I would estimate that I wear headphones on average about 6 hours a day. I wear headphones not only because I love to listen to music but because headphones are my only salvation to drown out noise of my office. I recently switched to the in-ear style of headphone in the hopes of better noise cancellation. The key test to determine if a set of headphones are good is if they can drown out your noisy cubicle neighbors and these headphones passed easily.
The Shure E2c headphones are a great choice for those people seeking great sound while also blocking outside noise. These headphones are ideal for portable MP3, DVD, and CD players as well as all other audio sources. My favorite features of the E2c headphones are:
- Sound Isolating Technology – The E2c’s in ear design works like an earplug to block background noise naturally. You can listen comfortably at low volumes even in noisy environments.
- Personalized Fit – The headphones come with something called the Personal Fit Kit. The Fit Kit comes with three pairs (small, medium, large) of disposable Foam Sleeves, and three pairs (small, medium, large) of Flex Sleeves to fit about any sized ear. The soft, flexible sleeves in the Fit Kit contour the inside of the ear for a comfortable, secure fit so that the earphones don’t fall out while you’re exercising.
- Low-Profile Earphone Cables – The E2c’s cables fit behind the ear keeping them out of sight and out of the way. Warning – this can be a pain if you need to take them off frequently.
- Weight – Weighing in at only 1 oz I hardly feel like I am wearing anything.
The MSRP on the E2c headphones is $109 but with some diligent shopping I am sure you can get them a little cheaper. Great headphones are well worth the money paid and isn’t $109 worth it if it drowns out your pesky cubicle neighbors? I certainly think so.