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How Much Do Headphones/Earphones Cost? (+ Pricing Examples)

My New Microphone How Much Do Headphones/Earphones Cost? (+ Pricing Examples)

So you’re looking to buy (or sell) a pair of headphones, and you’re wondering what price would be acceptable. Having a good comprehension of the types of headphones and their applications will help tremendously in understanding their cost.

How much do headphones/earphones cost? Headphone prices range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars. This is because headphones range from cheap consumer earbuds to high-end audiophile and studio-grade headphones. Specialty (largely fashion-driven) headphones can sell for tens of thousands of dollars.

In this article, we’ll discuss why headphones cost as much as they do and take a closer look at real examples of headphone/earphone pricing.

Throughout my research, I've cross-referenced Amazon, Sweetwater, B&H Photo/Video, Thomann, and Vintage King.

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Table Of Contents


Typical Price Ranges Per Headphone Type

There are thousands of different headphone and earphone models on the market today.

To go through each of these and provide an MSRP (manufacturer-specified retail price) for each would take ages and likely wouldn’t provide as much practical value to you, the reader, as it sounds like it would in theory.

It is also the case that headphones get discontinued or change price, so upkeeping such a list would take up too many resources.

So instead, I present to you a list of common headphone/earphone types along with their typical price ranges.

In the following list, I am stating the lowest and highest retail prices I find online for each headphone type.

Expect the price points at the low end to represent consumer-grade headphones and the prices at the high end to represent professional-quality/audiophile-grade headphones from highly reputable manufacturers.

I’ll add the names of headphone models that coincide with the price points if they are worth mentioning. Many earphones at the low end of the price spectrum are cheap, low-quality and overly plentiful (there's often no specific “cheapest option”).

So without further ado, here are the price ranges of common headphone types:

Headphone/Earphone TypePrice Point Low-EndPrice Point High-End
Electrodynamic Earphones~$2$1,299
Astell & Kern AK T9iE
Electrodynamic Headphones~$3$120,000
Focal Utopia by Tournaire
Headset~$3$2,499
Schoeps HSC 4VP + Ultrasone 680
Bone Conduction Headphones~$14$287
IKXO Waterproof
Noise-Cancelling Headphones~$15$1,499
AKG N90Q
Balanced Armature Earphones~$15$3,499
Ultrasone Saphire
Electrostatic Earphones~$129$2,999
Shure KSE1500
Planar Magnetic Headphones~$149
HIFIMAN HE4000SE
$5,999
HIFIMAN Susvara
Planar Magnetic Earphones~$199
Ausounds AU-Flex
$2,495
Audeze LCDi4
Electrostatic Headphone~$999
Koss ESP-950
$68,000
Sennheiser Orpheus/HE 1 (with amp)

Note, again, that these prices were found by quickly searching common online headphone retailers such as Amazon, Sweetwater, B&H Photo/Vidoe, Vintage King, and others.


Price Factors Of Headphones

Here is a list of the general factors that determine, to some extent, the selling price of a headphone.

  • Parts/type of headphone: The specific parts and the number of individual parts of a headphone are a big determining factor of cost. For example, electrostatic technology is typically more expensive than standard electrodynamic (moving-coil) designs. Wireless technology often costs more than wired designs, though some high-end cables can get expensive, too.
  • Part materials: The cost of materials is a factor in the headphone price as well. The differences in price between the ideal material and less-than-ideal “good enough” material will vary from part to part.
  • Labour/craftsmanship: Many reputable headphone brands manufacture their headphones in smaller batches or even one at a time. This allows for extreme attention to detail and expert craftsmanship to shine through in their headphones, which produce high-quality and consistent products. These manufacturing techniques cost much more time (and money) than cheaper assembly line types of manufacturing.
  • Product testing: Perhaps another part of labour is the intense testing that high-end headphones of reputable companies go through before ever reaching the customer. This, of course, takes time and energy and warrants more money. Through thorough testing, the headphones can be assured to be performing at their full potential before their first use outside the manufacturing facility.
  • Research and development: It’s no mystery that high-end headphone companies are the ones that tend to be industry leaders in innovation. Buying from high-end manufacturers helps them to continue to develop awesome high-quality headphones.
  • Advertising: Whether you like it or not, advertising is an often necessary part of business. Few and far between are the headphone manufacturing companies that do not spend money on advertising.
  • Brand name/headphone recognition: Though this may seem silly, brand names do count in the audio industry. Headphones also extend into the “industry” of fashion, which is also a factor when it comes to pricing (shout out to Beats By Dre).
  • Customer support: Many high-quality reputable headphone manufacturers offer excellent customer support, warranties, and repair services. This, of course, also costs money, and sometimes this is made up in the original purchase costs of their headphones.
  • Company overhead: Like any brick-and-mortar product-based manufacturing business, they need to make a profit on their products in order to pay employees and keep the lights on at their facilities.

Are Expensive Headphones Better?

Before we dive deeper into the prices of headphones, the question of whether expensive headphones are better is worth addressing.

Are expensive headphones better? In general, expensive headphones perform “better” than inexpensive headphones. Improved sonic accuracy, overall sound quality, comfort, and longevity are all at least somewhat dependent on the price of manufacturing and, therefore, the cost of the headphones.

Fundamentally, though, the sound of a headphone is subjective. Is a top-of-the-line electrostatic headphone like the HIFIMAN Shangri-La better than an inexpensive pair of earbuds like the JLab JBuds Air?

Well, if you're in your library listening to classical music (and you have the compatible amplifier and audio), the $18,000 Shangri-La is the obvious better choice. However, if you're out for a run in the rain, the $34 JLab JBuds Air is by far the better choice.

So which headphone is better? The HIFIMAN Shangri-La certainly sounds amazing, but the JLab JBuds Air is used by far more people in far more scenarios. Of course, this is an extreme example, but it illustrates an important point: it all depends on the situation.

Many in the audio industry would argue that the prices of many high-end headphones are inflated. Though perhaps they are, refer back to the factors that would explain the high price of a headphone/earphone.

That being said, it’s often the case that a headphone that retails at a fraction of the cost of a high-end headphone will yield similar results.

Though this is a vague answer to “Are expensive headphones better?” it’s the best answer I’ve got for you.


Price Ranges With Headphone Examples

As mentioned, the price range of headphones is very wide (ranging from a few dollars to tens of thousands of dollars for a single pair).

So what kind of headphones can we expect at certain price points? I’ve placed headphones and earphones in the following price ranges according to their manufacturer-specified retail prices (MSRPs).

Please note that the following prices are in USD. I will add links to online stores to provide pricing examples.

The Price Ranges

Headphones/Earphones Under $20

At a price point below $20, we'll generally find cheap, mass-produced and no-name headphones, earphones and headsets.

That being said, they still do the job. I personally choose the cheap $4-$10 earphones when I travel. However, I also stay away from headphones and headsets at this price range and don't really use earphones for critical listening.

Note that all headphones in this range are based on the basic electrodynamic/moving-coil driver design.

Low-End Electrodynamic Headphones Under $20

$6: Koss KPH7

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Koss KPH7

$10: NIAtech Aitalk Kids Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

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NIAtech Aitalk Kids

Low-End Electrodynamic Earphones Under $20

$7: Sony MDR-E9LPP

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Sony MDR-E9LPP

Sony

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$19: Sonex PocBuds

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Sonex PocBuds

Low-End Bone Conduction Headphones Under $20

$14: R-RIGHT Bone Conduction Earhook Earphone

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R-RIGHT Bone Conduction Earhook Earphone

Low-End Headsets Under $20

$15: Cyber Acoustics AC-5002 Analog Headset

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Cyber Acoustics AC-5002

Headphones/Earphones Between $20 – $50

Between $20 and $50, we begin seeing true wireless and wireless headphone designs. The earphones in this range are pretty decent. However, the headphones and headsets are often of lower quality. Gaming headsets and balanced armature in-ears are also at the low end of the price and performance distribution in this price range.

Low-End Electrodynamic Headphones Between $20 – $50

$42: Samson SR850

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Samson SR850

$39: Anker Soundcore Life Q10

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Anker Soundcore Life Q10

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Low-End Electrodynamic Earphones Between $20 – $50

$41: Shure SE112

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Shure SE112

Shure

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$34: JLab JBuds Air

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JLab JBuds Air

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Low-End Noise-Cancelling Headphones Between $20 – $50

$49: Anker Soundcore Life Q20

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Anker Soundcore Life Q20

$49: Tribit FlyBuds NC

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Tribit FlyBuds NC

Low-End Balanced Armature Earphones Between $20 – $50

$49: Linsoul KZ ZS10 Pro 4BA+1DD 5 Driver in-Ear

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Linsoul KZ ZS10 Pro 4BA+1DD 5 Driver In-Ear

Low-End Bone Conduction Headphones Between $20 – $50

$45: Vidonn F1 Titanium

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Vidonn F1 Titanium

Low-End Headsets Between $20 – $50

$40: Corsair HS50 Pro

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Corsair HS50 Pro

Corsair

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Headphones/Earphones Between $50 – $100

At under $100, there are some decent options for most electrodynamic earphones, headphones and headsets. Simple electrodynamic units can be mass-manufactured and sold at this price while still creating profit for their companies.

For many consumers, this is the maximum price range they'll be willing to pay for earphones (excluding the Apple AirPods fanatics). However, for communications, pro audio (studio and live), and HiFi options, we're only scratching the surface.

Mid-Range Electrodynamic Earphones Between $50 – $100

$59: Klipsch T5M

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Klipsch T5M

$79: Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2

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Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2

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Mid-Range Electrodynamic Headphones Between $50 – $100

$99: Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

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Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

$75: Sennheiser HDR 120

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Sennheiser HDR 120

Audio-Technica and Sennheiser

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Mid-Range Noise-Cancelling Headphones Between $50 – $100

$99: JBL Tune 600BTNC

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JBL Tune 600BTNC

$64: Sony WI-SP600N

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Sony WI-SP600N

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Mid-Range Bone Conduction Headphones Between $50 – $100

$59: YouthWhisper Bone Conduction Headphones

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YouthWhisper Bone Conduction Headphones

Low-End Balanced Armature Earphones Between $50 – $100

$79: 1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

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1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones

Low-End Headsets Between $50 – $100

$89: Corsair Void RGB Elite

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Corsair Void RGB Elite

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Headphones/Earphones Between $100 – $200

$200 or less will get most people what they need in a simple pair of headphones, though we're still far from audiophile-grade/HiFi transducers at this point.

Most headphones with active noise cancelling are pretty effective in this range. As for pro audio, many studios choose quality headphones in this range for tracking (recording) purposes and even, in some cases, for mixing.

Planar magnetic headphones and earphones (which use a different transducer/driver design than electrodynamic models) also become available within this price range, though they are the more affordable options of this headphone type.

You’ll find that many reputable brands have speakers in this price range.

Mid-Range Electrodynamic Earphones Between $100 – $200

$149: Jabra Elite 75t

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Jabra Elite 75t

Jabra

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Mid-Range Electrodynamic Headphones Between $100 – $200

$159: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

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Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

Beyerdynamic

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$179: Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

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Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT

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Mid-Range Noise-Cancelling Headphones Between $100 – $200

$149: Sennheiser HD 450BT

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Sennheiser HD 450BT

$149: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

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Mid-Range Balanced Armature Earphones Between $100 – $200

$199: Shure AONIC 3 Sound Isolating Earphones

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Shure AONIC 3

Mid-Range Bone Conduction Headphones Between $100 – $200

$149: AfterShokz Aeropex Wireless Open-Ear Headphones

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AfterShokz Aeropex

Low-End Electrostatic Earphones Between $100 – $200

$129: Linsoul Shuoer Tape Pro Composite Electrostatic Dynamic Driver HiFi in-Ear Earphone

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Linsoul Shuoer Tape Pro

Low-End Planar Magnetic Headphones Between $100 – $200

$149: HIFIMAN HE4000SE

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HIFIMAN HE4000SE

Low-End Planar Magnetic Earphones Between $100 – $200

$199: Ausounds AU-Flex

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Ausounds AU-Flex

Mid-Range Headsets Between $100 – $200

$149: Astro Gaming A40 TR

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Astro Gaming A40 TR

Astro

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Headphones/Earphones Between $200 – $500

The $200 – $500 range is home to a large number of headphones, earphones and headsets. We can find pretty much any style of headphones that we want for under $500, including affordable electrostatic options.

High-end electrodynamic earphones (both wired and wireless) are plentiful. Many balanced-armature earphones in this range are pro-quality for live monitoring, as well.

Gaming headsets, wireless and ANC headphones are also superb (generally speaking) within this price range.

As for pro studio and audiophile options, there are certainly “budget-friendly” headphones worth considering below $500, though we're far from the most expensive options on the market.

High-End Electrodynamic Earphones Between $200 – $500

$259: Final E5000

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Final E5000

$350: Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 Sport

Bang & Olufsen

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High-End Bone Conduction Headphones Between $200 – $500

$287: IKXO Waterproof Bone Conduction Headphones

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IKXO Waterproof Bone Conduction Headphones

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Mid-Range Electrodynamic Headphones Between $200 – $500

$499: Ultrasone Performance Series 880

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Ultrasone Performance Series 880

$399: Bose 700

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Bose 700

Bose

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Mid-Range Noise-Cancelling Headphones Between $200 – $500

$300: Devialet Gemini

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Devialet Gemini

$349: Sony WH-1000XM4

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Sony WH-1000XM4

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Mid-Range Planar Magnetic Headphones Between $200 – $500

$399: Blue Microphones Ella

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Blue Microphones Ella

Mid-Range Balanced Armature Earphones Between $200 – $500

$359: Simgot EK3

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Simgot EK3

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Low-End Electrostatic Headphones Between $200 – $500

$229: Monoprice Monolith 1060

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Monoprice Monolith 1060

Mid-Range Headsets Between $200 – $500

$279: Beyerdynamic MMX 300

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Beyerdynamic MMX 300

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Headphones/Earphones Between $500 – $1,000

In the $500 – $1,000 range, we can expect a certain quality of design, manufacturing and performance from a pair of headphones. Most listening needs can be met with headphones/earphones within this price range, though headphones can certainly get much, much more expensive (as we'll see shortly).

Though there are “consumer-grade” options this expensive, many of the designs are tailored toward professional musicians and audio engineers or, alternatively, toward HiFi enthusiasts and audiophiles who are willing to pay the extra money for improved performance.

Planar magnetic and electrostatic headphones, which are more expensive and arguably superior to electrodynamic headphones, are also quite prevalent in this price range.

High-End Electrodynamic Earphones Between $500 – $1,000

$949: Kinera Imperial Mount Nanna 2.0 Pro

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Kinera Imperial Mount Nanna 2.0 Pro

Mid-Range Planar Magnetic Earphones Between $500 – $1,000

$899: Audeze LCD-i3

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Audeze LCD-i3

High-End Electrodynamic Headphones Between $500 – $1,000

$990: Focal Celestee

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Focal Celestee

Focal

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High-End Noise-Cancelling Headphones Between $500 – $1,000

$549: Apple AirPods Max

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Apple AirPods Max

Mid-Range Planar Magnetic Headphones Between $500 – $1,000

$995: Audeze LCD-2

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Audeze LCD-2

Mid-Range Balanced Armature Earphones Between $500 – $1,000

$949: Westone EAS30 Elite Ambient Series Custom Fit Earphones

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Westone EAS30

Mid-Range Electrostatic Earphones Between $500 – $1,000

$609: Fearless Audio Paladin Series La Hire

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Fearless Audio Paladin Series La Hire

Mid-Range Electrostatic Headphones Between $500 – $1,000

$999: Koss ESP-950

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Koss ESP-950

High-End Headsets Between $500 – $1,000

$849: Bose SoundComm B40

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Headphones/Earphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

If you're truly dedicated to getting the best sonic results from a pair of headphones or earphones, the designs in the $1-5k range are worth considering. Though there are certainly more expensive options on the market, you'll likely be able to find the perfect headphones/earphones for any situation in this price range.

With a $5k cap, we'll be able to find the ideal headphones/earphones regardless of application. This includes studio monitoring for mixing/mastering, live monitoring for musicians during performances, and immersive audiophile-approved listening at home.

High-End Electrodynamic Earphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$1,299: Astell&Kern AK T9iE

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Astell&Kern AK T9iE

High-End Planar Magnetic Earphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,495: Audeze LCDi4

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Audeze LCDi4

High-End Electrodynamic Headphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$4,400: Focal Utopia 2020

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Focal Utopia 2020

High-End Noise-Cancelling Headphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$1,499: AKG N90Q

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AKG N90Q

AKG

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High-End Balanced Armature Earphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$1,899: Westone ES80 Elite Series Custom Fit Earphones

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Westone ES80

$3,499: Ultrasone Saphire In-Ear Headphones

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Ultrasone Saphire

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High-End Planar Magnetic Headphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$3,995: Audeze LCD-4z

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Audeze LCD-4z

High-End Electrostatic Earphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,999: Shure KSE1500

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Shure KSE1500

High-End Electrostatic Headphones Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,205: STAX SR-007 MK2

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STAX SR-007 MK2

Stax

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High-End Headsets Between $1,000 – $5,000

$2,499: Schoeps HSC 4VP Integrated Headset with Ultrasone 680 Headphones and B5 Popscreen

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Schoeps HSC 4VP Integrated Headset with Ultrasone 680 Headphones and B5 Popscreen

Headphones/Earphones Above $5,000

It's usually unnecessary to spend this much on a pair of headphones. However, professional (and audiophile entertainment) situations may call for the upper echelon units of this price range.

Whether you're after a super-accurate monitor or a beautifully crafted HiFi headphone, you'll get what you're after if you're willing to pay.

At this price range, you’re really paying for a few things. The vast majority of headphones priced above $5,000 are done so for many reasons:

  • Continued research and development, allowing for excellent innovation in headphone technology.
  • Production methods that create one headphone at a time, or headphones in small batches with precision and tedious attention to detail.
  • Rigorous testing and tweaking before the headphones are ever sent to market. This ensures a high standard of quality and consistency across all headphones of a specific model.
  • Outstanding customer support and warranty.
  • Aesthetics.
  • Brand name recognition, to some extent.

Note that most headphones above $5k are either electrostatic or planar magnetic. The electrodynamic headphones that demand super-high price points typically do so due to some part of the aesthetic, as we'll discuss in the upcoming section, The World's Most Expensive Headphones.

High-End Electrostatic Headphones Above $5,000

$18,000: HIFIMAN Shangri-La Electrostatic Headphones

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HIFIMAN Shangri-La

$50,000: HIFIMAN Shangri-La Electrostatic Headphones + Amplifier System

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HIFIMAN Shangri-La Electrostatic Headphones + Amplifier System

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High-End Planar Magnetic Headphones Above $5,000

$5,999: HIFIMAN Susvara

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HIFIMAN Susvara

Related article: Top 5 Best Planar Magnetic Headphones


The World's Most Expensive Headphones

  • Focal Utopia by Tournaire – $120,000 (reason: 8-carat gold mounted with a trilogy of diamonds on the headband totalling 6.5 carats, handcrafted entirely in Tournaire's jewellers)
  • Onkyo H900M with 20-carat diamonds – $100,000 (reason: 20-carat diamonds to its earcups)
  • Sennheiser Orpheus/HE 1 – $68,000 (reason: electrostatic amplifier made of Carrara marble)

How Much Do Electrodynamic Headphones Cost?

How much do electrodynamic headphones cost? The price of electrodynamic headphones ranges from $3 USD at the low-end and up to $120,000 USD at the high-end. Mid-range headphones typically cost between $100 – $500. High-quality (or overpriced) electrodynamic headphones generally cost over $500.

How Much Do Electrodynamic Earphones Cost?

How much do electrodynamic earphones cost? The price of electrodynamic earphones ranges from $2 USD at the low-end and up to $1,299 USD at the high-end. Mid-range earphones typically cost between $50 – $100. High-quality (or overpriced) electrodynamic earphones generally cost over $100.

How Much Do Planar Magnetic Headphones Cost?

How much do planar magnetic headphones cost? The price of planar magnetic headphones ranges from $149 USD at the low-end and up to $5,999 USD at the high-end. Mid-range planar magnetic headphones typically cost between $150 – $800. High-quality (or overpriced) planar magnetic headphones generally cost over $800.

How Much Do Planar Magnetic Earphones Cost?

How much do planar magnetic earphones cost? The price of planar magnetic earphones ranges from $199 USD at the low-end and up to $2,495 USD at the high-end. Though there aren't many options on the market, mid-range planar magnetic earphones typically cost between $500 – $1000. High-quality (or overpriced) planar magnetic earphones generally cost over $1000.

How Much Do Balanced Armature Earphones Cost?

How much do balanced armature earphones cost? The price of balanced armature earphones ranges from $15 USD at the low-end and up to $3,499 USD at the high-end. Mid-range balanced armature earphones typically cost between $250 – $750. High-quality (or overpriced) balanced armature earphones generally cost over $750.

How Much Do Electrostatic Headphones Cost?

How much do planar magnetic headphones cost? The price of electrostatic headphones ranges from $999 USD at the low-end and up to $68,000 USD at the high-end. Mid-range electrostatic headphones typically cost between $1,000 – $2,000. High-quality (or overpriced) electrostatic headphones generally cost over $2,000.

How Much Do Electrostatic Earphones Cost?

How much do electrostatic earphones cost? The price of electrostatic earphones ranges from $129 USD at the low-end and up to $2,999 USD at the high-end. Mid-range electrostatic earphones typically cost between $500 – $1,000. High-quality (or overpriced) electrostatic earphones generally cost over $1,000.

How Much Do Magnetostriction (Bone Conducting) Headphones Cost?

How much do bone conduction headphones cost? The price of bone conduction headphones ranges from $14 USD at the low-end and up to $287 USD at the high-end. Mid-range bone conduction headphones typically cost between $50 – $100. High-quality (or overpriced) bone conduction earphones generally cost over $100.

How Much Do Wireless Headphones Cost?

How much do wireless headphones cost? The price of wireless headphones ranges from $10 USD at the low-end and up to $999 USD at the high-end. Mid-range wireless headphones typically cost between $250 – $500. High-quality (or overpriced) wireless headphones generally cost over $500.

How Much Do Wireless Earphones Cost?

How much do wireless earphones cost? The price of wireless earphones ranges from $3 USD at the low-end and up to $1,499 USD at the high-end. Mid-range wireless earphones typically cost between $50 – $200. High-quality (or overpriced) wireless earphones generally cost over $200.

How Much Do Headsets Cost?

How much do headsets cost? The price of headsets ranges from $4 USD at the low-end and up to $2,499 USD at the high-end. Mid-range headsets typically cost between $200 – $600. High-quality (or overpriced) headsets generally cost over $400. This accounts for gaming, aviation and general telecommunications headsets.


Price Ranges Of Headphone Accessories

In addition to the price of headphones, several headphone accessories are worth considering.

The price of headphone accessories depends on the type of accessory (which we’ll list shortly), the quality, the specialization of the accessory (is it a one-size-fits-all or only compatible with a specific headphone); and the brand name.

The general types of headphone accessories include:

How Much Do Headphone Cases Cost?

How much do headphone cases cost? The price of headphone cases ranges from $3 USD for bags and small earphone cases to $150 USD for headphone-specific hard cases. Replacement charging cases for wireless earphones, when available, typically range between $25 – $100.

Let's consider a few examples:

The Audeze Ruggedized Travel Case is a hard case designed specifically for Audeze's LCD and EL-8 Headphones. It costs about $150.

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Audeze Ruggedized Travel Case

The On-Stage HB4500 Headphone Bag is a soft bag-type headphone case that costs about $7.

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On-Stage HB4500

The popular Apple AirPods come with a charging case. Replacement Wireless Charging Cases for AirPods are available for about $100.

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Replacement Wireless Charging Cases for AirPods

How Much Do Headphone Stands Cost?

How much do headphone stands cost? The price of commercially available headphone stands ranges from $5 USD at the low-end (typically wall-mounted “stands”) and up to $350 USD at the high-end (typically desktop stands).

The K&M Headphone Wall Holder costs about $10.

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K&M Headphone Wall Holder

The Focal Stand for Elear and Utopia Headphones, as the name suggests, is designed for the high-end Focal Elear and Utopia headphones. It's priced at around $350 USD.

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Focal Stand for Elear and Utopia Headphones

How Much Do Headphone Earpads Cost?

How much do headphone earpads cost? The price of commercially available headphone earpads ranges from $2 USD at the low-end and up to $180 USD at the high-end. Mid-range earpads typically cost between $20 – $100. High-quality (or overpriced) earpads generally cost over $100.

The STAX SR-009 / 009S Earpads, for example, cost about $180.

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STAX SR-009 / 009S Earpads

At the other end of the price spectrum, we have these cheap Yencoly Black Replacement Earpads for RS Sennheiser headphones.

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Yencoly Black Replacement Earpads

How Much Do Headphone Cables Cost?

How much do headphone cables cost? The price of commercially available headphone cables ranges from $2 USD at the low-end and up over $10,000 USD at the high-end. Mid-range cables typically cost between $20 – $100.

The Kimber Kable Axios Ag Headphone Cable, for example, can be configured to cost over $10,000.

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The Audio-Technica HP-CC is a 9'8″ coiled cable with a 3.5mm male and a mini phono connector designed for the ATH-M40x and ATH-M50x headphones. It costs about $30.

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Audio-Technica HP-CC

The Focal 13′ Cable for Utopia Headphones goes for about $700.

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Focal 13′ Cable for Utopia Headphones

How Much Do Headphone Adapters Cost?

How much do headphone adapters cost? The price of headphone adapters ranges from $1 USD at the low end of 6.35mm-3.5mm adapters to $150 for DAC adapters and $170 for headphone-specific Bluetooth adapters. Typical plug-size adapters cost between $2 – $15.

Let's consider some examples:

The Hosa Technology GPM103 is a female stereo 3.5mm TRS to male stereo 1/4″ (6.35mm) TRS headphone adapter that costs under $3.

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Hosa Technology GPM103

The Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Cable is a DAC headphone adapter that costs about $150.

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Astell&Kern USB-C Dual DAC Cable

The Ultrasone SIRIUS Bluetooth Adapter for Performance Series Headphone is a Bluetooth adapter for Ultrasone's Performance Series headphones, which costs about $170.

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Ultrasone SIRIUS Bluetooth Adapter for Performance Series Headphone

How Much Do Earphone Eartips Cost?

How much do earphone eartips cost?

The price of earphone eartips ranges from [USD] pennies (per ear tip) at the low-end and up to a few [USD] dollars (per ear tip) at the high-end. Eartips are often bought in bulk, helping to reduce prices even further.

The Freedi 100Pcs Silicone Earbud Cap Replacement Eartips are designed for the Beats Powerbeats Wireless Earphones. At $1.86 for 100, they're roughly 2¢ a piece.

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The Silynx Communications Shell Ear Retainers come in a 100-pack (50 pairs) for just under $400, making them about $4 per ear tip.

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Silynx Communications Shell Ear Retainers

How Much Do Headphone Amplifiers Cost?

How much do headphone amplifiers cost? The price of headphone amplifiers ranges from $6 USD at the low-end and up to $68,000 USD (Sennheiser Orpheus/HE 1 with headphones) at the high-end. Mid-range headphone amplifiers typically cost between $250 – $1,000. High-quality (or overpriced) amplifiers generally cost over $1,000.

Super high-end electrostatic headphones require dedicated electrostatic headphone amps. Some of these models go for over $10k on the market.

The Sennheiser Orpheus/HE 1, with the headphones (they come as a bundle), sells for $68,000.

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Sennheiser Orpheus/HE 1

Related articles:
• Complete Guide To Electrostatic Headphones (With Examples)
• Top 5 Best Electrostatic Headphones

For less than $20, we can find a few decent splitter-type headphone “amps”. We’ll also find cheap no-name brands on Amazon that act as dedicated amplifiers/impedance converters for headphones.

The Pyle Pro PHA40 goes for just under $20.

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Pyle Pro PHA40

For more information on the price of headphone amplifiers and amplifiers more generally, check out my article How Much Do Audio Amplifiers Cost? (With Pricing Examples).


What are the best headphone brands in the world? The best headphone brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • Sennheiser
  • Bose
  • Sony
  • AKG
  • Bang & Olufsen
  • Beyerdynamic
  • Audio-Technica
  • Focal
  • Shure
  • Grado
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • STAX
  • Audeze

Read more here: Top 13 Best Headphone Brands In The World

What are the best earphone brands in the world? The best earphone amp brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  1. Jabra
  2. Sennheiser
  3. Shure
  4. Sony
  5. Bowers & Wilkins
  6. RHA
  7. FiiO
  8. Bose
  9. JBL
  10. Bang & Olufsen
  11. Apple
  12. Beats
  13. Etymotic Research
  14. Skullcandy

Read more here: Top 14 Best Earphone/Earbud Brands In The World

What are the best headphone amplifiers in the world? The best headphone amp brands in the world, in my opinion, are as follows:

  • Woo Audio
  • Burson Audio
  • Schiit
  • FiiO
  • Chord Electronics
  • Benchmark Media
  • Linear Tube Audio
  • Cambridge Audio
  • Auris Audio
  • Pathos Acoustics
  • Feliks Audio

Read more here: Top 11 Best Headphone Amplifier Brands In The World


Choosing the right headphones or earphones for your applications and budget can be a challenging task. For this reason, I've created My New Microphone's Comprehensive Headphones/Earphones Buyer's Guide. Check it out for help in determining your next headphones/earphones purchase.


Best Headphones/Earphones By Type, Application & Price

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• Top 5 Best Open-Back Headphones Under $200
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• Top 5 Best Supra-Aural (On-Ear) Headphones Under $250
• Top 5 Best Supra-Aural (On-Ear) Headphones Under $500
• Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones/Earbuds Under $100
• Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones/Earbuds Under $200
• Top 5 Best Wireless Earphones For Running Under $50
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