I've had these Etymotic ER-4's for something like 7 years now. The little plastic shaft on one of the earpieces snapped. It was my fault, not the headphones. I'm not that bummed out about it, because the sound signature never really appealed to me. They always felt super dry, analytical and...i hate to use the expression, but "less than musical". I'm looking for a budget pair of IEM's for use at work. The greater value the better. Nothing over 100 bucks (the cheaper the better). They'll be powered by a FiiO E7 DAC/Amp. Other headphones I own and like: HD600, SR-125. REALLY like the Sennheisers. Any recommendations are appreciated!