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Budget In-Ear Headphones under Php1k (July 2016)




Budget In-Ear Headphones under Php1k (July 2016)-2

In-Ear Headphones or simply “Earbuds” are somewhat essential in today’s society. With the Philippines being the highest ranking APAC country streaming over 2.5 billion songs on Spotify in 2014, everyone today is expected to have their own pair of earbuds whether it’s the stock from their phones, or high-end audiophile IEMs such as the Sennheiser Momentums in-Ear.

If you’re looking to replace that old earbud of yours here we have our Budget in-Ear Headphonesaround Php1,000. Take note that this list isn’t in any order whatsoever, and do keep in mind that we didn’t choose these earbuds for a specific sound target such as bassheads, or stage presence.

Sennheiser CX213

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Price: Php890 (Egghead)

Personally it’s the best In-Ear Headphone that I’ve bought for less than Php1,000. Despite the rubber and plastic build, the Sennheiser CX 213 is a great all-around In-Ear Headphone that has a good mix of mids, lows, and highs. I listen to a wide variety of songs and the CX213 is great in all them, especially for the price.

In contrast to rock/alternative/punk/metal music, the CX 213 delivers clear vocals while delivering a clear and good sound stage, great separation, and if you’re a basshead that listens to RnB, Rap, and the like, this is perfect for you.

The best part about Sennheiser’s products is the warranty. The CX 213 like all Sennheiser products has a 2-year Global Warranty, and if you buy this in select stores such as Egghead, they provide  great customer service that will quickly attend to your faulty CX 213 with a conditional unlimited replacement warranty for 2 years. This is  currently my backup on-the-go earbuds.

Specifications:

Transducer principle Dynamic
Ear coupling Intraaural (ear canal fit)
Frequency response 20 – 20000 Hz
Impedance 16ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 110 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
Cable length 1.2 m symmetric cable with gold-plated   3.5 mm angled plug

Pros:

  • Low Impedance
  • A Bang for the Buck
  • Absolutely amazing 2-Year warranty (I’ve replaced mine 5 times now without any questions in less than a year)

Cons:

  • Average-Looking Design
  • Not that durable

Philips SHE8000

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Price: Php850

The first In-Ear Headphone I’ve ever bought. The Philips SHE8000 is a great all around earbud that can be bought literally everywhere from AstroPlus to Odyssey, to AstroVision. The SHE8000 is one of the most popular IEMs that Philips has created thanks to its great sound quality, good looking plastic-rubber design, and 24k gold plated 3.5mm jack.

The SHE8000’s younger brother, the SHE7000 is almost similar in design, but with a big difference in sound quality and if you’re interested with this In-Ear Headphone and is looking for an alternative with a mic, the SHE8005 is just the same thing expect it’s coupled with a microphone.

Specifications:

Transducer principle Dynamic
Ear coupling Intraaural (ear canal fit)
Frequency response 10 – 20000 Hz
Impedance 16ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 115 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
Cable length 1.2 m symmetric cable with 3.5 mm angled plug

Pros:

  • Low Impedance
  • Good Looking Design
  • Gold plated 24k 3.5mm connector

Cons:

  • Philip’s Customer Service is bad.
  • 3-Months Conditional Warranty

SoundMagic ES18

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Price: Php400 – Php800

One of SoundMagic’s famous earbuds under the $20 mark, the SoundMagic ES18 is a good sport ranging around Php400 to Php800 depending on the store. It’s not much on sound stage, nor presence, but it is better than some stock earphone models such as the one on iPhone. It has good separation and the bass is just as pleasing.

It is available at Egghead and other select stores in the Philippines.

Specifications:

Transducer principle Dynamic
Ear coupling Intraaural (ear canal fit)
Frequency response 15 – 22000 Hz
Impedance 16ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 100 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
Cable length 1.2 m symmetric cable with 3.5 mm angled plug

Pros:

  • Low Impedance
  • Good Looking Design

Cons:

  • Cheap Plastic Feel
  • 3-Month Conditional Warranty

Coloud The Pop

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Price: 950

Coloud is sometimes compared with UrbanEars due to its flashy colors and uniquely named products. Here we chose Coloud The Pop thanks to its good sound quality, tangle-free cable design, and overall pleasing aesthetics.

Not really my most favored earbud in the list, the Coloud still delivers thanks to its great soundstage, and its good mix with the highs, lows, and mids. It’s transparent plastic case is also a plus, and it is available in almost every CD Store, Headphone branch here in the Philippines.

Specifications:

Transducer principle Dynamic
Ear coupling Intraaural (ear canal fit)
Frequency response 20 – 20000 Hz
Impedance 32ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 100 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
Cable length 1.2 m symmetric cable with 3.5 mm angled plug

Pros:

  • Low Impedance
  • Good Looking Design
  • With Microphone
  • Sleek straight tangle-free fire

Cons:

  • Cheap Plastic Feel
  • 3-Month Conditional Warranty
  • 32 Ohms (Needs more power to drive than the other IEMs in this list)

Xiaomi Pistons v2

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Price: 895

A very rare In-Ear Headphone to find this year, the Xiaomi Pistons are famed for their low-cost yet incredible build and sound quality design. Based on personal experience, I’ve owned the Xiaomi Pistons and they are really worth mentioning. Having an emphasis more on mids, the Xiaomi Pistons is perfect for any music lover out there especially for rock enthusiasts and the like.

Bass-wise, the Sennheiser CX213 beats the Xiaomi Pistons but that isn’t really much of a problem since that the Pistons are capable of driving bass to their standards.

Be careful of fakes because in the last few years, several fake versions of the Pistons have been found.

Specifications:

Transducer principle Dynamic
Ear coupling Intraaural (ear canal fit)
Frequency response 20 – 22000 Hz
Impedance 16ohms
Sound pressure level (SPL) 93 dB (1kHz/1Vrms)
Cable length 1.2 m symmetric cable with 3.5 mm gold plated straight plug

Pros:

  • Professional-Looking Design
  • Sturdy and Good Looking Case
  • Braided Wires
  • With Microphone

Cons:

  • Hard to find original products nowadays
  • 3-Month Conditional Warranty

With everyone having their own taste in music, it’s always hard to come up with a verdict on who’s to say is the best IEM out there especially with our price range. Nevertheless, we can all agree on one thing; good music is good music. We’ll be keeping this article up-to-date if there are price changes.

Think there’s an earbud worth mentioning that we’ve missed? Comment it down below.



This article was written by Pete Deyto. A Tech-Enthusiast of all sorts, he is the Business Development Officer of Veer Technologies and Reality+, and the Corporate Relations Manager of VR Philippines. He is currently taking up B.S. Computer Science at the University of Santo Tomas.

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18 Responses

  1. wtf says:

    Why get the Sennheiser? I have the Xiaomi Pistons V2 for already almost 2 years now and it’s still going strong. I don’t think replacing the headphones for 5 times in 1 yr is good.

  2. lol says:

    lol wth, the pistons 2 has a v-shaped sound sig. that means the mids are buried by the lows and highs.

    +a con would be that they never really fit well compared to other IEMs.

    ++ROCK zircon is a nice IEM too and its only about 1.2k

  3. J says:

    where to buy the pistons?

  4. Audiotech says:

    Sana next article ay in-ear bluetooth naman. Thanks

  5. Peejhay says:

    v4 na ang piston at 1k nalang siya ngayon..

    Plus meron din Xiaomi Youth = 500

  6. JessPH says:

    “I’ve replaced mine 5 times now without any questions in less than a year”

    Clearly, this set of earphones is not worth buying unless you like the hassle of returning your item for warranty.

  7. Try Awei, they’re cheap but pretty good. I suggest trying them.

  8. Pedro says:

    Xiaomi’s V3 Youth edition pistons can be bought online via a greymarket sellers. The sound is not that great like other pricier earphones but will do for a day-to-day commute. Orig version is about 1-1.3k via greys.

  9. reader says:

    For your 2016 top smartphones, you did not include the iPhone 6S plus. But here, all the items are old models that came out years ago. BE CONSISTENT IN YOUR CONTENT

    • lol says:

      the headphone market is different. releases aren’t as frequent and each year doesn’t guarantee good releases. for example, the sennheiser hd600 is still one of the best open-backed headphones available and it was released way back in 1997.

  10. Dale14 says:

    I bought xiaomi pistons v3 for 950 in techshop28. They have a wide range of earphone collection. They also have kz ate and ed9. :)

  11. musiclover says:

    my awei ah mas ok pa

  12. Marc Ocampo says:

    Nobody mentioned anything about the Philips SHE8000, any verdict on this one?

  13. ryan catama says:

    How about ..soundmagic es20?

  14. yna says:

    Is this the same with the one in the Goods PH (https://www.goods.ph/high-quality-output-special-piston-headphones-19013.html)? I’ve checked other website for the reviews and I’ve seen so many great reviews about it. Keep up the good work guys!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Where can i buy the senheiser?

  16. lea says:

    where can i buy coloud earphones?

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