Prices: $80 to $250 (MSRP shown after model number; lower prices online)
It’s not often we have the opportunity to test a range of headphones across any given manufacturer’s range. For this group test we received four sets. All model names are prefixed ATH- to identify them as Audio-Technica products, but omitted here for improved readability. Clockwise starting in the top left of the photo they are:
WS99BT over-ear; S700BT over-ear; CKS55XBT in-ear; SPORT4BK in-ear.
All are Bluetooth enabled and the sports designated model is washable (not waterproof) under running water. All are equipped with a microphone and controls that allow you to wirelessly answer/end calls, control music, and adjust the volume level on compatible Bluetooth devices. The two over-ear devices are cable-connectable to conventional outputting devices in the absence of a Bluetooth signal.
Sennheiser CX 680i Adidas Sport In-Ear Stereo Headphones
Price: $79.95-$99.95 USD — depending upon vendor
Ever since my first iPad, I’ve been using Apple’s traditional white earbuds. When I got the opportunity to take a look at Sennheiser’s CX 680i Adidas Sport In-Ear Stereo Headphones, I suddenly realized what I’ve been missing all these years. Priced at around $100, these headphones aren’t Sennheiser’s highest-end headphones, but anything I take a look at is going to sound great compared to the white earbuds I’m accustomed to.