Just got my earpods... They are not lying about the earpods rivaling more expensive sets, they have good bass response and are much much more full than the previous generation of buds. They aren't as great as my Sennheiser HD 485s or have the clarity of my Bose OEs but these things are probably the best buds you'll find that aren't in ear or cans. I haven't had a chance to wear them while active but I will report back later they seem a little slick and gives me the impression they may be hard to keep in the ear. I've owned at least 20 cheapie sets and several more expensive ones including Klipsch One headphones, Bose OEs, Sennheiser HD 485s, audio-technica ATH-M40fs, and Sennheiser HD555s, these beat out all the cheapies and definitely up there with the more expensive sets. For 30 you can't find better I guarantee.