Summary: I did a lot of research on earbuds before buying these. Here is the sound in a snapshot...the bass is not nearly as strong as an in-ear earphone, since there is no seal between the earphone and the ear canal, but what bass there is is tight well controlled. The midrange sounds nice and flat. However, the high frequencies are rolled off. The result is a smooth sound but lacking in "sparkle" and detail.
Summary: I used to kill off a pair of mediocre-sounding, fragile $20 earbuds every 6 months or so, and decided to splurge on a nicer pair about 2 years ago. I don't like walking on the street with isolating earbuds (canal phones, noise canceling, etc.), and the MX560s were the best reviewed non-isolating pair which were not exorbitantly expensive. I've had good luck with Sennheiser products in the past, so I decided to go with them. I am very pleased with my purchase.
Summary: While not as good as my iGrados or Grado 80's these fit into my pocket and are my choice when walking or riding the train. They are not the earplug type that I find uncomfortable nor do they transfer every little cord noise to the inside of your brain. Better than the phones you get when you purchase an Ipod. So when the time comes for a replacement set of earbuds for your pods, consider these. Great price / performer.
Summary: This was the first time I ever bought headphones separately from the earbuds that come with the iPod. I'm very pleased with these headphones. They have great sound and good bass, especially when considering the price. I'm not a sound expert, but these headphones are definitely better than the standard Apple earbuds.
Summary: Construction: Solid, high quality plastic. The earpiece seems to be better much sturdier than other earphone. Pros: -Sound quality is excellent. I have use over 15 different kind of earphone, this has the best sound. -Non in-ear design. Cons: -The cable winder that comes with it is useless.
Summary: As far as these standard-type earbuds go, these are the best sounding pair I've owned. I docked a star for sound quality because they're certainly not the best earbuds I've ever heard (the in-ear ones sound better to me), but I doubt that I could find a better pair like these. They're also fantastic for running, and I have no problems whatsoever with them falling out of my ears. Compare this to...
Summary: I carry these around with me to use with my portable media player. They are the best-sounding earbuds I've owned, and the soft case serves as convenient and easily pocketable protection for them. My main problem is that once I've put them in my ears, they tend to move around fairly easily, which alters the sound.
Summary: I should start with saying I'm not an audiophile. I was looking for some decent earbuds to use at my desk at work for listening to my ipod, etc. My first impression was very positive. They come with a cool little carrying pouch and plastic holder. Not easy to describe, but seems well designed. The buds themselves are plenty loud, and sound fine for my purposes. The Y split in the cable is reinforced with rubber to avoid wire damage.
Summary: I bought these as replacements for the Apple iPod OEM earbuds. They are at least as good, maybe even crisper in the midrange than the Apples. Overall, pretty accurate. Lot's of earbud mfgs really try to crank the bass. If you like that, then you won't like these. I don't like thumping bass, so i do like them. Comfortable, come with foam cushions. Strain reliefs at cable ends seem very good, so I think I can anticipate decent longevity.
Summary: I've had these for about a month now. I needed something more discreet than over-the-ear headphones. While these are not super spectacular, they do the job just fine, and are relatively affordable. As others have said, you can hear rubbing through the cord. If you're listening to music and the cord happens to be touching or slightly moving against your clothes, it's not a big issue. You'd really have to pull/grab/press to hear the rubbing.