It seems that every MP3 player on the market today comes bundled with less than average sounding earphones. The iPod is certainly no exception. Really, the first thing you should be doing when you buy a new iPod, is buying a pair of decent sounding earphones. The CX 500′s are certainly decent sounding, and at a more than reasonable price mark, certainly an option for anyone in the market for a set of earphones. The CX 500′s certainly live up to the Sennheiser name, with excellent overall sound quality and superb lows, as well as a good, comfortable design. Sadly, the CX 500′s don’t have iPod/iPhone playback control, but for the price, there is no doubt that they are excellent value.