Pros: The exquisite sound first and foremost, sturdy and stylish design, five pairs of rubber fits, price. Great when biking with my helmut on.
Philips products are world renowned for quality and good pricing.Sure enough I was not disappointed. Worth every dollar of the US $150 I paid for. I would pay more for this beautiful piece of audio engineering that will be my perfect companions when I go mountain biking in the forest. The ear pieces that came ready for use sit well in my ears and should stay on while I ride those bumpy trails in the forest.
I listen mostly to folk rock and acoustic music. I test listened my new friend to Gabe Dixon's 'Even the Rain' on my Ipod touch. At half the volume setting, the song played sweet and strong and punchy with well balanced treble and base that gave me an extremely warm full-bodied fuzzy feeling. There was no harshness like some headphones that place too much emphasis on treble. This is important to avoid fatigue to my ear drums when I go for long bike rides.
This is instantly my favorite in-ear phones now. It has just toppled the Sony 650 which toppled the Etymotic hf5 earlier.
My days in the forests with my mountain bike will be so much more fun now.
There are plenty of more expensive models out there. But since this pair of ear phones have already reached such a high level satisfaction for me, I am skeptical how pricier phones can extend my level of enjoyment anymore to justify a price tag of $300 or $500.