Headphone manufacturers may finally realize that imitating the thumping bass sound of Beats headphones does not automatically lead to Beats-size success.
Look no further than Sennheiser's Momentum on-ear headphones, and Voxx 808 Duo headphones. Both offer truer sound than the Beats imitators, at lower prices than many.
Sennheiser's new Momentum model borrows aesthetics from old-timey radio headphones, blending exposed metal and colorful ear cups. I found them comfortable, with lots of room for adjustment.
These are not neutral-sounding audiophile headphones. There is an extra dollop of bass, but it is tight and well-defined. The cost of that precision is a considerable $230.
At less than half that price, the $100 808 Duo headphones are a reasonable alternative to the hip-hop fashion kind.
As with the Sennheisers, the bass is pumped up more than you will find on colorless audiophile headphones. And they do reasonably well on a variety of music, although the sound is a little muddy on intricate orchestral pieces, like those in opera and on movie soundtracks.
Although I would prefer either of these to a $300 pair of thudding fashion headphones, I still like the truer, more balanced sound of the $100 Grado SR80i or the $90 Sony MDR7506 headphones.