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Our Picks For Best Headphones Sub $200
These Solo 3 on-ear headphones have an outstanding battery life of 40 hours. They’re so easy to use with simple Bluetooth connectivity and on-ear controls.
Bose Soundsport Free
These true wireless headphones give off sporty vibes. They’re sweat and water resistant, so neither your active lifestyle nor poor weather will make you pause your music.
The Cowin SE7 has some of the best wireless range that lets you enjoy more freedom. Comfortable ear cushions let you fully get lost in your bass heavy music.
Bose QuietComfort (Wired)
These wired Bose headphones are sleek in appearance and provide a well-rounded experience. Its noise cancellation feature works exquisitely well.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x
While these Audio Technica headphones cannot make phone calls, they still provide a balanced and clear listening experience. Its design is durable and its cushioned earcups are comfortable.
Sennheiser HD 4.50
These Sennheiser wireless headphones have a long battery life and steady Bluetooth connection. They are comfortable, but fit smaller than other brands.
The Cowin E8’s black matte design is classy and sleek. Although they are a bit bulky, these wireless headphones provide a wonderful listening experience with great noise isolation.
Headphone shopping can be quite overwhelming if you are not sure what to look for. For those on a budget, know that you do not have to settle for the cheapest in-ear option from your local gas station. In this guide, we will show you some amazing options for the best headphones under the $200 price point, and what features you should expect to get the most out of your listening experience.
The Beats Solo 3 wireless headphones have drastically improved their quality of internal components over the previous Solo 2 series. One of the best features is hand’s down, the improved battery life. For either Apple or Android devices, the battery life of these headphones is about 40 hours. You may forget to charge it with such a long lifespan, but that won’t be an issue either. Get three hours of battery life with a short five-minute charge with Beats’ new Fast Fuel feature.
Cushioned cups provide extra comfort for these on-ear headphones. The fit is adjustable, providing extremely comfortable wear for extended periods. They press firmly onto your ears, so they are fit for use during exercise as well.
These headphones definitely appeal to those who love a rich and strong bass. Overall, the sound is balanced and works well with all musical genres. Outside noise can filter in, but most ambient sounds can be sealed out. Controls are right on the ear in case you need to adjust the volume quickly or answer a call.
Bose’s Soundsport Free wireless earbuds offer clear sound in a compact size, and are one of the best wireless options out there. These are true wireless, classic in-ear headphones, minus the annoying tangled wires that we tend to think of with earbuds. These sporty looking buds come with a charging case, so they are easy to take with you on the go.
The battery life is short compared to other headphones – up to five hours. Fortunately, the carrying case provides two extra charges, so you won’t have to be attached to a wall every day to use your earbuds. Use them for your fitness routine as they are sweat and water resistant with an IPX4 rating. Whether you are taking a call in the rain or hitting the gym with your music, these earbuds will have you covered. Call audio is only available through the right earbud, so keep that in mind if you often find yourself using one bud at a time.
The Cowin SE7 are the best over-ear headphones for those seeking a budget friendly option. Color variety and wireless capabilities make these bluetooth headphones a great choice for the fashion conscious. Bluetooth headphones transmission distance is approximately fifteen meters, so you do not have to be glued to your device to use your headphones. To simplify your life even more, all controls for music and phone calls can be accessed via buttons installed in the earpiece.
Soft ear cushions provide tremendous comfort for extended listening periods. These are lightweight and do not add a lot of pressure to stay on your head. However, they do get quite warm and you will need to take breaks wearing them in hot temperatures. Likewise, these might not be the best headphones for exercise sessions.
The sound quality of these bluetooth headphones is decent for the price and wonderful for bass heavy music. However, take note that vocals and instruments can lose clarity, especially since these do not isolate much outside noise.
The Bose QuietComfort wired headphones bring you performance, comfort and style – all in a great value package. These around-ear headphones provide excellent noise cancellation so you can fully immerse yourself into your music. They offer some of the best sound quality, which is balanced, rich, powerful and undisturbed by outside distractions.
Around-ear headphones are notorious for leaving a divot in hair after continuous use, and these are no different. However, these are made from a new cotton and felt combination material that will leave you more comfortable than other around-ear models. You won’t struggle as much with overheating and sweat buildup after long-term use. Earcups adjust and pivot for your comfort and allow for compact storage in the included neat case.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x is all about that impressive, deep bass. Designed to be versatile, you can easily take them from home to the studio, and are even suitable for home theater use. They are well-balanced and sound great, whether you are listening to music, or your favorite podcast.
Your purchase will include a case and two different types of wires: Detachable coiled cable (3.9’-9.8’) and detachable straight cable (3.9’). Neither cord type has a microphone or controller. Therefore, you will not be able to make or take phone calls with these headphones. Cushioned ear cups make for a pleasant listening experience. Outside sounds are isolated, thanks to the special design that contours around your ears. Best of all, the ATH-M50x has been widely touted for its sonic sound performance by top reviewers and professional sound engineers.
The Sennheiser HD 4.50 brings all the top features to the table at a reasonable price. This wireless headset has hassle-free Bluetooth connectivity so you can access your music in a snap. They have some of the best wireless response on the market.
Controls are intuitively placed on the ear-cup. Manage your incoming phone calls and cycling through music quickly without having to get up and use your phone.
For long flights or long work days, decent battery life is a must with bluetooth headphones. You can enjoy up to 19 hours of use with noise cancellation features engaged. If you turn off the noise cancellation feature, the battery life can last up to a stunning 25 hours. Its soft, padded ear pads are comfortable to wear for long periods. Tuck them away easily in the included canvas storage, thanks to their ear pads that swivel for easy storage.
These Cowin E8 over-ear headphones have a sleek matte black appearance with a classy copper stripe on each side. With larger ear cups and a strong headband than normal over-ear bluetooth headphones, the E8 feels a lot more luxurious and sturdier than its predecessors. If tight fitting and uncomfortable headphones are the bane of your existence, you can lay that worry aside with the E8. Enjoy its luxuriously padded headphones that stay in place yet doesn’t feel too tight.
Its noise cancelling/noise isolation feature provides a smooth and adequate listening experience that won’t be tainted by outside noise. Clean bass and crisp vocals come through clearly while a balanced sound will enhance your overall audio experience.
What You Need to Know Before Buying Headphones Under $200
A pair of headphones with great sound, comfort while being within your price range is not impossible. We typically expect quality and cost to correlate. So we assume that the more expensive the headphones, the better the quality. However, when reviewing this list, you can see that this is not always the case. Sure, included features will often be limited or reduced. However, you can still get quality headphones at a great price point.
How to Choose the Best Headphones Under $200
In-Ear, On-Ear, or Over-Ear
In-ear headphones are still popular due to their small size and convenience. These are ear buds that stick directly into the ear. Small in size and easy to store, these are great for the average user who just wants a well-rounded product.
On-ear headphones are much larger in size and not as discrete or easy to store. Nevertheless, these are a smaller, lighter, and easier to store than over-ear headphones. These are a great middle ground if you are looking for better sound quality at a cheaper price.
Over-ear headphones are large and fit over the ear. For comfort, these are your best bet. These are great from long plane rides or for those who often listen to music for hours while studying.
Passive or Active Noise Cancellation
Passive noise cancelling is also referred to as noise isolation. This feature works by means of external ear cups. Outside noise is reduced due to the perfect seal around your ears. These are great for the general user who still wants to be able to hear louder noises, like sirens or loud voices.
Active noise cancelling (ANC) works by an internal audio processor that cancels out external sounds by replicating opposite noises. Check to make sure that the headphones you are interested in purchasing allow this feature to be turned off. Since ANC works so well at blocking out noises, you will want to turn it off in certain situations.
Active noise cancelling provides a fully immersive experience and is better for ear health since you will not have to crank up the volume to cancel out noise. Headphones with ANC are typically on the higher end of the $200 range.
Open-Back or Closed-Back Headphones
The closed- back headphones design simply means that the outside facing side of the ear cup is closed off with either plastic or metal. Sound stays within the cups and is less likely to leak. As you might imagine, this type of headphone often isolates background noise.
On the other hand, open-back headphones do not have the solid plastic or metal piece on the outside of the ear cup. These stereo-like speakers are often quite pricey and not included on our list.
Comfort is one of the most important features when purchasing headphones. This means considering the type of earpiece, material used, the weight of the whole set, and how you will be using them. Better materials will likely drive the cost up, so look at the high end of our $200 range. If you tend to use your headphones for long hours at a time, paying attention to comfort will greatly pay off.
For $200, there are so many headphone options available on the market. From noise cancelling headphones to comfortable, lounging types, there is something for you on this list. Consider the features that will benefit you the most and go from there. Your listening experience can be rich, dynamic and more immersive with the right headphones. Improving your audio experience at a bargain price is even better.