Headphones, earphones and all things music related are a great gift during the Holidays. The problem however, is that we're not made of money and the stuff doesn't grow on upright pieces of foliage, either. So this list is of the Best Headphones you can buy for less that $50 this Holiday season.
Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2
Rock Jaw is a British brand, but their products are readily available here in the US, and they strive to offer great sound at great prices. The Alfa Genus V2 are their latest pair and we reviewed them not too long ago and found them to be pretty great overall, with some nifty add-ins like tuning filters and a hard-wearing look and feel. For overall great sound reproduction, the Alfa Genus V2 are fantastic value for money.
These Panasonic cans have been around for ages now, and they have a timeless appeal. Most likely due to the fact that these sport a retro-classic look and feel that should appeal to everyone. Lightweight and comfy, these have decent sound reproduction, but their selling point is the amount of different colors they're available in, making them great gifts for those young and old alike.
These are yet another popular, cult-favorite and for good reason. SoundMAGIC made a name for themselves some time ago with the original E10, beating everything else out there for less money than pretty much anything else in this sort of market. The E10S are an improved and refined version of those, with critical acclaim all over the web it's unsurprising that these things continue to sell quite so well.
The Supberlux HD668B are a pair of semi-open headphones for the budding recording artist, or someone who fancies themselves a real music critic. They're crazily cheap and they have a whole lot of versatility to them, with an interesting way of utilising a detachable cable and these are some of the comfiest headphones in the list as well as being the most balanced.
Sony MDR-XB250 Extra Bass Headphones
Sony is a big name everywhere, and these on-ear Extra Bass headphones from Sony have the modern sound so many love, as well as a classy look to them. Designed for those that want an extra thud to their music, the XB250 will please younger listeners as well as those on the move looking for a lightweight, yet cool-looking pair of cans.
MEE audio M6 PRO
If you know someone that's looking for a cool, in-ear monitor sort of solution, but you don't want to break the bank, then MEE Audio have the M6 Pro on offer. They're great value with all sorts of additions and so on, but they're also very comfortable and sound great. There's a hard case included here as well as a spare cable, so these are a pair that would be great for those that tend to go through in-ear headphones at an alarming rate.
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Over-Ear Headphones
The ATH line of headphones from veteran Audio-Technica have been doing really well over the last few years. Now, they've expanded the range to all sorts of different price points, and the ATH-M20x is the cheapest, offering users affordable headphones with decent sound reproduction and looks that will appeal to almost anyone.
RHA S500 in-ear Headphones
RHA has become a big name where in-ear headphones are concerned, and the S500 (and the S500i with a microphone) are their first pair aimed at delivering both great sound and an affordable price tag. We recently reviewed these, and found them to be fairly decent, but more on the side of hard-wearing than great-sounding. They're extremely light and they're super-easy to carry around, so they're great for the casual listener.
Takstar Hi 2050 Over-Ear Headphones
Takstar recently got a name for themselves for offering quality sound and build at a fraction of the price. Sure, there's definitely an element of borrowing other companies' designs here, but for comfort and decent sound reproduction, it's hard to beat these sort of cans for the price. Plus, they're great value for money as well.
Monoprice HiFi Style Headphones
The Monoprice name has become something of an enigma online, with decent audio gear for a fraction of the price everyone else is charging, the budget-brand has built up a big following for themselves over the past few years. These headphones of theirs have been on sale for some time now, and they represent a pretty great deal for those wanting to give quality sound, but don't want to spend the extra money for a brand name or extra features.