The Best Cheap Earbuds of 2018: review of popular wired and wireless options

Are you ready to rock your ears for funny money? Look through our review of wired and wireless earbuds and see for yourself – the best and cheapest in-ear headphones are all here and can be bought in a couple of clicks.

The List of 20 Best Inexpensive Earbuds of 2018

Besides being incredibly affordable, all of the options are more than they are cracked up to be and offer the optimal combination of durability and comfort. They provide high sound quality and can compete with IEHs that are twice as expensive.

Check our top 20 list of inexpensive earbuds in alphabetical order.

Image Name Features and summary
1   Betron YSM1000
  • strong stereo;
  • perfect bass sound;
  • 24k gold plated 3.5mm jack makes performance optimal;
  • stylish look;
  • best for tight budget
2   Brainwavz S0
  • Comply S-400 foam tips make for perfect seals and enhanced bass response;
  • thick wires;
  • sleek design;
  • a plenty of accessories come in the box: a number of ear tips, shirt clip and carrying case;
  • durable metal casing;
  • prominent mid bass;
  • high level of noise isolation;
  • flat cable for less tangle.
3   Brainwavz Delta
  • great quality for their price
  • efficient design;
  • clean, balanced sound;
  • thick cable for more durability and less tangling;
  • additional reinforcement of the adapter plug-in;
  • three-button remote control for Android and iOS;
  • clear and detailed highs;
  • good lively bass;
  • 3 pairs of different sized tips and a pair of Comply foam tips.
4   House of Marley Smile Jamaica Earbuds
  • made of eco-friendly materials;
  • nine durable and colorful options, wide variety of styles;
  • provide pleasant sound with good bass;
  • sound isolation without leakage;
5   JBL Synchros E10 Earbuds
  • good isolation from external sounds, airplane or underground transport
  • suitable for using at home, while doing sports or during street walks;
  • 8 mm drivers
6   Koss The Plug
  • stylish design;
  • powerful bass;
  • additional tips in different styles and sizes;
  • decent quality mids and highs;
  • un-braided thin cord;
  • very good noise isolation
7   KZ ZST
  • low distortion;
  • detachable cables;
  • high audio quality;
  • high sensitivity;
  • beautiful design;
8   MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6
  • high sound quality;
  • prominent bass;
  • clear rich sound;
  • noise isolation;
  • practical design;
  • highly durable wires;
  • water resistant and sweat-proof;
  • 6 different ear tips
9   MEE audio M6 PRO Earbuds
  • snug fit;
  • great sound quality;
  • detachable cables;
  • six pairs of ear tips;
  • studio-tuned clear sound.
10   Monoprice In-Ear Earphones
  • clear mids;
  • punchy bass;
  • comparable to 5 times more expensive analogs.
11   1MORE Piston Fit Earbuds
  • 4 different color versions;
  • unexpected audio quality for their price;
  • dual-layer audio drivers;
  • one-button remote control;
  • built-in microphone.
12 Panasonic RPHJE120K
  • comfortable fit;
  • good bass;
  • 3 soft pairs of ear tips;
  • doesn’t tire the ear after long-time listen;
  • clean, well-balanced mid tones;
13   Philips SHE3590
  • a pick of colors available;
  • sound is better than expected;
  • mids and highs are pretty clean;
  • awesome quality for a budget price;
  • controlled bass.
14   RHA MA390 Earbuds
  • perfectly crafted metal body;
  • tangle-free cable;
  • the sound is well-balanced;
  • big selection of ear tips.
15   Sennheiser CX 300 II
  • thumping, high-quality, punchy bass;
  • very durable design;
  • high sound quality.
16   Sennheiser CX 3.00 Earbuds
  • sleek design;
  • 2-year warranty;
  • stellar audio quality;
  • color options to pick from (red, white, black)
17 SoundMAGIC E10 (Top earbud)
  • great well-balanced sound;
  • clean mid bass;
  • durable and stylish metal casing;
  • comfortable wear;
  • practical design.
18   Sony MDR XB50AP
  • a must-have for the bass addicted;
  • ergonomic design;
  • an easy fit for any ears;
19 Symphonized NRG 3.0
  • great sound quality;
  • gold plated jack;
  • completed with 6 different pairs of ear tips;
  • Long-surviving and comfortable to wear;
  • one-of-a-kind wooden design makes the sound “warmer”;
  • good noise isolation.
20   Xiaomi MI Piston Earbuds
  • sleek design;
  • dual-driver audio setup;
  • nicely tuned audio signature;
  • metal finish;
  • tangle-free cable;
  • a number of ear tips.

Betron YSM1000

These are trully excellent headphones that offer you more than price can promise. If you are bass-addicted and tight in budget these stylish and comfy earbuds are a perfect choice for your ears.


  • Bass driven sound providing all the details and nuances.
  • Is compatible with MP3, iPads, iPhones, iPods, all portable gaming systems, even DVD and CD players;
  • Heavy deep bass for Nokia, Samsung Galaxy,HTC, i-Gadgets, MP3 Players;
  • Rather pleasant isolating design – listen to your favorite music with no distractions;
  • Made of metal;
  • 3.5mm Jack (gold plated, 24k);
  • Comes in brown, black, and gold.

Brainwavz S0

The “working horse” with outstanding build quality. Brainwavz S0 with its sleek design successfully reproduces the entire range of musical spectrum. The device is very durable and has the commonly fragile points prudently strengthened – it will serve you faithfully for a long time.

The in-line microphone alongside the remote control will make your musical experience all the more relaxed and enjoyable.

The incredibly lightweight design will make you forget about having these babes in your ear if fitted properly.

On the whole – you are dealing with long-lasting budget earbuds with good bass and balanced highs and mids.


  • Drivers: Dynamic, 9 mm;
  • Rated Impedance: 16 Ω;
  • Frequency Range: 18 Hz-18 kHz;
  • Sensivity: 100 dB at 1 mV;
  • Rated Input Power: 10 mW;
  • Plug: gold-plated 3,5 mm, connection with all Apple gadgets, MP3 Players, etc
  • Cables: copper 1,2 m Y-Cord

Brainwavz Delta – best sound with iOS-compatible mic

And here is the runner-up to AKG as it falls behind a bit in the sound department. Delta is a budget in-ear pair that has both Android and iPhone remote options. But the sound doesn’t seem budget at all. Clear and detailed highs, well-delivered bass bumping with a lively beat, and the mids are surprisingly well-defined. We assume them appropriate for almost any kind of music.

All you need comes in the package – the variety of different-sized ear tips makes the earbuds a perfect fit for most people.The package also includes  a pair of famous Comply foam tips considered to be the best for noise isolation. You get a 3-button remote for Android and iOS – the choice of modes is almost confusing!

Delta will not give you the depth and three-dimensional sense of space comparable with AKG . But they still are very good – since they have been released there has been progress demonstrating improvements that catch up with the customers’ desires.

Brainwavz Delta is not the lightest out of our list but prove to be rather comfy.

We would especially like to bring your attention to the microphone: the sound quality remains impeccable in any circumstances without a fail.

The build quality is better than the price makes you think it might be. The cord is strongly reinforced as to be durable and serve you a long time. There’s also an unexpected, but a pretty satisfactory option for this budget model – you can control the play/pause, volume, songs and make hands-free calls.

Awesome soundstage for this price range will pleasantly surprise even an audiophile – you won’t lose when it comes to quality thanks to the well-balanced and clean sound.

Emphasized highs and mids still let the bass sound clean but not so prominent. Nevertheless, the music flow will not be disrupted by the raspy low-quality bass.


  • Emitters: dynamic, 8 mm;
  • Impedance: 16 Ω;
  • Frequency diapason: 20Hz – 20kHz;
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB@1 mW;
  • Max “in” power: 2 mW;
  • Is compatible with: MP3, smartphones, iPods, iPhones, supports records compressed through Lossless;
  • Cable: symmetrical, 1.3 m, oxygen-free copper;
  • Plug: angled 45°, 3.5 mm.

House of Marley Smile Jamaica Earbuds

Wanna feel closer to nature and try on a Bob Marley style? An eco-friendly wooden basis creates warm sound signature and relaxes your ears. The Smile Jamaica earbuds come with one-button remote control and are also equipped with a microphone.


  • 8mm dynamics;
  • Frequency of sound: 18-20000 Hz;
  • 3.5mm jack;
  • Wear-resistant cable;
  • Cord cables come in blue, brown, black, multicolored;
  • Has high quality bass sound;
  • Beautiful and cheerful design;
  • The model is NOT compatible with Sony Ericsson ST15I and Sony Xperia.

JBL Synchros E10 Earbuds

JBL E10 fits any device – either smartphone or tablet – and you’ll always enjoy the clear full-spectrum sound and heavy bass.

The lightweight earbuds are comfartable due to their angled ear-tubes. The enduring build is combined with nice design, that has a selection of colors to pick from (white, purple, red, black and blue). For noise isolation you can use additional ear-tips for an optimal fit.

They earbuds are equipped with an universal single-button remote and a microphone.


  • Type: In-ear
  • Wired type of connection with mini-jack, 3.5 mm
  • No active noise reduction
  • Two-sided cable
  • Range of frequency/impendance: 10 – 22,000 Hz / 32 Ohm
  • Sensitivity of headphones: 105 dB
  • Maximum headphone “in”-power of 5 mW
  • Microphone Type: Dynamic
  • Microphone construction: Placed on a wire
  • Microphone Direction: Omnidirectional
  • Additional Features: Membranes 9 mm, Built-in microphone and a button for receiving / resetting a call (pause / play), Headphones with built-in remote control with microphone, Plastic Carrying Case, Instructions for safe use, User’s Manual, 3  sets of silicone ear cups (size S, M, L)
  • Weight: 10 g
  • The length of the cord is 1.2 m

Koss The Plug

Compact and lightweight design of IEHs offers you one of the best sound isolations with plenty of additional sets of cone or cylinder shaped tips and a gold-plated miniplug.

Amazing fitting due to flexable foam tips appears to be a great plus– just fit  the foam tip to your ear shape before inserting it inside.

Truth be told, these earbuds might seem aggressive at times with their powerful bass and the mids sometimes sounding muffled. But you can always  check the sittings and match it to your personal preferences.

The build quality is pretty good for the model of such price range. It is a good choice for bassheads (but not for real audiophiles) with tight budget. Unless you the lack of playback, volume control and active isolation of outside noise makes you suffer– that requires spending some extra cash.


  • 2.0 – Sound Scheme Format
  • Main color of headphones: white
  • Color of inserts and elements: black
  • The set comes without mounting
  • Type of acoustic design: closed
  • Diameter of the membrane of radiators: 10.5 mm
  • Min frequency: 10 Hz
  • Max frequency: 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 112 dB
  • Resistance: 16 Ohm
  • Gaming Headphones: no
  • Number of radiators on each side: 1
  • Microphone: no
  • No wireless connection
  • Wired connection with jack 3.5 mm, cord is 1,2 m of length
  • No detachable cable
  • The device has L-shaped cable plug, gold-plated
  • The weight: 7 grams


They feature outstanding sound quality and if you take Comply foam tips (unfortunately not included in the box), the noise isolation will increase several levels, as well as your musical pleasure.

Build quality is not like the tank but still remains decent. If you handle them carefully and avoid brutality they’ll serve a long time. One multi-function control button far managing both remote and mic is easy to get used to. Voice quality is not on top, but still is satisfactory.

The sound picture is well balanced with an emphasis on bass. These earbuds are very sensitive – you can easily use them to listen to high-quality recordings.

To enjoy the details of sound just take an amplifier or good MP3 player, not the smartphones.


  • Built-in dual microphone
  • Color: a range of colors is available
  • Wearing type: In-Ear
  • Functions: HiFi, noise reduction
  • connection: Wired
  • Diameter: 6-10 mm
  • Application: PC, smartphones, MP3 players
  • Plug type: 3.5 mm, L-curved
  • Cable length (m): 1.2 m ± 3 cm, removable
  • Frequency response: 20-20000Hz
  • Resistance: 18ohms
  • Sensitivity: 120 dB / mW
  • Microphone: Yes
  • The master block: hybrid block driver 1DD + 1BA
  • Overall dimensions Product weight: 18 g
  • Packing size (L x W x H): 10.5 x 7.5 x 3.5 cm
  • package contents 1 x KZ Zst In-ear headphones, 2 pairs of extra plugs

MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6

Obsessed with sports? Keep your MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6 in your pocket and you’ll never be bored – it is a true budget godsend that can withstand a lot during your workout. If their hooky appearance is not a problem for you, you might have just found a loyal friend for years to come.

Six ear tips will suit everybody providing rather decent noise isolation. Enhanced bass and thick sound stay with you everywhere – just pick out the proper ear tips.

The super enduring wires, protected with metal plating feature a pleasant bonus: the earbuds are water-resistant, so don’t be afraid to get a little sweaty. Get fit and energized for the day with MEElectronics Sport-Fi M6  providing warm, smooth sound with plenty of details.


  • Type of device: IER dynamic headphones
  • Purpose: sports
  • The range of frequencies: from 20 to 20000 Hz
  • Sensitivity and resistance (impedance): 98 dB and 16 Ohm
  • Earbuds features 10 mm membrane diameter
  • Type of mounting – on the ear
  • The set is connecting with L-shaped mini jack of 3.5 mm
  • Gold plated connectors: available
  • The length of cable is 1.3 m
  • Number of ear tips in bundle: 6
  • Carrying case: included

MEE audio M6 PRO Earbuds

These highly estimated IEHs provide one of the best sound signatures within similar-priced options and are designed to be snug fitted. The cables are detachable and this is a bonus for users.  One of two cables in the bundle has a smartphone remote, the rest of the equipment includes 6 sets of ear tips, the case for keeping and carrying and an adapter.


  • Types of Headphones: In-ear
  • Connection: wired
  • Volume control: Yes
  • Acoustic design: Closed
  • The set features 100 dB sensitivity
  • The frequency range is between 20 and 20000 Hz
  • Resistance: 16 Ohm
  • Its diameter of membrane is 10 mm
  • Technology: Dynamic
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Sensitivity: 42 dB
  • Plug: 3.5 mm (mini jack)
  • Gold-Plated Plug: Yes
  • Plug shape: L-shaped
  • Wire length: 1.3 m
  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: 1 year

Monoprice In-Ear Earphones

They sound better than Panasonic RP-HJE120 below and provide decent noise isolation if you put proper ear tips on.

At first glance you can find them a bit weird and you will need some time to get used to them. But put other ear plugs on (Comply foam plugs will work perfectly) and be ready to get music-happy.


You get them with a common cord with a plug. But that’s about all you’ll get for this money.

Connect your earbuds with your portable device through 3.5 mm gold plated stereo plug and enjoy your favorite soundtrack!


  • The in-ear set features wired type of connection
  • Specs of wired interface: 3.5 mm mini Jack
  • The color is black
  • Sensitivity: 96 +/- 3 dB
  • Active Noise Reduction: No
  • Cable: Two-sided
  • The range of frequency: 20Hz-20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32Ohm
  • Additional Features: Dynamics Ø 14.2 mm
  • Cord Length: 122.5 cm

Don’t forget to use properly fitting ear tips – that way you will get better impression.

1MORE Piston Fit Earbuds

It is difficult imagine that low-budget earbuds can sound so brilliant! And the richness of the color range only adds to the impression. Dual-layer audio drivers feature metal housing, equipped with microphone and have a button for remote control function. For such little money why not to have it all?


  • Device type: in-ear headphones
  • Mic: yes
  • Sensitivity/Impedance: 100 dB/32 Ohm
  • Type: dynamic
  • Frequency: from 20 to 20000 Hz
  • The weight: 13 grams
  • Connection: mini jack 3.5 mm, straight-shaped
  • Max power: 5 mW
  • Length of cable: 1.25 m
  • Gold plated connectors: yes
  • Number of extra additional ear-tips in bundle: 3

You can also consider them as a gift. Why not to please your children or surprise your whole family and friends?

Panasonic RPHJE120K

If you are looking for ideal balance of price, durability, sound and built quality the champions are Panasonic RPHJE120K. They will be a pleasant surprise.

It is easy to forget about them – they are so light and comfy, especially if you find proper tips for steady fixation.

Average noise isolation and rather poor build quality reminds ua about their low price range. But good bass and the pleasantly sounding mids create clean and well-balanced sound. Although the highs are not ideal, we believe this top earbud is deservedly included in our list of best budget sound providers.


  • Device: in-ear headphones with plug-in connection
  • Dynamic type
  • Frequency: 20 to 20000 Hz
  • Power: 200 mW (maximum)
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB / mW
  • The weight: 4 grams
  • Impedance (resistance): 16 Ohm
  • Membrane diameter: 9 mm
  • Without mounting
  • Connected with L-shaped mini-Jack of 3.5 mm
  • Length of cable: 1.1 m
  • Number of additional ear-tips: 3

Philips SHE3590

They are not crazy cool with their simple design, but this budget option khows how to provide great sound value. The only outstanding thing about them is their sound quality with clean highs and mids, an actual miracle for this price range!

The cord serves dilligently, but the not-so-stoic endurance of earbuds calls for gentle treatment, maybe a bit more gentle than you usually would be.

Plastic material provides lightness, and you will be surprised but sound isolation is pretty good – you won’t even have to replace the tips.

They come only with wires and a plug of 3.5 mm – no more could be expected for this money. We believe they are rather comfortable, but not for sophisticated connoisseurs.


  • Model: in-ear dynamic earbuds with plug-in
  • Frequency range: 12 – 23500 Hz
  • Sensitivity 103 dB
  • Impedance 16 Ohm
  • Max power 50 mW
  • Design Mounting type without fastening
  • Cable type symmetric
  • Connectivity Headphone mini jack 3.5 mm
  • Headphone connector shape: straight
  • Length of cable: 1.2 m
  • In-bundle exchangeable ear-tips: 3

RHA MA390 Earbuds

Perfectly designed metal body with great attention to details stands out immidiately and makes an impression as well as 3 years of warranty.

They are likely to be appreciated among minimalists for their universality because of good-balanced sound signature.

Untangled cable, vast pick of ear tips and carrying case are pretty good additions for easy-on-budget earbuds.


Connection and construction:

  • Design: In-ear headphones
  • Microphone: on cable
  • The tool supports only wired connection
  • Connecting: the mini-Jack (3.5 mm), straight shaped
  • Double-sided round cable, radius of 1.35 m
  • Feature of cable: braided


  • Impedance and frequency range:  16 Ohm and 16 – 22000 Hz
  • Stereo sound
  • Sensitivity 89 dB
  • Dynamic type


  • Made of: metal
  • Weight: 15 g
  • Completion: silicone attachments and carrying case

Sennheiser CX 300 II

With thumping bass of great power they come across as one of the best earbud option for bass-heads with tight budget.

German quality is very distinctly felt. You need not worry when being physically active – the earbuds will be firmly fitted in your ears with not a chance of slipping out. With standard selection of ear tips you will definitely find ones for best fitting, rich sound and decent noise isolation.

You might suffer with lack of balance and detailed sound – the bass dominates. You’d better chose other earbuds for vocal and classics!

Earbuds are made out of plastic, so you won’t feel them in your ears. The real advantage is their build quality – these earbuds are very durable. The wires can withstand a lot and are easy to untangle. A pretty little pouch provides a bit of protection when taking them somewhere.

We believe the IEHs without control and mic are good enough for this money. But not perfect.


  • Type: headphones with plug-in
  • The set features sound scheme of 2.0 format
  • Main color is black
  • Silver and black colors of inserts and elements
  • Mounting: without fastening
  • Type of acoustic design: closed
  • Diameter of the radiators’ membrane: 9.8 mm
  • Reproducible frequency starts from: 19 Hz
  • Max frequency is 21000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 113 dB
  • Resistance (impedance): 16 Ohm
  • Microphone: no
  • Wireless connection: no
  • Connected with: Jack 3.5 mm, l-shaped
  • Detachable cable: no
  • Cable length (m): 1.2 m
  • Cable Features: gold-plated plug, unbalanced cable
  • The set has no Active Noise Isolation System
  • Volume control: no
  • Equipment: documentation, 3 sets of ear tips
  • Function keys: no
  • Weight: 13 gramms

Don’t be upset with the lack of some useful options – you’re dealing with a good budget option featuring German quality. Otherwise, you can always skip to the higher-priced variant.

Sennheiser CX 3.00 Earbuds

You will be surprised with a 2-year warranty for these earbuds – unexpected bonus for model of such price range.

Sleek design with outstanding audio quality come along with a little drawback: no remote control is available.

You can chose among three color options – red, white and black. The bundle incudes a carrying case.


  • Headphones with plug-in
  • Type of device: dynamic
  • Sensitivity: 118 dB
  • Harmonics factor: 0.5%
  • Impedance: 18 Ohm
  • Weight: 12 grams
  • Frequency range: 17 – 21000 Hz
  • Design: Mounting type without fastening
  • Connectivity: Headphone mini-jack of 3.5 mm
  • connector shape: L-shaped
  • Gold plated connectors: yes
  • Length of cable: 1.2 m


  • replaceable eartips – 4 sets
  • Carrying case included

This one could be a good idea for students, especially those living from hand to mouth.

SoundMAGIC E10

These earbuds are very popular, and you will love them if you are not bass-addicted.

They feature the best combination of design, build quality, comfort and pretty-balanced sound picture – basses are leveled properly allowing the clean, elegant sound to flow perfectly.

Easy to fit – just find the proper ear tips and they’ll become an extention of your ears.

Sound isolation is decent – you can still hear what is going on around you even when listening to music, so don’t worry, you’ll hear that car honk.

There are no controls, only the regular wires but these earbuds still feel and look premium class.


Connection and construction

  • Type: in-ear set
  • Connection type: wired
  • Connecting: mini-Jack (3.5 mm)
  • Plug: straight
  • Cable connection: double-sided
  • Cable / radius: 1.2 m
  • Round cable type


  • Stereo sound
  • Impedance 16 Ohm
  • Frequency range 15 – 22000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 100 dB
  • Speaker diameter: 10 mm
  • Type of radiators: dynamic

General information

  • Weight 11 g
  • Completion of silicone attachments


If you are not fond of flat sound – these earbuds will turn to be a good budget choice. Strong and detailed bass with punch will satisfy all bass-addicted music lovers.

They are comfortable and not bulky and can easily fit your ear. They provide better than average noise isolation if you chose fitting eartips.

Swell-built earbuds with mic, made of reliable materials, feature an in-line remote with a multifunction button. They come with a slider and flat Y-type cable in the kit.


Common parameters:

  • A type: headphones
  • Model: Sony MDR-XB50AP
  • Gaming Headphones: no
  • Headphone earbuds: plug-in (vacuum)
  • Sound Scheme Format: 2.0

Appearance and construction:

  • Main color of headphones: black
  • Color of inserts and elements: silver, black
  • Method of attachment: without fastening

Acoustic characteristics:

  • Type of acoustic design: closed
  • Diameter of the membrane of radiators: 12 mm
  • Min reproducible frequency: 4 Hz
  • Max reproducible frequency: 24000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 106 dB
  • Resistance (impedance): 40 Ohm

Microphone Features:

  • Microphone: yes
  • Microphone Location: On the wire
  • Microphone Mount: fixed
  • Wireless connection: no
  • Type of wired connection: jack 3.5 mm
  • Detachable cable: no
  • Cable length (m): 1.2 m
  • Cable Plug Shape: L-shaped
  • Cable Features: balanced cable

Functions and management:

  • Active Noise Canceling System: no
  • Volume control: no
  • Function keys: answer / end a call

Additional Information:

  • Equipment: case, documentation, 3 pairs of replaceable ear cups
  • Weight: 8 grams

Symphonized NRG 3.0

If you are a fan of vintage style but are short on money these will not disappoint you!

Wooden IEHs provide warm sound structure, and they come with six pairs of tips. Your ears would be pleased with the natural material and a rich pick of tips.

Unless sit on them, you will find that their endurance is quite impressive. The in-line microphone can also be used for voice control of device and talking on the phone.

These earbuds have awesome mid tones. Some bass-addicted can feel slightly restrained: wooden structure completes bass sound with a bit of warmth.

Good noise isolation is provided with silicone ear tips and a gold-plated jack.

The friction between the wire and clothes can create a bit of noise, but this small issue can’t become a serious “NO” as you really get a very good bargain.


  • Type of headphones: dynamic
  • Attachment: without attachment
  • Microphone: Yes
  • Acoustic type: closed
  • Min. reproducible frequency: 18 Hz
  • Max. reproducible frequency: 22,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 101 dB
  • Diameter of the membrane: 8 mm

Xiaomi MI Piston Earbuds

This experienced company presents budget earbuds with sleek design and metal finish, unusual for such price range. They feature dual-driver audio setup with well-tuned sound signature and include a surprising three-button remote control.

A very comfy tangle-free cable and several ear tips with soft carrying case that accompany the earbuds in the package will add to the pleasure.


  • Headphone type: in-ear
  • Type of connection: Wired
  • Wired interface: 1 x mini-jack (3.5 mm jack)
  • Active Noise Reduction: No
  • Colour: Black
  • Cable: Two-sided
  • Headphones frequency range: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Headphone impedance: 16 Ohm
  • Sensitivity of headphones: 93 dB
  • Microphone construction: Placed on a wire

Additional Features:

  • Volume control
  • Straight plug
  • Cord Length: 1.2 m
  • Weight: 12 grams
  • Guarantee: 12 months

Our Golden Top Two Earbuds for Less Money

The research we’ve done serves to help you find the much needed earbuds to accompany you on your life journey . Here are our recommendations concerning best earbuds for less money – the leaders in 3 categories. Check out the table below.

Image Name Features
1   AKG Y20U
  • rich mellow sound;
  • firm fit – low profile;
  • single remote button;
  • applicable for all music genres;
  • pick of colors.
2   Panasonic RP-TCM125 ErgoFit
  • a variety of colors;
  • a pretty balanced sound system;
  • deep highs;
  • well-leveled bass;
  • frequencies play organically with each other;
  • a single-button remote mic.

AKG Y20U – the best value

They are a budget version of virtually everything you need. Just imagine – you get mellow smooth sound and comfortable firm fit for almost any ears, and a universal single-button to remote in addition.

In comparison to pair of Apple EarPods—the AKG Y20U sounds much richer.

Boosted bass that does not overwhelm the highs and mids allows you to hear all vocal details. AKGs doesn’t make voices sound scrachy or raspy.

We called them “universal soldiers” for different genres – even Beethoven sounded just fine not only rock, pop and jazz.

The low-profile fit provides the secure fitting – they curve slightly and hug your outer ear – you don’t need to adjust them when moving. You can choose between yellow, teal or gray.


  • Type of headphones: in-ear (IERs)
  • Mounting type: without fastening
  • Microphone: yes
  • Acoustic design: closed
  • Membrane diameter: 8 mm
  • Frequency range (Hz): 13-22500
  • Sensitivity (dB): 115
  • Impedance (Ohms): 16
  • Power (mW): 19
  • Wired connection
  • Connector Type: Jack (3.5mm)

Panasonic RP-TCM125 ErgoFit – the best sound for minimum money

Competing with other options of this price range, the RP-TCM125 ErgoFit produce more mellow and clean sound. They work well with every music genre – the sound is comparable to acoustic guitar.

If you are extremely low on money and need to save up you could not find the earbuds that beat Panasonic RP-TCM125 ErgoFit even if you tried.


  • Type of device: in-ear headphones with mic, dynamic type
  • IPhone Support
  • The range of reproduced frequencies: 10 – 24000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 97 dB / mW
  • Impedance: 16 Ohm
  • The maximum power:  200 mW
  • Weight: 44g
  • Membrane diameter: 9 mm
  • Mounting type: without fastening
  • Connecting: 3.5 mm jack
  • Cable length: 1.1 m
  • The volume control : yes
  • Number of ear-tips in bundle: 3

The best for your ears with no cords – Wireless Earbud Review 2018

Two years passed since Apple released its original AirPods, making 2016 the year that started the long competition between various manufacturers in creating the finest wireless earbuds.

Today we are about to drown in the wide choice of wireless sets from big market players like Jabra, Panasonic and Sony to no-name models, that still manage to find their way to the market.

Great variety increases the chances of an excellent bargain, but complicates the choice making process. After spending hours staring at your monitor reading reviews many of us get utterly confused and chose to quit the crusade. And here come we, your guiding star in the search of best wireless sets to satisfy all your needs.

7 Best Cheap Wireless Headphones – 2018

If you are looking for a pair of decent earbuds, and you’re short on budget, look no further. Our highly rated (and super affordable) wireless earbud picks will go easy on your finances – we tested them and assume they will provide you with the necessary level of freedom. Each set is evaluated based on design, simplicity of use, sound quality, controls and battery life. For your convenience in our bluetooth earbud review we ranked the options from best to worst, let’s see how they are stacked up.

Image Name Features and summary
1 SENSO Bluetooth Headphones
  • The set is solidly built;
  • It has simple design;
  • It is comfortable – based on the users’ opinions;
  • good Hi-Fi sound quality
  • it features clear treble and booming bass.
2   Anker SoundBuds Slim+
  • users like its secure and comfortable fit;
  • comes in variety of shapes and sizes for every taste;
  • good for sports as it is  water resistant;
  • lightweight – you won’t even feel the weight;
  • provides solid bass.
3   Smartomi Q5 Wireless Earphones
  • clean highs;
  • battery holds for 4 hours;
  • controlling buttons in each earbud;
  • solid mids;
  • equipped with additional ear tips for better fitting.
4   HT-E1 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds
  • users noted surprisingly clean vocals;
  • the deep bass is satisfactory;
  • one controlling button (power, play/pause and call answering);
  • convenient option: vocal indication about low power.
5   Nomad True Wireless Earbuds by RIF6 W
  • unexpected low-end sound;
  • no extra noise: clear phone calls show perfect sound quality and no echoing;
  • crisp highs;
  • users noted secure fitting in the ear
6   Losei Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds
  • those who tried mentioned detailed, clear sound;
  • comfortable to wear – light construction;
  • more options for your convenience: the multifunction button on each earbud for call answering, recalling, switching power and play/pause;
  • the bundle includes storage case.
7   TWS Q17 Wireless Earbuds
  • responsive low-end sound with decent midrange and highs;
  • no echo appears during phone calls;
  • 4.5 hours of battery life;
  • multifunction control.

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones

They provide you with everything you could and couldn’t expect from a budget model. Earbuds are solid and have very simple design, but nevertheless considered to be one of the best bluetooth earbuds under 50. They are comfortable for almost every ear and not scanty on Hi-Fi sound. If you are bass-addicted – enjoy clear booming and treble bass!


  • Frequency response: 20-22 kHz;
  • Type: Bluetooth Headphones, In-Ear Headphones, Noise-Isolating Headphones
  • Weight:0.01 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:4.9 x 1.3 x 4.7 inches
  • Battery living: 8 hours

Anker SoundBuds Slim+

Secure fit of lightweight SoundBuds is guaranteed by hooked design – they sit above the ear and provide more comfort for you. You can also choose a variety of sizes and shapes.

They are covered with rubber – so if you get all sweaty during a work out session or get caught in the rainy weather, just keep in mind that they are water resistant.

Finally, they provide rather solid bass – amazing for this type of budget models. As for downsides, battery lasts for about 7 hours – if you are running a marathon, you can find yourself without music support somewhere in the middle of it. So if you are searching for good wireless headphones, go ahead and try it, keeping in mind their undoubted advantages: the 18-month warranty and well-organized customer service.

Smartomi Q5 Wireless Earphones

When you take a look at them – the whole impression can be put into the word “uncomfortable”, but do not be deceived. Put them on and feel how nicely they fit your ears. You could get pleasantly surprised hearing clean highs, responsive bass and solid mids – as you didn’t even expect to find them in the budget earphone section. Battery “lives” for 4 hours – the very time for your gym workout. The background noise will not interrupt your phone calls.

Each earbud has a single controlling button to answer or reject calls, to activate the mute mode and power, to skip or pause a song.

The bundle includes additional ear tips and hooks, a charging USB-cable and a soft pouch – for storage.

HT-E1 True Wireless Stereo Earbuds

The stylish triangle shape of HT-E1 provides secure fitting. They deliver clean vocals and deep bass that are more expectable from expensive cordless earbuds. A simple multifunction button allows you to answer phone calls, to switch the power on and off, and to start or pause a song.

If you feel a bit on a budget, take a chance with these earbuds especially if you appreciate the call quality without echo and random background noises. And, of course, if you don’t mind the lack of volume control.

One of the best wireless earphones: Nomad True by RIF6 W

Are you ready to be impressed and hear the crisp highs and pleasant, thick low-end sound?

A bit of echo during calls does not spoil the impression of Nomad True Wireless Earbud – the earbuds that allow a solid Bluetooth connection at over 35 feet.

And “for dessert“ in this short review – wireless earbud won’t pop out of your ear even during extended gym workouts – personally tested.

Losei Bluetooth Wireless Earbuds

The Losei Earbuds delivering clear and accurate sound reproduction considered to be one of the best wireless in-ear headphones of the budget market.

Comfortable fitting and lightweight construction will make them your best friends during streaming your favorite series. They easily keep a solid connection with Apple devices and Smartphones for almost 3 hours before recharging.

The lack of volume control is obvious from the price, the lows run a bit flat and acoustic tracks reveal the shortcomings of the highs – they are really tough to make out. But to tell the truth, the overall sound quality is pretty good. We recommend!

TWS Q17 Wireless Earbuds

TWS Q17 closes our top wireless earbuds 2018 roundup. Considering their price you will not remain indifferent to their low-end sound, noticeable midrange and highs and phone calls without echo. Though some users reported cases of disconnected communication.

We noticed that the multifunction controls can be a little difficult to manage. But non-stop audio streaming can satisfy you for 4-4,5 hours before the batteries die.

The kit includes the earbuds pouch and a split USB charger.

Bottom line

We hope reading the wireless earbud reviews we’ve put together for you will increase your chances to find “your one and only earbud”. We have done all the tricky stuff and the only job left for you is to chose, buy and enjoy the benefits of wireless headphones (especially during the boring office meetings).

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