Stereo headphones are ideal for music lovers, gamers, sports enthusiasts and travelers. This article features budget headphones from $24 to high-performance models up to $350.
The SE-N7-EX1 headphones are designed for the cycling, skiing, hiking, rowing or almost any outdoor activity. They come with a neck strap to keep wires away from the face and the earpads minimize sound leakage. They are available only online from Pioneer for $15.00.
The Sennheiser HD-210 headphones are ideal for music lovers. The ear cup design prevents external noise from interfering with listening. Sennheiser is a leading name in headphones and this model is a good choice for a home stereo, iPod or gamer.
These headphones completely envelop the ears and are great for watching TV or listening to music in private. They feature bass boost for a more powerful bass sound. They sell for $59 and are available only online from Pioneer.
The Sony MDRNC6 headphones reduce ambient noise by up to 84%, ideal for airline travelers. They can be folded for easy carrying and feature large drivers and neodymium magnets for deep bass. A carry pouch and in-flight plug adapter are included.
Klipsch, one of legendary brand names in the audio business offers the Custom Series high-end earphones for the serious music enthusiast. The Custom 1, 2 and 3 models are full range in-ear design with high and low frequency equalization and isolate external noise. They range in price from $129.99 to $299.00 and can be purchased online or from a Klipsch dealer.
The AT Noise Cancelling headphones are closed-ear type headphones that use QuietPoint® technology to reduce environmental noise by as much as 85%. They can also be used in passive mode for music listening without the noise cancelling feature or the cord can be disconnected to use only for noise cancelling. Read my profile of the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7b Noise-Canceling Headphones
The Monster Cable Beats are 'High Definition Powered Isolation' headphones, which are designed to deliver high resolution sound quality and use powered isolation technology to cut external noise. They can be used with a music system or with an iPhone or Blackberry and come with a built-in answer button and microphone so you can take phone calls while listening to music. The Sound Check feature plays back all music at the same volume. They come with a storage case, cleaning cloth, an mini-jack adapter and Monster Cable wiring. They can be purchased from a Monster Cable dealer or online for $349.00.