Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds, Sony XBAH 1 and Philips Fidelio L2 are some good headphones. The first two models are in-ear, and the Fidelio is over-the-ear.
Billboard.com ranks the Wicked Audio Deuce earbuds among the best for back to school. Retailing for a little under $4, the Wicked Audio Deuce are less expensive alternatives to Apple earbuds. Although the bass is weak at higher volumes, the treble remains intact throughout extreme ranges.
The Sony XBAH 1 earbuds sell for about $150, but The Wirecutter considers them among the best in this price range. The Wirecutter praises the Sony XBAH 1 for harmonic verisimilitude. Each instrument sounds like the real thing through these earbuds; vocals and diction come through clearly, and tonal quality does not fluctuate with different musical genres.
The editors of CNET.com give the Philips Fidelio 2 four stars for construction, clarity and bass. A sturdy, semi-closed design for both home and mobile use yields sound that is airy without being weak or random. Each Fidelio 2 includes a cable with a microphone and a one-button inline remote for cell phone calls.
The one-button inline remote works with Apple and Android phones, and the leather-covered memory foam ear cushions are conducive to long periods of wear while sealing out ambient noise. The Fidelio 2 folds flat for easier transport. It sells for roughly $210.