Best budget headphones(Updated November 26, 2013 2:29 AM PST)
It's easy to break the bank on these accessories that often get more expensive than your music device. Comfort, sound, and style are all important considerations when picking out new headphones, but you shouldn't have to take a second mortgage to afford it. In fact, headphones are one of the few pieces of technology that are relatively timeless, meaning you can save money on an older model that will still lend a solid listening experience. To help you sort through the choices, we've rounded up our top budget headphones.
While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50, the Audio-Technica ATH-M35 costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money -- plus it has the fold-up element that's missing from the ATH-M30.
The MeElectronics M9 sound-isolating earphones are an exceptional value, offering solid audio, a good design, and nice extras for an ultralow price. Anyone looking for cheap replacement earbuds should consider these.