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The CX 500s are entry-level earphones; a step up from the basic-level £10 range, such as Sony's MDREX50LPs or JVC's XXs. They have three notable strengths. First, the sound isolation is very effective and not at all a gimmick; you really will not be able to hear any outside noise if you have the correctly fitted buds and sound at a reasonable level. I often use them as a way of blocking out noise when reading on public transport (we've all had a baby screaming in our ears while desperately trying to work out what on earth Kafka is saying). I cannot emphasise enough how important choosing the right size tip is for sound isolation, as well as for general comfort and audio quality. Provided is a range to choose from, as well as a handy pouch.
The second strength which often gets missed in reviews of earphones is that these are symmetric. This means the left and right ear pieces both have the same length cable. Asymmetric earphones require you to wrap one cable round the back of your neck, which I personally find incredibly uncomfortable (and hence why I didn't choose the CX 300s).
Lastly, the audio quality itself. Compared to Apple's bundled pair or the aforementioned £10-15 range, there is a noticeable improvement in sound quality, though I have found them more bass-heavy for my music taste. They certainly give a richer, fuller sound and returning to bundled earphones afterwards is somewhat of a shock to the ears. Are they a substitute for a pair of Grados? No, but in terms of value for money and relative to the basic range, they come highly and unquestionably recommended.
I first bought Sennheiser CX500s two years ago. Since then, I've lost two sets, and... bought replacements. These earphones truly merit their price tag.
I'm used to higher-quality sound coming from headphones rather than earphones, so I was skeptical at first about the CX500s. However, I trusted the Sennheiser brand, so I decided to pick up a set and see how they sounded.
The sound quality from these is amazing. Imagine having Tannoy cinema speakers in your ear canals, hardwired to your sensory nerves, and you might begin to approximate what these sound like at full iPod volume. It's crisp, it's layered, it's sonorous; it booms, it reverberates, it echoes in your head. It's fantastic. I couldn't believe that such sound could come from little earphones.
The buds fit perfectly into my ears, neatly blocking out sound from outside. They don't feel at all uncomfortable, neither do they fall out. They're, in terms of ergonomics, quite close to perfect, as the rubber caps mould to the inside of your ears. The wires are long enough to wear around your neck or to dangle in front.
These earphones are comfortable, pretty, and - most importantly - produce some mind=blowing sound. They more than merit their price tag; I'd comfortably pay twice the price for them. These are my own little piece of audiophilia.
I decided to upgrade from my bog standard white Apple headphone after hearing some rave reviews on the Seennheiser product range and although I was a little scepticle initally about forking out the best part of £40 I havent been disappointed.
They come with a variety of rubber plus that attach to the end of the earphones to ensure a snug fit, so should fit most ear shapes / sizes. This is also part of their magic, as the snugger the fit the less noise that filters through from outside.
The sound quality is superb, especially when it comes to the deeper sound waves like bass. You get a really rich, deep bass that I assumed is helped by the reduction in noise from other sources. The lower soundwaves are also to a good standard. Overall you get the same kind of sound as you would expect from being in a club with a decent sound system, just without the drunks and bass shaking your body to the core.
I feel the need to highlight that itss best feature is also somewhat of a double edge sword. As with all headphone / earphones you need to exercise a degree of care when out an about. They exclude so much sound from the outside world that you are completely oblivious to most things such as car noise, people around you extra and I have regularly had several near heart attacks from cars comiong out of nowhere or people coming past me from behind.
All in all though, it is a quality product and one that I would highly recommend to those who appreciate decent sound quality when listening to their music, either at home or on the go
I have said before in my reviews that I love Apple products and that I also prefer the in ear kind rather than the ones that rest on the nook of the ear. I'm a sucker for a big name and when it comes to ear and headphones you don't get much bigger than Sennheiser.
Even though I love the look of the White Apple ear buds they are not actually noise cancelling earphones. That said, they are better than the standard earphones that come with iPods. The CX500 still don't feature noise canceling technology but they do use noise isolating techniques. This is achieved by making sure they fit properly in the ear and keeping the music where it should be and external distractions where they belong on the outside. The fact that there is a good selection of ear buds contained with this means that all types of ears can be accommodated. Not every ear is the same so it's great that unlike most ear bud style earphones these gave me a choice to choose from and the option to find which one suites me best. There are three different sizes of the standard traditional ear buds. And there is also three different sizes of enhanced ear buds. Both are soft and comfortable to wear and sit in place with absolutely no slipping.
By finding the right fit the Sennheiser sound is made all the more enjoyable.
There is a noticeable quality to the sound, there is a depth to it that I don't find on even larger headphones. The clarity is unbelievable. Seeing that most people, if not all will be listening to digital recordings the clarity is fantastic. Vocals are crisp and clear every instrument can be heard and unlike the Apple headphones the base is very much there. It has a good strong yet perfectly balanced base level. It is never overpowering to the extent that it turns the sound in to a muffled mess. It it perfectly in proportion to all the other aspects of the sound. There is an easy to use volume control on the lead this is good because I don't have to reach in to find my devise to lower the volume. I can instantly lower the volume if someone needs my attention or higher it if I am on my own. There is also a little clip provided that I use to attach the lead to my coat. And a small pouch is also included but I have never used it as I always carry a handbag.
These cost more than Apple earphones as far as I'm aware (I received these as a lovely gift) but the sound quality if far superior.
It doesn't take long to realize just how bad the quality of standard headphones are when you plug these in and have a listen. Had them for a good few years now.
Sound >>>> Within seconds you realize how much sharper each note is, deeper the bass is, and provides superb external noise blocking. Use this near enough every day and they still work perfectly thanks to the small pouch provided. The pouch also has the great advantage of keeping the headphones relatively untangled somehow which is very handy. Back to the noise blocking, sennheiser have got this down to a tee, and people will struggle to hear what your listening to, and as a consequence of this, it means that you can achieve much higher volume levels than with most in ear head phones that do not feature the rubber style design plugs. So loud in fact that you rarely have them on full volume, and i do know loud, being a fan of seeing Motorhead live.
Extras provided with headphones include:
+ A little sennheiser branded clip, this is great for stopping the headphones getting caught on your clothes whilst walking.
+A little rubber wire wrap around device, this enable you to insert your headphones and then wrap the remaining wires around it, a nice idea, but doesn't fit into the pouch, which i found provided better protection.
Advantages: Cheap, high quality, extremely loud, easy to transport, crisp sound, lots of different sized plugs to suit all ear sizes, built in volume controller.
Disadvantages: Being picky, volume control on the cable seems to be of lower quality but has served fine till now, join from cable to headphone seems like it might break easily, but again hasn't so far.
In comparison to my old headphones, a set of Phillips in ear, these sennheiser headphones provide louder volumes, deeper base and crisper notes. The Philips also started to show high signs of wear after around 2 years, with splits in the cable and the in ear components starting to deteriorate in general.
Overall: Buy these if you want good quality sound whilst still getting change from a 20 pound note, just be wary that they may not last as long as if you pay into the 50's.
Admittedly after buying my iPod the main reason I threw the standard 'iconic' white earphones away was because my ears are weird and they don't fit....I do however hear a lot of disgruntled friends who's ears they do fit ranting about how the sound quality is also a lot less than they would expect from Apple.
I am a very picky consumer, especially when it comes to anything involving sound or music (being a sound engineer) so my research was extensive. I of course have a pair of large studio quality headphones but these aren't exactly the sort you want to have in your pocket or on the bus. I discovered literally hundreds of brands, shapes, sizes and prices but really I had a budget of £20-£30 which helped narrow it down to a relatively small field. Which included these from Sennheiser, a brand that I already recognised as reliable and for being producers of good quality low to mid-range audio equipment....IDEAL
Straight out of the box I noticed the variety of 'buds' (the piece of rubber attached to the speaker to go in your ear)...making them a good buy for people with all ear sizes. The bud fits snuggly into your ear and does an average job of isolating background noise, more than I expected for the price however. I used them for a few days with good results as far as sound quality and comfort are concerned....
SOUND QUALITY : 7/10
BASS : 6/10
COMFORT : 8/10
For the cost these are a brilliant pair of in-ear bud earphones. I have had them for around 6 months now and have discovered no lack in build quality of deterioration of sound quality. I highly recommend these to anybody so matter how keen your ear ;)
We all love music don't we? But without a good set of earphones or headphones to listen to it on, it can be a little like attempting to mow the lawn with a pair of scissors - you just don't get the desired affect unless you shell out for the real thing. After being blinded for years by Apple's attractive, yet fundamentally useless branded earphones, I finally saw the light when I invested in a pair of Sennheiser earphones, the CX 500 to be exact and believe me when I say this - they're the real deal!
So, after hearing so much about Sennheiser earphones, I decided to invest in a pair. I didn't want the bog standard £14.99 pair, nor did I fancy shelling out £70 for a top of the range set. I wanted something midrange with a good reputation and the CX 500 seemed like just the thing.
I paid £26.99 for my CX 500s and I don't regret a single penny. I purchased them from Amazon from an independent seller and including delivery it came to an even £30. Once delivered the earphones come in an attractive, yet almost impossible to get into package that I was forced to dismantle with a pair of scissors, but once in I was immediately impressed by the style of the Sennheisers. They come with an eye-catching carry case, branded with the company logo and an abundance of extra ear buds to suit any user. There's a clip included, which I never bothered with at first, but after experiencing the chord being pulled while walking with the earphones in, I swiftly decided the clip was necessary to give the chord some much needed leeway.
The earphones, aren't just your bog standard earphones, oh no - if I may elaborate, these earphones are actually noise isolating canal earphones with volume control, bit of a mouthful but well worth it. It's not just a fancy name tag used to entice unsuspecting members of the public either, Sennheiser are actually true to their word. Once inserted into the ear canal, these earphones really are noise isolating. If you're out and about they really do drown out the traffic noise and any other annoyances which disrupt your musical enjoyment. With the music on (at a certain volume) you'll be hard pressed to hear anything other than what you're listening to, and with the music off any noise around you will be significantly reduced, so even if you're just looking for a little peace and quiet, these could certainly come to your rescue. The extra ear buds come in handy as different people will require different sizes. The earphones come packaged with a standard size, however, if you do feel the need to change them it comes at no great difficultly. Unfortunately, with a lack of instructions included in the packaging I had to figure out how to do this for myself, but it is incredibly simple. The ear buds simply lift off the end to enable another set to be fitted, these are simply pushed down and slotted into place below the ridge of the buds - simples.
The noise isolating element wasn't the only thing that attracted me to these earphones. I specially wanted earphones with built in volume controls. Being the owner of a 6th generation iPod Nano it can be a little difficult to find the volume controls when you need them, so the inbuilt volume controls on the Sennheiser earphones are a Godsend. For these to work to their full potential, the volume on your music device needs to be at its highest, this enables the earphones to cover the full volume spectrum (if the device volume is only at 50% the earphones will only be turned up to 50%). Full volume enables the earphones to be turned up to a higher volume than your music device will actually allow, and although I rarely make use of this feature (the earphones are extremely effective at only 50% volume) it's still a handy feature to have if the necessary does occur. The volume control is situated about half way down the chord and is a simple slider, but the slightest touch makes a big difference, so if you don't fancy losing your hearing make sure you're gentle with it!
The ear buds sit perfectly in my ear canal and are extremely comfortable, so much so that you'll barely notice them there. They rarely fall out unless they become tangled or are pulled down by your clothing, but, as aforementioned, the included clip will eliminate this problem. I've found them to suit exercise perfectly too and although the over-the-ear style seems to suit a lot of fitness freaks these days, I've found the CX 500s to be perfectly adequate for the job and even during strenuous exercise (running at fast pace) they stay perfectly in place, which is probably what impressed me the most with this pair.
The chord is perfectly suitable for any regular user. I tend to have my iPod in my trouser pocket while it's in use and there's still excess wire, but not so much that you find yourself tucking it into your pocket. A lot of people like to wrap one earphone round their neck and this is what I found myself doing with my Apple earphones, however, the Sennheisers don't allow for this, nor is it an issue. These earphones simply go into your ears and lead directly down, allowing for the cable to be placed under clothes and into a pocket if necessary and I've never been faced with any issues regarding this.
I seem to have forgotten something - oh yes, the sound quality, which, by the way is superb. This is by far the best set of earphones I've ever used. They offer a rich bass and are perfect for any sort of music. I never find myself struggling to hear anything, either lyrics or music and I have never experienced any distortion. The volume levels are fantastic, ranging from barely there to, if listened to for more than 30 seconds your head will explode. The noise isolation doesn't just apply to you the listener though. Have you ever been on a train or a public place where someone is playing their music so loud you're able to make out the artist, song title and every word they're singing? Well I have and it's very annoying (especially if we don't share the same musical tastes). These earphones have eliminated that problem altogether. Unless you have the earphones at 100% volume, which is so loud there is no need for anyone to utilise this, then anybody on the outside will never be able to hear what you're listening to, which is not only nice for the people around you, but if you happen to have embarrassing taste in music (myself excluded of course!) then this saves you from any strange looks from onlookers. So any Goths with a passion for Girls Aloud - these are definitely for you!
Have a passion for music? These are definitely worth investing in.
The first thing most people do when they buy an i-pod or any other mp3 player, is ditch the standard headphones that come with them, because lets face it, they're rubbish.
There is a vast sea of brands and styles of headphones to choose from, so you'd be forgiven if you got a bit confused. It took me a while to decide, i nearly went for some of the big 'head candy' over ear headphones, but they were out of my price range at the time. Plus my friend was ranting on about how good these new Sennheiser CX 500's were, so i decided to give them a try, i was not disappointed.
They come with 3 sets of different sized ear pieces to ensure the perfect fit, they fit tightly into your ear canal, shutting out all outside noise - unlike all the standard headphones that come with you i-pod etc that perch annoyingly half in your ear, don't fit properly and the quality of sound is hugely impacted by how much outside noise they let in. The difference when you first use these, is quite honestly unreal, they have a huge bass-driven sound and pick up on parts of songs you've never noticed before. They do take some getting used to when you first start wearing them, they do shut out all noise what-so-ever and because they are like an ear plug, they intensify things like your footsteps as you walk and you can't really eat when you have them in....because the noise is so loud! It's pretty hard to explain, but just press your fingers into your ears while your eating crisps or something and you'll see what i mean! But that's very minor things you work around and get used to.
These are simply awesome headphones and bring a whole new level to sound quality. I wouldn't ever have any other brand, i've had mine for ages now and they are still like new....and for the price - somewhere around £15, you really can't go wrong.
I was blown away when i first used these, i'm sure you will be too.
I have been searching vigorously for headphones to replace the default iPod ones which crackle with too much bass, leak sound like speakers and have zero noise-isolating abilities. Sennheiser is a very respected brand which is attractive and they were my first search.
The cable is symmetrical, i.e. you don't have to wrap a longer one around your neck which I personally cannot stand. This is why I decided not to go for the 300s.
They are ear-canal headphones. This means that the rubber ending actually goes into the start of your ear canal. This may feel a little intrusive at first, especially if you've been using regular earphones for a long time like myself but as long as you fit the right bud, they are actually very comfortable. The main benefit of this design is noise-isolation and a better sound. You can still hear other noises as it doesn't cancel them but it significantly reduces them, especially compared to the iPod ones which I could hear people's conversation on the train half way down the carriage! These headphones are much better at closing the sound also, so others won't hear your music. E.g. on the train. You can have the volume fairly high with barely any sound escaping at all.
The quality is very good in my novice opinion, when it comes to audio equipment. I am definitely nowhere near an audiophile but deep, full bass with no crackling and crisp treble give a real immersive sound. It really is a huge step up. I cannot imagine what the high-priced (£200+) ones must sound like...
You also get extra buds and a carry case which I highly recommend you use to avoid damage as all these headphones are delicate, regardless of price. It will also keep them from getting tangled.
Unfortunately mine are white because Play.com only have these and Amazon only have Marketplace ones which I don't trust for electronics, as well as being slightly more expensive. Nonetheless, they do look nice and in either colour you'll be a more than happy customer with such a low price tag.
N.B. I am giving them 5 stars in relation to the price.
After several recommendations I decided to ditch the apple iPod headphones and purchase some Sennheiser cx500s (The white ones) and boy am I glad I did!
I found the headphones to be of very good quality and to be fairly robust, I have had them for nearly a year now and have not had any faults with them and they are still working 100% fine. The cable does look a little flimsy and mine seems to have bent but this doesn't appear to actually damage the cable.
These headphones come with 3 different size buds so you can adjust them to fit your ear size, I think I currently use the smallest and that seems to work best for me. They are very comfortable and even after a long coach journey or plane flight do not feel uncomfortable.
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I have not really heard any £100+ headphones but I think the sound on these headphones is absolutely sublime, the bass especially is very powerful and you really do hear the music crisply, of course it is worth noting that some of the sound quality will depend on the frequency rate of the mp3 track itself. The headphones also have their own little volume slider which means you don't have to get your mp3 player out everytime you want to turn it down or up.
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These headphones do come with a carrying pouch for the headphones and the extra earbuds but I do not use it, I just leave them plugged into my mp3 player so that they are ready as and when I need them so I don't have to faff about with removing them from their own little pouch. It is a nice little thing to have though if you were packing them in a suitacase maybe.
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These are available for £11.49 and at this price this is an absolute STEAL! You would be mad NOT to get these.
I bought this on amazon to replace my rubbish mp3's earphone. It come in a well packaged case and two set of earbuds. The sounds from them are impresive and they do cancel out background noises, not all though. This is really a good buy for me as i travel a lot using the buses and trains. There are people who just talk annoyingly on their phone or to their friends in the bus and those who play out silly musics from their mp3s or phones. I don't have to worry about that anymore as this earphone blocks out most of the noises. The issue with the earphone is the 'whrrrrr' sound that you hear whilst listening to music. It comes from when the wires touch your cloth like the collar. Some people complain about this but i dont see any problem with it since it does not affect the quality of the sound.
To get the best experience, you might need to use ther right earbud. If you use the large one when you should use the medium or small, you might not get the best experience from it. When i received mine, i thought it was not good at first because i was using the medium size earbud until after a week i changed it to the small one.
Overall i will give it a 4 aut of 5
I bought these in-earphones as a replacement for my CX400s which had an unfortunate incident with a vacuum cleaner!
The Sennheiser CX500s come with a carry case, clip, Two complete sets of earbuds.
Sound-wise, there is very little if any difference between the CX500 and the CX400, the only additional feature is the volume control on the CX500s. I have, in the distant past, owned a couple of pairs of CX300s. The CX500 are definitely better than the CX300, and I think they are worth the little bit extra.
My CX500's came with two styles of earbud. The conventional earbud and a style I had never seen before, it looks as almost like to buds joined. I found them better than the usual earbud as they reach deeper into the ear and are incredibly comfortable.
The bass is fairly even through these earphones and sound smooth is produced. Although when listening through my CX500s I need an EQ on that reduces treble, but I think that is partly my personal taste.
Overall though, I think they are a great little pair of in-earphones. But personally I'd spend you hard earned cash on the CX400. The CX400s are cheaper and virtually the same. I give the CX500 4/5 on their own. But they are fairly redundant with the CX400 on the market.
I am coming to realise that iPod/MP3 player earphones take quite a beating indeed. I have owned a number of pairs of said earphones over the past two or three years, and inevitably, eventually they break down (normally the wires get frayed or something, and so you receive audio out of only one ear). The durability of the earphones is compromised also by my habit of wrapping the cord around the iPod itself (apparently a no-no, but I've never found a sufficient convenient alternative).
I use in the ear soft earphones. I have small ear canals, and so find rigid earpieces uncomfortable. I'd be tempted by over the ear headphones, but they are inconvenient to transport. Now, you can buy earphones for as little as a fiver, or you can spend a small fortune, necessitating a re-mortgage. I have tried the cheaper, and the mid-cheap (say £15 - £20), and have found them wanting. So I purchased, a few months ago, a pair of Sennheiser CX500 high quality noise isolating ear-canal headphones with volume control - black (to give it its full name). And so far, I am very, very happy.
The Sennheiser CX500 are 'noise isolating' not by using white noise (like the Bose), but rather by fitting snugly in the ear. To this end, a number of ear buds are provided - three sizes of 'normal' round(ish) buds, and supposedly three sizes of 'enhanced' (with an extra ridge) buds, though the package I received seemed to contain one enhanced ear bud of each size (less than useful). (I did send an email to Sennheiser, but heard nothing.) Whilst the noise isolation is not as good as the ruinously expensive Bose Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones (and that ilk), it is effective, so long as the earbuds fit well (fully in the ear). I use them in the tube and train, and find that exterior noise is muffled, especially when used at higher volumes.
The sound quality is superb - easily the best of all the earphones I have used, and clearly far, far superior to the standard iPod supplied earphones (which are appalling). The bass is deep and undistorted, but without sacrificing the treble. At both low and high volumes the sound is clear and pure. There is a good balance between the frequencies, thus allowing one to hear both the words (usually at a higher frequency) and the instrumentals (often at a lower, if listening to bass driven music). It is, of course, worth noting what kind of music I listen to (as I imagine the experience would be different for different genres) - I am a rock (Jethro Tull, the Who), folk rock and folk (Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Seth Lakeman) and classical (baroque, mostly) fan, with a bit of prog and other bits and pieces thrown in for good measure. Sound reproduction for all these genres is nearly flawless.
The cord is adequately long - I do not need an extension (I normally travel with the iPod either in my jacket's inside pocket, in my jeans' pocket, or in the side pouch of my backpack). I generally do prefer the type where the cord of one ear (usually the right) goes around the head, so that the trailing lead goes down one side of the body rather than straight down - these are not those type. These are the type where the cord for each ear is of an equal length, and so the trailing cord goes down the chest. That is, however, a minor quibble. Unlike my previous earphones, the Sennheiser 'phones have a volume control on the cord. This is VERY convenient. I use it most frequently when I need to dim the sound when someone is talking to me (i.e. in a shop or on a train). It also allows you to control the volume without taking the iPod out of the pocket or pouch. The range of volume control isn't huge, but it is sufficient (assuming you keep the main volume fairly high, you can't mute the volume from the cord control, but you can significantly reduce it). I am finding that feature a real bonus (though I have read in reviews that it is prone to faults - I've not experienced any yet, touch wood!).
The earbuds (I'm using the smallest of the conventional buds) are comfortable. I find that even after say three hours' wear (as on a long haul flight) my ears don't hurt (I have very small ear canals, so find many earphones hurt after a time). Having said that, much more than three hours does become slightly wearing, but I suspect that's true of anything you stick in the ears for long enough.
The earphones came packaged in rack packaging - clear plastic on cardboard. Breaking into the packaging was indeed a challenge, and, as mentioned, I do appear to have been shafted three earbuds. In addition to the earphones and earbuds, the packaging also contains a little pouch a cable clip (I don't use it) to clip the cable to your shirt or jacket, and a thing around which to wrap the cable (which I don't get on with).
I bought the Sennheiser CX500 earphones from Amazon, where they are currently going for £34.84. This is normally more than I'd be willing to pay for in the ear headphones, but so far, they have been well worth it. Assuming the cable survives for a while longer yet, I would not hesitate in recommending these.
I brought these to go with a new iPod nano. I wanted a system that would give me a comfortable fit and depth of sound whilst on the go. I brought the CX500 eco's, these come in a lovely cardboard packaging, a good bit of drama to show off how good these sleek little head phones look. A great glossy black finish with a decent lenght of wiring. They come with three sets of ear bud sizes, to allow a 'custom' fit. Unfortunately this is not the case with me. They are indeed very comfortable but they simply do not stay put, no matter how I have tried to fit them!!! So sit still I shall. Once sat, the sound quality is a world appart from other ear phones I have used. A huge frequency range is possible with a depth and clarity to all. The bass is very powerful, perfect for any dance or rock. It's great to be able to hear any nuances that would otherwise be masked until you cranked up a very good quality set of speakers.
Now you want some base, HERE'S SOME BASE! I actually won these earphones from Sennheiser and was utterly astounded at the sound quality.
The first thing is the ergonomic design which means they fit into your ears perfectly and no matter whether you've got big jugs or small teaspoons the supplied ear buds provide plenty of sizes to suit every ear.
I use these mainly for gaming and the quality is pristine, when playing online shooters you can hear the enemy tip-toeing around and can be ready, plus the incredible base on these means that gun shoots sound realistic.
I also use these for music and their noise-cancelling ability is great when I am on the train or bus and need some time by myself I just plug in and switch on. Listening to music always should be in the best quality and I just don't see the point of spending £10 on the cheapest Sony set with its tinny sound and measly bass.
Overall a great product and after a year they are still going strong with no wire snaps or knots.