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: Posted by Brain in a Jar Audiophiles have oft lamented about the quality of the standard ear buds Apple ships alongside its Ã¼ber-popular iPods. This has always been somewhat baffling to me, as I would think a true audiophile wouldnâ€™t settle for MP3 level quality to begin with (although, maybe these people are ripping direct to WAVs, who knows?). Personally, I had no problem...
Pros: Great sound, deep bass you canâ€™t get from â€œregularâ€? ear buds. Does a great job blocking out external noise.
Cons: Good results require first creating an almost impossible to make (for me at least) vacuum seal with the ear drum.
Conclusion: At under $100 dollars, the Shure E2c’s provide excellent sound reproduction. They’re characterized by a slightly airy, open and expansive soundstage that blends the sounds from all directions accurately. The response of treble, midrange and bass is very balanced, and brings out the nuances of the music. The E2c’s isolation is absolutely superb for when you want to get lost in the music.
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.