The first commercially available headphones hit stores in 1958, meaning that this year, the venerable consumer electronics product turns 55. But the choices today are certainly much wider than back in the '50s. This roundup alone features headphone deals on cans by AKG, Monster Beats by Dr. Dre, Logitech, and more.
- JBuds J2 Premium Hi-Fi Noise Isolating Earbuds
Store: JLAB via Amazon
Price: $7.99 with free shipping via Prime
Lowest By: $11
Is It Worth It?: For Amazon Prime members, these an Editors' Choice headphones are available in 12 colors (Black/Electric Blue pictured) for just $8. These buds feature a gold-plated 3.5mm audio jack, three sets of silicone ear pads, and more. But prepare to wait for your eardrum buzz, though. These headphones ship in one to three weeks.
- Monster Cable NCredible NTune On-Ear Headphones
Price: $64.95 via coupon code "EMCNJJE58" with free shipping
Lowest By: $22
Expires: January 16
Is It Worth It?: It's another Editors' Choice for your head, as newegg cranks out a deal for its newsletter subscribers only. The all-important coupon code chops $35 off the price, placing it at $10 under last month's mention. The vision of rapper Nick Cannon, these headphones feature a built-in Skype-compatible ControlTalk remote and are built to stay distortion free even at high volume levels.
- Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Headphones
Price: $139.99 with $3.99 s&h
Lowest By: $26
Is It Worth It?: You'd have to be living in a consumer electronics cave not to have heard of Beats by Dr. Dre. In case you just missed out three weeks ago on this pair, you're in luck: they're again at the low price of $140. Available in White, they feature ControlTalk, a folding design, carry pouch, cleaning cloth, and more. CNET had mixed reviews on these babies: "The Beats Solo by Dr. Dre Headphones from Monster offer a killer, travel-friendly design that's sure to turn heads, but the audio quality fails to live up to the [manufacturers'] price tag."
- Beats urbeats by Dr. Dre Headphones
Price: $74.99 with $3.99 s&h
Lowest By: $20
Is It Worth It?: While over-the-ear cans certainly do well to create a pure audio sound, not everyone wants the bulk. Alternatively consider these urbeats earphones, which PCMag says "deliver the typical Beats bass-heavy sound [and are] distortion-free at a reasonable price." This deal, too, makes them even more reasonable, as this model has $10 in just four days. They feature HTC ControlTalk, built-in mic, and more.
- Logitech Ultimate Ears 200vi Noise-Isolating Headset
Store: NetDirectSales via eBay
Price: $9.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Is It Worth It?: Tied with our refurbished mention from a month ago, these new headphones feature a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, in-line controls for music and phone functions, integrated microphone, and more. Since not all cell phones or tablets have a 3.5mm jack, check your device for compatibility with these earbuds and be glad that there's a 14-day money back guarantee.
Looking for earbuds almost identical, but with a touch more bass punch? Try the Logitech Ultimate Ears 200vm Noise-Isolating Headset from TigerDirect for $16.99 with $1.99 for shipping. These Editors' Choice earbuds have the same frequency response as the cheaper model, but are designed to deliver more thrilling lows.