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Shure E5C Headphones for $419.99

MacResQ offers the Shure E5C Dual-Driver In-Ear Earphones for the MSRP price of $499.99.  Apply coupon code “X5C” after adding the E5C to your shopping cart for an $80.00 discount. Final price: $419.99. Shipping prices may vary.

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wow, great find :)

Posted by noname in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 12:21 PM (CST)


Fudge that.

Posted by narco in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 12:43 PM (CST)


Will someone please explain to me what the heck you’d need 420 dollar head phones for?

Posted by Caleb in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 2:17 PM (CST)



Try reading a review.

Posted by . in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 2:20 PM (CST)


Thats a ridiculous price. Only audiophile want stuff like that.

Posted by Ewok^ in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 3:45 PM (CST)

1 has the E5 for $389.00, e-mail them and they’ll reply back with the coupon code.

I just rec’d my pair last week, fantastic sound!

Posted by Andy Hedin in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 3:57 PM (CST)


Addendum to my post above, the coupon code is F389E5. This will get you the E5’s (same as the E5C) for $389.00 from Microhone Solutions.

Posted by Andy Hedin in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 4:07 PM (CST)


I see no point in purchasing headphones that cost more than the audio unit.  The sound coming out of the headphones is only as good as the device producing the sound.  Why buy $400 headphones when my iPod only cost $300.  I don’t think any headphones are worth $400.  I own a pair of Bose heaphones and they work fine, only $100.

Posted by whybother in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 5:24 PM (CST)


whybother- spoken like a true Bose listener.  The relative price of the source and speakers doesn’t really mean much.  True high end speakers can run into the six figure price range- and components to match that may only be $20,000.  MP3 compression hurts sound quality, true- but the E5s will still sound amazing.

Posted by Chupacabra in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 8:02 PM (CST)


Available on ebay for $370 drop shipped from Shure to your door.

They do sound good and are good for air travel as they block out extraneous noise.  They reduced the sound of the screaming baby in the seat in front of me by 25 db (ie about 100-fold).

Posted by Mike in Irvine, CA on February 28, 2004 at 8:11 PM (CST)


As a mfg myself, I would have to guess that the iPod costs about $30-$50 to make on the first 200K units. Much less after that. These earphones contain equivalent raw material to $20 earphones, and probably cost about $3 to make. Volume is probably pretty low, so you would need to retail it this high. Distributors are probably taking a good chunk. Apple has tight control over that cost.
BTW, the $20,000 speakers don’t really cost much more to make than the low end ones. It’s all about what you can get. If Apple wanted to (and I’m sure someone will) make a earphone that sounded like a million bucks and knew they could move 500,000 to 1 million units next year, it would happen. It hasn’t looked like a decent market until all of these Mp3 players started flying off the shelves. I bet that a ‘Made in China’, $3 set will retail for under $50 in the next 12 months. If it doesn’t, then someone is asleep at the wheel. In the mean time, if you can get $400 for a set of earphones AND get customers to rave about them, then why rock the boat?
When you find out what it costs to make stuff, it’s depressing. Companies are making back marketing and R&D costs, tooling, etc. Volume changes unit cost. A $400 oil pan cover for a car (retail) is banged out for less than fifty cents. Sorry.

Posted by Carl in Irvine, CA on February 29, 2004 at 1:09 AM (CST)



Despite the fact that you are a “mfg” (assembly line worker, perhaps?), you couldn’t be more wrong about the cost of manufacturing as it relates to the price a consumer should pay in the marketplace.

If anything, a company’s direct manufacturing costs play a MINORITY stake in the total cost of bringing a product to market. It takes a substancial amount of time, energy and money before a new product can even leave the drawing table. All of these costs must be considered when assigning value to a product. Can you make a new iPod mini in your basement? No! You have to pay a company that has taken the financial risk in doing so.

Don’t forget R&D, facilities, marketing, HR, IT, and a myriad of other costs that a large corporation must pay in order to bring that product to you. The company that I work for generates about 10 BILLION dollars of revenue per year. Until recently, we were mired by 8 consecutive quarters of non-profitability. We were taking a substancial loss each quarter, and operating in the red. Now think about this clearly. Taking into account the TOTAL cost for each unit we sold, the customer was actually paying LESS for the item then WE were! Depressing? YES, but not for the customer!

If value were only determined by the cost of the raw materials of an item, then how much should a Van Gogh painting be worth? $15?

Posted by Steve in Irvine, CA on February 29, 2004 at 11:28 AM (CST)


Looks like a $400 treat for Rosco the Dog.

Posted by ruff in Irvine, CA on February 29, 2004 at 8:07 PM (CST)


WHat is the difference in the E5 and E5c?


Posted by carter in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 7:34 AM (CST)


Carter writes:
“What is the difference in the E5 and E5c?”

The E5C is the “commercial” version of the E5 (which is aimed at the professional musician). There aren’t any major differences between them other than the packaging and accessories (differenct cases, E5C comes with a volume attenuator while E5 does not). But the actual earphones themselves are identical.

Posted by Andy Hedin in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 6:55 PM (CST)


Until you’ve heard the E5, the price will shock you. As a professional sound tech, nothing has quite impressed me like the Shure in-ear buds. The E1s are incredible and they run about $120. A good buy if you think $400 is outrageous. The E5 is better because it has dual drivers, high and low frequencies. Because of that, it guarantees the perfect balance of frequencies, which will sustain your hearing and the life of the speakers much longer. Additionally, the harmonics are indescribably more crisp than anything you can find at Wal-Mart for 10 bucks. And finally, it eliminates 25dB of ambient noise, fitting comfortably into your ear so you can listen at safe volumes for hours without any kind of threat to your hearing even on a loud stage at a rock show with drums and amps all around you. Perhaps you don’t need that for the iPod, but you can’t argue with the quality. BTW: the output device should always be more important than the source; that’s where the real quality is heard.

Posted by Wolf in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 10:21 PM (CST)


Oh yeah. I like to use the E1s when mowing the lawn. You’ll never be satisfied on less after that.

Posted by Wolf in Irvine, CA on March 1, 2004 at 10:22 PM (CST)


“The E5C is the “commercial” version of the E5 (which is aimed at the professional musician). “

Actually, the E5C is the *consumer* version of the E5. E5 is the version sold to professional musicians, E5C is intended for audiophiles… but they’re essentially identical, it’s just a marketing thing. the website explains it pretty well.

Posted by JC in Irvine, CA on March 3, 2004 at 3:37 PM (CST)


“Actually, the E5C is the *consumer* version of the E5.”

JC, thanks for the correction. In my hast to type up a quick response I typed “commercial” instead of “consumer”. Regardless, they are outstanding earphones and I’m thoroughly enjoying mine!

Posted by Andy Hedin in Irvine, CA on March 5, 2004 at 6:56 AM (CST)

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