Best In-Ear Headphones in 2021

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If you use your headphones while on-the-go, in-ears and earbuds can be a lot more portable than bulky over-ears and help passively block out background noise. They can be great to use at the gym and are easy to toss into your pocket when you get off the bus or arrive at the office. While technically earbuds rest at the edge of the ear canal while in-ears have barrel-shaped tips that are inserted deeper into the ear, the two terms are often used interchangeably. In-ears tend to be more common, though some people find them uncomfortable and prefer the less intrusive fit of earbuds. So, We have listed down 25 Best in-ear of both wired and wireless type what-ever suits your style. Without further ado, Let’s move to our first pick of very best in-ear headphones.

Best In-Ear Headphones in 2021

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1. Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

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The Sony WF-1000XM3 are decent-sounding and versatile truly wireless headphones. They have a passable ANC feature that is decent for commuting and blocks out a good amount of noise in an office setting. Their design is stylish and feels premium but it’s a bit hard to find a good airtight fit as their tip options are larger than average. This mainly negatively impacts their bass reproduction and isolation performance. On the other hand, they have about 7 hours of battery life, which is good for truly wireless design, and they are compatible with a companion app that gives access to decent audio customization. The WF-1000XM3 have a decent sound profile that can easily be EQ’ed inside their app. They are decently comfortable, although getting an air-tight fit is a bit hard to do since the tips are very large. On the upside, they are small and portable, making them easy to carry around. Their ANC feature is decent and can be a passable option for commuting and at the office. If you can find a good and stable match, they’ll be considered a great choice for sports. However, like most Bluetooth headphones, their latency might be too high for watching video content or gaming. These earbuds are portable and convenient to carry around, and their isolation performance is pretty good. They do a decent job at isolating against low-end noises like bus or plane engines. They also have a 7-hour battery life, so they’ll last you enough for your daily commute or a decently long flight abroad.

2. Apple AirPods Pro

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The Apple AirPods Pro is a welcome upgrade to the previous models of Apple company AirPods. Their in-ear fit makes them much more stable in the ears, and they’ve improved their sound reproduction significantly, though some may find this design less comfortable. Their active noise cancelling works very well, and is among the best that we’ve tested on in-ear headphones, making them a good option to use while commuting or at work. While they’re smaller than the previous models’ thanks to their shorter stems, they offer longer battery life and have an easier-to-use touch control scheme. Overall, they’re better earphones than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 and are much more versatile for every day make use of. Decent mixed usage headphones. The Apple company AirPods Pro are well-designed truly wireless headsets with a premium look and feel that matches previous models. Their audio reproduction is quite a bit better than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019, which is a welcome improvement. Their ANC is also one of the best we’ve examined in a pair of truly wireless earbuds, producing them a great choice for commuting or using in the office. They’re very portable, stable, and quite comfortable, making them a good option for sports as well.

3. Samsung Galaxy Buds+ Plus

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus are the update the company’s truly wireless earbuds (the original Samsung Galaxy Buds) desperately needed: they offer better battery life, improved call audio thanks to a third internal microphone, and a new dual-driver design that uses two powerful drivers for better, clearer sound. On top of that, there’s finally support for iOS through the new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus app.

The downside? The new Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus lack high-end audio codecs and higher IPX4 rating that the Apple AirPods Pro has. That’s not even mentioning the fact that they don’t offer any form of noise reduction/noise cancellation, nor have a built-in voice assistant like other truly wireless earbuds out there.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus offer better sound quality and extended battery life compared to last year’s Samsung Galaxy Buds, but they’re still missing advanced audio codec support and full-on noise cancellation.

4. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 True Wireless

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The B&O Play E8 2.0 are premium truly wireless earbuds that are versatile for a variety of everyday use cases. They isolate well, can be used for commuting, and their design is suitable for sports as well. However, they don’t have the best audio reproduction, but it should still be okay for most people. Unfortunately, their latency is higher than the previous model and the overall performance is pretty much the same, which means they won’t be worth the upgrade for most. On the upside, their charging case now supports wireless (Qi) charging, which is the biggest difference between both models. The Bang & Olufsen Electronic8 2.0 block a lot of noise and do a surprisingly decent job at passively isolating against lower-frequency noises, like engine rumbles, making them a good option to use on the bus. Also, their truly cellular design is easy to carry around and their battery life should last you long enough for your daily commute, but will more than likely need charging during long flights. Great for sports. Like most truly, wireless earbuds, the design of the Beoplay E8 2.0 is portable, breathable, and fairly stable. You won’t sweat more than usual when wearing these, and they shouldn’t pop out of your ears if you run with them. Nevertheless, they don’t possess an official IP rating as most sports headphones do, and some might prefer an ear-hook design, or fins, for added stability.

5. Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus

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The Master & Dynamic MW07 Plus is the second generation of the company’s MW07. This pair of earbuds features greatly increased battery life (10 versus 3.5 hours), Bluetooth 5.0 and active noise cancellation with two microphones on each bud. They may not fit everyone’s ear equally well, but they certainly have a distinct look, as well as very good sound and a great listening experience if you can get a tight seal. These in-ear headphones are known for more of an audiophile sound profile, with smooth, well-balanced audio and well-defined bass.

Available in four colour options, for $299, these wireless earbuds include a swanky chrome charging case that comes with a secondary pouch for safekeeping (yes, the situation can get scratched up if you leave it in a bag). The case, with its built-in chargeable battery, gives you an additional three charges (it costs via USB-C). These have support for aptX (but not AAC) and have an extended range of more than 20 meters, according to Master & Dynamic.

6. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

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The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 2 is okay for mixed-use. They’re somewhat comfortable, but may not be the best choice if you’re wearing them for multiple hours. They’re stable enough for light physical activity and their noise isolation performance is satisfactory enough for cutting down office chatter. However, their ANC is only a slight improvement over passive sound isolation. They also struggle to reproduce low-bass and their treble is uneven and underemphasized. Their high latency and mediocre overall mic performance make them a poor choice for gaming.

These are really good for sports and fitness, as they are wired in-ear headphones, so they might not fall off as the truly-wireless headphones usually do. They’re compact, easily portable, and are stable enough for light physical activity. Some may find them fatiguing to wear for long periods though. Still, as they’re truly wireless, you don’t have to worry about an audio cable snagging on anything while you move and their touch-sensitive controls make it easy to adjust what you’re listening to. They’re also rated IPX4 for water resistance, although we don’t test for this.

7. Shure SE215 Headphones review

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The Shure SE215 are decent critical listening in-ears that perform better than the higher-end models in the same lineup. They have almost an identical design to the SE315 and SE425 but do not come with as many accessories. On the upside, they have a better-balanced sound, and they isolate a bit more in noisy conditions. They also have stable ear-hooks and a comfortable in-ear fit which makes them a decent option for commuting and sports. Unfortunately, the lack of in-line controls is a bit limiting. The Shure SE215 surprisingly have a slightly more balanced sound than the higher-end SE315 and SE425. They will have good bass and a decently well-balanced mid-range, although the slight overemphasis in the lower frequencies makes them sound a little bit boomy and cluttered. Their treble range is also a bit inconsistent and will sound slightly sharp on certain frequencies but a little bit recessed overall making instruments and vocals a bit less detailed. Like most in-ear designs the small closed-back earbuds cannot create a soundstage as spacious as more neutral hearing focused open-back again over-ears. They have a stable ear-hook style that will not move much during exercise. They’re also decently comfortable lightweight and compact enough to carry on you at all times. Unfortunately, they do not have a control scheme which is not ideal when working out or running.

8. Easy KZ ZST Colorful Hybrid In-Ear Headphones

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The KZ ZST are okay mixed usage wired in-ears. They have a passable sound quality but will be better suited for bass-heavy genres. They will have a unique style and stand out from other earbuds. They have a similar look to the KZ AS10 and KZ ZS10 but feel slightly cheaper made, and their fit won’t be great for commuting. On the upside, they are still well-built and their cable is braided and detachable. You can also get a Bluetooth adapter to make them wireless. The model we tested didn’t have in-line controls or a microphone, but KZ does offer a variant with both. They will have a deep, powerful, and consistent bass on top of a good mid-range. Unfortunately, their treble is a bit uneven and the mid-range is a little bit recessed, pushing the vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Overall, these headphones will undoubtedly be better fitted to bass-heavy genres. However, the in-ear fit might not be ideal for long listening sessions.

9. RHA T20i (Gen.2)

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The RHA T20i (Gen. 2) is an excellent sounding pair of in-ear headphones with a neat party trick: customizable filters. These filters thread into the headphone housings and let you choose from Bass, Treble, and Reference. Each filter makes an audible impact and is easy to swap out on the go. Listening with the Reference filter, the RHA T20i sound truly phenomenal. Bass hits hard and is always controlled. Highs are sparkly with excellent resolution, but never harsh. Mids sound liquid and balanced. The Reference filter is by far our favourite of the three included filters for its balance and versatility between genres. Switching over to the Bass filter, we expected the headphone to increase bass emphasis but it didn’t. Instead, the bass filter dulled the highs and brought out more of the mid-bass frequencies. Bass-heads will be disappointed that the headphones don’t make skull-rattling bass, but this is a headphone for serious listening. The High filter brought more energy to the highs but didn’t take away from the mids or bass, which is nice. We found the Large filter slightly too harsh for the highs nonetheless it can help with tracks that could use a bit more treble energy.  As a package, the build quality, sound, and customizable filter systems make the RHA T20i (Gen. 2) some of the best earbuds for audiophiles on the go. In fact, they sound so good, they made us want to give up our wireless headphones.

10. Sony IER-Z1R Signature Series in-Ear Headphones

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To deliver music with the true emotional impact that takes your breath away; every element of the IER-Z1R headphones has been designed and developed for this one purpose. By paying attention to the smallest details, you can distinguish every nuance and subtle characteristics, in astonishingly faithful sound reproduction. The super tweeter in the IER-Z1R was developed to deliver ultra-high frequency extension with a new aluminium-coated LCP diaphragm and external magnetic circuit. Its ultra-fast response faithfully follows the fast dynamic transience of music, which provides you with a live concert hall atmosphere. Hear astonishingly faithful audio reproduction with the IER-Z1R In-ear earphones. A custom high-resolution HD hybrid driver system and Refined-phase structure, along with the sonic purity of a 0.17″ balanced audio connection, elevate your listening experience to the one it is possible to feel.

11. Bowers & Wilkins PI3 Wireless Headphones

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Bowers & Wilkins has created an interesting pair of in-ear headphones with the PI3. Sure, they’re not the cheapest, compared to other similar pairs, and they are a neckband design which will not suit everyone’s taste but you do get what you pay for here. And although “budget” for the company, these are still very much a premium product.
If you don’t like to compromise on sound quality, they are in fact great value and come highly recommended from us. If however, you’re after a noise-cancelling pair, you will need to look higher up the product portfolio, to the PI4, which do offer that feature. The Bowers & Wilkins PI3 is the first neckband headphones for the company, and they’re a great start. Well-designed, comfy, and simple to use, their great sound makes them some of the best earbuds you can buy today. Thanks to dual drivers, these buds audio fantastic, with crisp highs, lively mids, and plenty of powerful basses. Look past the fairly unremarkable battery life and limited features, and you’ll be mostly very impressed by what this offer.

12. Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 3rd Generation

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The Beoplay E8 are decent mixed-usage truly wireless in-ears, with a great design. They look and feel like premium headphones and have a durable build quality that’s compact and stable enough for sports. They also have a comfortable in-ear fit that isolates better than some noise-cancelling headphones. Unfortunately, they can sound a bit sharp, and their control scheme takes a bit of time to get used to. The B&O Play Electronic8 are above-average truly wireless in-ears for mixed usage. They’re great for sports and commuting thanks to their compact, stable design and surprisingly good passive isolation. They’re also sufficiently comfortable for an in-ear and barely leak even at high volumes. Regrettably, they have a bit too much latency for gaming and watching movies although they perform much better than other truly wireless designs. Pairing and their handle scheme can also be somewhat of a hassle at times. On the upside, they have a decent, customizable sound that’s a bit razor-sharp but should be good enough for casual listening. They’re very portable and passively isolate against ambient sound much better than some noise-cancelling earphones. Their control scheme can be a bit tricky to use sometimes but their decently comfy design and relatively long battery life ought to be enough for most trips.

13. Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 Headphones Review

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The Apple AirPods 2 2019 are practically the same as the Apple company AirPods 1 Truly Wireless 2017, with slight differences. We tested the version with the wireless charging case. They have the same, okay sound profile and their design is the same as the older model, but the new situation now supports wireless Qi charging, which is nice. Their one-size-fits-all design won’t be ideal for everyone, but if you do manage a good fit, they’re very comfortable. They’re also open-back earbuds, meaning they won’t block out ambient noise but will be suitable for outdoor sports like jogging to stay aware of your surroundings. However, their fit might not be the most stable for some. Overall, the AirPods 2 isn’t worth the upgrade if you already have the first model. Good for sports activities. The Apple AirPods’ one-size-fits-all design is fairly comfortable, but it isn’t the most steady for everyone. Their fit greatly depends on the shape and size of your ear. Their open design will undoubtedly be great for people running outside who want to notice cars around them but won’t be great to filter ambient sound in a crowded gym. They, unfortunately, don’t have a great control scheme and it won’t be easy to control your playlist or volume when working out.

14. Jaybird Tarah Pro

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The Jaybird Tarah Pro headphones are wireless sport headphones for the endurance runners, athletes and fitness nuts out there. With a neck cable to keep the earbuds together, they aren’t quite ‘true wireless’, but will be practical for those concerned about dropping and losing a costly earbud in the heat of a race or training session. As the first in Jaybird’s new ‘Pro’ range of Bluetooth earbuds and aimed at offering higher quality audio and materials, the Tarah Professional will suit anyone not willing to sacrifice audio quality in harsher outdoor conditions or indoor workouts and who don’t mind spending a bit more to get a premium product.

15. Sony WF-XB700 Extra BASS

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The Sony WH-XB700 Extra Bass Wireless are okay on-ear headphones. They have a very dark sound profile which will be better suited for bass-heavy music. They are decently comfortable for on-ear headphones, but their large cups almost feel like over-ears. They also feel slightly cheap due to the thin and lightweight plastic used for their build. On the upside, they have good battery life and also support NFC. The Sony WH-XB700 have a very bass-heavy and dark-sounding audio quality, which won’t be great for critical listeners unless you listen to bass-heavy music. Their on-ear fit doesn’t isolate much noise and won’t be the best option to use during your daily commute or at the office. They can be an option for sports if you don’t mind the bulkier design of on-ears. They’ll be more breathable than over-ear headphones and they are fairly stable for a light run. However, due to their Bluetooth. These in-ear earphones don’t block low-end ambient sounds like the deep rumbles of a plane or bus engine. This means they won’t become ideal for your everyday commute, especially that they can get a bit leaky at higher volumes. On the upside, if you don’t thoughts the fact that they lack ANC, they will have a good battery existence that will last you for the longest trips.

16. Anker Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro

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Anker is better known for its value headphones, but it’s trying to step into more premium territory with its Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro earbuds, which carry a list price of $150. From a design standpoint, these Bluetooth earbuds share some similarities with Sony’s WF-1000XM3, though this Anker Soundcore model doesn’t have active noise cancellation. Anker says they have large 11mm drivers combined with Knowles Balanced Armature, with up to 8 hours of battery life on a single charge (32 total hrs of playtime with the case) and noise-cancellation microphones to help reduce ambient sound so callers can hear you better. They charge via USB-C and also support wireless charging.

I’m not sure they sound quite as good as the Sony WF-1000XM3, but they certainly sound like premium true wireless earphones, with rich sound that includes powerful bass performance and lots of detail. Some people may have some quibbles over the cellular earphone fit — I had to supply my own XL tips to get a tight seal and found the Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 a little more comfortable — but the Soundcore Liberty 2 Pro is a good value. They also work very well for making calls (they do a good job reducing background sound).

17. Sony MDRXB50AP Extra Bass Earbud Headphones

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The Sony MDR-XB50AP Extra Bass is average mixed usage in-ears with an emphasis on bass. They’re portable, stable and block an above-average amount of noise which makes them a decent choice for commuting. Unfortunately, they aren’t the most balanced-sounding headphones. They should be okay for casual listening but the excess bass won’t be ideal for more critical listeners. They’re also not as stable as some of the other in-ears and have a limited control scheme. The small and closed-back in-ear design means they won’t have probably the most spacious soundstage. That combined with their poorly balanced sound that favours bass over instruments and vocals make them audio cluttered, muddy and a bit boxy which may be somewhat alright for informal listening but will not be ideal for more neutral listeners. Although they’re much less stable as a number of some other in-ears, they’re compact lightweight and decently comfortable. However, they do not have the best handle scheme, and since they’re wired, they might get yanked out of your ears relatively easily if the cable gets hooked by something.

18. Razer Hammerhead True Wireless: Best Gaming Earbuds In 2020

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The best gaming earbuds with a wireless connection that we’ve tested so far are the Razer Hammerhead. These truly wireless earbuds don’t enter the ear canal as deeply as most in-ears, which some people may find more comfortable. They have a unique ‘Gaming Mode’ which allows for outstandingly low latency when connected to mobile devices, making them a great choice for competitive gaming on your phone.

Their sound profile is quite bass-heavy and uneven, though this helps bring out the explosions and gunshots in your game. If you also use your headphones for listening to music, they’ll be best suited for bass-forward genres like EDM or hip-hop, as they’re likely too boomy and muddy for genres like rock or country. On the bright side, their dedicated companion app gives you access to a few EQ presets, so you can boost their treble or bass to better suit your personal taste.

Unfortunately, their mic is rather disappointing, especially for headphones designed for video gaming. Your voice sounds muffled, lacking in detail, and it can be difficult to hear in even moderately loud environments. Their 3.7-hour battery life is also sub-par for truly wireless headphones, though you can fully charge them in their case within an hour. Overall, these are a unique pair of truly cellular headphones geared towards gamers that offer outstanding reduced latency when paired to a mobile device.

19. Turtle Beach Battle Buds

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The best-wired gaming earbuds with a boom mic that we’ve tested to date are the Turtle Beach Battle Buds. These in-ears have a distinct cyan and white colour scheme that stands out from the crowd. They also use a detachable boom microphone that can be removed for better portability or more casual use.

These in-ears have a very muddy and dark sound profile and while some users may find them too bass-heavy, they can help bring out the rumble of explosions in your favourite action games. They also have a thin boom mic that manages to pack a decent punch. As it sits close to your mouth, it captures voices well and even if you’re talking in noisy places like at a gaming convention, you’ll still be heard fairly clearly to your teammates on the other line. Thanks to their in-line remote, you can adjust for volume or manage your music and phone calls too. Their wired connection is also fully compatible with PC, PS4, and Xbox One, which is great if you tend to switch between different consoles.

However, while they look colourful, their plastic build feels cheap and not very durable. Their ear tips aren’t really comfortable either, so they may not be the best choice if you’ve got a long gaming session in front of you. While they also don’t block out a lot of background noise like bus engines, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue if you are gaming at home. That being said, these are a suitable choice if you communicate with teammates a lot and you prefer the lightweight design of wired video gaming earbuds.

20. More Triple Driver

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The best gaming earbuds with a wired connection that uses an in-line mic are the 1More Triple Driver. These wired-in ears have a casual look that’s versatile enough for gaming at home or more casual use. Thanks to their in-line remote, you also have access to a microphone for group chat as well as simple controls you can use on-the-fly.

They’re well-suited for a variety of audio genres as they have a well-balanced profile with a touch of extra bass. While some gamers may enjoy a warmer bass with more punch to it, it can, unfortunately, make them also sound slightly muddy or dark for other listeners. Still, their microphone does a good job of capturing voices that sound natural and clear but lacking in a bit of detail and brightness. They’re also decently comfortable and they come with nine sets of ear tips, so you can easily find a pair that best suits your needs.

On the downside, their in-line mic doesn’t sit very close to your mouth, and your voice can be drowned out if you’re talking in even moderately noisy environments. The earbuds furthermore struggle to block out background noise, so if you are wearing them during your commute, you’ll hear almost all the rumble of bus or train engines. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for flexible wired headphones that can work for gaming and also more casual make use of, they’re a solid choice.

21. Klipsch T5 True Wireless Earphones

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The Klipsch T5 are unique-looking truly wireless headphones that have a weirdly long stalk that enters your ear canal. They might not be the most comfortable headphones due to this design, but they’re still a decent option for people looking for wireless headphones with an excited, V-shaped sound profile. The battery life on a single charge is quite impressive for truly wireless headphones, and they come with a very nice charging case.

Note that we had issues with the fit of these earphones on our measurement equipment, which results in odd-looking results. In this review, we give our subjective impression of their sound, but a colleague couldn’t get them to fit in his ears and thinks the measurements below could be representative for a user who can’t find a good fit. These headsets have a very long stalk style that enters the ear quite deeply, which isn’t the most comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They also have an exciting, V-shaped sound user profile if you get a good match, which won’t satisfy critical listeners who are looking for neutral audio. They’re also only rated IPX4, which isn’t that great for sports. They can have decent isolation performance with a good suit and their 8-hour battery existence about the same charge is what makes them stand apart. Thanks to their portable and breathable design, these headphones can be used for physical activity, although there are better options available. They’re only ranked IPX4 for water resistance, which isn’t that ideal for sports headphones.

22. Shure SE425

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The Shure SE425 are well-built and durable in-ear headphones. They have an ear-hook design that makes them a decent option for sports and they easily fit into your pockets. They’re also a bit more comfortable than typical in-ears. Unfortunately, they don’t have any controls and although they’ve improved their sound quality over the SE315, their mid-rangy audio may still be a deal-breaker for more critical listeners, especially, at their price range. The Shure SE425 are a bit better for mixed usage than the SE315 thanks to their slightly better sound quality. They’re just as compact and easy to carry around with a stable and durable design that would be decent for sports. Regrettably their lack of settings, mediocre isolation and the below-average sound they may not be the ideal headphones for more critical listeners.

23. Klipsch T5M Wired

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Klipsch has form when it comes to excellent, affordable in-ear headphones. In 2018 it was the R6i IIs (below) that stole all the headlines, but for 2021 it’s the T5M Wired causing a stir. Not only are they extremely comfortable, but they’re also some of the most musical buds we’ve heard in this price bracket.

Each bud houses a 5mm dynamic driver and features a soft silicone ear tip that offers a great seal that ensures good noise isolation. The rugged cable feels tough enough to withstand the rigours of a daily commute and there are an in-line mic and one-button control, so they’ll work with most smartphones. While not positioned as ‘sporty’, they are IPX4 sweat- and water-resistant.

Any negatives? Well, they can generate cable sound if you don’t use the supplied clothing clip and the one-button control doesn’t allow for volume adjustment. But overall, the Klipschs combine detailed and dynamic sound with the great build quality, meaning they’re a stellar product for the money.

24. Klipsch R6i II

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These sleek in-ears look and feel as if they should be more expensive. They’re also a snug fit and extremely comfortable. And then there’s the sound quality, which will blow most budget in-ear headphones out of the water, including Apple’s own EarPods.

Each bud houses a dual a magnet, moving coil 6.5mm driver and Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips (you get four sizes in the box fit snugly inside the ear without ever becoming uncomfortable. The three-button playback control and mic look stylish and do the job, offering full handle of iOS devices.

More importantly, these earphones sound as good as they look. Timing and organisation are excellent, creating a great sense of refinement. Lows are accurate and balanced, while highs are audio sharp and precise. Put simply, these amazing in-ears deliver on all fronts.

25. Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd

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The Beyerdynamic Soul Byrds (no, that’s not a slip of the keyboard) are a talented pair of sub-£100, wired in-ear headphones. If you want to upgrade your ageing Apple EarPods, the Beyers should be high on your hit list. Timing is excellent, sonic balance is perfectly poised and there’s a surprising amount of detail for the money. A universal three-button remote control with mic provides basic functionality (play, pause, skip tracks, etc) across iOS and Android devices. They’re supplied with five sizes of ear tips, so you should be able to achieve a decent level of isolation. It’s also worth noting that the earpieces are magnetic and snap together around your neck, holding them securely in place when not in use. While the Soul Byrds are more expensive than some rivals, such as the SoundMagic E11Cs (above), they represent a clear step up in quality. Build quality is good and they’re an easy listen.