Purchased these again because I had already had some before and couldn't be bothered to have the old ones fixed even though they are guaranteed for life (emailed manufacturer for replacement earbuds years ago and they sent me loads for free) Probably quicker to just buy more as they are so cheap. The pair that arrived are actually black and not metallic but I knew this before I bought them by emailing the seller (discount discs uk) who responded quickly. Sound is amazing - good bass, clear treble, no outside noise. Very comfortable to wear, rubber coated wires = less chance of kinks and splitting of wire cover. Highly recommend!