I just joined Head-Fi but I have been browsing and searching the forums for a long time now.
Since I was 15 years old or so I had a pair of Sennheiser HD 202's. They would break every 9 months or so, and it was always the left ear cup that stopped working. I only stopped buying a new pair of HD 202's this year when I decided that I needed a pair of headphones which could take a better beating. So after browsing the forums I saw people mentioning the DBI pro-700 after which I got a pair. People described it them as indestructible, yet I was able to break them 3 months later I got them. The iron coating probably caused a cable crack near the jack plug. But after having fixed this issue twice now I don't feel like fixing them another time.
But what now? I am browsing the forums but the list seems so long and there is no definite answer (because there most likely isn't one, but still).
I am looking for a pair of headphones that can take a beating and have good sound quality. I don't care about style and not that much about comfort. If you own a DBI pro-700, then you know what I am talking about. Audio quality is the most important thing. I plan on using them every day for going to like university, riding my bike, playing pc games and listening to lots of music. I do not own an amp and I am not planning on buying one. And I only play mp3 files, no FLAC files or some sort. I know the quality is way better but the trade off with regards to data storage space is just too big. I listen to mostly rap, hiphop and a lot of metal.
Which headphones would you recommend which are under $100 and would allow me to do exactly what I described above?