Fucking headphones

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Could I find a pair that last me more than a year? My latest pair (a set of Ultimate Ears super.fi in-the-ear monitors) is a year old tomorrow, and the right ‘phone is cutting out on me. The previous set, nice Bose over-the-ear Triports, have got the dumbest design flaw in the world. I broke the original pair in six months and, after having them for three months, Bose just sent me back a new pair. Which broke in exactly the same way again in five months (a two cent piece of plastic on the frame that holds the arm of the cup to the headband). Now my sexy spendy headphones are all wrapped up in electrician’s tape (and, if I ever buy another pair, wrapping them is going to be the first thing I do; not that it will prevent the inevitable).

I’m calling Ultimate Ears tomorrow and, depending on what their service department says (they’re under warranty still), I may be in the market for some new ear buds for my iPod. I need something light and in-the-ear to block all the noise from the train conversations. Anyone have any recommendations?