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Ten of the Best Headphones for MP3 Players

written by: unsel•edited by: Jonathan Wylie•updated: 5/19/2011

Looking for the best headphones for your MP3 player? You have come to the right place. Here I list the top ten best available in comfort, quality and overall appeal.

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    1. Denon AH-D2000 Premium

    The Denon AH-D2000 premium headphones allow you to listen to every single detail in all types of music. The mids and the highs are Denon AH-D2000 premium well balanced, and trance, rock, pop, jazz, electronic, and orchestral music all sound rich and bright.

    The headphones are solidly constructed with leather pads, which are very comfortable to wear. The only complaint with these headphones is its cord, which is somewhat stiff, and does not move well. Apart from that, the phones and the sound quality are superb. The Denon AH-D2000 premium headphones are expensive but worth it. They are available to buy online at around $230

    Pros: Brilliant sound, clear and balanced mids and highs, very comfortable, nice design

    Cons: Stiff cord

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    2. Sony MDRXB700 Giant Extra Bass

    The Sony MDRXB700 Giant Extra Bass headphones get very loud, without an amp, so when they are only on half volume, the Sony MDRXB700 Giant Extra Bass person next to you can hear your music. The bass is great, and the clarity of the songs is very clear. They also have good mids and highs, and the overall sound quality is great

    The cushions are a little too big but they are comfortable. The cord is a little too short, just a little longer would have been perfect. Overall, the Sony MDRXB700 Giant Extra Bass headphones are still one of the best headphones for MP3 player enthusiasts, and they come at a reasonable price of $84

    Pros: Good bass, durable, great sound, comfortable, stylish

    Cons: Cord too short

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    3. Grado iGrado Behind-the-Neck Stereo Headphones

    These headphones offer accurate sound with clear highs, but they do leak some sound when playing. The ear pressure is also fairly hard, Grado iGrado headphones despite the pads. It takes just less than an hour before you might feel pain in one of your ears. The cord is about four feet in length, which will reach your trouser pockets. The Grado iGrado headphones come with a gold-plated mini plug adapter for use with MP3 players and other audio devices. The iGrado headphones are priced at $49 on Amazon, and are the most inexpensive product of the Grado family.

    Pros: Pure sound quality, clean transparent highs

    Cons: Uncomfortable for extended wear, leaks some sound

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    4. Sony MDR-7506

    Sony MDR-7506 The Sony MDR-7506 headphones produce superb sound quality with slightly exaggerated crisp bass highs. From vocals, to full blown jams, to the lightest synths and strings, these headphones produce excellent sound, without distortion.

    The construction is solid, and they are comfortable to wear for hours. However, the length of the cord is about eight feet, which is too long for the purpose of using with a MP3 player in your pocket. They are professional grade headphones, and are available to buy online at around $83.00

    Pros: Comfortable, light, modest design

    Cons: Very long cord

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    5. Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Professional

    These are the full-sized headphones, offering superb sound quality. They are very comfortable to wear, and you can go for hours, Sennheiser HD-280 PRO without a problem. Although HD-280PRO Professional headphones are suitable for a very wide range of applications, they are particularly useful for use in a high-noise environment. The Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Professional is available to buy on Amazon at $99.95

    Pros: Durability, nice bass response, good sound quality, very comfortable

    Cons: Somewhat tight headband, Bass is deficient

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    6. Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones

    The HD 555 headphones are solid contenders in the $200 areSennheiser HD 555 na with a balanced and warm sound. They are very powerful, yet still natural. When in use, you feel like the musician or the singer is right there in front of you. The Sennheiser HD 555 Headphones very are comfortable to wear, and are excellent headphones overall. These are available to buy on Amazon at $124.55

    Pros: Balanced, well-defined sound, comfortable to wear, nice looking design

    Cons: Light on bass

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    7. Audio-Technica ATH-ES7

    The sound from Audio-Technica ATH-ES7 headphones comes out very clear and bright. The highs are rich and the bass is powerful; Audio-Technica ATH-ES7 only the mids are sometimes slightly erroneous, due to rough trebles. Apart from that, the headphones work great with any kind of music, and produce professional results.

    The design is very modern and chic, and the cups are very stylish, with the stainless steel finish on the back. These headphones are very comfortable to wear, even after hours of use. Overall, the Audio-Technica ATH-ES7 headphones are a high quality product, with excellent sound definition, and they are worth the price. It is easy to see why they are often claimed to be among the best headphones for MP3 player enthusiasts. You can buy them online at $275

    Pros: Clear and bright sound, stylish design, very comfortable

    Cons: Slightly erroneous mids due to rough trebles, thin and delicate cord

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    8. Koss Porta Pro

    Koss Porta Pro The Porta Pro sound is balanced, crisp, clean, and they are highly efficient. The folding mechanism of the headphones can get entangled in hairs, but can be avoided once you are aware of this fact. The cord is long enough for walking around with a MP3 player in your pocket. The Koss Porta Pro needs careful handling becasue they are a bit delicate. The Koss Porta Pro headphones are comfortable and great value for money. They are available on Amazon at $26.38

    Pros: Brilliant sound, clear transparent highs, far more comfortable, foldable

    Cons: Strange design, a little flimsy

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    9. The Sennheiser PX100

    The Sennheiser PX100 is a folding headphone at a price of about $109. The band is made from stainless steel, enclosed in plastic Sennheiser PX-100 Collapsible Headphones and comes in three parts, joined by metal hinges. The overall build quality and finish seems excellent and the device should last, as long as it’s not handled roughly. The sound quality of this headphone is neither bad, nor excellent, and is recommended for use with an MP3 player. The Sennheiser PX100 headphones are available to buy online at $110

    Pros: collapsible, well made, good sound quality, modest price

    Cons: Bass is a bit too strong, leaks a bit of sound

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    10. Denon AH-D5000 Headphones

    The quality of music these headphones produce is not rich and powerful, but its still more than you expect. The clarity of the sound is Denon AHD5000 amazing and they could be enjoyed both indoor and outdoor. But if you want real enjoyment, you will need a good amplifier to enhance the voice quality.

    They are wonderful looking, well built and give the impression that they will last for ever. The headphones are unbelievably light, and are very comfortable to wear. However, these headphones are an expensive buy. Their prices average between $500 and $600

    Pros: Beautiful design, solid construction, light weight, comfortable

    Cons: Expensive, Need an amp for highest quality sound

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