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  •  Headphones are a recurrent purchase (3+ / 0-)

    That I found most annoying. Most commercial brands for recreational listening are upwards from $25 and it often takes less than a month for the wires to bend or break, for the earpiece to die on one or both sides, to get crackling sounds, to lose a range of frequencies, etc...

    I moved into music production a few years ago. In early 2009, I did meticulous research on proper headphones and happened across a pair of reliable Sennheisers for $99. Five years later and they're working with amazing condition as though nearly mint. The saying "buy cheap, buy twice" never held as much relevance as on that case. I hate cheap quality, and it's not out of snobbery, but out of the practical need to have functioning products to be traded for fleeting cash.

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    by rovertheoctopus on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 10:23:37 AM PST

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      headphones... yep... same here.  Mistakenly purchased some $25-$30 headphones... realized quickly the audio nuances were completely distorted.  Then bought some $99 headphones... sound quality was fairly good but then the ear pieces material disintegrated to nothingness and I kept finding parts of them in my ear after guitar practice.  Then went and got $200 headphones.... have had them for 3 years ... no issue ... excellent audio ... no magic disintegration.  Moral learned: It costs $200 for headphones that are worth putting on your head and listening to.

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      by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 11:40:16 AM PST

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    •  Sennheisers for $99? WOW (0+ / 0-)

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      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 10:48:20 PM PST

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