I know that sound appreciation is a very personal thing. You may think that a $500 pair of cymbals is the most amazing thing that you ever heard; whereas on the other hand I may think a $150 pair sounds better than the $500. It's only opinion. As far as these Meinl Dark Byzance are concerned, it is the sound that I've been looking for. They're amazing to me. I don't think anyone could go wrong owning a pair of these. It will be a while before I get another pair of cymbals.