Shure SE535 vs B&W P5

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by UBS28, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    I got the Shure SE215 earbuds and I'm suprised earbuds can sound this good. (I once tried the Klipsch S4i but they sounded very bad imo in comparison to my other headphones ).

    I have studio headphones but they aren't a mobile solution. How does the Shure SE535 sound in comparison to the SE215 and the B&W p5?

    While the B&W p5 aren't earbuds, they are still very mobile and the sound is awesome (while my studio headphones have more detail, soundstage and better highs, it's not as enjoyable for long listening sessions as the darker character of the B&W P5 gives a smooth sound that doesn't hurt the ears over long periods).
  2. bwhli macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA
    Haven't tried the B&W, but I do use Shure SE535s everyday. I used to own a pair of SE215, and they're not even worth comparing. The SE535s are much more detailed. With that said, I've gotten used to using them they don't have the wow factor anymore...but that can be said for any product. I use them for practicing piano at night, as well as earphones for commutes.
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I don't have the Shure SE535's - although I have heard - and read - some very good reports about them, and the quality of the sound that they deliver.

    However, I do own a pair of the B&W P5s and can say that they are easily the best, most comfortable, (most stylish, if that is a consideration), headphones I have ever owned (and I am passionate about my music).

    The P5s are exceedingly portable, offer a superb audio experience, and the comfort (from that lovely soft leather) has to be felt to be experienced, which is especially useful if you are using them for an extended period of time, when other headphones or in-ears become uncomfortable. Actually, I cannot recommend them highly enough (and I have owned Bose, Sony, and Sennheiser headphones and in ear pieces before; there was nothing wrong with any of them, it is just that none of them were a patch on the B&W P5s.)
  4. UBS28 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    They are pretty good, they sound better than my Shure SE215. I'm still doubting about upgrading to the Shure SE535.

    I"m afraid that after spending so much money on those earbuds, it might not sound better than my B&W P5 as mobile headphones :p
  5. UBS28 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Anyone knows if the Shure Se535 sounds better than the B&W P5? ( the shure SE215 sounds bad in comparison to the B&W P5 eventhough they are the best earbuds I ever heard )
  6. ScottishCaptain, Aug 2, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2013

    ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    I'm not really sure how you can compare these. The P5 are over-ear cans, the SE535 are IEMs. While the end result is the same (both reproduce sound), you are comparing two totally different technologies. Whichever one sounds better to you is going to be a matter of preference.

    Personally, I own a pair of SE535s and I have absolutely no regrets. They are the best earphones I have ever owned.

    About two months ago I landed up lending them to a friend (with a different pair of buds on them) who had accidentally crushed one of his custom Westone drivers under a very large and heavy stage crate (don't ask me how it happened). He needed a pair of IEMs for the day to perform at a festival so I gave him my SE535s, and even though they fit differently I was told that the quality was right up there with the custom fit units.

    So as far as IEMs go, I'm sure the SE535s are about as good as you can get without having a pair built specifically for your ear. I'd highly recommend them if you can deal with an IEM (some people hate having things inserted into their ears). But again, the P5 is a totally different form factor so you can't really compare them directly- you'd have to go and listen to either to see which one sounds best, and I'm not sure how you're going to do that with the 535s because most places won't let you return them due to hygienic reasons.

    Edit: To answer your original question, the following just transpired between me and my buddy on MSN:

  7. UBS28 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 2, 2012
    Thanks all. I think I'll go for the Westone um3x since they have a similar sound to the B&W P5 apparently, hence I might like these better than the Shure SE 535. ( and it's cheaper also :) )

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