NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When you spend a lot of your day listening to music, you start to care about the quality of the headphones you're using, and those cheap earbuds that came with your smartphone just aren't going to work. You need something with better sound quality, something with crisp highs and a thumping bass, or maybe something with a more neutral and balanced sound.
You know that headphones aren't exactly cheap, but you'd rather not pay more for a new set of cans as you did on your phone. Even audiophiles need to have a budget, right? The good news is there are a lot of great headphones out there that cost less than an iPhone 6 on a two-year contract. These headphones are often among the most highly rated options among those who care about music, regardless of the price.
This is a list of 10 of the best headphones you can get for less than $200. Just remember that in order to get the best out of these, you might also need to shell out for some high quality music files. Or not, that's really up to you. I'm just here to show you headphones, not dictate where or how you buy your music.
In no particular order, here are 10 of the best headphones you can buy for under $200...
10. Sol Republic Tracks Air
Sol Republic's headphones are unique in that they separate the cans from the headband so you have greater control over their appearance. The fact that they have decent sound is a nice bonus for the brand with special designs made in collaboration with artists like deadmau5 and Calvin Harris.
The Sol Republic Tracks Air are the Bluetooth version of the company's popular Tracks line, made for those who don't want those pesky wires getting in the way of their music. The cans include music controls and a built-in microphone for phone calls. The Tracks Air headphone can also connect to two devices at once, so you can use them to listen to music or watch a movie on your laptop or tablet and still easily answer a call that comes to your smartphone.
9. Onkyo ES-FC300
The Onkyo ES-FC300 are a good choice for those looking for headphones with a decent look and good sound quality, but don't want a "B" on their ears. The ES-FC300 comes in purple, black, and white, with a detachable cable to match. Amazon reviews of the headphones say they have good sound quality and a "very good soundstage."
8. Shure SRH840
The Shure SRH840 headphones are one of the highest rated over-ear headphones on audiophile site Head-Fi, ranked ninth in the category with 4.62 out of 5 stars. The site says the headphones are durable, and offer "clear sound" with "perfect bass, good midrange, [and] good highs."
Shure designed the headphones for audio engineers and musicians with a long detachable cable and the closed-back design made to isolate you from all the environmental noise.
7. Sony XBAH1
The Sony XBAH1 earphones are some of the best in-ear headphones available for less than $200. The headphones have a "neutral and authentic" sound, according to The Wirecutter, which added that they make every instrument sound like it would in real life.
Earphones aren't always for everyone, but for those who want to get a bit closer to their music, and don't mind shutting out most of the rest of the world, these are a great choice.
6. Sony MDR7506
The Sony MDR7506 are the top choice for headphones under $150 at gadget review site The Wirecutter, which note they have been a popular choice in music studios for years. The headphones have "an even response across the entire frequency range" with better depth and dexterity than headphones that can cost much more.
5. Bose SoundTrue In-Ear Headphones
Depending on whom you ask, Bose is either one of the top brands for headphones or one of the worst, and while not everyone likes the brand, there's no denying its popularity. The SoundTrue In-Ear Headphones are included on this list because they're one of the few highly-rated earphones among Amazon reviewers.
Bose put plastic tips that hook into your ear on the SoundTrue to help secure them in your ear, which makes them a bit better for active users or those who can't manage to keep earphones in their ears. The earphones are available in black, white, and cranberry, and come with a matching carrying pouch that make them easy to put in your bag so you don't have to worry too much about tangling.
4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones are some of the highest-rated headphones on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 stars with 689 customer reviews. The headphones' 40mm drivers offer "good lows and crisp mids," according to reviews on Head-Fi.
Audio-Technica offers three different detachable cables with the ATH-M50x, two straight and one coiled option. It's worth noting that not all cables will fit into the headphones, and none of them offer a remote or microphone for your smartphone or tablet.
3. Sennheiser HD25-1 II
The HD25-1 II are great for those who are looking for Sennheiser's great sound quality and on-ear headphones, but need something a bit lighter than the others on this list. The company says these headphones are great for cameramen and DJs who want lightweight headphones for monitoring, complete with rotating capsules for one-ear listening.
2. V-MODA Crossfade LP
The V-MODA Crossfade LP headphones manage to combine good sound quality with an interesting design in a way that not many other headphones can claim. Amazon reviews for the headphones highlight both their bass and clear highs.
These headphones are made of steel with an "ergonomic steelflex headband." V-MODA says the patent pending 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers in the Crossfade LP have inner and outer rings that help separate all that bass from the mids and highs.
1. Sennheiser HD-598
The Sennheiser HD-598 stand above most, if not all of the other headphones on this list, and are arguably some of the best headphones available at any price. The open back headphones use Sennheiser's "Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement" technology, which "channels audio directly into your ears producing a more 'in room' listening experience," according to the company.
Audiophile review site Head-Fi says the HD-598 has an "amazing soundstage," are very comfortable, and have outstanding sound quality. The headphones are also my personal choice among all the headphones listed here, though some might prefer heavier bass than the more balanced and accurate sound Sennheiser's headphones offers.
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