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We spend hundreds (even thousands) on a new pair of Best earphones or headphones, and in some cases that’s entirely justifiable. But you can still get satisfyingly great results from budget headphones. And sometimes, for quick commutes or for slinging into a bag or even as an ever-reliable back-up option, such pairs are just the ticket.

From in-ear to over-ear, wired to wireless headphones, the budget earphones we have below get our performance-per-pound alarms ringing. 

From the design and comfort to the audio quality and overall value, we evaluate several factors when reviewing headphones. And the best headphones on this page impressed us the most during our testing. The tricky part is finding the best headphones for your needs.

The good news is our roundup includes our top headphones picks in multiple categories, so you’re sure to find something here that appeals to you. We’ve reviewed hundreds of models and also put many of them head to head to narrow down our list of the best headphones.

Tip to buy better:- If you want to get a headphone or earphone for gaming (such as pubg and free fire) then you will get better if you do not take the headphone without mic.



    1. SoundMagic E11C (earphone)

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    Sound magic E11C earphone


    A great pair of affordable in-ear headphones, complete with remote and mic.

    Specifications
    Type: In-ear | Cable: 1.2m | Controls: In-line remote and mic | Compatible: Android/iOS | Connector: 3.5mm

    Reasons to Buy
    • Entertaining sound
    • Remote and mic
    • Easy to drive

    The SoundMagic E11C headphones are the latest addition to a range that represents one of the more surprising success stories of recent years. The E10 set the marker for sub-£50 excellence for a number of years, and following an E10C in-line mic and remote control upgrade, the E11C equivalent is new for 2018. And we’re happy to report, they’re still pretty magic.
    While not quite as special as the pricier Beyerdynamics that top this list, they’re a steal at this price.

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    2. AKG Y50 (headphone)

    You’ll struggle to find a better pair of on-ears for anything like this money. Staggeringly good..

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    AKG Y50 headphone

    Specifications
    Type: On-ear | Driver: 40mm | Finishes: 4 | Connector: 3.5mm | Controls: In-line remote and mic

    Reasons to Buy
    • Rhythmic, clear and detailed
    • Dynamic and punchy
    • Portable

    Reasons to Avoid
    • Sources might need to be turned up
    • Ears get warm after a while

    The fact that the AKG Y50s have been Award winners for five years on the trot tells you everything you need to know. They excel in sound and style, and can now be picked up for under £50.
    These are exceptionally well made headphones. Their aluminium ear cups – which house 40mm drivers – have a smooth, glossy feel and feature fine cosmetic detail. And they’re easy to fold up when not in use.
    The Y50s don’t fall into the self-destructive trap of style over substance, sounding as cheery as they look with upbeat tunes and delivering scale and power when required. They can be a little on the quiet side, but otherwise we love everything about these stylish cans.

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    3. Klipsch T5 M Wired

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    Klipsch T5 M Wired earphone

    An affordable and talented pair of earbuds.

    Specifications
    Connector: 3.5mm | In-line remote and mic: Yes | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: No

    Reasons to Buy
    • Impressive, comfortable fit
    • Detailed, dynamic sound
    • Even tonal balance

    Reasons to Avoid
    • Can generate cable noise
    • No volume control

    Hammering 2020’s Product of the Year into second place are these simple but stupendous buds, fresh from their success at the 2020 What Hi-Fi? Awards.
    Klipsch’s oval silicone tips are some of the most comfortable out there. Underneath them, the Klipsch’s 5mm dynamic drivers kick out powerful and punchy bass with exquisite precision. They give a good sense of space no matter whether you’re using them for streaming Spotify or watching Netflix and their dynamically quality reveals a host of sonic subtleties.
    Anyone looking to upgrade their in-ear headphones need to give these great musical performers a try.

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    4. Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd

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    Beyerdynamic soul Byrd earbuds

    Chirpy-sounding and relatively cheap, these budget earphones are real high-flyers.

    Specifications
    Type: In-ear | Cable: 1.2m | Controls: In-line remote and mic | Compatible: Android/iOS | Connector: 3.5mm

    Reasons to Buy
    • Nicely balanced sound
    • Clear, detailed delivery
    • Impressive rhythmically

    The Beyerdynamic Soul Byrds (no, that’s not a slip of the keyboard) are a talented pair of sub-£100 in-ear headphones. If you want an affordable upgrade for a pair of ageing Apple EarPods, these headphones deserve to be on your hitlist. They’re so good, we’ll even forgive the spelling.
    This is a superb pair of in-ear headphones – such an easy listen, but interesting and captivating too. It’s a brilliant feat for a pair of in-ears at this price.

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    5. AKG K72 (In ear headphone)

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    AKG K72 Headphone
    Your £40 gets you a big, bold sound that’s smooth and nicely balanced, and doesn’t sacrifice bass. Which is £40 well spent.

    Specifications
    Type: Closed-back | Headband: Self-adjusting | Cable: 3m

    Reasons to Buy
    • Excellent value
    • Very comfortable

    OK, we admit you are unlikely to wear these when you’re out and about. They are quite large. But if you need a decent pair of over-ear headphones for home listening at a bargain price, look no further.
    The AKG K72s are large circumaural headphones with pads large enough to engulf all but the most gigantic of ears. They help to make comfort among the best you’ll find at the price.
    As for sound quality, it’s expansive, with width and scale just not heard in the kind of headphones found on the high street at £40. There’s enough bass to make them a fun listen and they’re an altogether more grown-up and detailed pair of headphones than most similarly-priced rivals. A great buy.

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    6. Cambridge Audio Melomania 1

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    Cambridge Audio melomania 1 wireless earbuds

    These truly wireless buds deliver one of the most detailed sound performances we’ve heard at this price point.

    Specifications
    Connector: N/A | Cable length: N/A | In-line remote and mic: N/A | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: No | Battery life: 9 hours (45 hours with charging case)

    Reasons to Buy
    • Detailed and insightful sound
    • Reliable Bluetooth
    • Long battery life

    Reasons to Avoid
    • Some may find the fit difficult
    • Not the most stylish design

    With the Melomania 1s, Cambridge Audio has made good on its promise to save us from bad sound experiences. These budget-conscious in-ears offer a cohesive, expansive and rhythmically driven sound, but also an intuitive, playful soundstage that few wireless earbuds can achieve at the price.
    With nine hours battery life from the buds themselves, plus four additional charges from the case, that means an impressive 45 hours of continuous use from this little set-up, too.

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    7. Sony WF-1000X (Earbuds)

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    Sony WF-1000X earbuds

    A pair of five-star, truly wirin-ears we can really get behind.

    Specifications
    Connector: N/A | Cable length: N/A | In-line remote and mic: N/A | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: Yes | Battery life: 3 hours (9 hours with charging case)

    Reasons to Buy
    • Excellent with timing and dynamics
    • Truly wireless
    • Decent noise-cancelling
    • Reasons to Avoid
    • Occasional wireless dropout

    These Sonys offer the added benefit of noise-cancellation, and are also one of the best-sounding pairs of true wireless buds we’ve tested. Now that their successors, the Sony WF-1000XM3s, have arrived, these old-timers are now welcomley discounted too.
    You get truly great sound quality, with punchy drums and fantastic detail, both Google Assistant and Apple Siri voice assistants, and nine hours of battery. Aside from occasional dropouts, they come highly recommended.

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    8. JBL Reflect Flow

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    JBL Reflect Flow headphone

    If you’re after sports in-ears, these are some of the best around.

    Specifications
    Connector: N/A | Cable length: N/A | In-line remote and mic: N/A | OS support: Android/iOS | Bluetooth: Yes | Noise-cancelling: No | Battery life: 10 hours (30 hours with charging case)

    Reasons to Buy
    • Good detail
    • Strong bass depth
    • Long battery life
    • Reasons to Avoid
    • Can be beaten for dynamics
    • Carrying case is a bit big

    JBL is a heavy hitter when it comes to true wireless sports earphones – and with the Under Armour Flash as its predecessor, the JBL Reflect Flow is a hotly anticipated entrant to the flourishing, albeit rather niche, true-wireless-for-sports market.
    In their niche category, though, the JBL Reflect Flow headphones are very good indeed, especially if you want a bass-heavy sound for the gym without resorting to cans – and the 10-hour battery (or 30 with the case) will outlast a seriously long run.

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    9. JVC HA-ETR40

    JVC HA-ETR40
    JVC HA-ETR40 with mic

    An affordable sports in-ear that nails both comfort and sound – a fine proposition for any fitness guru.

    Specifications
    Cable length: 60-120cm | Features: Ambient ear plugs | Waterproof: IPX7 washable

    Reasons to Buy
    • Balanced, detailed sound
    • Fast and punchy
    • Secure, comfortable fit

    Reasons to Avoid
    • Rivals have more subtlety
    • No volume controls on mic
    • No case
    Are you the sporty type, looking for a durable pair of in-ears that will survive the rough and tumble of a gym workout or outdoor run? Then these are for you.
    No matter the price, sport headphones need to do two things: fit securely and comfortably, and sound decent. These JVCs get it in one. Despite being eminently affordable, they are the flagship model in the company’s new in-ear sport range, and fully committed to the fitness cause. They aren’t just water-resistant, but washable to IPX7 standards, so you can give them a thorough clean under the tap after use. Handy.
    Cheap headphones often suffer from thinness and brightness. Not here. The JVCs have decent weight and are beautifully balanced. OK, they don’t have the full dose of insight or subtlety of pricier pairs, but their presentation is one you could happily listen to for hours on end without any discomfort.

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    10. Lindy BNX-60 (headphone)

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    Lindy BNX-60 Headphone

    Bluetooth, noise-cancelling, very acceptable sonic performance, and all for under £80. Not too shabby.

    Specifications
    Connectivity: Bluetooth | Noise-cancelling: Yes | Battery life: 15hr | Adapter: 6.3mm | Charging: USB

    Reasons to Buy
    • Great value
    • Detailed, solid sound
    • Noise-cancelling and wireless functionality

    Reasons to Avoid
    • Treble a little muffled in standard mode
    Kill two birds with one stone in fine style with these affordable, feature-packed headphones: they’re wireless and noise-cancelling, all for less than £100.
    Fit is comfortable and snug, and connecting to a phone or tablet over Bluetooth is simple; press and hold the power button to make the headphones visible and then select the headphones on your device.
    Noise-cancelling can be turned on or off, and with it on these do a solid job of blocking out external noise. At this price we’d often expect bright treble or booming bass, but instead the Lindy BNX-60 headphones deliver a balanced sound that’s easy to listen to. The Lindy BNX-60s aren’t for the discerning audiophile, but as a great value pair of noise-cancelling headphones with the added bonus of wireless Bluetooth, we can’t quibble with what’s on offer here.

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    11. Shure SE215

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    Shure SE215

    Like bass? You’ll like these earphones

    Specifications
    Type: In-ear | Features: Soft flex sleeves, foam sleeves | Cable: 3.5mm detachable cable

    Reasons to Buy
    • Pro build and features
    • Rich, weighty sound
    • Good mid/bass detail

    Reasons to Avoid
    • Slight lack of excitement

    Shure normally concerns itself with higher-end earphones and some of that premium technology has trickled down to these under ₹500 earphones. There’s a reinforced Kevlar cable, a vast array of bundled buds and the standard carry case. Sonically, these sound warm and detailed. There’s a weight and richness to bass we didn’t particularly expect from Shure, with vocals given a rich, full-bodied flavour. You sacrifice some detail and excitement but if it’s a smooth, bassy delivery you’re after, look no further.

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    12. JBL E55BT (headphone)

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    JBL E55BT headphone

    Not everyone wants to spend $300 on a premium Bluetooth headphone, which is where products like JBL’s E55BT come in. An over-ear headphone and top-end model in JBL’s “value” E-Series line of wireless headphones, the E55BT is the successor to the E50BT and retails for $150 (internationally it costs £100 in the UK and AU$230). It comes in multiple color options.

    Reasons to Buy
    • Light weight
    • seamless multi device connectivity 
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