Pros: Mids, build quality, detachable wire, isolation
Cons: Bass, price
I bought the SE535’s from Amp3 as a B-grade product for £285. After spending a week or so with them, I returned them, as I really didn’t find them worth the price I paid for them.
Packaging & Accessories: 7/10
Build Quality: 10/10
Design & Look: 10/10
Microphonics (higher ratings means lower cable noise): 10/10
Audio Quality: 9/10
My final Rating: 8.5/10
Purchase Date: September 2011
Purchase Price: £280
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Here is the written review:
I found that the best thing about these earphones was their mid presentation and the build quality of them. The mids were quite forward, just as they should be, and are designed to be for studio monitors. I, however bought them for personal listening, and I found that the 535’s had a little too much emphasis on the mids. It’s great for its purpose though, but again, other earphones, for a much cheaper price can be had for studio monitors.
The build quality of the 535’s was great, the wire was of very good quality, the detachable part of the wire, would fit in securely into the earphones, and last but not least the actual housing was of a high quality plastic, which was at the same time light and durable.
The accessories provided were standard, and the jack was your conventional 3.5mm gold plated L shaped jack. Everything was satisfactory, but not something I couldn’t get from a pair of £100 earphones. So, nothing out of the ordinary.
The isolation was quite good, due to their over-the-ear design, and their reasonably large housing, it was no surprise, especially with the sue of Comply tips, that the isolation was above par.
This also leads me unto the comfort. These were comfortable, even though their size were quite large. The memory wire helped with the comfort, even though it can be annoying when putting them on, it does mean they stay in place, in your ears, and don’t move about with your own movement.
The major downfall the SE535’s had, for me, was its bass response. Yes indeed it was punchy, but not sufficient and couldn’t really extend as low as the MTPG’s.
Overall, the Shure SE535’s were a disappointment for what I thought were “high-end” earphones. These are built really specifically for studio monitors, on-stage people, or personal listeners who have a knack for forward/bright-esk mids, with no real bass extension or punch. the earphones do set you back quite a lot too, and for that price range, there are many alternatives, but that said, not many do mids as well as the SE535’s.
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I hope this helps!