I have been headphone shopping recently, and it is far more of a challenge that I could have anticipated. Picking out a mp3 player is actually easier. There are so many choices, and of course, the best ones are $200. Granted, I'm told that they are like nothing I've ever heard before, but do I really want to spend that much money to find out? Not really :) The problem being that all my other headphones are actually pretty lousy. Hmph. So, what am I looking for? Something that's comfortable, can keep external noise down (airplane noise drives me bonkers), and sounds good. These seem to be the way to go, but who knows.