Got these in took a while for me to get used to these headphones but they're great! My biggest complaint is that the case is not roomy enough to properly store the y-connector or the plug on the headphones -- it puts a lot of stress on the wires themselves, and I think it caused a loose connection on my first pair. But there's a long warranty on the phones and Shure replaced mine for a new pair with no hassle.

The other thing is that they are most definitely designed for running over your ear and down your back -- there is a fastener on the cable to adjust the fit at the back of your neck. This makes them nice and snug and comfortable, but a) you'll look like you're wearing sports equipment if you wear glasses and b) I found having the cable trail behind me that would generally get it caught on things. A little like yanking someone by the hair -- not fun when it happens. These days I wrap them over my ears but let the cord run down in front of me.

Yes, "earplug" headphones they are, and they are priceless on those loud, crowded New York Subway rides home. All you'll hear is your music. So stay alert.

Posted by soybomb on August 6, 2003 at 9:45 AM (PDT) Comment 1

I have a few issues with this review. First, the mention of "frequency response" made me cringe, as most should know that manufacturer documented frequency response is completely useless as a way to judge anything about headphones. I'd like to find someone who actually thinks the frequency response is flat as far at low frequencies (and also someone who can actually hear 6hz from the ex70/71). Unless bass reach means boomy, in which case I wholeheartedly agree.
The mention of Blose quiet comfort headphones immediately scared me. Bose headphones might be a good purchase if they were 1/5 the price. I'd also be curious to know why the author believes that "larger diaphrams" are necessarily better, or are some sort of advantage.
My final gripe is with the listening level. Slightly less than half, for me, with the stock buds, is about 2 or 3 times louder than what I would call "normal listening level." That kind of listening level with isolating headphones seems like it could be dangerous for extended periods.
However, I do appreciate the great pictures and the mentions of comfort and weight, I suppose I was just hoping for a more detailed review of how they sound. The comparison with the sony's seemed appropriate, too. Unfortunately, I'm still very undecided about which isolating bud to get for my iPod.

Posted by vonog on August 7, 2003 at 8:27 AM (PDT) Comment 2

Great review! I have the Sony EX-70's, and now don't feel the need to upgrade. I love those little sonys. They sound a lot better than they look.

Posted by John Beck on August 7, 2003 at 5:23 PM (PDT) Comment 3

I just LOVE my e2c headphones, i have tried the ex-70s but i need a lot of sound isolation, and the e2c's do teh trick! Shure had 2 other models, the e2c is the least expensive out of teh three. the highest model the e5c is $500! but, i seems to be worth the money...just look at the shure website... anyway about the e2c's it is essensial to put teh wire over your ear, plus its always out of the way. i love the fit of the e2c, and the "in your brain" sound is great, i like it a lot better than other earphones.

Posted by Paul Zografos on August 7, 2003 at 7:48 PM (PDT) Comment 4

let me add a bit more to that last post...

i put tehse headphones at about half the sound level that i would with other headphones because i dont need to drown anything out... the sound isolation power of these headphones is amazing. yesterday i was in the car, i put my headphones on and someone asked me a question...i couldnt hear them at all and i didnt even have ipod on yet...

Posted by Paul Zografos on August 7, 2003 at 7:54 PM (PDT) Comment 5

Just got mine last night. Definitely needs a lot of getting used to when it comes to the fit. Had to try the different sizes between the foam and the silicone. Ended up with the small foam. The feeling is a little odd with them on - it seems as if you're underwater or that you have water stuck in your ear. Music sounds okay (not that great), have to increase the treble on my EQ to get it perfect. It does block the noise really well. Riding the subway today and all you hear is the music (definitely a big difference). All in all, because of the 'weird' sensation with them on, I'll only use these during noisy subway rides. Otherwise, I'll keep my ipod headphones when listen on normal environment. And also, getting these on your ears takes a little work.

Posted by Roan Pastor on August 8, 2003 at 8:10 AM (PDT) Comment 6

Hey David aren't you the guy who trashed the ER-6s in a review last year? You said you thought the Sony EX-70s sounded better than them- what a joke buddy.

My guess is you just don't like things stuck in your ears. I don't know how good these Shures are, but if your extra-sensory ears are as good as they were for the last article, I'm sure Shure sounds great.

I am dubious about you claim to have super-human bat-like hearing. Because if you did you would be able to tell the difference between crappy sony products and truly amazing etymotics.

What is your day job- Foghorn tester?


Posted by Wrong Job on August 9, 2003 at 11:33 AM (PDT) Comment 7

Draining iPod battery?

Im guessing they reviewer is referring to the amount of sensitivty on the earphones.

Sticking something INTO my ear is not cool at all.

Sony eggos MDR-D66SL own these earbuds anyday. These earphones look like a piece of sh!t... how can u people buy these, i'd be embarassed to let anyone see them.

Posted by foo_foo on August 10, 2003 at 4:17 PM (PDT) Comment 8

ADDITIONAL REPORT: This is in addition to my post on 8/8/03. Definitely getting much used to these earphones. The sound quality grows on you and gets much better after a while. Will not trade these earphones for anything else. In terms of noise cancelling, these earphones are the best. Very happy and satisfied. For those who are in doubt..........there's a 30 day money back guarantee. Give it a try

Posted by Roan Pastor on August 10, 2003 at 5:59 PM (PDT) Comment 9

I didn't liked them.

While they seem to have a better overall sound the the sonys they are too big for my ears, they hurt even with the smalles foam plugs.

Posted by Shrike on August 13, 2003 at 3:54 AM (PDT) Comment 10

I have to question the ears of any "audiophile" that thinks the ex 70/71 or heaven forbid - Bose headphones are something to compare to - but it's not a total letdown since the pictures are good. smile

It's not that I'm Sony or Bose-bashing - but the sound really isn't all that accurate, or attractive for that matter.

I'll put it in this equation:

The plug < ex70/71 < er6 (unamped) < e2 < 4p/s

Posted by Aria on August 13, 2003 at 12:27 PM (PDT) Comment 11

I concur with Aria. The Sony ear buds are boomy - not accurate; Bose is nice, but overhyped. I have gotten a chance to listen to some Etys now, and man, they sound sweet!

The Shures are a great buy. Yes, they can take some getting used to, but once you grow accustomed, they are superior. Mids are not muddy like they can be with bass-heavy Sony products, and the high ranged are not tinny or shrill like most earbuds.

Posted by ExtremeSIMS on August 16, 2003 at 9:32 PM (PDT) Comment 12

I have the Shures and the EX's, and there is simply no comparison between the two. The Shure's are so much better. The frequency response issue that one of the previous posters mentioned is dead on--this is so dependent on the fit, especially for the bass. A good fitting pair of Shures blow the EX's away.

The reviewer didn't mention transparency either. The EX's sound muffled compared to the Shure's--the Shure's are incredibly clear.

IMHO, do yourself a favor, spend the extra dough and get the Shure's for $80.00--there worth the extra money.

Posted by dmt1 on August 18, 2003 at 5:47 AM (PDT) Comment 13

i had the same problem as the first commenter, my right bud stopped working. i'm sending them to shure tomorrow with the hope they will repare/replace them. But as the quality...they are matched by no other...that is unless you have the e1 or e5. Keep in mind these in ear buds were made for musicians to hear instruments on a loud stage. If you have the right fit...which is my only complaint of the e2s. The e1s and 35s can have molded fits of your ear, but not for the e2. Luckily i get good a good seal with the medium silicone buds and even if shure doesn't send me new ones, i might buy a new pair

Posted by Loudest Noise on September 8, 2003 at 5:26 PM (PDT) Comment 14

I use the Sure E5 and have in the past used Sony MDR's and Bose. The E5's are an incredible Approx 475 - 500 and are ugly looking to some including my wife but if you are into sound like me this is the way to go as far as I am concerned you will not be upset with what you get!

Posted by Iain on September 10, 2003 at 1:17 PM (PDT) Comment 15

I just received my E2Cs today and, so far, like them. I ordered from the Shure site yesterday, late morning, with 2-day shipping, and received them bright and early this morning. Not bad service at all!

The best part: On the Shure site, if you use the promo code JAZZ03 you'll save 25% off your entire order. With shipping, mine were $82.

Posted by BobR on September 11, 2003 at 12:48 PM (PDT) Comment 16

Havn't ordered any yet, but plan to...

One thing to note: These were made to be in-ear monitors for musicians which explains why the wires are made to go behind the ear and down the back. If you're having problems with it snagging on things, let it go down your shirt. It's designed to do that so it will stay out of the way of the musician.

Posted by Michael Chang on September 11, 2003 at 4:56 PM (PDT) Comment 17

I purchased a pair of Shure E2's a few days ago to listen to music and audio books on my iPod. Apparently I must have small ear canals, because getting even the small silicone or foam buds in is a bit painful and time consuming. Though Shure doesn't offer even smaller sizes or custom molded buds, I found a place that does and am going to order a set after I get some ear impressions made. They will work with any audiologist's mold or you can order a kit and make your own. Hopefully I'll get a chance to report back in a few weeks when the custom molded ear buds arrive. The web site is:

Posted by SteveP on September 13, 2003 at 11:32 AM (PDT) Comment 18

The Sony's are good for the money. The Shure E2 have much more detail.

Buy a pair of Shure E5'S and have custum moulds made. Nothing else even gets close!

Posted by Juan Perrioni on September 15, 2003 at 12:14 PM (PDT) Comment 19

Has anyone compared these E2's to the Etymotic ER-6's? I've been thinking about both, but I'd to hear some opinions on how they compare. I currently have the Sony EX-70's and would like to move into something a bit more detailed.

Posted by JimmyJ on September 17, 2003 at 9:33 AM (PDT) Comment 20

I have a pair of these, and I haven't found anything as good for the money. I have tried the Sonys, and many many earbud/canalphones; the e2s are my choice by far.

The sound is accurate and non-fatiguing, and the bass is great -- it goes way down, and has definition that is lacking in any other sub-$250 earphone I have listened to. The sound is not hyped; the high freqs are smooth -- much more so than any other ear/canalphone I've tried. I can listen for a workday without being bothered.

These earphones are great for working at the office, you dont realize how tiring all of the ambient noise can be until it is eliminated. All of the buzzing lights, computers, copy machines, air conditioning and annoying conversation are attenuated significantly, and I am left in a world of music.

As a musician and music lover, I can really appreciate the honest sound of the e2s, and the noise attenuation and resulting isolation they provide.

I use the foam sleeves, they are very comfortable, -much- more so than the earbuds I was using, which pushed my ears out of shape and actually made them sore. Learning to seat them correctly takes a couple of minutes, once they are seated, you hardly know they are there.

The case is a little too small, but it works.

There you go.

Posted by j on September 18, 2003 at 1:55 PM (PDT) Comment 21

my faith in the shure company has come through. i posted earlier about how one of my buds stopped working. i just got back a pair of new headphones no charge b/c my earphones were still under warrenty. and if u are questioning why they stopped working, i've decided the way i was putting my earphones in the case was bending them and the wire inside must have bent the wrong way. my friend showed me the way he puts his in and i believe i won't have this problem again.

i can't believe how much i missed them though. my iPod rocks once again

Posted by Loudest Noise on September 25, 2003 at 4:02 PM (PDT) Comment 22

JimmyJ, ER-6 vs E2c is pretty much up to personal preference. The ER-6s may be a little flatter the the E2cs without being juiced, but the E2cs suffer very slightly from the "Bose effect" in my opinion. You know...boomy bass...overly crisp uppers. The major benefit of the E2c is construction. They're much more durable from the earpieces down to the thick insulated cord. The ER-6 cables are quite chintzy and tend to amplify every little rub against your color or shirt.

Personally, I prefer the ER-6s. You just have to be more delicate with them.

Posted by Eugene on September 26, 2003 at 8:12 AM (PDT) Comment 23

What is the best way to store these in the case? I can't figure a way to do it w/o too much straining and shoving

Posted by William on September 27, 2003 at 12:49 AM (PDT) Comment 24

put them in so the end is inside the middle but loose so the end doesn't bend, b/c that makes them break like my first pair, i don't think this is the best case, and i don't even use mine that much anymore

Posted by Loudest Noise on September 27, 2003 at 12:08 PM (PDT) Comment 25
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