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 love these phones for their smooth sound. Lots of others, very likely including our beloved webmaster, will hate them because of their rolled-of highs. But I like that, perhaps because I always have felt digital treble has something annoyingly artificial. This sound is not at all fatiguing, yet still vivid enough to let me enjoy music. But it's a matter of taste.
Summary: I purchased these headphones in attempt to replace my sony mdrnx1b. Initially out of the package, these headphones were very flat, but as they wore in, the soundstage developed signigicantly. I kept the E2C's becuase I hoped that they would mature into a pair of $150 headphones, but they did not. They do have fantastic isolation though. It's a little scary walking through the streets becuase of the inability to hear cars.
Summary: I aquired these phones in an effort to have some decent sound on-the-go with isolation, and they haven't let me down. Bass: The bass definitely isn't as punchy as a Grado, but it makes a good overall presentation. It's pretty neutral in terms of it being analytical or fun when it wants to be. Extension isn't the greatest, but it does a decent job reproducing what it is told to do. A little on the bloated side.
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.
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: 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.