I was surprised. After only using buds, you'll be surprised. The true and only problem for me lies in the suitability and sound. But for the price, it was a steal and pottery for a growing audiophile.
We purchased a pair of dr. dre beats, studio for our daughter for christmas, they were to say the least, expensive. I bought sony for our younger son. Spent [$] bucks on the sony, and almost [$] bucks on the dr dre beats. In comparison the sony is an outstanding product for the price. The sound is amazing, doesn't crackle, or sputter, they get loud enough for teenagers, and the ear pieces are comfy. If I had the opportunity to re-purchase the sony, I would, I would also purchase the sony over dre beats, because all your buying is the name. Sound quality is comparable.
Only complaint, sony has one attached wire off each ear piece, dr dre beats only have one removable wire on the ear piece.