What with MP3 players, iPods, CD players, cell phones and all kinds of other gadgets, it seems like just about everybody is wearing earphones these days!
It may seem like a weird analogy, but the same adage about treating your feet to the best goes the same (at least for me) with earphones (or headphones as they used to be called).
With that in mind, it's hard to beat Shure's i3c Integrated Sound Isolating Earphones + Mobile Headset (some name!).
What makes these earphones work so well is Shure's long heritage in audio, especially in the very demanding professional audio industry. Wideband Microdriver Technology provides an extended frequency soundstage, and the VoicePort microphone filters out background noise and minimizes wind, ensuring every call is loud and clear.
Designed for on-the-go audio purists, the i3c gives me the convenience of either listening to music or answering a call on my mobile phone (via the bug-like device below). Standard versions work with portable audio players and most cell phones. The dual connector versions allows me to plug into both a portable audio player and a mobile phone, while a single connector version is available for use with the Treo 650 and 700W.
Let's get into the technology a bit.
The i3c's in ear design works like an earplug to block background noise naturally. This enables me to listen comfortably at lower volumes, even in loud environments. Unlike bulky headphones that utilize active noise cancellation technology, no audio artifacts are introduced to affect my listening experience. Sound isolating earphones are also much smaller and don't require batteries.
Outside noise is reduced by 30-37 dB, so no matter how noisy it gets on the train or at the airport, I can always hear my music or your conversation.
The i3c's speakers are constructed with the same studio-grade components as Shure's award-winning E Series Earphones, delivering an extended frequency range that allows me to hear all of the music, while the VoicePort Inline Microphone is acoustically tuned to filter out background noise and minimize wind noise-ensuring so that callers hear me clearly even in the noisiest situations.