When Mark lost his beloved Skullcandy headphones a few years ago, I asked for some opinions on what to get him on Twitter. Hilary (she’s the bot behind the @theotherhilary) tweeted that I should check out the reviews on The Wire Cutter. They tested hundreds of pairs of in-ear headphones and recommended a pair of Panasonic RP-HJE123 in ear headphones for having the second best sound under $50. They cost $15 since he doesn’t need the ones with a hands free mic on them. I was happy, he was less than happy since I think he wanted some Dre Beats but you can’t win them all.
This week, Marley chewed up my mediocre Monster headphones and then ate some other ones that I liked so it was back to the Wire Cutter. They again recommended the Panasonic RP-HJE123 In-Ear Headphones. I found the cheaper microphoneless version of the headphones at Winners for $10 and got a white pair.
The best headphones under $100 gave the House of Marley Smile headphones a good review and I saw those at Best Buy for only $25. I like the looks of them and I am quite happy with my House of Marley Chant. Plus if my dog Marley chews them up, the wood will be good for her.
I’ll let them burn in and then decide on a favorite but it is really hard to dislike either one of these choices.
One of the best pieces of advice I have gotten has been to check out The Wirecutter for audio reviews. I have saved a lot of money by not making bad purchases and have learned a lot on what to look for in audio. Oh yeah, those Dre Beats you want, they cost $14 to make and sound like crap.