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Shure E3C - Headphones -Wideband MicroDriver Technology

by Shure
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
Price: 407.28
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  • Smallest of Shure E-series Weighing only 0.9 ounce - less than 1 ounce
  • Instead of bulky headphones, E3 wearers get form-fitting earpieces that stay securely inside the ear without uncomfortable headbands
  • Sound isolation prevents outside noise from interfering with the music, and creates a quiet space for exceptional audio clarity
  • The studio grade, low mass, high energy micro-speakers employ balanced armature technology for more efficient output and extended high frequencies
  • Compatible for use with 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) audio output ports
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  • Item Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: E3c
  • ASIN: B0001NNLHK
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Jun 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Key Features: Originally developed for professional musicians the E3c combines WideBand MicroDriver technology with a sound isolating design to deliver rich detailed sound with improved high end while blocking outside noise -- ideal for optimizing your listening experience with portable MP3 DVD and CD players as well as all other audio sources. Sound Isolating Technology The E3c\'s in ear design works like an earplug to block background noise naturally. This enables you to listen comfortably at lower volumes-even in loud environments. And unlike bulky headphones utilizing active noise cancellation technology no artifacts are introduced into your listening experience. Sound isolating earphones are also much smaller and don\'t require batteries. Speaker Type: WideBand MicroDrivers The E3c\'s speakers are constructed with studio-grade components to produce exceptional audio clarity delivering detailed highs and enhanced bass that allows you to hear parts of your music you\'ve never heard before. (See technical specs) Personal Fit Kit Because every ear is different E3c Earphones come with a pair of disposable Foam Sleeves three pairs (small medium large) of Flex Sleeves and three pairs of Soft Flex Sleeves (small medium large) to ensure the ideal personalized fit. Secure In Ear Design The soft flexible sleeves in the Fit Kit gently contour to the inside of your ear to create a comfortable secure fit so that the earphones don\'t fall out while exercising. The E3c\'s are also compatible with custom-molded sleeves made by a hearing specialist for the ultimate in fit and comfort. (See custom sleeve information) Lightweight Construction Weighing only 0.9 oz (28g) the E3c is among the lightest earphones on the market. Earphones Carrying Case The E3c comes with a stylish compact carrying case. The cable spool inside provides a convenient tangle-free way to store your earphones. Specifications: Transducer Type: single low mass

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Enjoy an audiophile listening experience when music matters. The E3c combines precision components and remarkable sound isolation to provide studio quality sound everywhere you go. High energy micro-speakers deliver great tonal balance across the entire frequency range. Flexible sleeves produce remarkable isolation revealing the subtle details of original recordings. The small compact earphone design fits securely in your ear making it ideal for active listening and frequent travel. The E3c's ear sleeves can even be custom-fit by a hearing specialist after your purchase for the best personalized fit and comfort. Product Overview: Sound Isolating Design High Energy Micro-Speakers with Extended Frequency Response for Studio-Quality Sound Lightweight: Smallest Shure Design Weighing only 0.9 oz (28g) Fit Kit for Personalized Comfortable In Ear Fit Earphones Carrying Case Money-Back Guarantee and Two-Year Warranty PCMAG.com Review: The Shure e3C earphones were recently reviewed and received an impressive review with a 4/5 rating : These comfortable ear-canal headphones provide airy accurate audio response with slightly punchy bass. You can use them with an amp but they don't need one. Rubber tips block external noise though not as well as the Etymotic's flanged design..... Designtechnica Review: The Shure e3C earphones were recently reviewed and received an impressive review with an 8/10 rating : Before you consider buying the E3c decide what you want to use them for and what type of music you will be listening to. If the answer is more bass driven music like drum and bass or trance you may want to pass on the E3c. If you plan to listen to vocal rock or pop the E3c is an excellent choice. The sound is lively and clear on the upper end and midrange and slightly lacking in the low range.....

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The gold standard for MP3 Players 6 Oct 2006
I've just upgraded from the Shure E2C, which are outclassed ergonomically, aesthetically and dynamically by the E3Cs. The sound is better; even richer clearer bass, glassy mid range and very crisp treble... with none of the aggro of having headphone wires running down your back, which is a real plus if you're trying to sleep on a plane. They're much easier to put on than the E2Cs and obtain and instant seal. Beautiful,tiny, light and very comfortable. The ease of use puts them above the others in the range and the difference in sound is indistinguishable to all but your dog. I rate them the best headphones for your iPod that money can buy.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shure E3c 14 Feb 2007
Before getting a pair of these I read quite a few reviews on them and some others in the Shure range, some Bose and Sennheiser ones. After having read them I decided to go for the E3c's and certainly don't regret it. There were a lot of reviews saying that the bass was very light on them, I haven't noticed that much, although it may be down to the music that I am listening to (Radiohead are great on these). The fit takes awhile to get used to although now that I am, I can shake my head as much as I can and they still wont fall out, so they are great for exercise. Also when wearing them you cannot hear a thing once the music starts (outside of the headphones) which is great. I highly recommend!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best by far 26 Mar 2007
By attan111 VINE VOICE
Shure have always had an awesome name when it comes to sound equipment and they've lived up to it with these earphones.

I have those type of ears that none of the standard earphones fit into. They're either falling out all the time or my ears start to hurt because i'm constantly jamming the phones it to get them to stay in for longer than 30 seconds!

I put these shure ones in and 2 hours later they are still there. The sound is awesome, crisp and clear with good bass and awesome treble and mid tones. Make sure you have a proper seal when they go in though, otherwise you'll be wondering what the fuss is all about.

I upgraded from the Sony MDR-EX71SLB phones. They are good budget phones in their own right, but the shure outdoes them. Better sound quality and better fit. The earphones and wire is better quality too. The wire on my sony's had started to wear through.

The phones come with an assortment of earpieces. 3 sizes of flexible and 3 slighty less flexible earpieces and 1 set of foam earpieces. The yellow foam pieces actually look the best but i need a bigger size as the standard ones were too small. I stuck with the medium ones that were already on the phones and they fit perfectly, like i said before, the phones don't budge. I'd recommend a set of these to anyone, especially as amazon is the cheapest place to get them on the web at the moment.

Happy listening!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Accurate reproduction but a little clinical 26 April 2007
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I've been frantically buying earbuds for the past few weeks in the hope that I can get comfort, high quality sound and a discrete appearance from a pair I'm prepared to spend the money on - the e3c's are at the very top of my budget. Unfortunately there isn't a single pair of earbuds that can really compete with even the cheaper full headphone styles on the market (except when it comes to a discrete appearance). However, these come pretty close and provide good isolation from the outside world.

Much easier for me to keep in my ears than the e2c's. These are very lightweight apart from the cable, which really is a bit too heavy and a little too stiff.

On the whole very good sound but a bit cold and clinical, sonically not so much really superior to the cheaper e2c's as different. If total accuracy is your thing then these are very good. I just find them a little harsh to listen to for any length of time. They handle heavily instrumented music extremely well but small jazz combos sound a little lifeless. Singers like Norah Jones and Diana Krall seemed to lack their normal warmth, while the Buena Vista Social club really comes to life - although a few high sustained trumpet notes are just a little too much. Tom Waits growling vocals are handled superbly, Nanci Griffith sounds congested. Spoken voice is generally superb. Low notes, for example the plucked string of a double base, lack the real hum at the bottom but maintain definition and character very well.

On the whole these are pretty much what I've come to expect from better quality earbuds. In this case I'd say they are (just) worth the premium.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than my Etymotic ER6s 23 Aug 2007
Firstly, I bought these Shure E3Cs a few days ago when they were 59.99, and at the time of writing this they are 79.99 - hey that's some price increase amazon! The reason I wanted some new in-ear 'phones was because I had some Etymotic ER6s and thought they had died on me. It was, however, just the filters that were clogged, which means I can now compare them side-by-side as they are often on the same consideration lists.

One criticism of the ER6s is that due to their pure, flat frequency response, the base is slightly lacking. The E3Cs, however, do not have that problem, with enough full, rich bass to satisfy all but the biggest bass-head. They also have a lower impedance, meaning they're easier to drive from a portable player. My ipod rarely goes over half-volume now. I would also say that the E3Cs offer very slightly better noise isolation than the ER6s (already very good), but the Shures do feel slightly heavier in the ear than the Etymotics.

Another minor criticism of the ER6s is the thinness of the wires, which makes them not only more prone to snagging on zips, etc., but also makes them quite microphonic, i.e. they pick up the smallest bump or catch on the wires as you walk. Again, the Shures don't have this problem as the wires (which loop over your ear) are thicker, giving the impression that they are better built. I do know from experience that the ER6s are well built, and that the thinness of the wires is very intentional and relates to the impedance of the transducers. Make no mistake, the ER6s are a very good pair of earphones with superb clarity in their sound reproduction.

So, to summarise:

Shure E3Cs - more bass, easier to drive from portable player, no snagging on clothes etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Good sound but poor durability
I really liked these headphones up until the day the sound disappeared in the right headphone. Now I have to waggle the headphone lead to hear anything and so have just ordered... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2009 by Moose Davies III
3.0 out of 5 stars Good mid range headphones
For the price these are decent, nothing more. I used them for around 9-11 months before getting fed up with the poor bass performance. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2009 by Jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars True Quality Sound
As many others have said "you need to get the fit right!". The build quality is superb even if they are a little bulkier than others on the market. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2008 by R. M. Sargeant
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: these earphones have no bass!!
I was quite surprised to see reviews on here saying the bass is good on these earphones, as I found it almost non-existent. Read more
Published on 10 April 2008 by Steve
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but they don't stay in properly
The shape of your ear is a personal thing - one man's beautiful fit is another girls throbing ache. I just found my E3Cs unutterably frustrating - so I sold them cheap on eBay. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2008 by Elspeth
5.0 out of 5 stars The best earphones I've ever owned
There are several reasons why I think these earphones are so good.
1) The sound quality is excellent. There's plenty of bass, even at low volumes. Read more
Published on 8 Feb 2008 by theshiresuk
2.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness for the Warranty....Kind Of!
Yes the E3Cs have great sound, but only when they are actually working.

Unlike most reviews on here I had my set for 10 months before leaving feedback. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2008 by Mr. S. Jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent if they fit
Previous to these headphones I had a pair of E2C headphones. These broke after a year and a half of use and so I decided to get an upgrade from those. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2008 by Master Pm Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars If at first you dont succeed...
I wasn't going to bother to write a review for these earphones as I wasn't all that impressed with them when I got them a week ago. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2007 by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely soundproof and great sound
I have been using these headphones for the last 6 months in a busy office work environment as well as on the Tube, trains and aircraft and they block out practically 100% of the... Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2007 by Warsteiner
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