Sound Quality Rating
Build Quality Rating
3.8 out of 5
Shure is one of the premier makers of in ear gear – used by professional touring musicians across the world, and come with a rich legacy of technology, precision and audio engineering as prosumer headphones; a lot of their high end gear are considered to be the world’s best in ear headphones.
But how do the Shure E2 Headphones figure as one of the world’s best noise cancelling headphones? Being in-ear ‘phones, these do not feature active noise cancelling and instead focus on passive noise cancellation by way of ensuring a very effective acoustic seal. The provided fit kit from Shure ensures that you do not have to go too far before getting your favored foam or silicone sleeve pairing.
These are great headphones to listen to rock and pop music of the contemporary times – the bass is punchy, the highs are chirpy and the mids are great. But what these headphones lack is clarity – the bass is muddy, the highs do not resolve into individual tones and the mids are not what you would expect from this class of headphones.
- Isolating acoustic seal mutes external sounds naturally, allowing you to listen to only what you want
- High energy speaker technology allows the Shure E2 Headphones to perform adequately powerfully without the need of an external amp
- Personal Fit Kit to ensure the correct fit
- Portable and lightweight design
- Thick cable to protect against damage
WHAT'S IN THE BOX
- Shure E2 Headphones
- Personal Fit Kit with 3 sleeve pairs each of small, medium and large sizes in both foam and silicone and 2 triple flange sleeves
- Soft carrying case
- User’s manual and warranty card
These are built for rugged everyday use and it shows. The E2s do not have the high-tech and polished look of the higher end of the series, but the partially transparent body allows for a sneak peek into the innards of these headphones. The cable is thick and thus might transport a lot of sound inadvertently.
- Warranty2 Yr Limited Warranty
- Dimensions1 x 14 x 4"
- Weight0.7 lb
- Cable Length60"
- Battery LifeN/A
- Build Quality
Rugged build with heft, the plastic housing of the device is quite hard and will probably withstand quite a bit of rough usage.
The earphones have quite a bit of heft about them and are thus not the most comfortable for extended use.
Rolled off highs that do not do justice to the music at times – especially guitar solos.
Dry, but above average midrange frequency response.
The lows do not go very deep, but they are hefty and a whole lot of fun to listen to.
- Noise Reduction
The acoustic seal reduces noise inflow and leakage quite well, and the noise reduction is bound to improve with the fit.
The performance is quite good as an entry point for the world of great music, but the asking price is just way too high to justify the performance.
- Durable headphones that are built to last
- The included hard carrying case is doubly durable; you would want to run your car over them (we advise you against this)
- Provided fit kit ensures that you have a comfortable fit and good acoustic seal
- Quite heavy for IEMs, some may not like the heft supported by the ears
- Muddy sounds for this price range
- Expensive for their quality
The Shure E2 Headphones are very well made and come with a sense of durability. But ultimately in the game of price vs. performance, these headphones do not do as well as their counterparts in the same price level. Thus unless you are impressed by their looks or get them dirt cheap in the streets, we recommend looking elsewhere for the best headphones.