Yes they are v good but if they had the bass tightness and SQ of passive mode + the amplification of active mode and maybe slightly more refined treble they would have been the best headphones under about £250. As they are, they are still very good and definately one of the top 5 under £250. Overall pleased with them. I like the UE sound signature so it would be nice to see an updated pair that are even better at some point, although these are excellent already.
Edited by nicholars - 6/5/13 at 6:03pm