10 Excellent Earphones for Every Budget

Looking for a pair you can afford?

ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) These days, it’s hard to get by without a pair of earphones (or earbuds or headphones or whatever variation you fancy) with you—how else could you listen to music to drown out the crowd in public places or catch up on your favorite shows while stuck in traffic? If you’re on the search for a good pair but you’re not quite sure which one to get—or which one you can actually afford—you’re in luck because we did the work for you and listed down some of our finds!

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Here are 10 earphones and earbuds you can get for every budget:

Sony MDR-E9LP In-Ear Headphones (P499)

On a tight budget? The Sony MDR-E9LP In-Ear Headphones can easily be your go-to earbuds. Its rather old-fashioned design is perfect for those who aren’t fond of the in-ear models popular today. It's equipped with a driver unit (which, in case you didn't know, is what produces the sound) made from a superior magnet, promising decent-sounding bass for its price.

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Available at authorized Sony resellers.

Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro (P899)

Xiaomi has proven time and time again its ability to come up with high-quality products that rival those that are double their price, so don’t be fooled by the Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro's affordability. It has a sleek and minimalist design that’s easy on the eyes, with a matte metallic finish to add a sophisticated touch. The earbuds are angled for a more comfortable fit. With two sets of drivers in each, the pair produces deep and solid bass and full-sounding mids.

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Available at authorized Mi stores.

JBL Tune210 (P999)

Lightweight and comfy, JBL’s TUNE210 in-ear headphones punch some serious bass for a pair that's barely a thousand bucks. It has a metallic-finished housing  and is equipped with a single-button remote with a built-in mic, making it a convenient pair to carry around. If you hate tangled wires but still very much prefer having wired buds, the TUNE210’s flat-cable design promises less tangling.

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Available at JBL stores nationwide and online.

Sennheiser Earbuds CX 3.00 (P3,690)

Succeeding the widely raved-about CX 2.00, the Sennheiser Earbuds CX 3.00 are part of the well-known German company’s line of budget earphones. It offers detailed sound with enhanced bass response and comes in a lightweight and compact in-ear design. It might not have noise-cancelling buds, but it keeps ambient sounds to a minimum by providing four ear-adapter sizes to choose from for the perfect fit. With tangle-free elliptical wires and a convenient case to hold them included in the package, you won’t have to worry too much about keeping them with you at all times.

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Available at authorized Sennheiser resellers nationwide.

Marshall Mode EQ In-Ear Headphones (P4,450)

For a richer listening experience, opt for the Marshall Mode EQ In-Ear Headphones, which comes with two settings: One that delivers warm, bass-heavy sounds and another that puts emphasis on the mids and highs—you can simply switch it to the mode you prefer according to whatever you’re currently listening to, both of which promise to deliver Marshall's signature high-quality sound. The simple but elegant look of its black-and-gold design is a plus!

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Available at authorized Marshall resellers nationwide.

Shure SE215-CL-BT1 Sound Isolating Earphones (P5,990)

Because the Metro is always abuzz with activity, it's almost always noisy wherever you go. If it’s a noise-cancelling option you’re looking for, the Shure SE215-CL-BT1 Sound Isolating Earphones are for you. Despite being among the cheapest from Shure, this over-the-ear pair provides a rich and detailed sound, with full-bodied vocals and deep bass. If you're always on the go, you'd be glad to know that it's also Bluetooth-ready, which lets you enjoy a wireless audio experience, and promises up to eight hours of battery life, too.

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Available at Audiophile stores nationwide.

FiiO F9 Pro (P8,995)

Certified by the Japan Audio Society to be “Hi-Res Audio”-capable, the F9 Pro promises to reproduce sound exactly the way the artists wanted it to sound. Utilizing a dynamic driver that’s lightweight and capable of producing detailed and extended bass, the F9 Pro is a sleek, wireless, in-ear option for music enthusiasts.

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See a list of authorized FiiO stores.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless (P19,990)

Sennheiser’s first pair of truly wireless in-ears are the sleek and functional MOMENTUM True Wireless buds. With a battery life of up to four hours, the pair comes in a case that doubles as a charger (you keep the buds in the case and connect the case to the charging source). These premium earbuds offer superior sound performance and Smart Control technology, which lets you tailor the settings according to your needs.

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Available at authorized Sennheiser resellers nationwide.

BOSE QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones (P20,000)

You can’t control how noisy your environment is, but with BOSE's QuietControl 30 Wireless Headphones, you can control how much of it you can hear. Focusing on work? Block out everything. Crossing a busy street? Let some in to hear passing cars. Offering top-notch sound quality at all ranges, this wireless pair (which can also be connected to a neckband if you prefer it that way) has a battery life of up to 10 hours when fully charged and is a solid choice for anyone who’s willing to splurge.

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See a list of authorized BOSE stores.

Shure SE846-CL Sound Isolating Earphones (P54,900)

If performance is your only concern, then the Shure SE846 presents itself as a superb choice. It doesn’t look very different from Shure’s less expensive offerings, but its main selling point (and it has to be one heck of a selling point for its price) is the state-of-the-art sound quality it offers. With four high-definition drivers giving it a subwoofer-like performance, the Shure SE846 features a frequency response that you can customize according to your preference. You can use them wired, but the detachable cable system also allows you to use them without tangles getting in the way. They also cancel ambient sounds for a fully immersive listening experience.

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Available at Audiophile stores nationwide.

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