Originally Posted by mortimersnerd
What would you say that the weaknesses are with them? I have nothing to compare them to at the same level.
I really shouldn't have even said that.
The Shure SE530's have weaknesses only when listening in my most critical of modes. Otherwise, they are mind boggling and an absolutely amazing feat of headphone design.
My Grado RS1's also, in the strictest of audiophile modes, have weaknesses ... but I also consider them some of the most incredible listening devices ever made.
Re: the SE530's ...
My only claim regarding weaknesses is that they are a bit subdued in the high frequency department.
They require minor tweaking via EQ settings to get the crisp and sparkly highs that I like in my music (whatever the variety).
That's all. Nothing more.
I think if you read through all of the many SE530 reviews online, you will find that the term "rolled off highs" is something oft mentioned.
And, it's true.
The designers of the SE530, apparently, intentionally left the high frequency image a bit non-peaky and neutral so as to better address all music genres simulteaneously.
But it's an aspect very easily dealt with via EQ settings as the Shure SE530's (as well as most of their 200+ dollar IEM's) are very very responsive to EQ settings.
As I mentioned before ...
If you already like the Shure "house sound," as you seem to have indicated already ... no reason to break the mold. Just stick with Shure.
The SE420's, IMHO, are the best bang for the buck Shure IEM you can get.
I think they incorporate plenty of what make the SE530's so phenomenal and yet you can get them for about half of what you'd pay for the 530's.
Were I to do it all again ... ??
I would get the 420's over the 530's. Just a better deal for the money.
Have fun mang.