My Sennheiser HD 280's have lasted me a good 3 years and are still kicking.
I gave up on this foolish notion of headphones lasting a long time ago, I have my own system: I spend a lot on some headphones that I only keep and use at home, then I buy simple $30 headphones to take outta the house. When they inevitably break after 6-10 months I just go buy a new pair.
As a general rule I avoid headphones whenever I can though, music isn't the same when it doesn't fill a room and acoustics have a lot to do with it.
Sennheiser HD215. 5 years, wore them everyday for hours upon hours, until the plastic just recently exploded. They had a great run, I would highly recommend them.
I'm ordering another pair of them. I got a pair of ATH-M50's but they just weren't the same. Clamped to my head and gave me severe headaches, so I'll get them because quality and comfort was great, but of course I could get better sounding headphones. I'll maybe get some Grado's for music later down the line, but I just can't see any replacements for the HD215's.
I think my Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones are like 3-4 years old and they've lasted really well, great sound and I love the cord length, although I don't wear them outside my house.
My HD 25-1-ii's have lasted about a year and are in great shape and I wear them outside and take them with me everywhere and can just throw them in a bag. They're fairly indestructible and the parts are really easy to replace if anything ever went wrong. They have a good all around sound and I'm a huge fan, I bought them since I tend to run through headphones and I'm really happy with them.
@Strife777: I've had a pair of Sennheiser HD 555's for over a year now. They're my first pair of headphones, so I may not be the one to ask about sound but they're reliable and super comfortable. I could live with the cord being shorter, though.
I had those for several years. They only have one plastic joint between the speaker and head... thingy. Mine ended up falling apart. Switched them out with a pair of PC 360. Basically the same as the HD555's, but with double joints and a mic.
If you're willing to go with earbuds, Klipsch IMAGE S4s are probably the best ones for the money. They're pretty damn good quality and have really nice bass without being overpowering. They even come in a steel carrying case so that they don't get ruined. I've had mine for 4 years now and the worst that's happened to them was that I had to replace the rubber tips after losing them. They're a steal at $60.
Same here, tend to go through a headset every few months. Of course I use them all time. Got three headsets which use constantly. One at work and one home for my iPoop which is used for walks/gym. Also got one gaming headset which is Plantronics brand. It is the gym headset I need to replace most often. Weighlifting and cables go figure?!
Ended up buying a bunch of cheapo JVC/Sony or something brands and got always extra pair at home and work. Got sick of replacing the Sennheiser headsets all the time. The sound quality is not as good with the cheap ones, but at least I am not gutted when they break. Also at work and gym the sound quality is not so important, since i am kind of there to do more important shit :)
Personally I eventually break headphones by stepping on them, recently breaking my most expensive headset of the Logitech variety. So I resorted to just buying a cheap set of headphones, and surprise they don't break when you step on them (6'2 170); cheapness is the answer.
I hear you friend, I've been in the same boat for many years. I'm currently rocking a pair of AKG stereo headphones, clean and simple sound at a fair price. Hoping they'll last for some time.
I have an older version of the 514s, and I've had them for just over two years now and they still work perfectly fine, despite falling of my desk all the time and sometimes being stuffed into a packed bag. So yeah, my own empirical research tells me that AKG makes pretty durable stuff.
I've never owned a pair but I have a few friends that do sound and video that swear by Sony MDR-V6's and 7506's. Sony has supposedly sold millions of these things since the 80's (they're almost identical headphones) and continue to sell them at about the same rate.
My Grados from high school still sound great but they've never been outside, pretty much any headphone you take with you will eventually be damaged or completely destroyed. I've had pretty good luck keeping my expensive sets inside and having a designated drawer for them, that's really the only way you'll be able to hold onto them for any length of time.
@crusader8463: These Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones have stood up for years. They still work great after all this time, and despite being used almost every day, they look just about as good as they did the day I got them. Amazing build on these. I'd highly recommend them if you need that noise-cancelling on sturdy headphones.
@RareMonkey: @Icemo: The Steelseries Siberia V2's were the ones I ended up going with as I needed the head set ASAP, the only store in my area had no selection at all, and I couldn't wait around for me to get them if I had of waited to buy them online as I needed them for this weekend and it would be until the follow one at the earliest had I bought them online. While I like the sound and feel of them, I honestly can't tell I'm wearing them some times they are so light, I'm a bit worried about the connectors at the end.
The actual cord coming from the headset is super short and they plug into an extender that has me a bit confused. There is this USB one and another audio jack one. Am I correct in understanding that you have to use the USB one to get surround sound? I can't tell the difference and when I install the custom software from the website the headset just doesn't work at all as my PC doesn't pick it up. I'm also afraid to use the audio plug in extender as the thing is so dam long I'm terrified it will get wrapped up in something and get yanked out or damage the cabling inside.
This pair of Sony headphones that I've got sitting next to me. I see them often and these have lasted a long time. Not the best sounding things in the world but they're plenty good enough and they don't break on me, unlike my brother's Sennheiser's which he has to fiddle with to make them work.
probably these for me too, but i broke them just a couple of hours ago. Great thing i payed 5$ for the warranty. Gunna go switch them out tomorrow.
@crusader8463: Looks like Steelseries has changed those headphones since my model doesnt have a usb cord so I don't know what it does. As for the length and durability of the cord, my aux plugin is near me so I haven't been using the extender that much, but I do sometimes stand up while wearing headphones and the connectors still work. If you use the extender cord, just roll most of it on the table and put something heavy on top of it so it doesn't get wrapped around your feet. And that extender cord is durable too, I don't have enough fingers to count how many times I have rolled over it with my office chair and it still works. It's a miracle how long my pair has lasted with all the abuse I have given to them.
I had this old ass pair of Panasonic headphones I got from Dollar Tree at one time, I can't count how many times I mistakenly pulled on the cords, dropped them and more but those bastards lasted me 7 years. People say that you get what you pay for, funny because it seems all the cheap shit I buy is more durable/reliable than expensive stuff and people wonder why I am a cheapskate.
Sennheiser HD 212Pro, five years and counting. I bought Sony MDR-XB700s to replace them and continue to stubbornly use them even though I think the old pair outclasses them in several aspects. Amazing since they were like half the price. Recommended to anyone looking for affordable and sturdy sealed headphones with deep bass for games and music you want to ruin.
They were like 70 bucks. The thin layer of leather they put over the cups was eventually ripped to shreds by my prickly hair, but a pair of replacement velour cups from Beyerdynamic solved that problem.
I use them mostly on the PC at home, since the cord is like 30 feet long and coiled, but sometimes I wear it in the winter and tuck the cable into a interior coat pocket. Keeps the ears warm.
They sound great, no extra bass or anything, just proper sound.
I've got the Sennheiser CX 680i Sports. They have little fins on the top of the earbuds so they stay in your ear, they're sweatproof, they've got kevlar wiring, they're only $50 and they have great sound quality for the price. I got them after tearing through two different models of Beats by Dre (you'd think I'd learn my lesson the first time) and realizing you're only paying for the name. I wouldn't say Beats don't have good audio quality but they're a bit bassy and, of course, don't stand up well to the beating I serve out to my earbuds. If durability is what you're looking for I suggest you look into the Sennheiser model I mentioned earlier. But I think from the OP that you're looking for over-ears anyway.
I bought a pair of headphones from a sub 2 dollar basket in some backwater store because I forgot my real pair at home, funnily enough they lasted for 3 years and the Headphones I had that I paid 120 bucks for broke after about 8 months.
Not always that you get what you pay for.
I bought a pair of BOSE QC2 Headphones around 2003. Still have the same pair and they still sound sweet and faultless in 2018. Reasons? You can replace the removable cord - you can replace the ear cups - you can replace the headband - all to this day. Had an issue lately where the right can would buzz. Took headphone cover off and peeked inside. Turns out that a part had came a bit loose. Consulted YouTube - easy fix. I just put a small piece of plastic between the membrane and held it together with tape. Fixed. Rocking.
Talk about value for money!!! I paid only about 170 Pounds for them back in ‚03. best bit till last: i can now upgrade them to wireless as some companies made small Bluetooth receivers. Amazing 😂
If you want durable, you want metal construction and/or a replaceable cable. My DT 880 Pros are rock solid, they look and feel brand new after years of mistreatment, and it's the metal construction I attribute that to. Plastic is nice an all but in headphones they rarely use proper reinforced plastic or engineer things for longevity. By the time you get to that level with plastic parts you are paying more than the 880s which run around $150. $30 more for a mid mic and you have a magnetic detach for a very solid microphone. That combo has lasted me ages. Sounds great too, if not as good as my W1000x, but those MSRP for 6-700. Those are wood and metal construction and have been solid but I worry somewhat about the band: insanely comfortable for pointy headed types such as myself but the armature are a bit flimsy feeling and the metal band is very thin. Wear and tear wouldn't ve an issue but i would worry about stepping on them or something to that effect.
I love the Sony MDR series headphones too. My MDR7506 headphones are still going strong 4 years in and I did the same thing as @psylah and changed out the earcups for velour replacements and they are so comfortable. I also stuck a mod mic on the side of mine to turn it into a headset. They sound perfect and they are awesome for long sessions- but my whole setup is big I look like a sports commentator when I'm gaming haha
Had my Sennheiser HD 380 Pro's for coming up on 6 years now. Still work perfectly. Use them all the time for TV and gaming.
I've also had a pair of Sennheiser HD 205's for about 8 years. They don't get used as much these days (mostly guitar practice) but they still work perfectly too.
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