Shure today unveiled the I Series Integrated Sound Isolating Earphones + Mobile Headset, a family of headset and earphone hybrids that eliminate the need to carry two accessories for a portable audio player and cellular phone. The I Series, which will begin shipping in November, marry the company's acclaimed E Series Sound Isolating Earphones and QuietSpot Mobile Headsets to provide the industry's first premium attachment to work with a cell phone, digital music player, or convergence device.
Offered in three different models, the i2c, i3c and i4c, the I Series complements popular portable listening devices such as the iPod, as well as leading mobile communication systems including the PalmOne Treo. The family of earphones will be available in two versions, giving consumers the option to choose between a dual connector for convenient attachment to an MP3 player and cellular phone, or a single connector for use with the PalmOne Treo. In either version, Shure's I Series enables consumers to alternate between total audio immersion and complete voice connection with one compact accessory.
The three distinct I Series models provide rich sound quality and increasingly detailed audio as you move up the line, and all incorporate the following:
Sound Isolation Technology: Shure's I Series Sound Isolating Earphones use a variety of sleeves that create a secure "sound isolating" seal within the ear. This naturally blocks out more background noise than active noise-cancellation technology, an approach that often introduces added sound artifacts into the listening experience.
High-Quality VoicePort Inline Microphone: An inline microphone is acoustically tuned to filter out background clamor and minimize wind noise, ensuring that the user is heard in all situations.
Multi-Function Control Switch: An easy-to-use switch allows users to adjust earphone volume and mute the inline microphone. The dual connector I Series models also have a source selector switch for maximum control and flexibility, allowing users to alternate between total audio immersion and complete voice connection.
Personal "Fit Kit": Each earphone comes with a "Fit Kit" designed to ensure maximum sound isolation and the most secure and comfortable sleeves for your ear. The kit includes a pair of disposable foam sleeves, three sizes of flex sleeves, and three sizes of ultra-soft flex. In addition, the i4c "Fit Kit" includes a pair of triple-flange sleeves.
Featuring Shure's unique Dynamic MicroDriver technology and priced at $119.00 USD, the i2c provides the perfect introduction to listening and communication convergence. The lightest, most compact model in its class, the i3c retails for $199.00 USD and features WideBand MicroDriver technology to deliver extended frequencies and precision highs. The i4c, $319.00 USD, incorporates Shure's Tuned Port Technology and High Definition drivers, delivering luxurious, detailed audio and extended bass response.