These are hands down the most frustrating earphones I've ever owned. They simply cannot be put in the ear quickly. It's like a science project, straightening them out, inserting, adjusting for correct placement, then carefully curling the cable around the ear. I wanted something for when I'm sitting at my computer, just put them in, work, pull them out. These are maddening. On the plus side, once in, great at cancelling out background noise. Sublime sound quality. Really decent product for the price. It's a shame I hate them so much I've boxed them back up, never to use again.