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Shure SE535 Isolating Earphones – $499.00

Specs:

  • Sound Isolating Design
  • Speaker Type: Hi-Definition MicroSpeaker
  • Included Premium Fit Kit (with additional 9” extension cable)
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Engadget Says: …it’s not hype and these aren’t expensive just for the sake of being expensive: you will, against all odds, get what you pay for with these things. If you already own the E500 or SE530, … — you’re not getting any improvement in sound quality with the SE535, and the main improvements center around robustness of the cable,

CNET Says: The Shure SE535 headphones offer exceptional clarity; deep, tight bass; rich, enveloping sound; and great noise isolation.

iphoneheadphonesreview.com Says: The Shure SE535 are my top recommendation if you are looking for the best sound quality. Their clarity and definition, coupled with great comfort, are unmatched by any pair of universal-fit in ear headphones.

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Shure E3c – Sound Isolating Earphones – $69

Specs:

  • Speaker Type: Dynamic MicroDriver
  • Sensitivity (at 1kHz): 105dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (at 1kHz): 16
  • Cable Length: E2c: 1.57m (62 inches) E2c (in black): 1.45m (56 inches)
  • Net Weight: 30g (1 oz)
  • Input Connector: 3.5 mm (1/8″) gold-plated stereo plug
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    4.48 out of 5 – 25 Reviews

    Evan S Said: I am am a drummer in a band and needed good headphones/ earphones for studio work and concerts. I have found that the E2c’s are very good for concerts because they block out alot of noise and you can’t really see that I’m wearing them. Low end bass is very good, but it is a little boomy.

    Colin Said: The bass was very rich when I listened to Rap and Treble also brought out sounds I have never heard before in my music. I also watch a part of Saving Private Ryan on my Zune. I was at the end about 30 seconds before the planes came in for an attack I could hear the low rumble! I was amazed!

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    PC-Mag Says: These light, durable, and accurate ear-canal headphones provide lots of value but are slightly uncomfortable; a significant portion remains outside the ear. They’re a good choice for those who won’t be adding an amp to their rig.

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    Editors Note: These headphones have been discontinued but you can still find the quiet easily at online stores. Along with the price drop, $60 at Amazon.com, makes them well worth this list. These are a pair you should snatch up quick!


    Shure SE310 Isolating Earphones – $299

    Specs:

  • Peaker Type: Hi-Definition MicroSpeaker + Tuned BassPort
  • Sensitivity (1mW): 111 dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (1kHz): 28
  • Frequency Range: 22Hz – 19kHz
  • Cable Length/with Extension: 18 in. / 45cm (54 in. / 136cm)
  • Color: Available in Black and White
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    4.15 out of 5 – 13 Reviews

    Headphone Room Says: We just can’t get past the fact that the SE310 is pretty much the perfect balance of everything we’ve hoped for in a mid-priced ear canal headphone for the past 15 years. Believe us, your iPod is lonely for a pair of SE310s.

    CNet Says: If you’re looking for a premium listening experience, check out the Shure SE310 Sound Isolating Earphones. They sound fantastic and will probably outlast your MP3 player.

    Digital Trends Says: The Shure SE310s are the best single-driver canalphones we have auditioned to date. While they lack a unique signature and sound slightly flat, overall performance was excellent. The design showcases the maturity of Shure’s place in the market, and the new ear sleeves are the most comfortable we have used.

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    Sound Magic PL30 – $30

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    Sound Magic PL30 are hard to beat, especially at this price point. In fact I think they sound better than a pair of Grado SR60s at less than half the price. Sure the stage isn’t huge, but balance, clarity and dynamics are very good. They come with a huge variety of fitting options and each ear has a bass adjustment knob. After a few hours of burn in the frequencies are very well balanced and clear. They isolate well. Very little cord feedback and frankly they just sound good.

    • 9mm Neodymium Magnet Drivers
    • Impedance: 12 ohm
    • Sensitivity: 100+/-3dB/mW at 1kHz
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 22kHz
    • Connector: 3.5mm stereo plug

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