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Best MP3 Headphones
Earbud Headphones, Noise Cancelling Headphones, Portable Headphones, Sport Headphones

What makes for the best choice in mp3 headphones largely depends on personal needs.

You might need more than one set of headphones for different applications.

You also want to consider practical aspects like size, portability, and noise cancellation capability in each set.

We review some of the best mp3 headphones for different needs and applications below.

Earbud Headphones

Coby CVE92 Earbud Headphones
The most popular choice because of their low cost and high degree of portability. The most popular choice is the Coby CVE92.

The Coby CVE92 Isolation Stereo mp3 earphones are widely regarded as sounding great for the price, and they are also typically regarded as comfortable compared to other earbuds.

But there are still some users who don't find these very comfortable or good-fitting in their ears (earbuds often get these complaints).

Some users have also compared their sound to that of their more expensive competitor, the JBud, and found the JBuds quite superior. The common criticism of the Coby CVE92 sound is that it sorely lacks in the mid-range pitches.

Nevertheless, at only $5 to $15, these Coby mp3 earbuds are widely regarded as a top-quality choice for that price range. You can't spend so little and get so much with anything else!

Best price on the Coby CVE92

Over the head portable headphones

Sony MDR-V150 Portable Headphones
For those who don't like earbud headphones (and there are many!), some over the head models are designed with portability in mind. The Sony MDR-V150 is one of the most popular choices in this category.

The Sony MDR-V150 Monitor Series headphones that feature reversible earcups, which make them ideal for travel storage and one-ear listening, are very popular among bargain hunters who want over the ear mp3 headphones and who don't care about wireless, but who do want to be able to travel with them.

There is little criticism of the sound quality from most users—these inexpensive headphones still deliver the famous Sony sound quality including crisp high range notes and full bass. In fact, users tend to be blown away by just how much sound quality they get for the price, which is typically $20 or less.

Many people who have never cared to lay out the cash for high-end headphones with triple digit price tags would, upon using these, be more perplexed than ever about why anyone would unless they just "need" to have wireless!

However, many users claim that these Sony headphones are too tight on the head, and don't really deliver the sound around the ear as much as on top of it. So perhaps the low-end price tag reflects low-end physical design.

Best price on the Sony MDR-V150

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 15 Noise Cancelling Headphones
You should choose noise cancelling headphones if you travel a lot. They are great for airline flights. The most popular choice among them is the Bose QuietComfort 15.

The Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are certainly not cheap—you'll pay at least $300 for them. But people who buy Bose aren't cheap, either. They want quality above all else, and that's what Bose is famous for.

The Bose Q-series of headphones is famous for its astounding noise cancellation, but many users find the QuietComfort 15 even better. They are able to put these on and just shut off the world, as they say, and many users find that they can listen to music at only 70% or less of their usual volume to get the same clarity, which certainly is healthier on one's hearing!

Even very loud ambient sounds like chainsaws and leaf blowers in a nearby yard can be totally shut off by these Bose headphones. These are also very, very comfortable and are found to have a "velvety" feel upon the ear and side of the head.

Some users who are true music-philes are not quite entirely pleased with the sound quality of these. The bass, they say, tends to be a little washed-out, although punchy. They also are said by some to become very hot on the ear after 10 minutes because of driver intensity, but this is not universal and might fade away after the standard 100-hours of play is reached.

Best price on the Bose QuietComfort 15

Sports Headphones

Sennheiser PMX80 Sports Headphones
Specially designed for sports and workouts. One of the most popular choices is the Sennheiser PMX80.

The Sennheiser PMX80 Sport Series II mp3 headphones fit behind the ear and are intentionally designed for people to work out with. They are generally regarded as sleek-looking, and they are ultra-light-weight while highly durable and sweat-resistant.

Runners particularly love these—and runners find a difficult time trying to choose headphones that will stay on, fit comfortably, and sound decent.

For what they are, their sound quality is considered top of the line. Some users find them over-priced at $32 to $60, however.

Best price on the Sennheiser PMX80


You can see that there are different mp3 headphones to meet different needs. First, decide upon what your needs are, then check out our top choices that meet them!

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