Audio Technica doesn't let you down on the sound quality. The highs, lows, bass are all perfectly balanced. Timbre is solid. The build quality is not all that bad actually. It's pretty durable. I've been using it for little more than 3 months and I have had no issues. That being said, there's no significant noise cancellation. Like any other budget earphones the noise gets "cancelled" if you turn up the volume. But even in a noisy ambience the sound quality is not at all compromised, which is great. Speaking of volume it is pretty loud compared to Skullcandy ones, loud in a not-safe way. Also I'd recommend you go for the inbuilt-mic version over this one. This one comes with a carry case which isn't really useful, in my opinion. I bought it in the first place for the carry case but was not happy with it and didn't find it practical. So it's better if you go for the next version if you can afford it. But, I love this one!