klipsch S4s and I often poked fun of their great patent of oval ear tips, having spent 3 years of research to figure out that ear canals were oval. But now I realize how great that design is. I have tried all the included tips from Shure and none but the smallest rubber one could provide a good seal and comfort, and even that was still very uncomfortable. I proceded to use Klipsch's oval silicon tips which felt great, but since they were not designed for the Se535 they lack in sound quality. My only hope lies in the Comply T-100 foam tips I ordered, which are on their way. Of course, I am probably the minority. I have heard very good things about Shure's earphones' comfort.
As for sound quality they're perfect. I was using cheap 30 dollar in ears when I got the Klipsch S4s after reading good reviews. That was a HUGE step up in sound quality, I was amazed. And now I got my Se535s and I am once again amazed. I have had my eyes opened (or rather, ears) again to another new world of sound quality. Though of course, for me, the great sound is only in short bursts as the eartips are uncomfortable.
The mids of the Se535s was like hearing mids for the first time. I had no idea how full, rich and warm music can be. The sound was just so THERE. The bass in not overpowering, tight, and free of distortion. There is an adequate amount of it for any genre: hip hop, rock, metal, classical, etc.
As for amplification, any headphone, even low power ones would benefit from an amp. These do not need amplification but really would benefit from having one due to the triple driver design. My PCs sound card makes the Se535 sound far fuller than coming straight out of my iPhone 3GS. The iPhone sound is thinner in the low end and mids, though nonetheless still sounding great. This difference between a higher powered PC sound card and a portable device is far less pronounced in the other earphones and headphones I have used.
In all, it's flaws are discomfort and amplification. I am slowly adjusting to the eartips as they do seem considerably more comfortable than when I first got them a few days ago, and my Comply tips are on their way. Amplification I can deal with. They don't require amplification and sound great without it. But I personally think this would benefit more from amplification than others.
I bought this because I wanted the best consumer earphones availiable, and I wanted to have them for a long time (replacable cables as the cables are usually the first to break).
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