The E4c headphones are very small and lightweight. The cable is thicker than you usually get with headphones due to superior shielding. The cable is also fairly long at around 1.5m. Unlike traditional in-ear headphones, these are designed to fit as far into your ear canal as possible. This is to ensure the best sound reproduction and also has the benefit of keeping almost all outside noises from entering the ear.
Unlike sound cancelling headphones, which reduce noise by emitting a sound that is an exact opposite to the noise you want to remove, these work on the principle of just physically blocking out noise. This makes the whole experience a lot more immersive and means you music can be playing at a much lower volume as you don’t have to compete with the noise of trains, planes or automobiles.
Published in: Multimedia on 2006-02-28