Sound — 8
These are high output pickups with a "round" and a rather smooth sound for such HOT pickups great for metal. The neck pickup has a lot of bass that sound great for palm muted riffs and rythms. The bridge pickup is a bit hotter as is the case with most bridge pickups and has a "throughty" sound when used for rythm playing.
Overall Impression — 9
I really like these pickups and the sound great for the type of music I play (Hard rock/Metal). They came standard on my Ibanez Iceman so I don't know how much the cost. There's really not much that I dislike about them, I've tried some Seymour Duncans and EMGs and I think these DiMarzios compare pretty well.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I'm sure these pickups will last a very long time, I've had them for more than 2 years and they have never failed me. Pickups aren't usually a concern when it comes to reliability, normally it's faulty wiring that cuases problems so I am confident that they will never let me down (although I always have a backup).