When it comes to headphones, be them earphones or over-ear affairs there are tons of different listeners out there. We all know people that prefer something a little different to other friends and family, and hopefully our list of the Top 10 Best Headphones under $100 will help you put together an affordable Holiday shopping list for those music lovers in your life.
Coming from a respected brand, the M30x are a pair of all-round headphones that are cut from the same cloth as the M50x, but cost a lot less. The sound isn't quite as refined here, but overall they're well worth the money, and will be great for studio use, on the move and at home as well. They do everything really, and they will perform fairly well in any situation, especially given the asking price.
Rock Jaw Kommand In-Ear Headphones
Don't let that hook fool you, it's completely adjustable and once you find a fit, they rest in your ear nice and snug. We reviewed the Kommand some time ago and were very impressed with them. Showing excellent detail beyond belief - considering there sub-$70 asking price - the Kommands are great for everything. Their style might not be to everyone's taste, but they sound absolutely fantastic, and they're last a long time as well.
Grado SR80e Prestige
Grado is a name synonymous with good headphones, and the US-made set of cans have been pleasing discerning listeners for a long time now. The SR80e are one of their more affordable pairs, and yet some of the priciest on this list. These have it where it counts, in the sound and these will appeal to anyone looking for some of the best sound quality at this price point out there.
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones
Speaking of a prestigious name, Sennheiser is another great option, and these Momentum in-ear headphones will appeal to both young and old, while offering a balance between a modern sound and realistic reproduction. With a great carrying case, a good build and a cool look to them, these should appeal to ht majority of listeners out there.
Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones
An absolute classic, the MDR-V6 from Sony not only have that whole retro look to them (they're for DIGITAL!), but they also have a proven record for being hard-wearing and great for use at a desk or even in the studio. With accurate and detailed sound reproduction, these are some of the best headphones from Sony at this sort of price range, and considering that they've been on sale for decades has to be worth something.
The Yamaha EPH-100SL might look a little weird, but there's a lot to love about these, and they've been on sale for some time now. They give an accurate and detailed reproduction of what your favorite artists intended, and they're really small and portable, too. With a slightly unique approach to in-ear headphones, these are a cult favorite, and definitely a pair to consider outside of the usual in-ear offerings.
AKG K240 Open Headphones
AKG are a big name when it comes to music, and the K240 are a great semi-open pair that leak a little sound out, but not too much. This makes them great for home and studio use. They're comfy, have a classic look to them and have a detachable cable to keep them going throughout the years. A great pair to those that preferred the old ways of how headphones used to sound, these will do everything justice and then some.
Shure SE215-K in-ear Monitors
When it comes to "proper" in-ear headphones, Shure is a brand that any audiophile will direct you to, and for good reason. For their price tag, you get a pair of in-ear headphones with a detachable cable, lots of different ear tips and a carrying case. They sound great and fit in your ear nice and comfortably. A pair for the critical listener on the move, the SE215 Ks won't disappoint.
Sennheiser's naming convention has perhaps gotten out of hand over the last few years, but these sit in between the HD598 and HD600, which means these are cut from the same cloth as some legendary headphones out there. For $100, these offer comfort, detail and an immersion you won't find elsewhere at this sort of price point. From an established brand, the HD558 are an excellent buy and an even better gift.
HiFiMan RE-400 In-Ear Headphones
HiFiMan might be better known for their super-expensive headphones and funky looking audio players, but the RE400 is a testament to their ability to make well-priced in-ear headphones that still offer a lot of value. With lots of ear tips, a carrying case and a solid design these not only have everything an in-ear headphone fan would appreciate, but also the sound to go with it.