Sony's audiophile-grade XBA-4 in-ear headphones deliver highly refined sound, with potent bass, airy treble, and excellent noise-isolating performance.
Whether you're out listening to your MP3 player or out at home with your high-end stereo, your headphone choice is critical. Here we've picked our five favorites across every style and category, but if you already know which type of headphones you want, use the links at the left to get more options.
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?
These Bluetooth headphones sold out fast last time, and may do so again now that they're even cheaper. Plus: three bonus deals!
These comfy over-the-ear 'phones, which normally sell for $49.99, double as a headset for hands-free calls. Plus: free apps!
Do your headphones hurt your ears?
Normally $73.99, these noise-isolating 'phones would probably make a great gift.