Shure SE530PTH Sound Isolating Earphones with Push-To-Hear Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- A first for sound-isolating earphones, the detachable Push-To-Hear Control allows you to activate the VoicePort microphone
- Triple TruAcoustic MicroSpeakers for unprecedented sonic clarity
- Premium Accessories Kit includes sound-isolating Sleeves, modular 3-foot cable, 1/4-inch adapter, carrying case
- Evolved from personal monitor technology road-tested by pro musicians and fine-tuned by Shure engineers
- Manufacturer's Two-Year Limited Warranty
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The Shure SE530PTH utilize three balanced armature drivers, one dedicated tweeter, and dual woofers, to bring you a listening experience that has been optimized for high-quality recordings and lossless formats. And with integrated passive crossovers that ensure high and low frequencies remain distinct and defined, you get an incredibly wide and detailed sound stage, distinguished by precision highs and robust bass. What's more, the SE530PTH includes sound isolating sleeves that block over 90-percent of ambient noise and provide a customized fit. Combined with a low-profile ergonomic design and modular cable options, this helps ensure interruptions from the outside world are minimized so you can focus on your musical passion. Not only are these earphones comfortable and audibly engaging, but the innovative triple driver configuration is a first in class for universal fit, sound isolating earphones.
For occasions when you must tear yourself away from the music, the SE530PTH includes an innovative Push-To-Hear control. A first for sound isolating earphones, the detachable Push-To-Hear control allows you to activate the VoicePort microphone and adjust levels of external sound for clarity. Similar to the microphones used in Shure QuietSpot cellular headsets, the VoicePort microphone is tuned to pick up the human voice, ensuring maximum intelligibility. Ideal for brief conversations without removing your earphones, the Push-to-Hear switch allows you to quickly and conveniently alternate between your music and your connection to the outside world.
Shure's SE530PTH comes with a premium fit kit that includes everything you need to get the most out of your new earphones. Because every ear is different, this kit includes three sizes: small, medium and large of both the flex and the black foam sleeves, as well as a pair of universal-fit triple-flange sleeves. These allow you to experiment with the size and style that creates the best fit for your ears, in order to provide a good seal for optimized sound isolation and bass response, as well as maximum comfort during extended wear. These earphones also come with a detachable cable solution that has been designed based on extensive user feedback to enable unmatched personal customization. The two included modular cables provided give you the option between a three-foot and a nine-foot option, so you can tailor your experience depending on your activity and application.
The SE530PTH earphones feature a sensitivity of 119 dB SPL/mW, an impedance of 36 ohms, and a frequency range of 18 Hz to 19 kHz. These earphones include a 0.25-inch adapter that allows you to use them with home stereos and other devices with 0.25-inch jacks instead of 3.5-millimeter jacks. The SE530PTH package also includes a carrying case as a convenient, tangle-free storage solution, and a level attenuator that allows for comfortable listening from any high-output audio source. What's more, they even include an airline adapter that optimizes compatibility with European airplane armrests for overseas travel. The Shure SE530PTH earphones come with a cable length of 18 inches, and a manufacturer's limited two-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Shure SE530PTH earphones with Push-to-Hear control, sound-isolating sleeves, 1 x 3-foot modular cable, 1 x 9-foot modular cable, 0.25-inch adapter, carrying case, level attenuator, airline adapter, user's guide and warranty information.
Top Customer Reviews
As most everyone says, these earphones are an absolute dream. The sound quality is amazing, better than the average home stereo and better than any headphones or earphones I've ever heard. Each side has two woofers and a tweeter.
It takes a little while to get used to properly inserting the phones and getting them situated just so, for optimal sound quality and noise isolation. But you get the hang of it before long, and then it's pretty easy.
The sound isolation works pretty well (if you have the phones situated properly in your ears). You get a good seal, which greatly reduces the amount of outside sound that can get in. I've found it works very, very well on airplanes and at the gym (the two noisiest environments I'm typically in).
In contrast, "noise-cancelling" headphones do not block outside noise, rather they add an electronically generated noise designed to cancel the frequencies of the outside noise. They require batteries, and I don't like that they are adding noise to what you're hearing. Some work better than others, but none that I've tried (including the famous and expensive Bose QC2s) work as well as the Shure line of sound-isolating earphones (the SE530 is the second pair I've owned in this line).
With earphones that sit inside the ear canal, comfort is extremely important. I find the SE530s comfortable for long periods of time. I often listen to my ipod in bed at night to help relax; if I fall asleep with the earphones in, my ears don't hurt when I wake up later (unlike all other earphones and headphones I've tried).Read more ›
I auditioned the SE530PTH with my iTouch iPod first. I played an mp3 encoded selection (purchased from the Apple iStore) and an AIFF encoded selection (supposedly uncompressed). The SE530PTH certainly blew away the tinny "earphones" (earbuds?) standard with the iPod. The audio quality was good in most respects but the bass sounded a little muddy with either selection and maybe even slightly distorted. This iPod source produces reasonably good sound, and though the SE530PTH is certainly MUCH better than the earbuds, it is not audio Nirvana. It's hard to know what the quality of the sound that the iTouch iPod can reproduce is. Unless, of course, you can compare it with an unquestioned audio source. After all, until your audio source is beyond reproach, you can't really judge the SE530PTH.
So, I next connected the earphones to my high fidelity system which includes the following (for those who know or care): Audio Research CD7 Reference CD player, Ayre K-5x preamplifier, Ray Samuels "Emmeline" Headphone Amp. I also have a pair of Grado RS-1 stereo headphones that I can compare to the SE530PTH as well. The result? The SE 530PTH transformed itself from a good performer to an excellent performer.
The audio quality improvement was instantly noticeable: vocals were natural, instruments were rich and dynamic. I actually prefer the Shure SE 530PTH to my old Grado headphones.Read more ›
Fit: I am using plastic sleeves. They fit very comfortably in my ears and I can keep them in for an hour or longer with no discomfort at all. I commute to work on a train and sometimes after I finish listening to the music I do not take them off, just to keep the surrounding noise down. I have used the foam sleeves at first and they are also good but a bit more hassle to put in, though they provided even better sound isolation.
Sound Quality. My previous pair was Shure E2c and the sound quality for this pair is noticeably better. The bass is very clean and tight, powerful but not overwhelming. The midrange is simply amazing. The treble is more pronounced then on e2c but not as crisp as I would like though, it sounds a bit screechy sometimes. (It could also be a music source issue). Overall the sound is excellent, probably as good if not better
sounding than my pair of floorstanding phase technology speakers. I use them mostly with my IRiver H120 player, and with these earphones I almost always keep the equalizer on the normal, flat setting - the sound is so balanced, it needs no adjustment. Also the headphones are very efficient, you don't need to crank up a volume much, I guess your battery will last longer, too.
Build quality. This is the area I am the least satisfied with. I had problem with the cord on my E2c, connection near the plug broke after about 1-1.5 year of use, I have been repairing it a few times by soldering a different (Sony) cord to them. So this time I was careful to buy from the authorized dealer (Amazon, not Electronica Direct) to make sure I have full two year warranty.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Here's why. I have own these head phones/ear phones since 2009. They don't fit well at all. There is no sound isolation whatsoever. Read more
Excellent quality sound. Used mainly for on-stage IEMs. Had interior components "re-canned" into custom molded inserts which added major improvement. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Herb Zieschang
I had them for 4 years, and they are extremely accurate. No colored bass... very crisp highs and natural voice... all the instruments and other voices are there. Read morePublished 23 months ago by H. G. GARZA
Bought the Shure SE530PTH headphones a while back for use in a live music application for in-ear monitors. Although the sound is fantastic the fit was less than acceptable. Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by Raymond DeMartini
I am not an audiophile but this earphone was bought in 2009 and I am still using it today. It still surpasses the iPhone earbuds, Klipse earphone and many more. Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Wilson Tan
I've owned over 30 pairs of IEM's and earphones (up to the $1500 AKG K3003I), and I can honestly say that the previous generation shures (i.e. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I purchased these headphones in May of 2010 and they are still going strong.
I am an IT consultant. I travel. I work in "hostile" (noisy) environments. Read more
The sound on these is unbelievable. Actually worth the money. And Shure's Customer service is beyond reproach, I sent them in my headphones, even two weeks after the warranty date... Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Colbs