I will so be scouring the forums looking for ideas/suggestions, but the new member guide suggested I go here first.
I do a lot of road traveling, and I've taken to enjoying well done audio books and some music while on these long drives. I'm currently using a Galaxy Tab with some very durable (but so-so sounding) Siege ear buds. They are getting old and tired, and I thought I might want to step it up a bit so I thought I'd ask for recommendations.
My source is going to be Galaxy Tab, or HTC ONE (M8) smartphone. While I'm a bit of an audiophile, I'm really not looking to run a headphone amp, or want $350 cans or buds at this time. So I need:
$100 or under
Blocks road noise - I'm on the road a lot, and also ride a motorcycle sometimes - I'd like to block as much outside noise as possible so I don't have to crank the volume up and deafen myself just to hear my media.
Durable - they will get used many hours a day, tossed around, dumped in a bag, tugged on etc.
Good smooth sound - I don't care for boosted bass, it's not necessary. (I say smooth sound over "even"sound as I'm more worried about sound fatigue than "flat" frequency response)
Easy to clean/maintain. My current Siege are looking grungy, I'm going to try to clean them with hydrogen peroxide, but they might not survive the extended dip I feel is required to clean these 4 year old buds off.
Since I wear a motorcycle helmet when I'm on the bike, I'd like for the buds to be on the smaller side so they don't get hung up in my helmet.
That's about it - maybe later I'll graduate to something nicer, but at home I'm really a speaker guy, on the road, I'd just really like to block out the world and listen. :)