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$25 today isn't a bad amount for a good pair of headphones, and our list below comprises the top rated models available in this price bracket. The best headphones under $25 are typically earbud headphones, although there are a few behind-the-ear models too, with a pretty good frequency range for compelling sound dynamics.

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Sony MDR-EX210B

Sony MDR-EX210B Earbud Style Headphones


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Sony MDR-EX210B
JLab Diego
Klipsch S3
Skullcandy 50/50
Koss KSC75
Sony MDR-EX210B Earbud Style Headphones
JLab Diego In-Ear Earbud
Klipsch S3 Headphones
Skullcandy 50/50 Headphones
Koss KSC75 Headphones
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Release Date
Dec 2012
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Sep 2010
Mar 2010
Nov 2008
Connectivity
Cable
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Design
Ear Buds
Ear Buds
Ear Buds
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Product Features
Enhanced performance delivers rich, dynamic sound, 13.5mm driver units provide dynamic audio performance, Vertical, in-the-ear style for wearing comfort, Edgy style with youthful colors, 3 sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for a secure fit

  • Though some may be attracted to the funky style and color patterns the Diego offers, we feel JLab might have fared better if it spent more time on the acoustical design of these headphones.


  • The Klipsch S3 do represent an improvement over bundled buds, but at the RRP you can get better sound for your money. Bass is robust without becoming overblown but the high end lacks detail and smoothness. We had hoped for better when Klipsch's higher-end earphones perform so well on this front.


  • The Klipsch Image S3s are a fantastic option if you want to upgrade from the abysmal earphones that are bundled with most MP3 players. They sound good, feel comfortable and won't break the bank.


  • A comfy, lightweight pair of earphones with fantastic low-level response, but overall audio performance could be better.


  • Priced at just under $50, Skullcandy's 50/50 earphones are a solid low-cost choice for extreme bass lovers with iPhones.


  • Despite finding its bass to be often overwhelming, we think the Skullcandy 50/50 is a nice headset for certain audiences. We know there are plenty of listeners out there - particularly those who listen to electronic music and hip-hop, and those who play games on their portable devices - who will love the bass, and we have no trouble recommending this model to them, especially given its price. It's also worth considering if the look of your headphones is important (and you like the Skullcandy style.)


  • If you are looking for a great set of headphones for use with your laptop or MP3 player, you can't go wrong with the KSC-75s. They are ideal for working out or walking down the street to class. While the aesthetics could be slightly improved, the sound quality for the price is second to none. Fine music listeners into jazz and classical will probably want to shell out the extra money to get a more rich music experience, but for everyday, bass-driven music and atmospheric selections, we highly recommend the KSC-75s.