Easy listening: The best earphones

A new kind of earphones allow you to enjoy music in loud places without blowing your eardrums out. Money Magazine field tested a few. Here are our top picks.

Harman/Kardon EP720
Harman/Kardon EP720
Cost: $150
Comes with: Both rubber suction and foam earpieces, in one comfortable, flexible size each; case that holds iPod too
Sound quality: Sound balance is off. They tipped toward high frequencies and therefore lacked strong bass.
Volume needed: 55 percent
Bottom line: Good noise reduction, but sound quality doesn't match the equally expensive Shure.
Grade: B-

Creative ZEN Aurvana

Apple In-Ear

Shure SE210

Harman/Kardon EP720

Sennheiser CX-300

V-MODA Bass Freq
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