Shopping for headphones is sort of like car shopping. Think about it. They’re not that different. We all have a car, we can hardly imagine our lives without one, and yet no one teaches us how to find the right car. It’s the same with headphones. Most of us can’t live without them. Yet we know nothing about how to find the perfect pair of headphones. That’s something we hope to help you with. Below is our Top 5 Best Headphones Under $100.
Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphone
The professional-quality Sony MDR-7506 Headphones let you hear it all. According to Guitar Center, pemium 40mm drivers reproduce every musical nuance. Closed-ear design gives a tight bass response, practically eliminates external noise, and snuggles over the ears for hours of comfort. Frequency response is a flat 10Hz to 20kHz so you accurately hear what’s on tape. Gold-plated connectors prevent rust and corrosion. And a UniMatch plug is provided for both 1/4 in. and 1/8 in. jacks. Phones fold for easy storage.
Some people have not heard of Grado but they are quality. According to their website, they took one of the world’s most legendary headphones and made it even better. The SR80e has a new driver design, a new polymer to damp resonant distortion in the plastic housing, and a new cable from plug to driver connection. The way the SR80e’s new driver and plastic housing move air and react to sound vibrations virtually eliminate transient distortions. This allows the signal flow over the new cable to reproduce sound that has improved tight control of the upper and lower range of the frequency spectrum, while supporting Grado’s world renowned midrange. The SR80e will produce a sound that is pure Grado, with warm harmonic colors, rich full-bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end.
Koss Porta Pro Wireless
The new Koss Porta Pro Wireless takes the legendary sound and the iconic design of the classic Koss Porta Pro headphones, wireless. Priced at $79.99 lands it squarely on our Top 5 Best Headphones Under $100 list.
AKG K 240
The K240 Studio professional over-ear, semi-open studio headphones are designed for professional applications such as mixing, mastering and playback. According to the AKG website, the advanced XXL transducers with Varimotion diaphragms deliver a wide dynamic range, increased sensitivity and high sound levels. The semi-open design provides a solid bass range and extremely clear highs. The over-ear pads envelop the ears nicely making them extremely comfortable to wear. The K240 Studio features a professional mini XLR connector, allowing for quick replacement of the cable. The 3 m cable included provides a convertible jack plug for easily connecting portable equipment.
Priced at only $32.79, the SR-850 are not for you if you’re an audio tech snob. But they are nice headphones for people on a limited budget. And that’s why we’ve included them on our list Top 5 Best Headphones Under $100. If we had a Top Under $50 list, they would be ranked #1. We think you get the point. For a small amount of cash, these headphones fit and feel fine, and provide big sound with a generous sound range.