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Top 5 Best Earbuds & Headphones for iPod & iPhone

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Why settle for Apple‘s boring earbuds when you can upgrade to something cooler? These are the very best earbuds and headphones you can buy for your iPod or iPhone.


1. Best Earbuds for Runners & Athletes: Powerbeats by Dr. Dre

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(Beats Audio)

Powerbeats by Dr. Dre are the ideal headphones for running, or any other athletic pursuit. These headphones were designed by Dr. Dre, in concert with none other than LeBron James…so you know they stand up to the demands of athletes. They’re a bit pricey, but they really are the best option for active people who like to listen to music while they work out.

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Pros:

  • Available in six cool colors
  • Sweat-resistant material
  • Comes with three different ear tips
  • Cord-based controls
  • Designed to pump clear bass at any volume, while letting in ambient traffic noise

  • Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Design provides snug fit, but some people dislike the over-ear look
  • Some user reviews indicate headphones are prone to breakage
  • Some user reviews complain about sound quality
  • Could benefit from additional waterproofing to increase durability

  • 2. Best Headphones for Audiophiles: Sennheiser HD 598

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    (Sennheiser)

    Sennheiser is one of the best names in headphones. You could easily spend over $1000 buying a pair of Sennheisers, which is what makes the $249.95 MSRP of this model so appealing. The Sennheiser HD 598 is premium, without being overpriced. These are ideal for anyone who puts audio and comfort first, and you can find them under list on sites like Amazon.

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    Pros:

  • Cushiony velour earpads
  • Easy to get replacement parts
  • Cool, retro-inspired look
  • Hits the sweet spot between quality and price
  • Great for the person who wants headphones for iOS, amp, computer and turntable use

  • Cons:

  • Treble and bass may be too prominent, to some ears
  • May require special adapter for other devices/stereos
  • Prohibitively expensive
  • Not many color/personalization options
  • Not ideal for audiophiles who are also active

  • 3. Best All-Around Earbuds for iPod & iPhone: Etymotic HF5

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    Given top marks by Headphone.com, these earbuds from Etymotic completely dispel the myth that earbuds produce wimpier sound than headphones. These earbuds offer some of the most robust sound possible. Plus, they come with a 2-year warranty.

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    Pros:

  • Kevlar-reinforced cable for durability
  • Three color options
  • Balanced drivers
  • Multiple ear-tip options to assure your comfort
  • Documented highest noise isolation of any earphones or headphones on the market today

  • Cons:

  • Still a bit on the pricey side
  • Not the best choice for those who crank their bass up high
  • Some of the ear tips are extra-long, may be uncomfortable for some
  • User reviews suggest sound may be tinny
  • May be hard to find in your area, unless you buy online

  • 4. Best Earbuds For Those on a Tight Budget: Skullcandy 50/50

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    (Skullcandy)

    If you want intense bass on a budget, these are the earbuds for you. They scored a favorable review in PC Mag. These 50/50’s retail for between $39.99 and $49.99, but with some poking around, you should be able to find them for under $30 online.

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    Pros:

  • Over 10 color options
  • Inexpensive
  • Great bass
  • Built-in iPod/iPhone controls
  • Passive noise reduction

  • Cons:

  • Candy-colored offerings may not be to your taste level
  • May require some adjusting to get the fit just right
  • Has a tendency to blow one bud, leaving just one operational
  • Likely to fall out of your ears when running
  • While surprisingly durable, lacks premium build materials

  • 5. Best Headphones for Travelers: Bose QuietComfort 20

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    (Bose)

    While nearly $300 may seem like a lot for a pair of headphones, the Bose QuietComforts are worth investing in if you are a frequent traveler in need of good noise cancellation. The noise cancellation lasts for 16 hours on a fresh set of batteries.

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    Pros:

  • Has inline mic/remote on cord
  • Compact design
  • Decent battery life on noise cancellation feature
  • Ideal for use on airplanes, cars, trains, or buses
  • Available on installation for just $25/month if you buy from Bose

  • Cons:

  • Only comes in one color, and it’s boring
  • Very expensive
  • Rechargeable battery can not be replaced
  • Sound quality not worth the price you pay
  • Does not come with multiple ear tip options

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