I like to hear myself talk in the handset earpiece, and I can clearly hear myself. the quality of the sound is great, clear, 4 volume levels for handset plus audio boost button. the speakerphone has 8 volume adjustments and sounds good. it is the large style caller id which is great, needs 4 aa batteries, no power plus which I prefer. I love the way he phone looks, oh and it has ringer hi, which is very loud, low which is normal low ring and off. he qualiy of the sound is fanastic, the handset must have higher quality materiel. This is the best landline type phone I have ever owned. you will not find one tha sounds this good, looks nice, user friendly buttons laid out. I highly recommend it. 5 stars!