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.
Sennheiser G4ME One
Gaming headphones are a niche category, but also an innovative one, as companies are forced to make products that sound great, have high-quality microphones, and feel comfortable over extended periods. Sennheiser's G4ME One, which is compatible with Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, has great audio (input and output), but it's the comfort-based features make it our go-to in-home choice. The plush velvet on the pads is more comfortable than leather (or leatherette) and the side vents work as intended, keeping your ears sweat-free. [$250; en-us.sennheiser.com]