I have broken about a dozen sets of headphones in the last 5 or 6 years. It's always the same failure: where the cable meets the headset jack. I've tried reinforcing this junction with shrink wrap and it does help, but it's not perfect. I think this is just due to the wear and tear of having a phone and headset jack in my pocket for long stretches, rather than a single catastrophic failure/yank/breakage. But I'd rather not be buying a couple of pairs a year if I can avoid it.
I've experimented with bluetooth headsets in the past. The problem I have is that I mostly listen to audiobooks and podcasts, and I have previously found bluetooth technology too flaky - the drop outs are too distracting.
Just wondering if others have any kind of decent solution - has bluetooth technology improved enough now that you don't get the drop outs? Or can you get a headset (or even an adaptor for other headsets) with an (easily) replaceable jack?
I prefer the in-canal / in-ear style headphones. My last few pairs have all been Sennheisers and have done really well and sounded good (I'm not an audiophile and its mostly spoken word rather than music anyway). And if anyone is inclined to make recommendations, I prefer the "J" style behind-the-neck asymmetrical cable rather than a "Y" cable. In line controls might be a bonus, but I tend to use my pebble for controls anyway. I also use headphones while jogging (hence this forum) so any solution needs to stay in during mild exercise.