Headphones:

Best earbuds (in-ear headphones) of 2016

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Earbuds are commonly issued as freebie headphones with portable players, but higher-performance earbuds can offer sonic performance that rivals their full-size linemates. Their tiny earpieces rest on the outer ear or need to be inserted into the ear canal. Ultracompact and lightweight, earbuds are the most portable of all headphones, and they can provide excellent isolation from external noise when paired with a well-fitted tip.

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Bose SoundTrue Ultra

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.

Price: $149.95 - $149.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Focal Sphear

The Focal Sphear is a relatively affordable audiophile-grade in-ear headphone that's easy to listen to for long stretches.

Price: $149.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

1More Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

The 1More Triple Driver is a great-sounding in-ear headphone for its relatively modest price point.

Price: $99.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bowers & Wilkins C5 S2

The Secure Loop design may not be a perfect fit for every ear, but the Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.

Price: $179.99 - $307.22 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

RHA T10i

While the design may not work for everyone, the RHA T10i earbuds are great-sounding and well-built, with some nice extras, including three sets of swappable acoustic filters.

Price: $191.56 - $277.82 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones

While the Bose SoundSport In-Ear may not be the best sounding in-ear headphone for the money, the design and comfort level are great, and it's ideal for people who want this sort of headphone style without the need to jam the tips into their ear canals.

Price: $99.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Beyerdynamic DX 160 IE (Black)

While the Beyerdynamic DX160 iE has some small downsides, it's a bona fide audiophile in-ear headphone at an invitingly affordable price.

Price: $64.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Etymotic hf5

The Etymotic hf5 earphones are an excellent option for those who want the highest level of sound isolation without sacrificing sound quality, portability, or style.

Price: $122.00 - $129.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

HiFiMan RE-400

While they're light on extras, the well-priced HiFiMan RE-400s offer excellent, accurate sound that's aimed at audiophiles on a budget.

Price: $79.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Klipsch R6i

If you're looking for comfortable in-ear headphones with very plump bass, the Klipsch R6i model will do it, but they're also short on detail and clarity.

Price: $79.00 - $99.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Shure SE425

The Shure SE425 sound-isolating earphones are an excellent choice for eclectic listeners who demand stellar audio and a high-quality design.

Price: $299.00 - $299.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

NHT SuperBuds Earphones

The NHT SuperBuds are are a good value at $100 and well worth a long look, particularly if you're someone who listens to a lot of bass-centric music.

Price: $69.95 - $99.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear doesn't measure up to the high standard set by other more expensive headphones in the Momentum line, but it still has a lot going for it for the price.

Price: $69.95 - $99.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Panasonic Ergo-Fit

For under $10, you'll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120s.

Price: $6.99 - $16.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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