Summary: I'm no audiophile but I do appreciate decent audio equipment. The sound can suffer somewhat from the fit of the buds, but there is real clarity and a bass that is punchy but not overpowering. My major gripe with these is the length of the cables, something other reviewers have mentioned too. I have no idea what Denon were thinking, really. The cable is far too short which necessitates the use of the supplied extension, resulting in a tangled ball in my pocket.