I started off on my journey in quality headphones with the audio-technica ATH-AD700s, I must say I LOVED these headphones. The sound was amazing and the comfort was spectacular. Fast forward a year or two and the audio is cutting out on one side. Being into the do-it-yourself stuff I attempted a cable swap myself without the proper tools and ended up damaging it further beyond repair.
So I went on the market again for headphones and purchased the AKG Q701s, I do not like these nearly as much as the audio technicas, the positional sound isn't as good for games and the sound signature doesn't suit my tastes (I don't think this is open enough for me). Furthermore these headphones are not nearly as comfortable, the headband has ribs that dig into your skull after long periods of usage and the contact with your ears is uncomfortable. I decided not to return them because I thought the swappable cable would save me money in the long term and I've been using them for a year or two now when today the right speaker stopped working.
This is because although the headphones do have swappable cables, I believe the mini-xlr jack in the headphones themselves is damaged. The headphone cable has a tendency to get snagged and stepped on and the jack itself was pulled right out of its socket.
So I have some options here, as far as repairing it goes. I could attempt to repair it myself again (although that didn't go so well last time), I could try to have AKG repair or replace it, or I could pay to send it to someone to repair it for me.
Another option would be to just buy a whole new pair of headphones, I didn't like the Q701 much anyways so this is a great time to change to a new pair. I could go back to the audio technica products as they're proven to be great, but I don't want to have to buy them over and over again as they break. Another option would be a new pair of headphones, this is somewhat risky because I don't know what they're going to sound like before I get them, at least if I buy audio technica I know what I'm getting.
If you guys have any suggestions I'm open to them right now, I'm using these Apple Earpods and they're passable but I'd like to get back into quality audio by the end of the month.