Best cheap headphones of 2016


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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Panasonic Ergo-Fit

For under $10, you'll be hard-pressed to find in-ear headphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120s.

4 stars Excellent

Moshi Mythro

The well-designed Moshi Mythro earbuds feature quality sound at an affordable price.

4 stars Excellent

Creative Sound Blaster Jam

While not without some weaknesses, the Creative Sound Blaster Jam is a strong budget Bluetooth headphone that delivers good sound for its modest price point.

3.5 stars Very good

JVC Gumy Plus (Black)

At around $7, the surprisingly good-sounding and comfortable JVC Gumy Plus is a bargain.

Price: £7.17 - £7.69 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

MEElectronics Atlas (Orion Metallic)

The MEElectronics Atlas offer distinctive looks, a full suite of features, and sound quality that can't be faulted at this price.

4 stars Excellent

Sol Republic Jax

The $40 Sol Republic Jax in-ear headphones have the look of a bargain pair but sound as good as some headphones that cost twice as much.

3.5 stars Very good


At around $26 online, JVC's HA-S400 Nanotubes are among the better on-ear headphones for the money.

3.5 stars Very good

Audio-Technica ATH M30 - headphones

While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50 headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 set costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money.

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: £84.44 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Panasonic ErgoFit RP-TCM125 (Black)

While the ErgoFit RP-TCM125 doesn't sound as good as the cheaper RP-HJE120, it still sounds respectable for its budget price tag and includes a one-button inline/remote microphone.

3.5 stars Very good

Incipio f38

While they may not be truly special for their modest price, the Incipio f38s are solid, good-sounding headphones for the money.

3.5 stars Very good

JLab Epic (Blue/Gray)

The JLab Epics may look a little cheap, but they offer a comfortable, secure fit, and sound richer than their design would indicate.

3.5 stars Very good

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.

4 stars Excellent
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