I had a pair of the old Recruits and a pair of the old Icon 1 headphones. These are exactly the same, except that the double band at the top is now a single one. The headphones sounded about the same as the ones you get for free on airlines, except the bass was a little better. The speakers themselves are very plasticy and hard, and they do a bad job of sitting comfortably on your ears. The best experience I had with these was while snowboarding, just because they were outside my hat so I couldnt feel them, and they are inexpensive so i didnt worry about breaking them. Too bad they broke fairly quickly...