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How to fit Shure E-Series Headphones

Published: Mon May 09, 2005  News Feed

Left and right

Note the difference between the right and left earphones:

  • E5c and E1c: earphone with blue dot = left ear; earphone with red dot = right ear
  • E2c: clear earphone = left ear; clear-and-black earphone = right ear
  • E3c and E4c: earphone with L = left ear; earphone with R = right ear

Situating the cables around your ears

  • E2c, E3c, E4c, and E1c,: wrap the earphone cord over the top and down the back of the ear.
  • E5c: wrap the form-fitted wire over the top and down the back of the ear.
  • Use the adjustment tube to secure the cables comfortably behind your head.

Inserting the earphones

To insert the earphone, pull the ear upward and outward to straighten out the ear canal. With the cable coming over your ear, compress the sleeve with your fingers and insert the earphone into your ear.

Creating your personal fit

The quality of the frequency response and sound isolation depends on how well the sleeves seal. If the earphone seems to be lacking in low frequency response, insert the earphone deeper into the ear canal to obtain a better seal, or try one of the other sleeve options.

Flex and soft flex sleeves: Try the different sizes to determine the best fit for comfort and isolation.

Foam sleeves: Compress the foam sleeve at the end of the earphone by rolling it between your thumb and forefinger before inserting it. Hold the earphone in place for about 10 seconds while the foam expands and creates a tight seal.

Connecting to a listening device

Shure Sound Isolating Earphones are suited for any listening device that has a 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) stereo jack, including (but not limited to): Apple iPods, portable CD players, MP3 players, MiniDiscs, DAT, DVD, cassette players, notebook computers, in-flight entertainment systems, and exercise equipment fitted with gym entertainment systems. The 1/4\" to 1/8 adapter included with the E4c and E5c enables you to also connect to sources with 1/4\" jacks. When connecting your earphones, be sure to follow these instructions:

1. Turn down the volume of your listening device.

2. Connect the mini-plug from your earphones into the device\'s output jack.

3. Insert earphones into your ears.

4. Slowly raise the volume to a comfortable listening level.

Important safety information:

  • Never wear earphones while operating a motor vehicle. It may create a hazard and is illegal in many areas.
  • Use caution when wearing earphones while walking, jogging, cycling, etc.
  • Avoid using earphones at high volume levels. Shure earphones are designed to provide increased listening enjoyment at lower levels. Prolonged exposure to high sound pressure levels may impair hearing. 

Keeping it clean

To ensure continuing superior sound from your sound isolating earphones, we recommend that you follow these simple tips:

Avoid getting moisture in the nozzle, as this can adversely affect sound quality.

Avoid striking or dropping the unit. Extreme shock can damage the earphones.

E3c, E4c, E5c, and E1c: Whenever buildup is observed, clean the nozzles using the supplied wax removal tool (see Figure 1).

E3c/E4c/E5c/E1c Wax Removal

Wax buildup around each earphone nozzle should be removed using the Wax Removal Loop as shown.

E2c: When new, install the supplied wax guards on the earphone nozzles. Routinely check the wax guard on the tips of the nozzles. If the wax guards appear to be clogged, replace them.

To prevent wax buildup, E2c earphones come with Wax Guards. These protective rings are found on adhesive strips in the Fit Kit. To install, peel off backing and apply one wax guard to the end of each nozzle. Earphone nozzles should be clean and dry prior to application of wax guards.

Clean your sleeves regularly with a mild antiseptic or soapy water. Always remove the sleeve from the earphone nozzle before cleaning.

Flex, Ultra-soft flex, and Triple-flange sleeves should be cleaned with an antiseptic routinely and when sharing.

Foam sleeves should be disposed of and replaced when they get dirty.

Wipe down the earphone housing and cable with an antiseptic routinely.

Stop using the earphones if they are causing you discomfort.

NOTE: Nozzles can collect cerumen (earwax), which can clog the earphone and lower the sound quality. If you experience sound loss, check the nozzles for clogging before sending the product in for service. There is a service charge for removing wax.

CAUTION: Shure earphones are not immersible. Make sure flanges are completely dry before reattaching to earphone nozzles.

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