I sympathize with your dilemma, as I've dealt with the same BS from headphone manufacturers - inconsistency, fragility, cost-cutting destroying
standard of quality, stuff like that.
Until recently, I worked in a glass bottle factory. It was loud and dirty, and much of the time it was very boring. On a lot of double shifts, the
only thing that kept me from losing it completely was my podcasts and music. But the job was rough on equipment, no way around that. I burned through
dozens of sets of different headphones before finding a few that held up (not indefinitely, but long enough to justify paying for them).
are the best all-around wired headphones I've owned. Tough
as hell they are. And I was actually blown away by the sound quality! As they're imitation safety earplugs, I wasn't expecting much. What I got was
above and beyond.
For something in those lighter-duty times (sitting around the house, laying in bed, etc), and a set with an eye/ear more towards aesthetics and audio
quality, try THESE
For the wireless Bluetooth route, I recommend THESE
And finally, my ear-holes have what must be an unusual/slightly odd shape, and most of the little rubber pads or whatever they're called don't do the
job; they seal very poorly or not at all, resulting in a complete lack of bass response and overall sound quality. So I use
, and I put them on every pair of earbuds I use... be they
wired, wireless, whatever, these seal the ambient noise out, and the good stuff in.
Good luck friend! I hope some of the above info/links help you out.