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Best Budget Headphones for the Money 2017

Updated on February 9, 2017

Review of the Best Value Headphones Under $10 to $50

If you're looking for a quality pair of headphones for the right price, then this post has all the need-to-know information about the top rated headphones under $50.

Categories include headphones under $50, $25, $15, and $10. Don't forget to leave a comment below before you go.

JVC Xplosives Headphone
JVC Xplosives Headphone

Best Budget Headphones Under $20 2017

One of the most popular, yet inexpensive pair of headphones on the internet are the Xtreme-Xplosivs headphones by JVC. These headphones have a gold plated 3.5mm plug which mean better sound and the long cord length makes it easier to listen to your music no matter what you're doing.

These headphones are of good quality and reduce outside noise as well as give you an enjoyable listening experience. These are 'in the ear canal' headphones or ear buds so you hear your music much better. Also that gives you a life like feeling of the deep bass in your music. These headphones are so popular because they meet the needs of music lovers everywhere due to their comfort, price, and sound quality. These headphones are also part of the XX series and those models have a bass port for an outstanding bass experience. The rubber protector keeps your headphones safe from impact and this allows them to stand up to heavy use.

The overall reviews from JVC customers are that they love these headphones. They have a great fit with great sound quality, which means they won't fall out as easily as some other headphones. What people love most about these headphones is how durable they are. Perfect for throwing into your gym bag or shoving into your pocket, you won't have to worry about easy breakage. One customer did a comparison between these headphones and the Apple brand and JVC was better.

That got me thinking about how annoying my own headphones are and I plan on buying these as soon as possible. All agree that these headphones are very durable and the rubber is better than they expected. One customer raved about the sound quality, saying it was like they were in their own movie theater. That review should be enough to make you want to run out and buy these headphones and throw your old ones in the trash. Affordable and of great quality, the Xtreme-Xplosivs headphones are another great JVC product.

5 stars for the JVC Xplosivs Headphone
Sony ZX Headphones
Sony ZX Headphones

Best Value Headphones Under $15 2017

Sony MDR-ZX100 ZX series Headphones

If you are looking for something similar to expensive headphones, but you don't want that high price tag than get the Sony MDR-ZX100 ZX series Headphones. These are a way more affordable pair of headphones and customer love them for good reason. These are high quality headphones and produce a powerful sound. They are actual headphones, over the head and covering the ears. Yet they are lightweight for comfort.

These are durable headphones, great for on the go music listeners. A great Sony product the sound quality is what people focus on. The bass is deep, but doesn't overpower the rest of your music and the vocals are clear. Everything is in perfect balance with each other. Some customers say that the sound quality is better than other more expensive headphones. While these are not nose canceling headphones they are good a blocking out random background noise so you can fully enjoy your music.

These are also very stylish. The white is glossy and they look solidly built. They don't look as cheap as they are and for convenience they rotate and fold down so you can put them in a bag. These are perfect for those who are sick of ear buds that fall out of get uncomfortable after a time.

These are worth the money, the very little you spend, and are more than you'd expect for such an inexpensive product. If you are looking for a stylish pair of headphones with great performance but you don't want to break open your piggy bank buy the MDR-ZX100 series Headphones from Sony.

Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Headphones
Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Headphones

Another great set of headphones are the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Headphones. These are only a little more expensive than the other two, but are still very affordable. These are a great product for home recordists, recording musicians, and studio engineers. I say that because they are not exactly pretty but they get the job done.

These are stereo monitor headphones with an adjustable cushioned headband. They are also lightweight for comfort. With an 11 foot flexible cable it would be hard to walk around with these headphones so they are more for professionals of even for people who work at home. These headphones have amazing clarity and the gold plated stereo connector with strain relief gives you the best listening experience possible. These are the best headphones for fewer than fifty dollars and can put stereo speakers to shame. One reviewer was shocked that they could head background singers and instruments he'd never been able to hear before.

The comfort they provide is unbelievable and they are lighter than they look. While they don't cancel noise they block out a lot of background sound and block out the sound to other people so you can listen as high as you'd like. The connector strain and the long cord allow you to walk around and not worry about breaking the cord with a lot of movement.

These are majorly durable headphones and produce amazing sound quality at the same time all at a great and affordable price. If you are search for inexpensive headphones that will get the job done than get the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Headphones.

Panasonic RPHJE120G In-Ear Headphone
Panasonic RPHJE120G In-Ear Headphone

Panasonic RPHJE120S In-ear headphones

Possible the least expensive ear buds that will still perform well are the RPHJE120S In-ear headphones by Panasonic. These are stylish ear buds and come in a rainbow of colors from black, green, and orange, to white/silver, red, and violet. These are so cheap that you could buy one for each of your outfits if you wanted to match.

They created them in so many colors specifically to match the 5th generation of iPod nano. The Ergo-fit design is comfortable while giving you a great fit and they include three pairs of soft ear pads. These are designed to be light and comfortable and still give you that rich sound quality you are looking for. At such a low price people don't expect much out of these headphones and usually buy them as backups in case they lose their other set. Yet so many reviewers are impressed by the sound quality and say the sound is cleaner than other headphones. The Ergo design really does make them fit perfectly and comfortably.

Some customers, wanting to take advantage of the low prices bought multiple pairs and they last well so they haven't even needed to use the others they bought. They don't fall out like other ear buds, thanks to the Ergo design, and runners love them. Compared to other headphones that are more expensive these take the cake.

They fit better than most other brands and give you great sound that rivals the bigger names out there. For the price these headphones are amazing and I would consider buying Panasonic's RPHJE120S In- ear headphones for all your audio needs.

Sony Lightweight MDR-W08L Headphones
Sony Lightweight MDR-W08L Headphones

For Budgets Under $10

Sony Ultra Lightweight MDR-W08L Headphones

Last but not least, an amazing and affordable set of headphones by Sony. The Ultra Lightweight MDR-W08L Vertical In the ear Headphones. These headphones combine the ear bud experience with the security of the over the head headphones. These fit comfortably in each ear and the headband is slim which keeps the headphones snug against your head.

The cord is only 3.3 feet long you so can move around easily. These are perfect for on the go music listener and feature acoustic turbo circuitry. They give you great sound without having to give up comfort. They are not noise canceling so when you are outside you know what is going on around you, but you can still be focused in your music. The vertical design makes the headphones smaller and the weight less so you can be comfortable for hours. These headphones also have Neodymium magnets for maximum energy with minimum size. This is more powerful than other magnets and gives you a fuller and richer sound. These have been described as "a runner's best friend." They are light weight for uninterrupted movement and secure enough for running. They don't move or jar around which means you don't have to worry about adjusting of fixing them while you work out. That also means you can devote all your energy to your run instead of take time to pay attention to the ear bud in your ear. These ear bud are also small which allows them to fit nicely in your ear and give you the sound you are looking for.

This is another product people buy multiples of because it is cheap and they are supposed by how long they actually do last. One customer used one pair for a year, through getting wadded up and thrown in a gym bag, 3 half marathons and many training runs before one side finally gave out. All the reviews are the same. People buy the Vertical headphones to replace an expensive pair and discover they prefer these headphones over the rest. If you want affordable headphones that you'll fall in love with buy the Ultra-Light weight MDR-W08L Vertical in the ear headphones from Sony and you won't be disappointed.

© 2012 Brandon Hart

Value Headphones Discussion

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      EzLoanLookUp LM 

      4 years ago

      I'm not a fan of ear buds I feel like the quality isn't as good, but I'll check out the Sony one. Good Lens


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