I'm outing myself here as an OTR (Old Time Radio) junkie. It kicked in real hard various years ago while recovering from nasty rotator cuff repair...months of not being able to sleep in a bed. I had to use a recliner and still experienced a LOT of discomfort. Vicodin helped a bit. Oxycontin made me crazy and I threw it all out. I found that Jack Benny, Dragnet, and all sorts of other things were better than opioids...except that they have proven equally addictive and I still fire up a few every night as a sort of soporific. Anyway, I go through earbuds. I've sort of settled on the Koss IL100 as being not too costly, decent enough sound for this application, and they hold up fairly well...but I do destroy a set annually and end up sending a $9 to Koss for a new pair under terms of their lifetime warranty. The last time, they send a set of IL200 and I'm thinking that I might have come to the end of getting something close to the same of what I'm used to. So I started thinking about changing to another brand and/or model. I need ones that can survive my sleeping on them. That means not only rugged buds, but rugged plug. I need ones that do not cause discomfort when they are pressed between my ear and the pillow. I need ones that have smooth, but not necessarily extended frequency response. I want similar ongoing cost. By that I mean about $9 a year. For instance, if I spend $30, I'd want a set with a projected lifespan of 3 years. A $10 set that would last a year and could be replaced quickly and easily would make me happy, too. I see a Panasonic set on Amazon in about that range. I've gone through Audio-Technica models fairly quickly and that's what led me to Koss (aside from various years of dining at John Koss's press dinners at CES). The gap between sending back a dead set and the arrival of the replacement is unwelcome. Finally I'd greatly prefer personal experience suggestions rather than spec based or what someone else may have told you.