To start off, I’d like to open up a discussion about what your idea of the perfect pair of headphones has been up to this point. I don’t have a ton of extra cash lying around to just spend on new toys.

What are some of the best budget headphones for audiophiles that you have found that don’t sacrifice the quality of sound for a lower price tag? 

Best Bang For Your Buck

Also, depending on your current income, that will definitely factor into your personal definition of what a budget headphone for an audiophile would actually end up costing. This brings me back to my personal feelings on not only ones personal choice of headphones, but also their choice of what sounds they’re choosing to send through those headphones. I usually use different pairs of headphones for different types of media, whether that be watching a new episode of Game of Thrones or checking out the latest Jay-Z album. 

I’m sure you guys have similar feelings on this subject. I find that this is where comfort steps in to play a huge role in the choice of wear, depending on what kind of audiophile you are. If I’m going to sit down for three of my precious hours to kick back and enjoy a long film, I’d prefer to be as comfortable as physically possible. Of course, the quality of the actual sound is an important factor to consider even if you’re just watching a movie.

Watching Movies Without The Sound

If you turn the sound off on The Shining and just watch the characters move by in silence it will have a totally different effect on you, if any at all. The sound effects and little details in a movie soundtrack can sometimes make or break the entire experience.

Perfect Pair of Headphones For an Audiophile

This is especially true for any movie that’s relying heavily on building suspense or using jump scares as a tactic to hold your attention. Even if some of this is happening at a subconscious level, I’d like to err on the side of being prepared either way.

Sonic Collaboration

Rather than stir up a pot of angry debate about whether V-Modas sound better than Bose, I’d be interested to hear your feedback on what works for you and why.

I’m open to learning more about your personal interests so I can use that to further my own interests along the sonic road of discovery. The collaboration of ideas is often what allows for the furthering of discussion and broadening of perspective.

Where Should You Start?

Sometimes finding the right place to begin your journey into blissful ecstasy of sound can seem overwhelming. 

It doesn’t have to be a difficult process, in fact, it should be quite the opposite. There are at least a few companies that produce quality headphones and other accessories. 

Unlimited Access Means No Excuses!

Now that we have unlimited access to trusted vendors online, there’s really no excuse for not being able to re-discover your favorite songs and albums. If you’ve forgotten, or taken a break from one of your old favorites, there’s no better time than the present to dive back in.

At Sonic Elevation, we like to make it easy to find and at a price that you feel comfortable with. 

Marshall Headphones

Marshall Headphones is the headphone branch of a company that has been around for close to 50 years now called Marshall Amps. Many musicians, audiophiles, and casual music fans use Marshall products to experience the Sonic Elevation that we crave.

Their equipment has been used by a wide range of guitarists from bands ranging from AC/DC, Aerosmith, Bring Me The Horizon to Buckcherry, A Day To Remember, Megadeth, and many more.

pair of marshall headphones

Marshall has proven time and time again to be a leading competitor in the field of audio and will continue to do so for many years to come. 

As we all know, numbers don’t lie and neither do your ears when they’re telling you that what you’re hearing is nothing short of excellence. 

Here’s a link to get you started: Marshall Headphones Home 

As always, thanks again for tuning in! 

14 thoughts on “Best Budget Headphones For Audiophiles”

  1. When I walk around the city I am always looking for a better headset to jam my music.
    I really need to tell my friends about you and see how there music sounds in your system.
    How long have you been selling?
    How is the market where you are at?
    I love WA because I am market all over the place and I am sure you enjoy the benefits as well.

    1. You definitely came to the right place if you’re looking for recommendations on “walking around the city headphones”. I recently posted a review of the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones. Here’s a link to that

      I’m always giving out free promo for products I enjoy using myself but officially I’m new to the online promotion end of things. 

      I feel like people are always in the market for a good pair of music listening devices, so it’s probably about the same here as it is where you’re at. 

  2. Hi Dom,
    I love your page! It is super calming – but as for the headphones I love my white wireless ones that I use for my workout … to be honest, I forget what brand they are because they were a gift but they are white and look/work well. Similar to those beatz but they are not beatz… anyways I love them and agree with how important audio is. ESPECIALLY for my workouts.

    1. Thanks Andrea,
      I definitely hear you, no pun intended, on the importance of a solid pair of headphones for working out with.
      I’m glad you found the page calming 🙂 If you ever get curious and want some more information on specific types of headphones, let me know.

  3. Very interesting post Dom. I learned a new word today – audiophile. I could tell what it meant right away but I just never heard it before.

    I’ve never really been into big brands and such. But I do have experience with Bose and find it to be akin to the Mercedes Benz of the audio world. The only thing is that you have to pay exorbitant prices. For me, I just want to hear loud enough to enjoy the audio experience.

  4. I appreciate it Kevon and I’m glad you learned a new word and that what it meant was clear just from reading the post. I’ve had a couple pairs of Bose and agree that you really can’t go wrong with them at all. They ARE very expensive, like you said, so I’ll be posting about “budget headphones for audiophiles” in the near future to steer listeners in that direction.

  5. I find that often more robust headsets deliver much better sound than sleeker, smaller ones. I find myself annoyed with poor sound quality and for that reason invest a fair amount of time researching products before purchase. More expensive does not always meen better sound.

    1. That’s definitely a good point Jean. You might enjoy the V-Moda Crossfade LP2 headphones. They are a durable, quality pair of headphones that are reasonably priced and deliver a sound that’s hard to beat for what you pay.

  6. Interesting article! In all honesty I don’t spend much on headphones (or earplugs) but I make sure I have one in my purse to listen to my favorite soundtracks. You are right, one sound or song can change your perspective as a viewer. Its very important with Comedy and Horror.

    1. For sure. The equipment you’re using doesn’t have to be expensive, as long as you’re comfortable with it that’s all that matters. Thanks for tuning in. 🙂

  7. We went and purchased a cheap pair of Sony over the ear headphones, cost about £20 last year. To be honest I thought the sound quality would be poor however we chose a well known brand due to their cheapness and very surprised with the outcome.

    Fed up with these fiddly in the ear earphones enticed me to look for an alternative. Bose and the likes are ridiculously expensive in my view especially when you go for the noise cancelling variety however we find the quality of this cheap pair pretty good for the budget conscious plus the savings we made were priority at the time.

    Having the earphones wrapped around your ears delivers such a better sound experience in my view, I forgot how good they were. Looking back we used these all the time until ipods entered the market.
    What’s you favourite budget earphones?

    1. I agree, over-ear headphones always sound a lot better. 

      It depends on what your specific budget is. If you’re looking for an over-ear pair that’s under $100, I would suggest taking a look at Skullcandy’s. 

      If you can spend a little more, around $150, I would go with some V-Modas. 

      Good luck Simon, if you have anymore questions or want a specific recommendation don’t hesitate to ask. 

  8. I found the article to be interesting in that you address the different uses for headphones. It’s hard to pick one set of headphones and claim that they can handle anything, but I have loved my ATH-M50’s. My only complaint here is that they are not the most portable headphone, so I use a pair of Panasonic or Audio Technica in-ear headphones. Again, different purposes require different headphones, but there are many great options out there.

    1. I agree with you for sure. Sometimes one size doesn’t fit all. I usually stick with my pair of V-Moda Crossfades for most purposes but on the go it’s nice to have something more compact, without a doubt. Thanks for your feedback Demetri.

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