Pros: Active kick-drum, Excelent treble, Punchy guitars-mids, Can sound spacious and even in-your-face
Cons: Very fake ones is available, be careful
Ok. I tried the no-mic ones that sold with the newer iPods.
My source is an iPod touch 5G, with V0 LAME 3.99r files. Genres like Metal (Death specially is superb on those, and this, for me, is much, considering that particular sub-genre is very specific on the sound). The kick-drum are simply AWESOME, ****. Very active bass that don't hide the mids and treble.
Ok, the mids are very good, it give the distorted guitars punch and detail. And the treble is very powerful and no-fatiguing.
When I tried those with Metal, had those impressions, and the soundstage was perfect, no too large and no too small (that depends of what type of music are you listening, in my experience).
If you play Classical on the EarPods, it sounds so much more spacious than listening to Metal/Rock and similars, it manage the soundstage perfectly well depending of what you listen.
Imaging is very confuse for me compared with my HD 598 which is obviously better on this aspect. But, I LOVE Metal, and actually the EarPods destroys in all aspects the 598 on this genre.
Those earbuds are, basically, supposed to go well with everything in my opinion. It sounds so good put you put on those. Awesome Rock/Metal earbuds for a very little price.
So happy with this, Good job Apple. And hope it helps to anyone. :)