Conclusion: Update 3/28/10: Thanks to Vernon (see comments below) I have discovered I purchased a fake pair of earbuds. While I am a bit embarrassed, I still like them & they provide me rock solid use. I continue to exercise with them many times a week and they remain my main running earbuds.
Pros: Very well made, Excellent build materials, Engineered for the active user, Three way adjust-ability, Great sounding/well balanced listening experience
Summary: I actually have, believe it or not, two sets of the A8 earphones. I bought the first one at a B&O store; someone bought a car and the earphones came as a gift. He didn't care for them, so he gave them to me. One set is black (old ones, bought around 2001 or so), one set is white (2014).
Pros: Brand name recognition, nice design, easy to drive, lasts for ages
Summary: I have owned the Bang And Olufsen A8s for around 5 months. I am very satisfied with this product in many ways. First of all, These earphones look and feel amazing. The materials used (rubber, brushed aluminum and plastic,) are fantastic.
Pros: Extremely comfortable, looks awesome, very durable, excellent materials, mids are very good, highs are good, goes loud
Cons: Bass is severely lacking, horrible cable, cable may be short for some, bass distorts at extremely high volumes, very colored, price
Summary: Its been more than a year I bought two B&O A8, one definitely a fake, and one outstandingly Genuine. At first none of them pleased me. I discarded the fake ones and decidet to give a try to the genuine ones at interval times.
Summary: Known for its high-end electronics and finely tuned audio technology, Bang & Olufsen has brought its elite reputation to the A8 earphones. Crafted with individual comfort and unrivaled sound in mind, the A8 earphones carry the same minimalist aesthetic for which Bang & Olufsen is famous.
Excerpt: Grundsätzlich ist der A 8 recht neutral abgestimmt. Zudem verfügt er über eine exzellente Auflösung. Allerdings werden Fans der tiefen Töne mit den Sound nicht ganz zufrieden sein, denn die In Ears verfügen über wenig Bass und Grundton. Wir vergeben 4 von 5 Sternen.