Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Posted by Monty Gibson in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 07:00 AM
Product Category: Hardware
Where to Buy: Amazon [affiliate]
Price: SE530 In-Ear Sound Isolating Headphones: $549.00 USD with the PTH option; $499.00 USD without the PTH option.
System Requirements: Windows Phone or other PMP and a good ear for music.
- The ear phones themselves have superb acoustics with quality construction for the most discerning audiophiles;
- Excellent array of ear buds for many different tastes and comfort for any ear and fit;
- Extremely comfortable; even for long periods of time of wear;
Fits flush within the ear making them very discrete.
- Wicked expensive; depending on your taste for quality sound;
- The PTH (Push-to-hear) option is not a push but rather a slider; i.e., instead of a true click push button;
- Superfluous amount of cabling just to disable outside ambient noise;
The PTH cabling and the ear buds themselves do not fit completely inside the carrying case.
If you listen to music or watch any type of multimedia, these headphones will surely delight you; that is, if you have properly ripped your music and converted your DVDs to a bitrate that is worthy of these ear buds. I personally have a set of Shure's SE530's (yes, I paid for them); but, I use my Windows Phone extensively for music and multimedia. I was excited when the good people at Shure allowed me to test their PTH option. Music is one of the necessities of my life and in my quest I have had many headsets, ear buds, etc. in the past. Aside from having a personal mold made of my ear and sending it to have it fit "perfectly," I have never found a more perfect pair of noise reduction, in-ear set of headphones that make you look like a normal human being instead of a techno DJ with cans on your head. Custom molds can cost in upwards of $1,000 USD or more and although I've always considered it, (stay with me for another review) I've never seen, nor heard, such aural nirvana before as with the SE530s from Shure. In this review it's only fitting to compare the two separate as they can come either together as a kit, or separate, it would not be fair to couple them together. Keep reading to see why.