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Gift Headphones for a Very Clumsy Friend (Budget-fi w/ Good build)

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Build Quality is key here. I did a recable for this same friend and he managed to hook his knee (???) into the y-split and completely rip the wires out of the cups and snap the headband all in one go. There are a lot of great budget-fi options out there for under $50 but I need to know which ones will hold up under high user stress. He's not actively destroying his things, but is just generally a little rough on his gear. Here's what I'm thinking so far, other suggestions are very welcome.

Very rocky music genres

Koss PortaPro - $30. Lifetime Warranty

Koss UR55 - $50 Not sure if the same warranty applies

Audio Technica M30's $45 - Seems sturdy enough. Good cable gauge, single sided entry so he won't be pulling that maneuver again rolleyes.gif

Any other ideas?
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What about the Samson/Superlux stuff?  Seems to be relatively sturdy, and not expensive at all.

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Thread Starter 
I've heard the plastic used is really low quality.
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Fostex are very sturdy also but you'd be lucky to get a pair for less than a hundred bucks

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Goldring DR50

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Philips: The Stretch

 

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Panasonic RP HTX7, you can destroy them completely and still bend them back into shape
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I agree with the Stretch or something else from Philips O'Neill brand, they do not sound particularly awesome, but ok, and are built for abuse.
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