To go cheap or expensive
I currently own a pair of Beyerdynamic DTX101's which I use on my daily train commute as well as in the office. I really like their sound, their noise isolation abilities and the fact that they don't leak sound.
This week, when removing the right earbud, I felt the plastic part that holds the silicon tip come away from the metal housing. I'm always very careful with them (never use them in the gym, keep them in the supplied pouch when not in use) so it's disappointing that this has happened again - I say 'again' as the current pair were a replacement for a previous pair where exactly the same thing happened. Clearly the glue they use just isn't strong enough! A couple of drops of superglue has fixed the problem for now, but I fear that the left side may go soon. On my last pair, both sides needed the superglue treatment before one side eventually cut out completely, hence the replacement (under warranty).
So my dilema is this: do I go for some cheaper buds that may not sound as good, but when they do eventually fail, not worry too much about it; or do I pay a lot more and hope that by spending extra, the build quality will be better and that they last longer, as well as hopefully hearing a sound improvement. Having read some mixed reviews regarding the build quality of the soundmagic buds I was decided to go for some RHA buds (WHF 5 star winners) but when I went to Selfridges in Birmingham (listed as a retailer) I discovered they no longer sell any electronics. A wandered past Superfi and Richer Sounds didn't really inspire either!
There seems to be so many buds around, a lot of them 'fashion' ones which just don't interest me. So does anyone have any recommendations? I would say I'm willing to pay up to about £100 and prefer sound and build quality over fashion/looks/names.