Best Earbuds Under $50

Diane Myers

You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to get a good pair of earbuds. In fact, today most manufacturers try to make earbuds with a lot of features that come with a low price. Today, we picked the 5 best earbuds under $50 that you can buy this year. Let’s take a look!

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Things You Should Know Before Buying Earbuds Under $50

Audio Quality

When buying earbuds under the $50 price you have to be very careful to not end up with a sub-par product. However, you should also keep your expectations low when shopping at this range since you won’t likely find audiophile-grade sound quality. But then again it should have an acceptable sound quality, so you will be able to enjoy them properly. It should at least deliver clean sound quality, with a balanced range, with a good amount of bass. It is a bit hard to find something that fits the criteria but it is not impossible, you just got to look and check user feedback. Check the frequency response range of the earbuds in question which optimally should be from 20 Hz to 20,000Hz. Also, check the number of drivers.

Comfort

The sound quality may be at acceptable levels overall, but the comfort levels should be top-notch even in very cheap earbuds. I think it is crucial to have superior comfort levels, especially if you plan to carry them on your head for longer periods, or when you are playing sports. There are different shapes and sizes of earbuds these days, so it is not hard to find something that will deliver you a good performance. I should mention that there are a lot of earbuds with at least two or three extra ear tips with different sizes so you can find the one that is more comfortable for your ears. Then again a lot of people invest in aftermarket ear tips to boost the comfort and noise isolation qualities of the cheapest earbuds.

Wired or Wireless

One of the most popular types of earbuds these days are wireless models. But is it smart investing in such a pair in this price range. Well, I can say that Bluetooth technology has become rather cheap these days so you can get a good pair of wireless or true wireless earbuds in the under $50 price range without compromising sound quality and comfort. But then again it will depend on the manufacturer, so it is useful to check the user reviews about them before pulling the trigger.

Which Are The Best Earbuds Under $50?

5. TOZO T10

 Best Value

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

Let’s get the show rolling with an exceptional pair of truly wireless earbuds that deliver great value for the price that they come at the TOZO T10. These earbuds deliver a great sound performance for their price, feel superb in your ears, and won’t fall off, are super popular and critically acclaimed. I should mention that the TOZO T10 has amassed nearly 40,000 reviews on Amazon averaging 4.5 stars in the rating, just amazing. So let’s take a closer look.

Let’s start by talking about the design and build quality of the TOZO T10’s which is pretty interesting. They are rather small at about 0.9-inch tall and 0.7-inches in width meaning that they are smaller than the most out there. Surprisingly the TOZO T10’s are IPX8 waterproof rated, meaning that you can take these on your daily run without worrying about heavy rain or sweat. This is the best waterproofing certification until now, and they can survive down to a meter of submersion for up to 30 minutes. Superb overall.

The charging case is pretty good as well, not large not small, mediocre. It has a good opening mechanism and the earbuds fit flush smoothly on the crevices for charging. You open it via the button that pops it open and I found it rather durable. However, I didn’t quite like the design of the case it looks a bit cheap, at least compared to the earbuds themselves. But it is normal to see the manufacturer cutting some corners to keep the costs low. The charging case supports Qi Wireless charging protocols which is excellent. It connects to your phone with the Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

It supports a lot of audio codecs including HFP, A2DP, AVRCP, and HDP. It delivers a good stereo sound, and the pairing process is rather smooth overall. The comfort is pretty good overall and it delivers a nice noise isolation feature. The TOZO T10 earbuds have 6mm drivers in each of them delivering good sound quality, the bass was a bit boosted, the mids were pleasant to listen to and the trebles a bit lacking in my opinion. However, it didn’t have the tinny sound that is very annoying. Overall I think that for their price the TOZO T10’s are excellent.

4. JLab Jbuds Air

Best Wireless Option

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Under the $50 range, there are some interesting options, but if you want the best wireless earbuds in this category you should check out the JLab Jbuds Air’s. These earbuds are amazing, delivering a priceless wireless performance, great durability rating, comfort levels, and battery life for ages. On top of that, they don’t sacrifice in the sound quality department. One of the strongest competitors out there.

I should start by saying that in the package of the JLab Jbuds Air you will spot the charging case with the earbuds inside, three pairs of extra ear tips in different sizes, a USB cable for charging, and two pairs of cush fins in case you lose them. There is also a nice and intuitive user manual inside the package telling you everything you need to know. The earbuds themselves have a great construction despite being made out of plastic. I know that they don’t look premium at all and that is not the case in my humble opinion, as they look good.

They are made to deliver a great experience at a low price and they do just that. I should state that they have the IP55 rating which makes them durable against rain, moisture, and dust. The earbuds themselves are a bit large overall but they deliver a good fit, and the gel cushion tips pay off in terms of comfort and security. During testing I found out that they delivered a battery life of about 6 hours with the charging case delivering an extra 18 hours, to result in a superb package. The controls work rather well and you can see the complete guide to them in the user manual

The JLab Jbuds Air in my opinion makes for a very versatile wireless pair of earbuds. They work well in different scenarios but especially in sports, which can be a bit of a problem especially with cheaper earbuds, but not with these. The sound performance is rather well, with a balanced soundscape that is a bit on the warm side. They should be a bit warm rather than tinny which is very annoying. The bass was punchy, mids were solid and clean and the highs had a nice emphasis on them.

3. SoundMAGIC E10

Best Noise-Cancelling

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

Up next in our list for the best earbuds under $50 we have the SoundMAGIC E10, which may be passive but have some amazing features and qualities that will make you fall in love with it. I should state that the noise isolation of these earbuds is marvelous, they also have great construction, superb sound performance, and a lot more in a super affordable package. Worth checking out.

The first and most noticeable thing about the SoundMAGIC E10 is the robust metallic design and construction which is pretty charming as the brand itself markets. Plastic may be pretty good at this size, however, metal has its distinct feeling, but on-ear they don’t make any difference, to be honest. They have a pretty interesting angular design but just slightly that makes these pretty attractive. In the package of these earbuds, you will spot some nice accessories.

Those accessories include the small, medium, and large single flange silicone rubber tips, and medium double-flanged pair. All of them are equally comfortable so you can choose the one that fits your ear best. The double-flanged ones go a bit deeper and feel more secure though, on top fo that it boosts the noise isolation of these earbuds which is its main selling point. This in turn elevates the bass response and you won’t disturb anyone that is around you. In the package, you will also find a drawstring bag for keeping your phone and earbuds safe, and a cable clip to keep them in one space.

I should mention that you can get these earbuds in different colors including Blue, Purple, Gunmetal, Red, and Gold. The cable is also a standard 1.2meter one and it does have a nice finish on it. The overall sound performance of this beast is excellent, with a solid amount of bass and a good boosted high-end range. It works well with different genres, especially pop-rock and dance music. More sensitive genres will sound a bit muddy, such as jazz and funk, but overall I think that it is great.

2. Sennheiser CX 300S

Best Runner-Up

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

The runner up on the list is the Sennheiser CX 300S, and before even testing these earbuds I knew that they deliver amazing quality. Just like any other sound device from Sennheiser, they deliver sound quality, comfort, and no complaints overall. Let’s take a closer look.

Let’s start by saying that the design of the Sennheiser CX 300S’s is pretty unassuming and simple. Then again it is rare to see a pair of Sennheiser earbuds or headset with a flashy design. They also fit very well into the ear and they deliver superb noise isolation which is interesting to see. In the package, you will find three extra pairs of ear tips in different sizes so you can get the best fit.

Let’s talk about the sound of these earbuds which is something to be reckoned with. In the low end, these earbuds deliver a tasty bass, which was a bit punchy with a nice impact to it. It was warm when needed and it delivered power as well, especially in sub-bass focused genres such as hip-hop. Mids are always strong with Sennheiser and these are no different overall. The vocals are a bit forward, and I liked that the low mids were a bit scooped up to give space to the bass. The highs were also amazing with enough brightness and twang to them giving a special sound.

One of the best in the market, especially in its category.

1. KZ ZS10 Pro

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

On top of the list, we have a pair of excellent earbuds coming from an interesting brand called KZ, and their ZS10 Pro. These are an upgraded model of their predecessor which was pretty good, but these take the cake, delivering a more compact package, with a nice practical design, superb soundstage with lots of depth and a nice signature that I didn’t expect to see at this price point, just flawless.

The KZ ZS10 Pro has a pretty interesting design, which is a bit unconventional when you look at it but it is very functional once you try it. They are a bit larger in general and they have a metal faceplate on the outer side which is a bit shiny adding some interesting aesthetical value to them. A lot of critics explained them as practical and effective and I can say the same, they are very well thought out. The nozzles are made out of metal s well and the shell is made out of transparent plastic. The build quality is pretty good and they feel pretty durable.

I should mention that the KZ ZS10 Pro’s are very comfortable overall, and I tested them in different scenarios with different people. I passed a considerable amount of time with these in my ear and I found out that this is due to the way they are shaped. I should note that there is not a lot of sound isolation regardless of the ear tips. The cable is pretty interesting, very unique to the company rocking a braided design that is very useful with its four cores.

The KZ ZS10 Pro utilizes a hybrid driver setup for its sound performance. The KZ ZS10 Pro uses a dynamic driver and four balanced armatures per each channel. I should note that the impedance is rather low at 24 Ohms and the sensitivity is great at 111 decibels. The frequency response range of these earbuds spans from 7 to 40,000 Hz. They are also very well balanced to deliver a great soundstage that is very deep. I also fell in love with the imaging aspect and solid instrument separation. Unquestionably flawless.

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