Step 1: Ditch the earbuds
In fact, hearing the difference a good pair of in-ear headphones can make on your music is usually where iPod users first get bitten by the audiophile bug. The difference is often so dramatic, that you begin wondering what else you're missing out on.
Now, you can go nuts and shell out $400 or more on a premium pair of multi-driver earphones, but if you're just upgrading from the stock iPod earbuds, a little money can go a long way. Apple's own in-ear headphones are one of the best values we've seen under $100. If you can spare the extra money, there are dozens of "flavor of the month" high-end earphones people swear by, but we typically recommend the Shure SE310 and Etymotic HF5, for people shopping in the $200 range.
March 5, 2009 5:13 PM PST
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