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Shure E3 are headphones designed to insulate their wearer from environmental noise by providing a seal in their ear canal.

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Comfortable foam inserts

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Good value for the price. Less expensive than competitors

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Passive noise cancelling with fitted sleeves

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Wires near the ear tend to wear down over time and become exposed

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Shure E3 are headphones designed to insulate their wearer from environmental noise by providing a seal in their ear canal. They work much like an ear plug, by insulating the speaker driver with a selection of sleeves. To ensure a good fit, Shure E3's include one pair of disposable foam sleeves, 3 pairs of Flex sleeves (small, medium, large), and 3 pairs of Soft Flex sleeves.

They are made from studio-grade components and feature a high-power mini speaker, with balanced armature technology, for an extended frequency response and increased audio clarity. These earbuds weigh only 0.9 oz (28 g), making them one of the lightest pairs on the market. They include a carrying case, and a cable spool to keep the cable organized. Shure E3 earphones are considered a more expensive set of earbud-style headphones, and retail for around $179. While this is a high price for earbs, it still is a cheaper alternative to high-end models such the Etymotic ER-4P that retail for $299. Justifying this cost are the improved components, and sound isolating technology that result in a higher level of audio clarity than cheaper pairs.

  • Transducer Type: single low mass/high energy
  • Sensitivity (at 1 kHz): 115 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (at 1 kHz) 26 ohms
  • Output Connector: Gold-plated stereo, 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) phone plug
  • Cable Length: 1.52 m (60 in.)

Shure E3 earphones come branded as Shure E3, Shure E3C, and Shure E3G with the only significant differences being their color (grey, white, and black respectively). The E3G earphones are marketed as the Gaming Edition, for use with the Sony PSP and Nintendo GameBoy, but do not contain an noticeable differences other than their color and a slightly shorter cable.

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03/27/2007 02:21

I have owned the Etymotics ER-6's and they just dont compare to the Shure E3's. I own the E3c's and love em. I definitely recommend using the yellow foam covers as they are better at blocking out external sound (such as airplane noise). Worth every penny for sure.

03/16/2007 02:15

hey so cool i want it in real live

03/15/2007 10:03

Thanks for the info, gezortenplotz. I never knew that about earbuds.

03/15/2007 08:27

I own a pair Etymotic earbuds, but have cut down consistent use over the past few months. When I took a sound engineering course, my instructor warned against earbuds vs headphones, citing hearing loss. I disregarded this, thinking this was more of the digital vs analog type of argument -- where only people with super hearing like dogs would notice. But I did notice a difference in my ability to hear certain frequencies after consistently wearing the earbuds day after day in the office. I still use the earbuds when I work out, but at a lower volume and have switched to headphones for working in the office

03/14/2007 03:29

I am more of a fan of a big pair of over the ear headphones. However, if you're doing a lot of travelling, prefer the small footprint of earbuds, but don't want to sacrifice sound quality I think you should consider these.

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