Best Headphone Deals: 3 Editors' Choice Sets with Smartphone Controls


Headphones come in all shapes and sizes and this week's best audio deals feature a selection of over-the-head, in-ear, and ear-clip style headphones. Even better, four of the five models let you control your smartphone thanks to built-in mics and on-cord play controls.

  1. Ultimate Ears 500vmLogitech Ultimate Ears 500vm Noise-Isolating Headset
    Store: Adorama via eBay
    Price: $14.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $8

    Is It Worth It?: Want to control both your music and your phone calls? The Ultimate Ears 500vm feature a built-in mic with on-cord controls that let you seamlessly switch from your tunes to incoming calls. Available in Gray, these earphones include five sizes of silicone ear cushions, one pair of Comply foam cushions, and an in-line microphone with controls. The Editors' Choice earphones are compatible with iPhone and Android smartphones and include a carrying case to keep the cord from tangling on the go.

  2. Nakamichi NK2030 HeadphonesNakamichi NK2030 Headphones bundled with $21.40 in SYWR Points
    Store: Sears
    Price: $27.99 with in-store pickup
    Lowest By: $23

    Is It Worth It?: Fans of circumaural cans with a (free) Shop Your Way Rewards membership shouldn't pass up this killer deal from Sears. You'll score the Nakamichi Retro.Stereo (NK2030) headphones and a $21.40 SYWR credit for just $28. That saves you $21 off Amazon's price if you use the credit and it's the best price we've seen for these headphones. The Editors' Choice Nakamichi NK2030 headphones feature passive noise cancellation, 40mm drivers, and a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz.

  3. Logitech UE 4000Logitech UE 4000 Headphones
    Store: Tanga
    Price: $14.99 with $4.99 s&h
    Lowest By: $2

    Is It Worth It?: The UE 4000 are a solid value and a clear Editors' Choice for low-cost headphones, says PC Mag. Part of Logitech's Ultimate Ears brand, they deliver above-average performance. They also feature on-cord music and call controls along with a built-in mic. Available in White or Purple, the Editors' Choice headphones are at the lowest price we've seen.

  4. Scosche SportClips EarbudsScosche SportClips II Earbuds with Mic
    Store: Big Deals via eBay
    Price: $6.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $8

    Is It Worth It?: Thanks to its flexible ear clip design, the SportClips II won't fall off your ear when running or at the gym. Moreover, the earbuds feature an antimicrobial jacket to protect them from sweat and other moisture. An in-line remote lets you adjust volume, change tracks, and take handsfree calls without ever having to touch your smartphone.

  5. JBL Synchros S100JBL Synchros S100 A Headset
    Store: Dell Home
    Price: $71.95 via coupon code "T2LLG$98G7$F19" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $8
    Expires: August 1

    Is It Worth It?: "It's hard for earphones to stand out in the $100 price range, but the JBL S100 does a laudable job and should grab the attention of any big bass fan," says PC Mag. This particular model, the S100A, offers an on-cord remote optimized for Android devices. The earphones also feature die-cast aluminum earpieces and a 10Hz to 22kHz frequency response.

DealNews Contributing Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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