The Best Wired Earphones You Can Buy Right Now (Yes, They're Cool Again)

In case wireless earbuds just aren't your thing.

(SPOT.ph) "Gen Z is rejecting modernity and embracing tradition by attempting to bring back wired headphones," reads an InsideHook article from October 2021. And yes, it’s true—a quick scroll through TikTok will show you that the kids love the so-called “vintage accessory” that is a pair of wired earphones. And they especially enjoy talking right into the microphone built into the wire when filming online videos. After all that talk about the convenience of their wireless counterparts, wired earphones remain a fan-favorite both for their price (most basic models are much more affordable that Bluetooth earbuds) and their practicality (you don’t need to charge them). So you can finally admit that you’ve preferred wired earphones all along, technological advances be damned. And we’re totally here for it—with how quickly technology evolves, we’re often made to believe that older models are obsolete after just a year or two, but if you’ve still got a working pair of wired earphones and you don’t have any problem using them, then we say, keep doing you. And in case you’re looking for a new pair, we’ve got you covered.

These are the best wired earphones you can buy in the Philippines right now:

Marshall Mode EQ Wired Earphones (P4,450)

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Marshall is known for their powerful, bass-heavy sound, so the brand is most often associated with larger audio devices like amplifiers and over-ear headphones. However, you need not splurge on a bulky device to get that same sound quality—their Mode EQ wired earphones offer the same excellent audio, but in a small package you can put it in your pocket. And yup, they sport that signature black-and-gold design. Plus, the wires are tangle-resistant, so you won’t have to struggle too much with undoing those pesky knots.

Available on Digital Walker’s website.

Sony IER-H500A 2 In-ear Headphones (P3,999)

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These Sony earphones make use of 9-millimeter high-sensitivity drivers to produce bright, true-to-production sound. They sport an in-ear design that promises immersive listening, but is comfortable enough to wear all day long. You can get the pair in a variety of stylish colors to match your aesthetic including green, blue, peach, silver, and gold.

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Available online; see a list of Sony retailers.

Apple EarPods (P1,190)

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Even as the AirPods (and their many iterations) have risen in popularity, Apple’s classic EarPods remain a popular pick, especially if you like their signature all-white look and earbud shape—one of the most comfortable options out there and ideal for those who don’t like in-ear models. You get solid sound and a famously reliable mic—in fact, you’ll get much more out of the EarPods’ microphone than you would out of earlier AirPods models’. And worry not iPhone users: Whether you get the pair with the headphone jack or with the lightning connector, the EarPods will cost the exact same. Go for the former if you only plan on using this with just your phone or choose the latter if you’d prefer a more versatile design that would be compatible with non-Apple devices.

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Available online.

Beats urBeats3 Earphones (P3,390)

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Released in 2017, these Beats earphones are a great option for fans of the brand looking for a more affordable alternative to their headphones and wireless earbuds. There’s a version with a regular headphone jack, but you can also get the device with a lightning connector on the other end of the wire—while this optional feature is limited iPhone users, it makes the earphones a good choice for those who neither want to buy Apple’s native EarPods nor spend the extra money on a lightning-to-aux adapter. Look closely and you’ll see the wires have a flat build (in place of a tubular shape) that promises to prevent tangles.

Available online and at Power Mac Center stores and Abenson.

JBL Live 100 (P2,199)

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If you tend to be a little careless with your wired earphones (no judgment; we’re guilty, too), this JBL model may be ideal for you. It’s housed in durable aluminum, which not only looks good, but also makes for a sturdy pair of earphones. The device even comes with a carrying pouch for easy transfer and storage. Sound-wise, it promises dynamic, full-bandwidth audio thanks to an 8-millimeter driver. Plus, you can change up the music and even answer calls on the go thanks to the remote control on the mic.

See a list of JBL retailers.

Sennheiser CX 80S (P1,490)

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Released in early 2020, these Sennheiser earphones are one of the newest models on this list—further proof that wired audio devices are still very much relevant in this decade. The device promises balanced, intelligible sound with well-defined highs and mids that don’t clash. Headphone Check has noted that you also get excellent spatial presentation, allowing for music that has clear definition and an immersive feel.

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Available on Lazada.

Shure SE215 Wired Earphones (P5,990)

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Though these earphones from Shure are a little bit on the pricier end as far as wired audio goes, the brand is known to deliver some of the best models on the market today. So if you’re looking to splurge on great sound, check these out. They’re made with sound-isolating technology that blocks up to 47 dB of outside noise so you can concentrate on the music with no distractions.

Available on Shopee.

Logitech G333 Gaming Earphones (P2,395)

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The stereotypical image of a gamer is usually someone surrounded by huge devices—a sizable PC, a wide light-up keyboard, and of course, large over-ear headphones. But with these Logitech earphones, made specifically for gaming, you can keep your setup a little less bulky. Don’t worry, you’ll still get that same dynamic sound quality and clear input—the device promises both high-fidelity audio and a reliable mic—so you can enjoy the effects, graphics, and trash-talking as per usual. Plus, these earphones will be much lighter on your head than a pair of headphones—perfect for hours-long gameplay. And when you’re not using them for gaming, you can pack them in your bag for listening to music on the go.

Available at DataBlitz.

Philips BASS+ In-Ear Headphones With Mic (P1,299)

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Don’t be fooled by their compact design—these Philips earphones pack a punch. They boast heart-thumping, bass-boosting sound quality that’s perfect for your daily soundtripping sessions. You also get passive noise-isolation technology, so you can tune out the rest of the world.

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Available at Rustan’s.

Oppo Original Authentic MH 320 Headset Wired Earphones (P600)

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If your budget is under P1,000, Oppo’s wired earphones are a decent pick that promise crystal-clear sound quality with no bells and whistles. They’re made to fit comfortably on just the surface of your ear—ideal for those who aren’t fond of in-ear models—and have a handy mic as well as a one-button remote on the wire.

Available on Lazada.

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