2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

2016’s 21 best earbuds and headphones for those on a budget

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A good pair of headphones doesn’t have to be an expensive pair of  headphones. In the same way an expensive model may have subpar quality  for the price, it’s possible to find inexpensive offerings with quality  far above what you paid. Knowing where to look is half the battle, but  we’ve done the hard work for you: here are a variety of inexpensive  headphones to satisfy every user type, including athletes, children, and  the frequent commuter.

The headphones below are listed in order of price. Of course, quality is  going to vary between these models, and the price is more or less the  best indicator of where each model lies on the quality spectrum, but  shouldn’t be viewed as the sole indicator. It’s important to remember  that audio quality may be the same between two models, but different in  style — one pair may be bass-heavy, for example, while another pair may  be very even-handed. Keep that in mind when choosing the model best for  your needs.

Here’s the TL;DR list:

On/Over-Ear1. Amazon Basics Headphones ($15 USD)
2. Sound Intone I65 ($20 USD)
3. Sennheiser HD 202 II ($25 USD)
4. Sentey Thorx ($28 USD)
5. Edifier H840 ($40 USD)
6. Symphonized Wraith 2.0 ($60 USD)
7. Skullcandy Crusher ($65 USD)Earbuds1. AmazonBasics Earbuds ($7 USD)
2. Panasonic ErgoFit ($10 USD)
3. Symphonized NRG 3.0 ($20 USD)
4. Sennheiser CX 300 II ($25 USD)
5. JBL E10 ($32 USD)
6. Zero Audio Carbo Basso ($44 USD)
7. Audiofly AF45 ($50 USD)Sports1. 1byone sports earbuds ($13 USD)
2. J&L-200 Swan ($24 USD)
3. Phaiser BHS-530 ($26 USD)
4. TaoTronics TT-BH07U ($31 USD)
5. SENSO ActivBuds ($34 USD)
6. iblast audio running earbuds ($45 USD)
7. Treblab XR500 ($50 USD)

TaoTronics TT-BH07U ($31 USD)

The TaoTronics TT-BH07U are a bit pricier than many headphones on this  list, but they come with a nearly 5-star rating on Amazon from more than  1800 reviews, and they combine an attractive design with a bunch of  features. These earbuds are wireless (Bluetooth 4.1) and designed  specifically for athletes. Each ear piece features a small hook that  helps keep the buds in place without being cumbersome or unattractive.  These are coupled with a brushed metal design, CVC noise isolation, up  to 5 hours of playback per charge, and an integrated microphone with  control.

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