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Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones Review
11/21/2005

Here's the box. I was hoping that it wouldn't come in a hermetically sealed thick plastic package... but it did. Trying to open this package required patience and heavy duty shears but eventually, I was able to open it.

Once opened, two items became immediately visible: a small donut size zippered carrying case and instructions. Inside the case is where you will find all the goodies.

What's inside

The package included:

1 - E2c (in-ear) headphones with a long cord, about 5 feet(1.5 M) long, and gold plated stereo plug
1 - Zippered nylon (hard plastic inner shell) carrying case
1 - Package earphone sleeves:
  2 - clear PVC (small)
  2 - clear PVC (large)
  2 - black rubber (small)
  2 - black rubber (medium)
  2 - black rubber (large)
  2 - orange foam (small)
  2 - orange foam (medium)
  2 - orange foam (large)
  (2 - clear PVC medium are already mounted on the headphones)
1 - Package wax guard (10 on 1 adhesive strip)
1 - Instructions in English
1 - Instructions in French
1 - Instructions in Spanish
1 - Safety instruction (in English, French and Spanish)
1 - 2 year warranty online registration notice.


About Earphones
Prior to using the Shure E2c, I had the standard issue Apple earbuds, which were okay in the beginning. If you are familiar with the Apple earbuds, you will know that it is lightweight and the chords are very thin, and delicate. Well mine only lasted 3 weeks.

I could have went with a replacement, but instead, I went with the Apple in-ears. The Apple in-ears offered much better sound clarity than the 'buds', but the cord was similarly lightweight, thin and delicate, and they didn't last long.

Just to let you know, I use my iPod at work, at home when working in the yard, working on the car, cleaning the house, walking/jogging the neighborhood. Somehow I manage to tangle the cord on something or get it ripped out of my iPod when it gets snagged on something. Yah... it's my fault.

Using the Shure E2c
The first time I plugged the E2c into my nano and into my ears, I was immediately disappointed by the fit (clear PVC medium). It just would not stay in my ears, nor were they comfortable. The large sleeves would not fit my ears, and the smaller ones were too loose. The black rubber medium seemed to be the best fit but I've finally settled on the medium foam. It just offered the best comfort.

Conclusion
The Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones is, by far, the best sounding earphones I've had thus far. The highs, and the booming lows, are much clearer than Apple's in-ear and, with a wide selection of earphone sleeves, I'm sure you'll be able to find the perfect fit.

The cord is durable, twice as thick as my previous earphones and does not kink as easily, but here's the catch. It's heavy. With a 5 foot cord, that's a lot to carry around. The extra thick cord, especially when you're moving about, you can feel the weight in your ears.

As of this moment, I wouldn't trade it for anything.

:-)

Gary Kawamura
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