Earphones are probably my biggest vanity expenditure. Ujaluo itaniua hapa. I absolutely cannot function without earphones. One side starts acting up or goes off, I’ll head off to my earphones guy and get a new pair immediately.
Currently, I’m using Awei TE55vi that I’ve had for about 3-4 months now. Typical use is about 6months+ unless otherwise. For about 700 bob, they are fairly good. Deep bass, kinda muddled midrange and a bit more ambient crackles and noise than I’d like but for the price, I can’t complain.
After going through so many brands over the years (JBL, Sennheiser, Awei, Sony, TDK) I’ve settled on the Awei TE55vi as the best at their price point. Comfortable, usable mic with music adjustment/volume buttons, lengthy enough and the crucially, a flat cable design. As well as having the 3.5mm jack curved at 90 degrees to prevent sudden jerking movements.
Now before I get more comments on how they’re probably knock-offs at that point, I know they could be. I’m fine with that. Considering even the more expensive ones have about the same shelf life and marginally better sound, I’m okay with the compromise. Also, my pockets are as deep as a plate.
As for headphones, I bought a cheap Ucom UC-9830 pair and it has lasted me close to 3 years. Perhaps not the same amount of abuse as it’s mostly for home use but it has fallen too many times. As well as tripping over it occasionally. Or the worst, forgetting you have them on and tryna walk away and getting choked the eff out…worst feeling ever