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.
Though it came out in 2012, Parrot's noise-canceling Zik is still the best, and most comfortable pair of Bluetooth headphones on the market. They're higher-tech than you'd expect from sleek device. They detect when you've taken them off, automatically pausing the audio track, and you can control the volume by swiping up or down on a touch-sensitive pad. They also use bone conduction to keep your own voice clear and isolated from background noise during hands-free phone calls. [$400; parrot.com]