These Cheap Earphones Are Surprisingly Good

Looking for a pair of quality earbuds on a tight budget? Well, believe it or not, you can find plenty of under-$50 pairs that sound like they’re way more expensive.

Our guide spans from completely wireless options, through models with built-in noise-canceling tech, all the way to ultra affordable wired earbuds.


Sony MDR-XB50AP Extra Bass Earbuds

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These Sony earphones deliver big bass on the cheap, thanks to their large 12-millimeter audio drivers. The headset’s powerful lows make it a great option for gaming and watching movies on the go. These cheap earbuds have a smartphone-friendly, single-button remote control, and comfy silicone earbuds. There are three colors available: red, blue, and black.



Aukey Key Series B60 Wireless Earbuds

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The Aukey Key Series B60 wireless neckband earbuds have all the fitness essentials you need, including a comfy and secure fit, an IPX7 water-resistant construction, and bass-heavy sound to keep you motivated. The buds are stylish, too. You can order them in dark gray, light gray, or red, with each option sporting cool copper accents. Rather impressively, the earbuds power on and off via built-in magnets. Separating them switches them on, while snapping them together powers them off.



MEE audio M6 PRO In-Ear Monitors

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The MEE audio M6 PRO earbuds have an in-ear design, and they’re a standout for their detachable cables. The headset’s 10-millimeter audio drivers also deliver one of the best sound signatures in this price range. These cheap earbuds include two detachable cables (one with a smartphone remote), six pairs of ear tips, a quarter-inch adapter, and a carrying case. You can order the earbuds with a semi-transparent case in black, blue, red, or a clear finish.



RHA MA390 Universal Earbuds

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If you prefer the old-school feel of wired earbuds, then this option from the UK-based RHA Audio should be your go-to. At a sub-$50 price point, the MA390 earbuds feature a minimalist design, a superbly crafted metal body, and a tangle-free cable. Their 3-year warranty is the industry’s best. The sound signature is well-balanced and suited for all types of music. Plus, the MA390 headset comes bundled with a carrying case and a big selection of ear tips.



House of Marley Smile Jamaica Wired Earbuds

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The Smile Jamaica earphones by House of Marley feature eco-friendly materials that include responsibly sourced wood and recycled aluminum. The use of wood in their construction results in a pleasantly warm sound. A one-button remote control and microphone allow users to snap out of the good vibes and make phone calls. These cheap earbuds are also available in several color options.