Why do newer products are inferior to older ones? Do companies like to cut corners once they got the manufacturing process sorted? Same things with phones, all the latest Nokia's plastic are really bad to the touch and all feel really light. Same with the New Samsung D800, it feels cheap compare to the D500. There's also my minidisc player that i notice, its 5 years old now but the finish on that is awesome in comparison to the ones you get now. I am a little annoyed that I had* to spent more than i like on a pair of Etymotic ER-6i for my iriver when my Sony Ex70 headphones fell apart after 3 years of good service. I would get the newer/current version (the Ex71) to replace it except i've tried that already and the rubber Sony now use on the new model is frankly rubbish. I've had it once but after about 3 months of use it start to split and exposing the copper wires inside. (which lead go back to the Ex70). *ok, I didn't have to but since they don't make the Ex70 anymore, and don't want to spent £30 for something to last 3 months from past experience, lets hope these new phones will last as long as my old Sony ones.