I'm looking for a durable, or easily fixable (replaceable cord, etc) set of headphones for subway commutes. I've used PX-100s and AIAIAI Tracks before and loved them for portability and sound quality, but they fall apart rather quickly. I'm very careful with my equipment, but in daily use, they don't quite hold up. I've replaced the connector on each pair of headphones I've owned as that's the first thing to go, but shortly after it's the part that connects to cord to the ear piece which is more difficult to fix. I also have a pair of HD600s that I absolutely love but are useless on a train, not to mention way too expensive to be bringing outside.
I listen to a balanced mix of punk, rock, dance, acoustic/folk, and classical, and I've had good experiences with my AIAIAI Tracks in all of these. The PX100 is a close 2nd to me. So in an effort to not spend $60-$80 every couple of years, I'm extending my budget a bit higher to anything under $200. I've looked into the TMA-1 Studio and TMA-1 X, as well as the HD25, but looking for other opinions. Grados are nice, but not really conducive to noisy trains. I was also impressed by the V-Moda XS, but I'm not terribly into it's style (I know, I know). Also listened to Marshalls (Monitor and Major) but didn't vibe with them too well. Same with the Senn Momentum.
I was at a store listening to the TMA-1 DJ and TMA-1 X today and generally liked the X in everything except punk/rock, where it didn't have quite enough low-mid power, and it seemed a bit sibilant around 5-7kHz. Also, the lack of replaceable cable is a big minus, though it looks much sturdier than the Tracks I've been using. The DJ edition was quite nice, but very dark (which I've since read can be countered with a bit of EQ quite nicely). Granted, it's all hard to tell in a noisy environment and for a short period of time. The store didn't have the HD25s, unfortunately, so I'll try a different place next week.
TL;DR: looking for a set of phones with good sound quality for a variety of styles, <$200, durable and moderately isolated for subway commutes,
Any opinions on these, or other cans I should look at? Or the ones I passed over and should take a second listen to?
Thanks a bunch!