I wouldn’t have believed it either, but it is possible to buy cheap headphones that sound good and are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. JVC’s $15 Marshmallow inner-ear headphones feature memory foam-like cushions that conform to your ears for a comfy fit while blocking out extraneous noise. I’m about as big a cheapskate as they come, and I own two pairs of these things — one for travel and one for home. I’d get a third pair for the office but, come on, that just seems excessive.
Link: Marshmallow Headphones