Shure E4c Sound Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Upgrade your iPod or other MP3 earphones to professional sound quality
- E4c model offers enhanced bass and smoother frequency response overall
- Instead of bulky headphones, E4c wearers get form-fitting earpieces that stay securely inside the ear without uncomfortable headbands
- Sound isolation prevents outside noise from interfering with the music, and creates a quiet space for exceptional audio clarity
- Compatible for use with 1/8 inch (3.5 mm) audio output ports
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The E4c model improves the airflow around the speaker within the enclosure. It's the perfect accessory for music lovers who are serious about sound quality and detail. Plus, the E4cs are the lightest in Shure's family of E Series earphones and mirror the iconic design of the iPod. The natural design of the stereo E4c rests comfortably within the ear, providing both a tight seal for sonic isolation and a secure fit. Like all other professional-grade E Series earphones, the E4cs are capable of being used with foam, flex, or triple-flange accessory sleeves. Each E4c's 1/8-inch plug additionally makes it perfect for use in a wide variety of other personal audio applications.
Incorporating the same precision components used by professional musicians to monitor their performances onstage, the E4c earphones are equipped with High-Definition drivers and Tuned-Port technology-two innovative features from Shure that combine to create an ultra-wide frequency soundstage with smooth, brilliant highs and extended bass. Ideally suited for use with Shure's PSM line of personal monitor systems, the E4s are outfitted with high-energy/low mass micro-transducers providing wide-frequency stereo sound, sonic accuracy, and-naturally-total isolation from outside noise. Sensitivity at 1 KHz is 111 dB SPL/mW, while impedance is 29 ohms (also at 1K). Gold-plated stereo output connectors are also be part of the package featuring a 1/8-inch plug. 61 inches of cable are supplied standard with each unit.
Shure makes audio equipment - microphones, earphones, mixers, etc. that are used by professional musicians the world over. Shure knows sound. If your music is important to you, you want earphones engineered with the same kind of technology that your favorite divas and bands use to be sure they can hear themselves during a performance. That's Shure's "Sound Isolating" technology. Rather than introducing external elements to block out ambient sound (as noise cancelling earphones do), the Shure system creates a sealed environment that keeps noise out, without covering it up by injecting noise-cancelling artifacts that can interfere with your music. You'll hear details in your music you never heard before.
Two Year Warranty with purchase.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a comparison of the E4C and the Etymotic ER-4P, using the Gmini XS200 as a source, with mp3's encoded at either 192 or 256 kb/s. (By the way, the Gmini is a great little DAP!) Both of these earphones are quite good and will provide vastly better sound quality than the typical headphones and earbuds that fill the mass market. I like the included foam tips included by each manufacturer, so that is what I used to compare them. The Etymotic foam tips seal better and provide superior isolation from outside noise. I must note that the Shure's were bought new by me, and the Etymotics are a loaner from a friend. Please be aware that the Shure's require some "burn in", and will not sound their best new out of the package. Have patience at the beginning, and notice the improvement in performance over the first 20-40 hours. I do not know the break-in characteristics of the Etymotics.
I'll cut to the chase. The Shure's are sonically much more impressive than the the Etymotic's. Both are highly resolving and have no major faults. The Shure's however, sound as though they have even greater resolution of detail, and have a flatter frequency response. They represent the subtleties of instrumental timbre much more accurately, and include even more detail in their presentation.Read more ›
But, be prepared to pay for this amazing sound quality:
- they take time and care to insert correctly.
- you will need to swab your ears before using them.
- They are impossible to remove quickly, like if the phone rings or someone interrupts you. It's like pulling a plunger out of your head. So you need to have time to devote to the listening experience without interruptions
- speaking of interruptions, it's hard to hear external sounds, so don't drive or bicycle with them, seriously.
- If you're claustrophobic, avoid. When inserted, it feels like you are under water, with strange body sounds and a slight feeling of pressure in your head. And the cords make deep reverberation sounds in your head if they scrape across your clothing.
- be prepared to be disappointed by the sound production values on some of your music. And you'll be able to hear hissing and compression artifacts in your MP3s.
But it's worth it for the sound!
I LOVE these. The sounds is crisp, sharp, excellent. I hear music so much better than I ever have. They fit in my ears comfortably and all of the ear tips are satisfying (especially the ugly, yellow foam ones). I worried about an adjustment period, but I put `em in and was instantly enamored. No learning curve at all. The cord is designed to be worn over the tops of the ears, which is surprisingly comfortable and unobtrusive. I thought that a cord of five feet would be too long (Apple's is about 3'), but it's not at all. The E4Cs are aesthetically pleasing and sturdy-feeling (not at all like Apple's...but it's unfair to keep comparing the free model to the $300 pair). Bass is a little lacking, but I don't want to whine. They soar during guitar-heavy rock music. I can't have a conversation with these in. That means I miss a lot of subway drama, for better or worse. After removing them, there's about a ten-minute period where the rest of the world sounds a little...off. A little murky.Read more ›
I tried different things to see if I wasn't wearing them correctly. I would push the earphones deeper into my ear canal, that didn't work. But I noticed that, at times, there would be a spot where the sound fidelity was amazing and the bass was present. So I knew that the Shure e4c was capable of delivering the bass and sound I wanted. So I decided to visit the Shure website to see if I could find better instructions or advice on how to wear these. There was a flash tutorial on the help page.
Click on the Click here link to watch the tutorial. I found the expanding foams were the best choice. It's simple to use, and it makes sense. Compress the foam, insert the earphone into your ear and hold it until the foam expands to form a tight seal. It's painless unlike the other sleeves. Make sure that you pull your ear upward and outward to straighten the ear canal before inserting the earphones. There is a picture on the site I linked above for visual cues.
After I followed the tutorial, I tested the earphones on my iPod. I was greeted by warm wholesome sound with tight base. The sound was pure and beautiful. Really. If you diss the Shures for lack of bass or for lack of sound fidelity, I think you're not giving these earphones a fair chance to impress you. Worse, you're missing out on the potential of these earphones and depriving yourself of hearing great music unlike before.
I have the Bose Quietcomfort 2 which I still use, and it's great.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still amazing...even years later. the new shure models just don't match. The Sound signature of these is balanced where as the new shure's are too bass heavy for mePublished 17 months ago by Evan Homolka
These are some of the best in-ear headphones I have had. Great sound and very comfortable. The connecting wires are sufficiently shielded so that no noise is transmitted to the... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by duke1parkway
Item shipped fast and arrived in perfect conditions, it has been suitable to my needs and I have nothing negative in response.Published on February 3, 2013 by Jesus Granados
Excellent sound ... I have them since 2006 and are the best headphones I've used. The sharpness is incredible and wide frequency range allows an interpretation of the low, mid and... Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Jesus
Still sound great. Accidentally left them in the case, in my pocket, with my iPod nano. Unfortunately I have to replace my iPod nano.Published on November 11, 2011 by D. Aley
I have had a pair of the E4c earphones since June of 2007 and use them every day. As far as sound quality goes, they are hard to beat. Read morePublished on November 28, 2010 by Carl Capasso
had for a month now, I was satisfied with everything except it severely lacks bass for the quality you would expect to get at it's price range.Published on March 18, 2010 by Mr. V. Olubiyi
The 1st time the idiot never re-contacted me. He took my money and ran - E4c earbuds are the item and DEAL APPEAL were the con artists who sold them to me and never answered my... Read morePublished on October 24, 2008 by Michael A. Rogers
I received these earphones two days ago, and they didn't disappoint me!
I was shocked by its strong wires at the first glance, maybe it's the sturdiest wires I have ever... Read more