I have owned a lot of headphones.
I figured I could use my spending for good and review them here. Let's go.
Earbuds in ascending order of goodness
|Sony MDR in-ear headphones|
|These are good as far as comfort and sound goes. Don't buy the ones with the cord extender. The extender thing is heavy and weighs on your ear. Without the extender, the cord is too short.|
|V-Moda Vibe II Earbud Headset with Microphone|
|These have great sound, but the iPhone control is cased in steel and hangs where the two earbud cords meet. Another set with a pet peeve for me: weighty microphone and iPhone control.|
|Sony MDR wrap-around earbuds|
|These are basically the same earbuds as above except without the cord extender and with the wrap around. I prefer these to the ones above. Same great sound.|
|Apple In-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic|
|These have the latest and best iPhone control: play, pause, fast-forward, and volume up/down. The comfort is great. The problem for me was that the sound was just not the full sound I was looking for. Maybe they didn't fit my ears right. I got them for my dad and he digs 'em a lot.|
|V-Moda Vibe Duo Earbuds|
|These are the best earbuds I've ever owned in terms of sound. I wear these every day when I'm working out. Only problem is no iPhone control/microphone.|
|iPhone Stereo Headset|
|After all my searching, I ended up with the latest "standard" iPhone buds (which now come with the iPhone 3GS). I prefer the sound of these to the in-ear (allegedly superior sounding) Apple buds above. And the weight of the mic/control is perfect (aka not noticeable) plus the latest ones have volume up/down compared to the old fast-forward/pause only.|