Please bare in mind that I'm not an audiophile by any stretch of the imagination compared to you guys. Having said that, I have found the quality of the vocals (both male and female) to be great. Female vocals have changed for the better with the Comply foam tips, prior to this I found them a little sibilant. I think what it ultimately comes down to is the fact that the quality is there in these earphones. The rest you can tailor based on the filters, tips and cable changing to get the sound you like.