I'm a huge fan of the Sony MDR-G42, but they're over a decade old and hard to find. I had a couple of pairs, but they both just gave out over the past year - the right side stopped working on both pairs, so I wonder if the wiring in there just crapped out. Anyway, they're the most comfortable headphones I've owned and have been using them religiously for a long time.
I'm in the market for a new pair, but don't know where to look since the G42's are not in production and I'm reluctant to buy another replacement pair if it's just going to crap out on me like the other ones did. Earbuds are generally uncomfortable for me, and I'd prefer something that's behind-the-head like the G42. Does anyone have any recommendations for headphones that aren't too hard to find? (That said, the "updated" MDR-G45's are not as comfortable and are way cheap compared to the G42).
EDIT: or maybe someone here has a pair of 42's they want to sell me?
Hey Bro! Not too long ago I was looking for some headphones myself. I was definitely looking for quality over price. I ended up purchasing these:
they are earbuds, but they are comfortable, and they are made in the USA
I didn't know such things were still made in the USA, but apparently there are a few left! At any rate, I find them very comfortable especially if you travel a bit. They're very easy to fold-up, and the quality is great. If you want larger headphones, I read that Grado were great.
I think the SR-60i is available on amazon for less than $80, and I think Grado is also made in the USA, which means you're not getting cheap crap! Should I need to purchase headphones again, I would probably go with Grado. By the way, years ago (when living in Cambridge) I purchased a Bose set, since they have a reputation of being high quality (and they're located in Kendall Sq). I paid a lot for the headphones, which ended up being made in China, and it broke after a few months. Bose said it was out of warranty so I basically got screwed. So yeah, after that I vowed to avoid Chinese products as much as possible. Anyway man, that's just my experience, I wasn't intending to start another debate about the quality of Chinese goods (which, I don't hold to high esteem at all). Anyway Bro, hope all is well!