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5 Best Headphones Under $100 Of 2018

(Source: www.forbes.com)


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Sometimes you just don’t want to spend a lot of money on a pair of headphones, but you also don’t want something that will break at the slightest impact or that sounds like you’re listening to music in a tunnel. It can be tough to find a headphone that balances performance, price and sound quality without testing them first, which is why we are here. Of course, you may have to compromise a bit on features like noise cancelling or a customizable sound, but out of all the headphones we’ve tested, these are our best picks that won’t blow a hole in your budget and will still deliver a performance and sound quality worthy of your hard-earned dollars.

We’ve tested 223 headphones and here are our recommendations for the best ones available under $100.

Logitech G433: A versatile gaming headset with an excellent sound quality

  • Type: over-ear
  • Enclosure: closed-back
  • Noise canceling: no
  • Wireless: no

The Logitech G433 are one of the best-sounding over-ear headphones we’ve tested under $100. They have a versatile design that’s great for gaming and outdoor use. They’re not bulky like other gaming headsets, their boom mic is removable and they come with an extra, phone-friendly audio cable. They have a well-balanced audio reproduction with a good bass, detailed instruments and vocals and they’re comfortable enough to wear for long listening or gaming sessions.

Unfortunately, they are wired and their build quality is not as sturdy as pricier headsets but if your phone has a headphone jack and you’re a gamer, then they are the best option you can get. If you only care about sound quality though, the open-back Philips SHP9500 is a good alternative that’s a bit more geared towards critical listening.

Shop Now: $79.99

Skullcandy Hesh 3: An affordable wireless headset with an exciting sound

  • Type: over-ear
  • Enclosure: closed-back
  • Noise cancelling: no
  • Wireless: yes (can also be used wired)

If you want the convenience of a wireless design and still prefer the comfortable fit of over-ears headphones, then get the Skullcandy Hesh 3. They deliver an exciting audio reproduction that packs a lot of bass without sounding too cluttered or muddy.  They’re lightweight, comfortable headphones with a long battery life and great quick charge capabilities. They lasted about 19 hours on average in our tests and only took 1.1 hours to charge fully. They also have a great wireless range and they’re easy to use with a closed-back design that’s somewhat decent for commuting.

Unfortunately, they do not have the fancy active features of more expensive wireless headphones like noise cancelling or app support for a customizable sound. Their build quality also feels a bit cheap for their price tag, especially compared to cheaper headsets like the Bluedio T4S. However, if you’re looking for good everyday over-ears and you like a deep low-end that packs a punch, they’re a good wireless option.

Shop Now: $99.99

Skullcandy Grind: A comfortable and well-built wireless on-ear

  • Type: on-ear
  • Enclosure: closed-back
  • Noise canceling: no
  • Wireless: yes (can also be used wired)

If you want a more compact option and find that over-ears are not breathable enough, then get the Skullcandy Grind. They’re one of the more comfortable on-ears we’ve tested with well-padded cups and a decent fit that doesn’t clamp your head. They have a sturdy metal frame that feels more durable than the Skullcandy Hesh 3 and they’re a lot more affordable too. They do not pack quite as much bass but still deliver an above-average and decently well-balanced sound that’s good enough for casual and more critical listeners.

They’re wireless and they have a good battery life but like the Hesh 3, they do not have an app for added customization options. They’re also not as portable as some of the other on-ears we’ve tested since they do not fold into a more compact format. On the upside, they’re one of the better on-ears you can purchase below $100 and they’re easily on par with much pricier headphones.

Shop Now: $59

Samsung Level U Pro: A well-rounded pair of wireless in-ears

  • Type: in-ears
  • Enclosure: closed-back
  • Noise canceling: no
  • Wireless: yes

If you want an even more portable option that you can easily carry on your person, then get the Samsung Level U Pro. They do well for most use cases and are a great choice if you have an Android device. They deliver an above-average sound quality that packs a good amount of bass and you can EQ their sound quality to match what you’re listening to. You also get access to auto-off features, which helps conserve power and make their decent 10-hour battery life even better. They have a comfortable fit for an in-ear but their around-the-neck design may not be for everyone and isn’t as flexible as the similarly designed Samsung U Flex.

Unfortunately, their build quality does feel a bit cheap and since they are more optimized for Android, you won’t have access to the level app on iOS. In this case, consider the Jaybird Freedom instead. They have a great performance on both platforms but their battery life and charging clip maybe a deal breaker for some.

Shop Now: $40

Anker SoundBuds Curve: A great sports headphone that is good enough for everyday use

  • Type: in-ears
  • Enclosure: closed-back
  • Noise canceling: no
  • Wireless:  Yes

If you’re aiming to spend less than $50 for a decent sounding wireless in-ears, then get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They’re great sports headphones with stable ear hooks that prevent them from falling, even during more intense exercises and workouts routines. They look a lot more premium than their price would suggest and they deliver a sound quality that’s a little bass heavy, but much better than other similarly designed headphones within their price range. They have a good battery life, easy to use controls and they’re portable enough to have on you at all times.

Unfortunately, they do not block as much noise as more typical in-ears and they do not have the best microphone, so they won’t be the ideal option if you make a lot of phone calls with your Bluetooth headphones. However, for casual everyday use, they’re a good choice and they’re even better for sports.

Shop Now: $25.99

This guide may have been updated. To see all measurements and the current recommendations for the best headphones under $100, please go here.

More Info: www.forbes.com

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