Shure E4c-n Sound Isolating Earphones (Black)

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In sleek black, to go with some of today's newest MP3 and other audio players. The cutting-edge industrial design of the E4c is a breakthrough in sound isolating earphone technology. Ideal for the business traveler and on-the-go audiophile, the High-Definition Driver with Tuned Port Technology delivers brilliant highs and extended bass that enhance your listening experience with your portable MP3, DVD, and CD players as well as all other audio sources. The E4c's in ear design works like an earplug to block background noise naturally. This enables you to listen comfortably at lower volumes-even in loud environments. And unlike bulky headphones utilizing active noise cancellation technology, no artifacts are introduced into your listening experience. Sound isolating earphones are also much smaller and don't require batteries. E4c Sound Isolating Earphones feature High-Definition drivers with Tuned Port Technology for incredible audio reproduction. As the ideal companion to any portable or home audio source, the E4c's Tuned Port design improves airflow around the driver to deliver professional-grade sound with extended bass response. The E4c comes with a stylish, compact carrying case, providing a convenient, tangle-free way to store your earphones. Also included is a level attenuator, to control volume level for comfortable listening from any high-output audio source, such as airplane armrests.

Latest reviews


Headphoneus Supremus
Pros: detailed, reliable
Cons: Sond cold and plasticky
I had my E-4c since late 2005 when there its was THE earphones back then. Over the years they held up abuse fine except the cable relief cracked from dry roting but music still flows just fine. I can use them in the gym for general workout but not for running, the ear pieces will fall out very easily They are very detailed with good dynamic. The sound signature is little on the cold side. I did not notice the vocal has "plastic" sound to them until I compare them to Westone, HD650, and LCD-2. They are not worth the money by today's standard, there are so many better choices now day for lower price. I gave away mine to a friend this last since they were just laying in my draw, and never missed them after that.


New Head-Fier
Pros: Price / Performance, Sonic Fidelity, Comfort
Cons: Wear and Tear
These little guys sound amazing for the money - does require about 24hrs of burn-in before things loosen up and sound right.  Even, full bass due to the added port over the E3's.  This was my second pair after the cable separated from bud after about 1-year's regular usage.  The second pair died the same way.  
Unfortunately Shure botched the design in the new versions which don't sound nearly as good, and are larger so they don't fit smaller ears anymore.  It's too bad because these were a real winner.  All that was needed was to improve the bud / cable connection and I think it could have been a timeless piece like an SM-57.  Instead the choice was to alienate customers and sacrifice performance in order to engage in unnecessary re-design.  Time to shift brands.


500+ Head-Fier
Pros: Great sound, terrific comfort
Cons: Not many.
These are my go-to headphones when I don't want to use my customs.  They are easy to wear, sport all-day comfort, provide reasonable isolation-- to excellent if you buy the foam inserts, and are a full-range in-ear monitor lacking very little, and a steal for the price.  I own 3 pairs.
I keep a pair of these in my bag at all times.  They come in a round zippered case that's quite protective and unzip in a second.  If I need to grab a quick listen to something, these never let me down.  
Construction is good, but about every two or three years I have to send a pair back for refurbishing from Shure.  The wires are a bit thin, but they have never separated like my e5's.  
Balance is the word that best describes this set of headphones.  They have excellent clarity, a reasonable soundstage, and decent bass extension (though not necessarily impressive).  
In baseball terms-- these are like lead off hitters.  They consistently get on base and score runs, but they're never going to knock anything out of the park.  They do their job, do it very well, and get on with their business.  They're extremely comfortable.  You hardly realize you're wearing them, meaning you can have them in literally all day and never fatigue.  
There are better sounding earbuds out there, no question.  I have a full range of Shure buds at my disposal, but these are the one's I most reach for, and I feel are essential to my kit.  
They do everything well, and can be found for under $200 dollars at times.  I have fancier rigs, but for everyday listening and getting work done-- you can't beat them.


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