The Best Headphones You Can Buy For Under $50

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Headphones are kind of a luxury. They’re something most people loathe spending money on, as most modern phones come with a free pair in the box. Most make do with these, though usually it isn’t pleasant.

However, if you’re something of an audophile; if you value hearing all the work that has gone into the music you’re listening to, then this won’t do. At all. You will need a better pair of headphones than those your phone shipped with.

I remember when I got my first pair of REALLY good headphones when I was about 20. I couldn’t believe the difference they made to my listening experience – I didn’t take them off for days!

Back in the day, spending $100 on a pair of headphones was unheard of for me, but the acquisition did show me the difference between cheap-and-nasty and mid-range headphones, and what a difference it made.

As someone that loves music, headphones – and earbuds – are very important to me; I never use the one’s that ship with a phone, unless they’re good, of course. I’ve owned many pairs over the years, but my Bose QC35’s are easily the finest I have ever owned.

But what if you ONLY want to spend £30/$50? Can you get a respectable pair of in-ear headphones for that much money? Yep – and they’re much better than just respectable.

Meet The Brainwavz S0

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Yes, the name’s appalling; what were they thinking when they dreamed up that brand name? But once you get past this awful-sounding name things get a lot better very quickly.

For starters, the Brainwavz S0 headphones look very appealing with their red on black styling just like 2015’s McLaren F1 car. Mercifully, though, these headphones are a lot more reliable.

Now, Brainwavz are not a household brand by any stretch of the imagination but these headphones are very impressive. I kept hearing about them and reading about them on Reddit and in forums, so I decided to have a look myself.

I wasn’t expecting much, however. Not from a pair of sub-£30/$50 in-ear headphones. To be honest, I couldn’t see them being much better than the headphones that shipped with my last iPhone.

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I was wrong.

The Brainwavz S0 produce excellent sound pretty much across the board. Everything is beautifully balanced, much more than I expected, and little details, the things that you only usually hear on very decent speakers or headphones, do, indeed, creep out.

I listen to a selection of styles of music from metal to jazz and folk. The Brainwavz S0’s handled pretty much everything with ease, delivering crisp, detailed sound. The only area I would say things aren’t 100% is in the mid-bass section – it’s a bit too heavy handed at times.

Still, for under £30/$50 the performance exhibited by these in-ear headphones is incredible. They’re as good as some £100/$150 in-ear headphones I’ve tested in the past – and that is quite a feat to pull off.

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To make matters even better, Brainwavz include an extensive array of accessories with the S0 headphones. The complete package makes excellent value for money.

If you’re in the market for a decent pair of headphones, but don’t want to spend more than £30/$50, do yourself a favour and check these one’s out. You will not be disappointed.

If you’re serious about getting a pair of these bad boys, eBay has the best prices for these headphones by a country mile! 

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