Pros Sound quality and isolation; Comfortable
Cons The price, but they are worth it. . .
Summary These headphones along with a Dell Dj has changed my world! I am listening to these all day and night long. Very comfortable with different in ear sleeves for the best fit. Sound is very good on all levels, but for the extreme high end of piano keys and some high pitched symphony instruments. For rock and pop et. all, these phones are the best I've ever heard, even beyond that of over the head / enclosed larger phones. For walkers like myself, the world outside becomes like watching a movie with a soundtrack in the background--and you can't hear the traffic or the wind!
Pros Good sound once you figure out how to wear them
Cons Don't fit small ear canals very well; which affects sound quality
Summary I have very small ear canals and have trouble wearing the head phones with even the smallest ear buds in. The sound for me is tinny and flat. I tried to return them under the 30 day money back guarantee, but the company I bought them from Comp-U-plus, would not take them back because they were opened (DUH). I called Shure and they told me that Comp U Plus is not an authorized dealer, so they would not take them back: they were unable to honor their 30 day money back guarantee. Buyer beware...Shure's money back guarantee is very conditional.
Pros unparalleled noise isolation
Cons tiny L and R indicators
Summary Hi all. This is my first ear canal phones and I must say that I will not go back to any other headphones. I've had numerous headphones like seinheissers, Bose noise cancellation and other regular earphones. This certainly takes the cake. For certain, this beats Bose Quiet comfort hands down first in terms of portability. Next, is the rugged design. Bose's ear cup padding wears off easily and is US$30 a pair to replace!
When it comes down to isolating noise, there is pros and cons. For Bose, at least you can still hear someone talking to you (it does not cancel out noise that is 'dynamic', i.e. it cancels out say an aircon humming in the background but not a person talking to you. So you'll still be disturbed but you'll be somewhat aware of your surroundings. As for the E3c, once you find the right fit, man does it block out noise. It can almost completely block off ambient noise like a pair of ear defenders or ear plugs.
Here's what I did. I am in the military and bought this baby recently. I tried this on while riding in a Chinook and man, if you have not been in a Chinook, it is NOISY in it. Yet, once I put in the E3c, I was still able to enjoy my music and actually fall asleep. The volume is set at just slightly above my usual listening level. All my friends around were highly impressed with it.
Oh, one more thing about portability. If you're the type that needs to block out noise and yet want to listen to music before sleeping, you MUST not buy the Bose. With the bulk, you cannot possibly lay down on your bed. However, with E3, you sure can! Like I said, I'm in the military so at times I have 100 others around me. Throw this baby on and they are all isolated. I can easily lay on my cot and let my IPOD mini take me far from that nasty place and into dreamland. And since it stays on, my IPOD alarm also wakes me up. The E3c remained in my ear throughout the night.
It's worth the money. The 2 years gurantee is by far the best. I had some issues with high end freq reproduction and also a slight crack because of rough handling. Sent it back and it was replaced with a entirely new set, no questions asked, no shipping charges. Man am I impressed.
Shure certainly have my business from now on and I will willingly recommend this to anyone.
Pros Great audio clarity, nifty carrying case, a bunch of rubber earpieces, nice, small design, and stay in the ears perfectly.
Cons One thing (besides a hefty price): the bass is not very good, unless you point them straight down your auditory canal. I played with them for 20 min before I figured it out - and the bass was great.
Summary I've had these for just less than a week, and I really enjoy them. I replaced a stock set with a short (1ft) cord. When I first tried the E3C's, I was incredibly disappointed with lame, pathetic bass - especially since the stock ones I was replacing had bass which was FAR superior. It wasn't until about 3 days later that I figured out that you need to position them perfectly in your ear before you get the bass, then it's awesome. So, don't get frustrated and throw them out before you figure out how to use them correctly. I am very very pleased with them now, although it takes a bit of time to set them up right. Once they're in your ears correctly, they'll stay there forever, and you'll be very pleased with the audio quality.
Pros Sound quality, bass, isolation, good thick cable
Cons The price is astronomical, the cable get tangeled.
Summary Well I just bought a pair of these earphones today. I went to the apple store (in the mall) on my lunch break to pick them up (I have an iRiver H10, call me a traitor if you wish heh). Well I went to the food court, got some food and put these puppies in my ears and turned my mp3 player on low volume and......
All I heard was music, it was amazing, I couldn't hear anyone else. I saw a child screaming and throwing a fit 5 tables away from me but couldn't hear a peep of it.
The sound hasn't stopped since, I have not taken them out yet (even when I drove back to work, dangerous addiction!).
I would reccomend these to anyone looking for high quality earphones.