Headphones Roundup

The best headphones and earbuds for every situation

Whether you're a weekend warrior or a full-blown audiophile, we found eight headphones/ear buds that will fit any price range:

Skullcandy Chops

The built-in ear clip keeps these buds in place while running, biking, or lifting. You won't get super sound, but you can't beat the price for earphones that will live in your gym bag. $25 @ skullcandy.com

AKG K 450

These compact headphones sound great, fit comfortably, and fold up easily, making them ideal for travel. They're also compatible with cell phones for hands-free calls. $190 @ akg.com

Altec Lansing Backbeat Titanium

With pumping sound, a customizable fit, and a cloth-covered wire that will outlast most rubberized cords. Altec's Backbeat is a worthwhile upgrade from those buds you got for free. $80 @ alteclansing.com

Ultimate Ears Superfi 4

Musicians like Seal love these earphones for their quality; you'll like them because they don't have a pro-level price tag. $130 @ ultimateears.com

Bose Quietcomfort 15 Acoustic Noise Canceling

Tiny microphones inside cancel out just about all outside noise; the specially designed ear cover blocks out the rest. They ain't cheap, but you get what you pay for. $300 bose.com

Pioneer SE-CLX50

The unique "flex nozzle" pivots, providing a custom fit inside your ear. High-quality silicon tips seal out almost all unwanted sounds. $70 @ pioneerelectronics.com

Sony Active Style Headphones, MDR-AS100W

If you like to train with over-the-head 'phones, these are the perfect option. They're lightweight and secure, and include shock absorbers to minimize noise when your workout gets tough. $79 @ sony.com

V-Moda Faze Headset

This aluminum-cased headset has a built-in microphone that works with just about any smartphone. You can take calls and return right back to the music when you hang up. $50 @ v-moda.com

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