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Decent on or over ear headphones for under $50 - the cheaper the better

post #1 of 8
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My current POS headphones just crapped out on me and i am in need of new ones.  I prefer on ear but over ear is acceptable as well, just no buds.  

 

I listen to all types of music, as well as a lot of podcasts and youtube videos.  I typically listen with only 1 ear on, so i can hear whats going on in the office, so noise cancellation is not needed.  

 

Any & all help would be great, i just dont know where to start looking in this price range as most of the "best of" lists in this range are mainly ear buds.

 

Shawn

post #2 of 8

Absent a closeout sale, you will get much more for you money with IEM's than with headphones with your limited budget.

 

The Koss ProDJ100 are good, but require an amp to get the most out of them.

post #3 of 8
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I understand that IEMs will give a better bang for the buck at this price range, but they cause incredible headaches for me.  I actually have a set of $200 Sennheiser IEMs that i wore 2x and gave to my daughter.  None of the sizes or shapes that they offered kept the headache away.

 

shawn

post #4 of 8

cheapest decent over ear is the monoprice 8323 - think of it as a M50 lite. I own a pair for my backpack. At <$30 they are a great value. 

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Originally Posted by Kinalyx View Post

My current POS headphones just crapped out on me and i am in need of new ones.  I prefer on ear but over ear is acceptable as well, just no buds.  

 

I listen to all types of music, as well as a lot of podcasts and youtube videos.  I typically listen with only 1 ear on, so i can hear whats going on in the office, so noise cancellation is not needed.  

 

Any & all help would be great, i just don't know where to start looking in this price range as most of the "best of" lists in this range are mainly ear buds.

 

Shawn

Over ear

Gemini HSR-1000, $50 on eBay.

 

On ear (good for portable use too)

JVC HA-S400 ($30) or HA-S500 ($55).

post #6 of 8

Without an amp, save enough to get the CAL!  It's right about there (about $80 on Amazon) where the good stuff and value for you dollar spent starts.

post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Kinalyx View Post

My current POS headphones just crapped out on me and i am in need of new ones.  I prefer on ear but over ear is acceptable as well, just no buds.  

I listen to all types of music, as well as a lot of podcasts and youtube videos.  I typically listen with only 1 ear on, so i can hear whats going on in the office, so noise cancellation is not needed.  

Any & all help would be great, i just dont know where to start looking in this price range as most of the "best of" lists in this range are mainly ear buds.

Shawn

Koss Porta Pro or KSC75 would be the obvious choice for budget on-ear headphones. Both are open earpad models so don't isolate at all. They have been around a long time and just like 25 years ago they still sound better than everything similalrly priced and lots of much more expensive gear as well. On the innerfidelity.com "Wall of Fame" there are five open earpad models and two of them are the aforementioned Koss 'phones. I would recommend these unless you intend to pair them with a very low output player or you must have something that looks fashionable.

edit: forgot to mention the prices. If you are in US amazon has Porta Pro for about $36 and KSC75 for about $16. There are fake Porta Pros out there so avoid cheap marketplace and ebay sellers.
Edited by julian67 - 8/6/13 at 12:44pm
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Koss Porta Pro or KSC75 would be the obvious choice for budget on-ear headphones. Both are open earpad models so don't isolate at all. They have been around a long time and just like 25 years ago they still sound better than everything similalrly priced and lots of much more expensive gear as well. On the innerfidelity.com "Wall of Fame" there are five open earpad models and two of them are the aforementioned Koss 'phones. I would recommend these unless you intend to pair them with a very low output player or you must have something that looks fashionable.

Don't forget the (oft-forgotten) Koss UR40, the over-ear sibling of the aforementioned PortaPro/KSC75. ~30 on Amazon.

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