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Best Earbuds Under 50

Updated on March 25, 2014

Best Earbuds For $50 and Less

Are you looking for the best earbuds under 50 USD? You want a high fidelity sound earphones but don't want to spend a small fortune buying one. Well, a budget earbuds nowadays can also deliver a decent if not great sound that is almost as satisfying as a high end one.

At this price range, you can get passive noise cancelling earbuds that does its job well in reducing background noise - also enough for you to be aware of busy city surroundings.

Compared to bundled headset of most mp3 and cellphones, this sub-50 USD options are significantly better than stock earbuds. If you are searching for the one that suits you best, it is helpful to read actual feedback from customers who actually experienced using these products thoroughly.

Featured on this page is a collection of passive noise-cancelling earbuds. *Shown in the image is a Panasonic ERGOFIT RP-HJE125 (photo by Rod505)

Klipsch Image S3

If you are looking for alternative for your stock iPod earbuds that is just within reach, then check out the Klipsch Image S3. The consensus among Amazon reviewer is generally positive while some say that it may never compete with high-end, premium priced earbuds out there but the audio quality is "decent".

*Patented ear-tips design made not just for passive noise isolation but for comfort as well particularly for longer listening session

*Durable and less-tangle wires


The Sony Mdr-Ed12Lp is among the best rated earbuds on Amazon because of it's dirt cheap tag, which is around $10 and has a great sound quality to boot . Sony uses a very untraditional but effective design for noise suppression while the sound quality will satisfy bass heads out there with its big full sound.

Skullcandy FMJ Earbuds with In-Line Mic

The Skullcandy brand is known for design that is aimed for outdoor sports enthusiast. Most of the design are edgy and probably appeal to younger consumer but the FMJ Earbuds has a more subtle design. The aesthetics is generally negligible without a good audio output. Based on the review by CNET, the sound is "hit or miss" but it's stronger suit is that it has a better call quality since this doubles as inline-mic for iPhone. You can also head over to Amazon to read user review, which is mostly positive by the way, before you decide if this is the right one for you.

Cafetec Full Metal Jacket (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Cafetec Full Metal Jacket (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Don't give away your smoking jacket just because you own a pair of Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket ear buds. The FMJ features an inline mic with a one-button call control that can take and end calls as well as work with Apple devices to play and pause your music, and track forward and back. Skullcandy's FMJ earbuds come with three separate sizes of silicone eartips (small, medium, and large) to help you get the perfect fit to go with your sound.


Sennheiser CX 300B MK II - Value for Money Earbud Under 50

Sennheiser CX300-B In-Ear Stereo Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Sennheiser CX300-B In-Ear Stereo Headphone (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

The Sennheiser CX300 provides accurate tones for tunes throughout the dynamic frequency range. With a 112dB Sound Pressure Level, you can lock out background noise and revel in the pleasure of listening to your music. And Sennheiser has been and is on the forefront of delivering great sound from audio systems great and small. Elevate your listening to transcendental pleasure with the Sennheiser CX300 earphones...


NuForce NE600X In-ear Headphones

The Crème de la Crème in the Sub- $50 Category?

A budget earbud worth considering. That is according to wired review, where NE600X gets it right with its exceptional audio quality that sets is apart among other headsets in it's price range.

NuForce NE600X Black In-ear Headphones $24.95-29.95

Earbuds Under $10

I have also included some choices in the budget friendly sub-10 category. The Panasonic and Maxell seems to be the stand-outs based on the insanely positive feedbacks from customers. As of this writing, both has reap four and a half rating from hundreds of satisfied Amazon reviewers.

Creative EP-630

One of the "best bang for the buck' you can buy out there is the EP-630. Nothing beats a great sounding earplugs that put less strain on the wallet.

Review Snippets

"...great sound quality" - rating: 9 out of 10 -

"...cost effective..." rating: 4 out of 5 -

Klipsch Image S2 - Comfortable, Passive Noise Cancellation

Klipsch Image S2 Comfort-Fit Noise-Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Klipsch Image S2 Comfort-Fit Noise-Isolating Earphones (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

*Exclusive Oval Ear Tips for longterm comfort and excellent sound-isolation & seal

*Great Bass Response and clarity from micro-speaker and oval eartip seal

*Piano black finish with silver accents

*Three sizes of oval eartips (Small, Medium and Large) to achieve the perfect fit

*"Snap" carrying pouch & ear-tip cleaner included included


Would You Buy a Pair of Earbud/Headset for More than $50?

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What I Use- Panasonic RP-HJE125

How do you follow-up with a runaway hit like the excellent value Panasonic RPHJE120 (that's buzzing with thousands of positive feedbacks on Amazon)? Simple. Make a better iteration that is the RPHJE125.

To be honest, I don't have much expectation when I bought this model because I have purchased more expensive earbuds in the past, but ends up disappointed with tinny sound quality. Another thing that piqued my interest is that its predecessor, the RPH JE120 is among the most well reviewed, low cost earbuds on Amazon. I saw this unit at a local music store on sale at around $8 so I decided to snag it.

I find the pair that comes with my Samsung Galaxy phone quite adequate for day to day listening. Until this thing came along. So I plug my new headset to the phone and watch a Youtube recommended video which is Arcade Fire's `Reflektor` single.

The result, my unsophisticated ear is pleasantly surprised with the spectrum of sound it produce. The bass is deep without being muddy, the vocals is very clear and overall sound is much richer and crisper. Needless to say, this is way better than my stock headset and every cheap earbuds that I own that comes before it.

A quick glance at the specs indicate that it's not just subtle aesthetics upgrade that separates RPHJE125 from it's predecessor. The frequency response range is much wider - from 10Hz -24kHz whereas the RPHJE120 is just 20Hz - 20Khz range. Simply put, they built upon what is already very decent budget earbud and added more "oomph" in terms of audio quality.

The "ERGOFIT" lives up to its monicker because the design actually fits very well and it didn't fall off. It feels comfortable in the ear that I think I can wear it for longer period without causing the usual "earache".

All in all, if you love to listen to podcast, watch youtube videos on your phone and a casual music listener, I think this one will more than satisfy especially if you are looking for alternative to the stock earbuds of your smartphone. This is a safe bet for those looking for a frugal earbud solution that doesn't skimp in audio department.

image by: Rod 505

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