Greetings! A friend of mine recommended me to this site, and I hope i'm posting in the right section. Basically, i was hoping someone could recommend me to a pair of high quality in-ear headphones on a budget. I've used a pair of Sony MDR - XB40EX for about 2 years, and they were awesome. Only problem was that I had to buy new earbuds every 6 months or so since I've lost them. Anyways, they were amazing. http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-XB40EX-Sensitivity-Driver-Earbuds/dp/B001RB24U0/ref=pd_sim_e_4 But then the connection shorted and I could only hear from one ear. So i've decided to buy a cheap alternative I bought this, the JVC-HAFX1X after reading promising reviews. After about 3 months, the connection shorted as well. http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HAFX1X-Headphone-Xtreme-Xplosivs/dp/B004M8SAJ4/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1352667046&sr=8-3&keywords=in-ear+headphones I was really dissapointed with the JVC, and was hoping someone could recommend me a good alternative. ideally, i'd want to pay less then $50, but the cheaper the better. i don't do much physical activity, i just walk around, or stuff it in my pocket (which is im assuming the main reason for the shorts, because i just leave it connected to the ipod and just stuff it in my pocket). I'm not particually too picky, but what I do enjoy is a clear sound, and bass. The Sonys were a great combination of both, but mainly the clarity of the sound with a rich bass. the JVCs seemed muffled, and had an ugly bass sound effect. Thanks~!