NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Listening to your favorite MP3s on average headphones is like watching a summer Hollywood blockbuster on a black and white television. The right headphones inevitably enhance your music listening experience.
The top of the line headphones often go for several hundred dollars, with industry leader Beats by Dre headphones starting at about $250.
However, one does not have to sacrifice sound quality when purchasing more affordable headphones.
The headphone models on this list all have top notch quality and can be purchased for under $100 on Amazon.com.
In no particular order, here are 10 of the best headphones you can buy for under $100...
10. Audio- Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
These headphones feature 40 mm drivers with rare earth magnets, a removable cable, and swiveling 90 degree earcups that gives the listener the ability to monitor music using only one ear. These headphones retail for $99. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "You want accurate 'phones that won't give you a headache during marathon sessions. You also don't want to spend a fortune. Are we right so far? Good, cause here's a totally pro pair of cans that's definitely worthy of your consideration - and they're an amazing value! Audio-Technica's ATH-M40x headphones have 40mm neodymium magnet drivers that deliver the accurate sound you can rely on when you're tracking, mixing, or DJing. And their circumaural earpads are totally comfortable, even if you wear them all night. They fold and swivel, and come with straight and coiled detachable cables and a carry pouch."
9. Sony MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones
Sony's MDRV6 Studio Monitor Headphones feature neodymium magnets with 40 mm drivers that provide studio quality sound. The headphones also feature a 10 foot long copper cord and a wide frequency response of between 5 Hz - 30 kHz. The headphones retail for $84.95. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "A headset system designed for audio professionals. 40 mm drivers deliver accurate sound throughout the frequency range. Circum-aural design keeps ears comfortable. Reduces noise from the outside world. Copper-Clad Aluminum Wire (CCAW) Voice Coil enhances movement of PET diaphragm."
8. Grado Prestige Series SR80e
These vintage looking headphones are handmade in Brooklyn, NY. These aesthetically and sonically pleasing headphones retail for $99. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "The new 'e' series headphones, hand made in Brooklyn, NY."
7. Sennheiser HD 518 Headphones
These headphones feature state of the art Duofol diaphragms for minimal distortion. These headphones retail for $79. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "The Sennheiser HD 518 open, circumaural headphones prove that quality and affordability can go hand in hand. They are fitted with Sennheiser's innovative E.A.R. technology to ensure accurate channeling of audio signals into your ears while their sophisticated Duofol diaphragms reduce unwanted resonances to an absolute minimum. And to amplify your listening pleasure even further, their ear pads and headband cushion provide outstanding wearing comfort, even for long listening sessions."
6. Sony MDRXB800
These headphones feature gold plated connectors with an almost four foot long cable. These headphones retail for $89.90. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "Feel each pulsating thump with the super-powerful mdr-xb800 db. Series over-the-ear headphones. Designed for today's popular music lovers, these extra bass headphones combine a unique direct vibe structure for a tight acoustic seal with high sensitivity db. Driver units. Additionally, these headphones deliver powerful and dynamic bass response while the compact, dual-folding design and ultra-comfortable earpads ensure that these cans will go where you do."
5. SOL Republic 1241-04
These headphones are equipped with V10 high-definition sound engine speakers that provide booming bass for the listener. The headphones retail for $79. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "Sol Republic's 1241-04 Tracks HD On-Ear Interchangeable Headphones with 3-Button Mic + Music Control, in grey, feature V10 sound engine speakers. Tracks HD can be remixed with a stylish selection of switchable cables and headbands. Fully loaded with deeper bass, higher vocal clarity and crisp vocals, you can feel the full power of your music.
The SonicSoft Speaker Pads with extra-wide, noise-isolating ear cushions let you enjoy your music in comfort for hours. Constructed of polymer compound, the FlexTech Sound Track headband is built to withstand heavy abuse. Twist it, bend it, drop it, these headbands are virtually indestructible. The 3-button mic + music control lets you adjust the volume, pause/resume/skip music and answer/hang-up calls. Plus, the high clarity mic captures every word possible."
4. California Headphone Co Silverado Premium Over Ear Stereo Headphones
These headphones feature 40 mm titanium drivers that provide listeners with studio quality sound. These retail for $49 on Amazon.com, $177 below the headphones' list price. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "The Silverado's are retro styled metal and leather headphones that create an amazing audio high-end audio experience in a beautiful package. Our Natural Vocal Centered audio technology uses metal sound chambers with 40mm drivers to create a rich, punchy sound signature that brings the vocals to the front, makes acoustic guitars resonate, and snare drums pop!"
3. JVC HARX900
These headphones from JVC feature a 50mm neodymium driver and headphones with specially engineered acoustic lenses. The headphones retail for $62.68. Click here to buy now.
Amazon product Description: "Deep bass sound reproduction with 50mm Neodymium driver unit and ring port structure."
2. Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones
These headphones feature a 40mm neodymium magnet driver, with a composite bio-cellulose diaphragm, and a five foot long chord. The headphones retail for $68.99. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "Bring out the vibrancy in all your music playback with the Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones. Lightweight and ergonomically designed, the Aurvana Live! is perfect for listening to music on the move or for your home entertainment use. Constructed with revolutionary driver technology and in-depth acoustic tuning, it delivers a natural and faithful audio presentation akin to a live performance. Sharp transients and dynamic passages are handled with effortless finesse. For realistic music listening, look to the Aurvana Live! today."
1. AKG K 240 Semi-Open Studio Headphones
These headphones from AKG feature 55 ohms impedance and a plug in cable for increased flexibility. They retail for $68.63. Click here to buy now.
Amazon Product Description: "AKG K240 Studio Headphones feature a classic design that has become a standard in monitoring. This newer, lower impedance, 55-ohm version provides remarkably higher volume level when used with portable studios, keyboards, drum machines and other project studio gear. It's a professional level of performance for the home studio. Features include an integrated semi-open air design with a highly accurate dynamic transducer for naturally open sound quality, and circumaural (around-the-ear) pads for hours of wearing comfort."
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