4.5 You get what you pay for! KrisR99 | 06/12/2012 | See all KrisR99's reviews (1) I have only just purchased these so I cannot comment on their durability, only the sound quality. While generally comparable to the regular Apple earphones (pre-iPhone 5) I find the top end overly harsh and scratchy while the base is very muddy. My excellent sounding, but relatively pricey, Klipsch (S4i) earbuds unfortunately died, so I thought I would trade down as these things don't generally seem to last very long. That was almost definitely a mistake as I'm not sure how long I will be able to tolerate the noise that comes out of these things.So, they only get three stars because if you are trading up from the regular Apple earphones they will probably sound okay, plus they are pretty cheap. But if you have experienced anything superior you'll most likely be pretty disappointed.Update: Audio quality is improved a fair amount by changing the music EQ settings to 'deep'. The top end isn't so harsh. I usually steer clear of the iPhone EQ settings though!