As someone who prefers in-ear vs on/over ear headphones these are amazing. They have a flat but not empty sound. The bass is just enough for listening to music but not too much for producing. Very clear mids and crisp highs. Does not distort even when I turn the volume to max and listen to Merzbow or other harsh noise music. These are also great for flying on a plane because the noise cancelling is second only to the Bose QCs.