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Forget it guys, get the new E4c's instead - superior to the 3's in every respect - much punchier bass and crisper treble - so much so that there's no need to set you iPod's EQ to anything other than 'Off'. Well worth the extra cash (you can find them heavily discounted on eBay, which is where I got mine). I've since sold my E3c's on eBay. The 4's rule.
I'm sure ipodlounge will agree whenever they get round to reviewing them:-)

Posted by sjminem in Leicester, UK on June 9, 2005 at 6:27 AM (PDT)

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PS. They also look better (so does the zip case and the packaging) and you get more accessories, including the triple flange sleeves. I prefer the default grey soft flex sleeves, personally.

Boy, does the new Coldplay album sound GOOD!

Posted by sjminem in Leicester, UK on June 9, 2005 at 6:31 AM (PDT)

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$200.00 for in-ear headphones?

You got to be kidding me. You people who buy these better be multi-millionaires. If not, you are just idiots.

How can these headphones cost as much as a 25" Magnovox TV from wallmart? Or a pretty nice surround sound reciever. Or a top quality kitchen applience. Or an Xbox plus a couple of games. etc. etc. etc.

I could buy three coleman gas grills for the price of these headphones.

Come on sheeple. WAKE UP!

Posted by Remington in Sacramento, CA on July 23, 2005 at 2:30 AM (PDT)

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E3c vs. e2c -

I've owned both, upgraded to the e3c due to the R earpiece of the e2c splitting (there are two pieces behind the actual plug. The e2cs sounded great, very nice upgrade from packaged earphones.
My experience with the e3c is mixed.
They seem to distort more readily than the e2cs. More easily "over driven", like cheap speakers connected to too powerful of an amplifier. I know, doesn't make sense to me either. Yet, on the other hand, they sound better than the e2cs, when you keep the volume within range of their performance. (I did not have this problem with the e2cs). Now here's something peculiar, they are more revealing than the e2cs, so I believe they reveal more of the imperfections of mp3 compression.
I do think the bass is more muddy than on the e2cs. Very detailed midtones, probably where they are best. High notes are crisp, but just slightly jagged.
I evaluated them with 320 kbps mp3s, commercially produced (Blank & Jones, Relax album).
One other note, vs. the e2cs, they do feel more "acoustic", more airy - if that makes any sense. Less like you have something jammed in your ear.

Enjoy music!

Posted by DonDonKun on August 15, 2005 at 5:19 PM (PDT)

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HipHop EQ provides the Bass for E3c!

For any other hard rock fans who are considering the E3c, the HipHop EQ makes all the difference. Sounds strange, I know. But the Rock EQ makes the sound too thin. HipHop EQ it is exactly what these E3c need to produce full, rich hard rock music.

I received the E3c as a Christmas gift; having read the reviews here and elsewhere I knew a lot of trial and error is needed to obtain a solid seal in the ear. Well, after a week I had the seal (small clear flex flanges, not the gray ultra-softs or the foamies BTW) and the music sounded great. Tight, separate instruments, and hearing things I'd never known were there. All good...except the bass was still a little shy. Even the Rock EQ did not help. Then I tried R&B (too distorted) and Bass Booster (a little muffled). But HipHop is perfect!!! It fills in *exactly* the right amount of bass without making it mushy and without messing up the mids or highs. I was thisclose to returning these headphones, but now they are a keeper. Definitely an 'A' rating, not a B. By the way, if you're converting from Sony EX71s (like I was) you'll immediately realize just how overly bassy and muddy those Sonys are. E3c is worth the extra $$$. Plus they are built to last. My Sonys fell apart after 6 months due to the left earpiece getting "tugged" all the time by the dangling cord.

E3c is a keeper for sure. Just use HipHop (not Rock) if you listen to Hard Rock.

Posted by msugeorge on December 31, 2006 at 7:45 PM (PDT)

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