Best Budget On Ear Headphones

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Sony MDR ZX110 6 6 6 6 inapt inapt inapt Check price
Plantronics BackBeat 500 5 5 7 6 0 5 7 Check price

In the big, noisy, modern world, headphones have become an integral part of a person's daily routine. That's why I decided to show you the best on ear headphones under 50. Nowadays, everyone has a desire from time to time to disconnect from the outside world and immerse themselves in the world of music. For certain people it even becomes the meaning of life. Headphones have not only become a tool for listening to music, they can also help to manage calls, listen to podcasts.

Moreover, they support audio and video calls thanks to built-in microphones. This is a universal gadget without which smartphone is almost unimaginable. However, there are situations when not everyone can afford brand new headphones from the most popular brands. Many good headphones are inconspicuous in the shadow of the leading technology giants, but this does not mean that such headphones are bad. Any new technology has its own pros and cons.

Best On Ear Headphones Under $50

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Koss Porta Pro - best overall

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Koss Porta Pro

Koss on ear headphones are considered to be one of the most popular sets among this type of device for 3 decades. They are the best on ear headphones under $50. Koss Porta Pro is known for their high levels of comfort. They use adjustable temple pads to reduce pressure from your ears and head. Features of this set are also pretty attractive. For example, weight is only 79 g/2.78 oz so I can truly say that they are almost imperceptible while on your head. Another thing that I personally think you should know is its frequency response 15 Hz - 20 kHz, Impedance that is about 60 Ohms and sensitivity about 101 dB.

Koss Porta Pro are made only in black and silver colors. They also have a mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm cable to connect to your device. What about carrying, they are collapsible and come with a carrying case so it’s easy to bring them wherever you want.


Taking into consideration the fact that Porta Pro remains popular for about 3 decades, I can make a conclusion that audio quality has always been really nice. Personally I and an unbelievable amount of satisfied users think that music in these headphones sounds like a life performance. On one hand, open-air cushions for hear-through sound give listeners a possibility to hear their surroundings. On the other hand, users can still enjoy exceptional and embracing sound. Even when the music is loud, the sound still remains clear and does not start to whisper and whine and it’s just amazing because now it's a pretty rare feature.

Key specs


  • Extremely lightweight
  • Have a carrying case and foldable in really compact size
  • Open-back design good for exercise according to ability to hear surroundings


  • Only 2 available colors
  • Old-fashioned design that haven’t changed since 1984

Skullcandy Riff Wireless

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Skullcandy Riff Wireless

Let’s meet new, fresh and well-designed headphones Skullcandy Riff Wireless. The smartest choice for less than $50. If you ask: “Why are they really good?” I will answer. These headphones are available in several colors so they will fit any customer. They are flexible, easy to carry and have soft pads that are very comfortable for your ears. Firstly, their appearance with a closed back looks really good and modern. Another thing is their weight which is about 159 g/5.60 oz. It means that you won’t feel any pressure on your head when you use them for more than an hour.

Now let’s discuss the battery. Skullcandy Riff Wireless provides you with 12 hours of free listening without recharging. Moreover, there is a quick charge feature that gives you a possibility to charge headphones for 2 hours runtime in only 10 minutes. Taking into consideration an active lifestyle and constant hurry, these headphones really fit into the rhythm of life and do not create any problems.


The Riff Wireless use 40mm drivers for each earcup. In thanks to them, headphones deliver clear, natural sound and vocals. In addition they really fit for bass lovers. Both ear cups have an impedance rating of 32 Ohms. Moreover, they have a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and 98 dB audio sensitivity. This headphone set does not support any high-resolution audio streaming codecs like AAC or aptX which I found disappointing.

Skullcandy Riff Wireless

Key specs

  • Enclosure: closed back
  • Impedance, Ohm: 16
  • Frequency response: 20Hz-20KHz
  • Sensitivity, dB: 98
  • Weight, g/oz: 275/9.7
  • Battery life, hrs: 12
  • aptX: no
  • aptX HD: no
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  • Comfortable design made with faux-leather texture that does not tire ears and head
  • There are about 7 colors to choose from
  • Can be worn comfortably around your neck when not in use Can also be bended for easy storage
  • Exceptional comfort with built-in microphone and buttons to easily manage calls and music


  • The set does not include a cable for listening to music directly, not through a wireless connection
  • Doesn’t have feature to cancel passive noise during the calls
  • Some internal plastic parts look cheap and seem not to be durable

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