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TOP 15 best budget headphones according to customer reviews


I have prepared a ranking of the best budget headphones in 2022. I’ll make a reservation right away, we are not talking exclusively about equipment released in 2022. The selection criteria were the “price-quality” ratio and the compliance of the headphones with modern requirements. For convenience, I divided the entire rating into sections on existing headphone form factors. Then I studied expert reviews, reviews of real owners of hundreds of inexpensive models, and in the end I chose the best of them in the price segment up to 7 thousand rubles.

Content

  • TOP 6 budget plug-in (gags) headphones

  • Honor AM61

  • Samsung EO-BG950 U Flex

  • Sennheiser IE4

  • Beats urBeats3

  • Xiaomi AirDots Pro

  • Shure SE215

  • TOP 2 budget in-ear headphones

  • Apple EarPods

  • Xiaomi AirDots Pro 2

  • TOP 4 budget on-ear headphones

  • Sony WH-CH500

  • Koss Porta Pro

  • Marshall Major III

  • Harman/Kardon Soho Wireless

  • TOP 3 budget full-size headphones

  • JBL E55BT

  • Audio Technica ATH-M40x

  • Plantronics Backbeat GO 600/605

TOP 6 budget plug-in (gags) headphones

Honor AM61

Honor AM61

Opening the rating are in-ear wireless headphones for sports from a rapidly growing brand. The type of fastening is a rubber arc, they sit comfortably and securely in the ears. They have built-in magnets, the headphones can be connected around the neck. Autonomous work — up to 11 hours. Connection — via Bluetooth 4.1. Available in three colors: black, red, blue. Implemented protection against water and dust IP52. The sound is focused on the bottoms, middle and upper frequencies of low quality. For headphones of this type, this is the norm, for sports this sound is enough. The price is 2990 rubles.

Pros:

  • fit well in the ears, comfortable ear pads and mounts;
  • assembly materials;
  • design;
  • ergonomics;
  • micro-USB charging;
  • good sound for this type of headphones;
  • autonomy;
  • microphone quality.

Minuses:

  • wire is short. The remote/battery are too close to the ears;
  • when you connect the headphones with a magnet, music playback does not stop;
  • background noise in pauses and desynchronization;
  • LED is bright, does not turn off;
  • sometimes they lose their phone.

Budget Bluetooth headphones for sports. Fans of high-quality sound will not fit, it is better to take the Samsung EO-BG950 U Flex, adjusted for the fact that it is not very convenient to play sports in them.

Samsung EO-BG950 U Flex

Samsung EO-BG950 U Flex

Declared by the manufacturer as wireless earbuds for sports. The design partially refutes this statement. The neckband mount hits your shoulders when you run, and when you work out on a bench, the headphones completely fall off your head. The earplugs themselves fit well, but the Honor AM61 is more suitable for sports. At the same time, it should be noted the best sound of the Samsung EO-BG950 U Flex and the ability to connect to multiple devices. Works perfectly in combination with brand devices. The proprietary Samsung Level application optimizes playback by selecting the optimal sound quality. Due to this communication interruption, background noise, delays and jitter are minimized. The application allows you to set the value of the function to the button on the headphone remote control. Autonomy — up to 10 hours. Price — 3100 rubles.

Pros:

  • sound (two-way sound system — dynamic and reinforcing emitter in each earphone);
  • ergonomics;
  • multipoint support;
  • autonomy;
  • stable connection;
  • good microphone;
  • branded intelligent assistant S-Voice.

Minuses:

  • long wires from the rim;
  • not quite suitable for sports;
  • low quality ear pads;
  • When you connect the headphones with a magnet, music playback will not pause.

Inexpensive headphones included by experts in the TOP 5 Samsung headphones in 2022. They are not very convenient for sports, so I recommend Honor AM61 to athletes with a loss in sound quality. Samsung EO-BG950 U Flex is suitable for leisurely walks, daily short-term use.

Sennheiser IE4

Sennheiser IE4

Legendary vacuum headphones, which have been in the TOP sales for 10 years. Representative of the class of simple wired devices without unnecessary «bells and whistles». Cable length — 1.2 m. Excellent sound. Extended frequency range (15-24000 Hz), sensitivity — 106 dB, decent noise isolation and reliability — the reasons for the popularity of these headphones, even overlapping the absence of a microphone. The price is 3760 rubles.

Pros:

  • reliability;
  • sound;
  • the cable does not harden in the cold;
  • soundproofing.

Minuses:

  • packaging (simple bag);
  • lack of additional functionality (not even a microphone);
  • many fakes;
  • demanding on the quality of the incoming sound;
  • The price for these headphones is high.

An excellent choice for conservatives and retrogrades — good sound and quality of the headphones themselves. For listening to music in the city — what you need. If you need wired headphones — a headset, I advise Beats urBeats3. If you consider yourself an innovator, take the wireless Xiaomi AirDots Pro.

Beats urBeats3

According to experts, this is a model from the TOP 10 Beats headphones in 2019. Wired, have a flat, tangle-free cable 1.2 m long, a control panel on it, a microphone that allows you to use the headphones as a headset. They sound good, traditionally the bass is amplified. They are produced in two modifications, identical in functionality, with connection via mini jack 3.5 and Lightning. The latter — only for Apple devices, are available in two additional colors — golden and yellow. The price is 5500 rubles.

Pros:

  • complete set (case cover);
  • design, build quality;
  • flat cable;
  • soundproofing;
  • magnetic mounts;
  • good sound.

Minuses:

  • overpriced;
  • on Android, there is no way to switch tracks from the remote control;
  • the size of the complete ear pads is non-standard.

Good headphones if you need a good headset, but the price is too high. I definitely won’t recommend them. You can consider Sennheiser IE 4 and save up to 2 thousand rubles.

Xiaomi AirDots Pro

Xiaomi AirDots Pro

A wireless Chinese novelty that has taken a good market share in a niche in a year. A modified version of Xiaomi AirDots that has changed the form factor. Now the headphones have become in-ear, have acquired noise reduction. From a design standpoint, they are similar to the iconic Apple AirPods 2, but half the price. The sound is decent given the selection of good ear pads, noise reduction is also on the level. The features of the model are IPX4 moisture protection, a USB-C charging connector and infrared sensors that determine the position of the headphones: just pull out one earphone and music playback will pause. Bluetooth 4.2 is used for connection, which is illogical, since Xiaomi AirDots already used version 5.0. Autonomy — 3 hours from one charge and up to 10 hours — from the case. The price is 5990 rubles.

Pros:

  • comfort;
  • stable connection;
  • good sound;
  • good microphone;
  • noise suppression;
  • infrared sensors;
  • moisture protection;
  • you can use one earbud while the second, for example, is charging;
  • fast charging (about an hour);
  • charging case included;
  • charging connector — USB-C.

Minuses:

  • no charge indication;
  • no Multipoint;
  • no aptX support;
  • autonomy;
  • desynchronization, especially in video and games;
  • dimensions of the case and the headphones themselves;
  • few management options;
  • playback does not resume when the earpiece is placed back in the ear.

A worthy alternative to Apple AirPods, but even compared to them it has little autonomy. For such a price, this shortcoming can be forgiven. The second fact that users complain about is the dimensions. A matter of taste — the earpiece sticks out of the ear, but the sound quality and connection stability are at their best. I recommend this model to fans of completely wireless headphones.

Shure SE215

Shure SE215

Wired earphones of the famous American brand with behind-the-ear fastening. Feature: Detachable cable. Taking a separate wire with bluetooth, you get wireless headphones. In terms of sound, everything is fine, it is balanced: good bass that does not clog mids and lows, low impedance and high sensitivity — the most for low-power mobile devices. It is hardly worth looking for the best sound among analogues of the in-channel type. In terms of convenience, they are also one of the best — they sit perfectly in the ears, you can play sports even with a wire. The price is 6100 rubles.

Pros:

  • design;
  • quality of materials;
  • case included;
  • convenience;
  • sound;
  • soundproofing.

Minuses:

  • the plug of the detachable cable (headphone jack) may fail (components are commercially available);
  • hard cable;
  • behind-the-ear temples are not convenient for everyone;
  • no microphone (cable with microphone can be purchased separately);
  • ear pad material.

An interesting model. To the standard set, you can buy a cable with bluetooth or a microphone, and in case of a breakdown, a separate left or right earpiece. Convenient, but this design reduces reliability by adding vulnerable nodes. It’s hard to find fault with the sound. If you are a music lover, love headphones of this form factor, be sure to buy this model. 91% of Yandex users. The market recommends them. If the price is too high for you, the Sennheiser IE 4 is a good way to save money without a significant loss in sound quality.

TOP 2 budget in-ear headphones

Apple EarPods

Wired headphones with a microphone, which are equipped with many «apple» devices. According to experts, this is one of the best models among the liners. Available not only for owners of Apple devices — there is a version with a 3.5 mm jack. The sound quality is incomparable to ear plugs. This is due to the design feature: there is practically no sound insulation. But the sound is voluminous, balanced, in quiet places even will please music lovers. Hearing risk is minimal. The price is 2500 rubles.

Pros:

  • Beautiful design;
  • good sound;
  • case-case included;
  • convenience and comfort;
  • excellent compatibility with Apple devices;
  • good microphone.

Minuses:

  • soundproofing;
  • straight plug;
  • many fakes on the market;
  • Control panel functions are limited when working with Android and Windows devices.

Budget earphones are sharpened for Apple at a low price for the brand, they sit well in the ears, especially given the form factor, they produce excellent sound and are a good headset. I see no reason not to buy them for those who use «apple» devices — it’s better to do it in official stores. For owners of smartphones, tablets and other devices running other operating systems, headphones lose a number of functions, so it is not always advisable to take them. Although they sound good too. If you need wireless earbuds, take the Xiaomi AirDots Pro 2.

Xiaomi AirDots Pro 2

Xiaomi AirDots Pro 2

The “fresh” headphones of the Chinese brand, which are starting to conquer the market, are a gift for fans of this form factor of the company, because the AirDots Pro, which appeared at the beginning of the year, are in-ear, unlike the AirDots that were released earlier. Ideal for Xiaomi smartphones — stable and fast connection to the Android OS with the proprietary MIUI 11 shell. Unlike AirDots Pro, they use Bluetooth 5.0, which, when paired with devices of this Bluetooth version, extends the range up to 50 meters. The sound is not bad, as for the earbuds, there is no need to talk about soundproofing, but there is noise cancellation of the microphone. Autonomy — up to 4 hours from a single charge and up to 14 hours from a case. The price is 4990 rubles.

Pros:

  • design;
  • sit comfortably in the ears;
  • good sound;
  • good microphone;
  • sufficient autonomy;
  • excellent compatibility and fast connection to Xiaomi devices;
  • the possibility of separate use;
  • voice control;
  • Bluetooth 5.0;
  • charging connector — type-c.

Minuses:

  • very poor sound insulation;
  • lack of support for aptX;
  • charging case is too big;
  • a small amount of volume.

Inexpensive earbuds from a Chinese brand that hit the market just a couple of months ago. It is still too early to talk about their reliability and give them a final assessment, but if you have used AirDots, you can take the Pro version.

TOP 4 budget on-ear headphones

Sony WH-CH500

Sony WH-CH500

Sony has good products for a low price. Swiveling earcup design, plastic headband and soft ear cushions. Good balanced sound. Possibility to use as a headset. Autonomy — up to 20 hours. Connection — via Bluetooth 4.2. and through the NFC module. The price is 1990 rubles.

Pros:

  • sound;
  • build quality;
  • bowl swivel mechanism;
  • NFC
  • autonomy;
  • stable connection.

Minuses:

  • poor sound insulation;
  • small margin of volume;
  • no sound or LED low battery indicator;
  • weak microphone;
  • glossy surface;
  • inconvenient control with a tight start button;
  • no multipoint support;
  • sound delay in games.

Not the best model in the rating, but the best in the manufacturer’s line in terms of price-quality ratio. If you want perfect sound with plenty of headroom in a wireless model, look in the 10000+ price segment. If wired suits, take the Marshall Major III.

Koss Porta Pro

Koss Porta Pro

Legendary wired headphones that have been in the TOP of sales for 15 years. The reason is a number of engineering solutions for maximum user convenience: headband length adjustment, speaker tilt angle, temple stand, which reduce ear strain, are provided. Lightweight and compact, weight — 79 g. They have a larger frequency range than the Sony WH-CH500, and higher sensitivity: the sound is more voluminous and balanced. But sound isolation is worse, there are problems with sound quality and volume margin from portable devices due to the 60 ohm impedance. There is also a sporty variation of them, Koss Sporta Pro, which has improvements in design: the headband can be worn both on the head and on the back of the head. They are even lighter — 62 g. Price — 2990; 2400 rubles — sports version.

Pros:

  • compactness;
  • ease;
  • convenience;
  • good sound.

Minuses:

  • many fakes on the market;
  • finishing of ear cushions with foam rubber;
  • tears hair when changing the size of the bow;
  • soundproofing;
  • cannot be used as a headset.

Inexpensive, comfortable, suitable for home, walking, playing sports. Due to poor sound insulation, they are not suitable for noisy places. Not compatible with all devices due to the high impedance, in this regard, the Sony WH-CH500 is more versatile. If you want good sound combined with low impedance, the Marshall Major III is your choice.

Marshall Major III

Marshall Major III

The third generation model in the Marshall Major line retains the recognizable rock and roll design of the two previous versions. And the sound has changed: instead of a clear emphasis on low frequencies, it has become more balanced, voluminous. Management, as before — branded joystick. Built-in microphone, replace the headset. The cable connects to any bowl. The free jack can be used to transmit sound to other headphones.

Pros:

  • design;
  • folding design;
  • detachable cable;
  • ear pads are more comfortable than in the previous version (according to user reviews);
  • you can «share» music with a friend;
  • good sound.

Minuses:

  • no case included;
  • poor sound insulation;
  • can squeeze the ears at the start. After a month of active use, adaptation occurs.

In terms of sound quality and noise isolation, the model is clearly superior to Koss Porta Pro, but more expensive — 3400 rubles. Another example of a decent wireless model is the Sony WH-CH500.

Harman Kardon Soho Wireless

Harman/Kardon Soho Wireless

Headphones for business people and those who prefer a classic style of dress. Materials — metal and leather, look very brutal. The sound is good, they support AptX, but still it is worse than in Marshall Major III. To connect using Bluetooth 3.0 and NFC. You can connect to multiple devices at once. There is a built-in microphone — you can use it as a headset. Autonomy — up to 10 hours. The price is 6850 rubles.

Pros:

  • design;
  • good materials and build quality;
  • compactness and lightness;
  • folding design;
  • touch control;
  • good sound insulation;
  • aptX support;
  • presence of NFC.

Minuses:

  • Bluetooth 3.0;
  • background noise when connected via Bluetooth;
  • according to user reviews, the cable in the headband breaks after about a year of use;
  • weak microphone;
  • sit loosely on the head.

This model is considered a budget model in its segment (it costs almost 7 thousand rubles), but music lovers will not approve of the sound quality. For fans of great sound, I would recommend any wired model, but you can consider a more expensive wireless one.

TOP 3 budget full-size headphones

JBL E55BT

JBL E55BT

Full-size wireless model for 4990 rubles. They have a convenient folding design, a recognizable brand design, a large selection of colors. A carrying case for transportation is included. Hybrid connection — mini-Jack (3.5 mm), Bluetooth v 4.0. Autonomy of work — 20 hours. The sound is good, smooth, not bassy, ​​for bass lovers they may not seem enough.

Pros:

  • a large selection of colors;
  • case cover included;
  • folding design;
  • autonomy;
  • good sound;
  • stable connection;
  • multipoint support.

Minuses:

  • poor sound insulation;
  • control buttons are unreliable;
  • weak microphone.

Despite the shortcomings, the model is worth the money. Suitable for daily use in everyday life, a great option for home, for gamers.

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Audio Technica ATH-M40x

Wired headphones of a well-known brand, which, unlike the JBL E55BT, can be used both at home and in the studio. Extended frequency range — 15-24000 Hz, sensitivity — 98 dB / mW, impedance — 35 ohms. Vocal and instrumental parts are legibly and clearly reproduced. The model has good sound insulation. The foldable design and detachable cable make it easy to transport. The price is 6500 rubles.

Pros:

  • materials and build quality;
  • folding design;
  • good balanced sound;
  • excellent soundproofing.

Minuses:

  • too long cable included;
  • no microphone;
  • impedance at 35 ohms is not enough to work with professional equipment.

Despite the manufacturer’s statement, this model is suitable for the home, its capabilities will not be enough for the studio. An excellent option — for daily use by a not very demanding music lover. You won’t find better sound in this price range.

Plantronics Backbeat GO 600 605

Plantronics Backbeat GO 600/605

The worthy competitor JBL E55BT closes the rating. Not inferior in sound quality and autonomy. Among the shortcomings — a clumsy design. Of the advantages — the ability to turn off the microphone. The price is almost 2 thousand rubles higher, but the choice of Yandex users. The market fell on this particular model. It is rated higher in all criteria. Price — 6950 rubles.

Pros:

  • design;
  • weight — 175 g;
  • comfortable headband;
  • good sound;
  • stable connection.

Minuses:

  • soundproofing;
  • no detailed instruction manual;
  • management is incomprehensible, you need to get used to it.

A good model of a well-known brand, which appealed to music lovers. The case when cheap does not mean bad. If you want to save money, you can consider the JBL E55BT. Before choosing, it is worth comparing the sound of both models: perhaps the overpayment is justified.