If you're looking for a truly different set of cans for your portable media player, check out the Sony PFR-V1 Personal Field Speakers ($540; October 10). These new headphones attempt to achieve sound equal to audiophile-grade front-facing speakers by separating bass, which is pumped into the ear canal, from treble and mids, which are projected through two spheres towards the ears, just like traditional speakers. Features include frequency playback of 35Hz to 25KHz, large 21mm drivers, and a gold-plated mini-plug.
The Klipsch IMAGE Earphones ($350; Nov. 2007) are the world’s smallest and lightest full-range in-ear earphones. Sporting a black and copper finish, the high-performance earphones utilize patent-pending, anatomically-designed Contour Ear Gels for comfort while rocking out. Extended-frequency exclusive KG926 balanced micro-armatures deliver the signature Klipsch sound.