There are a shocking number of great headphones you can get for under $50. One of the best full-size models we've found is the Audio-Technica ATH-M30. How good is it? So good that we prefer the M30 to the $159 step-up model, the ATH-M50.
- Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $59.00
The good: The Audio-Technica ATH-M30 headphones offer good build quality and detailed, natural sound with good bass. They're also very comfortable and a bargain at around $60.
The bad: There's no integrated microphone for making cell phone calls; the extra-long cord makes the headphones less suitable for mobile use; don't fold-up like the ATH-M35; and the cord isn't detachable.
The bottom line: While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50 headphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-M30 set costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money.
October 29, 2012 3:39 PM PDT
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| Caption by: John P. Falcone
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