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The 5 Best Earbuds Under $50

Earbuds are undeniably the most convenient way to listen on the go. Unfortunately, their on-the-go lifestyle gives them a particularly short lifespan. As an item that's so frequently lost or broken, it doesn't make sense to invest a fortune into a pair. Instead of blindly buying whatever's in the checkout line at the pharmacy, here are five pairs that deliver superior sound in a wallet-friendly package. 

Before we get into the five, it's worth mentioning that each and every one of these came with extra silicone ear pads in varying sizes. The most common complaint with earbuds tends to be discomfort for long periods of wear, and ensuring a better fit with slightly more customizable sizes nips that issue in the bud right off the bat. 

JVC HAFX1X Headphone

Price:$38.36
This offering from JVC uses neodymium driver units to serve up robust bass. The rubber ear-pieces are oriented on an ergonomically minded angle, which means a looser fit in your ear canal that still won't slip out. Bonus points for these guys coming with a hard-shell carrying case. Gotta protect your investment.

Sport-Fi® M6P Memory Wire In-Ear Headphones

Price: $39.99
These feel like a solid option that can stand up to an active lifestyle. The memory wire curves around the back of your ear for the tightest fit of the bunch, plus they're sweat and water resistant, making them a great gym companion. They're heavy on the bass, which booms even clearer while the noise-isolating capability drowns out background noise.

Symphonized NRG Genuine Wood Noise-isolating Headphones

Price:$25
The natural acoustic properties of wood are utilized in the interior of concert halls around the world, so why not channel that power into your headphones? NRG's wooden earbuds support silicone pads that offer incredible volume and clarity in a tiny package. Throw in a nylon cable and built-in mic, and these guys become iPhone friendly as well.

Go Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Price: $49.99
One of the only wireless options you can find at this price point, the JLabs take a little finagling to sit properly in your ear, but they feel secure once settled, and the adjustable cable holds its shape to ensure a tight fit. The volume wheel doubles as a Bluetooth pairing button and setup takes about thirty seconds. When they're up and running, the JLabs deliver clean, crisp sound while cutting down the clutter of wires at your desk.

M9 Classic Hi-Fi Noise-Isolating In-Ear Headphones

Price$14.99
For the cheapest of the lot, the M9s boast substantial clarity in an extremely lightweight package. These were the easiest to forget you're wearing, and the tangle-resistant cable and attached clip make them user friendly for longer periods of wear.


Ali Drucker is a staff writer for Supercompressor. She now has a pair of earbuds in every bag she owns. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.