About 6 months ago I bought the $250 high-end Creative headphones. Althyough the sound is very good, the quality of the head band was SO bad that it broke within 3 months! At this price one would expect significantly better quality. My recommendation, go either for the Bose if you want noise cancelling capabilities, or Beads if you want sound quality. Do not waste your money on this cheap quality product at a premium sales price.