In the world of portable headphone where the sub-$20 performance bar is set by the Koss KSC75 and JVC Flats the Philips SBC HS430 cannot compete.
Despite the questionable folding mechanism and my fit issues with them, I think the sound of the Philips SHL9500 justifies the rather modest price tag
With a price tag under $6, the Kanen KM-95 delivers good value for money with surprisingly clear sound and a handsome, portable, and comfortable design.
The true value of the KM-880 lies not in their sound but in the possibility of using their unique wooden housings for some more deserving drivers.
The Panasonic RP-DJ120 provide a different sonic flavor to the EarPollution Nerve Pipes in the same housing.
For anyone in search of a comfortable budget headphone that leaks little and is wearable for several hours at a time, the CV-185 are definitely worth a closer look.
With decent build quality and comfort, futuristic styling, and passable sound quality, the Altec Lansing UHP304 makes for a solid low-budget set.
The sound is balanced, accurate, and enjoyable, making the Aiwa Shellz worthy of an honorable mention here despite their age and poor availability
I purchased the Philips SHL1600 hoping for a lightweight, compact, and comfortable portable with average sound quality to use on the go when the isolation of IEMs is undesired.