CNET contributor and audio guru Steve Guttenberg also really liked the A151s. He featured them in a piece titled, "." He thought they were a great value and and highlighted the earphones' bass-to-treble tonal balance and excellent definition. "In the end," he said, "it was the A151s' resolution of fine detail that made it a winner for me."
He did slightly prefer the Thinksound ts02 "wood" earphones, which have slightly more bass (read his full take on both products ). They retail for slightly more but have a built-in microphone. (I haven't tried the Thinksound but will try to get my hands on a pair and offer my impressions when I do).
I recently reviewed theearphones, which retail for around $79. I liked the sound of the Nocs and preferred their styling to these, but the A151s sounded slightly better and were also more comfortable.
As Guttenberg pointed out, they simply sound like more expensive headphones -- ones that typically cost more than $100. Their biggest strength is the level of detail they offer. They're also relatively comfortable to wear. As for drawbacks, it's unclear just how durable they are (I advise keeping the included case when not in use), they don't have a built-in microphone, and the bass, while ample, won't have enough oomph for those who like headphones that emphasize bass.
In the end, though, like most of MEElectronics products, you get a big bang for your buck, which is why I have no problem recommending the A151s at their modest price point.