How Do $20 Bluetooth Headphones Stack Up Against More Expensive Pairs of Headphones?

Some time ago, Tejas was sent a pair of $20 Bluetooth wireless over-the-ear headphones. During a conversation with the Gear Diary team, he raised the question of how they might stand up to far more expensive headphones. It was a good question. So… we got the New Jersey members of the team together to find out.

Carly, Perry, and Tejas came over the other night. Armed with a bottle of bourbon costing far more than the $20 headphones in question, we put four pair of headphones up against them. Those headphones included:

The Master & Dynamic MW65 headphones I reviewed and gave a Gear Diary Editors Choice award. (Read the review.)

The V-MODA Crossfade Wireless 2.

The Plantronics UC 8200 headphones.

The Jabra Elite 85h headphones Perry recently reviewed. (Read the review.)

The process was simple. We each took a turn being blindfolded and listening to three pair of headphones. Each time, the $20 headphones were one of the three. After listening we each rated them from 1 to 3. The results speak for themselves. Each time… well… let’s allow the video to explain.

The bottom line? $20 headphones feel and sound like $20 headphones. They aren’t about to win any awards but there is a place for them… just not in my home.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.