My favorite headphones bit the dust Monday, or, more correctly, sometime between Friday at 2:30 and Monday at 7:30 or whenever I actually plugged them in. And, to be completely correct, only half of them bit the dust – the right headphone no longer works correctly.
These things are wonderful – Shure E3C in-ear headphones. For the year prior to getting these, I had a pair of Etymotic ER6i in-ear headphones, which were also very, very nice. The headphones I used at home during that time, a pair of Sony EX51 in-ear headphones (do you sense a trend here? I like my in-ear ‘phones) finally died after a long, loving life supplying sound to me. They had been surpassed greatly by the Etymotics and so I decided that I deserved something good at home. The Etymotics came home after a pair of the above Shure ‘phones arrived.
While the difference between the Sony and Etymotic headphones had been like VHS vs. DVD, the difference between the Etys and the Shures is quite a bit more subtle. It’s more like choosing better shades of color – there really aren’t any, it’s just what suits your needs and moods. The Etymotics are extremely clean and clear while the Shure are also extremely clear but also boast a bit more bass, making for absolutely the best listening experience I have ever had – the Etymotics were not far behind, however.
Well, as of this morning, I’m carrying my Etymotics back and forth from work every day again, and I have to admit that I’m kind of enjoying the change in sound just a bit. You know how it goes – you make a subtle change and suddenly new things appear in the sound spectrum. So it’s kind of fun to listen through these at work. In the meantime, my Shures will be in the mail back to the company to take advantage of their excellent 2-year warranty. So, while I’m let down about the problem, I’m at least glad there’s a great warranty backing their product.