The Best Audiophile Headphones For Gaming Under $100

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  • 12/1/20. Article posted.

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Are you ready to game your a** off but don’t know which headphone to purchase?

Well stick around honky because I’m going to slap you in the face with 5 sick options for under $100
in about 5 minutes.

So turn that frown upside down, because by the end of this super brief but concise guide, you’ll be ready to resume your sedentary position on the couch with that big ass bag of Cheetos that you love so much.

And that’s what it’s all about amirite?? So stop researching and AudioFile GOOOO!


The Cooler Master MH-751

This is a re-brand of the famed Takstar Pro 82, perhaps the most underground indie snob headphone on the planet.

Metal571 likes it too and whatever he likes, I like.

It’s a comfy, cheap, reliable, lightweight, solid workhorse headphone that comes with a freaking mod mic too. If you need not only a great all-around headphone for music and movies, but you also like to flex your e-penis and show everyone how great you are at FPS shooters, this is probably the headphone for you.

So stop everything and BUYYY!!



The Philips SHP9500

Philips SHP9500 vs. 9600

This is a no-nonsense, cheap as dirt product that has no business being under $100.

The SHP9500 catches heat from fake Audiophile snobs because of their cognitive dissonance, but rest assured they’re full of crap!

Comfort, Build, Soundstage, Imaging, Micro Detail, and Directional cues are all unbelievable at this price point, so ignore those tightwad haters, because they’re probably sitting in their underwear in mom’s basement, ready to pounce on anyone who disagrees with their narrow-minded world view!

Need to connect a Boom Pro to the 9500? No problemo.

Just un-plug the stock cable and attach it via 3.5mm.

Need to veg out to some tunes? NO problemo. Just put the headphone on, sit down and SHUT UP.

Don’t want to buy an Amp right away? No problemo. This is the headphone for you because it’s super-efficient and sounds good out of most anything. So what are you waiting for?



The Status Audio CB-1

Folded, like the Braves in the ’96 World Series.

This is an un-branded, no-name cheaper than a 3 dollar whore headphone that’s become a cult classic, and deservedly so.

Out of the 100+ headphones I’ve demoed, it’s one of the very few closed backs that actually sounds like an open back, due to its Soundstage width and depth, to its airy and spacious signature, to its phenomenal separation and detail, to its mostly neutral-ish profile and excellent bass articulation. What is Soundstage? [Detailed Explanation]

Not that those last 2 have anything to do with being open, but it sounded good so lay off me. I could keep going, but there’s a time limit on this bitch. Get her dunnnnn.

You really can’t go wrong if you plan on listening to music, mixing and/or mastering a track, or even sniping hillbillies in your underwear.

It’s a jack of all trades! Keep in mind that you will look like a poor man’s E.T. with it on your big ass head, but comfort is exemplary and the build is pretty solid for being mostly plastic!

So what are you waiting for? Use your allowance money and buy that sumbitch!



The Samson SR850

Samson SR850 Review

The SR850 is lighter than an anorexic 12-year-old eating celery sticks, but even so, it’s pretty rugged all things considered.

This AKG K240 knock-off sports the same famed hammock style adjustment, but its comfort isn’t quite as good as the others on this list. You may be asking “Well then why is it #2 you jackass?


Nah honky, it’s because it provides a tad bit better of a gaming experience soundwise.

The 850 has slightly better Soundstage than the 9500, and maybe a smidgen more than the CB-1, but it’s almost a wash. It’s also going to sound a bit more detailed due to its brighter treble, but rest assured in Gaming this is more of an advantage than the disadvantage you’ll sometimes experience in listening to music with it. Related: The Best Gaming Setup For Beginners [Gaming Setup Ideas!]

So everything about the above headphones in terms of sound applies to the 850, only it’s a bit more suited for Gaming.




The Audio Technica ATH AD500X

This is a headphone you’d be hardpressed to try and one up if you’re looking to purchase a gaming headphone under $100.

The entire line of 500x, 700x, and 900x are some of the most well renowned and recommended headphones for Gaming specifically, meaning they probably won’t sound quite as exciting with music.

This is in large part due to their dull, sometimes overly flat character that is much better suited for an FPS 1 v 1 than it is for pure listening enjoyment.

That said, directional cues here are probably the best out of these 5, and the sound is a bit more natural than an 850 due to the 850’s spiked treble.

This lightweight, comfy headphone is well equipped for those long marathon gaming sessions where you don’t even stop to take a dump, much less take your eyes off of those computer-generated baddies you love so much.

So like Booger Mountain Christmas, come on down and pick one out, you won’t regret it!


Well, that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this discussion on the best audiophile headphones for gaming under $100, and are better equipped to make a purchasing decision!

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