When it comes to music, a true audiophile never compromises. But that doesn’t mean that one has to file for bankruptcy after making an expensive purchase. Good music can come at an affordable price of 100$ or less.
Here are two of our top picks for below 100 $ over-head headphones applicable to the general public. And just in time for your xmas shopping too!
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
This highly prestigious Japanese design giant has left a deep footprint in the world of audio engineering. It made its way into the US audio markets with the portable record player “Mister Disc” and have established themselves as a reliable brand ever since. They’ve had the privilege of supplying professional mics and audio equipment for US Presidential debates.
The ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones can be used for professional studio monitoring. They are tuned flat for studio applications. They are priced at approximately 79$.
Features and pros
These headphones are cushioned cups which are 90 degree rotatable for easy single ear monitoring. They offer decent sound isolation and minimum noise pollution, making them quite suitable for use in public transport vehicles. These headphones come with 2 detachable cords, one 9ft long straight cable and one 4ft long coiled cable.
Having received very high user ratings and satisfaction, this pair of headphones is one of the best out there for this price range in the market. However, there are only a few challenges. They’re probably not the best for noise cancelling applications as they do tend to allow minimum noise while listening. They also offer a snug fit which may seem tight for some people, especially with glasses or hair bands.
Bringing German Engineering to the forefront, few companies have made a bigger mark in the audio equipment world as Sennheiser. The name is synonymous with quality, fidelity, cutting-edge technology. Their MKH 416 short shotgun microphones became the standard for Hollywood microphones.
These are over ear cushioned headphones with a flexible and cushioned headband. They are dynamic stereo headphones that deliver accurate, linear sound reproduction and can be used for professional purposes. They clock in at the 100$ mark.
Features and pros
The most commendable feature that this device boasts of is the high degrees of noise attenuation of 32db. This would allow you to listen to your favorite tunes in open spaces or halls with people about with almost no sound leakage. The design is ergonomic to provide maximum comfort and also possesses rotating ear pieces. It is foldable for easy portability. The padded ear and head cushions and cords are easily replaceable.
Like our previous contender, these headphones also come highly recommended by users. They offer excellent noise attenuation and good ear padding. However, unlike the ATH-M40x, these headphones do not come with a detachable set of cords.