I use http://www.amazon.com/Technica-ATH-AD700-Open-air-Audiophile-Headphones/dp/B000CMS0XU for 8+ hours on the computer everyday for many years. It's my all-purpose headphone for Youtube, movies, music that requires clarity and accuracy, etc. I wanted an all-purpose earphone so I did some research and eventually decided to go for the RE-400. It just arrived and I listened to it to see just how good it is (from all the reviews I've read, it was a top contender for its price range). I was thoroughly disappointed with how distant the audio sounds. I also used http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URrTiZbTHcY to test what instruments would sound like, and the piano did not sound like a piano (it sounded fake, whereas on my headphone it sounds like a piano). I know that headphones are generally better than earphones, but I've had a cheap Seinheisser CX-300s for like $40 that sounded better just because the audio was so distant and there was an accuracy. I'm obviously new to using good earphones--is the RE-400 supposed to sound bad and needs burn-in time before I can judge? Am I just awful at judging sound quality? Is the sound stage (I don't even know what this term means, to be honest) not right for me? Based on the reviews, everyone seemed to like it and/or it was at least a decent earphone. Thanks. P.S. I got static when I plugged it into my computer. I didn't get static from my AD700 headphones (or at least I couldn't hear any). Is this a common problem and can I do something about it? Perhaps it's my computer's audio jack being the problem?