hey all, i'm looking for some new earphones and considering there are some really big audiophiles here *chungster*, your help would be greatly appreciated... i got my ipod touch 1g as soon as it came out in australia (end of 2007), and my default ipod earphones amazingly lasted for about a year. then i got myself a pair of sennheiser cx500's, and i'm not sure if they were fake or not (got them off ebay, however i really think they weren't - looked perfect), but they broke in less than two months. admittedly my earphones do go through some wear and tear, but i think this is a bit too short for earphone life... anyway since then i've been using my ipod for games and my sony ericsson w980 for music (awarded numerous sound quality awards and it truly is phenomenal, especially with manual equaliser and the amazing earphones that come in the box), but i'd like to buy a new pair of earphones since right now my cs500's are mono and my ipod earphones are all but dead (literally broken and mono as well)... so, based on the looking-for-earphone template, here goes! Type: IEM (in-ear earphones) Budget: $100-300 AUD (Australian Dollars), probably no more than $200-250 US? Musical preference: this bit may be slightly tricky, since i listen to a wide range of music genres. it's worth noting, though, that i'm madly obsessed with linkin park, so good bass is a must, and since their songs are heavy i'd like to be able to hear the vocals well too. i mainly listen to rock, pop, alternative, hip-hop/rap and dance/electronic music (i know, large range...). i don't have many REALLY heavy songs like heavy metal, although linkin park can get quite intense sometimes.. but as i said, good bass is a must, i'd like vocals to not get overwhelmed. i'm not an audiophile so i'm not sure i can use the terms from the sound glossary correctly... Please Register or Log in to view images Headphones preference: i really don't care what brand it is, as long as it fits within my budget and will last me a while. good looking earphones would be nice, though... Please Register or Log in to view images hopefully a trustworthy brand, with a good warranty... AND BEFORE I FORGET, IMPORTANT: it'd be very very nice if this brand were available in retail stores in australia... i'm very hesitant to buy over ebay after numerous fake/broken technological purchases... Any other details: i'm only 15, so i can't afford to keep dishing out for earphones every two months... so i'd like them to last for quite a while. i read the 'keeping your earphones alive' thread, but it didn't really suit my situation. i'm a school student, so my earphones stay in my pocket with my ipod, and undergo quite a lot of strain from sitting down etc. would putting them in a box or something help? i don't know if i could be bothered doing this every time i want to put them away though... thanks so much if you can help!