Best Headphones of 2008

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When it comes to headphones, 2008 could be called the "year of the headset". With the advent of the iPhone and other media phones, we saw for the first time a strong selection of products fusing of solidly-performing headphones with headset functionality, allowing you to listen to music and take calls with one pair of headphones. The Etymotic Research HF2 is our pick for the best balance of performance and durability, but customers also liked the V-MODA Vibe Duo for its style and strong bass response.

Noise-cancellation, not so long ago a high-priced luxury feature, became affordable at the same time that noise-isolation (using a fitted flange to block noise) took off in popularity as a way to get similar effects without the need for additional technology or clunky gear. We loved the Creative Aurvana X-Fi with its inclusion of the popular X-Fi music compression restoration tech, while customers couldn't get enough of the Audio Technica QuietPoint. Noise-canceling headphones also saw high-profile celebrity endorsements this year, with the Monster beats by Dr. Dre taking center stage--surprising us with amazing performance and the heaviest bass we've ever heard out of a headphone.

Here are our Editors' Picks for the best headphones of the year, the Top Sellers of the year, and the current products that garnered the best customer reviews in 2008.


1. Etymotic Research ER23-HF2-BLACK Earphones/Headset--Black
Etymotic Research ER23-HF2-BLACK Earphones/Headset--Black
by Etymotic Research
3.9 out of 5 stars (245 customer reviews)
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Etymotic Research
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From the Manufacturer
A no compromise, high-performance noise-isolating headset and earphones that delivers best-in-class benefits and superior value, perfectly matched to the latest product innovations from most smartphones that support a 3.5mm, 4-conductor stereo phone plug. The hf2 features a close-proximity, high sensitivity microphone that works with many popular ... Read more

2. Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise-Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Creative Aurvana X-Fi Noise-Canceling Headphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
by Creative
3.0 out of 5 stars (65 customer reviews)
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Creative
Electronics

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From the Manufacturer
As a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products and cutting-edge audio technologies, Creative has always been in the forefront of developing innovative audio products that offer uncompromising performance and yet complemented with aesthetic styling... Read more

3. Ultimate Ears MetroFi 200 Noise Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Ultimate Ears MetroFi 200 Noise Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
by Ultimate Ears
3.9 out of 5 stars (29 customer reviews)
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Ultimate Ears
Electronics

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From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer For over 12 years, Ultimate Ears has been designing custom ear monitor products for your favorite professional musicians for use on stage and in the studio. Musicians put their hearts, their souls, their breakups, their memories and t... Read more