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Shure SE535
Google Pixel Buds
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Shure SE535 vs Google Pixel Buds

Analysis:

The Shure SE535 is an example of a great In-Ear Monitor at its $370 budget.

In the case of the Google Pixel Buds, however, we weren't able to find enough data to come to any reliable conclusions.

While the Shure SE535 wasn't able to make it to the very top of any roundups from sources that perform quality hands-on testing, it still got featured in a large number of them. The Verge, Techradar, TrustedReviews, CNET, Head-fi, and Reviewed have all deemed it worthy of a place on their respective shortlists.

Returning to the Google Pixel Buds, Tom's Guide, a source that's known for its high-quality in-depth testing, has great things to say about it. In fact, it was named its "Smart buds with excellent Google integration" in its "Best wireless earbuds for 2020" roundup, which is quite a feat.

When we thoroughly analyzed their review scores, we learned that all of the sources that tested both In-Ear Monitors, including The Verge, Techradar, TrustedReviews, CNET, and What Hi-Fi?, preferred the Shure SE535 over the Google Pixel Buds.

We also took a look at which sources they managed to impress the most. The Shure SE535 was liked best by The Verge, which gave it a score of 9.4, while the Google Pixel Buds got its highest, 9, score from Android Central.

Lastly, in order to better compare them to their competition, we averaged out their review scores and found that the Shure SE535 got received considerably better than the majority of other In-Ear Monitors - it earned an average of 8.7 out of 10 points, compared to the 7.7 overall rating of other In-Ear Monitors - while the Google Pixel Buds performed worse than most of its competitors, with its average review score of 6.6.

It's worth keeping in mind, however, that a direct Shure SE535 vs. Google Pixel Buds comparison might not be realistic since they're priced differently and some sources have a tendency to review more expensive products better than cheaper ones.

Comparison of expert ratings
Highly Recommended
Recommended
Mentioned
Not Mentioned
PCmag
Tom's Guide
SoundGuys
Rtings
Techradar
CNET
TrustedReviews
The Verge
Head-fi
Reviewed
Tech. Specs Comparison
Shure SE535
$349
Google Pixel Buds
Higher than average expert review score
7.8
Overall Avg. for In-Ear Monitors
8.7
Avg. Review Score
Score
Recommended by trusted experts
Reviewed
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #10 out of 28
in “The Best Headphones on Amazon of 2020” 
Last updated: 2 Apr 2020
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #10 out of 10
in “Best earphones: 10 top earbuds for smartphones” 
Last updated: 29 May 2013
Techradar
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best headphones: 10 top headphones for sound quality” 
Last updated: 21 May 2013
Recommended by trusted experts
Tom's Guide
Highly Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Smart buds with excellent Google integration
in “Best wireless earbuds for 2020” 
Last updated: 16 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Runner Up
in “Best Wireless Headphones for the Google Pixel 2” 
Last updated: 31 Mar 2019
Android Authority
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Ranked #5 out of 10
in “The 10 best Google products you can buy” 
Last updated: 7 days ago
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Accessories in 2020” 
Last updated: 14 Feb 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Pixel 3a Accessories in 2020” 
Last updated: 5 Jan 2020
Android Central
Trusted Source
Depth of
analysis
Yes
In-house
Testing
Mentioned
in “Best Accessories for Daydream” 
Last updated: 13 May 2017

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