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I used to have these headphones, and then the sound went out in 1 ear.

Now they sit in my drawer, they lasted about a year, and were pretty good while they worked. One of my biggest complaints was that there is one cord for each earphone, always seemed to get caught on something or other.

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@bkendall13: Similar story with me. Got a pair for Xmas 2010. Kept catching the wires on one thing or another, sound went out in one ear about eight or nine months in, dust-binned 'em. Good sound while they lasted, and will probably last a while if you can avoid snagging them.

The biggest downside to these 'phones for me was that the cable is not removable. Already had a pair of Sennheiser HD 497s (unfortunately discontinued several years ago), replaced the headphone cord twice in seven years once it wore out after very heavy use. Attached cables fray more easily and can't be replaced simply.

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These must be there low end ones. I bought a pair about 8yrs ago of their highest quality pair. They are excellent. I take then offshore and they get bet to death. The gold plug even got bent and they still work excellent.
Of course, mine were $200. So I wouldn't compare them to the $16-$20 quality.

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Everyone's experience with longevity will differ, and there are bound to be duds. I've had my original HD 202's for over seven years and they still work. The only thing is the ear cushions have fallen apart. At $16 a new pair is only $5 more than replacement cushions, so this is tempting.

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For out of warranty headphones Sennheiser has a tiered flat rate fee for all repairs, even if the model has been discontinued. And it's fairly reasonable as well. For instance, I've read plenty of stories of HD580s(~$200-300 way back in the day) being sent in(flat rate ~$60) and they will refurbish it(new pads, earmuffs, etc) and put in new HD600 drivers. My 15 year old HD580s haven't needed that yet, but they will eventually. May not be worth the trouble for a $20 pair of headphones, but Sennheiser is one of the best companies I've had the pleasure of doing business with and are quality leaders

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We use this model at my office (transcription) where we have about 50 computers, so we go through a lot. It's true that user experience will differ. They do seem to go out in one ear a lot, but I suppose that's largely due to the fact that many different people are using and abusing them all day long, while some pairs will last a long while.

And if I'm not mistaken, we do ship the broken ones back to Sennheiser and they send back refurbished ones free. I'm sure my boss would take advantage of them at this price, but the limit of 2 is no help.

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I have the HD201 set & I like them a lot. To me they sound great for the price and are very comfortable. If I remember I paid about the same amout as this offering.