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Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones

by Shure

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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


Product details

  • Item Weight: 249 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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  • Item model number: E3
  • ASIN: B0001FI51U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

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.

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.

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. 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.

Box Contains

  • Shire E3c Sound Isolating Earphones
  • Zip Carry Case
  • Fitting Kit

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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 May 2004
    I've tried a variety of in-ear earphones for my mp3 player, including Sennheiser, Sony, Sony noise-cancelling and cheapies. These Shure earphones are the best. They provide the combination of sound isolation and sound quality that none of the others have been able to match. The only reason they don't get 5 stars is becaue I want the Shure E5, which are several times the price. The only alternative I know of to consider might be earphones by Etymotic, but I decided against them after reading reviews of the sound generated by banging the earphone cables.
    Earphones that come with portable devices often aren't very good, and people will be surprised by the increase in sound quality that can be achieved by upgrading. Earphones like these that project into the ear are so much more comfortable for long-term use than the traditional type.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Humphrey on 5 Jun 2004
    Having read the reviews for this item I was a bit suprised to read about someone actually harming themselves whilst using these. I have used Plugs for a good few years now ranging from Etymotic ER3Ps to Sures E5s and I have never had a problem. You should never shove the plugs in but place them in the ear til you get a good seal, I find the best way to see if this has been obtained is to turn on the TV before you put them in and if you can;t hear the TV at all when you've place the plugs in you 9/10 have a good seal. The tell tale signs that you don't have a good seal is a rather tinny sound and the Bass tends to be affected. It is very easy just to wiggle the plugs about til there is an improvement. These plugs aren't as precise as my etymotics but they seem to be far more comfortable to wear over longer periods as there is no fatigue when wearing them, something that has been reported by etymotic users. Personally I think that they are a very good pair of plugs, not as good as the etymotics but at £70 cheaper they are a bargain. I have used them with my I-pod and have found that they do a very good job. the biggest problem with plugs is that if you are expecting a phone call or a visitor to ring your door bell you feel you can't relax as there is no way you could possibly hear either so you are constantly looking, But if you are a serious music lover like me you'll love the way they transport you away to a completely different world. Just be prepared to be called unsociable. These are a good buy if you aren't bothered with plugs right in your ear. P>TopmDrawer, Shop around on Amazon for a good price, there are som really good offers about, i got mine for £80
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By G. P. Briggs on 6 April 2005
    This morning the good people at Amazon.co.uk delivered to me a pair of Shure Ec3 sound isolating musicians earphones. I was a bit sceptical after reading mixed reviews but after trying them I have to sound off about them.
    Now, £125 for earphones may seem abit much, but these things are spectacular. They fit right inside the ear canal forming a vacuum that blocks out any external noise, so if you want peace on the tube or when driving then they are perfect. The sound quality is, well, I can't really find the words. It's like the music is playing right inside your head, completely filling it with every nuance of every instrument. I became aware of strange and exotic neuro-chemicals being released inside my brain which made me feel like, erm, I'll just say it. I felt like I was on ecstacy basically.
    After about 15 minutes reality beckoned, as she eventually always does, but I found myself un-willing to answer her. I was just so much happier here in my cocoon. There was nothing she could offer me that could possibly match my present experience.
    They are American, naturally, and I recommend you get some if you have any interest in music at all. I produce, some, even had one commercial release, so I feel like my life has just been changed, but they should be at least tried by all.
    I had no problems at all fitting these, I used the smallest rubber inserts and they make as good a seal as the foam ones. The only problem I have with the seal is that when I smile, which happens alot with these devices, the sound alters slightly, but it returns to it's normal phatness when I regain my composure.
    A warning:
    These things form a vacuum right up against your eardrum, they project sound right onto it. So when you remove them, pull the top of your ear to break the seal BEFORE you remove them. Otherwise it is possible that you could burst your eardrum. Not good!
    Final word:
    Those bloody Yanks, is there anything they cannot do?
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Neil Wolf on 17 Feb 2005
    I heard about the Shure headphones and decided to give them a try.
    The surpassed my expectations, and then some.
    The sound quality is brilliant, you can hear the slightest nuances from every instrument, and it is difficult to believe that these tiny headphones can produce such clear and powerful bass.
    The sound isolation is great. I ride a motorcycle. With wind screaching past my ears at high speed I cant even hear the engine. With these earphones on I can only hear the music.
    They are the most comfortable earphones I have ever worn. I can wear them for hours, and it still feels like they arent there.
    A few things to note however.
    These headphones come with a pack of different earpieces. Some soft rubber, some harder rubber, and one pair of yellow foam ones.
    The rubber ones look better, and seem more convenient, but in my experience I can never get them to stay in and to keep an airtight seal.
    I recommend that you use the yellow foam ones first, as they always worked for me. Replacement foam earpieces are available on amazon. They provide much better sound, consistantly.
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