Pros Very Good Sonics, Good Noise Cancellation
Cons long cord, noise cancellation housed in cord
Summary Recently I purchased a demo pair these cans for $93.00 from a local retailer. It's the best value I can remember for headpones considering the street price is $159.00. In terms of sound quality for portable sized headphones these phones sound better than every portable phone I've tried other that the Etymotic ER-4ps (which I ended up selling because they were too uncomfortable in my ears after 30-45 minutes). Bass is great and the mids and highs are fairly clear and smooth when using the phones my with my 40GB Ipod and PocketAmp Version 2 headphone Amp. After purchasing, I returned my Bose QC3 headphones. Noise cancellation is slightly superior with the Bose, however sonics are better with the AKGs as the QCs have a muffled midrange and high end. Strongly recommended for portable use. Have high efficiency so you should be able to crank the volume with most MP3 players and portable video devices.
Pros Great sound, as good as more expensive models
Cons I have had to return them 2x cuz they break
Summary These sound 99$ as good as Bose QC2's AND better than Sennheiser PXC 250's for pop/rock/r&B. HOWEVER, I bought my pair in Feb 2006, and have had to send them in under warrenty TWICE since they break very easily from normal wear and tear. They are more brittle than a child's toy.
Pros air plane adapter, big bass, relatively detailed sound
Cons high pressure on the ears, noise cancellation adds noise by itself
Summary For people with sensible ears, these headphones are not the right choice. The cups add a fair amount of pressure on your ears, which let my ears ache already after an hour.
I was somewhat disappointed by the noise cancellation, which canceled less than I expected. Furthermore, the cancellation curcuit is producing a small noise by itself, which limits its use further.
Pros Bass response, size, lightweight, comfortable
Cons Switch on NR unit easy to leave on
Summary I have only two complaints about these phones - (1) imaging and detail is not the greatest, (2) the power switch on the noise reduction unit easily gets switched on while it's packed away, which drains your batteries.
"Lousy headset"on by glangenwalter
Pros Small size; easy to pack; excellent sound
Cons Poor noise reduction; no volume control
Summary Not worth the $100+! Did such a poor job of canceling noise on a flight to Australia that I had to put my foam earplugs in.
You're much better off with $150 Sharper Image over-the-ear headset, except for its bulk. It did a much better job canceling noise on a flight to Australia, and had excellent sound quality as well.