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.
Phiaton PS 210 BTNC
As of this writing, the Phiaton PS 210 BTNC is the only pair of earphones that incorporates both noise-cancellation and Bluetooth 3.0, the lower-power, higher-data rate iteration of the wireless technology. Luckily, they're also phenomenal to listen to, with only the most trained ear capable of noticing that telltale wireless stutter. While they aren't 100 percent wireless – the buds attach to a clip-on control module – this kind of mobility has never sounded so good. [$160; phiaton.com]