Looking for budget headphones

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Ideally I want great sounding headphones for cheap (I'm a college student btw). I'm looking for something portable but also rugged because I am very rough with my tech (specifically with the cables). iems, Over-ears, any suggestions are very much appreciated :).
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Elzizo
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Sep 8, 2017
Try SuperLux or one of the Chinese IEM manufactures. Some great quality and fabulous sound can be had if you're willing to try something off the beaten path. Hell, I just heard a pair of $18 IEMs off Amazon that murdered some older Shure I had that cost $500. It's really remarkable how far some of these manufactures have come.
phoenixsong
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Sep 2, 2017
If you really cannot bear to part with >USD$10, go for either the XiaoMi Piston Basic Edition (in-ear) or the Venture Electronics Monk Plus (old school earphone style), both of which can be gotten at around $7 period.
phoenixsong
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Sep 2, 2017
Currently where I stay, the Sony MDR-100AAP are going for USD$110, which is quite a steal in my opinion. Personally I like my Noontec Zoro II HDs which I got for $30, but I fear you will lay waste to them; they are by no means durable!
phoenixsong
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Sep 2, 2017
For earphones, I suggest 1More 1M301 or Voice of China edition (around USD$23-29 in my country), Philips Fidelio S2 ($36) and the Fiio EX1 gen 2 ($83). For headphones you may like to check out the Audio Tecnica MSR7 ($170), which has good build quality and replaceable cables. I don't quite like its sonic balance though, despite it being technically competent. Depending on your preferences, you may be interested in the V-moda XS ($150), which I find a little too bassy and slow.
GunsOfBrixton
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Sep 1, 2017
A couple of thoughts. If you want to go really cheap, look at Panasonic RP-HJE120. Under $10 all the time. I used them as beaters for several years before I started getting into higher end stuff. Recently went through my bin of old headphones to donate them and listened to them for the first time in quite a while. Was actually surprised at how good they sound, so I kept them. The other is Koss Porta Pros. I don't own them yet, but solid rep for budget sound and a lifetime warranty they seem to honor.
A community member
Aug 31, 2017
Maybe have a look at a pair of B&O H6 my out and about headphone got a very nice boost to bass for rock and edm and pretty rugged too.
solgoodguy
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Aug 31, 2017
Zero Audio Carbon Tenore? What kind of music do you like to listen to?
Josh.mn
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Aug 31, 2017
I listen to a wide variety of music. Rap, Pop, R&B, Rock, and a little bit of Classical.