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Bought these as a treat, having been using cheaper earphones for most of my music listening.
The higher price tag granted some high expectations;
PACKAGING: you don't get much here; just the earphones and a felt bag to hold them in. What's good may be the fact that the wire is fairly long, and should suit most needs.
PUTTING IT ON: This was the most difficult part; the earphones are oddly shaped, and have to be tilted at an angle before they will fit in your ear. Also, the wire needs to be "wrapped" around your ear for optimal comfort; much like those "sport" earbuds which have bands which loop around each individual ear. However; once you DO get these into your ear, and somehow ensure that they STAY there, they are pretty comfortable.
SOUND: Hoo boy this is where it impresses; the bass levels are slightly higher than average; what struck me was the depth of sound you could achieve - playing orchestral / instrumental pieces through these earphones allowed me to hear some discrete portions of the song i'd never quite caught before; even after playing them on my hi-fi at home! Also, you're able to hear the distinct "breaths" of singers, especially so in jazz or adult alternative music where the artiste's expressions feature as part of the piece in general.
DURABILITY: Average; plastic feels slightly cheap; no fancy aluminium casing. Carrier case is merely a felt bag which is not water proof, although it's threads haven't come loose even after several months of use. The gold-plated plug is still performing fine, and hasn't "corroded" or scratched off yet.
Best pair of earbuds i've ever owned. Previous to these types of headphones (this is my second set - lead got damaged, come back to that later) i owned some sony fonotopia earbuds, which while they were very bassy the midrange lacked, and the treble was a little tinny.
These sures remind my of my old (OLD!) Yamaha electrostatic headphones, except they dont weigh 3lbs each side. The bass, while prominent, isn't overwhelming (a problem i had with the sony's), the midrange is clear and defined, and the treble is controlled but not such that it's quiet, just not tsst tsst tsst like whenever you listen to 'regular' headphones.
Looks wise i probably prefer old ones, which were see through, but on balance you needed to clean them constantly, particularly the soft silicone parts.
The installation method (yes, you INSTALL these on your ears) while it seems like a bit of a headache (i'll get me coat) once you're used to it you'll wonder how you ever listened to standard earbuds.
As with all headphones the cables wear, especially if you keep your mp3 player in your pocket, which is why i needed to replace mine, but they did last 2 years longer than the sony's they replaced. While they may not be overly reliable, as earbuds go they are adequate.