Updated: Oct 25, 2023
You don’t have to shell out hundreds of pounds to put quality earbuds in your arsenal.
I like to think I’m fairly easy on my electronics. But when it comes to reviews, there’s a certain perverse pleasure in seeing just how much abuse a piece of gear can take. Especially cheaper items, which can be pushed to the limits without sweating your wallet.
And speaking of sweat and punishment, perhaps no tool in my kit has a more thankless job than my earbuds.
Rather than suffering in silence, I expect my Bluetooth earbuds to constantly perform on command. Whether it’s phone calls and voice chats for work, a session on the bicycle, or a trip to the gym, I rely on these little marvels to keep the world out and my sanity in.
And with so many options available, I could think of no better way to honor these lifesavers than with an old-fashioned budget battle.
I tested 2023’s most popular earbuds comparing the big brands to the smaller companies to see which ones really work best.
Our testing revealed that paying for expensive big brand headphones can often be a waste of money. To our surprise, our test winner was actually from a small company that managed to beat the big brands in sound quality, ease of use, design, battery life and price for value.
BeatBuds X1 are one of the most talked-about wireless earbuds on social media right now, which explains why it’s become so difficult to find in stock.
Studio-quality audio. Smart noise canceling. Lightning charging. 18 hours of playtime.
BeatBuds X1 are currently the highest-rated wireless earbuds on the market.
We tested the BeatBuds X1 against several popular wireless earbuds including Airpods, Beats Studio Buds, JBL Tune, Bose Sport, and Skullcandy Indy Evo. While they were good in their own ways, their prices are quite a bit higher than the BeatBuds X1.
The Bose Sport performed a bit stronger in the lows, but was actually too bass-heavy and not as balanced overall as the BeatBuds X1, even though its pricing tops our list at a whopping £168!
I buy most of the earphones myself; sometimes, a manufacturer sends them to me. I review all audio products on a level playing field, always stating their strengths and their downsides.
Consider buying a pair of earphones in this list? I’d really appreciate it if you use the links in this article. It won’t cost you extra, yet it will financially support me a bit in my ongoing quest to test great affordable audio.
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