Sound quality is excellent with strong but controlled base, they feel sturdy. Complaints about being tight are understandable but isn't really a problem for me; if you want headphones that aren't going anywhere these are for you! Someone has suggested that they can be stretched... sounds good.
The padding does not go around your ears bit sits on the outside of them. I would have preferred the former but they are still comfortable. It you want headphones that go around the outside of your ear you want HD 201s which are also fantastic but have feel less powerful and crisp.