"WOW WOW WOW!!!!!"on by gmchef514
Pros Complete sound isolation
Cons Not good in the gym
Summary I got a pair of E2's about a year and a half ago, I never used them because of the over the ear cord. Well I got stuck in a jam and had no choice they were great. When asked what I wanted for my B'day I said a pair of E3's. These headphone are better than any earbuds I've used . I commute six day a week for an hour each way I no longer hear everyones phone conversations etc etc etc, Xmas E5. If you can afford them, get them
Pros Great Sound, comfortable, great sound isolation, light, awesome high and middle tones
Cons Price, price
Summary After desintegrating a pair of sony earphones and changing a pair of shure e2 (heavy, poor bass -even after learning how to colocate them properly, uncomfortable, too heavy for using them while jogging) decided to put the extra money to get some quality sound. I don't regret it the quality of the sound is AMAZING you will not want to take them out of your ears, I recomend using the foam earbuds.
Pros Great Sound. Great Fit. Good Price for the sound quality
Cons Poor workmanship in the cable.I had them replaced twice, same problem.
Summary I bought these 2 years ago and within a week of extremely gentle usage the left ear would cut out. In wiggling and bending the cable slightly it was apparent the problem was in the cable near the junction where the right/left cables meet. I contacted Shure and they promptly sent me another pair. Again within a week they had the same problem. I was able to slightly bend the cable to make it work and I used them sparingly for a couple months and decided I should send these back for another replacement. A third pair arrived in a brand new package and this pair lasted a month, but I only used them 3-4 times. The same exact problem with the sound dropping out but in the right ear this time. This was clearly a bad connection in the cable near the junction box. If I bent the cable slightly and refrained from moving it it worked. So I contacted Shure, who told me it must be a problem with my equipment, but this is not possible. First, I am an electronics engineer and a computer engineer. I used to repair radios and radar systems for the U.S. Navy. I have also been a master troubleshooter for computer systems for many years. I know how to isolate a problem better than almost anyone. This problem with my E3's occurred with all my many iPods, iPhone, and other devices, and is clearly affected by slightly bending the cable.
I decided to swear off ever buying another Shure product and even though I love the sound of these headphones I have only used them maybe 20 times since I got the third pair nearly 2 years ago. When I do use them it is only when I can sit absolutely still so I do not stress the cable. I still have to bend the cable a bit to make it work most times. I dare not use them when I am hiking or moving around, which is a shame because I would love to enjoy their great sound in the great outdoors. I keep them in the great protective case they came with. I am disappointed in Shure. Mostly I am disappointed that I can't buy their headphones again because I have no faith O will get what I paid for and I will miss the incredibly detailed sound I enjoy so much and have yet to find anywhere else. i can't afford to try a $500 pair, so their may be options, just not for me. It is also disappointing that they refused to stand behind was is obviously a defective product. Maybe just a very large defective batch. Or maybe I just got incredibly unlucky. I don't know. I ended up using the crappy Apple ear buds most of the time, while I had access to my Shure E3's. This was hugely disappointing. I recently got a pair of V-Moda headphones, which are better than the Apple ear buds, but nothing like my E3's. I still only use the E3's maybe once a month or less, and a treat they are when they work.
Pros The sound is terrific, and noise reduction is almost on par with expensive over the ear headphones
Cons After having them for 2.5 years, the plastic bits connecting to the piece that goes in your ear BOTH broke off within a month of each other, with no inappropriate use on my part -- I was just taking them out of my ears when they broke.
Summary Don't buy it -- something that costs this much money should last longer than two and a half years. And the company was unconcerned when I contacted them -- it was out of warranty. I think a structural flaw like this should be of more concern to a luxury headphone maker.
Pros I LIKED THE SOUND OF THESE VERY MUCH BUT FOUND THEM UNCOMFORTABLE OVER THE EAR...ONE DAY I PUT THEM IN BACKWARDS PROBLEM SOLVED,,,IF YOU PUT THEM IN R-TO LEFT EAR AND L-TO RIGHT EAR THE PROBLEM IS GONE AND YOU CAN WEAR THEM LIKE REGULAR EARBUDS
Cons DON'T KNOW YET
Summary I guess the engineers didn't think of that???