Whether you use them with your iPod or Zune, the V-Moda Vibe Earphones ($101) will grab all of the attention. The noise-isolating earphones feature an elegant, lightweight design sculpted from alloy metal. In our sound tests, we were surprised to find that the Vibes rank right up there with Etymotic and Shure earphones we've used. Great bass, mid-range and highs. The earphones come in a leather pouch with three sizes of ultra-soft silicon fittings to fit any ear.
With all the wacky, futuristic designs available for headphones these days, it's nice to see a company releasing some retro-looking cans as well. The Panasonic RP-HTX7 Retro Piano Painted Headphones ($60) feature an over-the-ear design with a leather style headband and piano painted 'phones. The sound quality is kept at a high level thanks to 40mm, neodymium drivers and a 7 - 22,000Hz dynamic range. Best of all, they are available in five great colors, so you can be sure to find one that suits you.