Sep 24, 20162075 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.