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SE535

SHURE

Rating

Price

8.3

359 €

Review published:

06/2020

Driver

3

per Side

0

Dynamic

3

Balanced

Impedance

36 Ohm

PZ/ES/PL

0

Sound

8

Bass

8.5

Mids

8

Trebles

Sensitivity

119 dB

8.2

Handling

9

Haptic

C

Value

0

Daily Life

Frequency

18 - 19000 Hz

Intro

With the SE535 it's nice to see that SHURE is willing to listen to the customer feedback and you can hear that with the SE535, which has more all-round qualities in its tuning and goes with its sound away from sterile and dynamic dead, to lively and a bit mainstream.
Due to the third BA driver it can concentrate more on the fine-tuning and has a homogeneous sound image due to the good crossover. Significant progress for me, compared to the SE425.

Handling

Excerpt from the SE425 handling:
>> The design is always quite similar within the series with minimal adjustments in size and thickness. I personally find the handling comfort outstanding, even if I am always bothered by the cable, which is a bit stiff and equipped with wire reinforcements and you have to bend it again and again. In contrast to the SE846, the thin sound openings are made of plastic, so you should be careful not to break them when changing the tip.

The isolation is basically good on all models, but there are also in-ears, which seal a bit better even without musical help. But this way the SE models are optimal for the stage, because you are not completely isolated from the outside world and the "fans" when the band is not playing. <<

In contrast to the SE425, we get a little more in the way of additional equipment, such as a 6.3mm to 3.5mm jack adapter, the great yellow foam tips, a volume and aircraft adapter.

Sound

I know that I'm certainly not very popular with some die-hard SHURE fans, but the SE535 doesn't belong in the very high IEM spheres from the current point of view, despite its tuning which is much improved for my taste compared to the SE425.

Even though the bass of the SE535 is only subtly raised in the subrange compared to the SE425, this is exactly what it needed. The bass of the SE535 is not the punchiest, but it gives the signature the urgently needed warmth and makes it fuller and more energetic. In addition, the bass is very responsive and yet brings a better dynamic. With the SE535, fun and joie de vivre returns to music, even if there is still a lack of pressure and the upper bass is a bit bloated.

When reviewing the SE425 I mentioned that the bass and/or treble can have a positive or negative influence on the midrange, which can make the midrange appear weaker than it is in the overall sound. Well, by slightly reducing the upper mids and subtly increasing the bass compared to the SE425, the SE535 gives us a board of mids. Powerful, sonically accurate, natural & playful mids that go ahead and you' re happy to be carried away by. They have everything that makes up the SE425 mids (transparency, separation), but in comparison have the missing warmth, naturalness and volume. Well done, the third driver pays off.

The SE535's highs aren't as prominent at the bottom as on the SE425, which makes them not quite as hard and crisp, but also gives them more naturalness. Peaks, or sibilants, are rarely visible, which makes the SE535 a very relaxed contemporary that you can run a marathon with. In addition, the absolute high frequencies have a higher level and therefore more presence. They don't have the biggest expansion either, but provide more than enough information to call them audiophile companions in everyday life.

The stage is not quite as airy as that of the SE425, but it is more spacious and more sharply defined. Especially in the depth it is much better positioned. Basically, the 3D image is the real highlight of the SE535.

Outro

In contrast to the SE425, the SE535 is much more musical and has better dynamics. Nevertheless, it does not convince me completely, because sometimes the BA timbre still gets through too clearly.
The stage presentation is remarkable and for me the SE535 turns out to be the price/performance winner within the SHURE family. Coherent, powerful mids, well-balanced highs, which lack a bit of pizzazz, but still reveal details without any problems and above all position them in the room in an impressive way. Plus a very homogeneous signature. But I would like SHURE to sit down on the bottom of the trousers again and give their old models a refinement. I have the feeling that their potential is not yet fully exhausted. But if SHURE misses this, they will soon not see a stitch in their price segment.

Purchase opportunity:
https://www.thomann.de/de/shure_se535_cl.htm

The DEMO-In-Ears were kindly provided directly by Shure Distribution Switzerland GmbH.

https://www.shure.ch/de-CH/produkte/ohrhoerer/se535cl

Legend

Haptic:

Here the processing plays a role and the usability of the scope of supply. Additionally the appearance, wearing comfort and robustness.


Value:
Here I evaluate for me subjectively the price/performance ratio - does not flow into the evaluation!

Z: No Brainer

A: money well spent

B: all right, you can do

C: gives better for less money

D: overpriced

E: collector's price

Daily life:
Here, I focus on the long-term audibility and whether I can hear it well out of the box. This is of course very subjective and therefore only a minimal deduction or bonus. 

(-0.1, 0, +0.1)

Frequenzgang

Rating in Letters

S: 9.5 - 10

A: 9.0 - 9.4​

B: 8.0 - 8.9​

C: 7.0 - 7.9

D: 6.0 - 6.9​
E: 5.0 - 5.9​

F: 0.0 - 4.9​

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Contact:

chi-fier@gmx.de

CHI-FIEAR © 2020 by David Hahn

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