- Nuforce NE-7M (Macworld rated 3.5 out of 5 mice ; inline remote/mic; $49)
- Maximo iP-595 iMetal (Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ; inline remote/mic; $80)
- Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220vi (Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ; inline remote/mic; $90)
- Sennheiser MM 70i (inline remote/mic; $100)
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.
- Koss KSC35 and KSC75 ($45 and $20 respectively)
- Grado iGrado ( Macworld rated 4 out of 5 mice ; $50)
- Sennheiser PX 100-IIi (inline remote/mic; $90)
- Sennheiser HD 238i (inline remote/mic; $130)
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).