Sennheiser PX 100
I love my Sennys! Sennheiser is perhaps the most respected and well regarded headset producer in the world. Their high end sets are awesome - but I can't afford the ridiculous money they charge for those things.
However, I wanted quality on the cheap when it came to purchasing some headphones for use 'on the road' - or in my case 'on the cycle track.' And 'on the plane.' And 'on the train.' OK, you get the idea.
It shocks me how many people stick with the lousy sets that come with their portable audio devices. Does one really think that anything more than a few pennies of that £200 you just shelled out on a shiny new mp3 player went towards the free headphones it was supplied with? I read in one review of the Gmini400 (my player) that the headphones supplied were good. Well, I gave them one try - and then promptly threw them in the bin.
And so my search began. Of course, in the world of Google, searching is pretty easy. Here are a few links: The Sennheiser Site, with the usual ad blurb. Or try reading this excellent review from some guy down under.
I think I paid £30 for mine. I now see them retailed for around £25. At that price, they are an absolute bargain. In gadget terms simply amazing value for money. I really enjoy the music I listen to on the go now, instead of feeling like I'm missing out on so much of what I should be hearing. This morning my playlist brought up a Jeff Buckley track that had almost constant mid-range bass - I guess from a bass guitar. With cheap junk headphones, half of that track would have completely passed me by.
So in conclusion, if you're looking for a cheap pair of headphones that will not let you down, and may even exceed your expecations, try the Sennheiser PX 100! (Alternatively, you could try some of Koss' similarly priced offerings. There's not a lot to choose between the Sennys and the Kosssss').
PS - If you watch the BBC, they are currently running a spot for Radio 3 that features these headphones.