12 Headphones Under $100 That Audiophiles Swear By

November 12, 2019 | No Comments » | Topics: main

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Samson SR850

These things are just flat out fun to listen too. They’re definitely bass heavy, but to my ear, bass doesn’t sound boomy, muddled, or cartoonishly exaggerated. Bass also never seems to overshadow vocals or anything else in a song. Upper registers are nicely present, don’t seem muffled to me at all, but are not in any way fatiguing or overpowering.

Samson SR850

 

Creative Aurvana Live

Overall tone. Very warm, Midrange and treble are smooth. Bass. Seriously, the bass! Most entry-level closed-back have boomy unrefined bass, it’s a pain to hear. The CAL has an elevated bass but it’s much more controlled and tighter than the other budget cans. And stronger slam too.

creative aurvana live

 

Koss Porta Pro

The sound of the Porta Pro is otherworldly, considering its tiny size and affordable price. Bass is powerful and punchy, but it doesn’t bleed into the mids. The mids are nice, smooth, and natural, with no hint of harshness or artificial grain. The highs are rolled off, but still detailed enough to hear, providing a rather relaxed, easy-listening type of sound that you could listen to for hours without fatigue. It’s a bit like the Bose sound signature, but differently-executed.

koss porta pro

 

Philips SHP9500

Sound is balanced overall, bass is adequate but at times can be lean. Using a good EQ can fix the issue. Mids are very good and present as I said it’s a very balanced headphone. Highs are slight elevated and sometimes there is sibilance but the headphone sounds very lively and dynamic because of that. Soundstage is good as well as imaging, but nothing amazing. They are very good for games, help in the immersion or even in competitive to hear enemies. These Headphones are so amazing that they changed the way I listen to music I listen to much more classical or Jazz because of the superior recordings they really shine if the source is well recorded.

phillips shp 9500

 

 

AKG K240

The K240 studios feature incredibly detailed and clean mids and highs. Vocals sound perfect. Guitars sound perfect. Cymbals and wind instruments sound perfect. Speed and detail resolution on high notes are both exceptional, mirroring the performance I’d expect from much more costly products. Imaging is great and airy thanks to the semi-open design, and the soundstage floats gently around your head.

If you like big thumping fun bass…you won’t like these at all. The bass is rolled off dramatically at the lower end, and the bass that is present is gentle and accurate without any real punch or energy. So if you listen to a lot of EDM/Hip Hop/Drum and Bass/other genres with lots of sub-bass information, you won’t love these. You’ll think they seem a little bit weak and off.

AKG K240

 

Sony MDR-V6

Balance. That’s my best one-word description of what makes the MDR-V6 so special. It does everything well: the bass-midrange-treble balance is nice and smooth, the sound is spacious, and it’s easy to listen to for hours at a time. Isolation from environmental noise is quite decent, and no one near you will hear much sound coming from these headphones.

Sony MDRV6

 

Audio Technica ATH-M40X

I do not believe just how good these sound. I knew going in that these would be pretty good, but I didn’t realize just how much I would hear in songs that I’ve never heard before.

Everything sounds incredibly clean and precise. The highs don’t distort at higher volumes, and they can get quite loud. The bass is quite punchy. The soundstage is quite remarkable. Some things sound like they are right next to me, and some sound like they are farther. I don’t have a lot to say about this, but it’s pretty good.

Audio Technica ATH-M40X

 

Grado SR80i

Vocals are extremely realistic. Guitar tones are unmatched, drum sound is very spacial. Soundstage makes you very present in the audio. Tight response everywhere. Sounds good plugged into anything. Classic design. Not the highest quality build feel. Cord is long, and not detachable. Open-back means quiet room is preferred. Could use a little more low-end FR.

grado sr80e headphones

 

Koss KSC-75

I am truly shocked by the sound that these $17 headphones produce. Wide soundstage and great detail retrieval, can get decent levels of bass if modded, lifetime warranty

Koss KSC-75

 

Sennheiser HD280PRO

Amazing sound. They do beautiful justice to all ranges. I was afraid the bass would be muddy, but that hasn’t been the case. They rest comfortably on my head, do not feel tight at all. They truly block out a lot of sound, so prepare to get lost in them for hours!

Sennheiser HD280

 

Superlux HD668B

These things sound ridiculously good (in the context of their price). I was greeted with a mildly V-shaped signature with a touch of warmth, along with clarity and detail.

The tonality is superb, the balance is just right – not analytically boring, nor overly fun coloured. There’s a healthy dose of bass impact, clear and intelligible midrange (albeit a touch recessed) and airy, crisp treble.

Superlux HD668B

 

Monoprice Modern Retro

The best way I can describe it is these things are just flat out fun to listen too. They’re definitely bass heavy, but to my ear, bass doesn’t sound boomy, muddled, or cartoonishly exaggerated. Bass also never seems to overshadow vocals or anything else in a song. Upper registers are nicely present, don’t seem muffled to me at all, but are not in any way fatiguing or overpowering. Soundstage is about what you’d expect on closed cans. Imaging is pretty decent. Oh, and I find them very comfortable

Monoprice Modern Retro



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