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Shure unveils E500 sound isolating earphones

imageShure has introduced its new high-end E500 sound isolating earphones. The E500s feature triple drivers and an innovative “Push-to-Hear” option that lets you alternate between music isolation and the outside world by automatically activating an external microphone and muting the music. The earphones will be available in May for $500. The Push-to-Hear add-on will sell for $60 extra.

“What HDTV has done to the experience of watching television, the E500’s Triple Hi-Definition Drivers will do for audio,” says Shure. “Utilizing three miniature speakers—one tweeter and two woofers—the E500 lets you experience precise highs and the richest lows that are true to live performance. Delivered in a tiny in-ear package with a sleek and comfortable new bronze metallic design, these earphones represent the ultimate audio experience at home or on the go.”

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1

These look fantastic, but I wonder how much it differs from the e5cs.

Posted by d1337 on January 5, 2006 at 6:35 PM (PDT)

2

I don’t know the specifics of how they differ in terms of sound (check head-fi.org for that) but the e5c’s are 2 driver (2 speaker) earphones and these are 3 driver ones.

Posted by thebrain on January 5, 2006 at 8:34 PM (PDT)

3

I think it is interesting how these look so much more different than the whole E series

Posted by feh1325 on January 5, 2006 at 8:49 PM (PDT)

4

These are intersting. It looks like the E5c but in black, but they say it has 3 drivers, instead of two. Does anyone have thoughts on the push-to-hear thing?

Posted by Crimsonhawk on January 5, 2006 at 11:19 PM (PDT)

5

Wow…such a great idea. These are the only canal phones that feature three drivers besides the UE-10s, but those cost nearly twice as much. I can’t wait until they come out.

Posted by Josh on January 5, 2006 at 11:43 PM (PDT)

6

It would be so very sad if somebody spent all the money on this to listen to crappy 128kb/s AAC files. About push-to-hear, sounds kind of neat and mildly convenient, but not so much better than, say, pull to here. Take the friggin’ earbuds out of your ears when you’re talking to people!

Posted by catboy17 on January 6, 2006 at 3:50 PM (PDT)

7

I have some e2c’s and they are great for 100 bucks and the e500 are probably great but 500 bucks? Its crazy you need to have obsesvie compolsive disorder or something or just really rich if not just buy some e3c’s or e2c’s the sound isolation is amazing.

Posted by john on January 6, 2006 at 9:07 PM (PDT)

8

catboy,

With canal phones, this push-to-hear feature actually makes sense.  Getting a set of canal buds correctly set CAN take some time and/or effort. Having to pull them out each time someone talks to you or if you need to hear something going on around you can be a chore considering the effort it takes to get them properly seated once again.  Shame you have to pay $500 or so for the feature, however.

Posted by flatline response on January 8, 2006 at 12:34 AM (PDT)

9

these are amazing shure is such a good company in all areas and i am definatley getting these.

Posted by scott on January 8, 2006 at 10:41 AM (PDT)

10

let’s be real here.  do you guys really think there is $500 worth of material on these set of earbuds.

hmmm, 60gb hard drive, color lcd screen, touch sensitive click wheel $400
vs.
a bit of plastic, rubber, and regular cables $500

sorry to say this, but you must be smokin’ crack if you’re going to cough up that much money on a set of earbuds.

Posted by cellphonejunkie on January 8, 2006 at 9:33 PM (PDT)

11

I’m apparently not the target audience for these types of gadgets, because I personally couldn’t see myself paying $200 more than the cost of a new iPod for HEADPHONES. That’s all they are folks, fancy HEADPHONES. Good grief. If you’re that much of an audiophile you should be listening to your full-fidelity lossless audio on your home stereo, which would be a much better use for $500…

But again, I’m apparently not the target audience for these things.

Posted by Moe on January 9, 2006 at 6:55 AM (PDT)

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