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Twelve of the best headphones money can buy

by Danny Zepeda | August 2, 2017August 2, 2017 4:00 pm PDT

Finding a great pair of headphones can be tricky. It’s often difficult to find that perfect balance between durability, portability, and sonic quality–and on the rare occasion you find all three qualities in a pair of headphones, they’re usually overpriced. That’s why we’ve put together a list of truly affordable headphones that are comfortable, convenient, and pack a sonic punch.

EARBUDS

1. FRESHeBUDS Pro Magnetic Bluetooth Earbuds

The hit FRESHeBUDS‘ new Pro model is even better than before. With superior water resistance, you won’t have to worry about sweat or rain damage while you enjoy the six hour battery life.

Buy Now: On sale for a 75% discount at $29.95.

2. TREBLAB X11 Earphones

These TREBLAB X11 Earphones redefine truly wireless sound by offering elite range and flexibility. Whether you’re running, working out, doing chores, or just going about your commute, these buds have your soundtrack covered with elite Bluetooth audio.

Buy Now: These earphones are 83% off at just $32.99.

3. SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating In-Ear Earphones

These stylish in-ear headphones feature super sturdy all-metal construction and offer a powerful, tight bass response. With a frequency range of 15Hz to 22KHz, these buds deliver shimmering highs along with a solid midrange, and the tangle-free cable and included wire clip ensures that they’re easy to wear and use.

Buy Now: These in-ear ‘phones are available for $41.99.

4. Bose SoundTrue Ultra In-Ear Headphones 

With a sealed design that offers enhanced low-end and superior acoustics, these small but mighty in-ear headphones come loaded with an inline microphone and remote, which allows you to take calls, skip tracks, and more.

Buy Now: Bose power is available for $129.

ON-EAR HEADPHONES

5. Panasonic On Ear Stereo Headphones

Panasonic, another immediately-recognizable name in all things audio, is making waves with these on-ear headphones, which offer clear, powerful, and balanced bass and treble sonics thanks to dual 30mm neodymium drivers.

Buy Now: Highly flexible and on sale for $18.26.

6. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones

This impressive pair of noise-cancelling headphones feature a 30mm neodymium driver and can last for 80 hours on a single charge. Their soft padding makes for an incredibly comfortable fit, and a 12–22,000 Hz frequency response means that you’ll hear every detail of your favorite tunes.

Buy Now: Outstanding sound and available for $33.90.

7. JBL Synchros On-Ear Headphones

With these Synchros E40BT headphones, you get the best JBL has to offer. Premium 40mm drivers deliver full spectrum sound with uninhibited clarity and powerful bass, and Bluetooth technology allows for wireless calling.

Buy Now: JBL’s finest is on sale now for $72.00.

8. Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

The newest release from Beats, these elite headphones boast an incredible battery life of up to 40 hours for multi-day use, and have multi-function on-ear controls to let you control volume, take calls, and more.

Buy Now:  Dre loves them, why shouldn’t you? Get a pair for $219.

OVER-EAR HEADPHONES

9. Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones 

There’s a reason why these Mpow Bluetooth Over Ear Headphones have been ranked as a best-seller on Amazon for months: They deliver pristine sound quality and comfort at an incredibly affordable price.

Buy Now: They also feature best of class noise-reduction technology. Get them now for $33.99.

10. Cowin E-7 Active Noise Cancelling Over-Ear Stereo Headphones

These elite headphones feature a lightweight, comfortable fit that you can wear all day long. Which is a great thing, because you won’t want to take them off on long flights given their outstanding noise reduction capabilities.

Buy Now: Travel in peace. Pick up a pair for $69.99.

11. A-Audio Legacy Noise Cancelling Headphones with 3-Stage Technology

Built with 40mm drivers, powerful circuitry, and anti-vibration aluminum for a power-backed soundstage, the A-Audio Legacy Over-Ear Headphones provide an unrivaled listening experience to connoisseurs of sound. Incorporating patented 3-Stage Technology, the Legacy allows a user to switch between passive audio, bass enhanced, and active noise cancellation modes to curate the best experience for the moment.

Buy Now: Switch between three listening modes when you buy for $79.99, reduced 73%.

12. Bose Quietomfort Headphones

These QuietComfort 25 headphones are beloved by all music-lovers, yet they’re especially popular with frequent travelers, who have to endure long flights filled with screaming babies. The QuietComfort 25 noise-cancellation abilities are the best in the business, and don’t interfere with the headphones’ ability to deliver deep, powerful sound.

Buy Now: Don’t give in to noisy babies. These are available for $279.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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