- 1 Headphone Review & Recomendation Guide
- 2 Quick Look – Best Headphones Under $100
- 3 Full Reviews
- 3.1 Over Ear Headphones
- 3.2 In Ear Headphones
If you like listening to your music in high quality and comfort and don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for headphones but also don’t want to settle for cheap, low-quality headphones that either damage your ears or break down within a week then this article is for you.
Here I’ve chosen the highest quality headphones for the lowest prices, ensuring quality sound while keeping the price below $100.
Some things are cheap and some things are good – great news, you can have both when it comes to high quality headphones less than $100. We have found 7 over ear models and 3 in ear headphones to browse – take a peek and let us know if we’ve missed any.
Headphone Review & Recomendation Guide
Quick Look – Best Headphones Under $100
Over Ear Headphones
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro – $99.95
These professional set of headphones deliver accurate, clean audio performance across the full frequency range and do a great job at natural sound reproduction. They are very comfortable making them perfect for long listening sessions. Very durable and dynamic.
They have a lightweight and comfortable, ergonomic design with replicable ear pads, headband padding and audio cord. The earpieces themselves are collapsible for compact transport.
Although the cable is not detachable and is therefore more suited for studio use, it still remains one of the best “bangs for your buck” headphones.
The single-sided, coiled cable has a 3.5mm mini jack and comes with a locking 1/4″ adapter for home or studio stereo equipment.
Sony MDR7506 Pro – $84.95
The MDR7506 is a #1 bestseller with a 4.5/5 rating.
Its Neodymium magnets and 40mm drivers bring powerful, detailed sound while the closed-ear design provides comfort and outstanding reduction of external noises. The closed-ear design MDR-7506 is outrageously popular in pro and home recording studios. Proven to be reliable in the toughest situations and provides clear, high quality crystal clear sound reproduction.
A 9.8-foot coiled cord provides more than enough slack for working in a studio without removing the phones, whether you’re the performer, the engineer, or both. The connector plugs are gold-plated.
It folds up for storage or travel and comes with its own case and a 1/4-inch adapter.
Air-Fi Matrix2 AF62 – $90.84
MEElectronics – Stereo Bluetooth Wireless + Wired Headphones with aptX, AAC, and NFC
Using advanced 40 mm drivers with both aptX and AAC technology for the highest quality Bluetooth audio streaming possible, the Matrix2 provides full range sound that is rich, yet balanced, satisfying even the most discerning listeners.
With Bluetooth 4.0, NFC connectivity, and an optional wired audio mode, the Matrix2 will keep you connected with your devices in any situation. A built-in high quality microphone and controls let you take charge of your multimedia and phone experience while an ultra-efficient Bluetooth 4.0 chipset provides up to 22 hours of talk and/or media playback time, 350 hours of standby time, and works while charging for uninterrupted use when the battery gets low.
The ear cups can be folded and stored in the matching case it comes with.
Creative Aurvana Live! 2 – $89.46
Headset with 40mm Drivers and In-Line Mic
This five star product packs true-to-life acoustic performance with tight bass and premium comfort.
The headset is powered by 40mm Bio-Cellulose drivers for impeccable audio while the earcups’ premium protein faux leather cushions with memory-foam provide excellent seal against external noise.
The headset uses a high-purity, tangle-free, flat audio cable with an inline microphone and a one-button remote with volume adjustment for hassle-free communication on your smartphone. The cable can be detached for storage or retrofitted with another cable of your choice.
Winner of the prestigious 2014 Red Dot Award for Product Design, the Aurvana Live!2 combines modern design with the latest technology for intuitive functionality.
2.5mm-to-3.5mm gold-plated 4-pole plug (1.2m)
Creative WP-450 – $69.99
Wireless Bluetooth Headphone with Invisible Mic
The WP-450’s deliver dynamic, high-fidelity wireless audio for your music listening pleasure. With these headphones you can enjoy excellent audio quality and clear voice calls with its “invisible mic”.
Featuring powerful, finely-tuned Neodymium drivers and aptX® technology by Creative’s acoustic experts.
The WP-450 is also equipped with ClearSpeech Engine™ technology that suppresses noise and enhances speech, so you won’t need to compete with background noise to be heard.
The hinge-fold headband design lets you fit the headphones easily into your bag and it comes with a soft travel pouch.
Instant access to call and playback controls plus volume level buttons make adjustments very easy.
Ideal for all compatible Bluetooth devices ranging from music phones, smart tablets to laptops
Comes with 1m (3.3 ft.) USB charging cable.
Photive X-Bass PH-BTX6 – $59.95
Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Built-in Microphone and Hard Travel Case.
The PH-BTX6s deliver clear and powerful sound with rich bass and clear tones through 40mm drivers. With advanced Bluetooth technology these headphones allow you to stream music or videos up to 33 ft. away from your device with easy pairing, requiring no pin or code.
The design is very lightweight with the ultra-soft ear pads providing comfort and the adjustable headband giving you a perfect fit.
It has a rechargeable Lithium ion battery which guarantees up to 12 hours of uninterrupted playtime.
It comes with a hard travel case, 3.5mm audio cable, micro USB charging cable and a user guide.
Koss PortaPro Headphones – $24.99
An ultra-portable set of on-ear headphones with oxygen-free copper voice coils that deliver deep bass and signal clarity.
The Porta Pro has adjustable temporal pads to relieve pressure on the ears. Its lightweight, open-air cushions for hear-through sound keep listeners aware of their surroundings while delivering exceptional sound
It’s collapsible for maximum portability when listening on the go and includes a convenient carrying case.
Straight, dual entry 4 foot cord.
In Ear Headphones
Beats urBeats – $99.95
The Beats. What can you say – they have set the standard and put a serious arms race in the headphone market. These headphones sound great. They look great. I have had little trouble – but it looks like there as been some serious quality control issues. That can sometimes happen at the start of a production run – so maybe this has ironed itself out. And now that Apple owns them – I can’t imagine new models will be junk.
They do look wonderful – from the flat cable that seriously resists the tangled mess to the feel of the metal housing. They just look and feel cool – and you look good with them on. And they come with a nice little case.
The are compatible with iPhone and Android – as they have the built in mic.
Sennheiser MM70 – $74.88
One of Germany’s best audio companies brings the the Sennheiser MM70 – an affordable set of earphones that provide powerful audio performance with deep bass response and no distortion.
They account for the entire frequency range, but lean towards the deep end of the bass spectrum.
With high-output Neodymium magnets for stereo sound, inline remote control and microphone for mobiles, a universal fit compatible with virtually any smart phone in the market featuring a 3.5mm headphone jack (Android, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and IOS devices), and a comfortable fit with three pairs of ear sleeve sizes for best custom fit- the MM70s are great value for your money.
Comes with a 2 year warranty.
AKG K323XSi – $49.95
These incredibly small and lightweight earphones have award-winning studio-quality sound.
Incorporating a one-button universal remote control with microphone, the K323XSA offer you instant connectivity with almost all smartphones.
The balance between bass, mid and treble is very accurate with no aspect dominating the other, and they all synchronize perfectly to provide a unified, cohesive whole.
The sleeves come in Extra Small, Small, Medium and Large sizes.
The AKGs are cheap, tiny, include a microphone and remote and deliver very high quality sound.
SoundMagic E10S – $41.99
These in ear noise isolating earphones deliver deep bass balanced with superb musical detail with high quality build. The buds are made of metal with the cable twisted for added toughness and coated to prevent any snagging. Compatible with all smartphones and a user adjustable switch which allows you to control both Apple and Android smartphones.
They also offer full management of telephone conversations with the built-in microphone and one button remote.
Bass weight is nicely judged, making for a tight, fast, agile sound.
Driver: Dynamics, 10mm,Neodymium
Cable length: 1.2m
And that’s it for our top ten headphones (in ear and over ear). As you can see you can enjoy listening to music everyday without having to pay over $100. Be sure to look for future products by Sennheiser, Creative and Sony since they have a very good reputation of manufacturing top-notch headphones. Also read our review of the best tablets for 2015.