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KCWolfPck
Jul 27, 2007, 08:40 AM
The Shure MPA expected to be released in August has arrived. It is now for sale at the Apple Shop (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=DB861236&nplm=TN544LL/A)and is marked as shipping within 24 hours.

I know this has been mentioned in another thread, but for the sake of people searching, I thought this new accessory was worthy of it's own thread.

For people with EC4 (or EC3)....I am going to call Shure and ask if they will convert them to a modular cord if I send it in (at my cost of course). As it is now, I'm not sure that I want the Shure adapter because there would be a lot of extra cord.



sJv
Jul 27, 2007, 08:52 AM
They are even $10 cheaper than Shure had estimated on their site.

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=DB861236&nplm=TN544LL/A

-steve

The Shure MPA expected to be released in August has arrived. It is now for sale at the Apple Shop (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=DB861236&nplm=TN544LL/A)and is makred as shipping within 24 hours.

I know this has been mentioned in another thread, but for the sake of people searching, I thought this new accessory was worthy of it's own thread.

For people with EC4 (or EC3)....I am going to call Shure and ask if they will convert them to a modular cord if I send it in (at my cost of course). As it is now, I'm not sure that I want the Shure adapter because there would be a lot of extra cord.

munckee
Jul 27, 2007, 08:54 AM
That's going to make for a LOT of cord isn't it? I shure's already have a long cord; I can't imagine adding a bunch of extra to get the mic up to a reasonable distance from my mouth.

KCWolfPck
Jul 27, 2007, 08:56 AM
That's going to make for a LOT of cord isn't it? I shure's already have a long cord; I can't imagine adding a bunch of extra to get the mic up to a reasonable distance from my mouth.

It wouldn't be too much cord for current gen Shure earphone because they are modular in design. However, that is too much cord for stock EC series earphones. I am in the process of finding out if they can be modified.


EDIT - Modification of EC series through Shure is a no go. They don't do actual repairs....they just do replacements. Bummer!!!

iSaint
Jul 27, 2007, 10:46 AM
Just lost my e2c's, so I won't be buying this! :mad:

mrjohn
Jul 27, 2007, 11:00 AM
I'll let you guys know. Mine should be delivered within the next couple hours!

AJsAWiz
Jul 27, 2007, 01:11 PM
I'll let you guys know. Mine should be delivered within the next couple hours!

Was that EST? I'm eagerly awaiting your personal review :rolleyes:

ecks618
Jul 27, 2007, 01:15 PM
That's going to make for a LOT of cord isn't it? I shure's already have a long cord; I can't imagine adding a bunch of extra to get the mic up to a reasonable distance from my mouth.

What headphones do you have, this is made for the SE models

YoMamasPyjamas
Jul 27, 2007, 01:27 PM
from what i understand, they will certainly work better with the cord legth of the se models, however they will work with e2cs, etc. the drawback is the cord length. i would love to find a good solution for wrapping up all the excess cord, as i own the e2cs and hate apples earbuds.i am considering if it is worth buying the se's, but it seems so silly to spend $100 just to shorten up cord length....

CountZero
Jul 27, 2007, 01:54 PM
from what i understand, they will certainly work better with the cord legth of the se models, however they will work with e2cs, etc. the drawback is the cord length. i would love to find a good solution for wrapping up all the excess cord, as i own the e2cs and hate apples earbuds.i am considering if it is worth buying the se's, but it seems so silly to spend $100 just to shorten up cord length....

I think I'll be getting the Belkin's TuneTie (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=362D0226&nplm=TF816LL/A) to shorten my E3c cable when my adapter arrives next week.

megfilmworks
Jul 27, 2007, 08:13 PM
Just ordered mine for my Bose headest. Not a big fan of ear buds.

javaGuru
Jul 27, 2007, 09:33 PM
Just ordered mine for my Bose headest. Not a big fan of ear buds.

What kind of Bose headset do you have and how much did they cost? I'm looking to get a really good quality headset for my iPhone but am not sure what to get. I'm assuming that the Bose headset will also work with the Shure adapter.

javaGuru
Jul 27, 2007, 09:53 PM
I'll let you guys know. Mine should be delivered within the next couple hours!

Hey, did yours arrive? If so, how does it work? Does anyone know if I can use this adapter with headphones other than Shure headphones? I am considering purchasing some Bose headphones to use with this adapter.

megfilmworks
Jul 27, 2007, 10:41 PM
What kind of Bose headset do you have and how much did they cost? I'm looking to get a really good quality headset for my iPhone but am not sure what to get. I'm assuming that the Bose headset will also work with the Shure adapter.I have the quiet comfort 2 headset from Bose. They are over the ear around $300. They are great in airplanes and noisy environments (active noise reduction) and have a very good bass response.
http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=mwr_qc2_qc3&intcmp=USB05008
The Shure adapter has a standard stereo mini in and the iPhone skinny mini out.

AJsAWiz
Jul 27, 2007, 11:31 PM
I'll let you guys know. Mine should be delivered within the next couple hours!

We're all waiting . . . where are you? :rolleyes:

javaGuru
Jul 28, 2007, 07:06 AM
Does anyone know if this adapter will be available in the apple stores also?


Update: I just called my local apple store and they didn't even know what I was talking about. Oh well, guess i will have to order online. :)

megfilmworks
Jul 28, 2007, 09:29 AM
Does anyone know if this adapter will be available in the apple stores also? Yes it is, under iPhone headphones.

javaGuru
Jul 28, 2007, 09:43 AM
Yes it is, under iPhone headphones.

I know they are available on Apple's online store. But, I was hoping to go the the local apple store and buy them there. Thanks for the info anyways.

macrobat
Jul 28, 2007, 09:56 AM
I received mine 2 days ago and am sending it right back. There is way to much cord clutter and even if you had the new shure headphones and clipped the mic it still is not close enough pretty upset about the purchase

javaGuru
Jul 28, 2007, 10:02 AM
I received mine 2 days ago and am sending it right back. There is way to much cord clutter and even if you had the new shure headphones and clipped the mic it still is not close enough pretty upset about the purchase

anyone else experiencing this problem? I just ordered them but might cancel my order if the extra cord is way too much.

climr
Jul 28, 2007, 01:51 PM
Agreed that the shure cable is a messy solution... I've been building custom earphones based on the OEM iPhone cable. This way you get ideal cable length and you retain the tiny mic/pushbutton.. I've been using the Etymotic ER-6i buds for great isolation and sound quality. It's a delicate procedure to do yourself but doable if you have the right tools.

Please excuse the shameless plug, but if you're interested, search for "iPhone UltimateBuds" on ebay or visit http://www.ultimatebuds.com

Brad

javaGuru
Jul 28, 2007, 04:04 PM
I just ordered my Shure adapter along with a shure headset. I can't wait to try them out. The headset that came with the iPhone is ok but seem to not be able to handle any song with even a tiny bit of base.

Goldenbear
Jul 28, 2007, 05:28 PM
What kind of Bose headset do you have and how much did they cost? I'm looking to get a really good quality headset for my iPhone but am not sure what to get. I'm assuming that the Bose headset will also work with the Shure adapter.

Well, if you want comfort, I've heard the Bose QC is actually very comfortable. However, if you want good to great sound quality, Bose is at the bottom of every single audiophile list I've seen. I've listened to the Tri-Ports, and while not absolutely terrible, my PX-100 sounds quite a bit better (at under $50).

I'm very happy with the Shure E4 (think I got them for $180), but there are a lot of choices out there. Check out http://www.head-fi.org/ for more info. They're a bit fanatical, but they won't steer you wrong... although I wouldn't be surprised if at least one or two people tries to convince you to go with the UE-10Pro :p

anyone else experiencing this problem? I just ordered them but might cancel my order if the extra cord is way too much.

I'm thinking of simply shortening the cord on my E4, then make an extension out of what I cut off. Maybe next weekend...

megfilmworks
Jul 28, 2007, 06:18 PM
Well, if you want comfort, I've heard the Bose QC is actually very comfortable. However, if you want good to great sound quality, Bose is at the bottom of every single audiophile list I've seen. I've listened to the Tri-Ports, and while not absolutely terrible, my PX-100 sounds quite a bit better (at under $50)..

The triports and QC Bose are quite different. The passive tri port is a passable headset. The QC active is much better. No they are not reference. Bose has never made reference headsets...they try to trick out the soundstage and give EQ boosts that "most people" would prefer.

By the way, no headphone is ever going to be reference as there is no "room" to duplicate the mixer's environment. Headphones are a necessary evil when portability is needed. How could anything under $1,000 dollars recreate mixing environments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars?

andrewjnyc
Jul 29, 2007, 12:11 PM
What's the exact length of the cord on the adapter? And what's the total cord length on the adapter + a set of SEs?

mcdj
Jul 29, 2007, 01:00 PM
I don't understand Shure. Why do they think people want 20 feet of black garden hose trailing off of them? The AT&T branded Shure headphones look like an oxygen delivery system for upper atmosphere test pilots.

Shure! You there?! Think thinner cords! Think optimal cord length! Think!

BWhaler
Jul 30, 2007, 12:18 AM
I received mine 2 days ago and am sending it right back. There is way to much cord clutter and even if you had the new shure headphones and clipped the mic it still is not close enough pretty upset about the purchase

This was my fear, so thank you for sharing your feedback and saving many of us a lot of money, time, and disappointment.

I think I will wait for the next generation of accessories and make my decision then.

I am sure that Bose, Shure, et al., have better iPhone solutions in the lab, and we will see them in the next 12 months--but hopefully the next generation of product will make the holiday buying season.

CountZero
Jul 30, 2007, 06:37 AM
I don't understand Shure. Why do they think people want 20 feet of black garden hose trailing off of them? The AT&T branded Shure headphones look like an oxygen delivery system for upper atmosphere test pilots.

Shure! You there?! Think thinner cords! Think optimal cord length! Think!
I'm not sure about the newer models but the older E series are mainly designed with stage musicians in mind, where they use the headphones as monitors. Long and thick cord are what these musicians are looking for, hence Q.E.D. :-)

javaGuru
Jul 30, 2007, 07:20 AM
I'm not sure about the newer models but the older E series are mainly designed with stage musicians in mind, where they use the headphones as monitors. Long and thick cord are what these musicians are looking for, hence Q.E.D. :-)

This is a very good point. Their website even indicates that they were originally designed for musicians.

megfilmworks
Jul 30, 2007, 09:09 AM
As one who has used in ear monitors on stage, I agree with the post that the heavier cord is preferred as it lays better under clothes and is much more durable.

YoMamasPyjamas
Jul 30, 2007, 09:16 AM
am very interested to see just how much excess cord there is when this is paired with the SE series...any pics?

MACsimus19
Jul 30, 2007, 09:19 AM
am very interested to see just how much excess cord there is when this is paired with the SE series...any pics?

Has anyone tested the MPA to determine if double taping the answer call button skips a track ahead as the bundled apple headset does? I really like that feature.

ecks618
Jul 30, 2007, 09:55 AM
Has anyone tested the MPA to determine if double taping the answer call button skips a track ahead as the bundled apple headset does? I really like that feature.


My order is scheduled to arrive August 2nd, I will tell you as soon as I get it.

megfilmworks
Jul 30, 2007, 12:16 PM
Mine comes tomorrow, I have heard though that the button is fully functional.
Will let you know.

jsalicru
Jul 30, 2007, 07:01 PM
I don't think that the double tapping is hardware dependent

jlanuez
Jul 30, 2007, 09:19 PM
I have the quiet comfort 2 headset from Bose. They are over the ear around $300. They are great in airplanes and noisy environments (active noise reduction) and have a very good bass response.
http://www.bose.com/controller?event=VIEW_PRODUCT_PAGE_EVENT&product=mwr_qc2_qc3&intcmp=USB05008
The Shure adapter has a standard stereo mini in and the iPhone skinny mini out.



Do you think this adapter will let my Bose QC3s work with the iPhone (stereo misic & PHONE functions?)

rollingstart
Jul 30, 2007, 09:56 PM
I received mine 2 days ago and am sending it right back. There is way to much cord clutter and even if you had the new shure headphones and clipped the mic it still is not close enough pretty upset about the purchase

Thank you very much for the feedback, you just saved another soul $40. It would've been nice to use my Shures but the one thing I will not tolerate is cord clutter :mad:

megfilmworks
Jul 30, 2007, 10:40 PM
Do you think this adapter will let my Bose QC3s work with the iPhone (stereo misic & PHONE functions?)Yes, but I will know for sure tomorrow when I get them.

MACsimus19
Jul 31, 2007, 08:45 AM
Has anyone tested the MPA to determine if double taping the answer call button skips a track ahead as the bundled apple headset does? I really like that feature.

Went to the apple store site and looked at people's comments, turns out that it supports all the same features that the apple headset does. You can pause and advance tracks using the button on the MPA. That's great news, the only problem is how not to look like a cat stuck in a ball of yarn with my
E4's and the MPA....arg!

chopper dave
Jul 31, 2007, 11:54 AM
By the way, no headphone is ever going to be reference as there is no "room" to duplicate the mixer's environment. Headphones are a necessary evil when portability is needed. How could anything under $1,000 dollars recreate mixing environments worth hundreds of thousands of dollars?

The headphones that sound like a $100,000 environment cost $5,000. The ones that sound like a $10,000 environment cost $300. It is simply a lot cheaper to make small have good sound. Many of the problems associated with large speakers go away when you are dealing with power in the mW instead of kW. Plus, headphones give perfect stereo separation.

Especially for people on a budget, headphones always give better sound than similarly priced speakers.

Thank you, troll again.

megfilmworks
Jul 31, 2007, 01:01 PM
The headphones that sound like a $100,000 environment cost $5,000. The ones that sound like a $10,000 environment cost $300. It is simply a lot cheaper to make small have good sound. Many of the problems associated with large speakers go away when you are dealing with power in the mW instead of kW. Plus, headphones give perfect stereo separation.

Especially for people on a budget, headphones always give better sound than similarly priced speakers..Headphones are not used in the professional environment except as in ear stage monitors (and those we have custom molded to our ears), so the separation you hear is not what the artist intended.
I love all my headphones...but it is a different experience; artificial soundstage, no sub response and most of all, no room.
By the way, I see my adapter is on the Fedex truck, so I'll post the results with my Bose later today.

Lodoss
Aug 1, 2007, 10:07 AM
Got my adapter today, and for the most part it's perfect for my needs. I'm using some old 2 year old headphones with a retractable cord though so I don't have the cord clutter some others had. One thing I don't like though is the size of the mic it's a bit bulky compared to the stock apple microphone, but it's not a deal breaker, and no complaints from people I've talked to while using it. Now I just need to find a new set of cans with a short modular or retractable cord.

sJv
Aug 1, 2007, 07:01 PM
Now I just need to find a new set of cans with a short modular or retractable cord.

do you mean like the cans Shure designed to use with this?

http://www.shure.com/PersonalAudio/Products/Earphones/SEModels/index.htm

Has anyone used the MPA with the SE series? Does the cording work out ok?

-steve

javaGuru
Aug 1, 2007, 07:28 PM
I just got my Shure E2C Earphones today and I didn't like them at first because I could not get them to fit in my ears. But, I adventually found a sleeve that fits pretty well. Now I love them and the sound is extremely clear and crisp. Even songs with bass are very clear. The cord is not too long at all. It's just the right length. I think the Shure music adapter will be a good addition and I don't think the extra cord it will provide will be too cluttered. I will be getting my Shure music adapter this Friday and will follow up on what I think of it when I get it.

Lodoss
Aug 2, 2007, 07:14 AM
I looked into the se210's, but you call me a weirdo because I don't like to have all outside noise blocked out. The first in the ear buds I've ever owned were the vibe moda duo's, and I felt paranoid not being able to hear any outside sounds when I was walking or working. I prefer on the ear headphones so I ordered some of these to try for now. Hopefully the modular cord won't be too long

http://www.audiocubes.com/product/JVC-Victor_HP-AL1000_Armless_Aluminum_Stereo_Headphones.html

trevorlc
Aug 2, 2007, 04:45 PM
I Got My MPA and SE210's the other day, I'm very happy with them. If you wear the earphones in the way they are designed to be worn the mic ends up in the perfect spot. The Button works just like with the apple headset. The Mic/button is a bit big especially so when you connect the plug from the SE's but I don't find it *too* big.

Most if not All Shure's in-ear headphones are based off their designs for stage performers. That being said, to me the Proper way to wear them is with the cable going over your ear and behind your head, then using the small rubber thing to make the cable snug against the tops of your ears and back of your head. Which is the exact same way a stage performer would wear them.. now the different lies in where the rest of the cable goes... Once you've done that just bring the rest of the cable and MPA over one of your shoulders and the mic ends up right in the perfect spot.

If you want in-ear headphones that just go in your ears and straight down (Like the apple headphones) this MPA with SE Headphones is probably not your answer because the mic ends up being down by your lower chest stomach area.

Edit: The Mic on the MPA seems to cut down alot more on background noise than the stock apple headset. Which is especially nice for me when I'm walking down the street in NYC. Its not quite as good as the Jawbone but its much better than the stock apple headset.

Hope this helps!

SpankyPenzaanz
Aug 2, 2007, 05:49 PM
I just got the MPA and decided to try an experiment. I searched my box of cables and found my ipod to tv adapter that came with my 60GB Photo Ipod. I connected the MPA to my iphone and the ipod to tv adapter to the mpa and a TV. Audio out put works just fine however no video.

ecks618
Aug 3, 2007, 09:56 AM
Just got my MPA. It looks and works great. Answers call, hangs up, all those nice things. It also pauses songs and skips just fine. As the length goes, it is about an inch shorter than the 3' Shure extension that came with my se210's. Heres some quick pics of it with the se210's.

http://lh3.google.com/ecks618/RrNBUZPaH_I/AAAAAAAAANU/RBNy0DkjVCI/DSC01744.JPG

http://lh4.google.com/ecks618/RrNBTpPaH9I/AAAAAAAAANE/QtxOc9S7Uqs/DSC01745.JPG

jlanuez
Aug 3, 2007, 10:13 AM
Just got my MPA. It looks and works great. Answers call, hangs up, all those nice things. It also pauses songs and skips just fine. As the length goes, it is about an inch shorter than the 3' Shure extension that came with my se210's. Heres some quick pics of it with the se210's.


So the mic looks like it is quite far from your mouth. Do you have to hold it up to your mouth to talk?

ecks618
Aug 3, 2007, 10:47 AM
So the mic looks like it is quite far from your mouth. Do you have to hold it up to your mouth to talk?

No you dont, it even tells you in the instruction to keep it around 8" away. I tested it and it works fine. If I was on the train i would bring if closer just for privacy.

woodbutcher
Aug 4, 2007, 02:24 PM
I ordered this set of headphones from ebay, They arrived today and I could not be happier. they use the apple cord and mic but with Etymotic ER-6i earphone ends. It came packaged in the stock packaging with case, different size buds, filters and filter tool. They obviously work like the stock apple earphones but with a HUGE sound quality improvement. They are on the same level as my ec4's and they are much more comfortable. Cord length is perfect. I am one very satisfied customer.

http://www.ultimatebuds.com/

ctakim
Aug 4, 2007, 03:12 PM
I ordered this set of headphones from ebay, They arrived today and I could not be happier. they use the apple cord and mic but with Etymotic ER-6i earphone ends. It came packaged in the stock packaging with case, different size buds, filters and filter tool. They obviously work like the stock apple earphones but with a HUGE sound quality improvement. They are on the same level as my ec4's and they are much more comfortable. Cord length is perfect. I am one very satisfied customer.

http://www.ultimatebuds.com/

Those are nice ear phones as I used to use them on my iPod. I'm partial to Etymotic although I'm using Ultimate Ears Super.fi 5 Pro Earphones currently. Obviously, these folks have attached the iPhone cable to the Etymotic sound drivers. How is the build quality. I assume it took a bit of soldering so does it look professional?

woodbutcher
Aug 4, 2007, 04:38 PM
There is no way to tell that this is not how they were built originally. The quality is definitely there, he did a great job, and I am VERY picky. I was going to buy the new shure set up, but all the people with cord issues made me keep looking. I am happy I found these.

AJsAWiz
Aug 4, 2007, 09:03 PM
I ordered this set of headphones from ebay, They arrived today and I could not be happier. they use the apple cord and mic but with Etymotic ER-6i earphone ends. It came packaged in the stock packaging with case, different size buds, filters and filter tool. They obviously work like the stock apple earphones but with a HUGE sound quality improvement. They are on the same level as my ec4's and they are much more comfortable. Cord length is perfect. I am one very satisfied customer.

http://www.ultimatebuds.com/

How much did you pay for them on eBay?

woodbutcher
Aug 4, 2007, 10:31 PM
I paid $158 shipped via USPS priority, ordered em last monday, came today

I priced the earbuds out separately and they ranged from 99 to 149 online, so I am happy with the price.

Sobe
Aug 5, 2007, 06:02 AM
is there anything special about the MPA that would prevent me from using it with my Sennheiser earphones?

climr
Aug 5, 2007, 08:21 AM
I ordered this set of headphones from ebay, They arrived today and I could not be happier. they use the apple cord and mic but with Etymotic ER-6i earphone ends. It came packaged in the stock packaging with case, different size buds, filters and filter tool. They obviously work like the stock apple earphones but with a HUGE sound quality improvement. They are on the same level as my ec4's and they are much more comfortable. Cord length is perfect. I am one very satisfied customer.

http://www.ultimatebuds.com/

Glad you are happy with them!

We don't have these options on the website yet, but I wanted to let everyone know that there are 3 ways to order our earphones:

1. As a complete set (these are typically in stock and ship quickly)

2. You can send us your iPhone earphone assembly and we'll put the Etymotic ER-6i buds on them. $119.99 +S/H

3. If you happen to already own both the Etymotic ER-6i buds and the iPhone earphones then you can send them both to us and we'll put the ER-6i buds on. $39.99 +S/H

If you want to do option 2 or 3 then email directly to sales@ultimatebuds.com, or check back on the website and these options will be available in a few days.

Thanks
Brad
www.ultimatebuds.com

ecks618
Aug 5, 2007, 11:02 AM
I dont really like the apple headphones, even if they have a different tip. I have had headphone wires that rip, got really dirty, and ALWAYS ALWAYS tangle.

The shure MPA is made of a thicker wire, though some people say its ugly, it has never tangled on me, ever. the se210's are the same, never any tangle. The apple wire with the mic built in also looks like it can break with the slightest touch, the MPA on the other hand, has a defined button, and looks like its built to last.

I was never against the apple cord, but bringing the cost of an already cheap cord to $150, I think it would be a mistake IMO.

dschur
Aug 7, 2007, 08:54 PM
I ordered a pair of the ultimate buds and got them 2 days later, along with a handwritten thank you note from Brad thanking me for being one of the first customers.

The fit and finish is perfect. There is no way you can tell that they were disassembled for the customization. They sound perfect, fit comfortably and have great functionality with the stock clicker.

In short, they are the perfect solution for me, they combine everthing I wanted and a pair of V-moda's are on thier way back.

I now see that Brad is allowing you to either send in your stock iPhone buds or a set of existing er-6i's which will greatly reduce the cost if you have them.

In short, this can't be beat in my book - check out www.ultimatebuds.com !

megfilmworks
Aug 7, 2007, 08:59 PM
I've been using the Shure adapter with various headsets, but I have to say, this seems to be a great solution. I'm going to order a pair!

megfilmworks
Aug 7, 2007, 09:02 PM
is there anything special about the MPA that would prevent me from using it with my Sennheiser earphones?
No they should work great, just a little extra cord to wrap up. Mic and button works as advertised.

Goldenbear
Aug 7, 2007, 10:00 PM
I ordered this set of headphones from ebay, They arrived today and I could not be happier. they use the apple cord and mic but with Etymotic ER-6i earphone ends. It came packaged in the stock packaging with case, different size buds, filters and filter tool. They obviously work like the stock apple earphones but with a HUGE sound quality improvement. They are on the same level as my ec4's and they are much more comfortable. Cord length is perfect. I am one very satisfied customer.

http://www.ultimatebuds.com/

They look nice, but I want to make one comment here... As much as I do agree that the ER-6i is a nice headphone, it's nowhere close to the sound quality level of the Shure E4/E4c. Compared to the E4, the ER-6i lacks bass and is extremely bright, to the point of being unbearable (to me) for certain types of music (piano comes to mind).

Again, it's definitely a good headphone for the price, but there's a reason I paid almost twice as much for the E4.

skillz1318
Aug 8, 2007, 05:31 PM
i purchased the shure SE 210's for $150 a few days ago and they are amazing....apple was sold out of the MPA but i will purchase it this weekend hopefully if they are in stock

i highly recommend these headphones as they block out 95% of outside noise and in my opinion cannot be beaten for the price

beate
Aug 10, 2007, 08:38 PM
Just got the Shure MPA today. Wow!

The apple earphones do not fit in my ears. Fall out & hurt! Actually I can't wear anything that's IN my ear as that causes a wierd inner ear pain (sensitive ears, I guess).

I've been using the B&O earphones with the iPod (and computer...and TV...and anything else that requires headphones). The sound quality is great. No strap over the head to mess up my hair. They fit right against the ear.

Anyway...the Shure fits with this unit and I couldn't be more pleased. Everyone says it's the best I've sounded on the phone so the mic quality is fabulous. Now everyone's happy!

As a note - I also use the BT headset. Again, the fit isn't the gretest but it's great for a quick call or answer.
...like when I'm driving or moving around a lot and don't want to drag the phone with me.

The Shure, paired with your favorite earphones/headphones/earbuds is really the best option if you prefer a wired headset and have issues with the Apple earphones.

megfilmworks
Aug 10, 2007, 08:45 PM
I use it with my Bose, and I like the mic as well.

jlanuez
Aug 13, 2007, 12:05 PM
I cannot hear myself (in the iPhone) speak as I have the noise-canceling headphones on. It is an odd sensation, not sold on this idea - yet...

I have my first trip with them today so I'll try them out in real-life situations (airport, airplane, etc...) and see if this is livable.

The sensation of speaking while wearing the headphones feels like "pressure" in my ears and the "removed" sensation from my own voice MAYBE feels like what someone slightly hard of hearing hears??? In any event - this is not a normal option.

We will see...

megfilmworks
Aug 13, 2007, 12:09 PM
I cannot hear myself (in the iPhone) speak as I have the noise-canceling headphones on. It is an odd sensation, not sold on this idea - yet...

I have my first trip with them today so I'll try them out in real-life situations (airport, airplane, etc...) and see if this is livable.

The sensation of speaking while wearing the headphones feels like "pressure" in my ears and the "removed" sensation from my own voice MAYBE feels like what someone slightly hard of hearing hears??? In any event - this is not a normal option.

We will see...I have been using the adapter with Bose QCs and I know what you mean. There is not enough side tone. At first it bothered me so much that I would just slide my headphone slightly off my ears and it sounded much better, recently I have forgotten to do this and have long calls with it not bothering me anymore, although I may be talking too loudly then.

NYCphone
Aug 13, 2007, 02:35 PM
My Shure music phone adapter spins at the connector point (mic port). Is this part of the design or a problem with my unit.

Thanks!

megfilmworks
Aug 13, 2007, 02:44 PM
My Shure music phone adapter spins at the connector point (mic port). Is this part of the design or a problem with my unit.

Thanks!My mic does not spin on the cord if that is what you mean.

b257177
Aug 13, 2007, 05:37 PM
Our UltimateBuds arrived today. Awesome turn-around time and customer service experience.

An in-depth review is in the works now... and forthcoming soon.

NYCphone
Aug 13, 2007, 06:37 PM
My mic does not spin on the cord if that is what you mean.


When I put the headphones into the adapter, they can turn freely - either the mic or the headphones themselves (I can tun the mic around when it is attached to the headphones). Didn't know if this was the design of the unit, or if there was a problem...thanks again.

esco
Aug 14, 2007, 11:00 PM
Got mine today!

Westone UM2's + Shure Music Adapter = iPhone bliss

irie
Aug 15, 2007, 07:34 PM
If you use the MPA win your car Aux In, you in essence have a poor man's Car hands free system. Just clip the mic where it is convenient and play your music thru the car stereo. When you receive or make a call, the music fades and pauses and the phone conversation plays thru the car stereo. Music resumes when call ends. Way COOL. You may hav to adjust mic placement to minimize feedback. Also try to use shielded cables to minimize static. Anyone have a source for shielded male-male mini stereo patch cord?

Mike

ecks618
Aug 15, 2007, 08:00 PM
If you use the MPA win your car Aux In, you in essence have a poor man's Car hands free system. Just clip the mic where it is convenient and play your music thru the car stereo. When you receive or make a call, the music fades and pauses and the phone conversation plays thru the car stereo. Music resumes when call ends. Way COOL. You may hav to adjust mic placement to minimize feedback. Also try to use shielded cables to minimize static. Anyone have a source for shielded male-male mini stereo patch cord?

Mike

Yea, I have been using this with my Acura RDX, it took a while to come to my mind. When answering calls, the phone acts weird because the bluetooth takes over so I have to unplug the mpa before I can answer the call.

irie
Aug 15, 2007, 09:21 PM
I just turn off the bluetooth headset. If I leave my Jawbone on then the music plays through the car stereo until a phone call comes in at which time the music fades and pauses. Audio automatically transfers to the Jawbone headset for the phonecall and transfers back to the car upon call completion at which time the music resumes playing. I think it is auser preference wether or not you want all audio going through the stereo. I like it. There may be times, for privacy sake(with passengers who you dont want to hear the other end of your conversation), you may want the audio in the earpiece. Also, in noisy environments(Mach 3+ with the windows down) if you have a good noise canceling Headset. YMMV.

Mike

jlanuez
Aug 16, 2007, 10:13 AM
I have been using the adapter with Bose QCs and I know what you mean. There is not enough side tone. At first it bothered me so much that I would just slide my headphone slightly off my ears and it sounded much better, recently I have forgotten to do this and have long calls with it not bothering me anymore, although I may be talking too loudly then.

Last night I also found myself talking to loud and the person i was speaking with heard tremendous background noise (I was in a Star-bucks in an airport), while I heard nothing but my caller. I heard no background noise and hardly myself (still a problem). So it seams like the mic does not transfer any sound to the earphones. I really don't like it, but will use it (and hopefully get used to it) as it is convenient to still have on the Bose QC-3's from being on the plane and then just being able to start talking without changing to the iPhone earbuds (even though i carry these and use only these when not having to use the QC-3 like while in airplanes/airports.

megfilmworks
Aug 16, 2007, 07:10 PM
I agree. The earbuds allow your voice to leak into your ears. It seems that the iPhone returns little or no sidetone (your voice) back to the headests of any kind. The QCs make it more obvious. I've become used to it although not ideal. But the sound of the people I talk to is very clear. Oh well. Maybe a future software update will deal with the sidetone issue.

PhatBoyG
Aug 29, 2007, 03:08 PM
Picked up the Shure MPA-3C at the local Apple store today. It seems to work fine, the length is perfect with the e500 earphones. I do notice a bit more GSM noise pickup than without it, so I'm wondering if it isn't shielded well enough. That's only when I hold the phone right next to the microphone, which is about where you would hold it if you were checking your calendar or browsing the web while talking on the phone.

Pictures here:

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Mysrt
Aug 29, 2007, 06:46 PM
does anyone know how well this adapter works with the e2c's i see the above posters headphones are considerably shorter than my cord. If i have e2c's should i buy one at all, should i get one and get new earbuds, or should i get the ultimate buds. I'm torn, it doesn't necessarily have to be the cheapest alternative that i will go with, but obviously if i can save money im not gonna turn it down.

Killer Cheung
Sep 15, 2007, 11:03 AM
Anyone have an extra shure mpa and willing to sell? I can't find it on my local apple store anymore.