It’s a myth that you need to invest a lot of money to get your hands on high-quality headphones that come equipped with all the right features.
You can just as easily find nearly the same level of quality with headphones under £50 as their super-high-end counterparts. Now, of course, there are certain caveats. There will be issues with the lows, mids, and the highs – but it won’t detract from the overall experience. It gets the job done without costing an arm and a leg.
So we’ve been following some of the coolest headphones under £50 for 2020 and found the following 4 products to fit the bill.
JBL JR300 BT
JBL is not new to the headphone market and this time has an offering unique to kids and people with smaller ears. The JR300 BT offers the best sound experience without exceeding volume limits and offers rich bass along with crisp highs. It’s not going to damage your ears thanks to the 85dB limit.
The ear cups easily fit on smaller kids and the headband allows for accurate ear to ear adjustments to provide a secure fit. These headphones use a 32mm driver in each ear that max out at 85db to preserve hearing – this is more reliable in wireless connections than wired connections because the output is more dependent on the device’s own internal amplifier.
The battery charge time is what really surprised us. At 12 hours, these headphones will provide long hours of playtime without caving in. The headphones are really light at only about 113 grams so it won’t tire you out over long sessions.
There is a built-in microphone but it’s not all that good with fuzzy audio and sounds feel as if they’re coming from far away.
Because of the target audience, the headphones feature colorful retail packaging in three different designs: blue, pink, and teal. They also come with colorful stickers for kids to personalize the design. They’re really kid-friendly.
- High sound quality
- Colorful design
- Long battery life
- Reliable Bluetooth connection
- Built in mic is a little lackluster
- No noise cancelling
Anker SoundCore Life P2
The Anker SoundCore Life P2 excel at just about everything – from true wireless technology to high-quality sound rendering. At less than £50 a pop, they’ve enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity, and for good reason. They’re waterproof with an IPX7 rating and extreme durability, so you’ll have a hard time breaking them up.
Only thing we didn’t like is the physical buttons. These can be hard to operate and may even put pressure on your outer ear, which over time may cause minor pain. The buttons are so stubborn that you’ll have to really focus your energy on applying the right amounts of pressure.
In terms of build quality, the SoundCore Life P2 features an all-plastic and frankly uninspiring design, but it works. It’s definitely built for durability and will last long.
The battery life is at a whopping 7 hours, which outlasts more high-end variants in the market. That comes as no surprise given that Anker is known for their battery capabilities.
What really surprised us was the audio which is very accurate. It’s easy to pick up fundamental vocal frequencies along with delicate harmonic resonance in some instrumental performances. Only problem is that the earbuds do very little to isolate noise and filter out outside noise. This means that if you don’t secure a good enough fit in your ear, the bass notes will fall apart and the background noise just makes its way into your ear.
So make sure to wear the earbuds properly (and that can take some getting used to) for good audio experiences.
- Sound quality is unbeatable at this price
- High battery life
- Water resistance
- True wireless tech
- Buttons are hard to press
- The plastic build may be uninspiring
JLab Audio JBuds
If you’re a fan of wireless technology but don’t want to go for expensive options like the Bose QuietComfort, the JLab Audio JBuds more than fills in the job. These are true wireless earbuds at less than £50 – that’s unheard of these days.
We didn’t like the plastic build of the JBuds Air because of the unsightly appearance; however, they’re really sturdy and offer excellent sound quality. JLab provides Cush Fins with varying ear tip sizes to ensure a good fit for everyone.
The best part is that the earbuds support AAC for high-quality audio with good bass and clarity. . However, some minor notes and instrumental music may be difficult to hear when the drums kick up. It’s easy to hear fundamental frequencies which is always a plus. It is worth pointing out that there is no support for aptX, which is really important in Androids if you want hi-res wireless audio
You can choose from three EQ modes (signature, balanced, and bass boost). You can cycle between them by pressing the button (on either earbud) three times to switch. This is something that may be cumbersome for some individuals – nothing that an app could fix. It’s just clumsy to not build an app.
- Good sound quality
- Buttons are difficult to operate
You’d be amazed how feature-rich the Mpow Flame is despite being barebones cheap. More importantly, it’s designed to grip your ear and not let go thanks to the silicone ear hooks. Once it’s there, it stays there no matter how much you move. This stability is great for workout when you need to crank out an extra rep or two.
They are also waterproof and come with an IPX7 rating which allows for immersion in water (good for swimming). So you can go out in the rain without worrying about damaging these earbuds.
In terms of comfort, there’s not much to complain. The Mpow Flame comes with an angled design that comfortably sits right outside your ear. It’s designed for long, drawn-out assignments when you need the extra motivation to get through. Mpow Flame uses memory foam tips that are very comfortable and create a good seal in your ear to produce improved bass and noise isolation.
- Crystal clear audio playback
- Noise isolation
- Strong grip in your ear
- Comfortable memory foam
- Low build quality
Special Mention: House of Marley Positive Vibration 2
The House of Marley Positive Vibration 2 is a wireless headphone that packs tons of style in a neat package. Everything from its headband padding to the soft leather cups scream quality and comfort. It comes with solid sound quality that’s neither too thin nor too soft. And with strong battery life, we definitely recommend these if you’re traveling.
Blog Article Written By Rishi Sawhney – Headphone’s geek!