We’ve already given you a list of the best inexpensive earbuds under $100 which had a couple hovering at price tags below $55 and now it’s time to get even more tightfisted. Here are our contenders for cheap audio gear, some tagged so low, you won’t even notice you paid for them. Before we venture any further let’s move into realistic mode – you may grab them for their design perhaps, but don’t bet on their quality. These are devices you buy without high hopes of them lasting for an exceptionally long time. But you can’t beat most of them on creativity when it comes to the designs they display. So here are some options that will definitely add some personality to you gadget.
1. Yamaha EPH-30BL
You want chic? You got chic with the Yamaha EPH-30BL. Not only is this pair the most elegant looking of all the inexpensive earbuds in our roster, it also performs exceptionally well for the $40 (on Amazon) asking price. Depending on your taste, you can get one in black or white, with both colors showing off chrome accents.
The cable (a bit frail) which hooks you up to your earbuds is 4 feet long and the right one is longer than the left for allowing you draw the cord behind your neck with minimum fuss. The specs comprise of 9mm dynamic drivers, 16.0 +/-3dB of impedance and a 20Hz to 21KHz frequency range.
2. Bambud Bamboo
So you’ve encased your iPhone in a bamboo sheath and are looking for something to go well with the wooden design. Revealshop will gladly sell you the Bambud Bamboo in a reusable bamboo box for $38. Apart from iPhones, the peripheral can also be paired with MP3 players, iPad, iPod, PSP, PC and other similar gadgets.
Embedding dynamic speakers and flaunting black silicone tips, the unit offers a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz and an impedance of 16 ohms. The cord that will keep you attached to your entertainment source is 3.6 feet long and ends in a bamboo connector.
3. Panasonic RP-HJE355
The curiously shaped Panasonic RP-HJE355 should be a good fit if your budget doesn’t permit you to cross the $20 mark. The $19 (on Amazon) accessory has its nozzles angled away from the conical housings they’re glued to, most probably what the company’s referring to when talking about the ErgoFit design.
A cord adjuster and a cord slider are thrown into the packaging and the available color options include black, blue, white and red. The technology that the unit boasts of covers 10.7mm drivers, neodymium magnets, impedance of 16 ohms, 105dB/mW sensitivity and a 6Hz to 24KHz frequency range.
4. SkullCandy Ink’d 2
SkullCandy does not do sturdy headphones, that much we know owing to our experience with the brand’s various products. But they do have some very cool designs to make up for that. The second, third, fourth and many other times that we’ve bought a pair from the company, it’s been precisely because of this. Call us shallow.
For anything between $15 and $25, you can pick up its Ink’d 2 offerings from a huge variety of colors and patterns. The device has a THD of less than 0.1% and a flattened cord makes the connection between your smartphone or player and your melon. The audio quality emitted through it is enhanced with Supreme Sound. But take no note of that and buy it for the designs.
5. MEElectronics M9-SL Hi-Fi
Raising our count of options up to 5 is the MEElectronics M9-SL Hi-Fi. By shelling out just $14 on Amazon, you get this accessory along with 5 pairs of tips of various sizes as well as a carrying pouch. Not a bad deal, we must say.
You have two color choices of black and silver to opt for and the former arrives with a dark gray cable, while the latter tags along a silver one marked by black accents. Apart from a slight problem of bass mingling with the mids sometimes, the device delivers reasonably well for the amount you pay for it. A 20Hz to 20KHz frequency range, 95dB/mW sensitivity and 16 ohms of impedance are part of its main features.
6. Monoprice 9927/9960/8320/9963 IEM
If we had a dollar for every candidate we’ve listed on our inexpensive earbuds roster, we’d be able to buy another Monoprice 8320 IEM in pink, silver or white. It’s $7.57 for these three colors and just $6.06 for the black one. The pattern on the housing reminds us of cars for whatever reason and except for the silver metallic version, the rest have a sort of rubbery finish.
Sporting a cable measuring 4 feet long, the peripheral is embedded with 14.2mm drivers and has a 3.5mm gold plated plug. The sound is pushed out in a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz, 96 +/- 3 dB/1mW sensitivity and 32 ohms of impedance. Put good audio quality on your checklist as opposed to mind-blowing audio and you’ll realize why it’s worth its weight in dollars.
7. JVC HAFX5G Gumy Plus
Here’s another one with a price tag whittled down to less than $8. The $7.35 (on Amazon) JVC HAFX5G Gumy Plus is available in various hues that will make most folks reach for their jellybean jar if the next one doesn’t do that. Blue, purple, black, white, red, green, pink and orange are your color choices here.
The exterior is made out of soft rubber and the 3.3 feet cable dangling along is said to be tangle-resistant. JVC has fitted a 11mm drivers into the body and the iPhone compatible plug it uses is gold plated. The pair has a frequency range of 10Hz to 20,000Hz, 103dB/1mW sensitivity and impedance of 16 ohms.
8. Panasonic RPHJE120D
Here’s the seventh contender in the inexpensive earbuds array and we’re still not down to the cheapest in the list. For $6.35 (on Amazon) you can get your paws on the Panasonic RPHJE120D, a snazzy length of brightly colored cord ending in soft, comfortable tips on one side and a gold connector on the other.
Mind you, the 3.6 feet cable is so thin, you’ll be in the same state as it is now and again – tied up in knots. The accessory renders an impedance of 16 ohms and a frequency range of 20Hz to 20KHz. It features 9mm drivers and comes in a host of shades like pink, purple, black, green and so on.
So there you have it, some of the funkiest audio gear in the market for the lowest possible prices. Can you name a pair of best inexpensive earbuds that come even cheaper than the ones we’ve lined up above? Do tell us about it in the comments section below.