Many pieces of portable equipment on offer today come with
their own headphones as standard. But that is exactly what
they are - just standard!
For a little extra spending the sound quality can be
Many smartphones come with the ear-bud type
headphones but for as little as $20 you can get a
clip-on style that fits over the ear much like a pair of
Design has improved lately and the earpieces now do
tend to stay where they are supposed to stay.
For something that looks a little more "cool" the style on
the street is the "behind the head" style headphones.
These became popular some time back and the improvement in
sound justifies the price tag of about $50 for the better
Beware though, not all of us have the same size head and
trying it on for size is a must! Also, some of these are
open style which means sounds can leak out and in.
Be careful if you want to use them in quiet areas e.g.
Then come the "fold down" portables. Less portable than the
others mentioned here but still good quality sound. Some
fold down flat and are great for packing but others fold
into a ball like shape. These can prove difficult to carry
For less than $50 - in some cases even just $20 - the sound
from your equipment can be improved tremendously. If you
really like music perhaps you should give this a try!