iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones with Mic, Remote Control, and Pouch
iHome Audio
Price: $150

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iHome Audio’s iB85 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones comes with a handy, weatherproof carrying case, comprehensive written instructions, and a USB charging cable. These on-ear headphones are attractive black, red, and silver, with hinge-folding earpieces for travel convenience. The left earpiece has power, Bluetooth, volume, and track advance button zones.

iB85 is not forgiving when source audio quality is substandard, including older recordings that don’t stand up to detailed listening. This attribute is a bonus, not a demerit, for today’s high performance headphones. You may be amazed at the immense variation from sensational to awful of all recorded popular music; classical and jazz recordings are usually consistently better than pop tracks.

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NE-600X Sound Isolating Earphones
NuForce
Price: $24.95

The NE-600X earbuds provide good value for the price. Bass response is acceptable when listening to classical music, though not particularly noteworthy. On the other hand, I gave them to a 19-year-old who listened to hip-hop with them and thought the bass was terrific.

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