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Shure E3 Sound Isolating Earphones

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Shure E3 Sound Isolating Earphones deliver the incredible sound and performance that earbuds and other headphones simply can't. Sound isolating and u...Click To Read More About This Product

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Monitor your performance with studio-quality sound!

Shure E3 Sound Isolating Earphones deliver the incredible sound and performance that earbuds and other headphones simply can't. Sound isolating and unobtrusive, they're designed specifically for use with Shure PSM systems.

Along with their high-fidelity, full-bandwidth transducers, the ergonomic design of these stereo earphones allows them to rest comfortably in the ear, providing a tight seal for sound isolation and a snug, secure fit. They can be used with a variety of foam, flex, or triple flange accessory sleeves to get a personal fit tailored to your ears. The universal 3.5mm (1/8") plug connects to Shure's PSM body pack receivers, as well as many other personal audio applications where high fidelity is a must.

E3s allow the use of custom ear sleeves prepared by a professional audiologist to provide the ultimate in fit and comfort.

FEATURES
  • Sound Isolating Design
  • High-energy Micro-Speakers with Extended Frequency Response, for Studio-Quality Sound
  • Lightweight: Smallest Shure Design, Weighing only 0.9 oz
  • Fit Kit for Personalized, Comfortable In-Ear Fit
  • Earphones Carrying Case
  • 2-Year Warranty

Affordable in-ear personal monitors from the experts at Shure! Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Speaker Type: Single Low Mass/High Energy Micro-Speaker
  • Sensitivity (at 1kHz): 115dB SPL/mW
  • Impedance (at 1kHz): 26 ohms
  • Cable Length: 62"
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4.7

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

I love them but have a suggestion for musicians..

I'm a full time musician and I play two hundred plus shows a year. I find myself in great sound settings and as you can imagine some terrible sound settings as well. These...Read complete review

I'm a full time musician and I play two hundred plus shows a year. I find myself in great sound settings and as you can imagine some terrible sound settings as well. These E3's saved my career about three years ago when I was having throat problems from trying to sing over my band with bad mixes. I was over singing because of not hearing myself well and it caused me to lose my voice. When I switched to personal monitors I went with the Shure headphones after a fiasco trying to hook up regular earbuds to my system. I blew them out in seconds. I was able to focus on my voice and guitar because the do a great job of isolating outside noise. It allowed me to reduce the stress on my voice and my ears almost immediately. My suggestion to any musician thinking of going with these phones is to spend the extra money at a hearing specialist's office and get custom ear molds made for them. Especially bass players and drummers. It will not only increase the isolation but in turn it keeps the phones properly positioned in your ears and increases bass response. If you really need a lot of bass you may even want to go with the E5. The isolation part is great for me because I stand front and center onstage with a drum cymbal by my right ear more nights than not. With my custom molds I know the drummer hits them but it doesn't ring me out all night like it used to. It takes some getting used to and I used to put a mic on stage that went into my phones only so I could "feel" the stage a little. Another note about them. You may be disappointed if you buy these just to listen to your Ipod. They will sound similar to the best earbuds you have but the only real difference is that you can turn these little guys up until you blow out your hearing. It will sound crystal clear up until that point but they really don't change the sound as much as you think. These headphones are designed to take full band mixes and you should use caution always. Everybody's ears are different. For reference I have used the E3s with Carvin and Shure transmitters and receivers and receivers and they have performed great. As long as they have a signal they work. They aren't indestructible but the E3 is a lot more sturdy than the E1 it replaced. The cord is covered in a plastic sleeve and it really prevents tangling. I ruined my first set by not tucking the excess wire into my beltpack. I kneeled down on stage to plug in a guitar cord and I caught the excess wire on the heel of my shoe when I went to stand up. It yanked the E3s out of my ears through the back of my shirt and pulled one of the speaker connections. You should always treat them nice. I'm a little rough on all my gear though and the current set is going on two years. I'm going to use these as a backup for my new E3s!

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Sound great but...

We are using these in tandem with an Aviom monitor system. They sound great but it is hard to get people to put them in their ears right. We are using 8 of these...Read complete review

We are using these in tandem with an Aviom monitor system. They sound great but it is hard to get people to put them in their ears right. We are using 8 of these earbuds each week, every week for over a year. These systems do not weather well. It breaks off right where the rubber ear piece holder, (the little stick that holds the earbud cover) connects to the restof the earbud. We have had 5 of our 8 break and have to be replaced. 2 have broken off in our musicians ears. Again they sound great.

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5.0

Get the sleeves

By IEMsRule

from Colorado

I have had my E3's about 6 months now and do like them a lot; they are well worth the money. At first I used them as they came, trying to get the right tip for my ear. Once I did, it was all good and sounded great. The isolation was very good as well. I will admit that I wanted more isolation though and I move around a lot on stage and they would fall out if I went too crazy. I went an audiologist and had impressions of my ears taken.($50) Then I went ahead and had some custom "sleeves" made for my E3's. Now I have custom ear molds and The E3's sound even better because of the increased isolation. They are also much more comfortable and there is no way they will come out of ears unless you pull them out.I could not be happier and have stopped bringing my old powered floor monitor as a backup and have just purchased a 2nd pair of E3?s for that purpose. What is nice is that the custom sleeves are made to have the E3 slide into it, so if I need my backup pair for some reason, I just slide the new ones into the sleeves and I?m ready to go.. Rock On &#6151

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5.0

Amazing

By Bruce-_Bf2h

from Undisclosed

I have had the foam covered sit in your ear type and hated them as the sound quality always changed as the moved around. I have had these ear buds for a couple of months now and am still in awe at the quality. They fit in my ear like safty ear plugs and will never move once out in right. You can do any sport and they will stay in place. I have let others use them and they were amazed at the sound quality. A must buy. Can't imagine getting better sound quality from more expensive ones. they do cancel noise as i commute via subway in NY and they do a fine job.

 
5.0

a must

By theNitefly

from Chicago, IL

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sleeker than big, bulkey cones with the same complete isolation. Beautiful, rich bass and clear treble.

 
5.0

Best Quality for The Price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just picked up a set of these and they are awesome. I use them in live situations straight off the drum mixer. Excellent sound quality (low end could be a little better-but still awesome!). I found that using the foam inserts with them is the best. For the money - this is the way to go. Save your ears! These things really quiet things down and let you hear what you need to.

 
5.0

Awesome!

By stockli

from Bozeman, MT

I've used E2's and E3's, and I loved 'em both. However, I must say that the E3 quite a bit better than the E2. They're expensive, but after 6 years of toasting my hearing in drumlines, saving my hearing is definitely worth it.

 
4.0

Good for the mobile musician, but...

By DJ Scalar

from Santa Barbara, CA

These have incredible sound isolation - I wear them from time to time at work (a noisy research lab), and I'm alone as soon as I put them on! The frequency response is absolutely flat, which is great for on-the-fly mixing. I have used them extensively with some of my compositions in Cubase, and they give a good reference for the music. The flat bass response leaves me costantly asking, "Where did THAT bass come from?" when I put the mix through my studio monitors, versus the traditional, "Where did the bass go?" that I used to get with Sony MDR-V700. While this is great for composition, it's terrible for listening to music... unless you really like tinny sound. The highs are ultra-clear. Bottom line: If you're a musician who wants to sketch out ideas on the road (and not have a surprise once you land), these are worth a shot. However, if you're looking for good 'buds just for iPod listening, stay away from these.

 
5.0

Great

By scott-q9foD

from downers grove, IL

Having lost some hearing from playing drums for 30 some years, about 8 years ago i started wearing isolation head phones, they worked good but they where HOT. I always wanted to try in ear monitors, but wasn't sure if they would give me the isolation and sound i wanted, and did'nt want to spend the money just to find out. so my wife gave me a pair of the shure e3's for my birthday(i love this woman) and man are they great, they give me all the isolation i want and the sound, wow (i use the grey inserts) since i am a drummer i don't need to be wireless, so i run a monitor feed off the board into a Rolls personal monitor amp. this way I have the control of the volume. (it would scare me to have someone else have control with the way these are pushed so tite in my ears). i spoke so highly of mine, our singer went out and bought a wireless set-up for himself, and loves them too. in closing i would recomend the e3's to anyone looking to protect your ears, and enjoy great and clear sound at a low volume. I wish I had these 35 year ago. Maybe I wouldn't say what so much.

 
3.0

Sound great but...

By bohn002

from Columbus, Ohio

We are using these in tandem with an Aviom monitor system. They sound great but it is hard to get people to put them in their ears right. We are using 8 of these earbuds each week, every week for over a year. These systems do not weather well. It breaks off right where the rubber ear piece holder, (the little stick that holds the earbud cover) connects to the restof the earbud. We have had 5 of our 8 break and have to be replaced. 2 have broken off in our musicians ears. Again they sound great.

 
5.0

Awesome

By Mr Rock n' Roll

from Syracuse, NY

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I'm a singer that lost the wedge monitior and switched to the E3 in ear Shure PSM 400 system used with an Allen Heath board and six-way monitor mix 6 months ago. Our monitor mix guy has them dialed in and I never have to change the setting from venue to venue. The E3s are crisp and clean, with a pretty good bass response. The sound is awesome!

 
5.0

Great piece

By Jim-1vKVF

from Toms River, NJ

Just got them. As a producer I am always looking for the more accurate response, even on stage. These babies are NOT meant for the bass players who want to hear their low B string but provide a stunning performance when used correctly. READ the instruction on how to insert them and you will find that you hear nothing but pristine sound. I do mean nothing, great for drummers worried about loosing their hearing. One final note, besides being a different color from the E3c's (one reviewer note this as the ONLY difference) the driver is a little better. The E3's have a Low Mass High Energy driver with a more accurate response as opposed to the Wide-Band Dynamic driver found in the E3c's which provides a bump in the lower frequencies to satisfy the IPod listening bass boost junky (not this does not mean a low cut off, just a bump).

 
5.0

Great!

By peacedrummer-I7DhL

from Randallstown M.D.

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I just got a pair today, there amazing. When you put them on at first it hurts a bit, but after a while you get used to it. The sound is crystal clear and accurate, I love them. This is definitely a must buy for the musician on stage, or in the studio.

 
5.0

I love them but have a suggestion for musicians..

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I'm a full time musician and I play two hundred plus shows a year. I find myself in great sound settings and as you can imagine some terrible sound settings as well. These E3's saved my career about three years ago when I was having throat problems from trying to sing over my band with bad mixes. I was over singing because of not hearing myself well and it caused me to lose my voice. When I switched to personal monitors I went with the Shure headphones after a fiasco trying to hook up regular earbuds to my system. I blew them out in seconds. I was able to focus on my voice and guitar because the do a great job of isolating outside noise. It allowed me to reduce the stress on my voice and my ears almost immediately. My suggestion to any musician thinking of going with these phones is to spend the extra money at a hearing specialist's office and get custom ear molds made for them. Especially bass players and drummers. It will not only increase the isolation but in turn it keeps the phones properly positioned in your ears and increases bass response. If you really need a lot of bass you may even want to go with the E5. The isolation part is great for me because I stand front and center onstage with a drum cymbal by my right ear more nights than not. With my custom molds I know the drummer hits them but it doesn't ring me out all night like it used to. It takes some getting used to and I used to put a mic on stage that went into my phones only so I could "feel" the stage a little. Another note about them. You may be disappointed if you buy these just to listen to your Ipod. They will sound similar to the best earbuds you have but the only real difference is that you can turn these little guys up until you blow out your hearing. It will sound crystal clear up until that point but they really don't change the sound as much as you think. These headphones are designed to take full band mixes and you should use caution always. Everybody's ears are different. For reference I have used the E3s with Carvin and Shure transmitters and receivers and receivers and they have performed great. As long as they have a signal they work. They aren't indestructible but the E3 is a lot more sturdy than the E1 it replaced. The cord is covered in a plastic sleeve and it really prevents tangling. I ruined my first set by not tucking the excess wire into my beltpack. I kneeled down on stage to plug in a guitar cord and I caught the excess wire on the heel of my shoe when I went to stand up. It yanked the E3s out of my ears through the back of my shirt and pulled one of the speaker connections. You should always treat them nice. I'm a little rough on all my gear though and the current set is going on two years. I'm going to use these as a backup for my new E3s!

 
5.0

Hear more with less volume

By Ace LeRoy

from MILLVILLE, UT

I have been using my E3s for 6 months and have been very happy with the earphones over all performance. I have played live for years. I have enjoyed how a band sounds on stage except when the room acoustics are bad or if I?m up on a riser behind the band and the soundman sends me a bad mix through my monitor. I now use the E3s and a Mackie 1202 to mix my own sound. The isolation of the E3s allows me to hear my drums like never before (except in the recording studio) and I can add whatever instrument or vocal I want to my mix. The system has improved my playing (since I can hear myself) and lowered the stage volume so I have less ear fatigue. Also, I have more gain and less feedback from my drum mikes since I don?t have stage monitors stacked next to me. Go wireless if you need too and shed those sound wedges. E3 ear monitors are very cool.

 
4.0

I'm pleased but these aren't for everyone.

By Benjamin Beksel

from Northern California

I'd like to first make a few statements to clarify a few myths and misunderstandings. Shure makes e3's and e3c's. The only difference being (I was told by Shure) that the e3c's are white and the e3's are grey as the ones pictured on the site. Secondly, please understand they are in-ear monitors. they do provide wonderful isolation. However, they are still only headphones. I keep reading reviews from people disappointed in the bass response of these monitors. They sound good and you can hear everything clearly. If you are wanting to feel bass, buy speakers/wedges. I will add that I am most comfortable wearing the foam sleaves with the e3's followed by the grey rubber sleaves. The clear silicone ones are the most attractive but also somewhat painful. The foam provides the best isolation of the three, also. I plan on using a pair a week. After that they seem to get pretty dirty looking and stop expanding fully.

 
4.0

Can't play without them!

By wuhanman2112

from Coldwater, MI

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Hey fellow Musicians,Just wanted to share a few words regarding the e3s. I have been using in ear monitors for about 5 years. I play solo drums mostly. I could not have developed my level of performance without these.Also the increased benefit of hearing your bandmates exactly the way you want to hear them. As far as the bass response being weak, I must disagree. You should hear what a good quality Yamaha mixer can do for these E3S. You've never really heared a great drum kit until you've played through these. Enjoy!!

 
5.0

they are just great!

By Alex-W_8WP

from venezuela

I bought these shure E3 earphones about 6 months ago for my iPod but u can put them up to so much more than that, they work xtremly well and u just have to find the right earbud for ya, after that its magik.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

cool but there are better

By Speedycross

from Lynn, IN

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I've heard of all these "tons of money" earphones...I was thinking about getting some for my worship band's in-ear system, however, I was walking through walmart one day, and saw some earbuds. Oh my gosh, they're awesome. . . the bass you can feel pounding through your head and it's still balanced...for 35 dollar earbuds they're amazing (sony's) and I can't hear when I clap my hands...for the price of things like Sures, I think I'll go with my 35 dollar walmart pair...lol hope this helps

 
5.0

Acurate Reference, Superb Isolation

By BaghdadHilton

from On the road

The Shure E3c's isolation is wonderful....The privacy you are afforded when mixing or listening to music is complete... The foam sleeves can be extremely uncomfortable after 30-40 minutes, and the other rubber sleeves are more comfortable, but the sound is less accurate due to the less isolation. I have opted for the custom molded silicone option. These monitors have an excellent sound, but do indeed lack in bass response or boost, however I believe that this may be beneficial to your mixing of your recordings, as this is a more even and neutral picture of the sound... You should keep this in mind when mixing though and be aware of adding too much bass to compensate.... The sound of the music as the only sound in your ear is amazing, and like nothing else. At the lowest volume you can hear every nuance, allowing for less hearing loss and great attenuation to the subtleties of a recording.

 
5.0

Terrific sound, light and convenient

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

These are simply great earphones for onstage in-ear monitoring, listening to DVDs playing on your laptop, or groovin' with the tunes on your iPod.The sound quality is better than my Sennheiser studio cans and far surpasses my Bose noise-cancelling set for air travel.The sound isolation is so good it can be a little unnerving -- without plugging in a music source, they'll serve as highly efficient ear PLUGS. Remarkably quiet.The nice little zipper case has a hard inner shell to keep the 'phones safe during transport --You will have to ensure you match the earpieces to properly fit your ear canal. Once that's done, you're good to go.10/10. Buy 'em.

 
5.0

Love 'em!

By howlingwolf487

from Right Now: Huntington, IN

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I bought my E3's a while ago and really feel that they are a great entry-level product for those interested in IEM's. They are affordable (okay, so you might have to save up for a little while) and they are built to last. I accidentally stepped on mine last week and thought I broke them - they still work just fine, though. Treat your gear right and it'll work for ya!Anyways, I used these to help monitor a gig this past week at our university and they were great! It was my first time using IEM's to mix monitors for anything. It was pretty cool... Just a word of warning: the impedance on these things is pretty high, so make sure you don't overload the output. The IEM system that our client was using had 2 listening outputs and we used both. All of a sudden they started cutting in and out. After unplugging my E3's the problem went away and all was well.If you want to get into in-ears, go for these and then upgrade...Futuresonics, Sensaphonics, Westone - they can wait for later.

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