Though with a $300 price tag, you'll be expecting more than aesthetic and ergonomic prowess, i.e., kick-ass sound. It's engineered to deliver just that with features like built-in proprietary noise equalization tech and digital signal processing software, which help deliver full sound without being distracting. If you feel like further refining things, they can be paired with an app to switch between pre-loaded pre-sets for everything from classical to hip hop, and it allows you to manually manipulate a five band equalizer to build specific profiles.
It's even equipped with a jack splitter in the tech-packed battery pendant, should you feel like letting someone else in on the aural bliss. Though doing so with your workout buddy is just going to throw you the tangled cord disaster you were trying to avoid.
Joe McGauley is a senior editor. His ears have never fully recovered from the painful first-generation Apple earbuds. Thanks a lot, Steve.