Originally Posted by Craig
I've got E2 or E3 at my disposal...which to I want?
The low down :-
* E2 is a fun canal phone
* plenty of bass
* seems to cloud the highs a little but I still like em (they are my preferred travel phones and I have the E2, E3 and E5)
* Kinda large but they sit well inside the ear
* Good isolation (you have to experiment with the fittings)
* These are more "balanced" sounding from a purist point of view
* They can be bass shy depending on the source material - I still enjoy them
* VERY easy to wear and remove but they go deeper into the ear canal and therefore almost our of sight from the outside. The E2 protrude a bit and windnoise becomes a problem with the E2 if you ride a bike like I do.
* More comfortable...but comfort is a relative thing
My recommendation is - if these are your FIRST EVER canal phones - go with the Shure E2. You will not miss the bass of your speakers and you will not have blown too much money on them in case they fail to excite you.
They excited me and I have no doubt you will be pleased.
Be advised :-
* you cannot hear much of what goes on around you with these headphones
* not recommended while driving
* If you use them at home - you will not hear the phone ring or the wife calling - could lead to divorce
* If you dont like them - it is VERY easy to return them (provided you get them from one of the stores I recommend) for a full refund minus shipping
* Wearing canalphones is an art - practice makes perfect. I can install both canals in less than 10 seconds including rolling the foam tips and all
* You will look like a clown when you install them in your ears so do this in private or be subtle (I always get funny looks on the aircraft)
* These will make air travel a HUGE relief. They will block out at least 75% of the engine drone without music and with the music turned on you can get almost complete isolation
The biggest advantage of using a earcanalphone in an aircraft is :
With normal headphones you tend to raise the volume above the noise of the aircraft. This is often in excess of 100db and can lead to permanent deafness over a dozen trips. With the ear canalphones, you are blocking out nearly 75% of the external noise - you dont have to turn up the volume too much and you protect your hearing.
I recommend you lower the volume on the aircraft consoles before you plug in - the poor dudes before you probably blasted their ears out trying to hear something over the noise of the engine