You don't need to spend a ton to get great sound! Several top brands have worked hard to deliver quality audio at an affordable price point for those on a budget.
While you might not get audiophile-level quality, these entry-level offerings are a massive step-up from the free earphones you get with your mobile phones and will have you appreciating the music you love more than ever!
There are a certain set of features that we've considered while evaluating and putting this guide together.
Most products in this segment come with a plastic build instead of a metal / aluminum one - the latter being more rugged and durable. Aluminum is generally more rugged and durable than other materials when it comes to in-ear headphones. You get the options of both — an in-ear fit and a earbuds fit. While the fabric braided cables offer a better durability, most earphones in this segment are adequately sturdy.
Universal compatibility is pretty standard with products at this price point. A three-button remote and microphone is an added advantage.
These earphones sound tons better than the stock wired earphones that came along with your phone. That being said, you'll certainly find that higher priced wireless in-ears or wired earphones at the same price point will sound better.
The Guru Says
"Tons of clarity and detailing, that's what this one's all about. The aluminium earbuds and 3-year warranty are the added benefit at this price point."
- Varun Soni
The RHA MA390 Universal offers affordability, awe-inspiring build, and a 3 year manufacturer's warranty which is one of the highest at this price point. A major step-up over your in-box hands-free earphones in terms of build and sound alike, the RHA gives you more reasons than one to ditch your buds and settle for the best!
Designed in Scotland, The RHA MA390 is beautifully built with its all-aluminium housing and enclosed design. The 6063-grade aluminum feels much more premium than the price tag suggests.
The GoodPremium build quality
The BadVolume controls are absent
A more-than-worthy follow-up to the respected E10C, an award winner from the respected audio publication What Hi-Fi? for 6 consecutive years: The E11C in-ears continue the fine work of their predecessors and deliver an entertaining, upfront sound, complete with a remote control and mic that offers universal compatibility. The E11C have become earphones we’ll recommend just as happily as we did the E10 years ago.
The GoodSignature SoundMAGIC 'warm and smooth' sound
The BadTreble may seem sharp at times
The Swedish brand's entry-level headphones have a flat cable and anything but flat sound. They are instantly recognizable and stand out due to their cables and matte finish. The design of a typical JAYS product is about simplicity, and the a-JAYS One+ is no exception. That coupled with an in-line remote and microphone that offers a universal compatibility.
The GoodThe Signature JAYS 'warm and smooth' sound
The BadThese tend to sound warm, on a whole and may not be suited for someone seeking a treble-heavy sound response.
These earphones are decently versatile wired in-ear. Audio purists might not like this sound signature, but those seeking thump in their music should love these. EDM & Trance fans should check this out! What's more, they also block enough noise to be suitable for commuting and they will easily fit into your pockets. It is a bound to create a party in your head as it more suited for Party, House, and Electronic music.
The GoodAngular fit for greater isolation
The BadThe bass may seem a little overwhelming to someone who is not a fan of bass
What makes you different is what makes you stand out! The Urbanista San Francisco is an earbud in the world of in-ear earphones. A breezy look and a ergonomic fit make it a great pick. They’ve replicated the success of earbuds but making it a lot more comfortable and with the presence of flat tangle-free cables ensuring one less problem.
The GoodA much more relaxing / in place fitting.
The BadAbsence of volume controls
An earphone pair geared towards the bass lover on a decent budget. It's reasonably priced and offers solid, distortion-free audio performance. The boosted bass won't appeal to purists, but would appeal a lot more to bassheads. An inline remote control and microphone make it universally compatible.
The GoodA deep bass response coupled with decent highs
The BadAverage build quality