These are actually my fourth pair of Titans, The first pair stopped working on one side and the cord became really brittle and hard over time. My second and third pair were lost and stolen respectively. On the plus side I have tried out dark silver, chrome, black and I can say that the red ones so far are my favourite. They have kept their vibrant colour. The red coating seemed a little plasticy in the beginning but it hasn't worn or chipped like I thought it would and still looks like it has a metal finish. Very good earphones and I would find it hard to move away from this particular set of earphones. They have the perfect balance of sound, value for money and compactness. I have experiences a few ppl complaining that calls are quiet with the built in microphone but I need to test this out more.