So if you remember, I recently picked up the new iPod Nano. Being the audio snob that I am (not a huge one, but nonetheless) I had to pick up a decent pair of headphones to compliment the 8GB Nano. Not only do the standard iPod headphones sound sub par, but fly out of your ear with a slightly aggressive nod or jostle. So I did some searching and settled on the Shure E2C in ear headphones. A few places gave them good reviews, so I figured why not. I ended up ordering the headphones from Amazon.com and signed up for a free trial of Amazon Prime, which by the way does offer 2 day delivery for ‘real’. Although the Shure’s sounded solid plugged into my computer, they distorted at high volumes on the Nano and were far from delivering a reasonable amount of bass. Sure the distortion could be attribute to the Nano small size and lack of power, but we’re not talking over the ear headphones – then I could understand. To add insult I recently read that some headphones are designed to work specifically with the iPod to offset the additional decibels. More specifically the Etymotic Research ER-6i headphones (white ones only) which are “designed specifically for use with the Apple iPod and other small portable players, offering 8 dB higher overall sensitivity and slightly more bass than the ER-6 isolator earphones.” Does this mean that all high end headphones are too sensitive for the iPods? The Shure’s fit snugly in your ear by rapping the cord over the top of your ear – a style derived from musician monitoring headphones. Because the Shure’s require the phones to be placed into the ear canal for optimal bass response they can become a bit uncomfortable after extensive or long periods of use. Final verdict: Great in ear head phones that dampen much of the outside sound, but some other in ear headphones for cheaper are a better choice.
Available at Amazon for $99.