I purchased the headphones in January, 2007. As a bonus to the new buyer, I decided to have the ear pads replaced and the head pad replaced at Yamas Inc. in Los Angeles. The headphones have worked flawlessly since I bought them. They are currently good as new. The Omega headphones have the rare black ear pads and a black connecting cable. These are currently one of the best headphones in the world. Seller will pay for shipping in the continental United States, but buyer must pay the Paypal fees. I also have a wood Stax headphone stand ($75.00) for sale and a Stax black extension cord ($150.00), which has never been used.