Sony MDR Z7
While expensive, the well-built and supercomfortable Sony MDR-Z7 can go toe to toe with competing high-end audiophile headphones.
Sony MDR-1A ( Silver)
The supercomfortable Sony MDR-1A does a good job balancing clarity with just enough of laid-backness to make it a very versatile headphone that's well worth considering if you're looking for a full-size headphone in the $250-$300 range.
AKG K551 ( White)
The AKG K551s are closed portable headphones with an open, airy sound, but their relative lack of bass means they're actually better for use at home.
V-Moda Crossfade M-100 ( White Silver)
A generous feature set, rugged construction, and warm, detailed sound with powerful bass guarantees the V-Moda M-100's strong appeal for audiophiles with a flexible budget.
Sennheiser Circumaural ( Silver)
Though the ultra-affordable Sennheiser HD 201 headphones provide natural sound and capable performance, commuters may find the low volume output an issue when listening to music in highly trafficked environments.
Shure SE425 ( Metallic Silver)
The Shure SE425 sound-isolating earphones are an excellent choice for eclectic listeners who demand stellar audio and a high-quality design.
ThinkSound TS02+mic ( Silver/Cherry)
The Thinksound TS02 + Mic earphones are an excellent choice for music phone users who demand an incredible amount of bass and a compact, lightweight form factor.
MEElectronics Sound-Isolation Headphones ( Silver)
The MEElectronics M11P+ earphones offer an ultracompact design, plenty of bass, and a handy integrated mic, making them a good choice for music phone owners with a penchant for dance and hip-hop.
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V-Moda Crossfade LP ( Phantom Chrome)
The V-Moda Crossfade LP headphones look good, feel durable, and offer plenty of desirable extras, but the clubby leaning to the sound space does not lend itself well to all genres of music. This set is best suited to DJs and dance music aficionados.
MEElectronics Hi-Fi Sound-Isolating ( Silver)
The MeElectronics M9 sound-isolating earphones are an exceptional value, offering solid audio, a good design, and nice extras for an ultralow price. Anyone looking for cheap replacement earbuds should consider these.