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Lol, Imagine a caveman talking to you and he’s like “Headphones. Yeah. Good.
Cheap. Like.” In that caveman voice. Well today I’m gonna be a caveman and tell you all of some good cheap headphones. In a caveman voice. 😀
So, without further ado, here goes:
1) Sennheiser HD 280
I have to include these on almost every short list of good cheap headphones. I received a pair from a friend in May of 2015 and couldn’t be happier with the quality and sound they provide!
I had heard so many good things about these puppies, but what stood out most to me was longevity. Many reviewers have had these for upwards of 10 years! They also provide a true, flat, rich sound which I have come to appreciate over the years.
I want the sound to be as uncolored as possible, and by all accounts these do just that.
The only gripe I found was that they wear down over time, which is understandable. My Audio Technica ATH M50’s have slight crackage on the ear cups, and I’ve had them since January of 2013.
See my official review!
2) Audio Technica ATH M30x
No, these aren’t the M50x’s, but they’re pretty darn close by all accounts. They are also very similar to the 50’s and 50x’s in terms of build quality and sound.
The 50’s and 50x’s are slightly louder and have a deeper bass response. That’s really about it. Aside from all that, these are comfortable as well and provide a full, rich, uncolored sound. I’ve always been attracted to the design of this particular line of headphones as well. They are slick and not too bulky. The 30x’s are even a bit smaller than the 50x’s as well, so you get even more portability.
They also come with a case and adapter, so you can plug them into virtually anything as needed (a mixer, an audio interface, your iPod, etc.).
3) Sennheiser HD 201
If there were ever a cheap set of cans you should buy that don’t sound like cheap cans, these are it! I’ve heard so many good things about them. Another reviewer said that if he just picked them up off the street he would have thought they were worth a lot more.
They’re sturdy and comfortable, and the sound is flat and even. They don’t feel as if they would break with a simple twist, and that is something that has become really important to me over the years (I’ve broken more $20 Sony’s than I can count).
The bass isn’t as heavy as some would like, but they are definitely crisp and clear. Just don’t expect to be blown away by loudness. 😛
*Update as of 5/11/15*
Just received a pair of these in the mail, and they sound really really freaking good for the price. Reports of them not being very loud are true. In comparison to my 50x’s they are really quiet, but then again I’ve been extremely spoiled these last couple of years.
After prolonged listening (3-4 hours) I can say without a doubt these are really solid and even across the spectrum (albeit a little loud & tinny in the highs and mid-range). Also it is true that the bass isn’t in your face, but it’s definitely there, and sounds pretty good.
A couple of flaws:
- They are comfortable, to an extent. After awhile you can really feel them and they start to get a little uncomfortable and need a slight adjustment.
- The bass response at extremely low levels has a bit of trouble registering. You will start to hear some frequencies that sound a bit raspy and scratchy (I’m trying to think of a better word).
Overall they are really solid for the price and a great value. If you’re on a budget they are perfect. They are light-years better than any crappy ear bud or standard issue crappy headset that comes pre-packaged with some other crappy gear. Lol. They are a great entry level option.
4) Sennheiser HD 202
Boy it’s a Sennheiser sausage fest in here isn’t it?
Haha. Anyways, these and the 201’s are probably the best “bang for buck” options out there in this price range. They are a huge step up from your standard ear bud outfit, and are really portable and durable.
They provide good bass and mid tones, and the sound isn’t too muddled like you’d come to expect out of those nasty colored cans. (cough Beats by Dre cough).
Anywho, the only gripes people had with these generally, is that the chord is cheap and long, and seems to be prone to breakage. You can tell in the picture it looks kind of emaciated. Lol 😛 People also reported discomfort after long periods (that’s semi normal me thinks).
Also while you’re at it, Check out my official review!!
Anyways, that’s about it for today my friend!
Out of these, which do you feel is the best value??
Let me know down below what you think about these Good Cheap Headphones. Lol. If you have any further specific questions, please ask me! I love headphones, and I love talking about them and anything else music related. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
All the best and God Bless,
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