A good cinematic experience at home largely depends on how you experience the sound of the movie you are watching. Since decent surround sound speakers can be expensive, a good pair of headphones is always the more practical option.
We have chosen five models that we think are perfect for this purpose. These are the best headphones under 50 dollars we could find since we figured that’s the price point most users will feel comfortable with. Without further ado, let’s jump right in.
The type of performance Sony offers with MDR-XB450 is impressive, to say the least. For less than $50, you get a very well made pair of lightweight headphones that pack two great 30mm drivers. The sound quality is probably can’t get any better than what these headphones have to offer.
Even though their design isn’t too comfortable, you can easily go through a whole movie without experiencing fatigue. At this price point, Sony MDR-XB450 is definitely among the best value for the money options on the market. With that said, these also come in several color themes which are all pretty awesome.
Sennheiser is definitely known for their top end models, however, their affordable line of headphones also has a lot to offer. Sennheiser HD 202 II comes at just under $50 and packs a very powerful punch. The design is pretty basic and consists of a well padded plastic headband and decent quality ear pads.
Drivers they included with this model are fairly capable and offer a good performance in every segment of the frequency range. In terms of fatigue, Sennheiser HD 202 II passes the test with flying colors. Once you adjust them properly, you won’t feel these headphones on your head.
Audio-Technica’s ATH line has become legendary in a very brief period of time. We all know about the M50x, but what about more affordable members of this family? Audio-Technica ATH-M20x offers a great balance of price and performance, that comes comes in a rather comfortable package.
You get two pretty decent 40mm transducers that come with an optimized low-end response, although the performance is very well balanced across all parts of the frequency range. These are pretty light. Combined with a rather comfortable headband, you get a fatigue-free pair of headphones that simply delivers.
What we have here is a pair of very versatile and capable headphones that have gone largely undetected. boAt Rockerz 600 delivers levels of comfort which are rarely seen in this segment of the market. We are talking about very rugged headband that is padded in a way that significantly reduces fatigue, and ear pads that are somewhat unusual but practical.
These are Bluetooth headphones, meaning that you can kick back and relax without having to worry about no cables. The sound is very well balanced but is also focused on the low-end response. The only real issue with this model is the somewhat uncertain quality control, although malfunctions don’t happen too often.
Philips is not the first name that comes to mind when we talk about headphones, but their Philips SHL5000/00 model is definitely worth mentioning. These are not the most comfortable headphones on the market, but their price point makes them too tempting to skip. The headband is lightly padded and so are the driver cups. The sound is great for the money and brings a fine balance across the range. You won’t get the best low-end response, so if that is something you are adamant about, you will have to look elsewhere.
In all essence, the best thing about Philips SHL5000/00 is their super competitive price. You will hardly find a better pair for this amount of money. If you are on a severely tight budget, this Philips model might just be the solution to your problems.
Shopping for good sounding headphones on a budget means that you will have to make some compromises and trade-offs. The models we have selected for this list were chosen based on their performance and comfort. After all, no matter how good of a sound you get, it doesn’t matter much if your ears start to feel uncomfortable after 15 minutes of usage.
Most of the models here are closer to the $50 point, except for the last entry on the list. We felt that we needed to include a pair of headphones that is extremely affordable since a good portion of the user base is looking for that type of product. Hopefully, you will find a model on our list that completely meets your requirements, and allows you to have a great cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home.