Baseus WM02 / Bo EZ10
- Under $15
Nice build quality, decent sound, customizable with ious app.
No volume control
I was really impressed with the Bous Boi WM02 and Bo EZ10 for their price. The build quality and sound are decent, and the fact that you can customize them with the ious app is a pleasant surprise at this budget.
Moondrop Space Travel
- Under $30
Good ANC and transparency, excellent sound quality for price.
No volume control, battery life is just enough.
The Moondrop Space Travel blew me away for its price. It's rare to find such good ANC and transparency features in this budget range. The sound quality is so good, it's hard to believe these earbuds are this cheap.
SoundPEATS Free2 Classic
- Under $30
Good sound quality, full controls including volume, long battery life (8 hours)
No ANC or transparency.
The SoundPEATS Free2 Classic is a solid choice under $30. It doesn't have ANC or transparency, but the sound quality is commendable. What I love most is the full control it offers, including volume, and the long battery life.
SoundPEATS Engine 4
- Under $60
High-quality dual dynamic drivers, customizable EQ, compact, multipoint connection.
SoundPEATS Engine 4 is a standout in the under $60 category. Its high-quality dual dynamic drivers deliver detailed and rich sound. I recommend checking out my custom EQ recommendations for various use cases like bass, treble, and mids.
Soundcore Liberty 4NC
- Under $100
Excellent ANC, reliable microphone, balanced sound, 8h battery life with ANC, multipoint, L-Deck, Auto wind noise reduction, wireless charging.
Sound quality not super amazing but quite balanced and fun
The Soundcore Liberty 4NC under $100 is my clear winner. Its new adaptive ANC is top-notch at this price point. The microphone quality is reliable, and the sound is balanced and enjoyable.
Sony WF-1000 XM5
- Under $300
Smaller size, 8h battery life with ANC, foam tips for better isolation, improved sound quality, customizable controls.
Fit might be too tight for some.
Sony's WF-1000 XM5 in the under $300 range is a significant improvement over its predecessors. The smaller earbud size addresses previous comfort issues, and the 8-hour battery life with ANC is a big plus.
Apple Airpods 2
- Under $300
Cheapest among high-end models, fast device switching, adaptive noise cancellation, conversation awareness.
Specifically tailored for Apple ecosystem.
Excellent for users deeply integrated into the Apple ecosystem, good value for the price.