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Buyers guide: Must-have earphones for under £60

The Gadget Show  Tuesday 21 February 2012

Buyers guide: Must-have earphones for under £60

Not investing in a top quality pair of earphones is one of the cardinal gadget sins. A good pair of earphones can enhance any music collection. Look around and you’ll discover some great earphones for prices that won’t break the bank. Read on our pick of the must-have earphones for under £60.

From £15 to £55 – we’ve picked out a handful of earphones that offer excellent sound quality at prices to suit all budgets. Each worthy of replacing the default earphones that came packaged with your smartphone or MP3 players. Check ‘em out:

SoundMagic E10

For around £34 (cheaper if you look around) these dashing SoundMagic E10 earphones prove that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy excellent sound quality. They excel in delivering sound with plenty of detail, also combining powerful bass to deliver sound on par with more pricier earphones. The in-ear design keeps all of the sound in your ears – guaranteeing that you won’t disturb anyone on the bus. For the price, they are exceptionally well-made.

Sennheiser CX 300 II

Sennheiser makes some great luxury earphones, but they do some exceptionally good cheaper sets, too. For around £25 the Sennheiser CX 300 II remains one of the most popular. If high levels of bass is your thing, these are the way to go.

JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives

Like the Sennheiser CX 300 II, the JVC HAFX1X Xtreme Xplosives also deliver exceptionally strong bass for such a cheap pair of earphones. £15, to be exact. The clue is on the name – extreme bass is the order of the day. There’s something to be said for the styling on the eartips, but look past that and you’ll discover a pair of headphones that deal with high bass levels as effortlessly as earphones costing up to four times as much.

RHA MA-350

As budget earphones go, the RHA MA-350s are some of the best. For around £30 you get a solid pair of earphones made from solid aluminium, with soft silicone tips, 3.5mm gold plated connections and spare ear tips. They are comfortable to wear, deliver strong bass, as well as a good all-round sound and terrific noise isolation.

Klipsch Image S4

Klipsch is well-known on the earphone and headphone circuit for delivering accurate sound with lots of detail. At £55 they are the priciest of our picks, but for the price you get a trendy pair of earphones that perform well whatever genre of music your ears fancy. The narrow design of the Klipsch Image S4 also makes it feel comfortable in the ears, too.


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User comments (5)

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neil bird

The jvc headphones i wpuld say are on par wit my old moster beats by dr. Dre that i got with my htc sensation beats xe :) the bass is deep and clear as day aswell as the mid and hi range. The only thing i dont like about them is the style of the tips. They are a wierd shape. All round good headphones

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How about the skull candy inked in ear head phones there about 10 pound in most places I've Evan found them for 7.99 in Hmv and there good qulaty sound and good base

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Jvc marshmallows are the best had mine almost 2 years

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mcnamara harry

I have had the sound magic E10's for a while now, i use them every day. I would like to say they are brilliant. t The base is superb and the acoustic is even better. overall a brilliant pair of earphones. however I have been experiencing problems with mine, I don't know why I keep them I dry conditions and is don't chuck them about. Like i have said i have had them for over a year now and they have been great, sound magic are very co-operative and are willing to help. I would recommend these to any one.

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mcnamara harry22, What kind of problems are you having with the E10s? All, Does anyone know which is the best between e10, sennheiser cx300 ii and the klipsch image s4. This is my dilemma at the moment :) Appreciate your views.

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