Shure SE530

What a performance, but what a price!

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Our Verdict

They may cost a small fortune but for the money you get some superb sound quality


  • Stunning sound quality


  • Crazy price

I can't quite believe that I'm sitting here using a set of earphones that have an RRP of £330. Fortunately, most retailers are selling them lower than that - £269 seems to be the best price we found. And how good can earphones get, anyway?

Actually, very very good. These things are without a shadow of a doubt the finest pieces of audio technology ever to rattle my tympanic membrane.

And well they should be, as each earphone contains three microspeakers - a dedicated tweeter and a pair of diminutive subs - to drive the sound directly into your brain-strings.

The audio quality is simply stunning, and even at the top of an MP3 player's volume knob, they don't distort. I can't even knock the things for being as expensive as they are; you want the best, you pays the most.

And if these aren't the best, they're pretty bloody close to it.