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Shure E2c-n Sound Isolating Earphones (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Shure
183 customer reviews

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  • Perfect accessory for your Black ipod Nano or other black MP3 or Sony PSP
  • Sound Isolating in-ear design provides exception clarity
  • Built in High-Energy in-ear speaker technology
  • Zippered Nylon Carrying Case with Cable Spool
  • Portable and lightweight design - weighing only one-ounce
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Product Description

In sleek black, to go with some of today's newest MP3 and other audio players. Originally developed for professional musicians, the E2c combines Dynamic MicroDriver speaker technology with a sound isolating design to deliver rich, full-range sound while blocking outside noise -- ideal for enhancing your listening experience with portable MP3, DVD, and CD players as well as all other audio sources. The E2c'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 E2c's speakers are constructed with studio-grade components, producing outstanding audio clarity that allows you to hear your music like never before. The E2c's cables pass behind the ear - out of sight and out of the way -- to provide a more comfortable, discreet fit. Plus, the E2c comes with a stylish, compact carrying case. The cable spool inside provides a convenient, tangle-free way to store your earphones.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 56 x 1 x 1 inches ; 1.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000E5GKW8
  • Item model number: e2c-n
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 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 October 2, 2001

Customer Reviews

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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful By R. Iredale on September 13, 2006
I have used the Shure e2c earphones (the previous model) for about 2 years now. Impressions:

(1)The standard rubber plugs are not comfortable, and don't give very much noise isolation. The foam plugs are very comfortable and really seal out the noise. Be prepared to be grossed out by all the earwax you didn't realize you still had in your ears.

(2) Sound quality: 8/10. Not studio monitor quality, but very very good.

(3) Isolation: 10/10. Seriously. Use these on a flight and you'll gladly take a seat next to a screaming infant. Only problem is that you see the flight attendant's mouth moving as she asks you if you want a Coke or 7up, but you won't be able to hear her.

(4) When you first get them, you'll try putting them in your ears without success. Only after about the third try, all of a sudden the foam thingys go all the way inside, and you say, "So THAT'S how you put them in!" After that, piece of cake. You need to compress the foam just like you do with regular foam earplugs.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. Michenka on July 1, 2006
There are some inconsistent reviews on the sound quality of these earphones, basically it comes down to how you like to listen to your music. If you like to press "bass Xpand" button on your stereo for that booming sound ,you may be dissapointed with the "flat" sound coming out of these earphones. Those of you who keep that "direct" button on on your amps will love the clean ,detailed sound of E2c.Remember that most music is in the midrange frequency.Listening to dance/trance or hip hop, I sometimes wish for deeper bass. But true bass is difficult to reproduce in small earphones. The illusion of deep bass in some cheap earphones is just illusion. As for the fit and comfort I have no complaints. If youre not sure whether you'll like insert phones, get yourself a pair of foam ear plugs and try to wear them for a while. That will give you an indication of how you're going to tolerate them. The only discomfort comes from the wraped cords around my ears after few hours of listening.

The quality is excellent,the cord is long and the case is nice. These will outlast a cheap pair many times over.Recommended.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A. Glenn on January 19, 2008
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I've had these for 1 year so I have plenty of experience with them. Here are my comments. Firstly, they are not great for those who are looking for an alternative to the active noise canceling headsets (e.g. Bose). If you travel on planes, go with Bose or Sony active. If you workout in a gym or run, I do not recommend. The fidelity is okay and they provide excellent isolation from the gym's music, but the cord is just too long. They get caught on equipment and once when running, they got caught on a bicycle going the other direction (the wire bounces). The ear buds also fall out when running which is super annoying. Most likely due to sweating, motion, and gravity (the way they hang over your ear). I highly recommend these for the OFFICE or for STUDY. I'm not overly impressed on the sound quality. Yes, if you find the ear buds that fit perfectly and you jam them in your ears, the sound is great and the bass is deep. But if you are in motion, the buds tend to retract from your ear canal and the bass vanishes. If you like hip hop or music with a lot of base, i find that they deliver distortion on the lows. Not very pleasing. As soon as I lose these or damage them, i will be looking for alternatives. I bought these based upon other reviews at the time and the name brand, but will do more research (actually trying various ones out and returning them if i don't like them). I use this on an IPOD video 5th generation
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dr.Science on April 6, 2007
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I've used these phones for about a year now, mostly for hearing protection and music/radio while on my motorcycle. Earlier this year I took a month-long motorcycle tour in Mexico during which I wore them every day, all day, usually just using them as earplugs. They get top marks for comfort, and sound quality. I'd definitely buy them again if need be. Here's the warning: they come with a bad case. The case puts a sharp bend in the headphone wire and the wire will break at that bend. I managed to fix mine but I recommend you throw away the case and store the phones in a small bag or such. There's also a second warning: you must use the little mylar covers that keep water and ear gunk out of the phones. Shure sells spares when you're done with the dozen or so that come with the phones.

Update after 2 years: I'm about ready to throw the phones away now. First the wire broke near the left earpiece and I opened it up and fixed it and taped it shut. Then the wire broke near the right earpiece and I did the same. Now the wire's broken somewhere in the cord. What it comes down to is, these are pretty delicate phones. I still think they sound great and are very comfortable but I suggest you buy the extended warranty.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Gordon on August 22, 2007
Here's the deal with Shure E2 headphones. They have many options when it comes to comfort, so you can find your best fit. However, of the three options, the foam (like wearing earplugs that play music) has the best sound quality, and with three sizes hopefully (but not guaranteed) you will find one size comfortable enough.

The thing about the sound quality is you should ONLY buy them if you have an MP3 player or something with adjustable balance. These headphones have HORRIBLE balance (low bass, high treble), but, if you work with the equalizer on an iPod or other MP3 player, you can adjust to bass booster or rock settings to make the songs sound flawless and amazing. This truly brings out the quality of the headphones, although it is a little extra work.

Overall, if you're looking for a good pair of earbuds, these are the most risk-free, because you're NEARLY guaranteed comfort and (if you adjust the balance on your device) great sound. It just seems like earbuds are loved and hated by so many, since they totally depend on your preference for treble-bass balance and the size of your ears.
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