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Bose IE2 Headphones CNET rating: 3.5 stars out
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Bose IE2 Headphones

CNET rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (Very Good)

The good: Improved sound; earphones fit securely and comfortably; protective carrying case included; "open" design has its appeal; pleasantly full bass.

The bad: Fit may not appeal to everyone, especially those who prefer noise-isolating earphones; treble is a little on the harsh side.

The cost: $89.95

The bottom line: While we've heard earphones that sound better for the money, Bose has improved its in-ear headphones so they fit--and sound better--than its previous in-ear model.

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Best earbuds for less than $100

You can spend up to $500 for top-shelf, audiophile-quality in-ear canal headphones, but what if you're on a budget and don't want to settle for the generic Apple earbuds?

A surge in the popularity of portable music players has widened your third-party headphone options, and here we've rounded up a list of our favorite earbud-style headphones for less than $100.