You may not be able to do anything about the high cost of tuition, but you don't have to spend a bundle to get a great set of headphones. But with so many models out there, which one should you choose?
Relax—since school hasn't even started, we're going to do the homework. To make things easy, we've picked five satisfying headphones, the cheapest of which costs only $10. Here are our choices.
Nixon Microblaster, $50. These in-ear models have been around for a few years and they're getting a bit hard to find, unless you frequent skate and snowboard shops. But they're well worth the effort, as they're among the top-rated portable stereo headphones in our headphones Ratings, with very good sound and medium-high sensitivity, meaning they'll play well even with lower-powered portable devices.
JBL by Harman J22i, $50. Designed with Apple devices in mind—the earphones have a three-button in-line Apple-compatible remote control with an integrated mic—these earphones deliver very good overall sound that's warm in the bass but neutral otherwise. Their high sensitivity is a good match for almost any portable.
Sennheiser CX300-II Precision, $50. With its black-and-silver color scheme, this Sennheiser model is a bit more reserved-looking than its flashier sibling (below), but similarly delivers very good overall sound and high sensitivity. Like the CX215, it has a slightly warm character and good dynamics.