I have Bose in ear headphones that I got last December. They were great but unfortunately the wire got snagged on my jacket last night and now the left channel is dead.
I don't know a lot about headphone technology but enjoy good sound and am taking this as a chance to upgrade. I have a daily 3 hour commute on a NYC subway and listen to a lot of podcasts and music while at my desk. I really enjoyed the Bose because I felt they had a decent enough sound while at the same time letting me hear what was around me.
My primary source of audio is a Zune HD, about 80% of the time I listen to rock music, 15% to podcasts and 5% to classical/orchestra.
I liked how the Bose headphones let me hear what was going on around me at a decent volume but I could still raise it to block most of the outside noise, so this ability is is somewhat important to me, at the least to be able to hear what was going on if I hit the pause button, but at most letting me hear normal voices in my office so I know to hit the pause button if someone is talking to me at my desk.
Obviously, I'd like great sound, the Bose seemed to have a decent overall sound, I can nit pick and say the mids are sometimes washed out and the highs aren't always as crisp as they should be. The punchy and smooth low ends seemed alright to me, but I've heard better on way cheaper headphones.
The comfort factor for me is huge, I have these things in about 6 hours a day.
Edit: My budget is around $120.
Thanks for reading and I appreciate any advice you can give me.