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Shure now shipping E4c sound isolating earphones

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2005
News Categories: iPod Accessories

imageShure has announced that its E4c sound isolating earphones have begun shipping to customers. Designed to match the iPod, the E4c earphones weigh just over an ounce and come with several tiny sleeves in various sizes for the best fit and sound isolation. They retail for $299.

“Adhering to the same quality standards that drove the success of its award-winning line, the E4c earphones further optimize the listening experience by utilizing Shure’s new High-Definition driver with Tuned-Port technology to significantly enhance bass response. The E4c’s comfortable sound isolating sleeves contour to the inner-ear, naturally sealing out more background noise than noise-canceling alternatives, and the small, portable, attractive design position them as a must-have accessory for today’s consumers.”

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1

These things look beautiful!  But I can’t justify the price at this time.  I’m hoping to shell out later this month for the E3c’s though.

Posted by pickme on May 18, 2005 at 10:24 AM (PDT)

2

these look great and will perform as wel as other shure models but it doesn’t seem like the greatest marketing move. the shure e2c’s are aimed at the ipod buying lesure listening people and they fit the bill prefect. i would of thought a ipod inspired remake of them would be more suited as i cannot see people pays out $3oo when they are listening to mp3 quality music

Posted by craigowen89 on May 18, 2005 at 11:20 AM (PDT)

3

Mine will be here tomorrow by 4:30 PM… I can’t wait!

In fact, my Flight Tracker Widget says that the FedEx aircraft carrying my babies from Memphis to Phoenix is at 34100 ft at 537 MPH… somewhere over Arkansas :-D

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on May 18, 2005 at 2:54 PM (PDT)

4

I’d like to find a company that stands behind their products better than ER.  Their website seems to have disappeared and email to them and earplugstore.com (point of purchase) have all gone unanswered for more than two weeks.  SHURE any more responsive to this with their warranty.  One earphone is dead with my ER6i.

Posted by glockster in U.S. on May 18, 2005 at 3:52 PM (PDT)

5

the etymotic website is up now.  maybe they were updating?  all their contact info can be found here
http://www.etymotic.com/aer/contactus.asp

Posted by zip22 on May 18, 2005 at 5:42 PM (PDT)

6

also, im just speculating, but i would guess the ety er4s will be better than these shures.  at the same price points, the etymotics seem to be prefered sonically to the shures.

Posted by zip22 on May 18, 2005 at 5:44 PM (PDT)

7

actually, im putting my foot in my mouth, but these both got 5/5 at headphone.com

shure e4c
http://www.headphone.com/layout.php?topicID=3&subTopicID=26&productID=0020330004

etymotic research er-4s
http://www.headphone.com/layout.php?topicID=3&subTopicID=26&productID=0020100000

the review of the etys seems better, but they didnt have many complaints about the shure.

Posted by zip22 on May 18, 2005 at 5:48 PM (PDT)

8

Glockster, Shure’s service is great. They answer your e-mail questions quickly—usually within a day—and their people know their stuff. The cable for my E2s developed a short, and when I sent them off to get fixed Shure didn’t even need an RMA number…just fill out a form, throw it in the box with the item, and send it off to Chicago. I’ve got a lot of Shure gear, and while Shure stuff generally isn’t the cheapest, you certainly get what you pay for.

Posted by DrWebster on May 18, 2005 at 8:40 PM (PDT)

9

Mine’s coming in from earphonesolutions.com! they shipped it yesterday dont know when its gonna reach uk. its just $198 haha. cant wait im jumping been waiting for it too long now

Posted by john_ate in Bristol, UK on May 19, 2005 at 2:50 AM (PDT)

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zip22…

As a consumer, I’d find a better place to read reviews.  Headphone.com sells all the headphones they “review” (if that’s what you’d call the 2-3 paragraphs they throw together)—sound like a bit of a conflict of interest?

Posted by Jerrod H. in TX on May 19, 2005 at 3:36 AM (PDT)

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you would think so, but actually the reviews seem very objective.  they do like certain headphones, but they’re not afraid to give them poor ratings.  for example, the shure e5c only gets 3/5
http://www.headphone.com/products/headphones/in-ear-monitor/shure-e5c.php

if you look through their other reviews of headphones, they are not reluctnant to point out short comings of many high-dollar headphones.  i also like them cause the reviews are short and concise, and they obviously have experience with different headphones.

Posted by zip22 on May 19, 2005 at 12:56 PM (PDT)

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