New Griffin iPod 'phones

Bought an MP3 player but don’t fancy shelling out the same amount again for some decent headphones? Well, pecuniarily challenged audiophiles, rejoice

Bought an MP3 player but don’t fancy shelling out the same amount again for some decent headphones? Well, pecuniarily challenged audiophiles, rejoice – iPod accessory maker, Griffin, might just have the answer.

Promising ‘greater sound output and enhanced bass’, these Earthumps (no relation to the Oakley MP3 sunglasses) come in nano pleasing tones dubbed Status Symbol White and Undercover Black. The latter hue presumably named because it doesn’t scream, ‘I’m carrying an iPod, mug me!’

The key to these buds’ superiority is their in-ear noise isolating design. Like the £200 Shure E4c, they should cut out most commuter warble and spare your fellow passengers as much of your block-rocking beats as possible. To ensure a comfort fit there are three different silicone inserts to plug even the most out-size lughole.

These ‘phones also have one other trick up their wires: magnetic heads. When not in use you can simply touch the two earpieces together and let the wire hang from your neck. Also useful for picking up paper clips or swirling iron filings into pleasing patterns.

At $19.99 (£11.50) from Griffin's website they won’t break the bank, but, with $35 (£20) international shipping to add, you may just want to hold off until the likes of iPodWorld.co.uk get them in.