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I bought these headphones after running through numerous previous inferior sets. In this review, I will focus more on the experience. I expect most people looking to invest in a set of headphones like these will already have done / be doing their research and know most of the technical specifications of the headphones. Just so this review is applicable to you, I listen to a wide range of music, from classical strings to choral arrangements with high descant voices to pop and techno. I also use these headphones to watch movies on my laptop / iPad, and always use them when I am on a plane (in preference to those flimsy ones they give out).
The sound range is excellent. The headphones are very loud (so much so that I always check the volume output of my devices before playing anything lest I go deaf). There is a volume modulator included but personally I have found it very unreliable - it works perfectly for about six months, then fails, almost like clockwork. To be fair, I think Shure might be aware of this problem, as they have always sent me replacement units without a quibble (three times now).
Quality-wise, I have not heard anything better. I am a bit of an audiophile, and buy good speakers. I have two sets which were bought at specialist audio stores (one pair costing about £700 and another costing £1500). The Shures beat the £700 speakers hands-down, and are comparable in quality to the 1.5k speakers. I have never heard any cracking whatsoever when listening through them. This includes playbacks of soprano/descant tracks as well as symphony orchestral arrangements. The bass is also good. Its not a whopping great big beat (if you want that you should probably look at Ultimate Ears), but does the job admirably. With these headphones, I find quality is usually limited by the track, rather than the headphones (in the past I have found the opposite to be true).
Fitting-wise, the headphones are incredibly comfortable and stylish. They are small and barely noticeable, and come with a variety of buds for you to choose from. Personally, I like the foam ones, which I roll between my fingers and allow to expand in my ear. The headphones are initially a faff to put on because you have to figure out how they fit in/around your ear, but after a few goes it becomes second nature. The wires loop around your ear and in front/behind your neck as you prefer. They come with a variety of connectors so you can choose the length of cable you need, something I have found useful as it allows convenient use of headphones at different times - eg short for jogging, long for lounging in bed etc. My only minor gripe is that the cables don't mould well - i.e. they have no memory, and can slip off your ears pretty easily if you're running.
The PTH is a good idea but a bit of a waste of space. I have only ever used it once. In theory, it is awesome - you click a button and your track is muted, while a microphone picks up ambient noise, allowing you to converse without having to remove your headphones. However, it looks really rude to the person you are talking to if you don't remove the headphones. In addition, having to carry the PTH around is actually pretty inconvenient. It is not as light as you may think, and actually finding the switch and flicking it is more effort than simply removing a bud from one ear. Despite paying for it, I think I've actually lost mine. If you have the choice, go for the model without the PTH.
In summary, these earphones provide excellent sound quality. If you're sick of mediocre audio, I would definitely recommend these.
A great item that is very solidly built and looks magnificent. This is a step up from the previous version Shure SE310. This is slightly more expensive than the lower model but is well worth the upgrade.
When it comes to Shure products they never let me down. The sound quality is breathtaking with high quality music and mp3's. The bass tones and the treble are very crisp and clean and there is noise reduction from the design of the device. Noise reduction is very noticeable because the ear buds sit deep into your ear canal, this means you do not have to turn up the volume in loud environments such as a train station or street walking. They sound great on any device of your choice such as iphones and portable mp3 players.
Wearing the earphones for long periods of time is a breath of fresh air. They sit very nicely in my ear and I cannot feel them at all even after a few hours of heavy use. The only downfall is the thin cable that seems to be very easy to damage if care is not taken when packing it away or setting it up for us.
Overall it is a very robust product that will not let you down. The bass tones are second to none and if you're a music fan that appreciates good quality sound then this is the product for you.
An item that is worth the research and worth the price tag. Having spent a large number of hours online and testing out a series of products this still came up top of the league. As an ex-music technician and true audiophile I can honestly say for the general market Shure have covered many of my requirements. The sound is clean and crisp, having tried this on a wide range of genres from D&B and trance through to classical, picking out instruments and tones that normally are otherwise lost. These have been used on a number of forms, CD, mp3 and online radio streams through pc and iphone all of which produce results of a high level.
On a comfort level I often find myself working in a loud office so tend to wear them for extended periods of 3-4+ hours and found I hardly noticed I had them in at any point. A wide range of buds adjust for all environments and the sound isolation is 2nd to none in this price range/market. Build quality is great, only fault would be I would prefer to have a slightly heavier cable as this does tend to move around too much if used in sport or activities. Shure followed up with AMAZING customer support, I misplaced the semi-hard case within a couple of days of having the phones, an email later and a new case was with me within 48hours cost... free.
The SE530 uses Triple TruAcoustic Micro-Speakers to create an expansive soundstage. A dedicated tweeter ensures that highs and mids are incredibly accurate and detailed, while dedicated dual woofers provide balanced, full-bodied bass.