What’s the difference between Shure’s SE535 & SE846 Earphones?


With the new Shure SE846 Earphone now available, we receive a lot of questions about this new top of the line model. With this blog post we aim to shed some light on this by breaking down the main differences between the SE535 and the SE846.

SE846_Earphone Exp View_CLEARQuad Driver – Low End Second-to-None

The SE535 features triple high definition microdrivers made up of one dedicated tweeter and two woofers. This delivers highly detailed sound, great clarity, and spacious rich sound. However, those who like their music a little more bass heavy might be left wanting.
This is where the SE846 comes into its own. Thanks to the patented quad high definition microdrivers, listeners can look forward to true subwoofer performance and sound for a low end that is second to none.
SE846 NozzleCustomise You Treble with Nozzle Filters

Customisable 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 is a breakdown of the extra SE846 detail:

  • They’re ultra-ergonomic, with a lightweight, low profile shape, optimized 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
  • Two included 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.
  • Rugged, sweat-resistant construction is built to withstand the extremes of on-stage or every day wear.
  • Beautifully presented in its own custom packaging, including hard carry case and accessories.

The new SE846 by no means make the SE535 earphones obsolete, both are a great option 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 also delighted with the SE535′s. How fussy are you about your sound?

Read more about the SE535 on Shure.nl
Read more about the SE535 on Shure.be

Read more about the SE846 on Shure.nl
Read more about the SE846 on Shure.be

Marc Henshall


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