Fraid that might be the case. I guess I'll have to start putting some cash aside for a replacement. Any suggestions for a replacement? Was thinking bout moving up to a dual/multi BA, but honestly I have no idea what benefits I could expect. The 232 is way out of my price range (esp. for a discontinued model), but been reading bout the r50 and am a little intrigued (the vc1000(?) too, but I find a dedicated over ear design fit me better than a straight tube). I do like the sound of the 111s with the grey filters with pretty much all music - they are a little bass light, but I would prefer too little bass than too much (and I also have gr07be to scratch that itch if need be).