BEST BUDGET HEADPHONES — INEXPENSIVE AND AFFORDABLE — A QUICK NOTE ABOUT HEADPHONES… First, to understand what you’re getting as it relates to affordable, cheap, budget headphones versus expensive headphones, you should understand how headphones work to truly find a bargain and not fall for the flash that some headphone makers add to otherwise wack sounding earphones.
Why are Some Headphones Cheaper Than Others?
This is the case as it is with every other product you might buy. Each pair of headsets is built from different materials. Some are made with cheap materials (unfortunately, most affordable and cheap budget headphones) and might be a little fragile and others might be made of stronger and more expensive materials. Some may be able to withstand a great deal of excessive force while others break the first time you sit on them. I’m not saying that you actually should sit on your headsets to test their quality, but it is nice to have some that might actually survive for a long time.
So, What Makes Some Headphones Better Than Others?
Well, strictly speaking, it is all about the frequency and the sound isolation (or noise cancellation). Especially when considering budget headphones that are under 100 dollars versus, say, the expensive “Beats by Dre” headphones. Sound isolation is the term used for – how much of the sound coming from outside the earphones actually reaches your ear. You will definitely want a pair that can tune it out. It doesn’t necessarily have to block it completely. But to the degree that that outside sound interferes with the sound you actually want to hear, you will find your enjoyment of the song directly affected. Keep this in mind when you’re looking for low budget headphones.
As to the frequency, the human ear can hear as low as 20 Hz and as high as 20,000 Hz but it is strongly recommended to get a pair of earphones that has a range of 10 Hz to 25,000 Hz. This is due to a number of reasons. First of all, it gives the sound a better quality, but it is also because that the ear is not the only thing in our heads that receives the sound waves. The jaw for example is responsible for a large part of the sounds we are able to hear and it can sometimes intercept frequencies that the ear can’t.
Sony ZX Series Stereo HeadphonesThe Sony ZX series stereo headphones are high quality, lightweight, foldable and durable. They even fold for easy storage. The interesting thing is, on the train to work I’ve (the author) seen just as many people with these headphones as the Beats By Dre earphones. I’d imagine it’s because of the affordability, the design, and the quality output. The frequency range is pretty good which gives you more of the sounds you’re looking for. The only drawback I can see with these headphones is that they don’t put out a loud enough sound if you’re one to blast your earphones to 10. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great, but I’ve pumped my volume to 10 with these bad boys and they don’t go as high as I would like. Now, that’s not a problem with iPods or iPhones as those devices leave plenty of room for volume.
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Veho VEP-003-360Z1 Stereo EarphonesI have managed to get these cool pair of Veho VEP-003-360Z1 360 Noise Isolating Stereo Earphones with Flat Flex Anti Tangle Cord. These in-ear stereo earphones don’t have a built-in microphone but it doesn’t matter since I’m just using these to listen to my favorite songs. I also like the fact that I can use these earphones on my tablet and smartphone. It actually fits anywhere since its standard 3.5mm nickel-plated headphone jack is designed to be compatible with the majority of today’s mobile devices. Plus, it is so comfortable to wear. It also comes with another two pairs of snug-fit super soft ear buds.
Other than this, I am also very pleased with the Veho VEP-003-360Z1 360’s anti-tangle cord. I have already used a lot of earphones but none of them were as hassle-free as Veho’s. You can literally put this anywhere and it doesn’t matter if it’s on top of your desk or inside your bag or purse. That’s because it won’t cause a mess and you don’t have to spend a lot of time untangling its messy cord. Moreover, the sound quality is superb. You can hear the music clearly without those annoying background noises plus the volume can be adjusted according to your preference.
The only downer to this earphone is that it doesn’t have a built-in volume control. So I don’t really recommend that you adjust your song’s volume while you’re in the middle of your exercise routine. That’s because you’d have to take your phone out of your pocket. Anyways, this is just a minor drawback but all-in-all, this earphone is good enough. Considering its very affordable price, you couldn’t ask for more. Besides, it features a very modern design. It’s also very handy and you can take it anywhere you go.
Panasonic Best In Class Stereo HeadphonesThese cheap but decent headphones are really a gem – if you’re into over-ear headphones. The Panasonic Panasonic Best In Class headphones boasts a standard quality of sound. The frequency range of 10hz – 23,000hz means a good but not great sound experience for the listener (you!). As we’ve been saying, frequency range could mean the difference between hearing a cymbal in a great classical song and not hearing it. So, if that’s what you’re looking for, then these may not be for you. Also, the Panasonic Best In Class headphones come in various colors which, if you’re into color coordination, is a nice little touch. The Panasonic Best In Class headphones, in short, are very reasonably priced with average quality sound (for in-ear headphones).
The sound quality is excellent. The comfort is superior. Nice touch with the color. Your best in class earphones.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional HeadphonesTHE Audio-Technica ATH-M20x headphones are a durable and comfortable pair of headphones. If you don’t like to hear the outside world and like to be in your world of sound, these are good for this purpose. I’m not too fond of the frequency range (15hz-20khz), which means you’ll miss out on certain deep, rich sound. But most people find that that’s more than they need to enjoy what they’re listening to. The sound quality is solid with a great signal-to-noise ratio. What’s signal-to-noise- ratio? With noise being unwanted sound and signal being the sound you’re looking for when listening to music, these headphones give you more “music” than extraneous sound or air.
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Klipsch X4i Premium HeadphonesThe Klipsch X4i Premium headphones are great. These particular headphones have excellent sound quality. Now again, I’ll sort of throw out there the bass-heavy vs. treble debate. This particular model has a heavier bass than, say, the Monster Mobile headphones we reviewed. So that being said, they’re great for the deep throbbing base you’ll find in club, reggae, and hip-hop. The “accuracy” with the sound is pretty good. Not up to the level of the high-end headphones where it sounds like you’re in the sound booth with the artists, but the Klipsch’s are more than adequate. There has been a glitch reported where the volume automatically adjusts without the aid of the listener. But perhaps that’s due to the positioning of the sound leveler. I like these earphones a lot.
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Monster NCredible NTune HeadphonesThe Monster NCredible NTune headphones are moderately priced on-ear headphones provide a surprisingly crisp, clean, clear sound. But the sound rivals “Beats by Dre” earphones (though not completely). If you like bass, the Monster NCredible NTune headphones do deliver, although the sound is skewed more towards “treble.” Personally, I like a bit more treble with just a kiss of bass, that way the singing isn’t drowned out. I think this was by design by the company, they wanted a bit more “shine” and not that deep, rich bass that some people expect. I’d say these headphones are geared towards the Pop, rock, and classical. The good thing about these sports headphones is that they can stand alone as headphones, or they are more than adequate for talking on your cell phone. The mic is clear and not “poppy.” One neat little thing is the fact that the magnetized buds clip together so that you can wear them as a necklace when you have to stop listening and handle some business.
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SOUL by Ludacris SL150BW HeadphonesIt’s our suspicion that with the success of “Beats By Dre” Headphones, Ludacris saw how headphones could be a real profit maker. But the thing about these headphones is they’re cheaper than the Beats headphone, but we contend that they’re nearly as good. SOUL by Ludacris SL150BW Headphones truly rival “Beats by Dre” headphones. They boast ample base (though the sound is not drowned out by them) and comfortable fit.
So there you have it. Again, these are the best budget headphones. Take that the mean what you will.