Shure SCL4 Sound Isolating Earphone with High-Definition MicroSpeakers with Tuned BassPort, Black
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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I'm pretty embarrassed to be writing this review, but after an extremely frightening trip through the laundry I felt I needed to share the knowledge. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by sssbbb
I was super happy with these earphones. They fitted nicely and sounded great, balanced high/low. Then the wires got loose after an extensive use for about 2 years, (I use them in... Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by Chopin Yen
NOTE:I have been using these only for ipod- had a pair of a previous shure model- (scl 3s? I think) that I really loved but broke them and couldn't find replacements anywhere-... Read morePublished on December 12, 2010 by Oddball
I bought these about 18 months ago. I'm a big shure fan, and in the beginning I was really pleased with them. Read morePublished on July 22, 2010 by A. Pall
I've had a pair of these for a while. As a reference point I have electrostatic speakers in my home system and some electrostatic headphones. Read morePublished on February 20, 2009 by TomVette