Sep 24, 20162397 views

Recommended earbuds under fifty dollars

I need a new pair of earbuds for work and don't want to pay over $50.00. They need to be a comfortable secure fit since my job entails a lot of moving about, and I absolutely don't want bass heavy buds or IEMs. Ive been using Vjay over ears happily over winter but with summer approaching (in Australia anyway) I need something cooler. Soundmagic E10s seem well regarded but is there anything else to shortlist?


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Tin Audio T2 Dual dynamic drivers, removable cables, neutral sounding, well reviewed, recent Massdrop...
Denon AH-C260.
They beat the daylights out of the Monks (which I personally hate for a plethora of reasons).
Accurate mids, tight bass, $20 on amazon.
A nod for the Fiio EX1s, which I think are better than most mentioned so far, and I've heard many of them. I have the first gen version, but I understand the second gen is far better and intend to pick up a pair next.
You should splurge for the Shure SE 215's IMO.
My ears are on the smaller size and sony headphones work great for me. I am not to big on how the quality is. I used a couple of different Sony headphones in the past and the work for a long time. I also won’t say I am the best at not trying to break them very easily. The Sony headphones work amazing for my uses. i am sorry I don’t know the name of them.
Spend$10 more and get the massdrop x nuforce EDCs they're well worth it
Thanks to all for your comments, I've been happily using the Monks, and still can't believe how good they are for the money. Have been trying out a friends Samsung s8 phone and the "tuned by AKG" earbuds that came with it. The phone is stellar, but I just can't work out what the fuss about the bundled earbuds is. Used the Monks on the phone and the difference was phenominal, just so much better. Are there any classic style earbuds better than the Monks? Pity there seem to be hardly any options in a classic style, my ears really don't get on with canal types at all.
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Sorry I don't share the sentiment; uncomfortable, mediocre sound for $5 just means you wasted $5 or need to get $15 more dollars...
I own three different sets of IEMs that I would 100% take over my Monk Plus espresso edition (currently $25 on amazon), and they were all less than 25 dollars (some considerably so).
Denon AH-C260 Anker Sound curve Bluetooth LG Quad Beat 2
In my opinion they all sound better than the Monks, and I can wear them for hours longer than the monks without feeling like my outer ears have been pillaged by marauding vikings.
Its okay if we dont agree if Monk+ is worth 5 dollars or not, our ears are different.
But 5 dollars is 5 dollars. I am okay with it.
What I cant bear is VE Clan selling half baked product and not standing behind their product.
Rock Zircons from AliExpress are awesome. Open, airy, and nicely built.
I have a couple of Lker i8s : neutral, detailed treb/mids, tight bass, great vocals, great on instruments, delivers 'atmosphere' when required by song ...imo. Also easy to drive, very very comfy, metal casing, looks good too.
I bought a set for 'safe keeping', nuf said. Iems.
I personally find the Ostry KC06 & KC06a to be the most comfortable for me. They are also not bass heavy at all. They are the only ones i have ever had to stay in my ears at all times.
I have 3 Monk+, the MD reds, Espresso and spc cable clears. Just recently got the Sennheiser MX365 and I'm liking it better with the Monk sponges. The bass really comes though lower than the Monks.
Kz zs5 are pretty good
Check out Treblab
Like many before me have mentioned, get the VE Monk+. You will NOT regret it. Best bang for buck non-in-ear earphones you'll find! The official store can be found here:
I recommend the 1More 1M301 and Philips Fidelio S2, which can be gotten at USD$24 and $30where I stay respectively. I have heard both the Soundmagic E10C and E50S- they don't quite measure up in terms of performance.
buy a few monk+
I approve this suggestion. So cheap, and so fucking good!
TTpods T1. Light and perfection.
TTpods T1 . The best ever heard
I really love my Koss Plug earphones. They sound great, are very sensitive, block out a lot of noise, have a limited lifetime warranty, and come from a company with excellent customer support.

When traveling, I can be a klutz and catch the wires on things, so for more cord-unfriendly environments, or if I need to be on the phone, I use the similar keb15i

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TIP: SIgn up at the website for their newsletter. The frequently send out discount codes for from 10 to 30% off your purchase.
Got these on Amazon for $9.99 US and use them for exercise; they sound great and stay sealed.
1byone Noise Isolating Wired In-ear Sports Earphones with Flexible Memory Wire
I found the Marshall Mode (non-EQ version) to be quite to my liking, for an under $50 IEM. Not a basshead earphone but still has plenty of low-end response, including impressive sub-bass extension. Add to that a great, coherent mid-range and a balanced, detailed (but not too gritty) treble all put together with a tangle-resistant cable and otherwise thoughtful design. It's just a well-conceived product. And, knock on wood, after almost a year's use the build of the IEMs hasn't failed me yet.
I got some Marshalls the one that had the switch and they cut my ears from the ergonomics. Wouldn't take them back and eventually they broke because they would​ keep falling out due to how I had to wear them for them to be even slightly less painful
Sorry you had such a bad experience. Turns out my pair of Marshalls died just after I posted this. LOL. I sorta prefer the Mode's (non-EQ) tuning to my LZ A4s but the Batman filter config gets me close enough.
i've been using the Mpow Magneto. they are really awesome, has a secure fit, loud and balanced. they are bluetooth headphone. they hang around your neck and uses magnets, and when you connect the magnets the music will pause. they look cool and have drawn allot of attention. they have an 8 hour play time and a 10m range. it's like 25 bucks on amazon. i've been using them for a year daily and they have never failed. they came with interchangeable ear tips and a micro usb charging cable. i hope this post is helpful.
The Monk + arrived a few days ago, and yes they are stunning for the price. Very impressed, hard to believe they can make them that good for the money Thanks for suggesting them.
Thanks all, the Monk plus buds have been ordered. Should suffice very nicely for work while it's too hot to use my regular over ears
VE Monk Plus'. Five bucks, I use them for both on the go and occasionally at home. They sound absolutely fantastic, they have the biggest sound stage and probably best imaging I've heard in IEMs. Take it with a grain of salt, I'm just an audio enthusiast
VSonic VC02's are the only thing under $50 I would recommend. Unfortunately they've been discontinued. Highly detailed, neutral phones praised by ljokerl of
Here's a poll I started for their revival though:
Thanks, I should have paid more attention to Mass drop over the last two months but with it being winter down here I was enjoying having warm pads over my ears. Should have remembered that summer heat was approaching and I'd need cooler headphones.
I also recommend the VE Monk's. If you want a very inexpensive headphone that is easily replaced if lost/broken, that really is the best choice. I also just received the Zero Audio Carbo Tenore's and I really enjoy them. You can find them for ~$40 on eBay. Too bad you missed out on the HiFi -man RE-00's, those were great too. I would try to pick those up if you can find them.
Thanks to everyone for their help, but I've since found my long missing Sennheiser CX 300s, some several years old, and worn them to work last week. That reminded me why I gave up on them in the first place, my ears have been a itchy mess ever since. Seems I have ear canals that are easily irritated and IEMs don't work for me. Plastic earbuds of the cheap giveaway type seem ok since they just fit in the outer ear only and I might have to try the Monks. Maybe not ideal but this is only for work, not critical listening, so anything is better than nothing.