Although the trend has been for headphones to become more and more expensive over the past few years, the average person shouldn’t feel like they have to spend a fortune to enjoy their favorite music or game. And in fact, they don’t. There are many headphones under $50 that have great sound quality and many of the features that audiophiles want.
Sure, it’s not always easy to separate the poorly made models from the good models, so we decided to take the initiative and do a little bit of our own research. As a result, we’ve come up with ten models that we feel are the best ones. And each of them falls below the $50 mark. So let’s take a few minutes and take a closer look at them, shall we?
10. Sony Noise-Canceling MDRZX110NC
Manufactured by Sony, a company known for producing high-quality audio devices, these noise canceling headphones are designed to be comfortable and adaptable to a person’s needs. It has a nice over-the-ear design that passively blocks out noises that may disturb your music listening experience. This product also has 30mm Neodymium drivers which deliver decent audio quality and have a frequency response of 10 to 22,000 Hz. These inexpensive headphones will deliver nice bass notes that aren’t overpowering, and a decent range of mid and treble notes. All of these features come together to deliver a pair of headphones under $50 that provide the listener with good everyday use.
9. Behringer HPS3000 Studio Headphones
Designed in Germany by engineers who know what they’re doing when it comes to sound quality, these studio-quality headphones are designed to give the listener a great audio experience but do it without costing a fortune. They have a wide frequency response range and deliver both great bass and high notes. It’s manufactured with a singled sided cord that contains oxygen-free copper wires and has a 1/8-inch connector with a 1/4-inch adapter included. This product also has reversible ear cups that can be rotated and have a durable headband construction for heavy day-to-day use. All at a price that is rather remarkable considering the quality of the components.
8. Ausdom Over-Ear Headphones With Mic
These headphones not only are manufactured in vibrant colors but also are designed to deliver a really nice audio profile. This product contains 40mm drivers and has a frequency response of 100 Hz to 10,000 Hz. While that range won’t deliver extremely rich sound quality, it will produce a sound quality that’s suitable for listening to most music and for making phone calls. The Ausdom is also fairly lightweight and easy to wear, even for long periods of time, and has a 1.3-meter cord that is long enough to give the listener the room they need to move around when they plug it into their laptop, PC, tablet or CD player.
7. Avantree Active Noise Canceling Headphones
These headphones not only help to passively block out noise but is equipped with active noise canceling technology. While this noise-canceling feature won’t work to drown out shouting or conversations, it will block out engine sounds and the sounds of large crowds. Another feature which can be found on this product is a Bluetooth CSR chipset which delivers quality sound while the unit is wirelessly paired to an audio source. This Bluetooth connectivity can be used up to 33-feet away from the source, so the listener has some freedom of movement. The last feature that needs to be mentioned is this product’s rechargeable battery which provides the user with up to 10-hours of listening time.
6. Panasonic Ergo Fit RP-TCM125-V Earbuds
Not only are these earbuds under $50, but they are also under the $20 mark. Which is fairly impressive considering that it produces some pretty good sound quality. This product has a long 3.6-foot cord that can easily be threaded through clothing and it also has soft earbuds that fit easily in the ears. And if the earbuds don’t fit right out of the package, they also come with small, medium and large earpads. These earbuds ship in a variety of different colors, from black to intense purple. But the best thing about these earbuds is that they deliver pretty good sound quality thanks to its 9mm sound drivers.
5. Jelly Comb Corded Headphones With Mic
While these vibrantly colored products don’t look like serious headphones, they, in fact, deliver some rather nice sound quality. They not only deliver the listener a dynamic bass response but they also provide beautiful mid and high notes, too. They come in a number of different colors including blue & black, pink, purple, silver, white or gold. They can be folded up, have a 46-inch cord with 3.5mm jack and have a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz. They also have a built-in microphone that can be used for making phone calls or communicating with your buddies during gaming sessions.
4. Vogek On-Ear Headphone With Mic
This inexpensive product has a number of different features which audiophiles should enjoy. These headphones have swivel ear cups that can lay flat for storage and they also have 40mm driver units that deliver a full rich sound from 20 to 22,000 Hz. They are also designed with padded headbands for comfort and are designed, so they can seal out outside noises. Another feature found on these headphones is the 1.5-meter cable which gives the listener some room to move around when they’re listening to their favorite tunes. And it also has an in-line microphone that can be used for hands-free calling.
3. Mpow Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones
Ideal for anyone who needs high-quality earbuds for working out but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money. These earbuds are waterproof up to the IPX7 standard and are designed to be comfortable in the ears while they’re worn. They have ear hooks which help keep them secure and have a built-in microphone. They can be charged in approximately 1-1/2-hours and can provide up to 9-hours of music, all thanks to its lithium polymer battery. They are also equipped with CVC 6.0 noise reduction technology and come in a number of exciting colors which can go with just about any outfit.
2. Edifier H840 Audiophile Headphones
Designed with a carefully calibrated balance that falls squarely between treble and bass, and equipped with large 40mm sound drivers, these headphones not only provide good quality sound but they deliver great quality sound. They are made with an around the ear-design with leather earmuffs that help to block out sound passively and are soft on the ears. These headphones also have a 3.5mm gold-plated audio plug that ensures a proper connection between them and the audio source. And since these headphones are durable and flexible, they’ll give the user plenty of time with their favorite music. These stylish headphones also have a price that makes them quite desirable to just about any audiophile.
1. Mpow 059 Bluetooth Headphones
These over-the-ear headphones are equipped with all of the features a person would want in a pair of headphones under $50. They are built with soft memory-protein earmuffs that passively block out the surrounding environment and are easy-to-wear for long periods of time. They also have large 40mm sound drivers which deliver excellent sound quality and have a built-in microphone for a wired mode for use with cell phones. This product charges in 5-hours or less and can provide up to 13-hours of listening enjoyment. And it can be paired with an audio source using Bluetooth at a distance of up to 33-feet or can be plugged in using its 3.5mm audio cord.
How to Buy Inexpensive Headphones
When most people think about inexpensive headphones, they immediately begin to think about earbuds. And that’s understandable because a lot of earbuds are not only under the $50 dollar mark but are under the $20 mark, too. In our experience, it’s just not that difficult to find good quality earbuds under 50-dollars. Good headphones in that price range are quite difficult to find. That’s why we’ve concentrated our attention on over-the-ear and on-the-ear headphones.
Headphone manufacturers have really done a good job creating high-quality budget headphones. They sound better than they ever did, have more features than ever before and provide quite a bit more value than their price would indicate. However, that doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to have to make sacrifices when you’re buying one of these headphones. You are going to have to make some compromises, so let’s go over some of what you can expect from inexpensive headphones.
Features That May Have to be Compromised:
Bluetooth – Let’s be honest there aren’t a whole lot of headphones in this price range with Bluetooth. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a few models in this price range. Unfortunately, if you want a large selection of Bluetooth headphones, then you’re going to have to buy out of the $100 and above category. We’ve included a couple of good cheap Bluetooth headphones in out list above.
Noise Canceling – Noise canceling is another feature that’s difficult to find in this price range. Sure, there are a few models, but there’s not many of them. And there are even fewer that actually work right. That’s because the circuitry needed for noise canceling isn’t cheap, so it’s hard for low-budget headphones to compete with brands such as Bose in this category. Once again, if you’re going to need noise canceling, then you are probably going to have to spend a little more.
However, some headphones have a design which makes them seem like they have noise canceling technology. What I mean by that is they are designed in such a way that they shut out the outside world and isolate the listener. It’s not as good as true noise canceling technology, but it can be a workable approximation.
Features You Can Find In Cheaper Models
Now that we’ve dealt with the two features that are hard to find in headphones under $50, it’s now time to concentrate on what you should look for when searching for headphones in this price range. Below are just a few of the features that shouldn’t be too hard to find when shopping for low-cost headphones.
30mm to 40mm Drivers
The one thing that can be found on these types of headphones is 30mm to 40mm sound drivers. Sound drivers in this size really increase sound quality, although it still has to be said that most budget headphones emphasize bass more than more expensive models. And that’s often at the expense of your music’s vocals. Earbuds usually have 8mm to 10mm drivers and high-quality models usually have drivers north of 50mm.
It used to be impossible to buy cheap headphones that weren’t corded. That’s changed recently, however. Nowadays, it’s pretty easy to find models that don’t have to be plugged in and work on batteries. All you have to do is look for them.
Headphones with microphones can be found in just about any price range – from low-end headphones all the way to high-end ones. However, as you can imagine, the quality is going to vary greatly depending on the price. If you need a pair of headphones that have a good quality microphone, then be sure to buy a model that has CVC technology built into it. This technology reduces the amount of background noise the microphone picks up while a call is being placed. In other words, if you’re on a call with your partner and a car blares its horn, the horn won’t drown out your voice. It’s an important feature to have if you intend on using the headphones for making calls or keeping in contact with people while playing a game. Fortunately, a wide variety of cheaper headphones are equipped with this technology.
Some people equate a larger frequency response range with better sound quality, but that isn’t the case. I’ve seen headphones with upper frequencies above 30,000 Hz, which is frankly ridiculous because the human ear only has a frequency response range of 5 to 20,000 Hz, so anything above that is out of our range. As long as a pair of headphones has a range of 5 to 20,000 Hz, they’re acceptable. Just don’t believe the hype that you can tell a lot about sound quality from this number.
Durability is another feature that most people should expect from their headphones, no matter if they’re cheap or not. Twenty years ago, there was an influx of cheap headphone imports, and they not only didn’t sound great but they also didn’t hold up to regular use. That has changed over the past few years, however. Nowadays, cheaper headphones are more durable and last longer than their predecessors.
As expected, the price is the main reason to buy headphones in this price range. Many people don’t need or want to buy high-end headphones. They simply want a pair that they can use to listen to music or to make phone calls with on the go. Therefore, buying an inexpensive pair of headphones is often the way to go for many people.
As you can clearly see, a pair of headphones doesn’t have to be expensive to provide the music listener with a way to listen to their favorite tunes. With a little bit of thought, just about anyone can buy a pair of headphones that will give them decent audio quality and last them a long time. Not all of us are audiophiles, so it’s always nice to have an option for those of us who are unwilling to spend a fortune on headphones.