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.
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: I liked this product until it broke on me after 7 months. I jog and therefore the wires wiggle a lot but for the one wire to the right ear to start going out on me only after 7 months was very disappointing. Do the makers of these earplugs understand that people don't sit still when listening to their headphones?
The ear wax on the foamy things was kind of gross but I like gross so it didn't bother me too much but it may bother someone else who isn't into gross.
Summary: I bought these canalphones to replace a pair of Sony Funtopia's that I've had for almost 2 years (the rubber cord has disintegrated). I made a mistake in that I read only the "most helpful" reviews a.k.a the ones that you see first. Somehow they were all extremely positive. So let me just say right up front, the best advice I can give anyone looking into buying these is to READ THE WORST REVIEWS TOO.
Summary: I was looking for headphones to serve me in the following conditions: - Working out (jogging and weights); - Airplane travel; - Work I have gone through several $10-20 headphones (usually the "sport" types that have a plastic hook that go over your ears) as well as the ear buds that came with my IPod Nano. The cord on the $10-20 versions typically wear out on me after 6-9 months of use.
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: These things hurt my ear canal too easily unless I use the orange foam inserts, but they get gross and deform a little too easily.
Anyway, the sound on these was good enough for me to realize that my iPod had a pretty constant hiss. They also made it apparant that I could only listen with EQ off or the signal would clip. I never listen to these things with the volume up. I'm a quiet listener so I don't lose my hearing, and the iPod's shortcoming became very apparant.
Summary: I got these phones used with a broken plug which I had to fix myself, so I have no idea what kind of life they had before they came to me. That said...
You can do better than these phones. The sound is good, there isn't any particular strength or weakness upon which I will extol. To my ears, these are jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none. There isn't any particular facet of the sound which is outstanding but none which is awful either, they're just sort of..
Pros: Well-built, relatively cheap, comfortable, good isolation
Summary: The Shure E2c overall is a good earphone. Definately better than what comes standard with most Mp3 players. I'd give the E2c's a 7.5 out of 10. I hear a lot of people in these reviews talking about how these headphones need a "breaking in" period. I hope mine break in real soon because they sound very flat. I've listened to them using an iPod Nano, and using my home stereo receiver and CD player (both Denon).
Good build quality, but sound performance is lacking.
10 December 2006
Summary: I wanted to love these sooo much. In the end, after a year of use, I like them, but I recognize their limitations. The fullness and bass response doesn't match what, for example, $40 buys in terms of Apple's own aftermarket earbuds. If you really get the earpiece in right you get acceptable bass, but that's it. That one factor seriously affects the bottom line, and is why these earphones earn just 3 stars in my opinion.