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Our list of the best headphones under $40 gives you the top rated models in the $20 to $40 range from Skullcandy, JVC and the likes. You can choose from over-the-ear and in-ear headphones to bigger over-the-head models. Over-the-head headphones have better scope to hold powerful drivers, which are pivotal to good sound quality so unless you're opposed to having your headphones wrapped around your head, we recommend them to the earbud models.

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Klipsch S3

Klipsch S3 Headphones


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Klipsch S3
Skullcandy 50/50
Klipsch S3 Headphones
Skullcandy 50/50 Headphones
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Mar 2010
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  • 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.)


Top 5 headphone under $40:

  1. Klipsch S3 Headphones
  2. Skullcandy 50/50 Headphones