Pros Phenomenal sound quality
Cons They cost more than the iPod you will use them with.
Summary Ignore the price for a minute! I dumped my BOSE noise-cancelling headset ($299) and my cheap iPod earbuds for these awesome earphones. If you use the yellow squishy ear inserts, they literally block out all annoying sounds.
I was on a constant exchange program for my Apple earbuds as I never found a set that didn't crackle. After the first time I used these with my own music, I found sounds in the files that I didn't know existed. In some cases, if you have low-quality MP3's, they are too good.
I recommend these to anyone who is using the BOSE noise-cancelling headsets. These have better quality, don't make "POP" noises in your ear and are so small when compared to that monster headset that BOSE sells.
"SCARY!!!!!!!"on by re2st
Pros OH MY GOD!!!!
Cons none. well, maybe the design is not very comfortable for regular user. need to get used to
Summary Okay, this is absolutely SCARY. I can even listen to the sound of my MP3 player's drive winding and moving! How could it be any scarier? It's like.. jumping into the player.. and watching the drive rotates and playing the music while listening to each and every single sound that the music makes. It really changes the way I see earphones. I used to think that earphones are only the extension to the source's sound but no.. these ones remanufacture the sound and make it 100 times much more magnificent. PERFECT!
"Very Uncomfortable"on by VOUR
Pros Great sound
Cons Impossible to wear comfortably for extended periods of time
Summary I sent mine back literally an hour after receiving them. Unlike all the other Shure earphones, E5C is shaped like hearing aids to fit the driver portion of the earphone into the hollow area of the ear outside the ear canal. Unfortunately, the sleeve portion is extremely short and so the only way to get a good seal is by pressing the entire earphone very hard against the ear, which caused great discomfort in my case given that E5C cannot possibly conform to all ear shapes and sizes. The wire lop that goes over the ear is too rigid and presses very uncomfortably against the ear once the wire loop is tightened. The sound quality of E5C is completely irrelevant given the discomfort they cause; I couldn't wait to get rid of them. Since I already have E3C and E2C and I like Shure products, ordered E4C instead.
Pros They fit so well in my ears! It's almost like they were custom made for me. The audio quality is outstanding. Clean, clear high end and full low end. As a broadcast engineer/sound guy, I couldn't ask for a better set of headphones.
Cons I personally would have preferred a straight 1/8" plug rather than a right angle. Not a big deal though.
Summary Bottom line, I LOVE these headphones. I have owned several pair of Shure, Sennheiser and Sony in-ear headphones and these BY FAR out rank the rest on every level. Definitely worth the money!
Pros Unbelievable sound, new foam buds are very comfortable
Cons Of course, they are expensive.
Summary I own the E4c's and just purchased the SE530's (same as the E5c). Wow! The bass rocks! I bought the E4c's on ebay for $180 and the SE530's for $312. Is it worth the difference. If you like bass, then yes. Not that the bass on the E4c's is bad, just not what the 5 series offers. Both have wonderful mid tones and brilliant sound balance. The sound reproduction make these truly a pleasure listening to these. I also like the oval shaped case that the 5's come in (versus the round case of the E4c's) but its obviously not a big deal. Both cases are nice. The big difference is the bass. MUCHO bass!!!