Sony's audiophile-grade XBA-4 in-ear headphones deliver highly refined sound, with potent bass, airy treble, and excellent noise-isolating performance.
We compare these two often confused headphone types on the New York City subway system to determine which works better at blocking out the noise.
It's just my opinion, but even a cheap pair of earbuds will usually sound better (and fit more comfortably) than the earphones that came with your phone/MP3 player.
The Ultimate Ears Triple.fi 10vi Noise Isolating Earphones offer stellar sound quality and useful features, making them an excellent choice for iPhone owners with larger-than-average ears and deep pocketbooks.
Ditch those crummy bundled earphones and upgrade to this top-rated set. Amazon.com has it on sale for $70, no rebate required.
I'm looking to buy a really good new pair of headphones to wear on my noisy commute to work. What's the difference between 'noise-isolating' and 'noise-cancelling' headphones?
From the Cheapskate: Normally $66, these noise-isolating over-the-ear 'phones look and sound like they cost a lot more.
If you're looking for a pair of clean-sounding, really comfortable in-ear noise-isolating headphones that stay in your ears, the Bose SoundTrue Ultra should be on your short list.
Not only is the company's first noise-isolating in-ear headphone really comfortable but it also delivers clean, well-balanced sound.
From the Cheapskate: Think inexpensive earbuds can't last? This noise-isolating pair features reinforced housings and the comfort of a lifetime guarantee.