Hi all -- over the past three or four years I have gone through three sets of earbuds. I started with, if I recall correctly, a pair of Klipsch S4s. After a year or two of use, the wire casing had disintegrated in several spots and they eventually stopped working. I then replaced them with a pair of Etymotic HF-5s, which suffered from the same problem after a year. I sent them in and they were replaced under warranty, but the replacement pair broke about a year later as well. This time the wire casing is intact, but the right earbud abruptly stopped working and then the left gave out a few months later.
I'm not a hardcore audiophile or anything and was totally satisfied with the sound quality and comfort of both sets. The noise isolation was great. The only problem is the durability.
Are there any decent sets of noise isolating earbuds that cost less than $150 and aren't complete crap in terms of durability?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Side note- I am almost certain that the problem with the most recent set is also with the wiring. If you manually fiddle with the wire right at the jack the sound will briefly come back on. I've managed to keep it working for a minute or two if I find the exact right spot and hold it extremely still, but this is obviously not a viable fix.