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.
Bose QuietComfort 20i Earphones
While headphones have plenty of room to hide noise-canceling components, earphones have to rely on an external module, awkwardly strung between the buds and the audio source. The QuietComfort 20i's from Bose are no exception, but the market leader in noise cancellation has shrunk that box down and delivered the company's usual excellent – though bass-heavy – audio quality. [$280; bose.com]