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Shure E5c Sound Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 09/02/2015
Based on 54 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 1.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Sound4.2   average
Price4.1   below average
Quality4.1   average
Fit4.0   below average


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Fit

Fit:
"I found the stiff wire hoops that go over the ear unworkable - hard to emplace, didn't fit well, and worked their way out of position even when I got them on right - so I cut them off, but the E3c's stay in place better, even after the surgery."
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"Because there is a fairly large unit that fits in your ear, it gets fatiguing and uncomfortable after relatively short listening sessions (1 hour)."
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"I experienced what a few have experienced - in that when I first put them on the sound I heard did not justify the price, however, having owned the E2's I knew that it was just about taking the time to get the right fit that would solve the problem."
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"Because they fit in so well, you may have difficulty taking them in and out to listen to others from time."
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"It is a similar design with two drivers, but it has a more comfortable fit due to a different enclosure shape, and it is a bit clearer in the treble, though a bit harsher."
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"For the amount of money they cost, they should be designed in such a way that they fit effortlessly."
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"I suggest using the foam-cushion roll ups, they provide a MUCH better fit, and are far more comfortable than any of the other sexy plugs that are produced for this unit."
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"Just fool with it long enough and youll find that happy fit."
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Music

Music:
"They really are at their best with lossless music, but 224k mp3's and above are a good space-saving compromise."
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"I am hearing things in my songs that I've never heard before - background instruments, vocal effects, etc - it's really shocking to hear your favorite music with the E5c's and realize that you've been missing these details for the past ten years."
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"As I wrote in my e3 review, (having owned a pair at one point), you are doing yourself a great disservice by not listening to your music with as little or (preferably) no compression."
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"Amazing headphones that really show the potential of your music are the same way."
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"They really are at their best with lossless music, but 224k mp3's and above are a good space-saving compromise."
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"They will also show you how well or how poorly your music is recorded."
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"This is a very good earphone for popular music and rock."
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Noise

Noise:
"However, the QC2 active noise cancellation is not as good as the 'plug effect' from the E5Cs and does not cancel the high-pitch frequencies of, for instance, a jet engine as well."
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"In the past I owned a good pair of Sony noise canceling, then I went on to Bose noise canceling, then last year I purchased these Shures."
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"The E5s are comfortable and do a very good job of isolating outside noise."
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"Another bug of design is in its cable which is too renitent and will generate great noise when wearing over a coat with zippers, but E5C is easier to wear with only one hand - it is difficult to do the same thing with ER4P."
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"Perfect noise cancelling qualities you might be lost in your music or movie so be careful of social implications ;))2."
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"In case you're interested in how these compare to the best of Active Noise Cancelling headsets - the E5Cs are better."
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Price

Price:
"you must learn to put them on correctly which is more than a little hassle its a lot of hassle so much so that I find myself often using cheap inferior headphones and buds."
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"I am not quite happy with the price."
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"High price is the big drawback."
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"I can't believe listeners still use those cheap white earphones and miss out on the best sound experience."
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"Well, I gulped and paid the price for these after my Shure E2s died."
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"They sound great for IEM's, and pretty good for the price."
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"After several months' use and comparison with Etymotic ER4P, I have to say the E5C is not worth its price, although it is still a good pair of IEMs itself."
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"If you can afford the price, buy a set - I can recommend these wholeheartedly."
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Quality

Quality:
"They are overkill and not worth the discomfort you must endure...you shouldn't have to sacrifice comfort for quality."
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"While the E5Cs are, in terms of sound quality, not superior to the best Sennheiser or Grado headphones, these are as close to being there as you can get with an in-ear design and they have phenomenal fidelity for an in-ear design while also blocking almost all outside noise."
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"Leaves me with a dilemma -- they can't be beat for sound quality, but if they are uncomfortable, am I really going to put up with them and actually use them?"
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"I definitely would have been happier with a pair of comfortable high quality headphones such as Bose !"
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"Shure is a providing an excellent quality fidelity product and commensurate service to back it up."
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"As for sound quality, they are the best in-ear phones I've had."
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"I have on-ear phones that cost less than 1 8 the cost of these, and are far superior in sound quality."
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"Sound quality is amazing depending on the quality of the recording your listening to."
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Sound

Sound:
"But dammm....they sound great once they're broken in."
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"The Bose headset also has an excellent sound (albeit not as well balanced as the E5Cs - it seems to me they've designed it to be more 'fun' to listen to with bass and treble emphasized)."
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"While the E5Cs are, in terms of sound quality, not superior to the best Sennheiser or Grado headphones, these are as close to being there as you can get with an in-ear design and they have phenomenal fidelity for an in-ear design while also blocking almost all outside noise."
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"All in all, the sound was clear, but I could never get decent bass response without cramming these things all the way in to my ear drum."
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"When I finally got a decent sound I found that the ear pieces were extremely uncomfortable because of how deep I had to place them into my ears."
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"And finally, not only are they great sound machines, but they are ear plugs, so one can mow the yard or operate infernal combustion engines with the headphones set to a reasonable volume, a plus in my opinion."
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"Have had them for 9 years, they work as good as day one and still the best sounding earbuds I have ever had"
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"I can't believe listeners still use those cheap white earphones and miss out on the best sound experience."
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"But dammm....they sound great once they're broken in."
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"These great sounding Shure E5c sit in my drawer way too much for what they cost me( btw, I found them new for a little over $300 not as much as they are asking for here )."
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"As for sound quality, they are the best in-ear phones I've had."
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