Firstly, these are not cheap, but quality comes,with a price. These were bought primarily for use with on stage in-ear wireless monitor for live performance. So I needed something that gave pure sound reproduction, had effective noise cancelling qualities and which fit comfortably. The sound quality is excellent. You would expect this from Shure but the test was live performance for me and they stood up to this. Crisp, clear sound for a wide range of frequencies.More importantly, background noise is non existent. Used with a five piece rock band live with a back line of amps, stage monitors and all the associated noise on stage and these headphones literally picked nothing but the mix I needed to hear. Excellent. The fit is ok but a bit awkward with the around ear shape at first but you soon get used to this. These are so good that they ve been regularly used for I pod as well now, where you really notice the sound reproduction qualities. Recommended highly.
I have tried so many types and models in the past, and these surpass anything I have ever heard. Maybe the bass could be stronger, but the detail and clarity is superb. It takes a little while to get used to fitting them, and it is worth trying the different buds until you get the right one, but once sorted, you will be so pleased you got these. My last Shure ear phones lasted 5 years, so hopefully these will last as long.