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How Headphone Earmuffs Work


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That four-mile jog is so much harder in the winter. The single digits on the thermometer are less than motivational. The one thing that usually helps pump you up, your MP3 player, is still carefully tucked in your room because the thought of those ear bud headphones that feel like ice against your ears is too much to handle on this cold morning. If only you didn't have to choose between your ear bud headphones and your earmuffs.

Well, you're in luck -- now you can stay warm and keep the tunes flowing by getting yourself a pair of headphone earmuffs.

As MP3 players and other portable music gadgets have become practically ubiquitous, it has become necessary to make them as usable as possible, no matter what the temperature is. So, the ever-expanding need for multipurpose gear has created a new branch in the headphone industry. Headphone earmuffs are exactly what you think they are -- headphones inside a pair of earmuffs.

­With everyone from the big box chains to outdoor stores and fashion shops selling the product, you should be able to find a pair that fits your style and budget. They come in a variety of styles and colors and range in price from $10 for a basic pair up to around $200 for a top of the line model. Most of the time, you can expect the average earmuff headphone set to run about $30 [source: Perfect Present]. Try using the Internet in your search for the best deals and customer reviews.