I don't really like the bud ear pieces and so I wanted a more comfortable alternative. A lot of on ear phones are very large and bulky but these are fairly compact. I found them very comfortable to use with a sound quality that was good enough for me. I do not know how much sound escapes from them as I know how annoying this can be to people around you. The microphone function is a useful additional feature. So for the price I think that they are certainly value for money.