And they are strikingly good in several ways
Keep in mind, i'm not an audiophile. i'v ebeen using these headphones for a few months now, and they are strikingly good in several ways. first and foremost, i got sick of noise cancelling headphones, as much of the high quality portable headphones you find these days are noise canceling, which makes walking down the street with them seem a little bit unsafe. while these headphones are not noise canceling, they can easily handle volumes that might as well be. these things blast and reproduce the full range of sound much better than any skull candy or sony pair that i've ever had, noise canceling or not. these definitely outperform my gaming headset as well. i use these any time i'm on the road or want headphones first, microphone second. that said, the microphone isn't great. it's to be expected, as the microphone will hang well below your mouth when you're walking. most people can hear me pretty well, but i frequently get issues with being drowned out by background noise. i didn't buy these for the microphone, predominantly, so i'm okay with that but ymmv. if you're looking for headphones first, and a mic second, these definitely seem like an excellent choice. they have amazing sound at all ends of the spectrum (for portable headphones) and i don't know that i could find something as high quality for this price.