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

Marc Henshall | May 29, 2013

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 customize 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 customized 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 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.
  • 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 biased, and we're also partial to a bit of SE535 action, too.

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).