Rating the in-ear headphones

Future Sonics Ears EM3

We've bitched enough about how the headphones that come with the iPod are sub-par at best, and Leander Kahney checks out three pricey new pairs that help you get the best sonic experience possible out of your iPod (or whatever else you use to listen to music), the $130 ER-6 canal phones from Etymotics Research, the $180 E3c earpieces from Shure that we mentioned a few weeks back, and the $160 Ears EM3 canal phones from Future Sonics (pictured above). He ends up tipping his hat towards the Ears EM3, which despite chafing his ears, has slightly better sound than the other two.