Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphones
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
When they arrived, I was distinctly underwhelmed - no bass whatsoever compared to the Sonys, and a very forward treble. I tried all the rubber earphones supplied with them, and none made any difference - I was beginning to feel I'd wasted a lot of money.
I then tried the foam ear sleeves, and there was an immediate improvement. The bass wasn't as loud as on the Sonys, but it was at least there. I ordered a large bag of foam sleeves, as they look like they will need regular replacement, and decided to persevere for a bit.
One very important point - these earphones sound dreadful out of the packet, but they improve enormously with a week or so of use. They now have clear, well-defined bass and a nicely integrated treble which is detailed without being shrill. They sound noticeably better than the Sonys, and I don't regret the purchase at all. Be warned - they are brutally revealing of poor source material - all the drive noise, hum and crackles from your MP3 player will be clearly audible!
The only downsides are that the foam sleeves (which are a must to get the best sound quality) are disposable and may not last too long (and cost £2 a pair for replacements), and the stiff cable makes a lot of noise when it rubs against clothing etc when you are walking. Other than that, they are a very worthwhile upgrade to the £30 Sonys - the extra cash makes an audible difference.
I appear to have a fairly small ear canal, which is why the E2cs were less comfortable. They are significantly larger in diameter than the E3cs. When I got the new earphones, I tried each of the fittings in turn and settled on the foam plugs. The others were all a little too bulky, and the foam compresses well. Once in the ear canal it expands to fit snugly.
The E3c listening experience is also improved by comparison with the E2c earphones. Because of the snug fit, I am able to have the volume at a fairly low level, and there is no need to adjust it for different environments -- the sound isolation is very good. I have also discovered that the clarity of recordings is enhanced. This has had the unfortunate side-effect of highlighting the poor quality of some of the older recordings in my collection, but that can be attributed to their character! For me, the earphones provide a very good range of treble and bass.
In conclusion, a worthwhile purchase.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A bit late reviewing these but thought it may still be useful. I've now had these for 11 years and still enjoy using them and the sound produced is still balanced with a deep bass. Read morePublished 5 days ago by GCW
I bought these head phones about four months ago, and have used them gradually more and more, and I have to say that they are only just coming into their own. Read morePublished on 31 Oct. 2007 by Andrew Goodman
As The Person Before Me Seid, The Base Is as good as a 20 quid pair of sonys, wich is prity good could be better, the main reson i got these was the surposidly "unbreakable Wires"... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2007 by J. Griffin
I love my Shure E3Cs, have had no problem with sound quality although the bass isnt as good as the E2Cs. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2007 by Amanda K
These headphones are simply amazing. The sound quality is fantastic, they act as great silencers (which is great for travelling on trains and planes), and they are very comfortable... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2006 by SDP
having read a number of reveiws of these headphones it was with some trepidation that i decided to lash out and buy them. I needn't have worried. Read morePublished on 28 July 2006 by Mr. R. S. Majkowski
After reading many a review on the Shure range, I decided to be extravagant (well extravagant for a teenager) and buy the Shure E3G's - these, if you didn't already know are... Read morePublished on 25 April 2006 by D. Hird
I am grinning like a Cheshire cat. The Shure E3Cs arrived yesterday and I immediately set out on the Piccadilly line from Hammersmith to Arsenal with them attached to my IPod. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2006 by Amazon Customer