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Mod or recommendations for replacing px200 ii with versatility and bearable orchestral performance

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I have had my PX 200-iis since 4/2009. I have an issue now that I've had since receiving them--the in-line volume control. It's staticky, cumbersome, etc.

I had actually packed them up and was going to return them to Headroom originally, but my other backup pairs broke down so I stayed with them. They took FOREVER to break in (100 hrs) but they were pretty good at first and got better, so I endured. As much as I like to think I appreciate a neutral 'phone, I love the "laid-back" quality of these headphones. Upper mids can be harsh IMO, but extension at the extremes is adequate and forgiving. I've grown to love these phones more and more, but now the cushions are wearing out and will need replacement soon.

Question:I'd like to avoid exhibiting sunken-cost fallacy with these headphones (especially with time, burn-in, figuring out ideal wearing position, etc.), so can/should I replace the cord with a straight-through cable or do the other maintenance steps? I'm not averse to replacing them either, so what should I look at? Should I automatically be looking at the 429s or hd-25 ii? (I am a fan of the original HD 25)

Considerations: usual setup
Portable
iOS device + Fiio-e1 or sendstation dock out+Fiio e5 or straight if doing chores
Desk/Home
GeForce GT610 + HDMI + Yamaha RX-373 headphone out +1/4 adapter (current speakers are Pioneer FS-51 LRs- I love these, if that helps)

Have a ball giving me recs! Thanks Head-fi!
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Bump de bump
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Dunno.. so many possibilities.

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