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R. Matthew Ward lives in St. Louis. He writes (occasionally) about audio, Apple, and other cool stuff on his personal blog.

Moshi Vortex

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 Muzx Mesh MZX106W

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.

Maximo iP-595 iMetal Earphones with Remote & Mic

The iP-595 is a nice looking, impressive sounding headset at an excellent price.

Creative HS-930i

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 Remix Remote

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.

Skullcandy 50/50

If you listen to electronic music and hip-hop, or play games on your portable devices, you'll appreciate the 50/50's bass-heavy sound, especially given the reasonable price.