Here's Proof That Cheap Earphones Under $50 Don't Have to Sacrifice Sound Quality

These affordable earphones will surprise you!

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Are you looking for a pair of quality earbuds on a tight budget? These highly rated (and super affordable) wired and wireless in-ear picks deliver quality tunes and go easy on your wallet. We found the best cheap earbuds under $50 that don't sacrifice sound quality.

1 RHA MA390 Earbuds

The MA390 earbuds by the UK-based RHA Audio feature minimalist design, a superbly crafted metal body with impressive attention to detail, and a tangle-free cable. RHA backs its creation with an industry-leading 3-year warranty.

The sound signature is well-balanced and suited for all types of music. Despite being easy on your budget, the MA390 headset comes bundled with a carrying case and a big selection of ear tips.

More: Cheap Yet Quality Headphones Under $100

2 Soundcore Spirit Pro Wireless Earbuds

The metal-clad Soundcore Spirit Pro wireless earbuds by Anker are our favorite budget-friendly wireless pick. They have sleek looks, a sweat-proof build, entertaining sound with a dedicated setting for enhanced bass, and up to 10 hours of battery life. 

The earbuds are sweat-proof and comfortable to wear, and there are plenty of ear tips in the package to help you find the best fit. Thanks to built-in magnets, they'll seamlessly snap together when not in use.

3 Xiaomi MI Earbuds

The MI earbus by the tech giant Xiaomi have a sleek design and metal finish, which aren't typical for a product in this price point. The same goes for their dual-driver audio setup and nicely tuned audio signature, which is a contender for the best in sub-$30 in-ear headsets.

Other key features of the MI Piston earbuds include a three-button remote control and tangle-free cable. The headset comes with several ear tips and a soft carrying case.

4 Panasonic RP-HJE120 ErgoFit Earbuds

The Panasonic ErgoFit earbuds are some of the best options priced below $10. They offer characterful looks, comfortable fit, and adequate sound quality for their price tag.

Panasonic offers the headset in a multitude of eye-catching colors. They include black, white, red, orange, green, blue, purple, and pink. You can choose between a version with or without a built-in microphone. The former will cost you a few dollars extra, though.

5 Sony WI-C400​ Wireless Neckband Earbuds​

Sony's WI-C400 wireless neckband earbuds have an affordable price, clever cable management setup, and amazing battery life (up to 20 hours between charges). You can order the lightweight headset in three characterful colors — black, white, and blue.

The earbuds have a sound that's entertaining and slightly bass-heavy. We like the earbuds' intuitively-placed audio controls, as well as their comfy neckband that vibrates when you get a call.

6 MEE audio M6 PRO Earbuds
MEE audio

The MEE audio M6 PRO earbuds are designed as in-ear monitors, offering a snug fit and detachable cables. The headset's 10-millimeter audio drivers deliver one of the best sound signatures in this price range.

The M6 PRO's impressive retail package includes two detachable cables (one with a smartphone remote), six pairs of ear tips, a quarter-inch adapter, and a carrying case. You can order the earbuds with a semi-transparent black case or clear housing. 

7 House of Marley Smile Jamaica Earbuds
House of Marley

The Smile Jamaica earphones by House of Marley feature eco-friendly materials that include responsibly sourced wood and recycled aluminum. The use of wood in their construction results in a pleasantly warm sound signature that perfectly fits the brand's image.

A one-button remote control and microphone allow users to snap out of the good vibes and make phone calls. The earbuds are available in several color options.

8 Sony MDR-XB50AP Extra Bass Earbuds

These Sony earphones deliver big bass on the cheap, thanks to their large 12-millimeter audio drivers. The headset's powerful lows make it a great option for gaming and watching movies on the go. 

The headset has a smartphone-friendly, single-button remote control and comfy silicone earbuds. It's available in three colors: red, blue, and black.

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9 Sennheiser CX 3.00 Earbuds

The Sennheiser CX 3.00 earbuds deliver sleek design and a fantastic 2-year warranty at a really attractive price point. Their audio quality is also stellar, though the earbuds lack a smartphone remote control.

There are three cool color options to pick from — black, white, and red. The earbuds come bundled with a carrying case.

10 Soundcore Spirit X Wireless Sports Earbuds

Priced below $40, the Soundcore Spirit X by Anker are the best affordable wireless earbuds for exercising. They have all the fitness essentials you need, including a comfy and secure fit, a water-resistant construction, and bass-heavy sound to keep you motivated.

Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, the Soundcore Spirit X earbuds can last up to 12 hours between charges — a great feat for a product in this price point. Anker backs the headset with an excellent 18-month warranty.