The Shure SE530 is amongst the very best in-ear headphones you can buy without needing to obtain audiologist-customized ear molds. With a lush, articulate and extremely coherent sound, these triple-microdriver, noise-blocking earphones will keep the world out and the music gloriously inside your head. Accessorized well for use with iPods, iPads and iPhones and offering a full array of eartips in varying sizes & types for best possible fit, the SE530's perform very well without a headphone amp and are simply extraordinary should you decide to get one. Your wallet will cry once, but your ears will be happy ever-after with SE530 in-ear headphones.
- Very high efficiency delivers great sound with portable sources.
- Three drivers deliver easy articulate extension into bass and treble extremes.
- Comfortable fit assured by a wide range of ear tips.
- Superb Sound Quality Equal to Top Headphones
- Strong 2-Year Warranty
What's In The Box:
- travel case
- eartip fit kit
- cleaning tool
- extension cable
- airline adaptor
- 1/4" adaptor
- inline volume control
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Wow, these little cans are darn impressive. The most upscale in-ear headphone design from the research geniuses over at Shure Audio in Chicago results in likely the best "universal-fit" ( no audiologist needed) in-ear headphones available. Expect excellent soundstage dimensionality highly impressive from an in-ear monitor, along with accurately rich reproduction of the most intensely demanding recordings. The Shure SE530 utilizes three discrete miniaturized microdrivers--one tweeter and two woofers--which seamlessly blend together to deliver sweet midranges, a silky treble extension, and a full but evenly balanced bass response that's perhaps the smoothest bottom-end in the "universal-fit" earphone world. If we absolutely had to criticize, we'd say that the SE530's uppermost highs might be the slightest hint 'rolled-off' for ultra-picky, seriously demanding audiophile types. Certainly, the isolation from ambient sounds is far better than any headset or 'noise-cancelling' [NC] headphone can ever muster, making these gems outstanding for the traveler who desires a great listening experience even in extremely noisy environs. Given lossless music files or a high-quality audio source, these are true high-definition earphones and will easily surpass the performance of any of the lower-cost mini-cans. However, their price also surpasses most other in-ear headphones too. For music lovers always jamming on the move, these could be the flagship choice.
Included in the Shure SE530's premium accesories kit is a very useful 9-inch (23 cm) mini-cable extension, which allows the user to neatly keep an iPod/MP3 in their shirt pocket or in an arm strap holder if desired, as well as a 3-foot (91 cm) extension cord for those wanting longer reaches. The SE530 also comes with a full-size 1/4" plug adapter, an in-line dB attenuator for controlling loud or overly high-output sources [like an airline sound system], and an airline seat dual-plug adaptor as well. Of course, a complete set of replaceable eartip sleeves (one full set of s/m/l 'soft-flex' tips, one full set of s/m/l soft foam tips, one set of silicon tri-flanged tips, one set of the new 'black foamies' tips) are included in the Shure package along with a durable hard-sided clamshell travel case. The SE530 cable routing is the behind-the-ear style to keep potential cord obstructions and cable contact noises to a minimum. The SE530 rates at an efficient 37ohms and their sensitivity is 119dB, which should ensure robust audio performance from just about any portable player device, audio component source, or even from an upscale audiophile home stereo rig without dedicated amplification required. And the SE530's nifty bronze brushed-metal color scheme is really swanky-looking and effectively distinguishes them from the rest of the Shure line. A 2-year parts & labor warranty remains standard with all Shure earphones only when purchased from a verifiable Shure-authorized dealer -- like HeadRoom! ... Nice going Shure, definitely color us waaay impressed.
RECOMMENDED ACCESSORIES: The highly useful SHURE 'PTH' Adaptor ("Push-to-Hear") cable is available for this model or any other 3.5mm (1/8") connection earphone as a separate accessory: Call our Sales team for a HeadRoom 'package combo' discount on the PTH device when bundling it with any Shure earphone! Once you have tried all the provided 'sampler' eartips included with the SE530 and have decided which type and size is best for you, check our Shure Parts & Accessories webpage for your desired SHURE replacement eartip sleeves.
HeadRoom is a 100% SHURE-Authorized Headphone Dealer. Your Complete Manufacturer's Warranty Coverage Remains Intact With All Purchases. Always Purchase Your SHURE Headphones from True Factory Authorized Dealers. Remember to keep the SE530 receipt showing purchase via an authorized dealer--like HeadRoom!--in order to maintain fully intact 2-year warranty coverage.
Call HeadRoom at 800.828.8184 for current pricing info on Shure products, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Warranty: 2 Years
- Cord Length: 4.5 ft. (1.4 m)
- Detachable Cable: No
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 37
- Cord Type: Straight Y
- Ear Coupler Type: IEM
- Headphone Type: In-Ear
- Coupler Size: Small
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years
- Wireless: No
- Noise Cancelling: No
- Sensitivity: 119 dB/mW
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Posted by Craneywater from Toronto, Ontario on 2010-06-22
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Impressive lows, soundstage, and mids
Cons: Not natural sound representation
ONLY ONE THING ONE CANNOT HEAR WHILE LISTENING TO SHURE 530 IS NATURAL SOUND.
There is no sharpness in terms of separation, no energizing punch. I have headphones for less price which can beat Shure 530 in sound quality. Sennheiser HD265 Linear: beat them in terms of bass and soundstage. Grado SR325is beat them in terms of accuracy, separation, soundstage, bass, and overall sound representation.
I would strongly suggest Shure 530 mainly to musicians and singers but not to the serious audophiles.
If you want to enjoy truly natural sound, use headphones with non-plastic housing, or simply use speakers.
Enclosed sound in canal earphones never has enough space to fully express itself. Don't just hear sound, feel it. Shure 530 earphones cannot provide that kind of experience.
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Posted by Don in LA from Los Angeles on 2010-06-22
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Size - music quality - noise reduction
Cons: Hummm..... I am still trying to find one...They need some time to break in.
Tried them all - bought these. Yes, the best is expensive.
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Posted by MaverickRonin from Midwest, USA on 2010-05-06
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Smooth mids, Deep bass, Incredible detail
Cons: Cables may not be the most durable
I don't have the huge breadth of knowledge and experience needed to compare these to others in the same price range but I can say that if you like the the Shure 'house sound', then you'll love these. I've had, Shure E2cs, heard E3cs, and these can be described as the same, but better.
I was also pleasantly surprised to find out how much better they sound amped. My BitHead, which I bought just to bypass crappy onboard sound, gives them much better bass, just for starters. They certainly don't sound bad without dedicated amplification though. I used them daily for 8 months unamped, and never felt like they were missing anything.
A major concern with these 'phones are the cables. The materials seem to have changed since the early days of 'only lasted a week' horror stories, though they are still not replaceable without electronic microsurgery. They have a 2 year warranty if, and only if, you have a receipt from an authorized dealer. Shure replaced mine, no questions asked, after one side went very, very soft. I don't think it was actually the cable though, because no amount of fiddling would yield a temporary fix.
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