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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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So I'm in the market for a new set of headphones. The ones that came with my mp3 player work okay, but I wish they had some sort of storage case; I keep having to look around for where the earpads got to when they inevitably fall off in my backpack. "Cable wrapped around player" is hardly the best storage strategy.

I've decided that a higher-quality $50 pair is a better choice if it lasts twice as long as one more in my usual price range, and perhaps better even if it's not that much more long-lived but much better in audio quality. I don't really like inside-the-ear, but it's all that I can make work for being able to toss in a backpack...

So: Recommendations. What reasonably-priced headphones would any of y'all suggest? The primary criteria are:

1. Good sound quality; any set of headphones that costs ten bucks certainly doesn't fit.
2. Durable to backpack abuse. This is the big one that's why I have to use inside-the-ear headphones; regular ones tend to break unless I can find a case for them. I need headphones small enough I can stash them in my backpack so I can listen to music between classes.

Preferred brands?

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I've not checked prices lately, but I've heard rave reviews of in-ear units by Shure, and the higher-end Sonys also seem to get drool-worthy reviews.

Backpacks are the bane of headphone existence. I went through so many headphones because of backpack abuse until I got off the damn bus...

Have you ever jacked some of those headphones off of United airplanes? Those were pretty good. Earbuds are pretty durable, and some can sound pretty good.

Sennheiser makes really good headphones of all types. In the $50 range, I'd recommend something like this:

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