I like to think of myself of a bit of an audiophile and sound snob. So when I saw the price tag at $40 for a pair of entry level earbuds I was ready to look the other way. However, for $40 I definitely think you get your monies worth. These headphones are very bass heavy and really provide a nice quality of sound for a properly mastered track without having to play with the EQ on whatever device you're playing with. However for tracks that don't require a lot of bass, it can be a little overwhelming and bring out the mids too much. Either way, these are not studio monitors and if I were looking to spend $40 on earbuds I would pick these over anything else in the same price range. on a side note, they actually fit really nice being that the drivers are stashed in a cylinder like housing and not something aesthetically pleasing but oddly shaped.