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The Best Sound-Isolating Earphones Under $100
Enjoy your tunes in peace without emptying your wallet.

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by Meghan McDonough on Friday, May 08, 2009

Want to upgrade from your flimsy and uncomfortable iPod earbuds, but not looking for something as massive and expensive as noise-canceling cans? Cheap and portable sound-isolating earphones may be the perfect fit. Although they’re not as effective as larger active-noise-canceling headphones for blocking out ambient sounds, these buds do an admirable job of sealing off your ear canals. That’s why fit is so important: too loose and the earphones will sound tinny; too tight and they’ll be uncomfortable. We tested the latest models for less than $100 that included at least three sets of small, medium, and large eartips to see which one was best.

The Best Sound-Isolating Earphones Under $100


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Altec Lansing BackBeat Titanium 326

Price: 79.95

With its gold design, the $79.95 Altec Lansing BackBeat Titanium 326 earphones do more than add a little bling to your ears.
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Audio-Technica ATH-CK6A

Price: 99.95

With its new ATH-CK6A, Audio-Technica continues its gradual turn toward budget-conscious consumers who want better sound out of their phones and media players.
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iLuv iEP505

Price: 49.99

Although bass-heads won’t enjoy these earphones, for $49.99 they’re a good budget-friendly upgrade for your daily commute.
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Shure SE115 Sound Isolating Earphones

Price: 99.99

A unique design and solid performance make these earphones a winner, but we wish they weren’t so heavy.
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Ultimate Ears MetroFi 220

Price: 79.99

These earphones offer a comfy fit and solid sound quality for a reasonable price, but the bass could be better.
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