They have a very natural timbre to them. Are they going to isolate? No. Are they going to shake your skull with bass? Definitely not. Will they show some sibilance? Sure. Do they lean toward neutral? Yes, maybe a slight n shape frequency response. Very easy on the ears, they sound larger than they are, and show a good amount of detail for a price you wouldn't expect. I bought a pair for my wife back when Massdr- er, Drop- were selling these with braided cables and a carrying case. I'm using them now for sampling sound effects to mix in for a play. I'll do final mixing with an amp and a pair of cans, but these guys are giving me the detail I need to judge "is this a good recording or not?" So yeah. Better than $5 would get you in a walmart, that's for sure.