Best Headphones under $200

We’ve had a round up of the best headphones under $100, and the best headphones under $300, so it’s ridiculous that we haven’t had a round-up of headphones in the $200 price range. When you invest $100-$200 on a pair of headphones, you expect great sound and great build quality. All the headphones featured here are what I would call ‘undervalued’. They should be higher priced, but because of factors like price drops and/or competitive pricing, at their current price they are a steal.


1. Audio Technica ATH-M50S Headphones

The best all around headphones


best headphones under $200

You could probably guess that our #1 pick in the ‘Top Ten Headphones” would be #1 here. The M50′s are essentially $500 studio headphones priced at $150. Every audiophile forum raves about the overall sound quality and tonal balance of the M50′s, and indeed, there is no genre of music that makes them sound bad. What they don’t mention is how comfortable they are: soft ear-cups that conform to your head without putting any undue pressure on them You can use these for long hours without needing to give your ‘temples’ a break.

Click here to read our full review of the ATH-M50′s.

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$116.00

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2. Audio Technica ATH-ANC7 Headphones

Great value for noise-cancellation headphones

audio technica ath-anc7b - best $200 headphones

If you’re looking for some noise-cancelling headphones but can’t quite bring yourself to spend $300, the ANC7 headphones are almost as good as the current king of noise-cancelling headphones, the Bose QC15. The ANC-7B’s deliver some powerful noise-cancellation (while sounding really good) for about $130. These headphones were once priced around $300, but couldn’t compete with the big boys like Bose and Sennheiser. The large 40mm drivers bring lots of detail on the mid-range, something that even the QC15 lacks. The active noise-cancellation is around 90% (most budget NC headphones only block out around 75% of external noise). They are sleek, compact, and travel-friendly.

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$180.99

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$132.11

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3. V-Moda Crossfade LP Headphones

Sleek, stylish and fun.

V-Moda Crossfade - best headphones under 300

These headphones aren’t quite as detailed as the M50′s, but make no mistake: they sound awesome. They do best with energetic music: Dance, R&B, Rock. They are also designed to be used with smartphones. They come with an inline mic for taking calls, which is a handy feature if these are your commuting headphones. They also look good: the industrial chrome look is sleek and stylish. The ear pads are also very comfortable to wear.

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$126.70

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$130.75

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$127.71

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4. Sennheiser RS120 Wireless Headphones

You’ll love the freedom these wireless headphones give you.

sennheiser rs120 wireless headphones - best headphones under 200

The RS120′s use RF (radio frequency) transmission, but you would never know from the sound quality. They sound as good (sometimes better) than most bluetooth headphones. And with a range of 328 feet, they are most than just ‘TV headphones’. You can move freely around your house, wash your car, even do some gardening while listening to your favorite tunes/podcasts. It’s so freeing to have a pair of headphones like these around where you can roam freely without worrying about cords. The signal is also quite clear. I live in an apartment building and didn’t notice any interference. There’s a dull hiss between songs, but other than that I have no criticisms for these headphones.



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$98.95

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$87.00

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Shure SRH840 Professional Monitoring Headphones

Made for long listening sessions in the studio.

Just look at these headphones. You can feel how comfortable your ears will feel just by looking at them. The Shure headphones actually just squeaked in by virtue of going on sale, so as of now they are under $200. Sound quality wise they are on par with the M50′s. Shure knows how to make extraordinary sounding headphones and these are no exception. They are primarily designed as professional studio headphones, but will function perfectly well as a high end set of desk headphones. They are actually more comfortable than the M50′s when it comes to long periods of use. The moisture-wicking headband actually helps keep you cooler for longer. You’ll still need to let your ears breathe every few hours, but you can pop the headphones back on without taking extended breaks.



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$177.01

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