Sorry if there is a better place for this post but I didn't see a generic purchasing advice thread. Basically my situation is as follows:
I used to just always use iPod/cheap ear buds that would inevitably fail within 3-5 months of use. After getting sick of that I decided to just buy a nice pair of headphones. So I did my research and bought a pair of SR60i's. Being a student though, they proved not to be portable enough. I would rarely take them anywhere with me and would just end up using cheap earbuds. So I sold them on Craigslist and bought some AblePlanet NC200's. Their ability to fold up was great for portability. Unfortunately, I guess my head is too big for them as cracks have started developing in the headband.
So I'm back in the market for a new pair of headphones. I'm really interested in portable, durable pair that will last me. So I'm wondering, were my cheap earbuds breaking because they were cheap, or because I would just wrap them around my iPod and stuff them in my pocket? I'm not sure if I want to be looking into some higher quality IEMs or portable over the ear headphones. Can anyone comment on IEM durability?
Ideally I'd like to spend <$100 but I can probably be talked into spending $150. I've already looked through Joker's thread on portable over the ear cans but haven't looked through the IEM thread. Probably gonna look through both several times before trying to make a decision.
Any recommendations/comments/whatever is greatly appreciated.