THE GOOD: I have MP3 music stored on an iPod at the highest possible bit rate of 320kbps, and on a Creative Zen IV Plus at 128kbps. Sound quality on both players through these phones is superb. I tend to listen to progressive rock, acoustic & electric folk & blues, jazz and classical. All sound great with ample bass for my taste. I don't listen to metal or hip hop, but I suspect that fans of those genres might be disappointed by the lack of bass. On the other hand, the inability to be able to recreate a sub-woofer inside your head is probably a good thing, at least from a neurological standpoint. These are very soft & comfortable phones. Buds can't compete on that score. Most should find a good fit with the inserts provided. Have worn these for extended periods without discomfort or fatigue. THE NEUTRAL: Cords are asymetric, i.e. one is longer than the other. You either like that or you don't. THE BAD: Regarding sound, a tad strong in the ultra-high range making sibilants (the "S" sound) a bit too prominent, but this can easily be eliminated by adjusting your player's EQ. Over time, mine tend to start coming out and need an occasional push back in. This is a minor annoyance and certainly preferable to an uncomfortable set. The inserts don't include a "flanged" set and I wonder if those would address this problem. OVERALL: I was getting prepared to spend about three times this price for a pair of decent in-ear phones when I came across these. Perhaps the expensive ones sound better, but given how good these sound I can't imagine the price difference would be worth it. As for sound isolation, these are quite effective, so they are definitely NOT appropriate for use while driving, bike-riding, etc.
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