This price range is for listeners who want a budget headset to use casually, that still delivers a decent listening experience. This means the headphones in this list won't be the most comfortable, well-rounded or neutral sounding. However, they offer a fair sound quality and wireless Bluetooth at a great price point. Below are our recommendations for the best headphones under $50 we have tested so far.
Best Over-Ear Headphones under $50
The ATH-M20x are decent, low-budget Over-Ear headphones with an above-average sound quality. They're not as well built, as the more expensive models in the series, like the ATH-M40x or ATH-M50x. However, their sound is well-balanced considering their price range, and they're durable enough to use as cheap studio headphones for mixing or recording.
The Bludeio T3 Plus are sturdy wireless headphones that feel like a definite upgrade over the previous T2S Turbine model. They're incredibly affordable for their build quality and active features. Additionally, the Plus model of the T3 lets you play music directly from a micro SD card. Unfortunately, their unique design is not for everyone. They're uncomfortably tight and heavy, and they have a sub-par, bass-enhanced sound that could be a deal breaker for some.
Best On-Ear Headphones under $50
The best on-ear headphones under $50 are the Koss Porta Pro. They are good critical listening headphones and they have a well-balanced sound quality, on par with much more expensive on-ear models. They're lightweight and compact enough to be easy to carry around. However, they're not built to be the most durable headphones. They also have a unique design, that although comfortable, might not work for everyone.