I don't think I've ever heard anything like these! They offered a brand new 'flavour' to my playing. These are the third set of hats I added to my kit. Straight out of the box, they come as 3 cymbals, the bottom of which has 4 'tambourine'-like fixtures on it, which add a lot to the overall sound. I decided against swapping out my existing Hi-hats for these as they nearly too un-conventional for my playing. Instead I picked up a cheap remote Hi-hat stand from thomann and that's where they've been ever since. I didn't feel like my x-hat stand did their unique sound justice.
Love this hi hat. Gives a tight and crisp sound. The bells on the bottom add a tambourine like texture. The little gold disc does not make a great deal of difference though but can be used as a quiet cheeky splash. Overall I find it perfect for funk and electronic dance music. Good for recording too cutting cleanly through the mix.