"Best earbuds I've ever owned... and I've owned many."4.0 starson by KezzerOne
Pros: - Crisp, almost piercing highs with absolutely no distortion, even at deafening volume.
- Balanced mid-range that doesn't create a "washed out" effect.
- Ample, yet unobtrusive lows that provide just the right amount of "thud" with no distortion.
Cons: - Although I haven't had an issue yet, the cords seem to be a bit thin, and cheap.
- At $80, getting only one pair of ear tips per size is a joke.
- The carrying tin is a nice touch, but would have been much better if it actually was functional.
Summary: So, you're wondering if you should just suck it up and drop the coin to get these things.... well, today is your lucky day because below, I've compiled a list of factors for you to take into consideration and help you make this most difficult of decisions.
1) If you think the stock earbuds that came with your iPod sound awesome, good, or even decent, don't bother buying these. You won't appreciate them. Just keep rockin' your iPod specials and be on your merry way.
2) If you want earbuds that will make you think you have a subwoofer installed somewhere in your brain, don't get these. They do have bass, but not enough to blur your vision. Plus, you're eardrums likely are close to being shot anyway.
3) If you don't know the difference between bass, midrange, and treble, don't buy these.... better yet, just navigate away from this page.
4) If you only plan on using these to listen to NPR Podcasts, stick with your iPod specials.
But.... if you love music, not just hearing music but really LISTENING to music, buy these. If you consider yourself an audiophile, buy these. They sound unbelievable. Prior to the S4s, I had a pair of Sennheisers. They sounded great. They still do. But, the S4s sound amazing. Listen to a song you've heard hundreds of times... a guarantee that you will hear sounds in that song that you never noticed before. If you're cringing at the price, don't worry... I did too... and kept cringing... and continued too even after I bought them... right up to the point that I put them in and started listening to music. That's when the cringe disappeared, for good.
BOTTOM LINE: If you demand simply the best sounding audio, buy these.