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Paradigm SHIFT E3m

In-ear headphones with remote/mic (White)

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by David Brown
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Paradigm's Signature sound for earbuds

Long known for building high-quality loudspeakers, Paradigm has now applied their deft touch to in-ear headphones. After studying how sound from loudspeakers impacts the ear, they created the Paradigm SHIFT E3m to reproduce the speaker experience in an affordable earbud. The E3m is voice-matched to Paradigm's reference-class Signature series speakers. With an emphasis on minimizing distortion, these earbuds deliver an accurate, detailed presentation of your music, from crisp highs all the way down to deep bass. Free your music from the confines of stock earbuds and discover great sound without sacrificing portability.

Answer calls and control your music

The E3m features an in-line microphone and remote for use with compatible smart phones, including Apple® devices. One-touch functionality lets you answer and end calls as well as control music playback. Your music automatically pauses when a call comes in, so you can talk and then get right back to your music.

The E3m includes three sizes of ear tips so you can find a comfortable fit that provides proper noise isolation. Available in black or white, these compact earbuds can accompany you just about anywhere, keeping you in touch with your music.

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Highlights:

  • in-line remote with microphone for answering calls and controlling music playback with compatible devices, including Apple® devices
  • 3 pairs of silicone ear tips included for optimum comfort and sound quality
  • tangle-resistant 4-foot cord
  • cord adjustment slider for a comfortable fit
  • padded travel case
  • frequency response: 8-19,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 105 dB
  • impedance: 18 ohms
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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In-ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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8-19k Hz
Sensitivity
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105 dB
Impedance
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18 Ohms
Weight
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N/A ounces
Cord Length
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49"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • In-ear headphones (with in-line remote/mic and attached 49" cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • 3 Pair of silicone ear tips (S/M/L)
  • Carrying case
  • Instructions
  • Online Product Registration Card

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Features

Paradigm Shift In-Ear Headphone Design: The Paradigm Shift series in-ear headphones are the result of thirty years of sound research and product development. Paradigm's unique understanding of what makes a speaker sound great in a listening room is applied to the design of their in-ear headphones. Paradigm uses sophisticated measurement tools and proprietary algorithms while accounting for the psycho-acoustic effects of the ear structure in developing its design. This allows Paradigm to faithfully reproduce the performance of Paradigm's freestanding loudspeakers in an in-ear headphone.

E3m In-Ear Headphones: The Paradigm Shift E3m in-ear headphones are voice matched to Paradigm's Monitor Series speakers. They employ a single 8mm super-neodymium driver in each earphone. These in-ear headphones deliver the full audio spectrum with unbelievable clarity, extended bass response, and perfect tonal balance.

Multiple Ear Tips: The Paradigm Shift E3m in-ear headphones come with 3 size of silicone ear tips (s/m/l) to ensure a tailored fit that further maximizes overall sound quality and comfort.

In-Line Remote + Mic: The in-line remote gives you Play/Pause control for your music and answer/end control for your phone calls from various manufacturers of smartphones. The integrated omni-directional microphone lets you carry on your side of the conversation, while listening to the caller's voice through the earphones. The in-line remote + mic also supports voice control for hands-free music playback and communication (device also must support this function).

Tangle Resistant Cable: The Paradigm Shift E3m in-ear headphones feature a tangle-resistant, cloth exterior cable terminated by a gold-plated 3.5mm connector for excellent signal transfer.

Carrying Case: The included carrying case helps to protect the in-ear headphones during storage and transport.

 

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Quick impressions from the Lab

Comment by Ralph Graves Staff Writer - Creative,

Small and simple

Written by Ralph Graves, Staff Writer - Creative, on 7/22/2013 3:55:00 PM

I really liked the shape of the earbuds. They're contoured to fit snugly in the ear, and form a much more effective seal than earbuds that are basically cylinders. With the sleeves also filling the ear canal, I basically had two seals between the outer world and my eardrums. Ambient sounds were virtually eliminated — which meant I could listen at much lower volumes than I usually need to with in-ear headphones.

And the E3m's delivered at those lower volumes. My music sounded full and detailed, with a nice bass presence. And for bass-heavy genres like rap and dance, the low-end kicked without becoming muddy — even at higher volume levels. Great headphones for on-the-go listening.

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5 out of 5

My favorite in ear headphones

Written By Keiver22, Saline, MI on Monday, July 21, 2014
 
These are my favorites. I own around 20 different brands of earbuds and out of all of them (including- LSTN, sennheiser, hifiman, etc) These have the most balanced and clean sound, comfortable fit of all of them. The flatness of the earbud itself make them great for laying around or sleeping. I don't feel them at all.
Pros:
Great design Clean, strong sound Decent price Excellent value
Cons:
The only negitive thing I can say about these is that the cord of the right side earbud developed a 'snag' in the fabric covering and has exposed about a three inch section of the white plastic that contains the wiring. It is probably just a one in a thousand kind of occurrence and hasn't caused any change to the sound, so to me it's not that big of a deal. I would buy these again even with the one negitive.
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4 out of 5

Pretty good

Written By GB, NH on Tuesday, December 17, 2013
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Bought these for my wife. I was not all that impressed although they are pretty good sounding, they do not seem very well built but time will tell. I just don't like them as much as the Bose ie2 in ear phones which I greatly prefer for both sound and apparent build quality. In any case they were for my wife and she likes them very much, so this purchase was a success.
Pros:
nice sound quality, in ear, easy to pack
Cons:
not as good sounding or soundstage as others, in my opinion.
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2 out of 5

Paradigm e3's

Written By JS, ny Ny on Thursday, April 04, 2013
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Coming from a person who had paradigm speakers throughout house and loves them.....Build quality is solid however brings issues w comfort....Housing has sharp edges if you are moving around at all or any strain on cord housing digs into ear. I use for commute on train/walking was unbearable. Noise reduction was pretty decent. On to the important thing sound. If you are a basshead these may be for you. For the standard listener these are WAY to unbalanced and they bleed like a stuck pig right into mids. Read more detailed reviews from professionals but beware. Lastly and I did not count this against paradigm in review but the mic had a loose connection in it and headphones would "skip" when it tapped against my zipper on jacket. I returned and bought hifiman re 262 and they are 50x better.
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5 out of 5

Paradigm SHIFT™ E3m

Written By Anonymous, Beaumont, Ca on Thursday, February 21, 2013
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I am impressed. the comfort level and sound quality is by far the best i have heard. i can only say that for the price, it beats Bose, B&W's and all other imitations. These earbuds make listening to music fun again. i can hear so much more and the sound evenly balanced. hands down I would recommend these to anyone looking to enjoy their music better than before. The B&W's are very good, but heavy and uncomfortable after only a couple of songs. The sound quality is still great, but again for the price and comfort the paradigm shift e3 are my favorite.
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Comfort, cord is not a rubber or a plastic (This is huge for me) It helps make the cord last longer and will not melt or break off exposing the wires.
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Paradigm SHIFT™ E3m

Written By William, Attica, Indiana on Sunday, February 10, 2013
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Sound great
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