Headphones buying guide (2010)

By Dan Frakes, Macworld |  Hardware, headphones, shopping guide

Lightweight Headphones

These portable and (usually) reasonably priced headphones use larger drivers than earbuds and canalphones, and their similarly larger earpieces rest against the outside of the ears. Some lightweight headphones have a thin headband that goes over or behind the head; others use a small clip on each earpiece that slips over the ear—earclip-style headphones are often ideal for exercising. Many of these models also fold up for easier traveling. Although most lightweight headphones produce mediocre sound, there are a number of standouts.

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Full-Size Headphones

If you don't mind some extra bulk, good full-size headphones, which often fully surround your ears, sound better than good lightweight models. Many are also more comfortable, thanks to generous padding and ergonomic designs. One comfort-related issue to watch out for, however: If you've got a large head, some full-size headphones can fit uncomfortably tight—be sure to try before you buy (or, again, make sure the vendor will let you return them if necessary).


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