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Typically you don't get to see too much difference between a bunch of the best headphones once you cross the $150 price tag and the best ones deliver great sound quality along with the most impressive designs.

As long as your headphone spans a good frequency range of 15Hz to 20KHz and a 100dB sensitivity they're going to play some awesome music. Some of the best headphones at $200 are equipped to deliver an even broader range of frequencies going as low as about 5Hz and that's going to be some pretty deep bass. These models are perfect for DJs and studios when accurate audio is of utmost importance.

Speaking from the design perspective of the sub $200 headphones, there's no end to the convenience many of these sets offer. They fold inwards to for compactness, in-ear phones come with a handle to go around the ear, while others are fitted with very comfortable foam padding to sit over the ears. Our selection of the best headphones under $200, below, comprises only those models between the $150 and $200 bracket that are well recommended by expert reviewers around the web.

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Shure SE315

Shure SE315 Headphones


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Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2
Bang & Olufsen A8
Shure SE315 Headphones
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  • The Shure SE315 Sound Isolating Earphones offer an exceptionally durable design, but you can find better-sounding sets for about half the price.


  • Couple the Shure SE315s' modular, durable construction with the great sound quality and the result is a pair of earphones that go a long way to justifying their high asking price. If you only care about sound quality, then you can save money by looking elsewhere, but the overall package offered by the SE315s is arguably worth paying for.


  • The Shure SE315 earphones offer clear and well-balanced sound that will almost certainly put a grin on your mug. They're not exactly cheap, though.


  • There's no denying that these are earphones are expensive, but the slick design and good audio help to sweeten the pill.


  • The real clincher for music fans is the price: they're AU$70 cheaper than the Creative set. If out-and-out detail isn't your main goal, and you're looking for a smooth-sounding headphone that's not outrageously expensive then the Bang & Olufsen A8 is a very good and very stylish set of earphones. Pity about the the less-than-optimal fit, though.


  • Latch the Bang&Olufsen A8 headphones onto your head and you'll realise exactly why we're keen to laud them so much. The sound is incredible and will give you just as much feel as in - ear efforts without the pain of wearing them for extended periods. There's 50 to 20,000Hz frequency response, so even the lowest quality MP3 tracks sound like they've been given the CD treatment.


Top 5 headphone under $200:

  1. Shure SE315 Headphones
  2. Audio-Technica ATH-PRO700MK2 Headphones
  3. Bang & Olufsen A8 Headphones