I need to get new 'phones after my second pair of PL50's have started to lose sound in one earpiece (the first pair got replaced under warranty). It has also recently happened on my second pair of Koss KE29's (lifetime warranty is a good thing for backup 'phones), and even my KSC75s at work after i turned around with them still on my ears. This has happened on just about every headphone I have owned, including my Senn HD545s that have never left the apt., and certainly every portable set (JBLs, Sonys that came with my Walkman, etc.).
I'd say I get less than a year out of most canal phones (which is why I will not spend more than about $50). I'm curious how long other people's portable headphones generally last. I am pretty hard on mine since I live in a city and keep them shoved in my front pocket while walking around and commuting, but I still get annoyed whenever that inevitable intermittent sound loss out of one earpiece starts, which means the end is near.
[edit: I should have written "IEMs" instead of "portable headphones", since that is what I'm really asking about - edited title.]
***As a request, can you please state how you carry them also? ***
Edited by tman1 - 8/29/11 at 8:56am