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Top 5 In-Ear Headphones

Earbuds are great for just about any application; from going to the gym, on the plane or at the office, there’s a pair of earbuds that will match your needs. The biggest appeal of in-ear headphones is their size. While on-ear and over-ear headphones can be bulky and heavy, a pair of earbuds takes up next to no space and weighs even less. This makes them great travel companions. Despite their size, earbuds rarely sacrifice sound quality in comparison to their on-ear and over-ear counterparts and can even outperform them. Finding the right pair for you can be a tricky proposition, so we’ve created this list of our 5 favorite in-ear headphones.

1Westone W40

Westone W40

  • 4-way quad balanced armature driver in-ear monitors
  • Unique detachable cable design
  • Outstanding sound quality
  • Lightweight earpiece design for maximum comfort
  • Comes with secondary cable with in-line controls for iOS devices
  • Current Price: $499.99


Expert Review
“Westone’s W40 offer supreme clarity, ravishing detail, and astonishing dynamic expression, placing them in meager company within the hi-fi landscape. – Ryan Waniata, Digital Trends
Westone W40

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2Phiaton BT 220 NC

Phiaton BT 220 NC

  • Bluetooth 4.0 in-ear headphones with aptX and NFC
  • Built-in active noise cancelling
  • Full in-line controls with microphone
  • Clear Voice Capture for crystal clear hands-free phone calls
  • Everplay-X technology allows for listening to music after the battery dies
  • Current Price: $159.00


Expert Review
“For the price, the BT 220 NC delivers a quality level of noise cancellation that is better than expected.” – Tim Gideon, PC Mag
Phiaton BT 220 NC

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3SMS Audio BioSport

SMS Audio BioSport

  • In-ear athletic headphones
  • Biometric heart rate monitor tracks your workout
  • Compatible with most leading fitness apps through your smartphone
  • IPX sweat and water resistance rating perfect for gym use
  • Powered by your phone; no batteries required
  • Current Price: $149.95


Expert Review
“If heart-rate monitoring is important to you, SMS Audio’s BioSport earbuds are more convenient than you might think. Not only do you not have to wear something on your wrist or around your chest, but you also don’t have to worry about running out of batteries.” – Sarah Purewal, Techhive.com
SMS Audio BioSport

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  • Premium in-ear monitors
  • Large 11mm high fidelity drivers produce outstanding sound quality
  • Unique pivoting eartips for comfortable fit for any ear type
  • Three dimensional audio reproduction for the ultimate listening experience
  • Coated cable for convenient tangle-free operation
  • Current Price: $39.99


Expert Review
“Vocals have a great sound to them having a clean sound that’s placed well in the soundstage being center but not too forward. Guitars sound clean as well with every string able to be heard separately.” – Keanex, User Review – Head-Fi.org

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5Sennheiser IE 80

Sennheiser IE 80

  • Luxurious wired in-ear headphone monitors
  • Special neodymium magnets ensure outstanding sound quality
  • Unique bass tuning screws allow you to precisely adjust the bass in each earpiece
  • Sleek design for both comfort and durability
  • Excellent sound isolation
  • Current Price: $329.99


Expert Reviews
“The iE80s have excellent separation and clarity. They dig out a serious amount of detail, which you’d arguably be expecting at this kind of money; Arcade Fire’s Ready To Start ticks along nicely with rhythmic, punchy drum kicks and zingy guitar, while the very natural-sounding vocals shine through.What Hi-Fi?
Sennheiser IE 80

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Top 5 On-Ear Headphones

If you’re looking for a pair of great sounding headphones that don’t take up the amount of space of a pair of over-ears do but don’t want a pair of earbuds, an on-ear headphone can be a happy medium. On-ear headphones take the same basic design and performance characteristics from their over-ear counterparts and put them in smaller, more compact designs. Digging through our selection of on-ear headphones to find the perfect pair for you can be a tall task. To hopefully help you save some time, or at least get you pointed in the right direction, we’ve created this list of our 5 favorite on-ear headphones.

1Phiaton Chord MS 530

Phiaton Chord MS 530

  • High quality active noise cancelling on-ear headphones
  • Premium Bluetooth 4.0 streaming with aptX codec
  • Unique design rests comfortably on your ears
  • Battery life up to 30 hours
  • Everplay-X technology allows you to continue your phone call/music after the battery dies
  • Current Price: $249.50


Expert Review
“It’s a rare thing that we fall head over heels for a headphone, but the MS 530 have totally seduced us. Give them a shot, and you’ll see what we mean.” – Caleb Denison, Digital Trends
Phiaton Chord MS 530

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2Sennheiser Urbanite

Sennheiser Urbanite

  • Classic Sennheiser design and performance
  • Optimized for use with iPhone devices (Android version also available)
  • Engineered for outstanding bass output and crystal clear sound
  • Premium construction from the finest materials available
  • Designed and built at Sennheiser’s headquarters in Germany
  • Current Price: $199.95


Expert Review
“For the price, it’s one of the best-sounding on-ear pairs we’ve heard, earning it our Editors’ Choice award.” – Tim Gideon, PC Mag
Sennheiser Urbanite

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3JBL Synchros E Series E40BT

JBL Synchros E Series E40BT

  • Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones
  • PureBass sound performance envelops your ears in outstanding sound
  • JBL ShareMe technology allows you to stream music wirelessly to another ShareMe headphone
  • Sleek, modern design provides a comfortable fit
  • Battery life up to 16 hours
  • Current Price: $99.95


Expert Review
“There’s an incredible array of expensive Bluetooth headphones to choose from, but if you’re seeking something affordable that doesn’t sacrifice too much quality in the process, the JBL E40BT should do the trick.” – Andrew Hayward, Techradar.com
JBL Synchros E Series E40BT

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4Grado SR80e

Grado SR80e

  • New driver design for premium sound performance
  • Specially vented diaphragms produce natural sound and extended bass response
  • Engineered and built at Grado’s headquarters in Brooklyn, New York
  • Open-back design produces a perfectly balanced soundstage
  • Perfectly matched dynamic driver transducers
  • Current Price: $99.00


Expert Review
“I am going to issue a blanket audition recommendation. You owe it to yourself to listen to a pair of Grados and hear this sound for yourself.” – Dave, Headfonia
Grado SR80e

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5Beyerdynamic T51i

Beyerdynamic T51i

  • New and improved headphone drivers offer brilliant treble and deep bass reproduction
  • Premium lightweight audiophile headphones
  • Extremely efficient Tesla technology
  • In-line remote and mic optimized for use with iOS devices
  • Handcrafted in Germany from the finest components available
  • Current Price: $299.00


Expert Reviews
“Like the the T51p, it’s one of the best on-ear headphones we’ve tested, and has the added benefit of having a inline remote/microphone for mobile use.” – David Carnoy & Steve Guttenberg, CNET
Beyerdynamic T51i

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The Top 5 Must Haves for a Road Trip

Personal Massager

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ fashioned road trip? The answer is no one. Even if someone doesn’t love a road trip, the answer is still no one. Anyways, we decided to bring you the top 5 must haves for your next road trip.

Emergency Equipment

Seriously, this entire movie is based off getting a flat tire. Sure, they got a flat tire in a former nuclear test zone but so what? Don't let it happen to you!

1. Emergency Equipment

The last thing you want to happen on your road trip is get a flat tire or be otherwise stranded on the highway. I mean, how many slasher horror movies are based around this concept? I’ve seen plenty of horror movies about stranded people and none of them end well, mostly because not many of them are actually movies… But whatever, you get the point. Luckily for you, we carry Lifeline Emergency Equipment. We’ve got tire gauges so you can find the leaking tire BEFORE you leave on your trip and we’ve got an air compressor for tires just in case that tire explodes on the road anyways. And we’ve got a nice warm blanket in case you stuck somewhere cold and we EVEN have orange road triangles so that people don’t crash into your stranded vehicle. Wow, are we prepared or what?


We couldn’t leave this one out, it’s got “road trip” right in the name. Yes, CB radios have been around for a long long time but they’ll never go out of style. If you don’t believe me, check out the CB and 2-Way Radios – Why the Technology of the 50’s is Still Relevant Today article. You’d be surprised to find that CB radios are actually far more convenient than a Smartphone for keeping in touch with your fellow road trippers in other vehicles. Just one touch of a button and you can send and receive messages. Texting? Too slow. Phone call? Gotta wait while it rings. CB Radio? Just press a button on your HHROADTRIP, talk and the other people can magically hear you instantly! Sometimes old school is better!

MAD11 Android Computer3. The MAD11

The MAD11 is a genius new device that basically turns any monitor in your vehicle into an android computer. There’s a video on the product page you check out and see it in action. But on a road trip, entertainment is key so this way you can keep yourself and your friends occupied with rousing games of Angry Birds and Temple Run, or you watch movies with Netflix or Hulu. Just remember to keep your eyes on the road.

4. Radar Detector

If you’re gonna be cruisin’ down the open road you’re gonna want a radar detector. Sometimes you just realize how fast you’re going, it’s OK, we’ve all been there. But if you’re on a long trip, maybe out of state and in places you aren’t familiar with, the last thing you want is a speeding ticket. But the convenience doesn’t stop there: some of the fancier radar detectors like the Cobra iRad200 use GPS to link up to the Aura redlight and speed camera database to warn you if you’re approaching either of these road nuisances. Like I said, perfect for areas you’re unfamiliar with.

Personal Massager

Release that driving tension!

5. The Personal Massager

Last but not least, the personal massager. Hey, driving can cause some tension and soreness so why not vibrate it away with the Limitless Creations PM1PR MagicTouch Personal Massager? It even comes in pink and it’s waterproof too! Check out the reviews on it, we’ve left some satisfied customers.

So there you have it, the top 5 must haves for your next road trip. Get them all right here at Sonic Electronix!