Investing in an aftermarket pair of headphones is a quick and easy solution to improve the music listening experience on a mobile music player, but plenty of people feel uncomfortable jamming a tiny ear bud deep into their ear canals. Of course, a tight seal and close proximity to the eardrums offer the potential for the highest-resolution sound quality, but earpad and full-size headphones are also suitable for acoustic isolation and don't require minute fit adjustments the way in-ear-canal headphones do.
Here we've listed a handful of our favorite on-ear headphones that constitute the ideal marriage of lightweight comfort, travel-friendly design, and rich sound. Best of all, their sub-$100 price cap means you won't have to pick up a second job to invest in a new pair.
Whether you're looking for a simple mobile headset to enjoy on the run or a foldable retro pair that will turn heads on the subway, you won't be disappointed with any of these.
Check out this list of the best on-ear headphones under $100.
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