Summary: Have had these buds for a couple ears now. The sound is very clear but lacks some bass. Had a chance to try out some e530's, which put these to shame (expected given the price differential).
I had to send back my original pair b/c of a fraying wire. Shure has some unbelievable customer service.
Summary: Looking for something better than the Sony, over-the-ear headphones I was using with my 5th generation 30-gig iPod, I went and tried these out. One of my co-workers had a pair of the Shure E2c headphones that he brought into work and let me try out.
Summary: Most people that would be interested in these buds are people who listen to portable audio devices. I use these headphones with an iPod. It's true they are quite a step-up from the buds you normally get with an mp3 player or disc player and they do make what you listen too sound good if not better.
Summary: The Shure E3c is a cool, if pricey, pair of headphones for portable audio. The sound quality of the Shure E3c is very good, but not mind-blowing. Its midrange is its greatest strength, with very little distortion evident, and very high transparency.
Summary: I'm no audiophile but i've been through what seems like every pair of headphones and earphones there is. Started with some Philips earphones with the clips, upgraded to Sony Fontopia MDR-EX71SL and then tried the Bose Triports.
Summary: Pretty good sealed earphones, but a bit pricey. Sound is generally clear, but highs are definitely muted. Sensitivity is good. Isolation from the environment is good, and they come with a wide variety of plugs to fit your ear.
Excerpt: Perhaps I have strange ears. Perhaps that's it and I'm a freak. Either way, I've always had trouble with earphones, finding them uncomfortable, easily broken and lacking in both sound quality and the blocking of external noise.
Pros: Exceptional comfort, Durable protective case
Cons: It's a high price for high levels of quality .
Excerpt: Ive had these headphones for probably a little over a year now. I was actually allowed to try before i bought them. First impressions were very good. Sound quality was high. Bass response was good. Very light.
Excerpt: Had these earphones for a year now and they have been fantastic. The sound quality can only be beaten by the E4C or E5C. Very good tone and bass range. The only two minor negatives i could suggest is that the small cylindrical end piece of the earphone is removable and may snap off causing damage if...
Summary: Upon trying the e3c's for the first time, I encountered the arguably archaic earphones and cables. However, after some fine-tuning I was up and running with the cables nestled under my ear in a comfortable position. One thing that struck me right away was the look of the earphones.
Pros: Great sound quality, build quality, look
Cons: Not a bunch of bass, lower codec'd songs didn't sound all that great