Are you tired of your boring, white iPod earbuds? Great headphones help you hear music with more clarity and punch, but they go even further than that: white (or black) earbuds might be simple and understatedly chic, but they don't say much about your style. Make a fashion statement with your 'phones by sporting a pair that turns heads. In today's roundup of cheap headphones, we found options that both sound and look good.
Philips O'Neill THE STRETCH Headband Headset
Price: $27.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $14
Is It Worth It?: If fit is a concern for you, then consider these flexible 'phones from Philips. The stretchable inner band allows the headphones to self-adjust to the contours of your melon, so you can say goodbye to sliding. What's more, this set is now available at an Editors' Choice price. Other features include an in-line mic and volume and track control.
Skullcandy Icon 2 On-Ear Headphones with Microphone
Vendor: Skullcandy via eBay
Price: $14.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $6
Is It Worth It?: While you might find AKG or Shure headphones in your neighborhood recording studio, you'll more likely find these Skullcandy headphones, available in three colors, on the ears of youthful punks and alternative kids. These 'phones, pictured in Shoe Black, offer the nice bonus of an in-line microphone (presumably for singing along to Green Day songs) and also feature a 3.5mm gold-plated connector, 30mm drivers, and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz.
Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones
Vendor: Best Buy
Price: $28.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $3
Is It Worth It?: Sony is a name that consumers have grown to trust for audio equipment and the like. Few consumer electronics brands so elegantly bridge the gap between home use and pro audio needs. This pair of Sony Noise-Canceling Headphones (in Black) feature a foldable and swivel design, ambient noise reduction of 87.4%, and more.
iHip Marvel Retro Extreme DJ Headphones
Vendor: World Wide Stereo via Amazon
Price: $14.20 with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $15
Is It Worth It?: Sound-wise, there's no contest between these headphones and the comparably priced AKG K-44s. But if sporting the splashy colors of Marvel Comics characters is more your thing, these headphones will not disappoint. They also feature an 180-degree swivel mechanism, inline volume control, 3.5mm plug, and more.
MEElectronics M9P Hi-Fi Sound-Isolating Headphones
Price: $8.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $5
Is It Worth It?: Shout-out to newegg for offering this noise-isolating headset in Black (pictured) and Silver for so cheap. This set features a 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, 9mm neodymium drivers, inline microphone, a carrying bag, and more.
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