Dedicated with a passion for headphones that are extremely comfortable, well designed and stay in place. The headband headphones produced by sony long ago were a terrific design that is no longer in production. There is speculation that production costs may be one factor in their discontinuation with a very small labor intensive product like this and where costs of production and tooling have increased up to 10 - 20 fold. The days when you could get a loaf of bread for 10 cents are long gone and the mdr-w08s (if you can find a real one) have become an item with sometime upwards of a 100 price tag. As the design is arguably the best every made for comfort and sports we try to list alternative products. Similar products are hard to find and nearly all worthwhile options have disappeared. Currently the best alternative products in production (although we don't know for how long) are the very similar sonxtronic products. ( sonxtronic xdr-8000 and xdr-8001).