A rash of thefts is causing commuters to think twice about wearing expensive headphones such as Monsterâ€™s Beats by Dr. Dre on trains and buses. So what can you do to stay safe? You can go cold turkey and leave your audio gear at home, but if you canâ€™t bear to be away from your tunes that long, thereâ€™s a partial alternative: Go small.
Instead of donning a large, glitzy headset that can be spotted from the other end of a crowded subway platform, use a small, in-ear headset thatâ€™s not as obvious but still offers high-quality deep bass and clear high notes. Many of these units incorporate Apple iPod-, iPad- and iPhone-friendly inline remote controls and microphones. If youâ€™re looking to swap your big headphones for small beats, check out these portable and trendy earphones.--Robert S. Anthony