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Costly Headphone Disappoints

Consumer Reports tested 10 non-isolated headphones costing between 30 and 150 dollars.

Just about everyone seems to be wearing headphones these days.

And, those called non- isolating headphones are especially good for joggers.

They don't have a seal between the earpieces and your ears, so you can hear outside sounds as well as your music.

Consumer Reports tested 10 costing between 30 and 150 dollars.

Listening to music while she runs helps keep Lisa Eggert Litvin going.

"It's the boredom factor in the run, and the music really helps with that."
 
Like most people, she runs near car traffic, bikers, and other runners, so Lisa chooses her headphones carefully.

"The music distracts you, and depending on which headphones you're wearing, you may not be hearing anything."

Consumer Reports just tested non-isolating headphones that let you hear outside sounds as well as your music.

One set, Earheros, claims to be the "world's most elite earpiece," and has a price tag to match - 150 dollars!

But when testers assessed this "elite" set, they had the worst sound of any headphones Consumer Reports has tested.

"The bass is lacking. It's a little bit harsh sounding."

In fact, despite being the highest-priced non-isolating headphones tested, the Earheros were the lowest-rated, with an overall score of just six out of 100.

"You better hold on tight …."

"There are many non-isolating headphones that provide full-range audio, that let you hear bass, midrange, and treble, pretty much the way they're supposed to be heard."

Consumer Reports found other headphones that performed much better in the tests. In fact, Apple's basic earpods rated much higher, and at 30 dollars cost far less. But if sound quality is most important to you, Consumer reports recommends the Bose IE2 headphones. You'll get very good sound, and at 100 dollars, they are still less expensive than the Earheros.

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