Not bad for $17
I bought these with a very specific use case in mind. I wanted them for when I did yard work and house cleaning for things like music and podcasts. I have a pair of Sennheiser 558s and 58X Jubilees for my sit down and listen sessions.
I also bought these in particular because there is no headband and it seemed like they'll be quite a bit cooler than my over ears and it is summer after all. It turns out these did keep my ears cooler than my over ears when doing activity. I know earbuds are best for this but I don't like earbuds (or IEMs) because they always feel uncomfortable in my ears, so I went with these instead.
For its price, I think it'd be disingenuous to try and compare them to higher end headphones. They don't sound nearly as good, but they're honestly outstanding for the price.
1. Microphone on the cable is a nice touch.
2. Cooler and less intrusive than my over ear cans when doing things like washing dishes or cleaning dog poop out of my yard in 85F weather.
3. $17 makes these basically expendable.
4. The sound quality is quite good for how cheap they are.
5. Low power requirements make them great for smartphone (or other non amped platform) use.
6. The clips let the driver enclosure hinge move a little bit for better comfort.
7. The clips can be bent for better fit.
1. The cables in these are super thin and look cheap.
2. The driver enclosure is thin plastic. It's very clear where the corners were cut to get it to this price. Just glad it wasn't in the sound quality department.
3. Mic is just so-so.
4. The clips are adjustable with a bit of bending, but with how thin the cable and enclosure plastic is, I'm worried I'm gonna break these things if I adjust too much.
1. The headphones don't form a seal around your head and the fit will never be tight and exact. Thus, the sound is more treble heavy. Some may like it, some may not.
2. I, like many other commenters, would've paid extra for a pair with removable and replaceable cables.
3. These look goofy when you wear them lol. My gf thought I looked ridiculous. I don't mind, though.
4. Comfort is a bit of a mixed bag. The fabric ear cups cushion well and there is no short term discomfort. However, these things sit on your ears and it does start to annoy after a while. Oh well, don't expect to wear these for 12 hours a day lol.
The highs are there and definitely more noticeable than other elements. However, I am sensitive to treble and these in no way bother me so to say they are treble heavy is a bit of a misnomer. I suspect because of the on-ear nature and the inexact fit, the lack of a seal lowers the midrange and bass while leaving the treble alone. High hats are clear, but never overbearing and I have no problems with them other than the ones that come with listening on a pair of headphones with no seal and an inexact fit.
The mids are perfunctory and not overly inspiring. Still, they are clean and clear in all the tracks I listened to. Voices in particular came through quite well, especially female vocalists. Guitar solos and violins also do well. The lower midrange is a bit shallow but, again, no seal and inexact fit will do that.
The bass is, well, the result of having no seal and an inexact fit lol. You can hear bass notes just fine but you'll never feel them like you would with a good set of over ear headphones. The more instruments there are in the mix, the more difficult it is to hear the bass as the sound muddied a bit. However, for rock music, electronica, metal, rap/hip-hop, etc, it sounds fine as long as you don't mind not FEELING the thump.
The Soundstage is also perfunctory. I noticed that if you press the drivers to your ears, it lowers the Soundstage but increases the bass and lower midrange substantially. I suspect that my on-ear setup isn't properly configured so that's something I gotta keep messing with. However, because of the very nature of these headphones, you're not going to get anything intimate and close nor are you going to get anything super airy. It sounds like you're wearing headphones that are merely resting in your ears rather than attaching themselves to your head like you get with traditional headphones.
The clarity is surprisingly good with these headphones. Like most cheap headphones, they struggle with large musical productions like symphonies, big band music, etc. The sound starts to gobble together a bit the more complexity you add. However, for them being clip-on, on-ear headphones with a $17 price tag, I am impressed with how clear everything sounds. It's just not gonna win any awards for it.
These are not going to melt your brain, nor do they punch up with headphones that cost 10 times as much as they do. Of course, I did not expect this and thus, what I got did exceed my expectations. These are excellent for what they do and excellent for what they cost. I would recommend them to people with the caveat that they understand that these are $17, clip-on, on-ear headphones with no seal and an inexact fit.
Would recommend to a friend.