Pros Creative and visually appealing design, clear and balanced sound with good detail, silent cord, seemingly durable design, exceptionally comfortable.
Cons Should not be called "sound isolating." Bass may be light for some listeners.
Summary I agree with the editor's review mostly, with a few exceptions. As stated in the review, the design of the PS 210 is not sound-isolating. It does reduce outside noise slightly, which provides acoustics similar to open-air headphones (my favorite). The sound quality is excellent, albeit understated in lower bass frequencies. I believe this is a purposeful design characteristic, as young people tend to listen at high volumes with bass enhancers activated. The PS 210 tolerate both high volume and bass enhancers very well, while competitors with greater bass response begin to distort under the same pressure. This was the case when I compared these to the Grado iGi earphones. The Grados have a fuller sound, with deeper and more powerful bass. I like both the Phiaton, with its crisp, airy sound, and the Grado, with its warmer midrange and deeper bass. I maintain that the Phiaton PS 210 are the most comfortable of any headphones I have ever used. Sometimes I don't even notice them in my ears. Excellent comfort, sound quality, and aesthetic design make these an incredible value.