I'm in the market for a new pair of headphones, and I'm frustrated
with my search. I need something to use in the field with my Fostex
FR2-LE and my Telinga stereo parabola. The headphones must have a
closed back and a 1/8 inch stereo plug; also, importantly, they must
have a straight cord (preferably short). I can't deal with a coiled
cord when I'm hiking through, e.g., thornscrub. Usefulness in the
field is actually far more important to me than sound quality.
Ironically, my favorite headphones were a pair that I bought off the
wall at a Radio Shack for $30. I expected them to last about a
month, but instead they made it a good year and a half before
succumbing to the rigors of wear. They replaced a pair of Sony
MDR-7506s that actually lasted far less time (and were the source of
my continuing angst about coiled cords). But the headphones I liked
are no longer manufactured, and Radio Shack and Best Buy have let me
down recently; I bought and returned a pair from each store since
their cords and connectors weren't even up to any jiggling at all,
let alone chasing down a bird on a wooded slope. On the other hand,
I'm loath to buy online without some recommendations since feel and
fit are so important. The higher-end pro audio stores in my area
don't seem to have what I'm looking for either; I'm willing to pay
$150 if I'm reasonably assured the product will last years in the
field, but most headphones aren't made for that.
I suppose if someone can graft a straight cord onto my Sonys (or fix
my cheapo Radio Shacks), that would be a good option too.