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.
Klipsch X11i Earphones
From the tiny buds to the angel-pasta-thin cords, the X11i's are the lightest earphones in the world. But that's not why they cost $300. The price is a product of the audio, which is clean and crisp. Since the bass isn't overwhelming, they're as well suited to music as movies. And since the negligible weight keeps the buds from bouncing out of your ears during exercise, they're a better alternative to the ugly, ear-looping models that are marketed for the gym. [$226; amazon.com]