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Budget Friendly Headphones

Anokhi DIY Business & Technology Sep 15, 2014

Can't afford those super-trendy $1,000 headphones you've been lusting after? We've got your back. 

The single best accessory upgrade you can buy for a new media player, smartphone, or tablet is a solid pair of headphones. With so many choices, ranging from $30 cdn you can pick up at the local store to $1,000+ custom-audiologist-fit in-ear monitors, finding the right pair of headphones can be tough. 

Check out our choices below that have both great sound and price tag to match.


Scosche Lobedope SHP451M

$22.76 CDN

 Scosche Lobedope SHP451M

Scosche Lobedope SHP451M

If you are looking at purchasing headphones for a reasonable price, these headphones are for you.  Winner of PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, these headphones will play tracks with a serious deep bass. Used at moderate volume, they offer full sound with balanced highs. As a bonus, they come with an inline remote control and mic for mobile devices! Since they are on the lower end , they will likely be somewhat uncomfortable and will distort at higher volumes. 

Sony MDR-XB50 

$40.83 CDN

 Sony headphones

Sony MDR-XB50 

The Sony MDR-XB50 is a great choice, albeit slightly more expensive. They are The Verge’s top pick because they provide good sound quality with bass, a flexible cord that will actually resist being tangled into knots, and is designed to stay in the ear while you are moving. The XB50s are bigger than Panasonics and comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Blocking any annoying noises, they;re a great choice if you want to be isolated in your environment! The sound quality, however, isn’t as balanced as other headphones. They work best for music with bass, such as hip-hop. They have a microphone and a basic playback remote but do not have volume controls.

SOUL Combat +

$199 CDN

Soul Combat

SOUL Combat +

SOUL Electronics calls their Combat+ premium athletic performance headphones "the first-ever true over-ear headphones built for athletic performance." The ear pads are comfortable (and washable), the wide grip headband kept stayed firmly in place on my large noggin while the kids tried to knock them off, and the noise cancellation was impressive when challenged by the kids constant auditory attacks. The drivers are protected from sweat and the whole rig is built to resist sweat and bacteria. The Combat + is man excellent choice for exercise headphones.

Bose QuietComfort 20i 

$299 CDN

 Bose quiet Comfort 20i

Bose QuietComfort 20i 

Budget-wise, Bose headphones are the most expensive on this list. However, they are also the best in-ear noise cancelling headphones on the market. Designed to work best with iPhones, iPads, and iPads, they even hide the battery power in a remote control casing. Trusted Reviews says that these are a very comfortable pair of ear buds, and worth every penny if you are concerned about sound quality- especially during those busy commutes to work early in the morning!

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