Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2019
Ok, I confess I'm definitely not an audiophile. What I am is someone who up until I got these had been using the $5-10 earbuds you find in grocery stores and bodegas, or for a few months the iPhone earbuds, and had no idea what I was missing. It was like going straight from VHS to Bluray.
-Audio quality is great; no distortion in the highs and more bass than I thought earbuds could provide. Hear details of music I never knew were there.
-Controls that actually fully work on Android! Let me be clear because I was confused on this before purchase and couldn't really find a straight answer: All three buttons work. Volume up, volume down, and the middle button for pause/skip/etc (depending on times clicked). Normally controls are set up like the iPhone earbuds and only the single center button works on Android, so it's nice to have volume adjustment too.
-The mic in the control group works well; with the iPhone earbud mic and the cheapo ones people always had trouble understanding or hearing me, but with this I'm coming through clear even while on the subway.
-Speaking of the subway, the noise cancellation is pretty good for passive types-- with that and music on medium volume, it very nearly completely drowns out all the bumping, screeching, and panhandlers. What really helps is the different sized tips so the fit is better. However I understand they include fewer of those than the previous model (the E10C's), these include 3 different sizes, but the seller I bought from was nice enough to include an extra set with 5 more sizes. Find a seller that does that and you'll almost certainly find a size that stays in, minimizes noise, and really boosts bass.
-It's purely a matter of taste but I love the aluminum design; its a look that really reflects the overall quality.
So to wrap things up, I can't tell you how these compare to other similarly priced or fancier earbuds (but also have absolutely no reason to doubt all the other reviews I read that single these out as the best there is under $75 or so). But what I can say is that if you were like me and just used to listening through whatever junk was cheapest, and were wondering if it was really worth it to step up to $50 earbuds, the answer is absolutely Yes. iPhone earbuds are better than the really cheap ones, but not by much, so if you're replacing a pair of those like I was, it's still absolutely worth it to spring for these instead.