Over-ear headphones are the origin of all headphones, and for a good reason. If you want a great audio experience nothing beats the all-around sound isolation and quality that larger, and at times, multiple drivers can deliver in an overhead set of headphones.
In this article we will review the best over-ear headphones on the market for under $100. Keep reading!
Sony MDRV6 Monitor Series Headphones
The Sony MDR V6 with CCAW Voice Coil is one of Sony’s hallmark gold standards in the field of audio quality for over ear headphones around since its inception in the eighties.
The Sony MDRV6 comes a powerful 40mm driver with a neodymium magnet, giving a wide frequency range from 5hz-30Khz.
These, coupled with a copper-clad aluminium voice coil wire for low mass and high heat conduction provides superb power handling, since the impedance stands at 63 ohms.
While that is high, it provides a near unparalleled audio quality made for enjoyment, with a deeper richer bass. The crystal clear mids, trebles and highs are accurate, and the superb near flat response has garnered this model a dedicated following over the years.
The circum-aural design for the earcups provides comfort, not pressing on the ears causing red ears from long usage, and provides effective noise isolation.
The MDR-V6 comes with coiled cords and black anodized aluminium housing. The set also comes with a 3.5mm plug jack and a screw on 1/4-inch adapter, and can be folded down for portability.
Skullcandy Crusher Over-Ear Headphones
The Skullcandy Crusher is a dream come true for bassheads, with their specially built in Sensation55™ patent-pending bass extension driver on top of their own 40 mm REX40™ driver.
The Skullcandy Crusher has two 40mm drivers and an inbuilt amplifier that uses an AA battery hidden in the earcup for a powerful turbo-bass experience without extra cabling. In line with its focus, the bass sensation can be tuned with its slider on the left earcup.
With a frequency of 20 Hz – 20 KHz and a rated impedance of 30 Ohms, this model actually saves energy, when you consider the bass-boost abilities and two drivers with the battery powered amplifier.
The earcup itself uses synthetic leather padding for comfort and a flat seal, creating noise isolation. The set comes with a detachable cable with a one button microphone and a nylon drawstring carry pouch, good if you just need to replace the cable, and for portability too.
Grado Prestige Series SR-60i Headphones
The Grado Prestige Series SR-60i is small, simple, yet powerful. A model with great functionality and no frills.
With an impedance of 32 ohms and 98dB/mW sensitivity, it may require slightly more battery power to run this model to its full capacity; however this is very minor for the excellent quality you pay for. The cable itself is 99.99% oxygen free copper, the type of cable that gives excellent signal transmission.
As a result, the mids are smooth and rich, with the basses responsive and tight, and the highs accurate. The earcups are padded for maximum comfort, and feel great, and are made of a low mass polymer, to broaden resonant modes to reduce their amplitude. As a result you get low frequency resonance that prevents breakup at lower frequencies for great audio quality.
Also, due to the same material used, they are lightweight and do not cause discomfort over long listening sessions. Comes with a 3.5mm audio jack and a 6.3 mm (1/4″) stereo adapter.
Sony MDR-X10 Over Ear Headphones
Sony pairs up with Simon Cowell to bring us the MDRX10, which gives celeb headphones a good name, with their great overall quality.
The MDRX/10 comes with a large closed Dynamic 50 mm driver, and a frequency response from 3Hz to 29 kHz.
This gives some very punchy powerful bass, especially with the neodymium magnet used in the drivers.
The impedance is at a good low 24 ohms, giving it great usage over long hours with portable players, and the earcups don’t disappoint either – plush and comfy with round pads.
Best part is that the cable is flat and tangle free, included is another replacement cable; and all 4 of the 3.5mm audio jacks are gold plated giving great signal transmission.
The set also comes with a carrying case and a 1/4-inch adapter, since the earcups can be folded up and in, making them extremely portable, and very street worthy with the bright red X emblazoned on the side.
Creative Aurvana Live! Headphones
Creative is known for making great quality headphones at a lower cost without sacrificing any sound quality and here we see why.
The Creative Aurvana Live! Comes with bio-cellulose diaphragm 40mm drivers that use powerful neodymium magnets, and deliver excellent sound quality at a frequency of 10Hz – 30 kHz.
This allows for a warm and powerful bass, with a well-rounded mid-range and vocals. The impedance of 32 ohms means that it’s compatible with most portable players.
The construction of the Creative Aurvana Live! Is made out of good quality plastic, and the leatherette pads are, large enough to cup most ears comfortably. The headband, is made with plastic is also padded with the same material making the entire set very comfortable for extended use.
The cable is 1.2m long, and connected to the headphones in a Y-cable connection. Included is a gold plated plug and another 1 6.3mm (1/4″) stereo adapter and a soft fabric carry bag for travel, if needed.