The Best Earphones Under £80

Affordable and impeccable

It's hard to justify splashing out on something you just know you're going to accidentally leave on the bus in five weeks time.

But luckily, when it comes to earphones, you don't have to spend big to get results. Just take a look at some of these crystal-clear, sub-£80 super buds…

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SOUNDMAGIC E10

Price: £29.95

What's so special about them: With a five-star review and 'Best Buy Award' from What Hi-Fi magazine, SoundMagic E10s are the most sought after budget earphones on the market.

Thirty quid for a pair of this sound and built quality is an absolute steal. Get them in your ears, right this very second.

Shure SE215

Price: £78.48

What's so special about them: Their sound isolating capabilities shield you from over 90% of background noise, and the translucent design (available in black and space-grey) is sweetly reminiscent of old third-party gamepads that you'd fob off to your mate.

What's more, they're snug as a Sunday morning lie-in. If you've had comfort issues with previous buds, then these are what you need.


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Sony MDR-EX650AP

Price: £38.90

What's so special about them: Winner of What Hi-Fi's 'Product of the Year' in the heady, political apocalypse-less days of 2014, this Sony offering features brass housing, impressive bass, and a sound duct that minimises the vibration that the aforementioned bass would usually incur.

They don't look too shabby either, and feature an in-line remote mic for busy-looking types.



Klipsch Reference R6i

Price: £55

What's so special about them: Plump bass, confidently secure oval-shaped eartips and a tangle-resistant flat cord make the R6is a force to be reckoned with. That's not to mention the hardwearing build that Klipsch are esteemed for. A safe mid-range purchase.

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Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

Price: £69.95

What's so special about them: The powerful low-register bass will lend plenty of punch to your running/weight-room/walking-to-the-shops-to-get-another-twelve-pack-of-Quavers playlist, and their red, faux-metal body make them stand out.

Be warned, however: people with wider lugholes have found that the M2IEis fall out during runs and the like.


Urbeats

Price: £79.95

What's so special about them: Beats products pick up a lot of flack from audio aficionados, but these earphones are a slick and solid offering.

Apple has included four different-sized silicone speaker sleeves to ensure that you find the right fit, and the mic and remote work perfectly with iPhones (obviously).

As the priciest pair on this list, they also boast a great bass-range and top quality sound.