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1. Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphone
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2. Shure E2c Sound-Isolating In-Ear
$499.99 $397.84 list($624.99)
3. Shure E5c Sound Isolating Earphones
$88.99 list($109.99)
4. Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones
$20.16 list($21.99)
5. Shure Universal Fit 20 Pack Replacement
$11.99 $10.64
6. ShureReplacement Foams for E2c
$11.99 $10.64
7. ShureReplacement Foams for E2c
$11.99 $10.64
8. ShureReplacement Foams for E2c
$10.00
9. Shure Level Attenuator Listening

1. Shure E3c Sound Isolating Earphone Stereo Headphone
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B0001NNLHK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 440
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you're looking to upgrade your portable music listening experience, the Shure E3c sound isolating earphones deserve a serious look. The E3c's offer a level of sensitivity and range that places them in the audiophile tier of earphones and fortunately, Shure has priced them to make this kind of quality within reach.

In many ways, judging sound quality is all about making comparisons, and when the E3c's are matched against their big brother, the Shure E5c earphones, the E3c's do reveal a noticeable loss of dynamic range and clarity. Of course, the E5c's are worth every penny for those who want to spend more on earphones than they spent on their iPod. The E3c's, on the other hand, come out a clear winner when you weigh their quality and cost.

Design
The E3c earbuds are small and easy to insert in the ear-- easier, in fact, than the E5c earbuds, which are larger and less friendly to folks with small ears. The E3c's thin and pliant cords are light and easy to manage. They're also designed to be looped over the back of the ear, but some testers found it uncomfortable and awkward to keep them there. These testers also said they preferred inserting the earphones upside down, letting the cords dangle downwards from the ear to avoid hassles. By comparison, the E5c earphones feature a bendable stiffening material in the section of cable that runs behind the ears, allowing the listener to loop the cables over and behind the ear more securely. It would be nice to see this simple solution added to the E3c earphones.

Shure did choose to give the E3c's the same gold-plated, 3.5mm input connector as the E5c's. The connector has a low-profile elbow bend to minimize accidental unplugging and snags-- great for laptop and airline users. And just like the E5c's, the E3c's come with a number of earplug "sleeves" packaged in what Shure calls a "fit kit". Our testers had little trouble finding a sleeve that felt comfortable. We especially liked the expanding foam sleeves that, like those foam dinosaurs that grow in water, expand to fit the contours of the ear canal.

Sound Quality
As we listened to a broad range of musical genres on the E3c earphones it was hard, once again, not to make comparisons with the E5c's. If you aren't even entertaining the notion of purchasing the E5c's, then make sure you never have occasion to listen to them. Rest easy in the knowledge that the E3c's deliver clear, crisp highs and rich, thundering lows. Delight in the fact that they excel at delivering the celebrated earphone experience; the external world is largely silenced and the music resonates inside your head. Meanwhile, if you are toying with the idea of stepping up to the E5c's, go ahead and give both models a listen. Although the difference between the two is not stark, we immediately noticed that we had to drive the E3c's at higher volume to get the same kind of resonance and fullness the E5c's deliver at a relatively lower volume.

Comparing the E3c's to the E5c's is a bit unfair, but in many ways, the comparisons revealed just how good both sets of earphones really are. The E5c's represent an extremely high benchmark, and fortunately for those who don't want to spend a bundle on top-quality earphones, the E3c's aren't too far off the pace. We recommend them as a massive upgrade to the standard headphones that ship with most portable music devices.--Joshua Gunn

Pros

  • Simple, compact design
  • Designed for compatibility with most ears
  • Excellent sound quality at a non-stratospheric price
Cons
  • Cord ergonomics could be better
  • Lower-quality sound than the E5c model generates unplanned spending urge
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Features

  • 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

Reviews (3)

2-0 out of 5 stars Ok but I agree to much for what you get
I was expecting sound nirvana as I am a musician and am familar with the Shure brand. I tried every size ear peice and none realy fit. To get a full range sound I had to press them in my ear. If I moved around at all they alwasy came out. Way to much effort. Not worth (...)

4-0 out of 5 stars high quality - high price
I have used the E3c earphones for about four weeks, (in addition to two weeks without them). I was hesitant about spending so much for, what essentially, looked like earbuds. My expectations were tempered with other reviewers' comments about unimpressive bass response. When I received them, I was indeed initially disappointed, because to my dismay the left speaker sounded "blown". I could clear up some of the buzz by pushing in on the nozzle. I did send them back to the manufacturer, (the vender only allowed a 15-day return period which I could not meet). I was very suprised to have a new, packaged, replacement set of earphones within days. I'm sure that they were immediately shipped the day my faulty ones arrived. The replacement earphones worked very well. The sound quality of these phones are exceptional. The bass is deep and significant, (but not like a sub-woofer if that's what you're looking for). Instead the bass compliments the music without overpowering it like a sub-woofer. The music's quality is so good it has a 3-dimensional feel, almost like the musicians are in the room with you! As an example, when listening to a guitar instrumental that I've heard many times before, while using the E3c earphones I could now easily hear the sound of fingers moving up and down the strings as cords were played. Somethings that I had not noticed previously. The sound-isolating qualities are also very good. In fact, as good as earplugs to the outside world, which further enhances the music quality. If you can afford them, these are very high quality phones. I chose this model as a compromise... I would love to try the next model up..., which costs three times as much! I am very happy with the customer service/support and the quality of the earphones. I would have given them a five-star rating had the first pair of phones worked properly.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Bang for the Buck
I used these for about 3 weeks before returning them. If I didn't know how much I spent on them, I would say they are ok. There is something about spending a lot and expecting a lot. Well, find another pair of earphones, these have a decent sound, mid-range bass reflex and get uncomfortable after an hour of use. They are basically ear plugs with a small driver on the outside. If I paid $40 for these, I would keep them. Anything past that is simply not worth it. That small driver doesn't really compare to a good over-the-ear type headphone set. ... Read more


2. Shure E2c Sound-Isolating In-Ear Headphones

our price: $59.99
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Asin: B0000CE1UO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure Incorporated
Sales Rank: 583
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Shure's E2c in-ear headphones are tiny, lightweight, and designed to sonically outperform most ear-bud-style headphones. The E2c's unique, relatively affordable design comes from Shure's years of collaborating with professional musicians. With high-energy drivers in distinctive enclosures, the E2c produces high-quality sound with excellent isolation from background noise.

The E2c's speakers are constructed with studio-grade components, producing exceptional audio clarity. Their in-ear design, using supplied flex sleeves, naturally blocks background noise. This permits lower listening volumes in loud environments--critical in safeguarding your hearing during performance or other activities. No batteries or extra equipment are needed for sound isolation.

Because every ear is different, E2c earphones come with 3 pairs (small, medium, large) of flex sleeves and 3 pairs (small, medium, large) ultra-soft flex sleeves to ensure a personalized fit. These disposable foam sleeves gently compress to fit in the ear canal. Once in the ear, the foam expands to form a tight seal. Once tightly sealed, the sleeves hold the earphones firmly in place.

The E2c's cables pass behind the ear--out of sight and out of the way for comfort and discretion. Weighing only 1 ounce, the E2c is lightweight and comfortable enough for any portable listening application. The set comes with a soft, stylish, compact, and zippered carrying case, which allows for an easy, tangle-free way to store your earphones.

What's in the Box
Earphones, 2 triple-flange sleeves, 3 pairs (small, medium, large) of flex sleeves, and 3 pairs (small, medium, large) ultra-soft flex sleeves (kit 90XC1371, with cleaning tool), a soft carry case (80B8232), a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 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

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I got these as a present and was initially unhappy with the quality of the output - until I read the manual and realize the special position of the headphones (wiring curled over the ear and behind the head). The tighter the seal with the sponges/earbuds, the more the isolation factor and the better the quality sound. But this puts the speaker tunnel deeper in your ear canal.

Pretty good on the train and helps the 2 hour daily commute - blocks out most conversations. But certain voice pitch will permeate (bad) and the conductor annoucements are heard clearly (not a bad thing).

Excellent in the work place but it is a pain to take the buds out then put them back in.

Overall good for a city person/commuter warrior who is a minimalist and wants to block out the world. ... Read more


3. Shure E5c Sound Isolating Earphones
list price: $624.99
our price: $499.99
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Asin: B0000CE1VP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 3075
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Conventional wisdom has long held that bigger means better when it comes to headphones. The thinking has been that a larger headphone isolates and covers the ear, letting it experience sounds more fully. Shure's E5c earphones are on the vanguard of a new school of thought: Tiny is actually better. Shure has managed to cram dual-driver speakers into small earphones that isolate the listener from virtually all background noise. If you don't mind the secret service look, and you're ready to spend more on your headphones than you spent on your MP3 player, the E5c's won't disappoint. In this case, you really do get what you pay for.

Design
While the E5c earbuds are larger than other earphone-style headphones, they're still stunningly small. The cord, which includes an inline crossover unit that separates high- and low-frequency signals, is thin and pliant. A bendable stiffening material is added to the section of cable that runs behind the ears, allowing the listener to loop the cables over and behind the ear-- a simple and discreet solution. The gold-plated, 3.5mm input connector has a low-profile elbow bend to minimize accidental unplugging and snags. Shure includes a detachable in-line volume attenuator that controls volume without the need to fiddle with your player or listening source. The attenuator did seem a tad larger than it needed to be and, because it is not built into the E5c cord, it must be plugged in at the end of the cord. More than one tester said, "Why not just change the volume on the iPod instead of this doo-dad plugged directly into it?" A solution that places the attenuator nearer the listener's chest would be a welcome addition, but it's admittedly a minor niggle.

In an effort to match the earphones to ears of all shapes and sizes, the E5c earphones come with a number of earplug "sleeves" packaged in what Shure calls a "fit kit". Our testers had little trouble finding a sleeve that felt comfortable. We especially liked the expanding foam sleeves that, like those foam dinosaurs that grow in water, expand to fit the contours of the ear canal.

Lost in Sound
With the E5c earphones comfortably placed in our ears, we listened to a range of music genres encoded in both music CD and MP3 format. The most common response was, "Wow, I never knew this song had all these other instruments." Indeed, the E5c's have such dramatic clarity and frequency response that we were left wondering how we'd ever listened to music any other way. They're that good. The earphones produce the sensation that the music is actually inside one's head. Bass vibrates the cerebral cortex, high ranges dance in the frontal lobes. While Shure posts impressive impedence and sensitivity ratings for the E5c's, the truth is in the listening and we were simply blown away. In loud, crowded environments such as airplane cabins and teeming Seattle coffee shops, we heard absolutely nothing but music, a sensation that is both eerie and liberating. Anyone who says there is no difference between high-bitrate MP3 and CD audio tracks should strap on a pair of these earphones. The difference is striking.

The earphones remained comfortable after extended use, especially with the expanding foam sleeves. Listeners with especially small ears may want to give the E5c's a trial run; they are somewhat larger than the other, more affordable earphones in Shure's "E" line. This concern aside, if you have the ears, and the earmarked funds, for the E5c's, you are in for a listening adventure like none other. --Joshua Gunn

Pros

  • Simple, compact design
  • Designed for compatibility with most ears
  • Did somebody say something? We were lost in sonic bliss.
Cons
  • Costs more than many things it plugs into
  • May be a tad big for small ears
  • Volume attenuator could be better designed and integrated
... Read more

Features

  • Sound Isolating in-ear design - Hear only what you want to hear
  • Portable and lightweight design -weighing 1.1 ounce
  • Personal fit kit to contour to your ear size
  • Dual high-energy micro in-ear speakers
  • In-Line Crossover to enhance a studio quality listening experience

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! BEST PURCHASE I HAVE EVER MADE!!!!
I just bought this thing from Amazon and all I can say

is WOW!!!!

This is probably the best purchase I have ever made.

This thing is everything I ever expected and more!! It's

very easy to use as well!

I have bought other brands before, and this one just

blows everything else out of the water! I have to say,

everyone out there who is thinking of buying this, stop

thinking. I bought it and I am extremely happy with it

the moment I powered this thing on. YOU ABSOLUTELY

POSITIVELY CANNOT GO WRONG WITH THIS PURCHASE! I

GUARANTEE IT!!! ... Read more


4. Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones
list price: $109.99
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Asin: B0000C8CG6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 955
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Powerful, high performance audio output in an extremely small format driver
  • One of the lightest earphones available anywhere for portable listening
  • Personalize your earphone fit with either the pair of disposable foam sleeves or the three pairs(S, M, L) of reuseable flex sleeves (all included)
  • Natural noise attenuation permits lower listening volumes in loud, distracting environments
  • Ideal for sports, exercise or any activity where headphones or earbuds may come loose

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good travel option for IPod
I wanted to use my IPod aboard airplanes and in other travel situations. My "normal" headphone are much too bulky and these fit the bill perfectly. Very small (obviously) with a snappy carrying case. The alternate ear pieces are great - oddly enough my ears seem to be different sizes! They stay in my ears even when sleeping (bad habit). Sound deadening is very good - I did not notice the flight attendants attempting to entice me with airline food! Sound quality is quite good (not as good as my full headphones though). Good investment for a traveler or anyone who wants a high performing set of earphones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sounds Good
I'd read a lot of good things about these earphones so I plunked down the hundred to buy them. It was definitely money well spent and they do exactly as advertised. I used them mostly just with my ipod and now I hear things in songs that I never even heard before. I actually went and re-recorded some of my songs at 320 kb and could actually notice a difference. They're also good for using on the tractor as an alternative to earplugs. My only complaints are that they're not AS sound isolating as I thought they would be. I can't hear people talking but I can still hear some of what's going on around me. They work about the same for sound isolating as foam earplugs do. Also, the ear pieces get pretty nasty after a while. But those are just nitpicks for what are otherwise excellent headphones. Definitely the best I've ever used.

4-0 out of 5 stars READ ME!!!! unbiased review
Shure's E2c's are 'entry-level' consumer earphones (hence, the 'c') in their line of premium in-the-ear headphones. I recently purchased these at an airport after reading a CNET.com review. As stated in that review, the e2's are designed to be accurate, so dont be expected to be blown away by rattling bass, or sizzling high frequencies - they are just meant to present to you the music that is put into them.

After a bit of testing with the different sleeves, i found that the medium foam sleeves are the best in terms of comfort AND isolation - oh yeah, these go pretty deep into your ear, or else you won't get any bass at all. Before you turn on the music, everything's muffled - you can still hear anything outside, its just more subdued (some report i read said that they provide about 20 decibels of isolation). When you turn on the music, however, you won't notice any outside noise at all, unless its EXTREMELY loud.

Remember - if you want some of the best premium headphones on the market, don't need mega bass, and can take care of your stuff, then get these e2's. You won't be dissapointed. I use these with my iPod daily.

P.S. if you still can't hear quality out of these headphones, either they're defective or you need to encode your music at a higher bitrate - at least 160 for mp3, 128 for aac, and 96 for wma.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound from such a small package
I purchased these headphones because I had read so many good things about them. I ride a motorcycle and wanted something that sounded great on the road. These earbuds are light years ahead of the very uncomfortable normal earbuds that hardly fit in your ear at all. The sound is great, yes, no BOOMING bass, but enough to keep me happy, very alive sound, blocks everything else out. Well worth it, I would do it again in a second.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Earphones Ever
Ever stopped and thought about how much you love your ipod? Sure you have. After a week of use, you'll begin to develop a similar fondness for these earphones. They block out all exterior noise, they're extremely comfortable, and the sound quality is supreme. These are the best earphones on the market - do yourself a favor and get them. ... Read more


5. Shure Universal Fit 20 Pack Replacement Foams for E1c, E3c and E5c Earphones
list price: $21.99
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Asin: B00029U0YK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 7511
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6. ShureReplacement Foams for E2c Earphones - Medium 10 Pack (5 pairs)
list price: $11.99
our price: $11.99
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Asin: B00029U0XQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 4548
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7. ShureReplacement Foams for E2c Earphones - Small 10 Pack (5 pairs)
list price: $11.99
our price: $11.99
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Asin: B00029U0XG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 13900
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8. ShureReplacement Foams for E2c Earphones - Large 10 Pack (5 pairs)
list price: $11.99
our price: $11.99
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Asin: B00029U0YA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 3744
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9. Shure Level Attenuator Listening Level Controller
list price: $10.00
our price: $10.00
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Asin: B00029U0X6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Shure
Sales Rank: 10647
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