Shure E2C-N In-Ear Headphones - Black
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- Sound Isolating in-ear design--hear only what you want to hear
- Portable and lightweight design weighing only one-ounce
- Personal fit kit to contour to your ear size
- Built in High-Energy in-ear speaker technology
- Enriched studio quality sound used by musicians worldwide
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In sleek black, to go with some of today's newest MP3 and other audio players. Originally developed for professional musicians, the E2c combines Dynamic MicroDriver speaker technology with a sound isolating design to deliver rich, full-range sound while blocking outside noise -- ideal for enhancing your listening experience with portable MP3, DVD, and CD players as well as all other audio sources. The E2c'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 E2c's speakers are constructed with studio-grade components, producing outstanding audio clarity that allows you to hear your music like never before. The E2c's cables pass behind the ear - out of sight and out of the way -- to provide a more comfortable, discreet fit. Plus, the E2c comes with a stylish, compact carrying case. The cable spool inside provides a convenient, tangle-free way to store your earphones.
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In common with other reviewers here who had had these headphones for more than a year (I've had mine about 18 months), I've been very impressed by the sound quality and how much outside noise is blocked by these snug fitting in ear designs but felt let down by the build quality.
The 9 different types of fitting covers (small, medium and large each in soft silicone, hard silicone and soft foam) ensure a great fit not matter what size your ears are. The sound quality is top notch with both high treble and low bass being reliably produced, allowing you to listen to any music from rock to classical without changing any equaliser settings. I'm seen some complaints of people losing bass, but I think that this must be due to using the wrong fitting kit.
I travel on the London Underground everyday, I when I don't have my E2C's in, I'm amazed but the constant tinny "tsh-tsh-tsh" from other commuters headphones (normally from the stock iPod ones that have terrible noise leakage if they don't fit perfectly). When I do have the E2C's in, I travel in blissful silence with only the music I want to travel with for company.
Unfortunately these headphones have an achilles heel, caused by the need to loop the cables over the ears. Firstly prolonged use (greater than an hour) can lead to irritation of the skin at the top of the ears. Secondly, and this is an issue mentioned many times in other reviews, the rubber/silicone covering of the wires is not good enough to take the constant bending and straightening of being looped over the ears.Read more ›
I did a back to back test with my previous pair, and the difference between the two were just astonishing - I don't know how I managed to live without the Shures!
Admittedly it took me about a week to work out which ear piece i needed (I use the medium foam ones) but it worth trying them all out to see. The hard plastic ones look good but fall out quite easily without much movement.
The noise isolation aspect is stonking - I was in a friends car with his music on LOUD (and he likes his hard house) and all i could hear.. nay.. all I could feel was the bass shaking through my body. I couldn't hear any of the mids or tweeter sounds nor even the bass!!
For the price on Amazon you cannot go wrong considering you will be paying twice the price from the Apple shop or similar prices for top end sonys or sennheisers from any retail store.
The sound quality you get from these phones is very transparent and neutral in flat studio monitor type response, you know you're stepping into the realms of true high fidelity when you can crank up the volume and everything just sounds better with no fatigue on the ears or distortion in sound. These phones will also revile how good your sound source is as my old Shuffle now sounds a little wooden however they did seem like they needed a few days to break in. Although the phones do lack a bit of clout in the bass end and sparkle in the high end its still an honest frequency response with no colouration in sound. If you want a wider frequency range (beyond 128kb MP3) then the E3's are the next step.
If you want big BOOM-BOOM for listening to music with a low dynamic range then look elsewhere but if you want to go up a notch from your regular earphones and hear your music in a much more detail then for £35 with a two year Shure warranty you can't go wrong with these beauties.
However, as mentioned by other reviewers, the wires aren't very durable. My first pair started intermittently producing crackly sound in one ear within a year of normal (though everyday) use, with all sound disappearing a couple of months later. The replacement pair have done the same thing.
Your milage may vary, of course, and at Amazon's discount price of under [...] I actually think they're not a bad deal [...]. But having to replace them every couple of years seems wasteful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant set of headphones. The noise cancellation allows the true sounds to be heard. It comes with various ear fittings in three different sizes and different materials (sponge... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Larry
Nicely built but didn't live up to the hype. I found them seriously lacking in anything I could call bass and feel they were a total waste of my money. Read morePublished on 15 Jun. 2012 by Lee in York
I've had these for over a year, using them every day on my delay commute and no problem so far with build quality. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2009 by David Czupryna
As a non-techie/audiophile, I obviously looked at BOSE. A sucker for the marketing I guess, I went to the store in York UK, and the salespeople just hacked me off, it was like... Read morePublished on 25 Aug. 2009 by Mr. C. Sheader
Great sound, but the cables have cracked where they loop behind the ear, so I'm expecting them to pack up soon. An expensive mistake!Published on 6 Aug. 2009 by K. J. Wolfe
I've got the same comments as many here - great sound, poor build quality on the cables.
I'm a casual user of these earphones and it's a shame to see a product with good sound... Read more