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Shure E3c Earphones for $132

Coupon Code E3WHITEONLYJUNE22 is valid from now until June 22nd and it’s good only for the WHITE version E3c. coupon is an exclusive and private offer for iLounge. is an Authorized Shure dealer and the earphones you buy from them comes with a full 2 Year Warranty replacement/repair by Shure and a 30 day money back guarantee ($10 fee). As an Authorized Shure dealer Microphone Solutions can ONLY advertise this item for $179, but with this coupon you get it for $132 + shipping (around $6).

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I ordered a pair. coupon code worked, -$47


Posted by rd in Irvine, CA on June 19, 2004 at 9:56 AM (CDT)


Noonshooper still has a lot of these for $125.  And yes, the full warranty is honored from purchased date.  (I called Shure).  I found that if a place is promoting that they our authorized, it’s usually cause they’re trying to make an extra dollar off you.  =(

Posted by Syd in Irvine, CA on June 19, 2004 at 12:01 PM (CDT)


It would be great if Microphone Solutions would stop spamming this site every week with subpar prices for this crappy earphone.

Posted by br- in Irvine, CA on June 19, 2004 at 2:06 PM (CDT)



You probably work for noonshopper.

Places that promote that they are authorized Shure dealers are merely offering an explanation as to why they CANNOT advertise Shure E3 earphones for less than $179

If they could they would probably sell many more of these.

MicrophoneSolutions places ads on iPodlounge helping people like you and br collect information here for nothig.

They support this wonderfull community and offer a great price.

Interesting enough, Noonshopper DOESN’T post a Return Policy. Do they offer a 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE? I doubt!

Posted by Jojo in Irvine, CA on June 19, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CDT)


they actually do offer a 30 day money back guarantee against defects adn they do have a return policy if you would just look at the website…..... i am neither a representative for or somebody interested in these headphones, but supporting the site or not, if cannot compete with noonshopper that is not syd’s fault for trying to help the average ipod consumer save $7….....and i honestly doubt that the $7 extra they charge is going to so if you truely want to support ipodlounge, somebody could buy a pair from noonsport and then send a $7 donation to ipodlounge

in this world we live in today if somebody tries to help somebody out and this adds competition for somebody else the person who loses business starts arguing and trying to make the consumer make the less economic decision, i think the world would be a better place if we all agreed that competition has put us where we are today and that if somebody offers a better deal we should al be happy that our fellow humans can save a buck or two that perhaps will allow them to live a more enjoyable life

Posted by brent in Irvine, CA on June 19, 2004 at 4:00 PM (CDT)



Point taken. You’re right in many things you say.

However please note the following: 30 DAY MONEY back because you don’t like the earphones or if you think they’re crappy is one very different thing from offering a 30 day money back against deffects. Against deffects you get 2 years anyway.

If you’re not happy with your purchase you send them back. Some might think it’s worth the $7 others might prefer to take a gamble and save the $7 upfront and then later find theirselves stuck with a $125 purchase that they’re not happy with.

Not everything is money for money. You need to read the fine print.

Just my 2 cents.

From noonshopper website, here’s what I could find:

“How do I return an item?
Please send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please Include:

Full Name
Please Mail us from e-mails you have registereted with your account
Product Number
Product Name
Clear explanation in detail why you want to return item(s)”

This is NOT a return policy but rather what one should do if they want to return something and then find out what is what.

Posted by Jojo in Irvine, CA on June 19, 2004 at 4:13 PM (CDT)


I have read the reviews on this item, and they seem like they are well liked.  Anyone buy them and want to tell me how they like them?

Posted by Andy in Irvine, CA on June 20, 2004 at 6:39 AM (CDT)


I purchased these headphones from online for $125 plus shipping. 

(They have a “Shopping cart special” that gets you the lower price: )

The nice thing about that site is that it provides info on how many units are in stock, and when it will ship.  For an extra $19 I got mine within 24 hours.

The phones themselves definitely took some getting used to.  I tried every pair of earpieces, and was frustrated by all but the foam ones.

To me, the foam ones provide incredibly good sound, but at the cost of feeling completely isolated from my environment - definitely a good thing on a passenger jet, but pretty much anywhere else, it’s a little unsettling.  I don’t like the feeling that my ears can’t “breathe” when the foam pieces are correctly inserted, but I think I’m getting used to it.

I will definitely not use these phones as my primary ones - they are too awkward and time-consuming to install and remove for casual listening - but I’m very happy to have them available for serious listening.


Posted by am0eba in Irvine, CA on June 20, 2004 at 9:30 AM (CDT)


“MicrophoneSolutions places ads on iPodlounge helping people like you and br collect information here for nothig. “

Jojo, I call bullshit. You make it seem like your only choice is to spam websites with your promotional codes in order for your customers to get a discount. When in fact, it’s allowable to give customers a percentage off the purchase or certain headphones. For example, Todd from has a 10% discount on all headphones on his site. This makes the e3c, which he advertises at $179, end up being $161. He does not get involved in this despicable practice of spamming multiple websites on a weekly basis.

It’s obvious that your real intention for doing this is just to flood news sites with ads for your site, rather than you wanting to give people promotional codes because you’re a good guy, as you state. Anyways, there is no reason why you can’t give customers percentages off their purchase, it’s obvious you guys are just taking advantage of enthusiast sites such as iPodlounge.

Posted by br- in Irvine, CA on June 20, 2004 at 5:14 PM (CDT)



I won’t make polemic here but your facts are inaccurate.

Posted by Jojo in Irvine, CA on June 20, 2004 at 5:52 PM (CDT)


I purchased these a few weeks ago having done some research online.  I think they offer excellent sound isolation and great sound.  They do tend to have a mid range hump as has been noted on multiple headphone forums.  I chose these over the Etys simply because they have a warmer sound, better bass response (compared to the Ety ER6), and similar sound isolation.  They did take a while to burn in to really open up the sound stage.

Do try these out first as many people are uncomfortable shoving canal phones in their ears - they also will not have exaggerated bass as many mass mkt headphones out there will.

Posted by djsux in Irvine, CA on June 20, 2004 at 10:29 PM (CDT)


seriously though, I hate it when companies spam sites like these.  I will never buy a “game” from xo play, and now i will never buy anything from microphone solutions.  If you want to advertise on this site buy a banner ad.

Posted by pete in Irvine, CA on June 20, 2004 at 11:51 PM (CDT)


Whatever, don’t mind me im just a flaming homosexual.

Posted by br- in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 12:26 AM (CDT)


is the a difference between the E3’s and E3c’s or does the ‘c’ simply indicate the white color?
I recently bought some E3’s and i’d like to know if i should have gotten the E3c’s. They look the same but i can’t find specs for them. thanks.

Posted by stefan in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 6:38 AM (CDT)


That’s all good.

Between the E3 and E3c just the color.

Pete, we have a banner on the forum section. Thanks for your feedback.

Posted by Jojo in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 7:27 AM (CDT)


The e3 isn’t a very good headphone anyways. I’ve tried both the e3 and ER4, and the ER4 gives audibly higher quality sound. Most people who have auditioned both phones agree with me.

Anyways, if you are looking to buy the e3c, at least audition the Etymotic ER4 as well so you can make an informed decision. You can use the return policies of various stores (even microphone solutions i think) to return the headphone you least favor. Oh, and make sure to give them some break-in time. The e3c sounds terrible fresh out of the package. They sound decent after break-in, but not nearly as good as the ER4.

Posted by br- in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 10:57 AM (CDT)


It seems like the ER4 is a good product and for that reason we are going to review those by the end of July and start carrying them as well.

The one difference we know of is that the ER4 carries a 90 day warranty from Etymotic but they told us they should be improving that warranty soon.

The Shure E3 comes with 2 years, repair and/or replacement by Shure.

I would also like to take the opportunity to apologize to anyone that felt spammed and for some replies coming out a bit too personal. That was never our intention. The last 2 promotions were released really too close to each other in part because we just got authorized to sell the E3c white version last week and we were able to offer the promotion after the final approval. As an iPod owner I think I got too excited to finally get the white e3c available for sale. :)

Posted by Jojo in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 11:25 AM (CDT)


The ER4 has a 2 year warranty (not a 90 day warranty) as you can see here:

The ER6 has a 1 year warranty.

The apology is appreciated. Thanks.

Posted by br- in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 2:38 PM (CDT)


Whether or not “canalphones” like the Shure E3c are for you depends on how much isolation you want and whether or not you find them uncomfortable.

If you like canalphones, the E3 are very good for the price; not as good, in my opinion as the Etymotic ER-4P, but significantly less expensive. In fact, I’ve found that with most of the Etymotic and Shure models, the relative prices are a fairly good approximation of relative sound quality:

Shure E2c: $100
Ety ER-6: $130
Shure E3c: $170
Ety ER-4P: $260

I’ve actually owned all of these and my personal opinion is that they rank in that same order in terms of sound quality. (I don’t think the Shure E5c, for $500, are appreciably better than the ER-4P—it’s more a matter of personal preference—considering that they cost twice as much.)

Posted by audio geek in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 3:30 PM (CDT)



Thanks for the correction.

I believe it was last year that they had 1 year for ER4 and 90 days for ER6.

We are looking forward to have those in.

My personal preference (not having tried either one of the Etymotics) is the E3.

I agree with audio geek as far as the E5 goes. Perhaps with the custom earmolds and a sound source with more output than an iPod (or any other MP3 player for that mattter), you could appreciate the sound difference but for that price I stick w/ the E3.

Posted by Jojo in Irvine, CA on June 21, 2004 at 4:33 PM (CDT)

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