Choosing a cheap pair of headphones can be surprisingly difficult. You want a device which will fit its purpose and play audio with power and clarity, but you don’t want to overspend and wind up with a product which is more advanced than what you require.
Generally earphones will be cheaper than traditional headphones, although many people prefer headphones for the added comfort over the ears.
Remember that you’re not really saving yourself any money if you purchase headphones which will quickly break. Therefore you want to strike a good balance between affordability and quality.
Certain factors will increase the price of headphones. For example, choosing headphones manufactured by a well-known brand will often be more expensive, along with headphones which have added extras – such as inbuilt volume controls, automatic song-skipping and Bluetooth functionality.
Headphones will also be more expensive if they allow for a greater frequency range of sound – although this is useful for music, it’s not required if you’re only using your headphones to listen to spoken voices.