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The Best Earbuds Under $50

No, the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t dead. There's plenty of "affordable" (not "cheap") wired earbuds that sound way better than their price tag.

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Hunter D. Kelley

The traditional headphone jack is far from dead. Even with the growing number of wireless earbuds and headphone, as well as smartphones that have omitted the traditional headphone jack, there’s are still plenty of reasons to buy cheap affordable wired earbuds. There will always be a simplistic beauty in a plug-in-play pair of headphones. No need to worry about charging it. No need making sure it’s the right Bluetooth device connected to your iPhone. It just works.

There's also a negative stigma around cheap wired earbuds that they also sound cheap. And the reality is that the vast majority of them do — but not all. If you care about audio quality, you should do more than just grab the first pair you see in the airport’s electronics store or continue to use the ones given to you by a flight attendant. Grab one of the below options beforehand (and get a portable DAC if you're really commited) and you'll have a much better experience.
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HiFiMan RE-400
Sony MDRXB55AP Extra Bass
Now 44% off
Symphonized NRG
Apple EarPods (3.5mm)
Panasonic RP-TCM125 ErgoFit
Shure SE112GR
Sennheiser CX 300S
The Best Wireless Earbuds Under $100
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Don't want the wires? No problem. Wireless earbuds have been around for a number of years and exploded in popularity. Now you don't even have to spend more than $100 to get a solid pair.


The Best Headphone Amplifiers Under $200

Get the most out of your wired headphones with a solid desktop amp. It connects to your desktop computer or laptop (or a portable DAC) and effectively helps your audio sound more like hi-fi. Treat your ears.


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