Best Shure SE535 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020:

Ahighly acclaimed reference in the world of in-ear monitoring (IEM) is finally finding its way to our labs: the SE535s from Shure. This model with three intra transducers promises very solid sound performance, rock-solid solidity and comfortable wearing. It’s time to put them to the test!

Best Shure SE535 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals & Sales 2020

1. Shure SE535 Wireless Earphones with Bluetooth 5.0, Sound Isolating, Bronze

2. Shure SE535-V+BT1 Wireless Sound Isolating Earphones with Bluetooth Enabled Communication Cable

3. Shure SE535 Sound Isolating Earphones with 3.5mm Cable, Remote and Mic, Limited Edition Red

4. Shure SE535-V-J Sound Isolating Earphones (International Version) 

5. Shure SE535-CL Earphones, CBL-M+-K-EFS Music Phone Cable with Remote and Mic for iPhone, iPod and iPad


The Shure SE535s do not reinvent conception and design. Here, everything is designed to favor robustness and comfort of use. Each in-ear earphone is protected by an acrylic frame available in different colors. The connection to the cable is made via an MMCX connector, very widespread on this kind of product. The manufacture is of good quality and the finishes are neat, there is nothing to criticize them on this point. During our test period (nomadic listening, sports sessions, rehearsals …), we did not observe any malfunction or defect.

The profile drawn by the SE535, their compactness and lightness make them very comfortable intras. They naturally find their place in the hollow of the pavilion and at the entrance to the ear canal. 

The list of accessories is extended with a straight cable ending in a mini-jack of about 1.6 m, an adapter to 6.35 mm jack, an airplane adapter, the cleaning kit, a rigid carrying case and an adapter with remote control for volume control. The latter, impractical and very impressive, is archaic to say the least. We would have much preferred the presence of two cables (a standard without remote control and another with a three-button remote control with integrated microphone), as some models offer.


The sound signature proposed by the SE535 is partly faithful to the philosophy of many in-ear monitors: surgical precision across the spectrum coupled with a very clear cut in the treble – to, in theory, preserve hearing musicians on stage. However, the sound renders are even more typical than one might expect from this type of ultrasound.

Indeed, the SE535 have as many qualities as defects. First of all, as we said above, the precision is really there thanks to an exemplary reactivity of the transducers. The sound rendering is very chiseled, detailed, all the sources stand out well from each other. The bass is very deep, balanced and punchy, even if they would have benefited from being more generally present to enjoy a real seat and better immersion. This model also delivers a beautiful feeling of presence. The intelligibility of the voices is simply beyond reproach. Passive insulation is just as important, especially with the memory foam tips provided.

On the distortion side, there is nothing to say, it is low over the entire audible spectrum (less than 0.5%). The SE535s are extremely easy to power, any source will do. Indeed, they only require a signal of 30.5 mVrms at 1 kHz to reach 94 dB SPL.

The use of the BT1 Bluetooth adapter supplied with the special edition has, strangely, a small effect on the frequency response. It is a little more generous at the high-mid / treble level. We gain slightly in feeling of air and presence, but listening is unfortunately not more relaxing for the ears. The crosstalk problem experienced with the mini-jack cable is no longer audible here.


The Shure SE535 have many qualities to put forward for in-ear monitors. They are very comfortable, have many accessories, and are remarkably precise. Unfortunately, this is not enough to make them good in-ear monitors. They sin on the sound balance, with a rendering too focused on the mediums and especially particularly exhausting. It is therefore difficult to recommend them, both for nomadic and scenic use.


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