Honestly I bought these buds with low expectations. At $51 delivered, if they even had half of the BeatsX performance I'd be satisfied. Given they have over 10 hours playback in one charge, ipx5 water resistance, AptX codec, Bluetooth 4.1 and a range of wingtips and ear pieces so they'll fit any ear, I really can't complain. As expected these are for the gym so have strong bass which can muddy up songs that are more rock oriented. Again you must factor in the price. These have far exceeded my expectations. The remote is easy to use, the cabling isn't annoying, the neckband is flexible and comfortable. We will see if these stand the test of time, but my first impressions are that these are very good for the price.