has the prodigiously priced Shure E4c Sound Isolating Earphones for $170 + $0 shipping = $170 shipped. [Review : BizRate]

  • Upgrade your iPod or other MP3 earphones to professional sound quality
  • E4c model offers enhanced bass and smoother frequency response overall

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      lniu Ben's cred: 27
      Posted 3:00 pm PDT 07/5/07

      I hear these are no good when it comes to bass. Actually those might be the E3cs. But since my sony ex-71s fell apart I've been looking to get new ones. Does anyone have experience with the bose triport in-ears? Or that new brand, v-moda? I hear their $50 ear buds are pretty good. They look nice too.

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      jwbodnar Ben's cred: 14
      Posted 3:38 pm PDT 07/5/07

      I have the Shure E2c from the Dell clearance deal a year or two back. They're quite good. I just compared them to Apple's iPod isolating earphones. The Apple ones are more comfortable, but they sound like they're meant from crappy teeny-bopper music: boomy and bright. On the flip side, they have nice clarity; instruments are cleanly defined.

      The E2c aren't as comfortable. They also are not boomy and have a nice full frequency response from high to low. I'd still go for them or another Shure earphone over the alternatives.

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      lns Ben's cred: 1
      Posted 5:14 pm PDT 07/5/07

      I bought the E4c's about a year and 1/2 ago. Bass is really good, but only if you use ear pieces that completely seal the ear canal ( a whole bunch of different ones are included). The phones are sturdy and sound killer, although a bit pricey. I paid about $140 on ebay.

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      chaboud Ben's cred: 12
      Posted 6:13 pm PDT 07/5/07

      Anyone who complains about a lack of bass suffers from one or more of three problems:

      1. They didn't use the right buds from the fit-kit that comes with these. There are lots of options, so this is kind of sad. Still, it is the most likely. These will sound awful with a bad fit.

      2. They have completely blown out their low-end hearing.

      3. They have a car that can rattle its bumpers with bass.

      I have a set of e4c's in my ears right now, and they are very solid for listening. The Bass is solid without being a distorted mess, the imaging is amazing, and the high-end clarity is great. They really don't color the sound at all.

      I was a big fan of higher-end studio monitor headphones, like those from AKG, but the e4c's are really amazing. You'll want to buy up extra fit kits ($10?) to let your friends try them out. It's like a virus. Passing mine around has lead to 5 purchases that I know of.

      The two big drawbacks are:

      1. You really get a lot of isolation. I've missed L stops and my office phone ringing (even on max volume), and I no longer am aware of how loud my old clacky keyboard is on my desktop computer (my wife hates this).

      2. You trade ear heat and gunk on the outside for ear heat and gunk on the inside. I can listen comfortably with the e4c's for much longer than with over-the-ear studio-phones, but the end result is a kind of crud in my ears and a bit in the buds (they give you a tool for this, and the stems can be removed and replaced easily if you really overuse them). It's not a bad amount of stuff or heat, but you'll probably notice it.

      One note of caution: If you push these into your ears so far that pulling them out makes the 'airplane pop,' you've done it wrong. Shure provides a lot of documentation online and in the box describing how to do this right. Follow their instructions and you won't regret it.

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      benwho Ben's cred: 19
      Posted 8:47 pm PDT 07/5/07

      Hmmm....will this quiet the shrill of my wife's voice ?

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      yellowbal Ben's cred: 23
      Posted 7:41 am PDT 07/6/07

      Yes, I can't hear my mom at all when I'm wearing these while banging her.

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