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Shure SCL4 Sound Isolating Earphone with High-Definition MicroSpeakers with Tuned BassPort, Black

by Shure

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  • Frequency Range:     22Hz - 19kHz
  • Sensitivity:                109dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance:               29 Ohms
  • Weight:                      31g (1.1oz)
  • Input Connector:       3.5mm (1/8")
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 56 x 0.1 x 0.1 inches ; 1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000TV1O3M
  • Item model number: SCL4-K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,149 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 19, 2005

Product Description

The Shure SCL4 Sound Isolating Earphones feature High-Definition Armature drivers with Tuned-Port technology for an ultra-wide frequency soundstage with brilliant highs and extended bass. The lightweight and compact SCL4 ear buds incorporate the same precision components used by professional musicians to provide incredibly accurate high-definition audio with remarkable isolation.

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I can honestly say that I'm excited to use the ipod again.
Clay Shooter
If you are coming up from a 30 dollar pair of buds, then yes, these will be an upgrade, but I would recommend that people look elsewhere for better buds.
A. Pall
They come with a good small case and an elaborate assortment of rubber and phone ear cushions.
TomVette

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By V. Otto on December 18, 2008
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The SCL4 should replace my E2 and I was unsure whether I should spend the extra money. After a 4 weeks use period I can only recommend these earphones. Crystal clear sound, perfect impedance match to MP3 player output stage, sturdy metal housing, small but perfectly shaped for convenient wear.

Two warnings for potential buyers:
1. sound quality heavily depends on the fit. The foam sleeves that come with the SCL4 are perfect, much better than the ones for the E2. Squeeze them properly before inserting, and allow for 10sec to expand them properly and produce a tight fit. Don't use too small sleeves.

2. These earphones will mercilessly reveal deficiencies of the sound souce! Don't blame the phones.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Yu on December 22, 2008
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All in all, an excellent set of earphones. I've been a long time user of Shure E3, and I was waiting for the price of SCL4 to drop a little.

In comparison to E3, SCL4 really enhances the high and low range, maybe a little to much. If one is into good mid-range (i.e., vocals, lead guitars, etc.), E3 may sound more "true".

But at this price range, it's all about the listener's preference. For rock and jazz, you may want to boost high and low range sound anyway. Depending on the mixing level, some high range sound such as hats and cymbals may even sound enhanced or artificial. That is how "fatigue" sets in, and you definitely don't want that when you are stuck in a plane. Like anything though, you will get used to it somehow. And the differences are not something that you can not overcome with equalizer settings. (I used "Latin" setting on the iPod.)

When I first did the A/B test, SCL4 definitely stood out. But one may say that SCL4 may sound too "sweet", and there is such thing as too much sweetness in sound, as one may get tired of it.

Surprisingly, the bigger difference is in the type of attachments that come with the earphones. I've tried them all, and the yellow foam is the best, no contest (for both E3 and SCL4). I wouldn't even bother trying other options, and they do sell extra foams if they get dirty.

One more tip: It is true that the sound gets better as you play the set. If you bought a new set, just leave it on for a few days until the set is fully broken in.

With the foam attachment, you won't even hear a crying baby next to you, and the sound of music would be better than some expensive sound system. I never fly without it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr DT on September 5, 2008
I had returned my E4C's just 2 days short of the two tear warranty expiration because the wires, when worn over the ears, had been cracking. I just received a new set of SCL4's and they're incredible. Brilliant high, deep bass and excellent sound isolation. Highly recommended! Outstanding, fast service. Shure fan forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Audiofan on June 8, 2011
I really like the sound of these headphones. They are very clear and fit well with the right ear foams.

I have had one issue with all of the Shure headphones. The cord that goes over the ear wears out and the cable starts to tear and then the sound goes out. I wish they would find a way to reinforce that area as these are not low cost headphones. One plus is that Shure has a very good warranty service.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Markle on April 27, 2009
One of Shure's trade marks is that they offer "Legendary Performance" and I believe that this simple phrase is an understatement. It has been over four years since I first bought a pair of in ear headphones from Shure and have been very pleased. My first pair were the E4G's (which this model replaced) and had them for over three years until one of the earphones stopped working properly. Didn't bother me to much since I had used them well over a thousand times and was always impressed at their performance. Sent them in to be repaired ($109 since it was out of warranty) and they promptly sent me back a brand new pair of SCL4's. These have been a great pair of headphones, but unfortunately after three months of careful use, the same problem with one of the earphones occurred. Even though this was frustrating, their customer service was phenomenal and four business days after sending in my headphones for free repair I received another brand new pair no questions asked. Every experience I have had with this company has been pleasant and I guarantee you will love the headphones. Yes they are very pricey, but if you are like me and enjoy complete sound isolation without looking foolish with huge cans around your ears, these are the way to go. I live in a college dorm and am frequently taking the trains around Chicago and when I have these headphones in my ears at a relatively low volume I am in my own world and can't hear loud floor mates screaming down the hall or the deafening noise produced by the elevated trains in Chicago. You are going to love these if you buy them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clay Shooter on December 19, 2008
I've been a guitar player/drummer/singer for quite a few years and having said that, I've used quite a few in-ear monitors. Some great, some not so great. Due to work-related travel, I finally came around to the idea of getting an ipod. I'll admit, at first it was awesome, then the reality of ripping all of my CD's set in and it lost a little bit of its lustre. I bought a pair of these Shure SCL4 'buds for use in playing on stage but plugged them into the ipod. I can honestly say that I'm excited to use the ipod again. The sound quality is stunning and the noise isolation is amazingly good. I've tried a pair of the noise-cancelling headphones by the "B" brand and found them to be just ok. They add a small amount of distortion to the sound which I find distracting. The Shure SCL4's do not. It is very crisp and clear with full lows and clean highs.

The one thing I'll recommend to you if you get them or probably any other in-ear headphones is that you get the tips properly fit to your ear canal. You don't want them to sit outside, nor do you want them too deep in your ear. They need to fit snugly and seal well against the skin of your ear canal. I found that I had to put the smallest tips on the earbuds. Shure gives you many different tips to choose from included with the earbuds.

One other thing I'll say.. not about Shure but in-ear monitors in general, if you're spending $100+ on them, think about a protection plan for them. I normally would never buy a plan for equipment but there's a lot that can happen to earbuds... the cords usually are the culprit but it also doesn't take much to ruin an expensive earbud.
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