Best on-ear headphones under $100 compared

If you prefer headphones over earbuds, check out this list of capable on-ear cans under $100.

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Investing in an aftermarket pair of headphones is a quick and easy solution to improve the music listening experience on a mobile music player, but plenty of people feel uncomfortable jamming a tiny ear bud deep into their ear canals. Of course, a tight seal and close proximity to the eardrums offer the potential for the highest-resolution sound quality , but earpad and full-size headphones are also suitable for acoustic isolation and don't require minute fit adjustments the way in-ear-canal headphones do.

Here we've listed a handful of our favorite on-ear headphones that constitute the ideal marriage of lightweight comfort, travel-friendly design, and rich sound. Best of all, their sub-$100 price cap means you won't have to pick up a second job to invest in a new pair.

Whether you're looking for a simple mobile headset to enjoy on the run or a foldable retro pair that will turn heads on the subway, you won't be disappointed with any of these.

Check out this list of the best on-ear headphones under $100.

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About the author

Justin Yu covers headphones and peripherals for CNET. When he's not wading through Web gulch or challenging colleagues to typing tests, you can find him making fun of technology with Jeff Bakalar every afternoon on The 404 show.


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