If you're reading this, then you've either misplaced the earphones that came with your phone or realized long ago why those tinny, static-spewing things were free. Stellar audio is expensive, but asking about the price tag isn't the only way to hear the difference in quality. Here are the best models on the market for less than $500.
Beyerdynamic DX 120 iE
Brick-and-mortar and online retailrs are awash with okay-to-good earphones for under $100 with standout features that have more to do with color schemes and logo placement than audio quality. Then there's Beyerdynamic's DTX 102 iE, a sleek, unassuming pair of earbuds with flat, tangle-resistant cables, and sound that errs towards bass, but remains clearer than anything else we've tried at this price point. [$99; north-america.beyerdynamic.com]