When I was searching for a new headphone to buy, my first port of call was to look for Technics as they are a high quality audio brand but I must say overall I am quite disappointed with these headphones. I really liked the design of the headphone with the cushion head band and the gold colour earpieces but that is not the main point of headphones and they are not bought on looks alone!. The sound quality is what makes a good headphone and I would say if you wanted listen in your headphones at home in silence, then yes this has good sound quality. However if you are like me and travel about on trains/buses plugged into an Ipod/mp3 player, then this is not for you. For instance if your on the train and its making a lot of noise your will still hear considerable amounts of background noise even when you have your player turned right up, so if you wanted to lose yourself for a few minutes with your music you can't and even when you have your player turned up to the fullest on public transport, the chances are you will be asked to turn it down as the sound from the headphones leaks pretty bad and everyone can hear what your listening to (so no Cheeky Girls okay!). But I bought mine about a year ago and they're still going so I guess that's one thing, but there lots of better headphones that are a lot cheaper than these and have better sound quality.