Best affordable over the ear headphones

Digit Expert | Published 20 Jan 2020
Best affordable over the ear headphones

There was once a time when a pair of good wireless headphones demanded a premium price. Today, you could get one at an affordable price. Not only has the price dropped, but some of these headphones come with features like support for the Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and even support quick charging. If you are on a budget and looking for a pair of good wireless over-the-ear headphones, then this is the list for you. 

Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BTBK

The Audio-Technica ATH-SR30BTBK comes with 40mm drivers that have been exclusively designed for this model to ensure a decent sound quality. The housing comes with a dual layer isolation structure which should be able to create a decent transient response thanks to the electrical circuitry being away from the acoustic space. Now, if you think that you won’t be able to manage calls while using these headphones, think again because the microphone is actually built into the earcups, and should be able to catch what you’re saying easily. Volume controls are also built into the earcups to ensure that you have greater control over the music.

Sennheiser HD 4.40

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 comes with Bluetooth 4.0, which should ensure quick and seamless connectivity with your smartphone or other devices. With a dynamic transducer built into the headphones, you can expect decent sound quality, which, along with close ear coupling, should give you a good audio experience. Sennheiser claims that these headphones come with a battery that can last 25 hours, which can make these headphones a pretty good pair to have on a long flight. Additionally, thanks to the cable that comes in the box, you can opt for a more traditional listening approach without having to rely on the battery. In terms of comfort, the earcups are covered with a very soft, leatherette fabric that should make long hours of listening to music fairly comfortable too. The side-swivelling design and easy foldability make this a pair that’s easy to store in small bags, and super portable.

Sony WH-XB700

If you’re looking for headphones that are specifically made for electronic dance music, then the Sony WH-XB700 is a decent pair to check out. These extra bass headphones should be able to deliver a dynamic sound range with a punchy bass, making them ideal for people who want to enjoy those trippy beats. These headphones are compatible with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. The brand claims that the headphones have a battery that lasts up to 30 hours, and only requires a quick 10-minute charge to work for 90 minutes. It also comes with a 3.5mm aux cable that you can use for passive operations, thereby cutting your reliance on the battery.

JBL Live 650BTNC

The JBL Live 650BTNC is ideal for people looking for noise cancelling headphones that let them enjoy a fully immersive audio experience, whether listening to music or watching a video. The headphones are compatible with voice assistants and you need to only tap the earcups to access Alexa or Google Assistant. If you’re planning to sync your headphones with your smartphone and your laptop (or Smart TV), you’ll be happy to know that these come with Multi-Point Connection, which let you switch easily between 2 Bluetooth devices.


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