I love my earphones, but I spend waaay too much money replacing my Apple earbuds with new ones every 2-3 months... and not from listening to music loud, either. A few days ago, I was angered by my crappy Apple earbuds irritating my ears and by from them buzzing, so I walked into the Apple Store to check out long-term headphones. I first went for Dr. Dre's, but I've read numerous amounts of bad reports on those, and they were waaaay too pricey anyway. $300? Please. This sort of inspired me to find a pair of ideal headphones. these were the preferences I followed: -Headphones that go around ear. Earbuds irritate my ears and plus I'm sick and tired of them. -Under 200 -Noise canceling is optional but a nice add-on -design -long-term reliability Plus: These are for home use. After very extensive research and help from others on finding my perfect pair of headphones, I narrowed it down to THESE TWO: Audio-Technica ATH-ES7 Headphones - $170 http://store.apple.com/us/product/TS166ZM/A?n=over_ear&fnode=MTY1NDA0Ng&mco=MjQzMzQzNw&s=topRated Sony MDR-NC7 - $50 http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs...7/BLK&catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1 I LOVE the Audio-Technicas because 1) it's a respectable brand, 2) according to the "Most Useful" In-store review, the reviewer "guarantees you will hear music like you've never heard before" and that sort of gets me excited. it has a solid 5 star rating (from 6 reviews, though) and 3) the design is AMAAAZING. I know I shouldn't be paying attention to design when it comes to quality of sound, but they're just waaay too nice to not say anything. I LOVE the Sony headphones because of the price and the fact that there's noise canceling. Does that mean they're the best quality sound? Probably not, but they're probably pretty decent. and for noise-canceling headphones at 50 dollars, that's not a bad deal considering other companies charging around $100 at the least. What should I do??!?! The Audio-Ts are nice and they look promising, but for the Sony headphones' price, I can't not consider it, since I'll be saving $120 and still be getting a decent-ish sound.