Editor's Notes & Price Research
Sound - Fantastic - Clear - Let a buddy who mixes sound regularly check them out, and he's very particular and picky, and he was also very impressed with it's range and clarity.
Bluetooth connection - Fantastic - At my office, where I am surrounded by computers, wifi, etc, I can walk about 20 yards away before the connection starts to suffer, and that is connected to a Galaxy S3 (yes, I still use a 4-5 year old phone). Now, that is open space. When I introduce doors and walls by going around corners in this same environment, the signal suffers after about 15 yards or so. Again, this is fantastic IMO, as I'm not aware of any reason I would normally be further away from my phone than that outside of testing it for funsies.
Fit / Comfort - This is where I expected the downside to be, as the earbuds that you push into your ears have always been my enemy. I was hoping that the various tips and ear wing things would somehow be enough to offset my apparent ear deformity. I finagled with the fit for a lot of time, trying the different wings and bud tips and wearing them for about an hour or so the default way, but couldn't find a way to set it up that remained comfortable. So I gave up on that, and switched to Over the Ear style, which is what I normally have to do. The fit, after again fiddling with different tips and wings (I don't think that's the right word, but..*shrug*), I was able to find a combo that holds it in place and is comfortable so long as I'm not jostling them. However, if I want them to be secure enough for exercise, I have to press them into my ears more, which then becomes uncomfortable any time that I smile. Apparently that changes something in my ear area enough that it creates unpleasant pressure with these pressed in.
So - Standing at my desk at work, couldn't be much happier with these. Fantastic.
But for exercise? If mostly stationary, or low movement exercise, they'd be great/fine FOR ME, but active exercise such as burpees or such, it won't work with the way I am wearing them. Going to be trying the JLab Epic2 next, per TheWirecutter.com's recommendation.