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Shure SE535

Sound Isolating™ earphones (Clear)

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Overview

Our take on the Shure SE535

Music is music, no matter where you hear it. Whether you're in the studio, on the street, or relaxing at home, the Shure SE535 headphones will treat your ears to high-performance sound. These in-ear headphones offer excellent noise isolation along with superb detail and balance, making them ideal for laying down tracks, mixing and mastering, or simply losing yourself in your favorite tunes on the subway or at home. Each solidly constructed earpiece houses three micro-drivers — two woofers and a tweeter — built on Shure's many years of experience making monitors for professional musicians. The result is spacious sound with rich, extended bass response along with smoothness and detail in the midrange and high frequencies.

Great sound for any application

Music is music, no matter where you hear it. Whether you're in the studio, on the street, or relaxing at home, the Shure SE535 headphones will treat your ears to high-performance sound. These in-ear headphones offer excellent noise isolation along with superb detail and balance, making them ideal for laying down tracks, mixing and mastering, or simply losing yourself in your favorite tunes on the subway or at home. Each solidly constructed earpiece houses three micro-drivers — two woofers and a tweeter — built on Shure's many years of experience making monitors for professional musicians. The result is spacious sound with rich, extended bass response along with smoothness and detail in the midrange and high frequencies.

Studio-quality noise isolation

These headphones are designed to fit snugly in your ears to limit external noise from getting into your monitor mix. There are eight pairs of ear tips in different sizes, shapes, and materials to help create a tight seal. With the right fit, the SE535 offer up to 37dB of noise attenuation. They're great for the studio, so you can focus on your performance and prevent sound from leaking into live microphones. They're also excellent for pleasure-listening in loud environments like city streets or crowded cafes.

Detachable cable that stays out of the way

The durable Kevlar-reinforced cable is detachable at each earpiece. The snap-lock connectors ensure it won't get disconnected by a simple tug on the cord. The cables are designed to wrap around your ears with a shapeable wire to help keep them in place. This allows the SE535 headphones to stay properly in position and out of your face as you move about, either head-banging on the stage or heading outside to catch a ride back home after a long session in the studio. There's also a volume controller included — attach it to the end of the cable so you can easily fine-tune your listening level in the studio or on the go.

Reference headphones for any situation

Headphones that sound this good shouldn't be limited to recording music in the studio. The SE535's accessories will help you get the most out of these versatile headphones. There's a 1/4" plug adapter for use with your home stereo, headphone amplifier, mixing board, or computer audio interface. There's also a zippered carrying case to protect the headphones and the ear tip assortment everywhere you go. If you're flying, use the airline adapter to access in-flight entertainment. The SE535's compact in-ear form makes them ideal travel companions, while their bold, dynamic sound offers reference-quality listening in any setting.

Product Highlights:

  • in-ear headphones for music listening or performance monitoring
  • three high-definition micro-drivers offer spacious, accurate sound with enhanced bass response
  • up to 37dB of noise attenuation
  • 64" detachable Kevlar™ reinforced cable
  • includes detachable in-line volume controller
  • gold-plated earpiece connectors use a lock-snap mechanism to keep them from accidentally disconnecting
  • cables are designed to wrap over your ears for added security and to keep dangling wires out of the way
  • includes 3 sizes of soft flex and foam ear tips along with one triple-flange sleeve and one universal-fit foam sleeve
  • 1/4" plug adapter
  • airplane adapter
  • zippered carrying case
  • frequency response: 18-19,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 119 dB
  • impedance: 36 ohms
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-ear headphones (clear) with attached 64" cord (right angled 3.5mm plug)
  • In-line volume control
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter
  • Airline adapter
  • Cleaning tool
  • 4 Pairs of soft foam sleeves (including one pair installed)
  • 1 Pair of Yellow foam sleeves
  • 3 Pairs of soft flex rubber sleeves
  • 1 Pair of triple-flange sleeves
  • Zippered storage case
  • Brushed aluminum box
  • Custom Earphone Sleeves info card

These are great earbuds vibrant with tons of detail. Well worth the $$

Robert, Berkley, MA

Reviews

Shure SE535 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Accurate, Revealing In Ear Monitors

Crutchfield customer from Monroe, WA on 8/25/2018

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.

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Robert from Berkley, MA on 5/13/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are great earbuds vibrant with tons of detail. Well worth the $$

Pros: Beautiful sound. Love the noise canceling. Great for metal and jazz

Cons: Very hard to figure out how to get the original sleeves off. Well worth the effort.

Awesome earbuds! Great high and low-end.

Ken from Winter Haven, FL on 11/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed earbuds for not only music, but for performing at church and with other bands. I have some hearing loss in the high and low ranges, so was looking for something that could boost those areas. These earbuds definitely do that, and more. I was amazed at how much I had to turn the volume knob DOWN! They are bright and clear, and pack a lot of bass. I am hearing music like never before. These are awesome and definitely worth the money. Well made. The cables are heavy duty and made to last. You receive plenty of choices for the earbuds so there is something that will fit and work for you.

Pros: Increased volume Increased high end Increased low end Clarity of sound Heavy duty cables - built to last

Cons: Tend to make your ears sore if wearing for more than an hour or two

Shure SE535

Robert from Mililani, HI on 7/2/2017

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It was hard for me to properly judge the quality of this product because of what I considered to be drawbacks. First was the difficulty in getting a proper fit and getting them to stay in place. This was my first product with over the ear loop of the wiring. It took too much effort to get the wires to loop around without the ear buds coming loose. Pressing the buds in the ear canal temporarily allowed a sense of the sound possible but getting them to stay in was another matter. Others have written reviews about this but they eventually prevailed. However, I intended these for my wife and I knew she would never be happy with the finicky fit. So I sent them back and am trying a different type.

Pros:

Cons:

Clarity

Liz from Brewster, NY on 9/26/2016

I purchased the SE535's back in 2005. Excellent for commuting. Great for spending time in hospital. I recommended this item to many people that had low-end ear buds. When I let them try mine out, they were blown away. Listened to music, audio books, and everything in between. After 11 years of usage they finally gave up the ghost. Now saving up toward another pair. I won't settle for second best, full stop.

Pros: Once you get used to the fit, they are grand.

Cons:

Excellent sound quality

Brian from Washington, DC on 5/3/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

These are the best earphones I've ever gotten. The sound quality is a huge upgrade from cheap earbuds, and you can really hear everything clearly. It's an amazing upgrade. Expensive, but well worth it if you listen to music

Pros: Sound quality. That's why you buy these things.

Cons: The fit takes a while to get used to. They are not like the cheap earbuds you're used to, and it can take a bit to figure out.

Shure SE535

Chris from Maryland on 7/3/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I have many IEM earphone. This is one of the best IEM at this price range. Love it. I wore this on my trip to Hawaii, 15 hours. It fix comfortably, noise isolation perfectly. Sound stage is wide but not like my open back headphone, good enough.

Pros: Fix perfectly, sound very neutral.

Cons: NONE

The Best in all Review; SHURE SE535

Omar J from Puerto Rico on 3/16/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Shure 535 in my opinion used with an iPhone 6 +, do not need any DAC or amplifier, make sound, as in a concert Live. They are worth every penny. And make this purchase the best existing company through worldwide, Crutchfield, in addition to its warranty, fast delivery, excellent customer service. No you can go better. They are examples to follow in this industry.

Pros: All

Cons: No

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Features and Specs

General
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Mic For Taking Calls No
iPhone Control No
Lightning Connector No
Android Control No
Frequency Response 18-19k Hz
Sensitivity 119 dB
Impedance 36 Ohms
Weight 1 ounces
Cord Length 64"
1/4-inch Adapter Included Yes
Volume Control No
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research

Features

Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers: The Shure SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones deliver crystal clear, spacious sound with rich bass. These in-ear headphones are equipped with Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers--dual woofers and a single tweeter for each channel. An internal crossover centered at 5000 Hz routes the high and low frequencies to the dedicated drivers for maximum detail and clarity.

Detachable Kevlar-reinforced Cable: The 64" cable is reinforced with durable Kevlar for long life. A formable over-the-ear wire ensures the earphones stay in place and keeps them out of the way. The cable plugs into the earphone with a gold-plated MMCX connection and a lock-snap mechanism that allows 360° rotation. This relieves stress on the cable connection to prevent failure.

Premium Fit Kit: The SE535s come with a Premium Fit Kit with multitude of sound isolating sleeves. The sound isolating sleeves block ambient noise (up to about 37dB), while ensuring a comfortable and customized fit. A good seal is required for optimal sound isolation and bass response, and maximum comfort for extended wear. The Premium Fit Kit comes with the following types of sleeves:

  • Soft Flex Sleeves: The Soft Flex sleeves are made of cone-shaped pliable rubber. Sizes include Small, Medium, and Large.
  • Soft Foam Sleeves: The Soft Foam sleeves compress and expand to form a tight seal in your ear canal. Sizes include X-small, Small, Medium, and Large.
  • Yellow Foam Sleeves: One pair of yellow foam sleeves is included. These sleeves are cylindrical in shape, and compress and expand to fit your ear canal.
  • Triple-Flange Sleeves: The Triple-Flange Sleeves are made of soft, white rubber with three flanges of increasing diameter to fit the shape of your ear canal. One pair of Triple-Flange sleeves is included.
Note: The SE535s are compatible with custom-molded ear sleeves made by Sensaphonics. Information on custom sleeves is available directly from Shure.

Cleaning Tool: In-ear headphones require cleaning from time to time to maintain sound quality. When the earphone nozzle becomes blocked, the sound quality deteriorates. The obstruction can be removed with the included wire loop cleaning tool. The length of the wire loop is customized to allow the tool to reach into the nozzle without damaging the sound filter inside.

Accessory Plugs: The SE535 in-ear headphones are designed for use on stage, or for leisure. The headphones include a 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter so you can use your headphones with your home audio components or professional sound consoles with a 1/4" headphone jack. An airline adapter is also included so you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment provided on most airlines. A plug-in volume control (with a 7" cable) is included for use with high-output audio sources where you don't have easy control of the volume, particularly on airline armrests.

Carrying Case: The SE535s come with a semi-hard, compact carrying case that will protect your headphones. The headphones come in an elegant brushed-aluminum box that can also be used for storage, if desired.

Specifications:

  • Transducer Types: Triple balanced-armature drivers
  • Frequency Response: 18Hz - 19kHz
  • Sensitivity (1 kHz): 119 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance: 36 ohms
  • Net weight: 1 ounce

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Why did you buy this?

A higher end IEM and the most expensive that I have ever purchased. I am hoping that I will be blown away buy the sound stage, tight low base but not causing a muddied effect to the highs/mid ranges. Strong build quality would be a plus as well. [ A  May 06, 2018 ]
Durability and ability to replace wire if worn. [ Robert  Apr 29, 2018 ]
On the recommendation of your staff, Dexter and Peyton, who have been wonderful to work with. [ Lauren  Feb 23, 2018 ]
Quality of sound [ Robert  Jun 17, 2017 ]
Long time owner of the Shure e500PTH earphones. Lost them this last fall! Finally giving up on finding them and buying these as a replacement. [ THOMAS S  May 02, 2017 ]
Good sound [ WILLIAM  Nov 12, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

They're very good at noise isolation, I use them onstage and to converse with fellow band members, we need to remove at least one of them. Use the correct tip for your ears. [ Javier  May 29, 2017 ]
These can actually block a surprising amount of outside noise. The trick is using the correct size sleeve, and placing them to create a good seal with your ear. [ Jeff  Oct 30, 2014 ]  Staff
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