Top 5 iPad headphones

CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell rounds-up his five favorite headphone options for the Apple iPad tablet computer, including budget options, wireless Bluetooth headphones, over-the-ear headphones, and sound-isolating in-ear headphones.

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Whether you consider the Apple iPad to be a milestone of magical technology, or just an over-hyped iPod, there's one thing we can all agree on: the damn thing doesn't include headphones.

Maybe we're spoiled, but we've come to expect Apple to bundle its ubiquitous white earbuds with all its mobile products. Then again, for all the complaints we've made about the sound quality of those cursed 'buds, perhaps Apple is doing us all a favor by forcing us to invest in a proper pair.

Now, you can use any of our top-rated headphones to get great sound out of the iPad, but if you're going to make the investment, you may as well buy a pair that include controls optimized for Apple's iOS products (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad). There are options for every price range, from $16 to $300 and up.

The iPad also gives you the option of going wireless with a pair of stereo Bluetooth headphones, which work well if you often find yourself flipping and rotating your iPad in every direction.

So without further ado, here's our Top 5 headphone recommendations for the iPad. We tried to include a little something for everyone, but if your faves aren't included, give them a shout out in the comments section.

 

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