Best Budget Iem

Best Budget Iem –  Cheap Budget earbuds are perfectly safe to use for the intended purpose. Bluetooth chips and batteries inside are manufactured to the same safety standards as with more expensive headphones.

This list could never be comprehensive but I do feel if you pick any one of these budget iems you’ll do well. There are new models emerging often which includes many cheap iems from Linsoul and more which we’ll keep up with.


The basic summary can almost be grouped into three types of sound signature, in part due to Linsoul’s prevalence on the list.

1.Samsung Galaxy

Pros & Cons

2.Thieaudio Legacy

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3.Shure SE215-CL

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5.Jabra Elite

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6.Bang & Olufsen

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8.Kinera BD005 Pro

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9.Etymotic ER4XR

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10.FiiO FD1

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Best Budget Iem – BUYER’S GUIDE

Many people come and ask us what the best-sounding budget earphones are, but the truth is told, the sound is just one part of the equation.  Below are the factors I think you should consider when buying cheap earphones.



  3. SOUND

  4. PRICE


You might be surprised to see sound come in at number 3 on our list of most important factors.  Well, hear me out.  You can find many earphones under $50 that sounds great, but unfortunately, some of these earphones completely disregard ergonomics.

Think about it for a second; this is something you will be wearing inside your ears, usually for hours at a time.  There is no point in having the greatest sounding earbuds if you can’t stand having them in your ears for more than 20 minutes.

The next most important factor has to be build quality.  Even though your initial outlay is not much, and theoretically, you can more easily replace a broken set of $10 earphones than a $500 set, this is important to consider.  Some cheap earphones would have made this list on sound alone, but then we have absolutely no confidence in them lasting.  Furthermore, this is one area where companies will try and save a few pennies in the design by using lower-quality construction techniques and materials.  Now that’s not to say all earphones under $50 are junk, the majority, yes, but the ones we list here are pretty darn good for the price.

So the sound comes in third, and I think that is fair.  Yes, if you are on a budget, you will not get the same sound quality as someone with unlimited funds have. Still, the truth that nobody is telling you is that the differences in real-world performance (sonically) are far smaller than a price tag would suggest.  Some of the earphones below sound better than in-ear headphones over $200. Most of them sound better than their similarly priced competition.


I would say in the last 5-10 years there has been a dramatic growth of budget IEMs that provide incredible bang for your buck. In a blind listening test, I would challenge some audiophiles to call the cheap in-ear monitors from this list as the cheaper pair.