UltimateEars 500vi. I had the UE 5vi before, but they have done the musical-chairs thing with their product numbers again and this seems to be the new, comparable version, based on it being at the same price point.
So, they sound good, but the real reason I'm singing their praises is that this is the first set of headphones I can recall owning that managed to avoid all of my headphone peeves:
- In-ear, with extremely noise-isolating foam tips;
- The controller is up by your ear, instead of down by your chest, meaning you can still reach it even if the cable is zipped inside a jacket;
- Controller has both command button and volume buttons on it;
- Cable is flat, so it doesn't get as kinked up; and most importantly,
- Right-angle plug!
So they're a complete win, physical-design wise. I think that every previous set of headphones I've owned has gotten at least two of these wrong.