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.
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AKG K551 ( Black)
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.
JVC Flats ( Silver)
Though they look a little cheap, the JVC Flats are lightweight, comfortable on-ear headphones that sound surprisingly good for sub-$15 headphones.
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.
Id America Spark ( Silver)
Though they have some small shortcomings, Id America's Spark earphones look sharp, are comfortable to wear, and sound good for the money.
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.
If you can't afford Bose's noise-canceling models, the Bose AE2s--and their improved design and sound quality--make for a good alternative at half the price.
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.