The Bottom Line
The Push-To-Hear module is very unique to the E500; a small pack that goes between the earphones and the sound source, that with a quick switch, opens an ambient microphone so you can hear around you, perfect for any situation where you need the ability to quickly hear.
- Good Sound Quality
- Triple-Driver Design
- Many Fit Options
- Build Quality
- Fit (Your mileage may vary.)
- Triple-driver/passive crossover technology (2 bass, 1 high/mid).
- Included accessories: Fit kit, cleaning accessories, storage pouch, push-to-hear accessory.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 16Khz
- MSRP: $499
Guide Review - Shrue E500 Triple-Driver Earphones
Compared to similar offerings (The Ultimate Ears UE-10 Pro was used as my comparison for all baselines except fit, since the UE-10 is a custom fit product), the bass in the E500 has an awkward bump in the low-mids, which can be fatiguing when listening to bass-rich music. The mid frequencies stand out quite a bit on the E500, aside from the rich bass; on some material, the mid frequencies seem pushed forward, which can be good or bad, depending on the recording quality.
My main concern with the E500 is the build quality. First, no memory wire is included over the ears, which makes the fit very awkward unless you adjust the cord to the back of your head. Second, the build quality on the driver housing itself could be an issue with extended use; made of (what feels like) light plastic, and the stem going into the ear canal seems like it could snap given a moment of carelessness (which, knowing my luck, would result in a trip to the ER for emergency sound-stem extraction from my ear canal). The build quality on some of Shure's other offerings, including the E5 dual-driver, seem much better.
Overall? A good earphone, really good if you want the ultimate in bass reproduction. However, there's other offerings in similar (or less) price ranges you may want to consider, unless you can find the E500 at a discount. With a lower price point, the E500 would be a phenomenal bargain.