I have other v-moda, priced similarly, that I like more. The thing is you're paying for the slick appearance and branding always, and only sometimes for quality. These have good bass but tend to lose out clarity in the mids and the upper register isn't bright enough for my taste. For rap/hip-hop/r&b, these head phones rock, but other genres, or even these genres of music with any sort of variation, the deficiencies will become apparent. Of course they're better than the standard ipod headphones, but that's hardly a useful benchmark of quality. They have been fairly sturdy and durable, so I can give them that as much. I think they actually make everything a little louder than its input, which is actually nice for some devices with low volume caps, depending on taste. If you're a genuine audiophile these will most likely rapidly disappoint you, and if even if you aren't there are better headphones out there for similar price points, you just will have to give up the stylish appearance factor.