Best Headphones under $200 of 2018By Reviewed Staff
While some folks are looking to err on the side of thriftiness and buy headphones under $50, they'll lose out on special features, improved sound quality, and higher-end design and durability. If you're willing to spend a little extra, though, all of those possibilities open up to you.
We've taken our years of expertise and rigorous scientific testing to come up with our reviewer's top picks when it comes to the best headphones that cost under $200. So, if you're willing to spend the extra cash without quite reaching the $400-$500 range of audiophile insanity, take a look below.
Updated January 03, 2018
If you're in the market for wireless earbuds for running or going to the gym, the Beats Powerbeats 3 are as good as it gets. The earhook design ensures they stay put, the Class 1 Bluetooth means you can stay connected from up to 100 feet away, and the sound quality is fantastic. They aren't cheap, but if you're tired of being disappointed by wireless 'buds, these are worth the investment.
The best thing you can do to keep ambient noise from messing with your music is to spend upwards of $1,000 for custom ear molds. At least, that used to be the case. But newcomer Decibullz has a much more affordable option in its debut headphones, the Contours. Instead of a visit to a professional, all you need is hot water and 15 minutes of your time. The result? Rich sound that stops unwanted interference in its tracks.
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Whether traversing a sea of commuters on a busy subway, braving stretchy pants and an hour of cardio, or doggedly tramping down the sidewalk for a boss's third frappuccino—sometimes, we just need music to keep us going. For that, the Audio-Technica SonicFuel in-ears are a great option that's been around for years. Costing well under $100, these sound great, offer a solid low-end, and fit well in most people's ears.
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They aren't clad in obnoxious extreme branding, but the Westone Adventure Series Alpha in-ears are marketed (and built) to withstand an extreme athlete. To give you a little taste of what I mean, you have to pull a ripcord in order to just open the box—and inside is a set of in-ears that are a paragon of durability with the chops to survive even the most extreme environs.