I think I bought these headphones (Shure SRH440) for $150 like 5-6 years ago. After 2 years they broke at the side just above the hinge. This happens to headphones a lot. I never bought a nice pair such as these again. The ones I bought to replace these were probably cost 20 bucks, or less. Lately I have been using my iphone earbuds that work pretty well. For some reason I decided to try a little DIY repair of these after years of them sitting in my desk drawer. I don't know how long they will last but at least now I can get a few more uses out of them.