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Shure E2 Sound Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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Shure E2 Sound Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 777 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 8.0%

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Individual Feature Rating
Service4.7   above average
Volume4.5   above average
Noise4.4   above average
Travel4.3   average
Price4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Range4.2   average
Speaker4.2   above average
Loud4.1   average
Treble4.1   average
Sound4.0   below average
iPod4.0   average
Comfortable3.9   below average
Music3.9   below average
Fit3.8   below average
Performance3.8   below average
Response3.6   below average
Size3.5   below average
Listening3.4   below average
Amazon3.3   below average
Plug3.3   average
Rubber3.2   below average
Design3.1   below average
Warranty3.1   average
Base3.0   mediocre
Cable2.7   below average
Plastic2.7   average
Heavy2.5   mediocre


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"Good:- Price- Sound Quality- UtilityBad:- Not good for exerciseThese canalphones were on sale here at Amazon, which brought the price down to the same realm as entry-level alternatives from Sony, etc."
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"I have purchased other products that have received mixed reviews on Amazon and found the negative reviews misleading."
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"I had read a few Amazon reviews with similar complaints, I read about the importance of a good fit - I knew with so many RAVES, the problem had to be me."
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"Just an overall negative experience for me, so back they go to amazon..and i am back to my ipod buds."
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"Amazon's review is slightly incorrect."
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"I have followed prices related to the Shure E2c headphones for well over three years; when an Amazon saver e-mail found its way into my inbox a month ago I was happy to take the plunge at a discounted price of more than 60% off retail."
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"Amazon has a great price on these things, and *EVERYBODY* goes wild when they hear them."
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"Despite having lost my warranty card etc, I sent them away to Shure with my Amazon email-receipt and hoped for the best."
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"I thought I had been sent a duff pair and returned them to Amazon (great returns service and prompt replacement).This time I'm sure I heard a little bass but nothing compared to my old headphones."
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"good product , but purchased from Amazon partner Electronica Direct."
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Base

Base:
"Sound is not very good, the normal Iphone buds are actually better for normal listen, since the base is not very good and music sounds quite flta."
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"I expected a cleaner and louder base but instead I get an unpleasant emphasis on the high frequencies despite the EQ adjustments on my Ipod."
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"clear sound although with sorta weak base output..good entry-lvl high-end earphone..."
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"The reproduction isn't as technically accurate as the top of their line and the base is not as pronounced."
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"The base seems to be a little weak, but I am still waiting to get time to play with them."
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"people complain about no base but they must not have them in right."
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"Comfortable, easy to get in and TONS of base!"
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"Still not the base bass I was hoping but I'm happy."
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"clear sound although with sorta weak base output..good entry-lvl high-end earphone..."
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"If you're looking for a much warmer multidimensional sound than your stock ipod models with very good reproduction and adequate base you can't go wrong with theses amazing buds."
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"The E2c would probably work well for podcasts, but for music with any base at all, they are a big disapointment."
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Cable

Cable:
"I have read reviews about people saying the little spool in the case is useless or damages the cable, but I disagree."
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"Eventually the cord plastic did degrade."
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"There are two problems with the quality:1. if you work out, the cord rubber gets exposed to your natural oils when you sweat and becomes brittle especially on the cord where it wraps over your ear."
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"Either way, ive had reasonable success with the PVC tips, and find that there are times when i barely notice them, the housings are where the real comfort issues are though, and ive found the housing to rub my outer ear raw from time to time, also, the cable behind the ear may be painful for some users."
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"finally, there is the durability of the earphones, ive owned my pair for 5 months, and in that time, a strain release has snapped, and a cable is starting to tear, the strain release was trivial damage, and the cable was user invoked to some degree."
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"These earphones don't stay in right when running or jumping and when the cord bangs against anything, it makes loud annoying thuds in the ears."
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"This system, while odd, would be fine if there was enough extra length on the cableas it is, the cable is too short and would benefit from about an extra 6-12 for more comfortable access to the output device."
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"However despite all this I plan on trying to solder together a new cable and see if they still work just for fun since I've gotten new headphones since these died."
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"These earbuds sound fantastic, stay in your ear well have ample cable length and fit snugly with multiple different rubber tips."
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"I also love that the cables go behind the ears and to the back of the neck so they are out of the way and can be hidden."
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"The cable on these headphones is great though, and is approximately 3 16ths of an inch thick, which is really thick as far as cables go."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Not a comfortable earphone so it doesn't matter how good it sounds."
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"Sound quality, the most important aspect of a pair of headphones, is diminished on the e2c, i gave it 2 stars, its really only 2.5, but i bumped it down to make up for the 3 in comfort, ive gotten some nasty ear infections from using these despite keeping them very clean."
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"This pair was also less (about $70), whereas, the second pair I purchased (about $99), didn't sound as good, and weren't as comfortable to wear."
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"The wire is not thin, it's durable and the plugs are comfortable."
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"The rubber cups are comfortable but a little hard to get off and on to clean."
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"Comfort ability: 1 star - Pretty uncomfortable!"
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"they worked great and the airplane, but not very comfortable, they didn't last and they are really expensive."
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"I ended up buying a pair of Bose earphones which sounds great and much more comfortable."
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"With a good fitting ear sleeve these are comfortable for multi-hour wearing."
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"A tight comfortable fit is the best thing about this and one would expect that if he shelled out a couple hundred bucks."
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"These are comfortable, and wear well."
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Commute

Commute:
"If you commute often I cannot recommend these highly enough."
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"Your morning commute might be a little weird if your ears are still wet from the shower, and wax does accumulate on the covers, so you'll need to clean them periodically."
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"I've used these for 3 years of daily train commuting, and they isolate the outside sound fairly well."
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"I commute by bus and train and these guys are perfect to keep out all that excess noise."
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"So, I'm pretty happy with my purchase, because the sound is great and my commute is mostly sitting down or waiting, but hearing my loud footsteps as I rush from my bus stop to the nearest subway train is still very annoying, something I haven't gotten used to yet, probably never will."
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"If you want to quiet your commute, these are a great way to do it without breaking the bank...to much."
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"These earphones are also absolutely perfect for commuting."
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Cover

Cover:
"Shure's service also sucks since you need to mail it to them and in an email they said that the cable deterioration whilst being a known issue is likely my fault, so not to expect them to cover costs."
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"They can be uncomfortable or not depending on the shape of your ear or the cover you use, it just depends."
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"Eventually the sound started to cut out, and despite my attempts to use electrical tape to cover up the failing casing, I've lost the right ear completely, and it looks like the left ear isn't far behind, either."
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"It comes with multiple size and texture ear bud covers to give the best fit for your ears."
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"It includes 9 different covers to help provide the most comfortable fit."
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"I'm not real fond of earbuds, but with the large number of earbud covers that come with this unit there is a pretty good chance you'll find a size style that suits you."
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"They come with a great array of covers in different sizes and materials so you can choose what feels best for you."
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"The foam covers are the way to go and the earphones are pretty comfortable!"
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Design

Design:
"Carrying case is really not the best design available, but is a tough, protective case and does the job somewhat."
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"Putting them in your ears is a hassle and the design is horrible."
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"The in-ear design can act almost like a stethoscope so excessive jostling and your own heartbeat and breathing can interfere with the music."
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"Good sound, but a faulty product design therefore ultimately a waste of money."
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"-These (or any such noise blocking headphones) are a must if your travel the NY city subway regularlyCons:-The sound quality is not any better than my stock creative headphones-Because of their ear-plugging design, they really are uncomfortable."
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"The worst design feature is the rugged, but quite rather thick wires."
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"Overall, id advise you to find a pair of e3c for an extra 30 bucks, which has a flatter sound, better design, and a more durable cable."
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"Sad because their fit design is SO GOOD!"
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"Packaging is innovative and has great design."
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"Some Pros:+Crisp and clear highs, awesome mids.+Durable Design.+Cool Looking.+Tons of eartips included, so you will definetly find a fit you like.+Case included."
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"Good sound, but a faulty product design therefore ultimately a waste of money."
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Durability

Durability:
"However, due to their lack of durability I cannot recommend anyone to buy these."
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"As far as durability goes, these are the best I've had."
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"I have been very impressed with their performance and durability considering that I use abuse them pretty regularly."
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"Overall there's good and bad, but for the $60 they go for now, I say it's a no brainerpros:flat, accurate reproduction; great isolation; valuecons: fit can be tricky, durability is an issue."
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"I have had these for about a month and am very happy with the sound isolation, fit and overall durability so far but I can't say I can completely agree with other reviewers about the sound."
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"I'm continually astounded by these things' comfort, bass response, high-end clarity, and durability (so far).I whole-heartedly recommend these to any audiophile on a budget."
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Fit

Fit:
"Seriously consider replacing them when decide to purchase with the newly redesigned EASFX2 sleeves, which would solve all discomfort and fit issues completely."
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"I have tried all of items in the fit kit and it is more a problem of the stupid driver being too large and at an angle OUTSIDE of the ear."
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"So be aware that they may not fit comfortably."
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"If you're a woman on the more petite side and you know that iPod headphones don't fit you, then you will also know that these headphones won't fit you as well."
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"I found these headphones to have good music quality but gave it three stars because the fit was not great."
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"They are just not very comfortable headphones (from earpiece to wire and behind-ear) - just did not fit well with me."
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"With a good fitting ear sleeve these are comfortable for multi-hour wearing."
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"A snug fitting device that on account of fitting well in your ears shuts out out all ambient sound."
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"A tight comfortable fit is the best thing about this and one would expect that if he shelled out a couple hundred bucks."
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"These earbuds sound fantastic, stay in your ear well have ample cable length and fit snugly with multiple different rubber tips."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"One problem, after 2 years of heavy use, the rubber insulation around the wire has broken down exposing the bare wires."
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"the mids, as stated above, are colored by the bass, listening to death metal, the mids were actually so dark and heavy that it became irritating because it made the headphones sound so sluggish."
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"The cord is thicker than the one on normal earphones making it heavy and uncomfortable."
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"My only problem is that the cord is so heavy it keeps pulling the plugs out of my ears."
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"Compounding the problem is that the cord is very thick heavy which pulls the earphones lose."
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"The only downside is that you have to replace them about every month (with heavy listening, otherwise about evert 2-3) otherwise they don't seal or get too gummed up."
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"Another thing to note is that the wires are pretty heavy and thick."
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"Great sound and has been great in heavy noise situations - especially New York subway."
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"Good sound, good fit, good build quality (nice heavy wire), AND good price."
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"Whether I'm listening to some heavy dance jungle, excellent symphony pieces on the Telarc label (watch the volume on the 1812 Overture; digitally recorded canons are LOUD), or anything in between it comes through absolutely clean."
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"I like the heavy duty cable and the length is good."
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Light

Light:
"All plastics degrade under UV light so 4 years is about right."
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"Broke after 1 month of light use?"
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"The soft sleeves don't hurt my ears at all (I was worried about this), they're light and very portable."
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"A bit light on the bass response, but a good clean feel throughout the rest of the range."
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"The earbuds that came with my Ipod are far more comfortable, light weight and I can wear them for hours without any pain."
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"Make sure that you sit down in the clear light of day at a desk and have at least twenty minutes to read the manual and sort out your fit."
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"As someone with a lot of experience with in-ear headphones hopefully I can shed some light for those looking for the perfect pair."
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"The little Sennheisers are great too, but the cables are very light compared to the Shures, the sound quality slipped a little, and the Shures had a more balanced tone."
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Listening

Listening:
"The earphone rendered my music listening experience dull and painful."
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"I am not a audiophile but enjoy listening to music."
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"One of the earphones broke in half, so I have been listening out of one ear only."
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"After listening to my problem, she claimed that she couldn't do anything other than pay for the shipping the next time I sent the headphones in."
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"They're not the best in the world but they're good enough for listening to Mp3s and also make flying a bit more bearable."
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"The only downside is that you have to replace them about every month (with heavy listening, otherwise about evert 2-3) otherwise they don't seal or get too gummed up."
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"Its also great for listening while riding my scooter with a helmet (at safe, low volumes, with one bud, only while the scooter isn't in motion and is off the road, of course).So: great comfort, excellent sound quality, and superb support."
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"What I really love about these earphones is that #1 they stay in your ears and don't slip out, especially with the cord strap on the back, #2 because they are plugs, they help block background noise, so you can hear what you are listening to more clearly, and #3 their dynamic range is amazing for such a small earphone, you can hear all the highs, mid, and a lot of low frequencies in everything you listen to."
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"Isolation is great, you can't hear someone talking to you if you're listening to music even lightly (great for planes)."
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"I am no audiophile, but the sound quality of these in-ears allows me to hear sounds and nuances I have never heard before in music I've been listening to for years and I love them."
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"Whether I'm listening to some heavy dance jungle, excellent symphony pieces on the Telarc label (watch the volume on the 1812 Overture; digitally recorded canons are LOUD), or anything in between it comes through absolutely clean."
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Loud

Loud:
"These earphones don't stay in right when running or jumping and when the cord bangs against anything, it makes loud annoying thuds in the ears."
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"Thanks to these headphones I haven't had to quit my job because of the loud annoying person in the cube near me."
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"I ve been able to cut down on the volume at which i play my music...I live in manhattan and take the subway bus everywhere, use these at the gym on the treadmill etc and in all of these situations i was worried about hurting my hearing by having the music on too loud...this has now thankfully fixed the problem2."
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"I've read complaints that the Rio doesn't play loud enough, which is true with the junk headphones that come with the unit."
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"Volume and distortion wise, these earphones are fantastic, and clock in approximately 2.5x louder than vmoda bass freq, which are pretty loud to begin with, and distortion seems to be pretty insignificant, with volume 70% distorting an extra 7.5% than on volume 35% (this distortion number is arbitrary and estimated)."
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"It can be insanely loud if you want, or comfortably isolate outside noises."
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"They do a great job of protecting my ears from the loud noise from racquetball and at the same time they allow me to listen to music."
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"The soft black tips allow me to hear loud noises through the music, which I appreciate as safer than walking around totally unaware of my surroundings."
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"The guy talking about Real Madrid's prospects without Beckham, however, you still heard loud and clear without pumping up your volume to boombox levels."
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Music

Music:
"The earphone rendered my music listening experience dull and painful."
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"I am not a audiophile but enjoy listening to music."
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"This is an absolute must for the gym, where they play terrible music, and the plane, where people are just generally terrible."
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"The in-ear design can act almost like a stethoscope so excessive jostling and your own heartbeat and breathing can interfere with the music."
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"I liked to use them at the gym to drown out the crappy music they play there and all the gorillas grunting and groaning."
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"It's great when walking to work, I do not need to raise the volume excessively to hear the music over the traffic."
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"A good ear for music in all forms and genres?"
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"I love bollywood music, melodious tunes juxtaposed with throbbing thumps and pulsating percussion."
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"Yes the middle range and high notes were markedly clear but with the absence of bass, the character of the music was lost."
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"My favorite use of them is on an airplane because they mute everything so well and allow me to sleep (with music or not)."
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"The sound is fantastic, if you crank it up and close your eyes the music takes over."
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Noise

Noise:
"They are not effective in blocking out background noise."
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"Good noise reduction which eliminates most annoying sounds instantly (alarms, baby cries, screams, etc.)"
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"It's a balance between the sound quality noise reduction and the discomfort."
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"Besides noise drives me to a jittery and frantic state which I hate."
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"I bought the E2c earphones since I have a problem distinguishing conversation from background noise."
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"The clarity, bass, & noise canceling are hard to beat."
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"these are the best sound and noise isolation you can imagine, don';t get fancy ones they separate sounds too much , not enough bass, etc... leave those other ones to musicians, etc... wish i could find a nice used pair."
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"With these I have to almost completely turn the highs down on these on my SONY NWZ-S764 MP3 media player, for me that's a good thing and I find the Fidelity on these buds are fantastic and do shutout noise."
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"I bought these earphones thinking I was getting something that would mask noise during a long flight, put out great sound, and be my best sound purchase ever."
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"They blocked out a decent amount of background noise and the sound quality is great as well."
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"They fit comfortably and block out a great deal of noise."
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Noise-cancellation

Noise-cancellation:
"I haven't actually tried electronic noise-cancelling headphones, but from what I understand they are primarily geared towards plane travel, but aren't as well suited to muting the outside world as noise-isolating headphones."
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"With the soft silicon, noise-isolation is quite good."
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"I got rid of my big noise-canceling earphones in favor of these, and frankly, I think the earplug-style design of them does just as good a job as the active noise-canceling feature of my old cans."
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"The sound is clear and clean, they are comfortable and I really like the noise-isolating aspect."
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"They really seal out outside noise quite well, which makes me happy that I did not buy noise-cancelling headphones and then deal with changing those batteries all the time."
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"The noise-canceling of these headphones is amazing."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"All plastics degrade under UV light so 4 years is about right."
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"Eventually the cord plastic did degrade."
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"The build quality on the e2c is roughly average, out of the box, one of the housings was slightly loose, and the plastic they are made out of isn't particularly great, it happens, but i would have greatly preferred a metal housing, although that has the potential to severely impact the sound."
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"Pros:-seals out ambient noise very well-excellent sound reproduction-good wire lengthCons:-the plastic polymer buds are too hard and uncomfortable, and fall out easily (stick with the yellow sponge)-yellow sponge buds get dirty easily and loose elasticity over time (about 2-3 months)Overall:An above average pair of ear buds with good sound quality."
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"The annoying part was figuring out which ear plastic piece to use with these things, and by personal preference, I like the black flex soft ones, compared to the while clear plastic, or foam."
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"I finally settled on the soft rubber ones, a nice compromise between the hard plastic and the foam."
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"The annoying part was figuring out which ear plastic piece to use with these things, and by personal preference, I like the black flex soft ones, compared to the while clear plastic, or foam."
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"I could not get my ears to fit to them well (I have medium sized ears) with the clear rubber or the plastic flex plugs so either my ears were way too uncomfortable or I didn't have any bass."
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"I was looking for headphones to serve me in the following conditions:- Working out (jogging and weights);- Airplane travel;- WorkI have gone through several $10-20 headphones (usually the sport types that have a plastic hook that go over your ears) as well as the ear buds that came with my IPod Nano."
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"One is the round soft rubber kind (which come in large, med, small to suit your ear canal), the other is the soft squishy yellow foam, which molds to the shape of your ear (also comes in large, med and small), and the hard plastic kind (also in large, med and small).The hard plastic kind works the best in terms of blocking outside sound but because its hard plastic, my ears start to ache after a few hours of continuous use."
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"The foam feels the best in terms of comfort but doesn't block out sound as well as the hard plastic and the soft rubber ones."
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Plug

Plug:
"The part that failed was the mini jack that you plug into your player (mp3 cd etc)."
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"the plugs, all the different sizes, don't fit and were very comfortable."
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"[...]They aren't especially comfortable, but because the cords go over my ears and the plugs fit my ear well, they stay on when I'm running."
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"My only problem is that the cord is so heavy it keeps pulling the plugs out of my ears."
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"The wire is not thin, it's durable and the plugs are comfortable."
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"I could not get my ears to fit to them well (I have medium sized ears) with the clear rubber or the plastic flex plugs so either my ears were way too uncomfortable or I didn't have any bass."
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"Sometimes I just use them as plain 'ear plugs' since they do a decent job of blocking out most noise on the bus, and other noises on commutes."
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"Furthermore, the inner ear plug, does not lock into position, and is easily lost."
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"I could not get my ears to fit to them well (I have medium sized ears) with the clear rubber or the plastic flex plugs so either my ears were way too uncomfortable or I didn't have any bass."
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"I can mow the lawn and use these headphones as ear plugs with the ability to listen to music from a great pair of earphones and I do not need high volume to achieve this."
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"The great fitment of these ear buds handle running well, which no other ear plug has stayed in well before."
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Price

Price:
"Discomfort and pain, definite irritation and probable illness seem a high price...do not a good deal make."
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"there is no bass and the sound is cheap and horrible."
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"They are the most uncomfortable earbuds I have ever used and for the price they should not hurt your ears after 10 minutes."
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"That's not to say they are perfect, but for the size and price I don't think you can beat them."
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"Given the high price of Shure headphones, this is unacceptable."
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"Replacements are only available through Shure at a ridiculous high price (Something that is worth literally 10 cents in material is sold for 10 dollars."
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"The price is reasonable for the working musician."
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"If you're looking for great sound quality, these are a good choice, but for the money there are much better options that don't require the same sort of awkward shenanigans to wear properly."
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"Thank you for a great product at a great price! "
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"My purchase decision at the time was based on sound quality and durability within my price range."
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"I'm sure there are better buds out there but I'm giving these a 5 because for the price, they sound really great."
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Quality

Quality:
"But sound quality alone does not a great pair of earphones make."
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"There are two problems with the quality:1. if you work out, the cord rubber gets exposed to your natural oils when you sweat and becomes brittle especially on the cord where it wraps over your ear."
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"High-quality as expected, though sound quality isn't quite as amazing as some reviews make it out to be (but still very good - no real complaints at all! )"
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"It's a balance between the sound quality noise reduction and the discomfort."
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"The earphones are very uncomfortable when inserted and the sound quality is poor."
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"I found them uncomfortable and the sound quality just decent not great, but that didn't really matter so much to me since I really only got them to use for mowing the lawn."
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"If you're looking for great sound quality, these are a good choice, but for the money there are much better options that don't require the same sort of awkward shenanigans to wear properly."
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"To be fair, the sound quality on these phones is excellent."
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"The first 2-3 years I was very impressed with the quality and durability however, about 1.5-2 years ago the wire split just under the ear bud."
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"They blocked out a decent amount of background noise and the sound quality is great as well."
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"Still doesn't miss a beat delivering crisp and clear quality sound, but the included foams and flex sleeves are extremely uncomfortable to wear and hard to put in and take out."
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Range

Range:
"However, I was not thrilled with them after a couple of days because I realized that I was missing the mid and high ranges."
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"The sound is pretty well balanced along the entire range, but note that you won't be able to feel the bass like you would in a regular headphone."
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"The problem then was of balancing across the frequency range, even with these things lodged in my ears."
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"I could understand if there was a low range, but not a very good one, but this had nothing."
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"As for the sound itself, I have seen a few people complain about the bass or the range of bass on these."
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"On the downside, the dynamic range of the headphones isn't quite as great as I expected."
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"Rich bass good clean mid range and pleasing highs, I have hearing issues in the high frequency range so most ear buds don't cut it for me."
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"A bit light on the bass response, but a good clean feel throughout the rest of the range."
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"Yes the middle range and high notes were markedly clear but with the absence of bass, the character of the music was lost."
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"My purchase decision at the time was based on sound quality and durability within my price range."
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"I've been happy with my earphones for the past year: reasonable fit, good sound (enough to hear the encoding artifacts in some songs, nice balance through full range)."
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Response

Response:
"While you can get a similar effect by doing this with most any earbud, most other earbuds do not require the perfect seal to give you a good response."
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"There is absolutely NO bass response, which is disappointing."
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"At first, I was dissapointed with the bass response, but then I realized that they were not far enough inside my ear canal."
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"The bass response is not as good compared to a headphone, but hey, it's comfortable and convenient! "
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"I've fitted them and put them in different angles, but the bass response has still been less than optimal and there is some phase problems...probably expected from their bottom of the line series."
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"I've seen a number of reviews complaining of bad bass response for these headphones."
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"A bit light on the bass response, but a good clean feel throughout the rest of the range."
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"HERE'S THE DEAL THESE HEADPHONES ARE VERY PICKY ABOUT FIT AND SEAL .YOU ABSOLUTLY MUST HAVE A PROPER SEAL AND PROPER TIP INSERTED ON HEADPHONE TO ACHIEVE THE VERY GOOD AND POWERFUL BASS RESPONSE THESE HEADPHONES ARE CAPABLE OF."
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"Being a former mix engineer I especially appreciate the flat response of the E2c."
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"Seriously, if you like good dynamic frequency response, these are not the ones for you."
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"i'm still prefer analog, over digital, because of the greater response and sound quality, but these sound great for either use."
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Rubber

Rubber:
"One problem, after 2 years of heavy use, the rubber insulation around the wire has broken down exposing the bare wires."
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"There are two problems with the quality:1. if you work out, the cord rubber gets exposed to your natural oils when you sweat and becomes brittle especially on the cord where it wraps over your ear."
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"After a year, the rubber hardened and then broke, exposing the wire."
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"The rubber cups are comfortable but a little hard to get off and on to clean."
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"I find the soft flex sleeves (made from soft rubber) to be easily the most comfortable, but unfortunately none of them properly fit my ears and so they would always fall out no matter what size I use."
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"So I tried the foam sleeves and I found these weren't quite as comfortable as the soft rubber sleeves, but because you compress them and let them expand inside your ear the seal is excellent and they stay firmly in place because they are conforming to your ear."
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"THE BLACK RUBBER FLEX SLEEVES (SIZE MEDIUM)FOR ME WERE THE WINNING SETUP."
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"I settled on the clear rubber pads after initially leaning toward the foam."
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"The fit is comfortable IF you select the right size foam or rubber inserts for your ears."
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"I could not get my ears to fit to them well (I have medium sized ears) with the clear rubber or the plastic flex plugs so either my ears were way too uncomfortable or I didn't have any bass."
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"The rubber cups are comfortable but a little hard to get off and on to clean."
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Service

Service:
"One drawback is that if you do not install the included wax guards, and have Shure clean the wax out for you, they (Shure) will charge you a nasty service fee!"
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"Was very happy with the service of Shure in this regard."
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"The good news is that the support service is fast & responsive."
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"Warranty service is GREAT!"
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"I'm on my second pair now, and while Shure replaced my first pair because they were under warranty (excellent service and repair, for the record), the replacement pair wasn't so lucky."
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"It was easy and the service was stellar."
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Size

Size:
"I used to travel with Grado SR80's, but their size was annoying."
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"Even the small ear cushions were uncomfortable."
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"That's not to say they are perfect, but for the size and price I don't think you can beat them."
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"These are great headphones, but beware of one potential problem: The small, circular adhesive grids that are placed over the sound aperture may come loose within your ear canal."
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"the plugs, all the different sizes, don't fit and were very comfortable."
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"I've never been able to wear earphones because they are so irritating but these are soft, you get to customize them to the size of your ear canal, and you can't hear a thing once they're in!"
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"Sound is great though, if you don't have freakishly small earholes these are probably amazing."
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"They also come with a nice range of earbud sizes to fit just about everyone."
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"There are other reviewers on here who claim they have small ears and these work well for them."
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"With plenty of options and sizes almost anyone will be able to find a good fit."
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"THE BLACK RUBBER FLEX SLEEVES (SIZE MEDIUM)FOR ME WERE THE WINNING SETUP."
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Sound

Sound:
"But sound quality alone does not a great pair of earphones make."
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"there is no bass and the sound is cheap and horrible."
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"Not a comfortable earphone so it doesn't matter how good it sounds."
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"These sound great but I found them very uncomfortable in my ears, for more than 15 mins."
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"The sound of my breathing is not the best accompaniment to my tunes."
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"I loved the sound and am upset they have broken yet again but I am not sure if I want to give them my money again since I expect the same result."
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"these are the best sound and noise isolation you can imagine, don';t get fancy ones they separate sounds too much , not enough bass, etc... leave those other ones to musicians, etc... wish i could find a nice used pair."
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"They take a beating and keep on delivering great sound."
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"If you're looking for great sound quality, these are a good choice, but for the money there are much better options that don't require the same sort of awkward shenanigans to wear properly."
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"To be fair, the sound quality on these phones is excellent."
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"I know Shure makes fantastic audio gear and I am always looking for great sounding Headphones and ear buds."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"They've been sitting on my computer desk all this time, connected to the speaker, so I don't see how I could've possibly damaged them."
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"While their in-ear pieces nudge up bass levels and cut down a bit on ambient noise, the tiny speakers in them aren't very good, so they tend to blur or smear your music enough that it's hard to notice the compression through all the muddiness."
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"The highs, mids, and lows are right on track with a perfectly calibrated and matched high end speaker system."
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"The variety of covers these things come with is great; I was able to test a few different ones to get the ones that were most comfortable for me (the smallest rubber ones).The speaker is tiny, though, so don't expect Bose-quality lows or anything."
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"The quality is exceptional; The first time I plugged them into my computer speakers, I heard a somewhat large amount of noise that I'd never heard before."
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"I am simply amazed that such tiny speakers can produce such a rich field of sound."
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"I run my e2cs through the little equalizer on my creative speakers for my laptop or i use a volume booster called a boostaroo."
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Travel

Travel:
"I used to travel with Grado SR80's, but their size was annoying."
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"I haven't actually tried electronic noise-cancelling headphones, but from what I understand they are primarily geared towards plane travel, but aren't as well suited to muting the outside world as noise-isolating headphones."
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"I travel frequently and these earphones are very efficient in cutting the background airplane noise."
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"Also, through multiple travels by car, they have functioned perfectly, allowing me to listen to my own music while others listened to their own choices."
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"I bought them looking for a reasonable priced set of earbuds that would be great for travel, small, comfortable, and having some degree of noise reduction."
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"They do an excellent job of blocking ambient noise-- very good for air travel (as good as the big $$ active noise headphones), and you can wear them during takeoff landing since they aren't electronic."
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"The earphones come in a nice looking zippered case for easy storage and travel."
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Value

Value:
"The Bose unit sounds very good, but I do not think it is a good value compared to the Shure E2c's."
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"I did a lot of research and was drawn to a pair of Grado SR80s - at about a hundred bucks they were an awesome investment and worth every penny - a REAL value, the one drawback: they are over-the-ear cans that are large and have a funky retro styling."
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"I paid $70 for these and I think they are a good value at that price."
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"These offer excellent value."
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"Solid connector and sturdy wiring make this product a great value for the price."
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"Fit and finish is above average; Shure reputation is outstandingEarphones include a relatively compact and very secure casePrice value is very goodThe bad:The most comfortable earpieces for my ears are ORANGE?"
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"I STILL BELIEVE YOU GET GOOD VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY WITH THE SHURES"
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Volume

Volume:
"It's great when walking to work, I do not need to raise the volume excessively to hear the music over the traffic."
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"I was not amazed by the audio quality, it lacks detail and power unless you want to pump up the volume and maybe damage your ear."
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"But as the volume starts to build, the headphones start to disappoint."
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"I play my music at about 60% volume, and at that level I'm literally unable to hear things people are saying directly to me."
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"As I mow the yard, I listen to an IPOD and have had problems with other earphones and excessive mower noise, necessitating me to have the volume up quite loud in order to hear the music."
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"i replaced mine at about a month -- they still sounded great, but more and more ambient noise was getting in so i had to keep increasing volume (and they get pretty nasty looking too, even with cleaning)."
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"Volume and distortion wise, these earphones are fantastic, and clock in approximately 2.5x louder than vmoda bass freq, which are pretty loud to begin with, and distortion seems to be pretty insignificant, with volume 70% distorting an extra 7.5% than on volume 35% (this distortion number is arbitrary and estimated)."
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"A good alternative to my recently-broken Altec Lansing inMotion iM716 Headphones - this E2c doesn't have volume control, but likewise doesn't have an annoying volume control clip!"
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Shure replaced them once for the same problem, but out of warranty and you're out of luck."
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"Now that I'm past my two-year warranty, I'm feeling frustrated because I know these would be great earphones if only they had a longer shelf life."
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"Their warranty has strict regulation so I couldn't get my item repaird depite that the item broke in 1 year when the warranty is 2-yrs."
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"Mine broke 3 times during the 2 year warranty period and each time Shure replaced them, but I had no headphones for two weeks."
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"The warranty just ended and they broke again, not buying another pair."
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"This is really disappointing since I did file all the warranty information with Sure when I purchased these earphones."
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"Shure is a great company that will replace them under warranty, right?"
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"Good thing for Shure's 2-year warranty, because you'll probably need it."
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"Warranty service is GREAT!"
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"But there is a great 2 year warranty and I sent them to Shure and received a brand new pair of the latest comparable model at no cost (they dont manufacture the E2c anymore)."
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"I'm on my second pair now, and while Shure replaced my first pair because they were under warranty (excellent service and repair, for the record), the replacement pair wasn't so lucky."
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iPod

iPod:
"I even bought the new in-ear ipod buds from apple and thought that was the solution but they are terrible."
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"Also, didn't really blame shure for the eventual problems the product had incurred--I don't take the best care of them, I usually just wind them around my iPod and stuff them in my pocket rather than using the special holder Shure provides."
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"^^Finally, i tried it on iPod (60G Black Video), and i got disappointed for the proformance."
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"I enjoy better sound quality with my IPod earphones and none of the hassles experienced with the Shure E2c."
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"I've even given a pair to my mother as a gift after she complained about how horrible her iPod earbuds were."
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"The best fit was when I pushed and held them with my fingers, and still the bass wasn't as good as the standard ear buds that come with an Ipod."
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"The earbuds that came with my Ipod are far more comfortable, light weight and I can wear them for hours without any pain."
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"(I found Latin for the ipods and Acoustic for the Zunes to work best)So if you love dance, electro, dubstep, hip hop , house or any of that sort than i would stick with something with better bass, otherwise these work just fine for anything else."
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"If you listen to your iPod a lot, I would highly recommend paying a little more ($70), compared to buyings some cheap pair of earphones for $20."
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"Of course I don't really have much of a basis for comparison as these were the most expensive buds I've ever had...definitely a good upgrade from the ones that came with my iPod."
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"They also sound amazing on my iPhone (iPod, whatever) when I'm traveling, whether it be by train, walking or plane."
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