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If you use a pair of portable headphones, or even budget headphones, you could probably do with a decent amplifier. But if your favourite way of listening involves music on the go, it's got to go with you. This week, we're looking at five of the best portable headphone amps on the market, with prices starting at under $40.

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I'm a headphone junkie. I have headphones in all shapes and sizes, but there's one small problem: I don't like things that dig deep into my ears, which most traditional in-ear headphones do. So I've embarked on a search for more comfortable options... and it's been more complicated than I expected.

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Bone-conducting headphones sound like strange gadgets, but they're surprisingly easy to build. This video from Tinkernut walks you through the basics of speaker technology, and in the first minute or two tells you how to build a bone-conduction speaker you could easily house in a hollowed out pair of on-ear headphones or earmuffs.

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Dear Lifehacker, After going through my third pair of earphones for my mobile in recent times, I was wondering if there is a "preferred" way to keep the phone in your pocket? Do you have the lead facing upwards from the outside of the pocket, or down towards the groin? I'm sick of my earphones not lasting a year before the connection becomes sketchy.

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Dear Lifehacker, You guys often talk about headphones, and some of them are really expensive, costing $200 or more. I have a pair of $20 headphones that I love, and I've always wondered: are those high-end ones really worth it? What's so special about expensive headphones that makes them better?

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Dear Lifehacker, I own a pair of over-ear headphones (Corsair Vengeance 1500, to be precise), and they're getting rather grubby. The actual ear-covers are made out of a carpet-like material. What can I do to remove dust, sweat and grime from them without damaging the headphones in any way?