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A Review On: Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones

Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones

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Pros: Sound Quality, Looks

Cons: Minor Comfort Issues

Packaging - 

The E2C Come in a rather frustrating box, made of that terrifying packaging that just about everything comes in these days. Inside of the box, you will find a pair of earphones, 8 extra sets of ear-tips, and a wonderful, solid, case for transport. To address the question of whether the number 8 was a typo, no, I couldn't believe what I got when it showed up, personal fit "kit" was by no means an overstatement. 

Design - 

I pretty quickly learned why shure included so many tips, these earphones are designed in the worst manner possible for a beginner to use, I've been using earphones for about a year now, and this was completely new to me, there is a 5 or so step process which one must go through to get the earphones into one's ear, so instead of going about precisely twisting, pushing, and wiggling the 'buds into my ears, I hung them over my ear and jammed them in as I would my other sets. I kept this up for a few days until I figured the process out, by which point in time, I had irritated my ear, and it hurt to insert and extract the bud. Once the earphones are in though, I barely notice them, I've carefully pushed through the opening, twisted into the first stop, decompressed, tilted, and furthered inserted, and I forget about the headphones, except from time to time when I have to play with the piece to correct a fitting difference between my right and left side. Correlating to the fit is the isolation, which is pretty good, I'd estimate 20 - 22 Db, which is better than my klipsch, but doesn't isolate like a pair of full fledged shooting range earplugs. 

Sound - I have had a very limited experience with earphones, and never own more than one set, so anything I say should be taken with a teaspoon of salt, which is why I cropped the rating that I wanted to give these earphones by once star. 


The E2C have a fairly normal sound to them, they sound "aggressive" and moderately loud. The bass isn't muddy, but there are some artifacts that may or may not be attributed to the recording that I hear with these earphones. Separation is above average, beating the image S4 which is regarded quite highly by many (according to my memory) in the clarity category, the S4 beat the E2C with a slightly more clear, "shining" sound, which may just be coloration towards the highs which I experienced quite frequently on the S4. I appreciated the sound of the E2C for being slightly bassy, but generally balanced relative to the S4, although it wasn't quite as flat as the superfi 4. The sound coming from my E2C seems to be pretty neutral in the way of coloring, not as dark as my vmodas or superfi, not as bright as my image, which is a great sound for metal. Highs on my E2C seem to be higher than me superfi, and once again, lower than my image (noticing a trend?) the one area where the E2C turned out completely different from either earphones was in distortion, I heard very little distortion at higher volumes with these earphones.


Overall - The E2C are a good pair of earphones to look into if you are alright with the minor fitting issues and are lloking for a good all around pair of earphones.


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