I love these headphones, brilliant, clear and subtle sound quality. The ear canal design took a little while to get used to, but they block out noise so you can listen to your music very clearly. Great for the tube, or noisy train rides. I really like the lanyard design, if someone starts talking to you, you can pull the headphones out of your ears and let them drop, and they will hang around your neck neatly. The one downside is the length of the cord - the picture shown is accurate, the cord is very short from the lanyard section to the headphone jack. I needed to buy an extension cable separately. OK if you have a small iPod hanging around your neck I guess (you can attach it to the lanyard), but not great for larger MP3 players that you want to keep in your pocket. There is no way the cable will reach.