For those who still want quality and don’t want to pay $300 for a pair of headphones there are many options available. Many times the large discrepancy in price doesn’t get you much higher quality but instead your paying for a logo and fashion statement. If you’re looking to get the best value there are many cheaper headphones on the market that can do the trick. We’ve compiled a list of the best headphones available that we feel are cheap but also give you decent quality. When going for cheaper headphones you want to make sure they’re good enough quality and have some durability because it doesn’t do any good to have to buy multiple pairs of cheaper headphones when you could have just bought one decent pair.
Our reviews are done in a way that we do research on all of the available products and compare reviews from many major websites including Amazon, Best Buy, and gadget review sites. Once we compile these reviews and check the specs of each device we determine which looks to be the top in the category. We compiled a list below of the best headphones and earbuds you can get for cheap with all coming in at under $15 with one as low as $6. So while these may not be the highest in quality you can find on the market they’re solid choices if you’re looking to pick up something cheap that doesn’t sound horrible.
The Panasonic RPHJE120 tops our list of the best cheap headphones and earbuds with a current price of just $5.99 (orig. $9.99) and overall solid reviews from multiple online stores. The earbuds are designed to be lightweight, well fitting, and give you a rich sound for this class of audio equipment. The in-ear headphones come with three different soft earpads to fit any ear size and the 3.5mm plugin can plug into any device including your smartphone or MP3 player. They also come in a variety of colors including silver (as shown), blue, black, pink, red, orange, violet, and green.
Coby CV185 Folding Deep Bass Stereo Headphones
The Coby CV185 is a pair of headphones that focus on deep bass and rich sound while also folding up for easy storage. They include 40mm neodymium driver units for the deeper bass sounds, adjustable headband, gold-plated 3.5mm plug, and a compact folding design. The reviews are pretty solid overall with the current star rating on Amazon being 4.5 out of 5 with over 75 reviews. The reviews conclude that for the price they’re top notch and have good sound. The only negatives that pop up regularly in the reviews are that the driver shells and headband are mostly plastic which means it won’t be as durable but that’s expected in cheaper over the ear headphones. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Beats by Dre and other popular premium headphones this may be one of your best options along with the Sony headphones below. The original price is listed at $20 but the sale price usually stays at around $10.
Sony MDR-ZX100 ZX Series Headphones
The second set of over-the-ear type headphones are the Sony MDR-ZX100 ZX Series Headphones that come in at a price of just around $15. The headphones have 30mm drivers, pressure relieving headphones for comfort, rugged tangle-free cords, 3.5mm stereo plug, and they’re pretty lightweight. The reviews are solid with a current rating of 4.5 out of 5 with over 600 total customer reviews which is nearly unheard of. The only common complaints are that the bass isn’t as strong as they would like and they don’t fold up as well as other comparable models. They come in the white as shown above as well as a black model.
Sony MDREX10LP In-Ear Headphones
The Sony MDREX10LP In-Ear Headphones are the other earbuds on our list that have a low price and good enough quality to make the purchase worth it for most regular consumers. They have 9mm driver units, silicone inner earbuds, Y type cord, and 9 different colors to choose from. The reviews on these headphones are at 4 out of 5 on Amazon with 164 customers leaving reviews. The major complaints are that the volume and bass could be higher which is a common complaint with most non-premium earbuds. You can pick these up currently for $7.99 with an original price of $14.99.
This list will update as we find other earbuds, headphones, and wireless headphones that can be added to the list. Leave your comments and suggestions for additions to the list below.