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$80 is a pretty good price for a fine pair of headphones giving you the options of choosing the style that best suits you, whether it is in-ear phones, behind the ear models or the heftier ones you need. In-ear models are always best for noise isolation since they go deeper into the ear canal than those worn over the head.
However, music quality often tends to be higher in over-the-head headphones of the same price since they typically hold more powerful drivers required to produce good sonic waves. Our list of the best headphones under $80 comprises only those models in the range of $40 to $80 which are highly rated by expert headphone reviewers around the web

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Elementex Bluetooth

Elementex Bluetooth Headphones BH001S


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Elementex Bluetooth
AKG K 511
TDK ST700
Audio - Technica ATH-M35
Klipsch S4
Elementex Bluetooth Headphones BH001S
AKG K 511 Headphones
TDK ST700 Headphones
Audio - Technica ath-m35 Closed Back folding Dynamic Headphones
Klipsch S4 Headphones
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Release Date
Dec 2012
Mar 2012
Oct 2011
Apr 2011
Apr 2005
Connectivity
Wireless
Cable
Cable
Design
Over the Ear
Over the Ear
Over the Head
Over the Head
Ear Buds
Product Features
High quality stereo music playback, Support bluetooth V2.1+EDR, Extra compact design, Special multi-function button design for easy operation, 6 to 8 hours playback time
Sound Mode
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo
Stereo

  • 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.


  • While they're not in the same league as the step-up ATH-M50, the Audio-Technica ATH-M35 costs a lot less and offers impressive performance and decent build quality for the money -- plus it has the fold-up element that's missing from the ATH-M30.


  • These headphones are a superior, high-quality product and a great value.


  • Audio Technica have a bit of a hit on their hands with the ATH-M35s. For their price, they easily stand up to competition even if they're not perfect. If you're in the market for some affordable, good quality headphones without too many issues.


  • The Klipsch Image S4 earphones offer up sound quality on par with and better than sets that cost many times as much; they are a spectacular choice for anyone looking for new earbuds.


  • As ever the all important question is: "would I be willing to spend £60 of my own money on a pair of these earphones" and with the Klipsch Image S4s the answer is yes. Despite a few shortfalls, the S4s are definitely still worth their price tag.


  • A great set of 'phones for the cash but a step-up in sound quality is only a few quid round the corner