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Sound Advice

Posted June 16, 2005
Awhile back, I wrote about a truly excellent noise-canceling cell phone headset. Turns out that Etymotic Research, the Illinois-based audiophile company behind that product, has also introduced a new set of iPod replacement buds called the ER6i Earphones, which are officially the best-sounding earphones I've ever tested. They cut out extraneous noise by up to 35 decibels, so you don't have to crank up the volume on your iPod (or Discman or computer) to hear all the nuances of your music. They're so awesomely great that Apple has given them the ultimate endorsement: It recently started stocking them at all its stores. But don't buy them from Apple; they sell them at list ($149.99). Instead, get them from J&R down by City Hall, or order them at—either way you'll save $40 (and get free shipping if you order them online).

$109.99 at J&R Music and Computer World, 15 Park Row, near Ann St., 212-238-9000;

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