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For a $100 you have the privilege of selecting your most most convenient design without compromising on the sonic caliber of your headphone, so choose right!

Those specs on your headphones do have some impact on the caliber of music you get to hear. For instance, the frequency response is a range of the lowest and highest frequencies the headphone can support. In other words, it tells you how much bass or treble you will get, and the lower the starting range the better the bass and higher the maximum value the better the treble. So look for a broad range, say 18Hz to 20KHz so you can get the best of bass, treble and midrange tones for all genres of music.

From the style or design perspective, we recommend the best in-ear headphones that plug deep into the ear canal and reduce ambient sound, for users who like listening to music while travelling. Of course most people would suggest over-the-head models with noise cancellation, but we've heard several complaints against noise cancellation headphones. Noise cancellation is a technology deployed in some headphones in which tiny microphones are placed inside the ear piece that analyzes the ambient sound waves and a digital signal processor generates opposite sound waves to the ambient that nullify the effect of the latter. The issue with these phones is that, though they reduce outside sound more than other headphones, there's a bit of a compromise on the quality of the music they deliver.

This selection of the best headphones under $100 is limited to only those models in the $50 to $100 price bracket which are highly rated by expert reviewers around the web.

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Skullcandy Navigator S5AVDM-161
Monster Isport Intensity
Sony MDR-XB600
Zomo Hd120
TDK ST700
Skullcandy Navigator S5AVDM-161 Headphone
Monster Isport Intensity Headphones (Green)
Sony MDR-XB600IP EX Headphones for iPod/iPhone/iPad
Zomo Hd120 Mono-stick Headphones
TDK ST700 Headphones
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Noise isolating over-ear headphones, iPod/iPhone compatible, Speaker Diameter: 40mm, Soft ear pillows, Frequency Response: 20 - 20K Hz
OmniTip swivels for ultimate comfort and better sound, Tough, durable, UV-protected, and sweatproof for your most aggressive workout - indoors or out
40mm diaphragms for deep, powerful bass (4-24Hz), Direct vibe structure for superior bass response, Pressure relieving foam ear pads for long-term comfort, Dual folding design folds compact for storage, Y-type, flat, tangle-proof serrated cord (1.2m)

  • While in sound quality the Monster iSport Intensity earphones are a step down from the noise-isolating Immersion models, they offer good sound and a comfortable, secure fit with an open design that will appeal to folks who don't like having eartips jammed into their ears.


  • The Sony MDR-XB600 represent a solid half-step forward for the Xtra Bass headphone series from Sony. Their looks are a little toned-down, comfort is good and sonic clarity seems to have been improved. However, the low-end lacks the control we like to hear in a bass-heavy headphone, resulting in to much bloating and boominess. You can get higher-quality sound at the price if you're after exciting bass.


  • Ultimately, there's one reason why this isn't for me. Turns out that while I do indeed use my normal two-cupped headphones in a way that's compatible with using one of these, there's actually a part of my DJing that the HD-120 can't help me with.

    When I can't decide which of two or three tunes to play next, I usually put one of the contenders on in my headphones, put them on both ears, turn them up, close my eyes and let the tune take over. If I'm feeling it, I'll know fast and I'll use it, or if not, I'll decide equally as fast to try something else.


  • The affordable TDK ST700 High Fidelity On-Ear Headphones offer fantastic audio performance, but they're not the most comfortable when worn for long periods.


  • The clean looks of the ST-700s smack unashamedly of Dr Dre, right down to the hinged cups that allow the phones to slide cosily in to their rather plush carry bag.

    The TDK ST-700 headphones fit so well you could wear them while jogging or simply use them as ear-warmers. But there are plenty of user-friendly design flourishes such as the dual-length cord, comfy soft-touch cushions and tilting cups.


  • What the ST-700s lack in audio fidelity - which is not a lot given the price - they make up for in comfort and robustness.


Top 5 headphone under $100:

  1. Skullcandy Navigator S5AVDM-161 Headphone
  2. Monster Isport Intensity Headphones (Green)
  3. Sony MDR-XB600IP EX Headphones for iPod/iPhone/iPad
  4. Zomo Hd120 Mono-stick Headphones
  5. TDK ST700 Headphones