Accurate, Revealing In Ear Monitors
Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I think the SE535's are well on the other side of the boundary between earphones and in-ear-monitors. Other reviews suggested these Shures would reveal source limitations - I have found that to be true. I'm using these with both Audioquest Dragonfly Red and TEAC UD-301 DACs; listening to music from iTunes, CD's ripped to FLAC and downloaded HD and DSD tracks. I've enjoyed all of it and have reaffirmed for myself the investment in higher resolution music is worthwhile. The Miles Davis "Kind of Blue" album in 24bit/192Khz really showed me what the 535's are capable of. The 535's are not bass monsters - for my ears dialing in a little bass at the lowest end improved the sound without taking away from the excellent bass transients these IEMs produce; no other adjustments were needed. They really hit their prime when a little volume is applied - wow. The over-ear wires are a little fussy - but appear necessary to keeping these seated/sealed in your ears properly. The supplied kit (case, tips, cleaning tool) is very good. Experimenting with a couple different tips is needed to find the ones that work best in your ears - I can tell the quality of that fit is essential to getting the best out of the 535's. I really like them.
Pros: Accuracy and sound quality - no noticeable coloration. The sound loosens up once you've got a few hours on them. Interchangeable wire allows you to use custom wire or Shure's Bluetooth cable.
Cons: Be prepared to hear whether your favorite music was really well recorded, or not. Um, kind of fussy over the ear wires - which I'm getting used to now.