I got these for my son as he loves the retractable headphones. They allow him to keep his headphones around his neck whether or not he is actually listening to them. Since the headphones retract into the neckband, it helps to avoid damage to the headphones, so we don't have to replace them nearly as often as we do regular earbuds. Also, they don't get lost nearly as easily. These are very nice and the sound quality keeps him happy. He listens to a lot of stories on his phone/computer, and these are great for that purpose. They cancel just enough noise so that he can listen without having to strain his ears, and enjoy his stories while at work or at home. The ability to use them for phone calls also makes them super versatile and useful. He doesn't have to worry about switching headphones or otherwise changing anything when he needs to make a call, or is receiving one. The sound quality works wonderfully for calls as well and he doesn't have any issues understanding what people are saying.