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Keep your music private with mp3 player headphones

The little earbuds may be lightweight and neat, but they do tend to bleed noise into your immediate environment. With a set of mp3 player headphones you can crank up your heavy metal or deep house as loud as it goes, without being antisocial.

Most headphones were designed and calibrated for home hi-fi systems, so you might need to make some adjustments to your mp3 player for the optimum listening experience. Many headphone sets come with a headphone jack plug that needs an adaptor to plug into the standard 3.5mm mp3 player socket, but these are available for just 58p from Amazon.

The sound quality on proper headphones tends to be superior as well, so if you have downloaded mp3 music at a low bitrate, at say 128 kbps, it may sound a bit tinny and thin. Top quality mp3s of around 320 kbps will sound full and rich by comparison.

The Sony MDRNC7B Noise Cancelling Headphones offer powerful sound thanks to those Neodymium magnets. They also reduce unwanted ambient noise by 87.4%. You can listen to music with or without noise cancellation, allowing you to wallow in your own private bubble of sound. Amazon (www.amazon.co.uk) has them at £26.99.

The Sennheiser HD201 Closed Back Headphones are a professional-looking set of headphones with great sound and leak-free ear-cups. The headphones are on offer at £15.36.

The Koss Porta Pro headphones offer deep bass and excellent frequency response, for a fantastic listening experience. These are the mp3 player headphones to delight the hi-fi music fan, and the offer price of £17.99 at Amazon is excellent value.

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