Best cheap headphones of 2014


It's easy to break the bank on these accessories that often get more expensive than your music device. Comfort, sound, and style are all important considerations when picking out new headphones, but you shouldn't have to take a second mortgage to afford it. In fact, headphones are one of the few pieces of technology that are relatively timeless, meaning you can save money on an older model that will still lend a solid listening experience. To help you sort through the choices, we've rounded up our top budget headphones.

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Koss PortaPro (with Case)

Koss hit a home run with the PortaPros. Love or hate the design, there's no denying the sound quality here: they're the ideal companion for mobile audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts.

Price: $39.35 Check prices

4 stars Excellent Koss PortaPro (with Case)

Audio-Technica ATH-M35

While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50, the Audio-Technica ATH-M35 costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money -- plus it has the fold-up element that's missing from the ATH-M30.

Price: $139.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

MEElectronics HT-21 Travel (Black)

You may be fooled by their featherweight design, but the MEElectronics HT-21s earn our recommendation for their ample soundstage, subtle aesthetic, and portable convenience.

Price: $11.95 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Panasonic RP-HTX7

While their sound and design may not appeal to everyone, the Panasonic RP-HTX7s are excellent entry-level over-the-ear headphones that are a good bargain.

Price: $43.72 - $49.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Yamaha EPH-30 headphone

The Yamaha EPH-30 Inner Ear Headphones are a fantastic option for anyone on a budget, offering sound quality on par with the sound of sets that cost at least twice as much.

Price: $39.95 - $40.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Panasonic RP HJE355

Panasonic's very affordable RP-HJE355 series in-ear headphones sound as good as many earphones that cost twice as much.

Price: $19.99 - $39.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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