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Originally developed for professional musicians, the E2c combines Dynamic MicroDriver speaker technology with a sound isolating design to deliver rich, full-range sound while blocking outside noise -- ideal for enhancing your listening experience with portable MP3, DVD, and CD players as well as all other audio sources.
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#1
I know these are good, but what happened to simple ear-phones for 1.99? Bargain for what they are tho!
#2
dougys123
I know these are good, but what happened to simple ear-phones for 1.99? Bargain for what they are tho!


trouble with the good old cheap and nasty 1.99 ones is:

A: they never seem to fit right
B: they never sound very good when you turn them up
C: look really tacky :oops:
D: usually have speaker wire that looks like its going to crack when you bend it
E: getting bored now so i'll stop :thumbsup:
#3
droitwichdosser
trouble with the good old cheap and nasty 1.99 ones is:

A: they never seem to fit right
B: they never sound very good when you turn them up
C: look really tacky :oops:
D: usually have speaker wire that looks like its going to crack when you bend it
E: getting bored now so i'll stop :thumbsup:



You forgot to mention they are very good at blocking the sounds of children crying during rush hour on the trains.

But the problem is that they also block out any important annoucements.
#4
The E2Cs are excellent, Amazon did them last year for £30 and they're well worth it, far better than any other in-ears I've had, including the Sennheisers people seem to love.
#5
In my experience the trouble with these ones is if you use them everyday they last 6 months, then you send them back for replacement and the replacements last 6 months. Something to do with the wire, because its so rigid and with constant movement it starts to short.

I wish there could be a deal on the more expensive ear canal phones.
#6
BargainHunter333
In my experience the trouble with these ones is if you use them everyday they last 6 months, then you send them back for replacement and the replacements last 6 months. Something to do with the wire, because its so rigid and with constant movement it starts to short.

I wish there could be a deal on the more expensive ear canal phones.


I've had my E2C's for nearly 3 years, they don't even show any signs of wear and tear. Never had to replace them and I do use them nearly every day.
#7
I remember when these cost over £70. Good earphones and better if you get some of th extra soft silicone sleeves. Well made and durable too. Great deal!
#8
baconsandwich
I've had my E2C's for nearly 3 years, they don't even show any signs of wear and tear. Never had to replace them and I do use them nearly every day.


I can 'Shure' vouch for that comment!

I've had mine for some time... abused twice daily and show no signs of wear. Outstanding sound even compared to other noise isolating in-ear headphones. :whistling:

If buying take time to use the right lugs for your lugs and you will have no problems. Alot of people complain these headphones lack bass, they are just not getting the right seal when using them.... :thumbsup:

HOT !
#9
Is anyone having problem using quidco for this?

The page doesn't seem to load as they say they can't find the site playcom.at .... :(
#10
I have a pair and they are great! Nice find...I paid much more! You need to play around and choose the right ear pieces to get the best fit but after that music will sound very different to a cheaper set!!
#11
I'm in an earphone dilemma. I spent most of the weekend reading about all sorts of models.
Started at the low end with E2C, progressed on to models such as the Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 EB and now i'm more than tempted by the Shure SE530's!

I fear I'm about to do something very very stupid... Although I figure there's no point going 'half-way' then upgrading again in 12 months.
#12
MBeeching
I'm in an earphone dilemma. I spent most of the weekend reading about all sorts of models.
Started at the low end with E2C, progressed on to models such as the Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 EB and now i'm more than tempted by the Shure SE530's!

I fear I'm about to do something very very stupid... Although I figure there's no point going 'half-way' then upgrading again in 12 months.


I would not spend more than half the price of your Source (mp3 player?) on some headphones. You can not make headphones sound better than the signal that supplies them. Dont get a £20 player and spend £100 on headphones!
#13
Had mine about 2 years. Paid £70 but well worth it.
Although they do sound a little distant at first but seem to bed in quickly (or my ears did):)
May buy another pair for spare at this price
Cheers
#14
Got some of these but the leads are too thick and the sound of the cable banging around makes these unusable whilst walking. These are exceptionally good if you're not moving, but on foot I'll stick with my Sennheiser's.
#15
I've had mine for 12 months, they sounds great and feel great. Some people take a while to get used to them as they go deep into your ear, but I put the small black sleeves on and they fit perfect, first time.

Bargain!
#16
CHEEPSTUFFRULES!;1807357
I would not spend more than half the price of your Source (mp3 player?) on some headphones. You can not make headphones sound better than the signal that supplies them. Dont get a £20 player and spend £100 on headphones!


My source is a Denon 2900, which is a damn fine player. However I also have a 160gb iPod with files typically ripped at 256VBR or 320kb - With all the space I have though I might start using lossless.

In another 6-12 months i'd consider a portable amp for the iPod like a C&C F1.

I've managed to get a price of £187.00 after Quidco which makes the £80 odd premium easier to stomach.
#17
BargainHunter333;1807094
In my experience the trouble with these ones is if you use them everyday they last 6 months, then you send them back for replacement and the replacements last 6 months. Something to do with the wire, because its so rigid and with constant movement it starts to short.

I wish there could be a deal on the more expensive ear canal phones.

Who do you send them back to? Mine have started to play up - seems that winding them up in the supplied case causes the cables to twist - now when I work out there is a crackling from the right one. Are Shure good at repalcing? Mine are over 1 year old.........
#18
Have just gone for these for my Video Ipod, hopefully they will do a good job. My Sennheiser earphones stopped working again so I refuse to go for them again!
banned#19
macintyre
Is anyone having problem using quidco for this?

The page doesn't seem to load as they say they can't find the site playcom.at .... :(


YES YES. Why is it happening - and on multiple (4) computers and networks too!
#20
These earphones are excellent though as others have pointed out the wire on some of them do fray. I use them on the underground and bought them because I was aware that I was having to turn up the volume on my ipod to stupidly high levels just to hear over the Northern Line. Now I can get crystal clear sound at about a 1/4 of the total ipod volume and as mine don't totally isolate sound can still hear some annoucements (or at least know when they are being made).

If you do have problems with them, then send them back with a valid receipt then they replace them. Details are here: http://www.shure.co.uk/PersonalAudio/CustomerSupport/index.htm

I did this just before Easter and was very impressed with Shure's service, they got them on the thursday before Easter and they arrived on the tuesday afternoon. Not only this but they were the new version of the E2c's SE110 which have a thinner wire and from having over used them over the weekend superior to the E2c's though the fit is not quite as tight.
banned#21
scottc
Who do you send them back to? Mine have started to play up - seems that winding them up in the supplied case causes the cables to twist - now when I work out there is a crackling from the right one. Are Shure good at repalcing? Mine are over 1 year old.........


I have been using Shure E2c's for over 4 years now and replaced 2 pairs. Personally, I cannot live without them, and use them everyday on the daily commute, gym etc.. However, I do not like the fact that although they are really well built - they fail a lot! Shure are aware of the problem caused by the case - which causes these phones have the problem described, which is one of the reasons they have redesigned the new case.

If you contact them for a RMA # to send them back you will get a new pair under warranty, which is second to none - and I really mean it!! You will need to send them copy of your receipt and the phones back and you will receive the new black ones - as clear ones on this deal are now discontinued.

These came up on an Amazon deal a few months ago for around £30 delivered at HUKD, and my brother got a pair. I am seriously considering getting another pair for myself!
#22
Works fine for me, just ordered, many thanks!
banned#23
MBeeching
I'm in an earphone dilemma. I spent most of the weekend reading about all sorts of models.
Started at the low end with E2C, progressed on to models such as the Ultimate Ears Super.Fi 5 EB and now i'm more than tempted by the Shure SE530's!

I fear I'm about to do something very very stupid... Although I figure there's no point going 'half-way' then upgrading again in 12 months.


If there was ever a deal on the UE Super Fi - I would get them instantly! You should go for this deal - you definitely not regret it, as they are a good pair to start out with and depending on what you listen to - these phones are all-rounders and good ones to own.
#24
johnnycab;1807621
If there was ever a deal on the UE Super Fi - I would get them instantly! You should go for this deal - you definitely not regret it, as they are a good pair to start out with and depending on what you listen to - these phones are all-rounders and good ones to own.


The UE Super.Fi 5 Pros and EB models look tempting and are both around £100.
Many complain that they protrude from the ears though.
The other model that has interested me are the Klipsch Image. There's a deal on here at £169.99, but then there's little price difference between those and the SE530. As you can probably tell, I really want them. I just know I shouldn't spend the money :p

I use Sennheiser HD590 cans and Sony MX71s at the moment.
#25
scottc
Who do you send them back to? Mine have started to play up - seems that winding them up in the supplied case causes the cables to twist - now when I work out there is a crackling from the right one. Are Shure good at repalcing? Mine are over 1 year old.........


Get in touch with shuredistribution.co.uk. They'll sort you out nicely.
They changed my E3C last year for some SE210. I've had Shures for a couple of years, and I've never looked back.
#26
MBeeching
The UE Super.Fi 5 Pros and EB models look tempting and are both around £100.
Many complain that they protrude from the ears though.
The other model that has interested me are the Klipsch Image. There's a deal on here at £169.99, but then there's little price difference between those and the SE530. As you can probably tell, I really want them. I just know I shouldn't spend the money :p


I have a pair of UE triple-fi 10s and they are absolutely outstanding. I managed to get them on the forum here, and would highly recommend them if you can stretch to a pair. The sound is unbelievably accurate, with great bass and jaw-dropping detail. Play something like Daft Punk Alive 2007 through them and I guarantee you would sell your house for a pair. The only down side is that they are fairly sizeable, and do stick out of your lugholes a fair way. I had the Shure e3cs before, and they were great for detail, however they were lacking a little bit in the bass department.
I hate making your decision harder, but I thought you'd appreciate the guidance. That, or I'm working for the government in trying to stimulate the economy by getting people to make more expensive purchases... :thumbsup:
#27
Muhammadoli;1807711
I have a pair of UE triple-fi 10s and they are absolutely outstanding.
I hate making your decision harder, but I thought you'd appreciate the guidance. :thumbsup:


I have investigated the Triple.Fi 10s and had them shortlisted. I only decided against them after several hours reading opinions on AVForum and the Head.Fi forum. I came to the conclusion that the Ultimate Ears were more accurate, but lacked the warmth for extended listening found in the SE530.
Will I enter a scary 'trance like state' once I shut out the outside world?
#28
Any idea how these compare to these Shures - SE110K?

http://www.johnlewis.com/230472177/Product.aspx?source=12021
#29
#30
Will I enter a scary 'trance like state' once I shut out the outside world?


You'll never want to return to the real world mate, I promise you that! Much more fun cocooned in here, with Stevie Wonder's 'Superstition' on repeat...
I have never listened to the Shure 530s, but would imagine they are belters. I dunno what the price difference is like, but it used to be the triple fi 10s were about £50 cheaper than the top shure ones - dunno if that's still the case. I think there's a zdnet review somewhere that compares the two, saying the shures are better, but maybe not £50 better. Good luck with your decision :thumbsup:
#31
Great Deal, HOT!
#32
waistcoat
Got some of these but the leads are too thick and the sound of the cable banging around makes these unusable whilst walking. These are exceptionally good if you're not moving, but on foot I'll stick with my Sennheiser's.


Agreed 100%, I'm glad someone else mentioned this, I thought I was going to come off like a snob.

They're great, and the sound quality is great compared to typical earphones - if you've never used ear-canal phones before, once you get the right seal they give a very strong sound with a good bass response (for the uninitiated, they have to sit just so in your ears, sometimes this is dead easy, sometimes not, depending on your own ear shape and that of the plugs that come with the phones) .

BUT I found that for walking down the road with my iPod, these were no good... because they project into your ear canal, the rumble you get from walking is terrible and distracts from the music entirely.

Ace for a journey / sitting down, ace for the money, but think twice if you're on the hoof a lot. Also worth noting that if you're prone to ear infections, these may not be ideal, as if you don't clean them regularly/properly, they can re-introduce germs to the ear.

As you might now be thinking, all of this sounds like a lot of hassle for a pair of earphones :P That's why I don't use mine anymore :P (but rate their sound quality)
#33
I bought these the last time they were in the Play.com sale, I paid £30 for them and they were worth every penny!

I use them almost every day with my mp3, PSP and portable DVD player as I work abroad a lot and they are brilliant.

Had them nearly 6 months and no sign of wear and tear, plus they came with lots ear cushions in different shapes, sizes and materials, so you're almost guaranteed to find one that suits you.

voted hot!
#34
Thanks guys - phoned Shure Distribution today and they gave me an authorisation number to send them back - and promised a replacement within 5 days. :thumbsup:
Now I just have to live without my E2c for a few days. Impressed with Shure service this far.......
#35
ah shure are great! my broke after 9 months, they sent me a pair back a week or so later!
#36
The SE110's(£49 - not sure what the N is as the non 'N' ones are more expensive) are the replacement for the E2c's - mixed reviews from the public, the SE210's seem to have conflicting views - one says they lack bass and another says they have great bass!?

Oh, one thing that is consistant is that the majority of them seem to break - that's what puts me off getting them.
#37
shure's come with 2 year warranty's, i've had E3c's bought from ebay replaced then the replacements were replaced last week for SE210's, service is excellent.
if your serious about music and your hearing then these are defo worth a go.

rev
#38
Anyone used these with an iPod Touch?

For some reason my Creative sp-630 sound terrible with it, loads of noise with no music playing and seems to bottom out on the bass when playing music.
On the other hand my Sony EX70's sound good, no noise at all. (I would use these, but one side is really quiet now)
#39
I see a lot of reviews for these and all I can say is that I was thoroughly disappointed. It may be just the shape of my ears but these have almost no bass, and I'm not a big bass junkie, I just like to hear the warmth of some good basslines. I eventually gave up and bought some Sennheiser CX300s that were on here, and they are superb for the money. What really drove me mad was the hassle of fitting the darn things, you eventually get them nice and snug and then some inconsiderate person wants to talk to you:roll:!!

As I said each to there own, but not worth the extra money over the Sennheisers in my opinion.
#40
Soundwise they are probably worth no more than £25. They only sound great if you have been using bundled headphones with your mp3 players, otherwise "what is all the fuss about these?" seems to be the standard response that others have, including myself. Plus points for the no-quibble replacement guarantee. Minus points for absolutely needing that guarantee, plus the fiddly nature of these.
I would hold out for the e3cs, myself as a minimum from Shure.

The e5cs were fantastic, but at over £400 you have got to love your music.

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