1. SoundMagic PL30

    SoundMagic PL30

    These budget buds are a real steal, make sure you can get a bargain and you'll be laughing

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  2. Klipsch Image S2

    Klipsch Image S2

    Klipsch as a good track record in buds, but these budget Image S2s let the side down, with poor sound and definition

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  3. Ultimate Ears Loudenough

    Ultimate Ears Loudenough

    They reduce the source volume, and therefore are suitable for children, but we found the sound clattery and ill-defined

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  4. Sennheiser MM60

    Sennheiser MM60

    Senneheiser's MM60s are open and controlled headphones, with a balanced sound. Remember they're open-backed though if you commute!

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  5. Bose Mobile On-ear Headset

    Bose Mobile On-ear Headset

    Even with the Bose tag, these on-ear cans are good, but only in a middling kind of way

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  7. Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170vi

    Ultimate Ears MetroFi 170vi

    If you like your bass deep, then these buds may just be for you - but be warned, they lack control and need some attack

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  8. Bose Mobile in-ear headset

    Bose Mobile in-ear headset

    Bose's Mobile in-ear headset might be less invasive than some rivals, but we wanted greater detailing and dynamics from the sound

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  9. Atomic Floyd HiDefDrum Acoustic Steel

    Atomic Floyd HiDefDrum Acoustic Steel

    They might have a tongue-twistingly long name, but these in-ear buds offer an exciting sound with great clarity

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  10. Sennheiser MM50

    Sennheiser MM50

    The MM50s offer an excellent performance-per-pound proposition, with deep bass and decent treble

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  11. Klipsch S4i

    Klipsch S4i

    The sound may lack some body, but we'd recommend you give these Klipsch headphones a try, especially if you own an iPhone 3GS

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