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: These little earbuds are designed as IEMs, In Ear Monitors, for stage musicians and the like. Hence, they have incredible sound isolation. I would feel comfortable using them as hearing protection while mowing the lawn. I would estimate that would a good fit, the Noise Reduction Rating would be about 20dB.
Since the drivers are fairly small (~1cm), they have just the amount of bass one would expect: little. It's there, but weak.
Summary: I'm going to go against the rest of the reviews here. These are better than some earbuds out there, but don't expect big sound. They will do just fine for you if you need sound isolation or something for iPod (or some portable device) listening. For me, they were never incredibly comfortable and I ended up selling them within a couple of months.
Summary: Packaging -
The E2C Come in a rather frustrating box, made of that terrifying packaging that just about everything comes in these days. Inside of the box, you will find a pair of earphones, 8 extra sets of ear-tips, and a wonderful, solid, case for transport. To address the question of whether the number 8 was a typo, no, I couldn't believe what I got when it showed up, personal fit "kit" was by no means an overstatement.