- 1 Sennheiser HD 201 Over-Ear Headphones
- 2 Panasonic Over-Ear Stereo Headphones RP-HF100M-K
- 3 PAWW Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones – Paww WaveSound 2
- 4 Ausdom AH861-BLACK Over-the-Ear Headphones with Mic
- 5 Fuleadture Wireless V4.1 NFC Over-Ear Headphones
- 6 AKG Pro Audio K72 Closed-Back Studio Headphone
- 7 Superlux HD-681 Evo Headphones
- 8 Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Reference Headphones
- 9 AKG K 240 Semi-Open Headphones
- 10 Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones
- 11 Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones
- 12 Philips Citiscape Downtown Headphones
- 13 Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones
- 14 Tascam TH-02 Closed Back Headphones
- 15 Audio-Technica ATH-M30X Headphones
This list of 15 best over-ear headphones under $100 in 2018 is compiled in order for you to find the best possible pair of headphones that you desire. It is an effective tool that you can use to single out the pair of headphones that you need. There are so many different types of headphones nowadays and it’s very difficult to pinpoint the exact pair that will suit your needs. Be it comfort levels, quality of sound or simply finding a great pair of headphones at great value. This list is composed entirely of over-ear headphones which are a great choice for people who value comfort while listening to their music. A lot of headphones these days are uncomfortable to wear and you will never truly know whether or not the pair of headphones you choose are comfortable for you until you buy them. It is very important that you as a consumer do a lot of research before buying a pair for yourself otherwise you could find yourself not being satisfied with the choice that you made. Over-ear headphones have specific characteristics that you won’t find with other types of headphones. For example over-ear headphones have a slight problem with sound leakage as they go on top of your ears as oppose to covering them entirely. This could be a nuisance for individuals who are audiophiles and want all of the sound that the headphones are producing to be directed right into their ears. It also becomes a bit problematic if you don’t want people listening to your headphones while you are listening to something.
Best Over-Ear Headphones Under $100 In 2018 – Top 15
|Best Over-Ear Headphones||Model||Rating||Review|
|Sennheiser HD 201||4.1||Read Review|
|Panasonic HF100M||3.8||Read Review|
|Paww WaveSound||4.1||Read Review|
|Ausdom AH861||4.3||Read Review|
|Fuleadture V4.1||3.6||Read Review|
|AKG K72||3.3||Read Review|
|Superlux HD-681||4.0||Read Review|
|Samson SR850||4.5||Read Review|
|AKG K 240||4.4||Read Review|
|Grado SR80e||4.4||Read Review|
|Creative Aurvana||4.3||Read Review|
|Philips Citiscape||4.3||Read Review|
|Sony MDR7506||4.6||Read Review|
|Tascam TH-02||4.1||Read Review|
This is a list comprised solely of headphones that we thought would best fit in our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100 in 2018 and we can’t tell you enough how important it is to read into the article in order to find that pair you’ve been looking for because $100 is a moderate sum of money and it would be best if you got maximum value out of the headphones that you purchase.
With that said we are ready to commence our list of top 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100 in 2018.
Sennheiser HD 201 Over-Ear Headphones
To start this list off we have another great product from Sennheiser, namely the HD 201’s. Sennheiser is a company that has been producing top-notch products ever since it came to be. The products that Sennheiser makes are all very high quality and Sennheiser prides itself with copious amounts of quality testing to ensure that every product that they produce comes out with the best results. They make products whose prices range from very cheap; for the common listener to extremely expensive. The expensive headphones are designed for audiophiles who really care about the music that they listen to and want to hear it in the best possible quality. The great thing is that even the cheaper products don’t lack quality. They still produce great sound and have great applicability in the real world; from casual listening all the way to use in home studios. We have personally had the chance to use these headphones and we can safely say that they are a great pair of headphones in this price range.
The headphones at first glance look quite ordinary. The standard pair of Sennheiser headphones and they are just that. One thing that the headphones lack is customization. The headphones aren’t very customizable and there is only one color scheme available for them at the moment which could be a problem for people who want to express themselves with a plethora of boisterous colors. Other than the lack of customizability the headphones have a sleek appeal to them which we’re sure will please a vast majority of people.
The headphones have a lot of features about them that make them a great choice such as their sturdy composition. A lot of headphones these days are very fragile and can’t take a lot of stress until they break. That’s where the Sennheiser HD 201’s prosper. They can definitely take a beating without risk of them breaking.
The Sennheiser HD 201’s are also a great choice because they come with an extremely long cable (3 m)/ (9.8 ft). This is particularly useful when you are using the headphones at home and want to distance yourself from the TV for example. A vast majority of headphones will have you right in front of the TV screen which is very impractical. The long cables also come with some disadvantages though. For example if you want to listen to music on your commute to and from work it is very difficult to stuff the three meters of cabling into your pocket which leads to some uncomfortable situations.
These headphones are very comfortable and are reinforced with additional padding which is great when you want to listen to music or watch a long movie. Prolonged periods of listening to music or watching movies with uncomfortable headphones becomes very stressful on your ears and force you into taking break which is a major inconvenience.
The quality of the sound that you get from these headphones is great relative to its price point. The headphones produce a predominantly bass sound. This is great for users who want to listen to genres such as RnB or Rap. The headphones also perform quite well with genres like rock and metal to our surprise.
The headphones come with a two year warranty from the manufacturers which act as assurance that the products they produce come out high quality.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
The headphones are very sturdy meaning you won’t have to worry about them breaking any time soon
The headphones have very long cables allowing for more versatility
These headphones have good padding ensuring that they will be comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
The headphones only come in one color scheme which allows for very little customizability.
Panasonic Over-Ear Stereo Headphones RP-HF100M-K
Panasonic is a company that has long been producing quality products for generations and they continue to make strides in all sectors of technology. When you think Panasonic you already have in mind of the great things that they have accomplished and that should let you put some trust in the headphones that they create. Many of the products that they produce give great reviews due to their extensive attention to detail in their products and their general thoughtfulness on the product itself. They have products that attract a vast amount of different markets be it people who casually listen to music on headphones to people that look for the best possible headphones to suit their audio needs.
The headphones are very good looking and they come in an assortment of colors to choose from. They come in the colors black, blue pink and white which is quite a few different colors to choose from. This is great because it allows the consumer to further customize their purchase and it makes the buyer feel closer to the product that they buy.
The headphones are very lightweight which is great for people who are always on the move and who want to use the headphones outdoors. The lightweight aspect of these headphones is great because you don’t have to worry about being burdened by a heavy pair of headphones. The headphones apart from being lightweight are also super easy to carry around due to the fact that they are foldable. This makes the storage of these headphones particularly easy and makes moving them around when travelling a delight instead of a nightmare. When you fold the headphones they can easily fit into a pouch, purse or bag without the risk of them getting damaged.
The headphones in terms of comfort are also very good. The headphones have soft, high comfort ear pads ensuring that you will be able to watch that TV show you’ve been meaning to watch for long periods of time without feeling the strain of the headphones on your ears.
The sound that the headphones produce is also truly remarkable for a pair of headphones that go for a measly price of $15. The headphones sport dual 30mm neodymium drivers which give the headphones a very balanced treble and bass sound. These headphones are a great choice for anyone who likes different kinds of genres and doesn’t stick to just one. The great balance in these headphones allows for great versatility of sound. Many headphones are just adjusted to suit a very particular spectrum of music so it’s great to see a pair which does well all round. The sound of the headphones may not be as good as its more expensive counterparts but that’s why you are only paying $15 dollars for a pair of over-ear headphones which is quite rare.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
The biggest advantage that these headphones have is that they are a at a very low price point for a relatively good pair of headphones.
The fact that these headphones can be folded and are lightweight makes them ideal for the person who is constantly traveling.
The headphones are a bit lacking when it comes to quality of sound as oppose to their more expensive counterparts.
PAWW Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones – Paww WaveSound 2
PAWW is a company that isn’t too well known in the headphones industry and hasn’t made a big name for itself due to the fact that they are still a relatively new company with only a few products out currently. Their lack of products speaks nothing of the quality of the headphones that they produce though. This pair of headphones is a very solid choice for anyone who is willing to try something new out and who is willing to risk buying a pair of headphones from a brand which isn’t the most notable to date. We can vouch that these headphones produce a more than sufficient quality of sound and they are a good choice for anyone willing to put in a slightly higher amount of money for a pair of headphones.
The headphones are generally very appealing to the eye with the PAWW logo on either side of the ear pieces and the sleek finish done on the headphones. Sadly like the first pair of headphones on this list they don’t allow for much customization when it comes to color schemes. They come in a single color choice and that is black with silver accents.
This pair of headphones is relatively large so if you are a person who prefers mobility to comfort these headphones may not be the pair for you. Due to the large size of the headphones it makes it a minor inconvenience to carry them around on trips and the like.
The headphones are surprisingly very comfortable for a pair of headphones as large as these. They have a lot of padding on the ear cups to allow for a comfortable listening experience. This is particularly useful for people who want to listen to music for prolonged periods or work in the studio and need to have a comfortable pair of headphones to make those hours bearable.
Due to these headphones being at a slightly higher price point they come with some great features such as the push to talk microphone which is super convenient when you have to take calls in public transport for example. The headphones also come with an onboard volume control which is great because you don’t have to constantly pull out your phone to increase the volume of the audio. The headphones also have active noise cancellation which is great when you are in places where there is a lot of noise pollution.
The sound quality that these headphones produce is arguably one of the best on this list. The sound quality is very crisp and the bass and treble is accentuated allowing for a great all round performance.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones have great sound quality
The headphones boast a lot of great features such as the active noise cancellation and the push to talk microphone allowing for increased functionality.
The headphones are large and may be a problem to a person who is always on the move and needs to transport them wherever they go.
Ausdom AH861-BLACK Over-the-Ear Headphones with Mic
Ausdom like the previous brand we reviewed is also relatively new to the market and still hasn’t made a big name for itself. The quality of the product isn’t in question in this case though. The headphones that Ausdom create are always of highest quality and their brand ensures a standard of great products that will never let you down. A lot of people are reluctant on choosing brands that aren’t yet common household names and they will be missing out a lot because the brands don’t always mean quality products. Sometimes it pays off to go out of your way and choose a product that is a bit different. These different products usually come with many different features than the products you would usually buy. We are sure that there are many of you who are willing to take this risk and this is the reason why we put these headphones into our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100.
This pair of headphones comes in two different color schemes, red/silver or red/black. The color schemes are very well put together and the headphones look really good. The two color schemes only allow for a bit of customization but were not complaining since both of the color schemes look awesome. At first glance these headphones look very sturdy and that’s because they are. They are made from very strong materials which make the headphones able to resist some damage. It’s always a constant worry when you buy headphones to have a pair of headphones that is resistant to damage because it’s inconveniencing to have to replace the already expensive pair that you bought.
The headphones are very comfortable to wear and have great leather style padded earmuffs. The headphones fit very nicely onto the ear and you almost don’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all due to the headphones being reasonably lightweight.
Another great feature of these headphones is that they are wireless meaning you can watch your favorite TV show with the headphones without having to worry about plugging in the cables or someone getting caught up in the cabling of the headphones. The wireless aspect is also very useful when you are on your daily commute and don’t want to have to worry about whether someone will latch onto your cables in the bus.
These headphones like the previously mentioned headphones in this list are foldable. This is great, especially for such a big pair of headphones like these. Large headphones really become troublesome when you have to travel with them because of their size and general lack of flexibility. That’s where these headphones shine. You can simply just fold them up and be well on your way without having to worry about whether or not there is going to be space in your bag or not.
Yet another great feature of these headphones is that they have a built in rechargeable battery. This is great because it doesn’t pay off having to buy separate batteries for your headphones. It is way more convenient to have headphones which are plug-and-play due to the fact that we don’t have to continuously take the batteries out in order to recharge them.
These headphones are suitable for exercising, gaming and most importantly listening to music. The sound that the headphones produce is very appealing with crispy clear treble and deep bass tones. This allows for the headphones to be used in almost any genres to date.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
The headphones have wireless connectibility which means that you can use them without worrying about any pesky cables getting in the way
These headphones are foldable which means you can easily pack them into your bag or suitcase without trouble
The headphones produce a great sound
If the internal batteries stop working it won’t be as easy to replace as would be the case with ordinary batteries.
Fuleadture Wireless V4.1 NFC Over-Ear Headphones
Fuleadture is a brand name that you don’t hear about very often. They produce high quality headphones and make sure that all of their products come out without a single imperfection. Their goal is to create headphones which are relatively cheap so that they can get a large consumer base and to create products which are of good quality to ensure that those customers come back.
These headphones have a very peculiar design to them with the ear cups of the headphones being square shape. This gives the headphones a very different kind of appeal to them as oppose to other headphones in this category. To some it may be just what they want but some people may be repelled by the strange design. The material composition of these headphones is very high quality and the materials used to make the headphones feel really sturdy and they feel like they can definitely take a beating.
The headphones sport a very cool black color. Other available colors for these headphones are red and brown but we here prefer the black ones to the rest. Black headphones are the best choice of color for headphones because black is a neutral color and it can go with virtually any outfit that you want to wear.
These headphones come with a variety of cool features that will more than definitely keep you interested in them. The most interesting feature in our opinion is the built-in intelligent app. This app allows for your headphones to connect to an app on your cell phone and track your fitness activities such as the amount of calories you burnt or the distance you ran. We think that this is a really cool feature to have with your headphones. This means that you can more than definitely use these headphones while you are exercising or doing any kind of physical activity. This is really useful because it’s very important to have a pair of headphones which is multi-purposeful rather than just being able to do the basic things you can do with any pair of headphones.
Amongst the other features of these headphones we have the built in microphone feature just as we had with previous headphones on this list. The usefulness of having a built in microphone is sometimes overlooked but we here know of its importance.
The headphones have controls on one of the ear cups which allow you to do many things such as skipping to the next song, going back to the previous song, increasing and decreasing the volume as well as having a button for answering phone calls. This is super convenient as it completely erases the need to ever pull your phone out of your pocket to constantly adjust the volume or to constantly have to change the song that you are listening to. It becomes a real hassle when you are in public transport and that song that you really hate comes on and you are forced to listen to it to the end because you don’t have any space to take your phone out of your pocket.
These headphones are wireless just like the previous pair that we reviewed. The benefits of having wireless headphones are self explanatory really. Dealing with cables is a messy problem. You have to constantly worry about whether or not the wiring in the cables is going to wear out and make your headphones useless.
The battery capacity on these headphones is also surely commendable with about forty five hours of music time and one hundred and eighty hours of standby time.
These headphones are very light which makes them very easy to transport primarily and also makes them a lot more comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time.
The sound that these headphones produce is truly great for a pair of headphones that costs a mere thirty dollars. The bass tones on these headphones are really great for such a cheap pair. You probably won’t be getting a better deal than this for this price point.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
The headphones are very light and are easily transportable
The headphones are very ergonomic and comfortable to wear, even for prolonged periods of time.
The headphones have a wireless feature and they have a relatively long battery life of forty five hours while listening to music which is really a lot more than you could ask for.
The strange design of these headphones may put some people off of them.
AKG Pro Audio K72 Closed-Back Studio Headphone
AKG is a brand that is most famous for making great audio products that are currently used all around the world. They continue to make large strides and continue to further their impressive accomplishments by making better products each time.
These headphones at first glance look a lot different than the other headphones that we’ve had on this list. The ear cups on the headphones are very large and the band that goes over your head is quite narrow which gives the headphones a strange visual impression. The headphones come in only one color which is quite sad as it would be great if you had more choices to make when buying headphones. The materials that the headphones are composed of look very high quality. This is important when buying products like this because a lot of cheaper products that go into the market are of very poor quality and break very easily. That isn’t what you want when you spend fifty dollars on a pair of headphones so it’s best to be weary of those things.
These headphones in particular are very light weight due to the materials that are used to make it. This means that you can easily use the headphones for long periods of time without them being a burden on your ears. This is especially useful since these speakers can be used as monitors in a band for example. When you’re playing in a band it becomes very important to have a pair of headphones that you can wear for long periods of time because usually during recording you have to do more than one take and with headphones that aren’t comfortable it becomes a really stressful task.
These headphones produce a really great crisp sound and as said prior they can be used as a monitoring device meaning the headphones can emit a wide range of frequencies ensuring that you can hear all the little details in the music you are either making or just listening to. The drivers that are put into these headphones are really great for this price range and they give the listener a great audio experience.
Many headphones nowadays aren’t made in such a way to suit everyone’s head shape or ear shape and that’s where these headphones adjustable head strap comes in. It is super important to have an adjustable head strap in order to be assured that the headphone will suit your head properly. It’s really frustrating when you buy an expensive pair of headphones and they don’t fit nicely on you. This is also something to take into consideration.
The headphones come with a reasonably long cable which is useful because you want to be able to have some maneuverability when using them. You want to be able to sit far from your TV when watching it with headphones because it can be a real strain on your eyes when being so close to the screen.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones produce a great sound and can be used for monitoring in studios and band situations
These headphones are reasonably cheap for the quality of headphones you are getting
The headphones are a bit large and can’t be folded which could be problematic for people who are always on the go with their headphones.
Superlux HD-681 Evo Headphones
Superlux is a company which makes a lot of different kind of audio devices and they are best at making relatively cheap headphones that are available for all kinds of consumers. Be it consumers that don’t want to spend a lot of money or consumers that are self proclaimed audiophiles and want the best experience possible when listening to music on their headphones. A lot of companies nowadays are either focusing too much on making headphones that they can sell in large bulk so that they earn profit without worrying too much about whether or not the headphones that they are selling are going to be a great choice for the person buying them so it’s important to see that the intentions of the brand are justified before buying a pair of headphones from them.
At first glance these headphones look like the standard headphones you can get from your everyday retailer but they aren’t. These headphones aren’t readily available for purchase in your everyday stores due to them being a great pair of headphones for a relatively cheap price. The headphones only come in a single color scheme which is black. The lack of choice with the color schemes makes the headphones a very limited option for someone who wants to express themselves with a variety of different colors.
These headphones are a great choice for people who want to work in the studio and want to have a good pair of headphones that will display a wide variety of frequencies for the listener to pin point all of the desired changes they want to make to the song. These headphones are also widely used on stage during performances due to their high audio maneuverability. It’s a great choice to get these headphones if you are in these situations because you don’t want to have to spend a lot of money on something that isn’t really the most important thing.
These headphones are super light which means that you can easily wear them for long periods of time without having to worry about them getting too heavy and you don’t really have to take them off because they are so comfortable. The comfort comes from the great padding that Superlux put into their headphones. They really care that the customer enjoys the listening experience, be it through comfort, sound or the general feel of the device.
The headphones are rather large and that might be the only viable drawback to these headphones. Large headphones are a nuisance to carry around and they are usually only used at home because even using them in town or in public transport usually seems a bit pretentious. Smaller headphones and headphones with the option to be folded are the far greater choice for people who wish to travel a lot with their headphones and not worry about finding space for them. It’s also the ideal choice for people who want to use the headphones for outdoor use. The Superlux HD-681 Evo’s aren’t the best option for people who want headphones for that purpose.
The headphones come with a standard cable for them and the cable is relatively long so it reduces the stress of having a short cable when gaming or watching TV with the headphones.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones produce a great sound and perform well in studios and live performances
The headphones are comfortable and fit over your whole ear erasing the need to take breaks in between sessions of listening to music
The headphones are reasonably large meaning you won’t really be able to carry them around everywhere you want to go which is a big down side if that’s what you prefer your headphones to do.
Samson SR850 Semi-Open-Back Studio Reference Headphones
Samson is a company that used to be the first company music listeners would go to before these new technology brands took over the market place but that says nothing about the quality of products that Samson puts out. Samson has a great viewpoint on the marketplace. They never made products that were low quality and due to this it is able to stay a fierce competitor in the industry to this very day.
The headphones at first glance are really nice to look at. They have an old school chic to them which gives them a great appeal. They would look good in a studio or a live performance environment.
These headphones like the previous ones in this list are professional studio reference headphones meaning they would be ideal in an environment which is primarily for recording and for live performances. During live performances it is very important to have a pair of headphones which can primarily block out the other sounds that are being produced around you in order to avoid interference and apart from that they need to sound good and the audio on the headphones needs to be really clear in order for the artist to listen to the music being played and follow the tempo. A lot of headphones can’t do this due to the fact that they don’t sound too clear and the sound of the band overpowers the headphones and you can’t hear the sounds you’re supposed to. This can be super frustrating in a band and these headphones are the best way to avoid that.
The headphones are not very light and they are relatively large for a pair of headphones which could definitely lead to some problems when travelling with them.
The sound that the headphones produce is one of the best sounds for their price on this entire list. The headphones have very intense bass and they have sharp treble. The sharp treble could get tiresome if you listen to the headphones for long periods of time which is a bit of a drawback but as we said earlier it’s important to have treble which stands out in band performances.
The headphones come with long cables to ensure that when you are in the studio you have a lot of maneuverability and it’s better that the headphones aren’t wireless in this situation because it becomes difficult to connect the headphones via wireless with all of the equipment that you have in your studio. Equipment in the studio is usually a lot more expensive when it can connect to wireless devices and with a cheap pair of headphones this will further reduce your expenses for studio equipment.
The headphones come with an adjustable head strap which is ideal for people who usually have trouble finding a pair of headphones that fit them perfectly. The adjustable strap is a surprisingly good way around this problem. The adjustable strap combined with the soft ear cups makes this a truly commendable product for the person who is looking to have a very comfortable device as well as a device which they don’t have to worry about fitting them. All of these reasons are why we put these headphones onto our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones have a very large sonic range and that’s really useful in studio situations
The quality of the bass on these headphones is truly astounding for such a cheap pair of headphones
The headphones have an adjustable strap in order to ensure that they will fit your head without any problems
The headphones are relatively large so traveling with them isn’t going to be the easiest task.
AKG K 240 Semi-Open Headphones
AKG is a brand that we have already mentioned in this list due to the fact that they really produce great products and a lot of their products definitely have a place in our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100 and AKG definitely have a place in our lists to come. AKG make really great products and have the intent of making products which are easily available to all kinds of people and all kinds of genres of music. This is very important because with one pair of headphones you can basically really enjoy every genre out there without having to worry about whether or not the headphones will be suitable. This aspect of versatility in terms of audio with headphones is really important and is a defining characteristic of all headphones.
These headphones at first glance look really expensive due to the gold accents and the gorgeous black matt finish done on them. This gives the headphones a display of true quality which is great because when you buy headphones at any price range, you really want them to look the part which these headphones do so well. These headphones go for about fifty dollars and they easily look like they are worth one hundred. The only drawback of the physical appearance of these headphones is that they don’t have any other colors to choose from which may be a bit of a downside for some customers wishing to represent themselves in some particular way.
These headphones are semi open which has its up sides and it’s down sides. Due to the fact that they are semi open there is definitely going to be some sound leakage from them. This gets very irritating because when you are in public transport or in front of people, you don’t want them to listen to what you are listening to on your headphones. The upside of having open back headphones is that listening to music becomes very relaxed, and the sound isn’t so intense in your ears. You can more than definitely bring them to some place where you just want to chill and relax and ease your brain from the stresses of everyday life.
The headphones come with professional cabling which is great because the better the cables, the better the sound that the headphones are going to produce. Again we can mention the fact that headphones with cables are the easiest to connect to any of your devices at home. It’s much more expensive to get devices with wireless connectibility.
The headphones are reasonably heavy meaning it will be difficult to take them with you on trips and they are really large so wearing the headphones around town is more of a hassle than it is a delight. Other than that large headphones truly do have some benefits such as being able to increase the amount of angles that the sound is coming into your ears from. This is great because it really gives depth to the music or the TV show that you are looking at.
The cable is three meters long and it is replaceable. This is really useful because a lot of the time cables stop working far before the actual device stops working so having the ability to easily replace the cables is really useful in these kinds of situations.
These are professional studio headphones so if you are looking to set yourself up with a cheap home studio, then these are the headphones for you. Setting up a studio with your own money can definitely be pricey but these headphones prove that at least one of the devices you buy can be cheap and effective all at the same time.
The sound that these headphones produce is also really great. The drivers in the headphones are really good for such a cheap product, and the engineering of the headphones makes it such that you don’t have to pay a lot of money to get a medium fidelity system. These headphones can be used to listen to a vast majority of genres with the downsides being rap music and RnB music which is particularly heavier with the bass and mid tones, but they perform really well with genres like indie and rock for example.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones are relatively cheap but the quality of sound that these headphones produce say otherwise
The headphones are sturdy in construction and they have an adjustable strap in order for them to fit for everybody
They are perfect for small studios
These headphones are a bit on the large side and can be a hassle when trying to transport them somewhere.
Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones
These Grado headphones are among the most expensive headphones that we have on this list and they come at a price of $99. We thought that these would be the ideal pair of headphones for anyone who would be willing to spend the full hundred dollars on some headphones and that’s why we put it in our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100. Grado headphones have really been a staple in the headphones industry for a really long time and they continue to make these strides as time goes by. This is because they are motivated strongly in making products that will last in this market. Even their older products are still being sold today because of the effort they put into these high quality headphones. Maybe some of you have never heard of the brand name Grado but keep your eyes peeled because they definitely have a big future in the headphones and audio industry to come.
This pair of headphones in particular looks extremely futuristic with all of its intricate designs and industrious appeal and we here feel that many of you will share this opinion with us. There are a lot of headphones out there at the moment which don’t look nearly as good as this pair and they are all far more expensive than these ones. It’s important that the person who makes these headphones also has a sense of style and knows what looks good and what doesn’t in order to ensure that you as the customer get the best possible product for yourself.
The headband on these headphones is made of a very soft vinyl which is great because that relieves the stress that the weight of the headphones put on the top of your head. This combined with the soft ear cups that these headphones come with mean that you will be able to watch your series or listen to your music for long periods of time without having to worry about the headphones feeling like a burden on you.
The design of the drivers was updated from the previous drivers that they used to put into the headphones and you can most definitely hear the difference if you listen to the two pairs of headphones side by side. The updated drivers give such a strong and unique sound to the headphones that almost too hard to resist. The drivers definitely improve on the bass characteristics of these headphones and they give the treble a truly crisp clean feel. The sound is well integrated and the headphones can be used to listen to any genre that you can think of. That’s the advantage of buying headphones at a bit higher price because it’s usually very worth it.
These headphones come with a little case that you can carry them around in which is really useful when you want to travel with them or you just want to set them aside without risk of them getting physically damaged or damaged by things like dust. Dust is a big problem for all devices these days and is the number one cause of electronic device failures so it’s really important that you have a good place to keep them.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones produce the best sound out of all the headphones on this list
These headphones can be used in cheap lower budget studios due to their general quality and relatively low price as compared to other products for home studios
The headphones are a bit on the pricey side when compared to the other headphones on this list but that’s why they are generally better.
Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones
Creative is a brand that specializes in making all things technology. This constitutes, gaming headsets, gaming mice, sound systems and last but not least headphones. Creative has really discovered the formula for making great headphones at very reasonable prices. The sound systems that they make are also some of the best mid range sound systems in the world at the moment. This is due to the care and deliberation that this company takes while making all of their products. We rarely ever hear a complaint about one of their products and their customer service is also something to be noted.
These headphones in our opinion aren’t really the best looking due to their really bulky appearance and their comically large ear cups but that doesn’t stand in the way of the true power and potential that these headphones have. The headphones, like many other more serious types of headphones come in only a single color, black. We think that black suits these headphones just fine and there is no need for any other options due to the way that they are designed. The headphones really feel like they have high quality and the composition of the materials makes you feel certain that these headphones won’t be breaking any time soon thankfully.
The cabling that these headphones use is OFC (Oxygen free copper) cabling which delivers the best possible sound to the user’s ear. When looking at headphones it’s good to keep in mind that the cables are also a vital part of the headphones and that a lot of the sound quality relies on the cabling just as much as the headphones themselves.
The headphones unlike other headphones on this list don’t come with an adjustable strap which could prove to be a bit of a problem if you generally can’t find a pair of headphones that suit you very nicely. Having a strap makes it a lot easier for use of the headphones because you know that it will fit regardless of everything.
The headphones have leather ear pads on the ear cups which make the experience all the more enjoyable. The leather ear cups also prove to be very useful when trying to isolate the sound of the headphones from the noise in your surroundings. It’s also a very useful thing to have headphones that can do this when you are in a band and want to record something without having to worry about any feedback occurring . Feedback is a musician’s worst nightmare so it’s nice to know that there are products out there which can help prevent it.
The headphones are really light weight which is something that isn’t regularly seen with headphones at this price range. The lightweight aspect of headphones is one of the most important at the end of the day. It makes carrying the headphones around with you a far easier task and the fact that you can wear the headphones for really long periods of time without having to take them off is truly a remarkable feature.
The headphones use neodymium drivers which are relatively common for headphones in this price range so you can expect great sound from these headphones. It’s all up to personal preference at the end of the day, most of these headphones are tailored for people who listen to specific types of music and its quite rare to find a pair of headphones that is well suited to every kind of song that is out there at the moment due to the physical limitations of technology and the plethora of genres and songs out there. These drivers are common because they produce the best possible sound for mid range buyers of these products. The more expensive headphones use space age technology and the difference of sound in relation to the price is only incremental, meaning that the quality of sound only goes up by a little bit while the price of the headphones is a lot higher.
These headphones produce a very bright sound, common with all other products that Creative makes. The bright sound that the headphones make is perhaps best enjoyed with genres that don’t have too much bass like the rap and RnB songs nowadays. These headphones after some testing done by us were proven to perform best with genres like rock and indie music while they performed under par with some other genres namely dubstep and rap.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones produce a great sound at a reasonably low cost making them a great product for someone who wants to spend a moderate sum on a pair of headphones
These headphones are very comfortable to wear with an adjustable strap and comfortable leather ear cups which will let you keep using them for long periods of time without having to take breaks
The headphones have a limited sonic range and don’t perform well with all kinds of genres.
Philips Citiscape Downtown Headphones
Phillips is a leading company in all things technology related from air conditioning systems all the way to sound systems and even headphones. Phillips headphones are a very common choice for people when looking for headphones and a majority of technological retailers will have at least one pair of Phillips headphones in stock at any given time due to the fact that these headphones are super reliable and all other products follow suit. If you don’t feel like putting your trust into a brand of headphones that you just heard of then perhaps it’s a good idea for you to go with a company like Sony or Phillips in this case so that you are sure that their customer service and products will be up to par and there is nothing wrong with that. All brands try to make their names a common household name just for this reason. Brands which are common household names are the most common to be bought due to the trust that they instill in their customers.
The Phillips Citiscape headphones are at first glance a really attractive pair of headphones and they come in three different colors as of this moment. The three color choices you have are brown grey and purple with the grey headphones seeming like the intended color scheme for them. The brown headphones in our opinion don’t look too nice and the purple headphones are for the eccentric user who wants to make a statement with the headphones they wear.
The materials that the headphones are composed of are very high quality and they seem to be very sturdy from what we can tell so far. The ear cups are made from leather which is a great material to be wearing on your ears as it vastly reduces sweating. Sweating is caused when the materials on the ear cups aren’t very good and they produce a lot of heat while listening to your music. This can get very frustrating and it’s great to know that leather products keep popping up to ensure that sweating never happens. The cushions also have memory foam which imprints the exact shape of your ears, allowing for an even more comfortable experience while listening to your music.
Due to the great design of the headphones there is very little sound leakage which can prove very useful in a large amount of situations.
These headphones have some other cool features that are worth mentioning like the voice controls. This is a cool feature to have as it saves you the trouble of having to always take out your phone in order to answer calls or to change the volume of the song. It’s always a hassle when you’re on the bus and have to change the volume of the song that you’re listening to but you can’t because the bus is packed.
The sound quality of these headphones is something you can expect from a big company like Phillips, the bass on these headphones is really deep and the treble is very crisp and clear. These headphones are best used with genres that have medium range tones, that is, songs that don’t have too much bass or too much treble. It performs well even with songs with a lot of bass but not as well as other pairs of headphones that are on this list.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones produce great sound but the price of the headphones in relation to the sound proves that they may not be the best choice for you
The headphones are super light which means that you can listen to music for hours on end without strain
The headphones don’t have that many great choices when it comes to color
Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphones
Sony is a company that we will keep mentioning due to its brilliance in the field of technology all round. Their headphones are truly commendable ranging from even their least expensive headphones ($10) to their most expensive headphones ($1000+). The quality that they put into these headphones is what keeps people coming back for more every time. It’s very important to put faith into your customers because that’s what keeps them coming back to revisit your products regularly. Sony is a company that we keep mentioning on our lists and is a prime candidate for our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100 and we don’t think that that will change any time soon.
The Sony MDR7506 headphones look like a very professional pair of headphones that should be used in a studio or during a live performance; they just give off that vibe. Like we said earlier color schemes aren’t too important when you’re looking at a pair of headphones whose fundamental purpose is to sound good and do its job as an electronic device. These headphones are very large. This helps the user to take in all of the important noises while listening to music. It also prevents a lot of sound leakage as the ear cups cover your entire ear.
The drivers that these headphones use are also 40mm neodymium drivers which the previous pair of headphones also implemented. The headphones sound great due to the combination of high quality drivers as well as the high quality cables that the headphones come with. As we said earlier it’s very important to have good cabling as sound loses its quality a lot when travelling through the cables so it’s important to have good cables to keep the format of the songs somewhat the same. The cables are really long and they are easily foldable so you don’t have to worry about tying them up after every use of the microphones.
The headphones use large diaphragm technology, just like some microphones do. This is a great technique that is used to give the user a different experience while listening to music.
The headphones come with a case that you can put them in which sort of makes up for their large size. The size of the headphones is an inconvenience mostly when you want to wear the headphones when you aren’t at home.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones make great sound with crispy treble and deep undertones while remaining reasonably cheap
The headphones are easy to carry around with the nifty carry bag
The headphones are a bit large so wearing them outside seems like a bit of a burden.
Tascam TH-02 Closed Back Headphones
This is a really cheap pair of closed back headphones that has been taking the world by storm. Many people are surprised by how nice they sound for such a cheap pair of headphones. This is due to Tascam’s loyalty towards headphones and the music industry in general. Tascam is a not so well known company at this stage but if they keep putting out great budget products like this then they will be well on their way to global recognition.
These headphones have a very ambitious design for a pair of headphones which cost twenty dollars, not that having ambition is a bad thing. The headphones come in only one color, black. The colors don’t really matter in this case because it definitely reduces their costs as a company to make a product which is mono colored and that’s why these headphones ended up so cheap.
The headphones are quite comfortable to wear but can’t be worn for excessively long periods without your ears hurting which is a bit of a drawback, but then again you are just paying a mere twenty dollars for over the ear headphones, which is quite a bargain. They don’t have an adjustable strap meaning that it would probably be best if you could try these headphones prior to buying them. It’s important that the headphones you have are comfortable to wear because they need to be worn whenever you want to wear them.
The headphones are very easy to fold and to pack away which is great for people who are always on the run and want to listen to music in every waking moment. The ability to fold the headphones is also a cool gimmick to have for a pair of headphones which cost this little.
The cables on these headphones could definitely be better, we are worried that the cables on the headphones won’t take too long to be worn out which makes buying these headphones a bit on the risky side.
The headphones have surprisingly great sound for such a cheap pair, perhaps even better than some of its most expensive counterparts which make it a great contender for our list of 15 best over-ear headphones under $100.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
These headphones make surprisingly great sound regardless of their low price
The headphones are easily foldable and can be packed away easily without much if a hassle
The headphones are a bit cheaper so they lack a bit of comfort as compared to the other headphones on this list.
Audio-Technica ATH-M30X Headphones
Audio-Technica is a company that is always popping up in our lists due to the great quality that they present their products with and also due to the ever increasing popularity of their products worldwide. We think that Audio-Technica always deserves a spot on our lists, even this list of 15 best over-ear headphones under $100. It’s truly remarkable what a brand can do if they set their minds to it.
These headphones in terms of appearance are perhaps the best on this list. The headphones look very professional and stylish. They would be great in a studio environment or even in an environment where you are performing live.
The drivers that these headphones use are truly ahead of their time. The sound that the headphones produce is really immaculate with the bass being at just the right level and the treble sounding as clear as ever. Its great to find a pair of headphones that truly go well with the type of music you listen to. Its frustrating to get a pair of headphones that you were really looking forward to buying and realizing that they aren’t suited to your musical needs.
The cabling on these headphones is definitely above average and should be commended. As far as the materials that the headphones are made from go there is nothing bad that we can say about them. The construction of the headphones is so great and seems so sturdy that you don’t have to worry about whether or not they are going to break at any point. It’s great to find a pair of headphones which are both sturdy and sound great. That’s the winning combination in our opinion.
Advantages and Disadvantages:
The headphones look really good, with a sleek black design
The headphones sound great with new age drivers to get the music pumping
The headphones are super comfortable to wear with a lot of extra padding to keep you listening for hours on end
The headphones are a bit on the expensive side of the spectrum.
Best Over-Ear Headphones Under $100 – Top 5
At the end of the day any pair of headphones that you choose will be the right choice because when you buy those headphones they become yours, and you become attached in some way to them. Don’t spend too much effort and time thinking about whether or not you will choose the perfect product unless you are on an extremely limited budget. Always look at what the products are like in real life if you get the chance. Some products may disappoint you in real life while others may give you a nice surprise. When looking for the perfect pair of headphones for you, you have to think about what the most important thing is for you when you think of headphones. Be it, comfort, and quality of sound or even general aesthetic. The choice is in your hands, so choose wisely. So this concludes our list of 15 best over-ear headphones for under $100 in 2018.
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Hello, my name is Danny Brown.
I am writer and editor at HeadphonesEncyclopedia, I’ve been reviewing all kinds of electronic devices, audio and video equipment for almost a decade. My specialty is audio equipment and I have a strong passion for headphones, speakers, and home theater systems. I spend hours and hours testing and evaluating audio equipment in order to offer you unbiased reviews. Since we all have different tastes when it comes to sound, don’t take my reviews for granted. They can offer you a lot of useful info but you should definitely test (hear) the headphones/speakers before making the purchase.