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I have a pair of Shure E3 that I have owned for probably 3 years now. They are great but have seen some wear. Its time for an upgrade. I bought them for $200 or so when they were new. What can I get for similar quality and what would you suggest at that same price range.
They need to be earbuds since I use them with a mp3 player and need to be portable.

Also, I like the E3s becuase of their base response. I am looking for something similar.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 6/23/08 at 7:15pm
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too bad they discontiued the E4's, i own the E4 gaming version and damn..i dont even listen to music anymore..lol
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surely someone knows that answer....
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Stay with Shure.

If you liked the E3's, you'll like their current offerings just as much or more.

I own the Shure SE530's and love them. I also own a set of Grado RS1's. The Shure's are my portable rig phones and the Grado's are my desktop listening phones.

I like them equally though both have their strong points and weaknesses.

...

Anyway ...

Find a 240.00ish set of Shure SE420's online and never look back.

Fantastic IEM's.

Probably the best you'll find for the money.

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What would you say that the weaknesses are with them? I have nothing to compare them to at the same level.
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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.

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Great. Thank you very much. + for you. I did tweak the Eq settings on my E3s to get them where i like. I think I will go with those then.
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Great. Thank you very much. + for you. I did tweak the Eq settings on my E3s to get them where i like. I think I will go with those then.
Be sure to post some thoughts on the new phones! Would love to hear your comments on how they differ or are similar to the E3's.

Also ...

Consider yourself officially invited to join the OCN Headphone Club: OCN Headphone Club(tm)

Have fun bro.

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The subdued highs is a common trait with most IEM though. Probably not as much as subdued highs as much as strong bass. The isolation increases the bass slam significantly. Etymotic Research makes one of the few brighter sounding IEMs, so check out the ER6i, ER4P/S if you are into the more Grado sound. The Super.Fi 5 Pros are also very good IEMs, as good if not better than my old Shure E4Cs. If you want a more neutral sound for your IEMs, you should also looking into the Livewires, they are a little more than your budget, and the ear impression costs about $40 as well, but you do get the benefit of having custom IEMs.
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I just upgraded from the SE420s. They are a amazing IEM, though I wanted a triple-driver bud. You really cannot go wrong with Shure at the moment, they are great top to bottom.
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