5 Best Earbuds Under $150 of 2016

When looking for quality earbuds under $150, it is important for consumers to consider what these unique earphones are used for. Unlike higher end, over-the-ear headphones, earbuds are valued for their portability, weight, and size. People use them to travel, to go to the gym, take a run, or anywhere else a larger set would be cumbersome. Perfect for those who want convenience without having to sacrifice sound. Here is a list of five exception earbuds which offer incredible sound while meeting the unique needs of most listeners (they are varied in sound, so you can pick a pair based on which sound signature you prefer, strong bass, balanced sound, warm and smooth, or V-shaped sound)

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A big problem with ear buds is they keep falling out. The beautiful thing about the Bose SoundTrue Ultra is the tips conform to the shape of your ears, so they rest comfortably and securely. Like most earbuds, they are tiny and lightweight. However, unlike less expensive models, the ends of these come in three unique sizes to help accommodate different ear sizes. If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, the Bose SoundTrue Ultra also let you switch back and forth between calls and music. Its inline 3-button remote lets you skip a song, adjust the volume, or take a call as easily as pressing a button. If you are looking for the best earbuds under 150, these Bose are definitely worth trying. It also comes with a Bose exclusive custom bag which is great for storage and travel. The case will also help protect the set. With a higher price tag of upward of $129, such things make a huge difference.

Though the SoundTrue Ultra are sports earbuds, it offers clear and open sound, which may impress for those who are very picky in sound quality. Its bass is punchy and adequate while the treble is pleasent and mid-range is warm and slightly recessed.

Pros:

  • Custom fit for extreme comfort
  • Well balanced sound
  • Integrated inline remote
  • Custom protective case

Cons:

  • Cost
  • Microphonic noises

2. Beats Tour 2.0–The Best For Enhanced Bass

Sports earbuds with wingtips

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These cool looking, great sounding, bass enhanced Beats Tour 2.0 earbuds are water resistant which makes them perfect for the gym or a long run. Like most higher end models, they come in various sizes and have custom wingtips which contour to each individual’s ear aiding in both comfort and sound performance. The Beats Tour 2.0 comes with a cable clip which keep the cords from getting tangled. The RemoteTalk control provides hands free listening. It offers the convenience of switching tracks, changing volume or taking a call without ever having to take out your phone.

The Tour 2.0 was ranked not just their flashy and stylish design, but for its heavy-bass sound signature, which packs “plenty”, I could say it is overdone and boomy. So they would be a ideal pair for R&B music lovers or fitness enthusisats who need strong beats for their workout.

Pros:

  • Rich bass tones
  • Multi sized ear pieces
  • Secure fit wing tips
  • Hard carrying case
  • Hands free remote
  • Cable clip
  • Water resistant

Cons:

  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Hands free remote does not work with Android devices

3. RHA MA750 / MA750i–The Best For Warm And Smooth Sound

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RHA have delivered a fantastic set of in-ear headphones for the money with these MA750 and MA750i. The balanced sound offers a depth and control which is fantastic for most earbud performance. The stainless steel design is durable and elegant with incredible attention to detail. The various size and formed ear pieces offer each listener comfort and security. RHA MA750 and MA750i also offer a 3 year warranty. These are truly one of the best earbuds under 150.

Pros:

  • Warm and smooth sound quality
  • Two sets of ear pieces per size
  • Custom leather case
  • Durable stainless steel design
  • 3 year Warranty

Cons:

  • Jack is prone to breaking
  • Phone calls offer poor audio performance
  • Loops for over ear wearing style are not for everyone
  • A bit weight due to metal build

4. Etymotic Research HF5– The Best For Balanced Sound


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The Etymotic Research HF5 are a high-performance noise-isolating earphone which delivers superior value for the price. They offer exceptional sound accuracy with a market tested highest noise isolation feature of any ear or head phone on the market. It comes in three colors, black, red and blue, and offers various size ear plugs to ensure proper fit and comfort. This set also comes with a pouch, and a two year warranty. The Etymotic HF5 earphones are an exceptional choice for those who want value sound isolation and do not want to sacrifice sound quality or looks in the process.

Pros:

  • Balanced sound accuracy
  • Excellent mid and highs
  • Stellar noise isolation
  • Quality design
  • Available in an array of colors

Cons:

  • Durability
  • Fit
  • Bass tones

5. Alpha & Delta AD01–The Best For V-Shaped Sound


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Finding the best earbuds under 150 can be a challenge. The Alpha & Delta AD01 earbuds offer a rich bass sound while maintaining the overall clarity in the mids and the highs. The AD01 has an innovative modular design so that the drivers and wires can be replaceable if damaged or lost. As a result the wires are detachable which can lead to loose connections over time, but the AD01 combats such an issue with exceptional build quality. Alpha & Delta adopted 2mm dc plug connector pins to prevent loose connections and ensure reliability. The tips come in three different sizes to accommodate multiple ear sizes. The smooth durable housing are solid, but some users complain that the angle and length make it a little impractical for over the ear use.

This is an alternative for sleek and flashy Sennheiser Momentum In Ear, these two set put emphasis on bass and treble, creating particular sound signature V-shaped.

Pros:

  • Durable
  • Detachable Cables

Cons:

  • Bass can over shadow mid and high tones
  • No microphone or remote cable
  • Fit can be an issue for some

If the sound quality is not critical for you and you need wireless experience check out this post, I’ve already rounded up some best Bluetooth earbuds, which definitely will bring your workout to a new level.

Updated on 11/25/2016

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