Best Headphones under $200

by / Sunday, 01 March 2015 / Published in Bestsellers, Top Picks
Best Headphones under $200

Best Headphones under $200

We’ve had a round up of the best headphones under $100, and the best headphones under $300, so it’s ridiculous that we haven’t had a round-up of headphones in the $200 price range. When you invest $100-$200 on a pair of headphones, you expect great sound and great build quality. All the headphones featured here are what I would call ‘undervalued’. They should be higher priced, but because of factors like price drops and/or competitive pricing, at their current price they are a steal.

After trying to decide which set of headphones would go #1 and which would place #2, we ultimately decided that we couldn’t do it: they were both so good, but for different reasons. So we’ve created a “1A” and “1B” for our list. You can then decide for yourself which headphones are better based on the activities you will be using them for…Or you can be like me, and buy both! (for the record we do currently own both, although we couldn’t afford to buy them at the same time)


1A. Sennheiser HD598 Headphones

The sound clarity is unrivalled in this price range.


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What We Like:

These open ended headphones offer a wide soundstage that recreates a brilliant sense of being there when the original recording was taking place. The sound is astonishingly clear: The soundstage attribute separates out each instruments just enough so you can appreciate the scope of a full orchestra playing for you.

The tan-and-beige color scheme stands out among headphones, as does the burl wood accents. Sennheiser based the look on high end European sports cars. It gives the HD598’s an ageless quality that will make these headphones stand the test of time.

Lightweight and comfortable, these headphones can be worn for hours without any worry of overheating.

Long and Durable Cord.

What We Don’t Like:

While the sound coming from an ipad or ipod is okay, an amp is truly needed to bring out the maximum potential of these headphones.

Doesn’t come with a travel case, so be extra careful when travelling with them.

The Takeaway:

The HD598’s have been the mid-range headphones to beat for quite some time, and there’s a reason. The clarity and depth of sound is astounding, and all the characteristics of classical music and live jazz are well represented here. You can also check out our full HD598 Review here.

Find the Best Price for These Headphones:

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$150.00

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1B. Audio Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

The best all around headphones


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You could probably guess that our #1 pick in the ‘Top Ten Headphones” would be #1 here. The M50x’s are essentially $500 studio headphones priced at $150. Every audiophile forum raves about the overall sound quality and tonal balance of the M50x’s, and indeed, there is no genre of music that makes them sound bad. What they don’t mention is how comfortable they are: soft ear-cups that conform to your head without putting any undue pressure on them You can use these for long hours without needing to give your ‘temples’ a break.

Click here to read our full review of the ATH-M50x’s.

Find the Best Price for These Headphones:

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$154.95

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2. Sennheiser HD558 Headphones

More Bass and Less Sound Bleed Compared to the HD598’s.


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What We Like:
The earpieces are comfortable: the soft, fabric pads fit around your ears, not on top.
The open ended headphones give you the similar airy feel you get with Sennheiser’s HD598’s, and even has less sound bleed (so you don’t annoy people around you).
Sennheiser’s gift for creating an incredibly clear soundstage is represented in these HD558’s.
What We Don’t Like:
A little less luxurious and harder on the head than the HD598s, however it’s only slightly so.
Clarity and soundstage sound great, just slightly below the more expensive Sennheiser counterparts.
The Takeaway:

If you want the soundstage experience on a budget, these are your headphones.

The HD558s don’t quite give you that feeling of ‘being there’ that the HD598s do, but you will still get a great classical listening experience for a good price.

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$109.99

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3. Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 Headphones

Great value for noise-cancellation headphones

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If you’re looking for some noise-cancelling headphones but can’t quite bring yourself to spend $300 for the Bose QC25’s, the ANC7 headphones are almost as good as the current king of noise-cancelling headphones, the Bose QC25. The ANC-7B’s deliver some powerful noise-cancellation (while sounding really good) for about $130. These headphones were once priced around $300, but couldn’t compete with the big boys like Bose and Sennheiser. The large 40mm drivers bring lots of detail on the mid-range, something that even the QC15 lacks. The active noise-cancellation is around 90% (most budget NC headphones only block out around 75% of external noise). They are sleek, compact, and travel-friendly.

Find the Best Price for These Headphones:

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$119.95

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4. V-Moda Crossfade LP2 Headphones

Sleek, stylish and fun.

V-Moda Crossfade - best headphones under 300

These headphones aren’t quite as detailed as the M50’s, but make no mistake: they sound awesome. They do best with energetic music: Dance, R&B, Rock. They are also designed to be used with smartphones. They come with an inline mic for taking calls, which is a handy feature if these are your commuting headphones. They also look good: the industrial chrome look is sleek and stylish. The ear pads are also very comfortable to wear.

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$139.98

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5. Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones

Made for long listening sessions in the studio.

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Just look at these headphones. You can feel how comfortable your ears will feel just by looking at them. The Shure headphones actually just squeaked in by virtue of going on sale, so as of now they are under $200. Sound quality wise they are on par with the M50’s. Shure knows how to make extraordinary sounding headphones and these are no exception. They are primarily designed as professional studio headphones, but will function perfectly well as a high end set of desk headphones. They are actually more comfortable than the M50’s when it comes to long periods of use. The moisture-wicking headband actually helps keep you cooler for longer. You’ll still need to let your ears breathe every few hours, but you can pop the headphones back on without taking extended breaks.



Find the Best Price for These Headphones:

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$199.00

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