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Ear candy

If space is no object and fashion is, think about a different headphone experience. I tried the iLuv ReF headphones with a red canvas exterior; they're made for the iPod, iPhone and iPad and some Android devices and Kindle, among others. The musical experience was rich and, best of all, the phones blocked most of the noise that makes travel wearing. The only downside: My ears got hot. Seems a small price to pay for sanity and style. Info: $129.99, http://www.iLuv.com —C.H. Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times