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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.

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.



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17 Responses

  1. Adog says:

    That Sennheiser is total crap. Avoid that one. It dies on its own.

  2. Michael quinson says:

    Saan po makakabili nung Creative EP-600M (Php495, Octagon)???

  3. weh says:

    bumili ako ng ekobuds sira na ung isang headset. so this is just a warning. buy descent headset with above 500 on its price tag.

  4. Vincent says:

    I have the sennheissers, 2 years old and still ok. And I also have brand new remax 515’s, cost 399 pesos. Both sound great.

  5. ReallyDidip says:

    1 and 4, not IEM’s. Might want to brush up on what an IEM is.

  6. Vin says:

    Meron akong ganyang Sennheiser gamit ko sa lahat. PC. tablet, celfones. Ang tibay kahit laging nahahampas di nasisira. =P

  7. Ian says:

    Panasonic Ergofit is good too. Durable and decent sound and good bass and it costs less than 500.

  8. Raf says:

    Got awei from divisoria for 350.00 same quality with my asus headset.

  9. diego delos santos says:

    para sa kin the best sa line up un akg y10 matibay at maganda tunog nya kung me pagka audiophile ka. sa jbl store p500. each. naka 2 unit na ko. un isa nasira lang after 2 yrs dahil hinila ng anak ko with her classmate. pero pede daw ma repair sa jbl libis. d ko na na try malayo sa kin libis. the sennheiser ngongo ang dating sa kin. parang nakinig ka sa lumang lumang cassette tape. pero kung me money ka to spare the best ang apple headset. di ako maka apple pero sa s4, nokia 1520, hp stream 8, hp and asus laptops and 2 tablets ko ang ganda ng tunog ng apple headset.

  10. rxs says:

    i needed an earbuds (noise-isolating) para sa work ko (transcription) and entertainment na din. tinry ko nirecommend nyo dati around december time, genius headset mga P350 ang price. mga january ko nabili. this june bumigay na yung right side at ayaw tumunog. i guess, mahirap na magreklamo kung maghapon ko gamit araw-araw at nasira sa loob ng 5 months sa ganyang price. but still, i hope mas tumagal pa sana.

    anyway i needed a replacement and inexpensive one ulit. nauwi ako sa digibabe at yung binebenta nila na celebrat brand tig-P400. less than one week ko palang nagagamit. hopefully tumagal naman more than sa 7-day warranty nila hehe. sayang at ngayon lang lumabas article nyo na ‘to. ekobuds hanap ko kaso wala dito sa probinsya.

    maybe natyambahan lang talaga ako sa genius at nasira agad. mura kasi at sulit na sulit ang gamit. pero yung talagang gamit ko dati at first time ko bumili ng medyo mahal, yung meelectronics. kaso laspag na yung memory wire at natatanggal na yung coating sa cable. at least gumagana pa kahit mag 3 years na. so iba din talaga ang branded, at depende din talaga pag naabutan ng pagkasira at pagkalaspag.

    may paraan pa ba para ma-fix yung headset na genius ko? medyo nanghinayang ako eh hehe. pang back up din sana.

  11. spbx says:

    get a soundmagic es18 instead

  12. JD says:

    Number 3 is wrong. It’s not AK-750, it’s MK-750.

  13. Chie says:

    Saang Octagon kaya meron nun EP-600? mostly kase to around Manila.

  14. Kung gusto nyo ng affordable, great sounding IEMs with mic and remote, I suggest the Defender Pulse-302. I bought it from Astroplus for PHP499 a week ago. I needed a temporary headset while I’m waiting for my Brainwavz Delta replacement.

    Sobrang worth it at mag maganda pa kaysa sa mga entry levels ng Elecom at Coloud na nasubukan ko. May test unit kaya nalaman kong maganda ang tunog at mic. FYI lang ito, since mura and accessible din yung binilhan ko. You’re welcome.

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