I'm considering the new version myself at the moment. I had the old bass eds and was super bummed when one of the buds went quiet after 18 months. I'm dubious about their longevity but they did pretty much everything else i wanted so well.. I think i read something along the lines that driver death was a common problem with vsonics.. maybe i shouldn't go back. But then with the detachable cables we should be able to get replacement parts right?