Shure E2 Sound Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Enriched studio quality sound used by Musicians worldwide
- Built in High-Energy in-ear speaker technology
- Portable and lightweight design - weighing only one-ounce
- Sound Isolating in-ear design - Hear only what you want to hear
- Personal fit kit to contour to your ear size
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
Like all of the other reviews here state, the Shure E2c's sound GREAT. They are very balanced, and let you hear the subtle details of your music, making the music almost come alive in your head. They turn your MP3 player or Discman into an audiophile-quality stereo system.
The E2c blocks outside noise by forming a very tight seal in your ear. In contrast, "noise canceling" earphones, such as the popular ones by Bose, do not block outside noise from reaching your ear, rather they add their own electronically generated noise which is supposed to cancel out the outside noise. I've never had good results with the various noise canceling headphones I've tried; plus, they require batteries to generate the noise-canceling noise. The E2c's block noise without batteries, and without adding any artificial noise or discoloration to your music. It works very well. I especially appreciate it at gym, on the bus or subway, and on a plane. (Warning - PLEASE don't wear the E2c's while driving or bicycling or any other time that safety requires your full attention!)
The build quality of the E2c's is very good - the cord and plug are thicker and sturdier than competing earphones. For 2 years, I heavily used and abused my E2c's, especially at the gym. Literally hundreds and hundreds of times, I've plugged and unplugged them into my various MP3 players, hastily wound and unwound the cord, and tossed them into my gym bag, usually without using the protective case that comes with the E2c's.Read more ›
Experiment with using the foam vs. the flex sleeves to your taste. I've stuck with the smallest of the three sized flex sleeves and after two days testing my ears were used to the slight increase in pressure.
A warning: be careful not to turn the volume up too high in public as one needs to be able to know when her/his attention is required, among other things. Be extra aware of traffic when on the street. Also, high volume just is not necessary as ALL exterior racket (subways, curse-laden conversations and car horns) is rendered mutedly surreal.
Also, be mindful of its carrying case. I've had my pair for almost a year now and the case's cable spool has bent the cord's wire covering to such an extent that it is now exposed. Far be it from me to walk around town like a super-geek w/ electrical tape on mine; I plan to replace them with one from amazon's marketplace sellers for cheaper when Santa comes around this December. But be advised to remove the interior cable spool completely and keep the headphones rolled up manually before placing them inside the case. The case is very durable, zips up securely, is nonbreakable, has a soft protective interior and is lightweight.
One other observation -- use q-tips and rubbing alcohol to regularly clean the flex sleeves if you decide to use those. The foam probably would just wear out completely.Read more ›
These earphones are very low profile and unobtrusive to wear. They do not create the fatigue I get while wearing regular headphones for a long period and the sound blows away the numerous earbuds I have tried. I use the flex fit sleeves which are very comfortable. By cinching up the sleeve on the cord, they stay in place with minimal fuss even while exercising.
I strongly recommend these earbuds to anyone who wants immersive, comfortable and excellent sound.
I've owned the Shure E2C Sound Isolating Earphones for almost a year now.
I'm not an audiophile, but I can appreciate good sound reproduction. These earphones are amazing interms of clarity of highs and mid level sounds. The base is more than passible but not deep and ear-bleeding like some Sony or Bose models. I'm not into those models at all, since the music I listen to are often instrumentals with very little base, also supplemented with Podcasts and the occasional audio book.
I was immediately and pleasantly surprised to hear sounds I've never heard before in music I've listened to a thousand times from my car and computer speakers. I was very impressed and happy with my purchase. But, as with most things, it does come at a price. I'll get to that in a bit.
These earphones comes with 3 styles of earbuds. One is the round soft rubber kind (which come in large, med, small to suit your ear canal), the other is the soft squishy yellow foam, which molds to the shape of your ear (also comes in large, med and small), and the hard plastic kind (also in large, med and small).
The hard plastic kind works the best in terms of blocking outside sound but because its hard plastic, my ears start to ache after a few hours of continuous use. The foam feels the best in terms of comfort but doesn't block out sound as well as the hard plastic and the soft rubber ones. I finally settled on the soft rubber ones, a nice compromise between the hard plastic and the foam. It's soft, fits comfortably and blocks out most of the outside noise.
Now, it's important to NOTE that people have been tossing around the term NOISE CANCELING freely without any regard to its meaning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These sound fine, but the way that the wire goes up and over your ear is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nigel
They sound like cheap eaphones. The cable lost flexibility and became stiff. I could not carry these in my pockets, given the hard cable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Edward
I love these earphones. Great if you want to block out ambient noise. They can be a little tricky (if you are not used to this type of earphone) to get used to putting them in your... Read morePublished 6 months ago by tfig04
If you wear these outdoors in a place that has cold winters, the insulation near the ear will eventually crack exposing the copper. Read morePublished 8 months ago by BrooklynDad
I owned two pairs of these, and they served me well until I upgraded to the SE535 model. The price is reasonable for the working musician. They come with a fit kit. Read morePublished 8 months ago by NM
bought some fancier shures th400 series and gave these to my daughter and she won't give them back and i want them back she won't trade for my new ones. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Beverly vail