What’s the Difference Between Shure’s SE535 & SE846 Earphones?

SE535 vs. SE846

If you’re in the market for high-end earphones – or just curious – the new SE846 can hardly be missed. Our new flagship earphone model rocks in at a pretty penny when compared with the SE535, which naturally raises questions over just how much “better” the new addition model sounds. The good news is, we have the answers; and even better – we’re going to lay them out nice and clear…

So without wasting any more time, let’s break down the difference together:

Driver Differences

The SE535 features triple high definition micro-drivers made up of one dedicated tweeter and two woofers. This delivers a high detail, spacious rich sound, and great clarity. However, those who like their music on the bass heavy side, might be left wanting.

This is where the SE846 comes into its own. Thanks to the patented quad high definition micro-drivers, listeners can expect to hear subwoofer like sound with second to none low-end.

Customizable Frequency Response

Tonal quality is a very personal thing, and with all previous Shure Earphone models users had little or no control over the frequency response besides the normal process of EQ. The SE846 comes with interchangeable nozzle filters, which enable listeners to customise their listening experience – selecting from balanced, warm, and bright.

So, if you’re a long term devotee of the SE535 model, and have longed to add a bit more sparkle and shimmer to your Shure Earphones – now you can!

Design & Detail

Besides the great customised sound quality, the SE846 earphones are also a considerable upgrade in design sophistication and comfort.

Here’s a breakdown of the extra sophistication and design packed into a set of new SE846 earphones:

  • They’re ultra ergonomic, with a lightweight, low profile shape optimised to rest comfortably in the ear.
  • They look extremely slick, with a crystal-clear housing, which allows for a view of the precision-engineered, laser-etched interior components.
  • They come with two different cable lengths (45” and 60”) for flexible wearing options.
  • Sound isolation technology prevents outside noise from interfering with audio – whether on-stage or on the go.
  • Durable, sweat-resistant construction is built to withstand the extremes of on-stage or everyday wear.
  • Beautifully presented in its own custom packaging; including hard carry case and accessories.

Summary, Which Earphone Is Right for You?

The new SE846 earphones by no means make the SE535 model obsolete, both are great for touring professionals or enthusiasts looking to really enjoy their music. Nonetheless, the SE846 is a considerable advancement in technology and design that goes beyond high-quality and transcends into the realm of boutique. We’re delighted with them, but then again, we’re bias, and we’re also partial to a bit of SE535 action, too.

Still have questions? Pop it in the comments box below, and we’ll be sure to answer your query.

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Marc Henshall

Marc forms part of our Pro Audio team at Shure UK and specialises in Digital Marketing. He also holds a BSc First Class Hons Degree in Music Technology. When not at work he enjoys playing the guitar, producing music, and dabbling in DIY (preferably with a good craft beer or two).

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  • jimmy kraktov says:

    As with any speaker system, these headphones each have their own sound characteristics and making a choice between the two would be subjective. Everyone has their own preferred ‘sound’. I’m sure my preference would be the 846 but, I’ve just discovered that Sure makes an Electrostatic model of earphones. I’ll have to find someone who sells them and have a listen.

    • shureUK says:

      Thanks for your comment Jimmy. Indeed, it’s all preference at the end of the day. I personally love the 535’s. You can read more about the new KSE1500 electrostatic, here: http://shureuk.wpengine.com/whats-the-difference-between-shures-kse1500-se846-earphones/

      • jimmy kraktov says:

        Thanx for the link. I watched the Head-Fi video….very nice presentation.

        My living arrangements recently got downgraded and I now live in an apartment building. My speaker set-up would be about as welcome here as a fire at a barn dance. I live in London, Canada, and would love to know where there’s a dealer near me so I could listen to the 846 & the 1500. I would like to have one or the other in my ears within the next month or so. I will definitely be buying one or the other of these earphones. The only reason I’m not considering over the ear types is because I wear glasses and proper fit is important.

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