The Vortex offers a unique combination of huge bass, good midrange and highs, and excellent design. As long as you don’t mind some bass bloat and you’re not too dependent on the microphone, it's worth a look.
Altec Lansing's bargain-basement Muzx Mesh MZX106W, a set of canalbud-style headphones, won't win any awards for sound quality, but it offers surprisingly good performance given the price.
The iP-595 is a nice looking, impressive sounding headset at an excellent price.
If you want canalbuds with above-average bass quantity and lots of high frequency detail and volume, the HS-930i is worth a listen.
V-moda's Remix Remote is a solid headset that offers subtle improvements in almost every area over the company's popular Vibe II, and it's less expensive, to boot.
Articles by R. Matthew Ward