So, today I decided to pick up a pair of SOL Republic Tacks HD headphones from the store. I had been using a pair of noise cancelling headphones for a few years but they’ve been getting kinda rough. They were mostly held together with masking tape. I picked these up for $130 at the Apple Store (couldn’t find them anywhere else, in the area). So far, they feel reasonably comfortable. They have a definite feel of sturdiness to them. They don’t fully surround the ears, so it feels a little odd.
My initial reaction is that these do sound noticeably better. I do like that they have a built-in microphone (since I use my phone for music at work. They feel solid on my head but I’m still trying to figure out the best positioning of them. I will try to post a follow-up once I spend some time with them.