Fast Five: IEMs under Php500 (2016)
In need of great-sounding cans for cheaps? We heard you, and this Fast Five brings you to this year’s list of great-sounding in-ear cans that are priced under Php500.
We’ve started compiling audio lists last year, and we’ve seen more peripherals break the much-coveted sub-Php500 price to the point that they are in for a much-needed update. These may cost cheap, but we’re definitely sure that these are worth the purchase.
AKG Y10 (Php499, Egghead)
First up on our list is AKG’s most affordable in-ear monitor called the Y10. It touts that it can deliver high-output sound with excellent frequency response, rich and warm tones, and great bass. It’s solely for listening to media, as there’s no in-line microphone present. Still, we recommend this for people looking for good-sounding earphones at this price point.
Creative EP-600M (Php495, Octagon)
Creative also has a nice earphone priced at Php495. The EP-600M offers comfort with different earbud sizes, noise isolation, punchy bass, sonic boom through 10mm Neodymium drivers, and well-balanced audio playback with in-line microphone and one-button remote control. We’ve seen this one being sold at Octagon.
A4Tech AK-750 (Php380, PC Options)
A4Tech also has three new in-ear monitors released locally this year that are priced under Php500, but we’re only featuring one — the AK750 that touts great bass and superb sound quality coupled with an inline microphone and remote, all for Php380. We’ve seen this being sold at PC Options in Gilmore, as well as several shops at SM City North EDSA Annex (Check out that store carrying lots of A4Tech stuff beside CD-R King selling this for Php390!)
Sennheiser MX 400 II (Php319, Lazada)
We may have featured Sennheisser earphones last year, but that doesn’t stop us from bringing yet another model, this time the MX 400 II. It’s said to pack a lot of complex and high- end, dynamic sound despite being really cheap at Php319.
You can also find a few pieces for sale at the Landmark Department Store in Trinoma, which carries the traditional two-year warranty as seen in its package.
Ekotek Ekobuds Lifetones (Php299, Ekotek)
Last on our list: Ekotek’s recently-released Ekobuds IEMs called the Lifetones that offer decent sound at Php299 a pair and is available in four different colors. It also has a switch for clearer music both on basic phones that don’t support inline microphones and smartphones. I bought one the other week, and it’s a good buy — it doesn’t feel cheap, the sound is decent with good bass lines, and it fits nicely on the ears.
That’s it for this year’s list of IEMs priced under Php500. We know there’s a lot of other great-sounding cans around (AWEI has some of the most well-balanced, bang-for-the-buck earphones today), and we’d love to see you share your recommendations with the comments section below.