Beauty's obviously in the eye of the beholder, but it's hard to imagine anyone finding the gold finish of these Audio-Technicas anything but somewhat tacky.
Thankfully, they're also available in a number of less blinging colours, and in action they're very impressive.
Here you get a clean and precise delivery that might lack true bottom-end extension, but makes up for it with bouncy tautness to basslines.
They're comfortable to wear, too, though not the most secure in the ear – so don't expect them to stay in if you're sprinting for the bus.
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