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#1 SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating

The balance of quality build, comfortable wear, nice design and very balanced high sound quality with the right amount of bass, makes this #1 choice for best cheap earbuds.

At the moment there is no other budget model of earbuds on the market that you could say is superior to the SoundMAGIC E10.

Sure, we all have our preferences in sound tones, bass levels, design, and brands, but the significant majority of reviewers and experts can’t all be wrong.

The thing these earphones really excel at is sound quality.

The perfect balance of clean high pitched, medium and low bass sounds make these one of the best sounding cheap earbuds ever made.

Don’t expect emphasized deep bass, as these really focus on balanced sound.

The bass tones are prominent and clear, but not throbbing as some people like it. (bass-heads)

These IEMs are perfect for listening to all types of music, but especially the genres in which clean, balanced sound comes alive.

#2 Anker Soundbuds Curve

If you’re looking for great headphones but don’t want to spend much, then consider the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They provide outstanding value and have a great performance-to-price ratio. They’re wireless in-ears with a flexible ear-hook design that’s stable enough to wear while jogging. They come with multiple earbud-like tip options to help you find a great fit, and are more comfortable than most in-ear headphones we’ve tested.

These headphones have a good 13-hour battery life and will easily last you all day. They have deep, pronounced bass that will please fans of bass-heavy music along with athletes who like listening to music while training. They even come with a convenient hard carrying case that comes with a clip for you to attach to your backpack or gym bag.

Although these headphones have a stable fit that’s great for athletes, they don’t feel the most durable since they have thin cables and aren’t rated as being waterproof. If you care about sweat resistance, you can get the similar Anker SoundCore Spirit X that are a bit more expensive. However, for their price, the Anker Soundbuds Curve are hard to beat.

#3 Betron Earphones (YSM 1000)

The Betron YSM1000 earphones come out of the package ready to take on your favorite music selections with ease. They delivered a richer experience than most other low-cost earphones, including a punchy bass, noticeable midrange and clean high notes that can be heard across all music selections. I think the draw to these earphones is the quality construction, which includes metal buds and no-tangle cord design. The buds offer a comfortable fit, allowing for long periods of listening to music or podcasts without breaking a sweat. I was disappointed that they lacked an in-line mic or control button, which meant I couldn’t make calls or skip tracks without taking out the earphones. 


The first thing you notice is their interesting cable. It looks like fabric, and it’s detachable, so you can always replace it.

They are lightweight, comfortable and will last a long time because they are well-built from metal.

Also, you get a pair of memory foam ear tips that provide stability (enough even for running) and excellent noise isolation.

The sound is somewhat balanced. The double dynamic drivers produce consistent bass that goes well with slightly emphasized mids and treble. The bass isn’t overpowering, so this makes them great for critical listening. Overall, the audio is much better than you’d expect from 50 bucks. They’re perfect for every music genre.

#5 Symphonized NRG 3.0

In our opinion, these are the #1 choice and the best cheap earbuds under $30 right now.

Made by a company called Symphonized which is relatively unknown, but has gotten a lot of attention with this IEM (in-ear monitor) model.

These are made out of real wood which makes them really stand out in its design.

Wood also has excellent acoustics, since they are used for speakers, why not earbuds? If you want to stand out with this vintage design while saving money, these are your best choice.

Detail-rich and slightly warmer tones will make you fall in love with your music. These earbuds with mic especially excel at mid-range tones.

The wooden structure noticeably adds to the quality of bass and produces a rich and slightly warmer sound.

#6 MEE audio M6B Bluetooth Wireless

If you want a good pair of wireless earbuds for the absolute lowest price, then you should take a look at these.

Behind-the-ear fit and flexible wires provide a comfy and stable fit. You can run, jump or do any other sports activity.

The lightweight design makes them comfortable to wear for hours. And, the addition of sweat-resistance prepares them for heavy workouts.

An in-line remote control and microphone help manage your music and calls. Also, you get up to 7 hours of playback time via Bluetooth. You might expect less considering the price.

#7 House of Marley Smile Jamaica

Do you want cool, sustainable and cheap earbuds that sound good? Then the House of Marley Smile Jamaica are the best choice for you.

Although they are cheap, their design isn’t. Wooden structure makes them look premium and feel lightweight. You can wear them for hours and almost forget you’re wearing earphones.

Also, they provide fantastic noise isolation with in-line remote control and microphone.

#8 Brainwavz Delta Black

The Brainwavz Delta fit very well for most people, and the quality selection of ear tips helps with that.

In the package, you receive 4 sets of silicone ear tips of different sizes and a set of Comply foam S400 tips which is a nice addition to the whole package. You don’t need to buy any other ear tips to get the most out of Delta’s. We recommend using Comply tips for best performance.

Noise isolation is about an average of what you can expect from IEMs, for better isolation get a pair of triple flange premium tips.

#9 Panasonic ErgoFit 

You won’t believe the price of these beauties.

It is the ideal balance of audio quality, built quality and durability for little money.

No wonder they are so popular, as of currently, these earbuds are number #1 sellers on Amazon.

This alone tells a lot about the value you’re getting.

Sound-wise these have quite a good bass. Probably the only strength of these is better than average bass at the price. The mid tones are clean and balanced, while highs aren’t particularly good.

Overall you’re still getting superb sound quality for the price that is somewhat balanced and doesn’t have any significant flaws.

#10 Kz ATE Copper Driver Ear Hook

Their main advantage is their punchy bass that will make you happy. For a low-end price, you’re getting a lot of “thump” per dollar. Foam tips create the best seal as they emphasize lows and remove the noise around you.

You can get a model with an in-line microphone and remote control that work both on iPhones and Androids. It costs a couple of dollars above 10 but pretty close on the money.

The microphone is quite good to use in any calmer environments. These are made entirely out of plastic. But they still have better durability than most budget headphones.

Audiophiles love these headphones. Their sound is unquestionably bass-emphasized. But even though the bass is loud and punchy, other ranges still come out clear and detailed. Because of their big bass signature, they are suitable for heavier music genres, like heavy metal or rap. Listening to more calm music is enjoyable too, because of their overall rich sound.