When looking for a pair of audiophile headphones you definitely are going to want the best. Generally all audiophile headphones are going to be good, and outperform many other headphones, or they would not even be considered audiophile in the first place. The general definition for audiophile is “someone who is enthusiastic about high-end sound reproduction” so you can bet your hat that the cans these individuals prefer (including me) are going to be some of the best.
There is a plethora of things that make a pair of headphones “audiophile”, some of which include the following; The build of the headphones, the comfort, the style, and most would consider the biggest deciding factor, the sound reproduction quality. If you could find a pair that ranks highest in all of those categories, you would undoubtedly have found the best pair of audiophile headphones. Even though I have personally not found that perfect pair yet, there are some that come pretty close, and I have tested and reviewed hundreds of headphones to date.
I have compiled this top 5 list of audiophile headphones that can be bought on a budget, and I believe rank fairly high up on the audio richter scale. You can click on the links under each pair to view reviews, specifications, and prices.
I would love to hear what you think the best audiophile headphones on a budget are down below in the comments!
Beyerdynamic T90 – Not So “Cheap” But Still A Great Choice
I’m going to start this list off with the famous Beyerdynamic, which actually make a few models that are amazing. One pair that really stood out to me is the T90 New Tesla, which I and many others find ranks really high in all important areas. Beyerdynamic managed to combine style, build quality, and sound reproduction into one fantastic pair. The T90’s have a metal construction, with a super comfortable over-ear fitting style, the materials they have chosen to use, such as velour ear-pads, really make this model stand out. The sound reproduction is as accurate as it gets, but do keep in mind that these are an open back design so they may not be ideal for a noisy environment. The New T90’s also come with a fairly hefty price tag, but if your a true audiophile and want only the best, price is your only obstacle!
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x – Could Potential Be Your Best Decision For Audiophile On A Budget
If your looking for audiophile quality on a little bit of a budget, Audio-Technica could be your best bet, more specifically the M-Series. The M-Series includes such models as the ATH-M20, ATH-M30, ATH-M40, and ATH-M50, which are also all available in the new release and upgraded X-Series models. My favourite model which makes my “best audiophile headphones” list is the ATH-M50x. This specific model provides unusual value for the price. The sound is absolutely incredible and very balanced, the comfort could potentially be the best I’ve ever experienced. The only down side for me was the build which is all plastic but still durable. If you have not taken a closer look at these I highly recommend you do, and you can take a look at my full review by clicking here.
RHA – Can’t Get Enough Of The MA750i!
Making my top 5 list again is the RHA MA750i, the sheer excellence provided by these in-ear headphones is astonishing, I feel wrong leaving them out even though I’ve mentioned this model several times already in previous blog posts. The reason for my infactuation with this model is because it provides high end build, comfort, style, and sound reproduction at a price that is incredibly low (I also like UK made products).
AKG K 240 MK II – Low Key But Amazing Headphones
AKG makes some low profile audiophile cans that can be obtained on small budgets, the cool thing is that they perform really well. Not too many people know about this headphone brand, they cater more towards the tightly knit niche of audiophiles and DJ’s and pretty much anybody who works with sound for a living. Whats interesting i that these headphones work very well but your average consumer has no idea, and so they pay twice as much for a big brand name pair of headphones that may or may not perform as well as these. If you haven’t yet tried any AKG’s I highly recommend you do, and if you are on a tight budget for a pair of serious audiophile headphones then look no further and pull the trigger on the 250 MK II, you will not be disappointed.
Sennheiser On-Ear Momentums – German Audiophile Engineering At It’s Best
The Sennheiser On-Ear Momentums definitely deserve a spot here. The quality craftsmanship of these cans is second to none, with a thick metal headband that provides a nice flex, combined with it’s ultra soft suede padding, these are a great choice as a budget pair of audiophile headphones. The sound is also excellent, but may not have that precision found mostly on audiophile headphones in the $600 and up price range. The overall package that the On-Ear Momentums brings to the table makes them a great choice.