I’m a headphone freak. I have them on a lot. I like to be able to listen to music, watch movies etc. without the outside noise filtering in.
I had been using the Subjekt headphones – they were plastic and suffered from wear to the point where the swivel head on them would break.
Subjekt has since updated the design – the phones no longer swivel and rotate. But the phones do have flexibility so they seal to the ear.
They sound pretty damned good. I think these might work for some time. Total cost was $30.
I had been using these:
Those cheap headphones sucked and not in the good way. Granted for < $10 they did the trick but the SERIOUSLY attenuated the signal. Put it this way, listening to music on these I’d have to crank the volume to almost 50%. With the new Subjekts it’s around 15% and perfectly audible.
Since my track record with the destruction of headphones is pretty consistent I cannot justify spending more than $50 on any given set.
I class them as wear items – as in they wear out. Just like keyboards, sneakers, shoes, and clothing.