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Shure E4c-n Sound Isolating Earphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Shure
82 customer reviews

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  • Highest quality audio experience with your Black ipod Nano or other black MP3 or Sony PSP.
  • Sound Isolating in-ear design provides exception clarity - you hear only what you want to hear
  • Dual high-energy micro in-ear speakers with in-line crossover to enhance studio-quality listening
  • Portable and lightweight design - weighing just over one ounce
  • Personal fit kit to contour to your ear size - earphones won't fall out while you're exercising.
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Technical Details

  • noise-cancellation

Product Description

In sleek black, to go with some of today's newest MP3 and other audio players. The cutting-edge industrial design of the E4c is a breakthrough in sound isolating earphone technology. Ideal for the business traveler and on-the-go audiophile, the High-Definition Driver with Tuned Port Technology delivers brilliant highs and extended bass that enhance your listening experience with your portable MP3, DVD, and CD players as well as all other audio sources. The E4c'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. E4c Sound Isolating Earphones feature High-Definition drivers with Tuned Port Technology for incredible audio reproduction. As the ideal companion to any portable or home audio source, the E4c's Tuned Port design improves airflow around the driver to deliver professional-grade sound with extended bass response. The E4c comes with a stylish, compact carrying case, providing a convenient, tangle-free way to store your earphones. Also included is a level attenuator, to control volume level for comfortable listening from any high-output audio source, such as airplane armrests.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000E5EF70
  • Item model number: e4c-n
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at November 19, 2006

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By L.C. on August 16, 2006
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First, I'm not an audiophile. And my tastes in music are limited to hip hop, jazz and R&B. That being said, I think these earphones are well-suited for listeners looking for an above-average experience.


1. These earphones aren't suited for use on the treadmill or any other activity that requires you to be in motion. They must be seated fairly deeply in your ear canal to take advantage of the sound. And motion tends to yank them out.

2. They're kinda expensive. But if high quality sound is important to you, this won't matter too much


1. Deeper, fuller bass. The difference between these and the E3c's (which I bought and returned) is pronounced. But the bass isn't so heavy that the lowest range overshadow the higher frequencies with the sloppy, boomy sound that you hear from cars that blast hip hop music. Hip Hop fons and dissatisfied E3c owners will really appreciate this, and should spend the extra cash for the E4c model if powerful, bouncy bass is important to you.

2. Crisp sound at mid and higher freqs. The detail in the mid-range is what blew me away with these. The first day I had these, I spent hours discovering new sonic details in MP3s that I overlooked prior. It was truly like getting a new music collection in addition to new earphones.

3. Sound Isolation. Prior to purchasing the E4cs, I used the white earbuds that came with my Apple iPod. I probably turned them up higher than I should have in order to compensate for ambient noise. The design of these earphones prevents almost all ambient noise from entering the ear canal. So you don't need to crank the volumne to hear your music.

Yeah, they're expensive. But they're worth it. Most of my music collection was ripped at 128Kbps. I thinking about re-ripping all my jazz everything at 256 Variable to see what else I'm missing.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. Clark on December 8, 2006
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Shure E4 vs. Bose QC2

After reading many reviews about E4 vs. QC2 I bought the E4. A friend at my office had the QC2 so I borrowed them so I could write this review. I only used the QC2 for about 15 minutes but I think I found out what I need to know.

The first and foremost item that should make you choose between the two is whether or not you can stand to have earplugs in your ears. I sleep with them almost every night so I'm VERY used to them and as such was not worried about this. Before you buy the E4's (or any in ear type) go buy some soft foam ear plugs and use them for a few weeks. If you are ok with this then you will love the Shures. If not, you will hate them. The QC2's have gel soft ear pads and the insides are actually scooped out to accommodate the shape of your ear. They are very comfortable, but for me in ear models won out for these reasons. My office mate who let me borrow the QC2s for comparison said they hurt his ears after a couple of hours. This may be because he has big ears. I have felt this with many other types of over ear headphones as well so I'm glad I chose the Shures.

I have used foam ear plugs on planes for years so I know how well they worked. The E4's essentially act like ear plugs and so attenuate outside noise about the same. I never tried the QC2 on a plane, but I did try them here in my office and this is what I found. With the QC2 as long as the volume of the music was low enough I could here everyone around me fine. With the E4's I could here nothing even when off. This means you can listen to whatever at a lower level and still have the outside noise completely blocked.

While on planes the one thing I like to do most is sleep.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. McGrath on May 1, 2006
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Before I start I feel I should mention that, while i don't consider myself an audiophile, I am a professional recording/mixing engineer. I take audio fidelity pretty seriously, but I'm not critical to a ridiculous extent.

I use these IEMs playing live with my band through an Aviom monitor mixer. The aviom samples everything down to 16-bit so i've never really gotten a chance to hear them at their best until today.

In the green room i hooked them up to my iPod between shows, and I was blown away. The sensitivity was amazing; i heard minute details that get lost on other systems. Anyone worried about bass output (or ahem, "base", as some call it) need not worry. While its not gonna thump (not many microdrivers do), its got tight and controlled bass to very low registers. My only complaint is that the midrange seemed slightly veiled to me...but the ipod isn't really known for its stunning audio fidelity, so it might not be the earpieces. The upper range reproduction is excellent, and I was very pleased with their performance.

Reguardless of frequency quibbles, I find these well worth the asking price. They are comfortable, accurate, and sound great.

-Matt McGrath
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Wagnbat on February 23, 2007
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I picked up the IC3 headset from Fry's in California, but returned it not sure I would really use the mobile phone/pda function, and after reading reviews that the set was way larger than comfortable for travellers. The I series seems more oriented for the business geek, or people constantly on their mobile phones, which is definitely not me.

So to buy time while I pondered buying the E series, I picked up a set of Panasonic active noise-cancelling earphones for a flight I was taking. Like the Shure earbuds, they fit in the ear, but in addition have active noise cancelling via use of an both an amp and noise cancelling, which are powered by a single battery. I was amazed at how well the combo worked, and was thusly hesitant to buy the Shure earbuds which are 10x more wallet paper.

Amazon had a good price through a 3rd party vendor, so I splurged and got them. I'm not a music afficianado, but I do have 300+ CD's of music I like, and I go through a lot of it semi-often. And after many years of resisting, I also bought myself an Ipod as an upgrade to an MP3 Spinner (portable cd walkman that plays mp3 discs).

Well, I think they're worth it. They have a sound that the $30 Panasonic's can't match. They don't actively cancel noise... But I conducted a quick series of tests to see how good the dampening (sound isolation) is.

I have a home-built computer rig, that makes about the same amount of fan noise as an xbox 360. Not loud, but loud enough to where you'll always know when it's on and when it's not. With the Shure's in, I heard no fan noise. I tapped on my desk with my fingernails, and I could hear the that fairly clearly. I tested the volume on my phone at loudest, and was still able to hear quite clearly.
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