I don’t know what to say. When it comes to personal audio, I love good sound. And this is totally subjective, I know. But I am very obsessive when it comes to earphones. And after testing numerous ones, I keep going back to Shure. My obsession with Shure began with the E3C’s, which I thought were okay, but not the greatest. I then tried the E5C’s. These earphones were awesome! The sound was nothing short of superb. But after a few months of use, the plastic casing around the wiring began to crack in spots.
Well, around Christmas time I bought the upgrade to these, the SE530‘s. And again, the sound is superb. I love the way they sound. But once again, the wiring is cracking all over the place.
I have no idea how these guys can make a great sounding set of earphones, but some how choose the most brittle wire. The stuff just becomes stiff over time. I suppose I’m not supposed to use them as frequently as I do. Maybe they’re special, holiday earphones– only to be used a couple time a year.
Anyway, my recommendation is to save your money. While the sound is awesome, it’s not worth the agony of seeing your investment go down the drain. Ugh!