Headphones that ease the pain of public transportation

Soul by Ludacris SL300 CNET rating: 4 stars

Soul by Ludacris SL300

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Soul by Ludacris SL300 headphones compete with other celebrity-endorsed headphones with active noise cancellation, a comfortably padded headband, and a generous array of accessories.

The bad: An overbearing bass bump drowns out the clarity of the sonic profile, especially in songs with electronic instruments.

The cost: $299.95

The bottom line: Although they won't satisfy audiophiles and purists, we prefer the Soul by Ludacris SL300 headphones over the competition for their sexy light-up earpieces, supreme comfort, and street-savvy noise cancellation.

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A durable, noise-isolating, travel-friendly set of headphones can transport your brain to its happy place. Check out our top picks to make your urban commute a little more bearable. (Sorry, there's nothing we can do about the sticky floors and icky smells.) ©2014 CBS Interactive Inc., a CBS Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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