The Best of the Best
Best Headphones: Klipsch Image S4i
Headphones can be as tricky to select as speakers, especially for picky listeners. And earbuds have traditionally been problematic, with their tiny drivers and generally tinny sound. The Klipsch Image S4i’s are an exception.
The smaller cousins to the $350 Klipsch X10i, this set costs just $100 yet delivers sound quality that rivals many others costing twice as much. Bass for rock and rollers is solid, and wind and brass instruments have enough clarity to please classical music fans. These in-ear speakers are also about as comfortable as earbuds get.
Best HDTV: Samsung 6500 Series
For pure picture quality, the state-of-the-art still belongs to plasma HDTVs. But picture quality isn’t the only factor in deciding between sets. Today’s HDTVs have to be many things to many buyers: thin and big, support 3D video, and include built-in access to services like Netflix and Pandora.