The selection of tips available is as comprehensive as ever, with three sizes of Shure’s renowned hard black foam tips, three pairs of silicone tips, a pair of softer yellow foam tips and a pair of triple-flange silicone tips. As ever the black foam tips provided us with excellent noise isolation and a very comfortable fit. While the size of the SE535 earphones precludes them from ever being as comfortable as the likes of the Klipsch X10i earphones they’re certainly not going to cause any fatigue if you wear them for an extended period of time.
As ever this great isolation means that, as well as blocking out annoying external interference, you also don’t have to turn your music up as loud; which is good for the longevity of your sense of hearing. While you don’t have to, though, you may want to, because like the SE530 earphones, the SE535s sound, well, bloody incredible to be blunt. This is no surprise. We could hardly expect Shure’s electrical magicians to make the SE535 earphones sound worse than their predecessors.
The triple-driver arrangement is unchanged from the SE530s, with two woofers still handling the low- and mid-range and a dedicated tweeter rounding out the mix with the high-end frequencies. The passive crossover once again does an entirely transparent job of sending the right sounds to the right drivers, without ever producing anything but a full cohesive sound.
The SE535 earphones exhibit Shure’s characteristic balanced sound, free of any colouration or distortion. The silky smooth bass isn’t as overt as on other headphones, but we always favour accuracy of presentation so this suits our tastes perfectly. Mid-range reproduction is equally detailed, and remains precise no matter how high you crank the volume up – even at painfully loud levels.
But where the SE535 earphones just about take the edge over the SE530 earphones before is their top-end clarity. We reckon there’s just a bit more detailing to be heard in the very high notes, which have a delightful sparkle to them. It’s not so much of a difference that we’d ever recommend anyone upgrade from a pair of E500PTH or SE530 earphones to the SE535, but the latter definitely maintain the Shure 5xx-series’ legacy as the best universal-fit earphones to ever grace TrustedReviews.
If you have something over £400 to spend on a pair of earphones, cost be damned, then the Shure SE535s are without a doubt the best you can buy and we recommend them unreservedly. If you’re constrained by budget, however, then the SE530 earphones, available for over £150 less, are a better buy – just hurry to grab them before they’re out of stock.
Score in detail
Sound Quality 10