Excerpt: I've been using Shure earphone products for over 4 years now, and have owned the e3C's for two years. These are great earphones. The micro-drivers built into the earphones do a great job at creating a dynamic sound and layering. However, they do lack a good bass element, which some people might find troublesome. I however, rarely listen to bass driven music like rap, dance, or R&B so this is not really an issue for me. Classical and jazz sound absolutely perfect!
Excerpt: I love Shure headphones. Pretty much the best fit for my ears and great sound and great sound isolation. On an airplane, for example, they are perfect and obviously at the gym. The one negative I wanted to mention besides the great sound is that they do need taken care of. You can't just throw them in your gym bag, etc. I wrap them up and store them every time I'm done using them. In the past, I've been much more careless with them and they break (an ear goes out,...
Excerpt: I listen to a MP3 alot and like to improve the sound quality with a good headphones. Shure is the best headphone I never found. It's not top of the line but it's still out performe many headphones of it's class. If u wan tto start to joint the pro series headphone this is a good start.
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. They sent me a new pair immediately after receiving my old ones.
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. Once I got them to fit properly, I really did like how they sounded. I thus decided I wanted to go a step up and get the E3c. The models beyond the E3c were getting beyond what I wanted to pay for a pair of headphones.
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. I have read what most reviewers have written about how thin the sound is from these Shures and at first I thought the same thing.
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. Bass and treble are good, but a bit lacking in the frequency extremes. It doesn't sound as "airy" as, say, a good pair of large Sennheiser headphones (like the HD430 I've had for 15 years).
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: "...pleased with experiences of the Shure E3Cs. I picked up a pair about a year ago when I was about to embark upon a little bit of traveling and I don't know how I would have coped without them. The quality is absolutely sensational for the average user (me) and I feel like I'm constantly noticing new bits in the background of my music that I was entirely oblivious to through lesser 'phones. In terms of comfort, they come with three different ...
Pros: Exceptional comfort, Durable protective case
Cons: It's a high price for high levels of quality .
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. Even though they will be the smallest parts of your listening system, these 'phones look very, very respectable. Onto sound quality.
Pros: Great sound quality, build quality, look
Cons: Not a bunch of bass, lower codec'd songs didn't sound all that great