These headphones are perfect in every way but one. Sadly it is a large flaw which caused me to return them.
They have a heavy-duty braided cable which I could see outlasting the iPod I use them with. However this material comes to an end about half-way up the cable and is replaced with a very delicate cable for the remainder of the length up to the earphones.
If the cable needs the strong material anywhere, it's here! Especially considering the straight-inserting design of the earphones (I do actually like this) which leaves the cable bending at an L-shaped angle after coming out of the ears.
Don't think this review is all negative - the earphones are completely perfect apart from this one, major flaw. If I could afford to replace them every 3 months like I can with £50 ones, I would. However for the £199 price tag I would not think it out of order to make this tiny change and have the strong cable go all the way up!
Conclusion: they sound fantastic, however only purchase them if you can afford to replace them every few months.
Too heavy for the gym & balance issues taking time to resolve
Written by Brian P from London
The sound was great but then I noticed slight muffling of the sound in the left channel. Customer support thought it was wax but the design means if it is wax build-up, it's difficult to clear. The recommended method of letting it dry and using a soft brush could push debris into the mesh. The headphones are solid one piece that you can't dismantle to clean. Despite numerous attempts to clean them, the sound is still not great. The design looks good but the solid metal construction makes both headphones and the control/microphone heavy, the latter thumping on your neck when you exercise. Chord movement causes sound transmission. All in all, if you're very careful with them and use them sitting quietly and enjoying your music, they're great but don't buy them to use in the gym.