best headphones Items under $100 are harder to find than you might think. At Wired, it’s part of our job to listen to music all day long, usually on really fancy and crazy expensive models. We had playlists for testing bass, for evaluating detail, for prom—we started using it. But believe it or not, we love testing cheap stuff just as much. It’s like a scavenger hunt for those things that contain the most technology to make money. And they keep getting better and better every year.
That doesn’t mean our work is done; e-retailers are still flooded with cheap headphones sound Cheap, so we’ll continue to listen and update our picks every few months. When you’re looking for your next great pair of headphones, be sure to check out our many other buying guides, including the best wireless headphones, the best wireless fitness headphones, and the best phones with headphone jacks.
Updated November 2022. We added an Audio-Technica ATH-M20xBT and a JLab Go Air Pop.
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