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Best headphones for under $25 (pictures)

Looking for a pair of dirt-cheap headphones that sounds decent for the money? Here are CNET's current top bargain picks.

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Panasonic ErgoFit RP-HJE120

Panasonic's ErgoFit RP-HJE120s are the quintessential cheap but good earphones.
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JVC Gumy Plus

The JVC Gumy Plus comes in multiple colors and is another nice value at $7.
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JVC Flats

Cosmetically, the JVC Flats may look like $15 headphones, but they sound more expensive.
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Panasonic RP-HJE355

If you want something a little better than Panasonic's ErgoFit RP-HJE120, have a look at the RP-HJE355.
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House of Marley Smile Jamaica

The Smile Jamaica may not be the greatest name for a headphone, but it's a solid value.
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iLuv City Lights

I'm not a fan of really bass-heavy headphones, but if you are, the City Lights has lots of low-end for the cost of a fancy Starbucks coffee.
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MEElectronics HT-21 Travel

The HT-21 is one of MEElectronics' stalwart budget models.
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Panasonic RP-HX40

I don't particularly love the white version of this headphone, but it does come in other colors and sounds good for the money.
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Panasonic RP-HT21

The RP-HT21 is about as dull and basic as you get, but it's really cheap and sounds good for its ultralow price.
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MEElectronics M9

MEElectronics' M9 in-ear headphone has been around for a while and remains a decent value.
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MEElectronics M6

The M6 comes in a few different colors and a few different versions. I'm not a total fan of the fit but some people love it for the price.
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Philips CitiScape Metro

The funny thing about headphones is that sometimes you can get one color for a lot less money than another. That's the case for the white version of the Philips CitiScape Metro, which sells for around $20 online -- at least at the time of this writing.

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