Of course, looks aren't everything--or the most important thing--for headphones. Solid sound quality is a must, and the Phiaton MS 400 headphones deliver. During testing, we were impressed by how evenly they sounded across genres, making them a good choice for users with a diverse listening palette. They tend to play heavy and loose on the low-end, which may not appeal to those looking for tight, balanced sound. The mids are rich, but not quite buttery, and high-end clarity and detail is good, though not extremely crisp (we tend to prefer this, but others may not). On the whole, music sounds quite lovely, but we were never really blown away--it's about what we expect in this price range.