Their durability may be questionable, but the lightweight and comfortable Aiaiai Tracks deliver surprisingly rich sound for an affordable price.
Arriva, a small company out of Colorado, makes funky-looking sports earphones that are designed to stay on your head no matter what. The Leo is the company's Bluetooth wireless model and it comes in additional colors (green, teal, and gray).
Audio-Technica's ATH-M30 headphones aren't on par with the step-up ATH-M50s, but they deliver very good sound for a low price.
Audio-Technica ATH-WS55 Solid Bass
The WS55s may not make a comfortable fit for everyone, but they do sound really good for the money.
For those who don't to like to have earbuds jammed in their ears, Bose's $99 IE2s are a good alternative. They sound decent but get their highest marks for their comfort level.
Creative Aurvana Live
Creative was selling its excellent Aurvana Live headphones for $55, but they became so popular Creative couldn't keep them in stock. Now they're back up to their list price of $99.99, but hopefully we'll see discounts in the future.
Creative WP-350 Bluetooth headphones
Creative's $79.99 WP-350s are among the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones at this price.
A few years back Grado tweaked its $99 SR80 made-in-Brooklyn headphones, adding an "i" to the end of their name without actually adding it to the product itself. We still like the older SR80, which remains on the market, but recommend going for the slightly upgraded SR80i.
We were impressed with how accurate the Hifiman RE-400 earphones are, as well as their simple yet elegant design. At $99, they slide in just under the sub-$100 threshold for the list.
Klipsch Image S4 line
Klipsch Image S4 line has long been a CNET favorite in the in-ear category. The original S4 has dipped below the $50 mark while S4i, which has a microphone and in-line remote, can be had for about $10 more. In 2012, Klipsch released the newer and updated
The Koss PortaPro is a longtime favorite of CNET's Justin Yu.
LG Tone HBS-700 stereo Bluetooth headset
LG's Tone HBS-700 stereo Bluetooth headset is among the most comfortable we've tried, and it offers good audio quality.
The MEElectronics A151 balanced-armature headphones are one of the best sets of earphones out there for around $50.
MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32
The MEElectronics Air-Fi AF32 is a comfortable set of on-ear Bluetooth headphones that also sounds very good -- for Bluetooth headphones, anyway.
Monster iSport Intensity
The Monster iSport Intensity shares some similarities with the Bose SEI2i sports headphones, but they cost about $50 less. You can also get a good deal on the yellow Livestrong version of Monster's true in-ear model, the iSport Immersion -- it costs around $50 -- but that model will eventually be discontinued.
The Monster Turbines are an older model but they sound really good and we've seen them selling for as low as $75 (they originally cost $150).
The Nocs NS400 headphones, from Swedish newcomer Nocs, have a sleek design and deliver detailed sound. They also come in black.
Noontec Zoro HD
We initially had the $75 Noontec Zoro on the list, calling it a "bargain audiophile headphone" thanks to its clear, balanced sound. The standard Zoro is still available, but Noontec has more recently released the Zoro HD, which looks identical but offers better sound. It lists for $149.95 but can be had online for $99.95.
Philips O'Neill The Stretch headphones
The Philips O'Neill The Stretch headphones may not have great sound but they're well designed, very comfortable, and cost less than $50. They also come in white, and there's a step-up model,
Polk Audio UltraFit 3000
Polk's higher-end in-ear sports model has come down in price a bit, making it a better buy. This one comes in multiple colors.
These lightweight on-ear headphones from Scottish company RHA offer decent sound and a comfortable fit for a relatively affordable price.
Sennheiser HD280 Pro
The HD280 Pro headphones received an CNET Editors' Choice award years ago, but they remain on the market and have dropped below $100.
Note: When we originally reviewed this model, it cost more and we said that it was pricey. No longer.
Sennheiser PX 100-IIi
Sennheiser's lightweight on-ear PX 100-IIi headphones are available for less than $60 and offer surprisingly good sound.
I'm not a huge fan of Skullcandy headphones, but I generally like what the company's done with its new on-ear model, the Navigator.
While Sony's entry-level earphones don't blow away the competition, they offer good clarity and an integrated microphone for less than $100.
V-Moda Remix Remote
The Remix remote was released back in 2010, but it's come down in price and is one of the better earphone deals out there (and it features an Apple-friendly inline remote with microphone). Like all V-Moda earphones, it delivers a lot of bass.