Summary: I bought these for isolation to use with my DAP in the library. I've used them unamped 99% of the time since at the time I found amping them with my RSA SR-71 provided absolutely no difference to sound quality. Build Quality - I've found these to be very durable. They have a good weight to them and the cable is very thick for an IEM/earbud (which can be a bad thing as well).
Summary: In terms of the sound quality, I find the E2's just barely able to contend with similar headphones in their price range. Thus if sound quality is your only concern, I feel you should look elsewhere as there are many better sounding headphones for the same or less money. However, the E2's do have a couple of very strong points going for them: 1.
Excerpt: I have never had so much fun listening to music thru headphones until I bought my e2c's. I am now able to keep all distracting noises out of my head whenver needed and have found the joy of flying once again. No matter how short or long a flight is I make sure that I have my earphones with me so as to zone out all noises of the plane and of course noisy little children that cannot seem to sit still while on a plane.
Excerpt: After reading customer reviews of these earphones, I decided to buy them because of the noise-cancellation feature. Not all ears are created alike, so the Shures come with a variety of sleeves so that you can find your perfect fit. I also noticed that lots of people mentioned that there wasn't enough bass, but I usually find other earphones too bassy which makes the sound a bit muddy. The sound of these earphones is great!
High quality sound for a reasonable price, plus noise blocking
9 September 2012
Excerpt: The Shure E2C's are one of the best pairs of earbuds I've owned Pros - Clarity and transparency of music is outstanding Cons : - If you are looking for super-thumping bass, these are not for you as they lack low end punch that is common in products like Sony's megabass earbuds, etc.
Great for sound isolation, but not very comfortable
9 September 2012
Excerpt: These headphones are great for sound isolation. You literally cannot hear anything around you when you have these in. These are "in-ear" headphones, which means you insert them into your ear canal and the foam or rubber basically acts as an earplug and delivers the music straight into your ear. This can be good and bad. Good if you want some quiet while listening to your music, but bad in terms of comfort.
Excerpt: After playing drums for a few years and already experiencing some hearing damage, I knew I needed a good pair of noise isolating or cancelling headphones. I looked at the Bose and Shure headphones, along with a few other brands, and it came down to a few essential things. Comfort, sound quality, and price. The Shure line of headphones met all of these requirements.
Summary: I purchased these earphones for my daughter's 17th birthday. Despite having an assortment of ear piece sizes, my daughter could not get these earphones to fit properly and subsequently the sound was inferior.
I would suggest to any buyer to try these earphones on for proper fit and sound before purchasing.
Summary: I ordered these for $66, when i got it i was excited, a cool package, a great fit and thick cable... but the bass was just NOT THERE... i tried all fits and found the one that fit best and snug and it was by far the best fit and sound canceling, i will give it that, but the bass was just weak, I own a zune 80gb and i have no way of boosting the bass, and i am not a bass freak, but when i listen to rock i want to feel like i am at a concert and have the sound sound...
Summary: Sounds great and comes with a foam and rubber ear plugs in three sizes (a total of 6) so you are sure to find something that is comfortable and fits well. High quality constructing (gold plated contact, decent strain relief on BOTH ends of the wires). Sound is high quality and very good background isolation (I can turn the sound down on my iPod, while I am on a train platform that is 20' away from the freeway).