Seriously, the Maxell DHP-II headphones aren't that fragile at all! In my opinion, if someone breaks the headphones, it means they were being way too rough with them. Since they aren't metal, obviously you want to be somewhat careful..that's all! I've had mine for a couple months now and they are still doing great. BTW I use mine for several hours every single day.
Well, if anyone heard the Maxell DHP-II and knew how good they were for the price, they would not be complaining about how fragile or cheaply they were made. I tore mine apart and dismantled mine about 10 times now without anything falling apart. This doesn't mean anything though and I'm sure that there is a chance they will break. They are actually built about as well as the Bose Triports, which isn't good.
I will say this though...if they broke after just 6 months i'd have no complaints about buying another pair for $30. They're that good. It's like Maxell spent like everything on the sound quality, but nothing on the build quality. I've seen worse though..Koss UR-40. My old Triports (when I didn't have a clue) broke twice within a year and a half. They're basically the same design as the Maxells. Bose however replaced them without questions. Of course those are $120-$140!! I have ZERO doubt the DHP-II sounds better.
I would however like to find a way to extend the life of them. At this point I'm just going to be gentle with them. For how comfortable they are and how good they sound, it's hard to complain too much. I think when you just put them on your head over and over it just stresses out the plastic after time and they'll eventually crack.
For anyone that cares, the Pro3AAT sounds almost exactly the same (but has more bass, less of a mid-bass hump) and seems to be built a bit better, but is $25 more. The Koss Pro DJ 100 has less bass then all of them, but is more durable and has actual metal in it but is less comfortable. I think all 3 use similar drivers. Sound signature is mostly the same. Pro3AAT has a bit of clamp and is not small or very portable.
Edited by tdockweiler - 10/2/10 at 7:16pm