I'd like to spend about $60 (more or less by $20) on a pair the next step up. I'm thinking about a MeElectronics M6 or M11, SoundMagic PL50, Head-Direct RE0 or ViSang R03. I'm leaning toward a MeElectronics offering, since they seem more durable than the others, but I thought I'd ask for advice before I commit.
Flimsy stock earbuds that shipped with my Nexus One wore at the plug and not wanting to go a long trip without music, I bought some Skullcandies from a gas station. I didn't know about the isolating affect and thought the design stupid and uncomfortable, but I learned to deal with it when I immediately noticed a difference in sound quality. The Skullcandies experienced the same problem as my stock headphones so I replaced them with JVC Marshmallows that are definitely more comfortable and durable. Since they have lasted for so long, depending on what I get I might keep my nicer purchase safe at home and continue to wear the Marshmallows when I go out
Edited by voxtonic - 9/13/10 at 8:07pm