Just to explain in the last ten years I've gone through umpteen headphones made by a variety of brands be they Sennheiser, Bose, Sony etc at various price points and I find myself thinking I am doing well if they last eighteen months. A lot of the times it seems to be the same issue of the connecting wires coming lose on them. Though I've had a couple of other things go wrong. Yet when I was a teenager I had a pair of relatively cheap Sony Walkman headphones and they lasted over ten years in spite of some pretty heavy usage. It's like headphones just aren't as hardy these days.