Question from today's Hardware 2.0 mailbox:
"I'm looking for a really good set of earphones for my iPhone. Have you got any suggestions?"
Since no budget is defined, I've listed what I believe are the best earphones ranging from $10 all the way up to $600. All the earphones listed are fully compatible with the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS, and all iPad models.
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Under $10: Sony MDR-J10
A cheap and cheerful clip-style earphones, with decent sound quality and good fit. An idea pair for use in at the gym since there's little to go wrong, and when they do die, you can replace them cheaply.
Under $80: a-JAYS Four
Pick up a pair of a-JAYS Four and the first thing you notice is the distinctive flat, tangle-free cable. But there's more to these earphones that you can't see. For example, the digital, active surface-mounted MEMS silicon microphone that removes GSM/TDMA burst noise and provides wide-band RF noise suppression.
Under $150: Audéo PFE 022
Designed in Switzerland, the Audéo Perfect Bass Earphones (022) offer music lovers extremely natural and well-defined sound experience -- with some extra bass thump.
Under $200: Shure SE215
Featuring a Dynamic MicroDriver, the SE215 delivers detailed sound with enhanced bass. A detachable cable with formable wire enables easy replacement and a secure, comfortable fit. Sound isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 decibels of isolation and a customized fit.
Under $400: Shure SE425
Featuring Dual High-Definition MicroDrivers, the SE425 uses a dedicated tweeter and woofer for an accurate and balanced sound. Detachable cable with formable wire enables easy replacement and secure, comfortable fit. Sound Isolating sleeves in multiple sizes provide up to 37 decibels of isolation.
Under $600: Audéo PFE 232
Audéo PFE in-ear earphones come with a microphone and a multifunctional button, offering optional hands-free function with remote volume control and call answering/ending. With two high-precision balanced armature drivers in each earpiece to deliver enhanced sound precision and enable even the subtlest audio detail to be clearly accentuated, the Audéo PFE 232 create a highly-tuned refined output, offering new dimensions to the listening experience.