Top 14 headphones and earbuds

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Best earphones

1. RHA MA750i

Price: $179.95

At the top of our list are the humble RHA MA750i, built by British manufacturer, Reid Heath Acoustics.

They're not the last word in clarity or refinement, and bass fiends may prefer the Sennheiser Momentum In-ear’s more forceful low-end, but if you’re after a balanced, weighty sound without spending a fortune, they're amazing for the money.

2. Sennheiser Momentum In-ear

Price: $169.95

The Sennheiser Momentum In-Ears are a different kettle of fish to the RHA MA750i, but nonetheless, they are a fabulous listen at this price.

They’re not up to the level of more expensive, multi-driver models, but if you like your bass full and juicy, you’re won't be disappointed.

3. RHA T10i

Price: $229.95

Given their love of the lower-half of the frequency spectrum, the RHA T10i may not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, they deliver a big, weighty sound from a tiny in-ear package, offering a refined, truly high-end performance for £150.

Throw in RHA’s generous three-year warranty, and the T10is are destined to keep on dubbing for many, many years.

4. Etymotic ER-4PT

Price: from $402

The ER-4PTs are truly great in-ear headphones, capable of reproducing an extraordinary amount of detail.

They’re aimed at professionals and those who take their music very seriously indeed, so the bass output can lack oomph compared to consumer models. However, they bring music to life in a way many other in-ear headphones we’ve listened to simply can't match.

5. KEF M100

Price: $239

If you listen to bass-heavy music that demands an explosive range, you’re better off going for a cheaper, more blunt set of earphones such as the Sennheiser Momentums or the RHA T10i.

However, the balanced, laidback performance of the M100s, and their classy, attractive looks makes them well worth considering. They're great for all types of music.

6. Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2

Price: $89

Ever wanted to tune your earphones to your taste? Well at under $100, the Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 provides you with that very option. Coming with three interchangeable filters, you'll be able to swap between bass, neutral and treble filters.

The earphones come with an in-line mic, a good selection of tips and a soft carrying pouch. The sound quality is impressive, where the lows extend and are pronounced, the mids aren't too recessed and the highs provide a pleasant sparkle. To top it off, its soundstage isn't narrow and the instrument separation is clear. If you're looking for earphones that cost under $100 and punch above their weight, these should be on your list.

Note that this feature was updated on 9 June, 2017. This article originally appeared at

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