Good Questions: Upgrading My Headphones, But I'm On A Budget...

Good Questions: Upgrading My Headphones, But I'm On A Budget...

Anthony Nguyen
Jun 29, 2009

Last week, we went over some worthy choices when it comes to upgrading your computer speakers to something a little fancier (but still running on a budget). We received tons of additional feedback from the community, so when a buddy of ours asked us about high-end audio headphones, we had to come to her aid.

Kailey asks:

Hey, I was looking for a new pair of headphones (not earphones) to use for my computer PC. I want something that I can power with an amp to listen to my music with its fullest potential. My budget is around $100. Any recommendations? Thanks!!

We've covered matching headphones, portable and even stylish ones, but never looked deeply into the sonics (given our budgets ourselves) to determine an all-around "perfect" budget headphone.

But that doesn't mean we don't have options. The first, being one of my top favorite headphones of all time, is the Grado SR60's. It's priced ridiculously low for the great sound it produces (and even better with a decent amp) at a spectacular $69 right now at Amazon. Just bear in mind that these do leak sound quite a bit, which isn't optimal for a subway station, but is perfect for home use.

Other options include the Sony MDR-7506 Professional Headphones ($95), which some say are much more comfortable and matches the quality of the Grado's as well.

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