Best budget headphones 2019

You could spend hundreds on a new pair of headphones, and in some cases it's entirely justifiable. But you can still get great results when spending far less - from in-ear to over-ear, sporty to Bluetooth, the pairs we're highlighting here deliver - on a budget.

In-ear

Beyerdynamic Byron

With superb levels of detail, rhythmic precision and subtlety, these are among the best headphones that (not much) money can buy.

SPECIFICATIONS

1.2m cable | In-line remote and mic | Android/iOS

Reasons to Buy
Excellent detail, weight and precision
Authoritative and subtle
Evenly balanced midrange and treble
Comfortable, sturdy build
Reasons to Avoid
Some might prefer a more upbeat presentation

On-ear

AKG Y50

You'll struggle to find a better pair of on-ears for anything like this money. Staggeringly good.

SPECIFICATIONS

On-ear design | 50mm driver | 4 finishes

Reasons to Buy
Rhythmic, clear and detailed
Time well
Dynamic and punchy
Well-built
Portable
Reasons to Avoid
Sources might need to be turned up
Ears get warm after a while

Over-ear

AKG K72

Your £40 gets you a big, bold sound that's smooth and nicely balanced, and doesn't sacrifice bass. Which is £40 well spent.

SPECIFICATIONS

Closed-back | Self-adjusting headband | Lightweight construction

Reasons to Buy
Excellent value
Very comfortable
Reasons to Avoid
Coloured, boxy mids

Sports

JVC HA-ETR40

An affordable sports in-ear that nails both comfort and sound - a fine proposition for any fitness guru.

SPECIFICATIONS

Cable length: 60-120cm | Features: Ambient ear plugs | Waterproof: IPX7 washable

Reasons to Buy
Balanced, detailed sound
Fast and punchy
Secure, comfortable fit
‘Open’ ear buds for less noise isolation
Washable
Choice of cable length
Reasons to Avoid
Rivals have more subtlety
No volume controls on mic
No case

Wireless

Lindy BNX-60

Bluetooth, noise-cancelling, very acceptable sonic performance, and all for under £80. Not too shabby.

SPECIFICATIONS

Bluetooth | Noise-cancelling | 15hr battery life

Reasons to Buy
Great value
Detailed, solid sound
Noise-cancelling and wireless functionality
USB charging
Reasons to Avoid
Treble a little muffled in standard mode