Wired Headphones, Earphones, and Headsets for Your iPad - dummies

Wired Headphones, Earphones, and Headsets for Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Search Amazon for headphones, earphones, or headsets for your iPad and you’ll find thousands of each are available at prices ranging from around $10 to more than $1,000. Or, if you prefer to shop in a brick-and-mortar store, Target, Best Buy, and the Apple Store all have decent selections, with prices starting at less than $20.

Much as many love the shopping experience at Apple Stores, you won’t find any bargains there. Bargain-hunting doesn’t matter that much for Apple-branded products because they’re rarely discounted. However, you can almost always find widely available non-Apple items such as headphones, earphones, and headsets cheaper somewhere else.

With so many brands and models of earphones, headphones, and headsets available from so many manufacturers at so many price points, it’s not possible to test even a fraction of the ones available today. That said, these below have been tested and are recommended.

When it comes to headphones, Grado SR60i’s are legendary for offering astonishingly accurate audio at an affordable price (around $80). Headphones that cost twice, thrice, or even more times as much don’t sound nearly as good.

There is also the sweet-sounding, albeit pricey (about $350) Bose QuietComfort 3 acoustic noise-canceling headphones.

For earphones and earphone-style headsets, the Klipsch Image S4 Headphones and S4i In-Ear Headset with Mic and 3-Button Remote is a good one. They sound better than many similarly priced products and better than many more expensive offerings.