Shure SE535 review: Shure SE535

As for the cable, Shure provides plenty of length: 64 inches, to be exact. However, those who had a pair of SE530s might be disappointed to learn that the design is no longer modular. That is, you can't split the cable at the Y-junction in order to make a shortened length for a player clipped to a lapel or worn in a shirt pocket. This is a bit of a bummer, because the cord is quite heavy and tends to pull at the earpieces with the entire length hanging free.

That being said, we appreciate the thickness and flexibility of the cable of the SE535; it speaks well to the headphones withstanding the test of time. Plus, the Y-junction and L-plug housings are extra rugged, and Shure now reinforces the wire with Kevlar. Add to that a two-year warranty and the fact that the earpieces are detachable, and you have a setup that practically screams "durability."

As for extras, the SE535 earphones include the usual suspects. You get a hard-sided, zippered carrying case, an earwax-cleaning tool, an in-line volume attachment, and a quarter-inch adapter. Plus, there's Shure's standard fit kit with three sizes (S, M, L) of the flex and black foam sleeves as well as one pair of triple-flange and one pair of universal-fit yellow foam sleeves.

Of course, sound quality is doubtless the chief concern for a pair of earphones costing half a grand, and the SE535s don't disappoint in this department. Indeed, audio is the star of the show here--it's stellar, through and through. This isn't entirely surprising, given that these earphones feature the same impressive internal technology found in the S530s. The earpieces cram in Triple High-Definition MicroDrivers, which means that each one has a dedicated tweeter and dual woofers.

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