Get an Earful

Earphones for when you just want peace and quiet.
This story first appeared in the June 2007 issue of Entrepreneur. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Hard-traveling entrepreneurs know all about the distractions of noisy environments. Sound-isolating earphones are the solution for listening to your laptop or MP3 player without having to crank the volume to a dangerous level.

The stylish, in-ear, $250 Shure SE310 headphones come with a deluxe fit kit to accommodate just about any ear. The Hi-Definition MicroSpeaker with Tuned BassPort packs a lot of audio range into these tiny earphones. We tried a preproduction version that delivered deep bass tones, excellent sound isolation and a comfortable, secure fit.

The in-ear, super-lightweight Etymotic Research ER6 headphones fit like earplugs. The flanged design creates a tight seal that helps block out noise, while the sound quality is clear and full with good bass response. They come with a change of filters and foam eartip option.

The $300 Able Planet Clear Harmony Active Noise Canceling Headphones are for users who prefer an over-the-ear headphone style. They provide battery-powered active noise cancellation and can be used by those with hearing aids. The bass is particularly strong, and the in-line volume control is a nice extra.

All three models did a good job of dulling down the surrounding ambient noise and providing a wide and clear range of sound. So go ahead and upgrade from your cheap earbuds to a much better audio experience.
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