Excerpt: These light, durable, and accurate ear-canal headphones provide lots of value but are slightly uncomfortable; a significant portion remains outside the ear. They're a good choice for those who won't be adding an amp to their rig.
Excerpt: Canal phones are a relatively novel type of headphone when it comes to consumer audio gear. While the idea of actually jamming an electronic device into your ear canal may sound like a gruesome outtake from an 80′s Sci-Fi flick, the isolation allows the listener to hear the music , and ONLY the music. The Shure E2C is a mid-priced canal phone with exceptional sound that can be easily driven by most portable audio players.
Pros: Isolation from outside environment, several sleeve sizes included, nice case, excellent all around sound
Cons: Sometimes difficult to get a perfect seal, may not be comfortable to all users, total isolation design not recommended for outside use
Conclusion: The E2c delivers a cleaner aural experience than most earbud models, so you hear greater detail without suffering excessive brightness or harshness. Bass definition and power are quite good. In fact, the E2c's sound quality compares favorably with that of our reference full-size headphones, Grado's SR 60. While the deep-mounted earpieces may take some getting used to, the E2c sounds great.
Pros: Wires have a tendency to tangle, Tricky to place in ears
Cons: Excellent sound quality, Effective ear seals provide ambient-noise isolation, Storage case
Excerpt: Noise-reducing headphones Listen to your music as it was meant to be heard, and cut out the background noise in the process Everyone knows the standard iPod earphones aren't up to the job, and the other MP3 players on test also shoot themselves in the feet by skimping on headphone quality. Here, we haven't just rounded up a selection of expensive earphones, but found ones that reduce or block out noise - all for under £60.