Don't-Miss Headphone Stories
The iEP515 is a great candidate to replace Apple's earbuds, or if you're just looking for something that will be inexpensive to replace if lost or damaged. At $20, the iEP515 is very easy to recommend.
Apple's new headphones, called EarPods, ship with the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod models, but they're also available for purchase separately. Are they worth your money? Here's our full review.
Apple's new headphones, called EarPods, ship with the iPhone 5 and the latest iPod models, but they're also available for purchase separately. Are they worth your money? Here's our first look.
The vPulse is the first headphone offering from subwoofer specialist Velodyne, and as you'd expect, it offers big bass. But as with its subwoofer siblings, the vPulse's bass is high quality and doesn't get in the way of the rest of the music. Combine that low end with a lovely midrange and a functional design and you get a headphone that's easy to recommend in the $100 price range.
The Ultimate Ears 350vi's $60 price tag (and even lower street price) makes it an attractive buy, especially given its three-button remote and headset functionality. However, the 350vi's domineering bass makes it difficult to recommend it for many listeners.
Griffin Technology's Crayola MyPhones and Etymotic's Ety-Kids 3 Headset + Earphones are specifically designed to let your child enjoy music, movies, games, and educational software while maintaining their hearing health (and your own peace and quiet).
Nocs' NS400 offers a considerable improvement over the company's NS200 in-ear headphones for just a $30 premium. The NS400 will appeal to anyone looking for good headphones that match their Apple products, especially at street prices.
Spider's Realvoice in-ear-headphones don't give you the clearest and most-detailed audio available, but the Realvoice makes music a pleasure to listen to.
At the $250 list price, Scosche's IEM856md and IEM856m canalbuds aren't cheap, but they offer great, well-balanced sound with no glaring weaknesses. Their substantially lower street prices make them potentially great values.
Shure's SE315 features design and ergonomics that are as good as it gets for in-ear-canal headphones without stepping up to custom models, and audio quality is excellent. The company's $60 CBL-M+-K-EFS cable option adds headset functionality.
The $75 MEElectronics A151 is a canalphone that uses balanced-armature technology to provide accurate, balanced sound. It's a strong performer, especially given its price.
If you're a closet bass-head—or you just appreciate visceral reproduction of lower frequencies—but you've been depriving yourself because you don't want to sacrifice the bass detail and higher-frequency performance of good canalphones, the Atrio could be your new favorite.
Creative’s $90 Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma is one of the best headsets to use if you want to tune out the world around you.
Jays’ a-Jays Four offers a nifty design, mixed ergonomics, and a relaxed, smooth sound, along with an iPhone-compatible inline remote/mic module. The company's t-Jays Three gives you an attractive design and great sound but at a price that makes it more expensive than a number of quality competitors.
The NS200 is a thoughtfully designed set of canalbuds that will appeal to minimalists.