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24 Days of Gadgets – Day 4

December 4, 2009 - Dave Hecei
Now that we’ve mentioned the iPod Touch, I need to talk about those nasty white earbuds that come with all iPods. I hate them. I am not alone in this department and thankfully there is no real reason to use them, since iPods have a standard 3.5mm stereo headphone jack (the only exception is the newest iPod Shuffle which has the controls in the headphone cord).

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes and prices. If you like the idea of very portable earbuds instead of standard over-the-head or behind-the-neck models then something like the Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones are a great choice.

I need to put this disclaimer out there; the E2c earpieces go deep into your ear canal. Because of this design, external sounds are highly blocked, though not eliminated. Also, certain individuals have a problem wearing this type of earphone so be forewarned.

Speaking for myself, the Apple and other earbuds just don’t stay in place, especially if you do any kind of activity other than sitting back in a recliner. In ear earbuds stay in place much better and will work great even if you are mowing your lawn or jogging in the park.

The sound produced by the E2c Earphones is excellent. Of course it is not on par with some other earphones, but those are a hundred dollars or more. The E2c lists around $100, but street price is around $70. Included in the package are small, medium, and large size ear canal sleeves, spool holder, and round zippered case.

While all Apple iPods come with a set of little white earbuds, they are only adequate, meaning they let you hear music. They are uncomfortable and difficult to keep in your ears. Shure is a leader in professional in-ear monitors used by big-named music performers and they use this technology in their consumer products. Shure has other more expensive models, but the E2c is a perfect mix of sound quality at the right price. (If you can’t find the E2c check out the SCL2. The E2c is a little older but can still be found. The SCL2 looks to be the replacement.)


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