So, a month ago, my beloved EPH-100s bit the dust and the right-hand side fell silent. I returned them to the supplier and chased up 4 weeks later.
"They're discontinued," he said.
"They're WHAT?!" I said.
"We'll give you a credit note for the original price."
Damn. So, I couldn't get a like-for-like replacement, I had to choose from their limited earphone lineup (note to self, choose iHeadphones next time, regardless of price!), so I took a wild stab in the dark and replaced them with the Denon AH-C301, as I had read they were a bit of a base monster. That is the case, but nowhere near as tight as the Yamahas, and my God are they an awkward fit, I just cannot get a seal, no matter what I try (and they come with a metric f-load of tips).
I know EPH-100s can still be found, but if they fail as well then I'm back to square one. I need to focus my attention on another top pair for bass, clarity and isolation (I spend a lot of time on the London Underground).
So, if you had to replace your EPH-100s with an equal performer, what would it be?