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    Check out Friday July 20, 2007 article

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    what about the Bose isolation headphones?the big one that covers the entire ear?will the sound quality be comparable to the shure?

    *sorry, i know i state previously i want to stick to shure but i guess bose is the other alternative for me.

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    no way will I choose Bose over Shure! Bose is more marketing than sound quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    can explain the cable turning algae phenomenon?

    so i guess i should settle on SE series.
    It seem like the white E5C cables will have that algae phenomenon after some time. I've not yet seen that with the rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    thanks very very much for all the feedback.

    i'm only querying about SHURE so please give your feedback based on these.

    sorry, i dont know nuts about audio but i know some of you guys sure expert in this field.

    so to summarise,

    -the E series is definitely better than the SE series is it?
    i'm a sucker for super clear music and all i can say is the ipod stock headphones really cannot make it.

    -will i be able to tell the difference between the high end E series vs the SE high end series?

    -i dont need sound isolation since i dont take public transport.it's only for the occasional after lunch chillout where i isolate myself from everything else to relax.

    so which model should i buy?

    hi Jeanie, i'm no audiophile but like you I do like a good pair of earphones that would give me great sound. i myself bought the Shure E2C - as compared to similar price range models of Westone and UE they weren't the BEST sounding however they fit the best.

    So my advice would be to get a pair that fits you very well and feels great in the ears, you're more or less assured of good quality sound when getting one from brands like Shure, but then again you may have your own personal tastes so it's important that you try them out before buying.

    As for using in-ear phones, just remember to keep the volume at a resonable level. They were designed to go deeper in your ear so that you get less interference from ambient noises, allowing you to listen at lower volume levels. As with my E2C, i have set my ipod to cap my volume at a certain level - those things are very close to your ear drums when inside and if you listen to loud stuff all the time it'll probably affect your hearing.

    As for sound isolation, in-ear phones were actually designed for that purpose so no running away from it. I know you mentioned you don't take public transport, but when I wear my E2C on the mrt, i can't hear the noise from the train or people around me when music is playing at mid-level volume. Might help if you're listening when outside or have a noisy office hehe.

    I know i seem biased for the E2C, but bo pian I own one hahah . i highly recommend it if you're just trying out in-ear phones and on a pretty tight budget. I got mine for $140.

    Anyway, good luck on finding a pair for yourself =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noakram View Post
    no way will I choose Bose over Shure! Bose is more marketing than sound quality.
    let the bose bashing begin

    Quote Originally Posted by Noakram View Post
    It seem like the white E5C cables will have that algae phenomenon after some time. I've not yet seen that with the rest.
    Interesting. I wonder those cables that are translucent type - those that you can see the metal sheilding in the cable will suffer the same fate?

    I'm also worried in purchasing these kind of earphones as i notice sometimes the insulation outside turns "sticky" and seem to "melt".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dEthANGeL View Post
    let the bose bashing begin
    Ok. I start. Bose : Better Sound Through Marketing.

    Quote Originally Posted by dEthANGeL View Post
    Interesting. I wonder those cables that are translucent type - those that you can see the metal sheilding in the cable will suffer the same fate?

    I'm also worried in purchasing these kind of earphones as i notice sometimes the insulation outside turns "sticky" and seem to "melt".
    My Westones UM2 uses the transparent/translucent cable and it didn't turn green. My old white Sony EX70SL is now green in colour. Err... so avoid white cables?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dEthANGeL View Post
    let the bose bashing begin
    kind of sad huh. It is almost embarassing nowadays to own Bose stuff...... makes you feel like a newbie.....

    I like GRADO Had a SR60 in my university days, now has the SR80. Frankly if you don't want isolation, I think open headphones like grado may be better...

    I am thinking of getting a pair of in-ears for flights. They say westone UM-2 is good. The shop at Causeway point seems to be very popular so that is where I will go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patryk View Post
    hi Jeanie, i'm no audiophile but like you I do like a good pair of earphones that would give me great sound. i myself bought the Shure E2C - as compared to similar price range models of Westone and UE they weren't the BEST sounding however they fit the best.

    So my advice would be to get a pair that fits you very well and feels great in the ears, you're more or less assured of good quality sound when getting one from brands like Shure, but then again you may have your own personal tastes so it's important that you try them out before buying.

    As for using in-ear phones, just remember to keep the volume at a resonable level. They were designed to go deeper in your ear so that you get less interference from ambient noises, allowing you to listen at lower volume levels. As with my E2C, i have set my ipod to cap my volume at a certain level - those things are very close to your ear drums when inside and if you listen to loud stuff all the time it'll probably affect your hearing.

    As for sound isolation, in-ear phones were actually designed for that purpose so no running away from it. I know you mentioned you don't take public transport, but when I wear my E2C on the mrt, i can't hear the noise from the train or people around me when music is playing at mid-level volume. Might help if you're listening when outside or have a noisy office hehe.

    I know i seem biased for the E2C, but bo pian I own one hahah . i highly recommend it if you're just trying out in-ear phones and on a pretty tight budget. I got mine for $140.

    Anyway, good luck on finding a pair for yourself =)
    hey thanks!
    140 is surely very afforable for a good pair of headphones

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    maybe i shouldnt mention bose.

    but my entire family almost uses bose lifestyle systems.
    for non audiophiles like us, i believe the compactness and neatness of it plays a lot.
    though it may not sound as great as 100k speakers, but it's really good enough for home use.

    pick up home n decor everymonth, you will almost certainly see a bose system in every newly renovated house next to the plasma tv.

    i may not know anything i admit but i really love my bose system.

    so dont bash them ya!
    ok
    back to topic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wind30 View Post
    kind of sad huh. It is almost embarassing nowadays to own Bose stuff...... makes you feel like a newbie.....

    I like GRADO Had a SR60 in my university days, now has the SR80. Frankly if you don't want isolation, I think open headphones like grado may be better...

    I am thinking of getting a pair of in-ears for flights. They say westone UM-2 is good. The shop at Causeway point seems to be very popular so that is where I will go.
    Yeah, I got my Shure from there... great thing is that they actually let you try them out so you really know what will fit you best. Do give your ears abit of a cleaning though if you want to try those in-ear phones hahah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noakram View Post
    Ok. I start. Bose : Better Sound Through Marketing.



    My Westones UM2 uses the transparent/translucent cable and it didn't turn green. My old white Sony EX70SL is now green in colour. Err... so avoid white cables?

    maybe the green slime is your ear wax that's accumulated over time?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patryk View Post
    Yeah, I got my Shure from there... great thing is that they actually let you try them out so you really know what will fit you best. Do give your ears abit of a cleaning though if you want to try those in-ear phones hahah...
    my friend ever pass me a pair of inear headphones and the tip has yellowish digusting stuffs

    so i find it really personal.cannot share one lah this kind of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    maybe the green slime is your ear wax that's accumulated over time?
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    Beware about using in-ear earphones on the aircraft, esp. those w/o in-line volume control as the volume level for the movies/music content is different from the PA system. If you are lucky, both will be balanced.

    I almost had my ears busted on my flight while using them when the cabin crew spoke on the PA system.

    The Shure model comes with the PTH, I think, so it shd be ok.

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    I just remembered the name of the shop: STEREO at causeway point. great service too. here's the site for their selection of in-earhpones:

    http://www.stereo.com.sg/store/nav.php?cPath=1_7

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    Quote Originally Posted by ykia View Post
    Beware about using in-ear earphones on the aircraft, esp. those w/o in-line volume control as the volume level for the movies/music content is different from the PA system. If you are lucky, both will be balanced.

    I almost had my ears busted on my flight while using them when the cabin crew spoke on the PA system.

    The Shure model comes with the PTH, I think, so it shd be ok.
    pth is....?

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    pth = press to hear
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noakram View Post
    pth = press to hear
    elaborate please.means i must press something to hear the music or...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeanie View Post
    pth is....?
    Push-To-Hear: It allows you to listen to ppl (eg. cabin crew asking if you like the fish or the chicken) w/o taking the earphones out of your ear after taking the effort to put it in just right.

    But it's more than that; it also has the volume control and I think the automatic attenuation is built-in so that the sudden blast is control or minimized.

    Read more in the B&H web site here.

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