Comparison Shure SE535 vs IE800 vs SE846
By Victor Teixeira
Do You Feel Me?
Englishman in NewYork
Somebody Told Me by The Killers
Boy With a Coin by Iron and Wine
Jesus of Suburbia by Green Day
So in conclusion to the sound profile analysis, the UM Pro 50 gives warmer sounding songs, likes ones containing brass, strings, or acoustic guitars a more open and surrounding feel. Not to mention it has the superior ability to make vocals shine. And while it can do bass, it simply feels a little out-gunned by the SE846. The SE846’s sound is crisper and cleaner. In addition to having noticeably more bass and a more refined mid range, we’re taught once again that more isn’t always “more” as these four drivers give it their all to deliver some of the best sound I’ve ever experienced.
Now when dealing with actual build quality and comfort, the UM Pro 50 gets the slight upper hand. I’d say that the UM Pro 50 are just easier to manage and fit. The SE846, while still comfortable, are a little harder to get situated in the ear. But once they’re both in, they’ll sit comfortably in the ear with little or no fidgeting whatsoever. Both feature removable cables which is a huge plus when dealing with equipment of this caliber. Both earphones also look and feel quite different. Like the glass engine cover on a Ferrari, the see-through high quality plastic on the SE846 reveals the beautiful and intricate components that go into making the earphone so amazing. The SE846 are heavier than the UM Pro 50 even though they have fewer drivers. Build quality on both earphones is superb, but the UM Pro 50 doesn’t have quite the same appeal or glamour as the SE846. The plastic used on the UM Pro 50 doesn’t feel quite as high quality, and it isn’t see through. But again, both earphones feel great. I might have to give the build quality and beauty points to the SE846. But for comfort, I’d give that the the UM Pro 50.
Overall, two fantastic earphones from two fantastic companies. Listening to any song on anything less will feel far inferior. I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with either of these earphones. While I personally fell in love with the SE846, the UM Pro 50 is nothing to scoff at and should be taken quite seriously. That said, don’t be drawn into the larger amount of drivers. These two sport very different sound profiles. These two bad boys are in a league of their own.