When seeking earbuds you can use daily at work or on your commute, it seems devices priced around $100 hits the sweet spot, striking a balance between sound and build quality. With these in-ear audio appliances, you can’t go wrong, whether you need a go-to pair of earbuds for your everyday grind or something to have in your bag to serve as a backup.

The 7 best in-earbuds reviewed in this post were selected for their richer, fuller sound as well as more pleasant treble. For instance, a product like the 1More Triple Driver Headphones, which comes first on our list, features an inline control (three buttons) & mic and is also compatible with devices that run Android and iOS.

Here’s a brief look at the products we’ll be discussing on this page:

  • 1More Triple Driver Headphones
  • Shure SE215 Headphones
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air True Wireless
  • Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd
  • RHA MA390 Universal In-Ear Headphones
  • Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless Earbuds
  • Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear

Top 7 in-Earbuds under $100

1More Triple Driver Headphones


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1MORE Triple Driver In-Ear Earphones Hi-Res Headphones with High Resolution, Bass Driven Sound, MEMS Mic, In-Line Remote, High Fidelity for Smartphones/PC/Tablet - Gold
  • Three drivers- These headphones have two balanced armatures and a separate dynamic driver. Together they deliver an extremely accurate listening experience with unsurpassed dynamic power and clarity from deep bass to sizzling highs.
  • Tuned By A Grammy Award Winning Sound Engineer- 1MORE collaborated with internationally acclaimed producer, mixer, and sound Engineer Luca Bernard to perfect the final Tuning to deliver a precise representation of your favorite artist's intended sound.
  • Comfortable ergonomic design- the OBLIQUE angled ear fittings naturally match your ear canals. 9 sets of included ear tip sizes ensure a proper fit for all. They're more comfortable and less likely to fall out, freeing you to enjoy your music.
  • Intelligent control technology- in-line remote control is conveniently located allowing you to effortlessly control volume, select songs, and take calls. Superior mems Microphone has independently set ground wires to eliminate cross-talk and background static.
  • Contents - Triple Driver In-Ear headphones, 6 sets of silicone ear tips, 3 sets of foam ear tips, magnetic clasping traveling case, attractive storage case, quality dual prong airline adapter, matching shirt clip.

The 1More Triple Driver Headphones are a well-built gadget with slick-looking in-ears that deliver an above-average sound quality for critical listeners. The earbuds are moderately comfortable and stable enough for you to exercise with.

They include a sturdy case, which makes them easy to have on you any time. But they aren’t the best headphones to wear in loud environments or while commuting as they don’t block a lot of ambient noise.

Design

Style: The earbuds get a simple design, which feels well made, and they’ve a brushed metal finish, which feels high-end. There’s a 2-tone cable that’s rubberized (for those cables connecting to the earbuds) and also coated in a flexible fabric. This coating even further adds to their premium feel.

While the titanium color scheme is slightly more understated compared with the black color version, the 2 color schemes aren’t that flashy. Thus, they won’t turn heads in a crowd.

Comfort: The Triple Driver Headphones are moderately comfortable and extremely lightweight. They’re angled, and they don’t go as deeply into your ear canal. Thus, they’ll cause less fatigue compared with other in-ears on the market.

Also, they offer a wide variety of different tip sizes & types (which include foam tips) to enable you get a fit, which will be more comfortable for you. But if you find in-ear headphones uncomfortable, then you’ll face the same challenge with these 1More headphones.

Controls: They’re equipped with a straightforward & efficient control scheme, with the buttons well-spaced out and “clicky”, providing you with the basic functions, including play/pause/call, track skipping as well as volume controls.

Portability: These headphones are extremely portable, and just like most in-ears, they come with a small footprint and easily fit into nearly all pockets. This means that they’re very easy to carry around with you even though their case is a bit bulkier.

Case: They’ve a stylized hard case, which is slightly bulky. However, it’s still expected to fit into almost all pockets & bags. It protects the earbuds from things like drops, scratches, impacts, in addition to minor water damage.

Build Quality: The 1More Triple Drivers in-ears are surprisingly well built. When you see them at first glance, they look like regular in-ears. However, on inspecting them more closely, you’ll see that the materials utilized in their build quality are high-end and also durable.

Features

Stability: These in-ears are as stable as the majority of headphones with in-ear design, which have no stability tips. But if you can find an excellent fit, then they won’t move much even while exercising or running. The device is so lightweight that they’ll seldom fall out of the ears unless the cable gets hooked on something or you pull them out yourself.

Bass Accuracy: The bass is superb with the low-frequency extension (LFE) hitting 13Hz, and that’s awesome. In the same vein, low-bass stays within 0.3 decibel of the target, indicating an extended & deep bass. This is exactly the right amount of thump & rumble.

As for mid-bass that accounts for the body of bass guitar and the punch of kick drums, it’s not only even but also balanced and comparatively flat. But high-bass is over-emphasized by 3 decibels, making the bass of the headphones slightly boomy and muddy.

Mid Accuracy: When it comes to mid accuracy, these earphones’ performance is excellent, and the response is quite even. However, there’s a 7dB wide recess centered around 700 hertz, pushing vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix as it gives more emphasis to the lower frequencies.

Treble Accuracy: The treble range is also great as low-treble is even & well-balanced. However, mid-treble reveals a narrow yet 8dB dip around 6000 hertz. This produces a small yet noticeable effect on the brightness & detail of vocals, cymbals, and lead instruments.

Noise Isolation: The 1More Triple Drivers Headphones offer modest isolation performance. They’ve no active noise cancellation (ANC), so they isolate passively. In the bass range, which is occupied by the rumble of airplane & bus engines, the in-ears had around 2decibels of isolation (this is hardly noticeable).

Leakage: They’ve a superb leakage performance. As a result of their closed-back in-ear design, they don’t leak in the bass & mid ranges, with the major part of their leakage between 3000 hertz and 6000 hertz (this is quite a narrow range).

Recording Quality: The in-line microphone of the 1More Triple Driver comes with a nice recording quality as the LFE of 289 hertz shows that a speech sounds relatively thin. On the other hand, the high-frequency extension (HFE) of 13000 hertz is great.

There’s, however, also a clear dip between 3000 and 10000 hertz, showing that speech recorded or transmitted with the microphone won’t have some detail and brightness. But it’ll come out more airy and open-sounding compared with the majority of Bluetooth microphones.

Pros

  • Nice audio reproduction
  • Low leakage
  • Lightweight and ultra-portable design

Cons

  • Mediocre soundstage
  • Poor noise isolation for an in-ear

Why Buy?

The 1More Triple Driver Headphones are better compared with their average mixed usage counterparts. The in-ears are comfortable and easy to carry around. The product also offers a well-balanced sound, good for casual and critical listening. But since they don’t have isolation and active options, they aren’t the most versatile headphones to wear in every situation.


Shure SE215 Headphones

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Shure SE215-K Professional Sound Isolating Earphones with Single Dynamic MicroDriver, Secure In-Ear Fit - Black
  • “-K” designates the product's color variation (black).
  • Evolved from personal monitor technology that's been road-tested by pro musicians, the SE215 offers detailed sound with enhanced bass for personal listening or professional monitoring.
  • Comfortable sound isolating sleeves block up to 37 dB of ambient noise. Sound isolation technology prevents outside noise from interfering with your listening experience, whether on-stage or on-the-go.
  • Lightweight, low-profile shape with optimized nozzle angle is designed to rest comfortably in the ear.
  • Durable reinforced cable allows easy replacement or customization. Formable wire ensures secure placement, and over-the-ear configuration keeps cables out of the way. Gold plated MMCX Connector has a lock-snap mechanism allowing 360-degree rotation for comfortable fit.

The Shure SE215 Headphones are a strong candidate for the rank of one of the 7 best in-earbuds under $100. They’re decent critical listening in-ears, which give a better performance compared with the higher-end models that are in the same series. Their design is strikingly similar to that of the Shure SE315 and SE425. However, they’ve fewer accessories.

On the bright side, the SE215 features a better-balanced sound and slightly isolate better in noisy environs. The device also has stable ear-hooks, as well as a comfortable in-ear fit, making it a cool option for commuting and sports. But their lack of in-line controls is slightly limiting.

Design

Style: These in-ears look quite identical to the Shure SE315 and the Shure SE425, which are higher-end models. They’ve the same angled earbuds to ensure improved fit your ears’ contours. They also come with a pseudo-ear-hook design, making them a stable choice for sports.

These earbuds do look and feel premium. Their audio cable is not only thick but also heavily rubberized & detachable. Just like the Shure SE425, the SE215 offers a transparent variation, which stands out slightly more than the all-black color scheme. However, the two color schemes are fairly understated, and they’ll be cool for nearly all listeners.

Comfort: The headphones feature a comfortable in-ear fit, coming with multiple tip sizes that enable you to get the right fit. Also, they’ve an angled design to fit your ears’ contours better, making them more comfortable compared with typical in-earbuds. (They don’t have as many tip sizes as the more premium Shure SE315 and the Shure SE425, though.)

Breathability: Like most in-ears, they’re very breathable and won’t make you sweat more than usual even when you’re engaging in more strenuous activities. The headphones do have an ear hook design; however, the hooks are thin and don’t feature as many points of contact with the ear as a number of the models with a similar design.

Build Quality: The SE215, like the remaining models in the SE series, comes with good build quality for an in-ear design. They’ve a thick and durable cable, along with moderately dense earbuds. Also, this cable is removable, and that’s a relatively rare option in in-ears, making the SE215 headphones much more durable as you can always purchase a replacement if the cable becomes damaged due to regular wear & tear.

You can even buy an adapter cable to make the headphones wireless. But, there are no extra cables in the box, and that’s somewhat disappointing.

Features

Stability: These headphones are stable with a wired in-ear design. They‘ve a pseudo-ear-hook design, which is flexible, and not as stiff as other ear-hook models, such as the Anker SoundBuds Curve. This ensures that they’re stable enough for sports and workouts as they’ll rarely fall out of the ears unless the audio cable gets hooked on something or you physically pull them out of your ears.

Bass Accuracy: They’ve great bass staying at 10 hertz, and that’s superb. As for Low-bass that is responsible for the thump & rumble common heard in bass-heavy tracks, this is within 1.3 decibel of the target, and that’s also excellent. Mid-bass, which accounts for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums, also stays within 1 decibel of the neutral target. But high-bass, which accounts for warmth, is overemphasized by 5 decibels, making the bass quite boomy as well as muddy sounding.

Mid Accuracy: The SE215’s mid-range is cool as the 4-decibel bump in low-mid is really the continuation of the high-bass overemphasis, which often thickens the vocals and lead instruments, making the overall mix sound cluttered. But mid-mid & high-mid are significantly better balanced, and that implies the upper harmonics of leads or vocals will be adequately reproduced.

Treble Accuracy: They’ve a mediocre treble performance with the overall response slightly uneven throughout the range. Low-treble is moderately balanced; however, the narrow peak about 5000 hertz may make certain sounds slightly too intense.

Noise Isolation: The headphones deliver great isolation performance. While they’ve no ANC system, the in-ears offer you a remarkable amount of isolation. In the bass range, in which we find the rumble of airplane and bus engines, the headphones hit 15 decibels of isolation, and that’s cool.

In the mid-range, which is responsible for blocking out speech, they isolate by over 23 decibels, and that’s also great. As for the treble range, where we’ve sharp sounds such as S and Ts, they cut down on outside noise by over 36 decibels, and that is excellent as well. But just like the majority of other passively isolating headphones, the SE215s aren’t that effective around 200 hertz.

Pros

  • Stable, portable design
  • Durable build quality
  • Minimal leakage & superb noise isolation

Cons

  • There’s no extra cable in the box
  • Lacks controls

Why Buy?

The Shure SE215 is a decent option for neutral listening with a bit more balanced sound compared with the higher-end SE315 and SE425. They‘ve a good bass and a modestly balanced mid-range, while the slight overemphasis in the lower frequencies ensuring that they sound slightly boomy and cluttered.

Also, their treble range is slightly inconsistent and will sound a bit sharp on certain frequencies. However, it is slightly recessed overall, making instruments & vocals slightly less detailed. Like nearly all devices with in-ear designs, the small closed-back earbuds don’t have the capacity to create a soundstage as spacious as what we’ve in the more neutral listening focused open-back over-ear headphones.


Anker SoundCore Liberty Air True Wireless

Soundcore Liberty Air True Wireless Earphones with Charging Case, Bluetooth 5, 20 Hour Playtime, Touch Control Earbuds, Graphene Enhanced Sound, Noise Cancelling Microphones and Secure Fit (Black)
  • Expertly Tuned Graphene Drivers: As graphene’s earliest pioneers, we have used our experience to create a new driver for Liberty Air Bluetooth earbuds that takes full advantage of the material’s remarkable properties. 100 times harder than steel and 35% lighter than traditional driver diaphragms, it oscillates with extreme precision to give your music a wider soundstage with exceptional accuracy and clarity across the entire frequency range.
  • Crystal-Clear Calls: Each earbud is equipped with a microphone that utilizes noise reduction technology. Your voice is optimized and background noises are minimized so you sound louder and clearer on the other end.
  • Up to 20 Hours of Playtime: A full 5 hours of listening on a single charge is extended to a huge 20 hours of playtime with the included charging case.
  • Integrated Touch Controls: Use the earbuds to answer calls and play, pause, and skip music on-the-go.
  • Secure Fit: Liberty Air’s lightweight in-ear design and multiple sizes of EarTips allow you to customize the fit of the earbuds. Crank up the comfort level and enjoy music and stereo calls with superior noise-isolation.

The Anker Liberty Air Headphones are an above-average mixed usage option, which is very versatile for your daily casual use. They come with a truly wireless design, resembling that of the Apple AirPods, but sporting a glossier finish. The in-ears are super-portable. Also, their in-ear fit can block a lot of ambient noise that’s great for use at the office and commuting.

They’ve cool audio reproduction for in-ears, along with an impressive wireless range. But these True Wireless Earbuds don’t offer a strong battery life. Also, their latency is too high for playing games and watching videos. On the bright side, they deliver great performance for their price of $53.54, and the majority of users love them.

Design

Style: These in-ears are a very low-profile true wireless device, which comes with a similar design to the Apple AirPods. They’ve the same long stalks, protruding outside of the ears, on which you normally would have cables attached. The headphones feature a glossy finish that’s fingerprint prone and have a more “plasticky” look than the AirPods. This product is available in an all-white or all-black design.

Comfort: The in-ear fit of the audio appliance is moderately comfortable. However, it might not be so for every user. They’ve four silicone tip sizes to allow you to get the most comfortable fit. They also are very lightweight as you can hardly feel them inside the ears. (Certain wearers could feel light fatigue after listening to them for some time.)

Controls: The Liberty Air come with a cool touch-sensitive control scheme, where you’ll find basic functionalities, such as call/music management and track skipping. However, there’s no control for listening volume directly on the earbuds. If you want to change the volume, you’ll have to do so on your device.

On the bright side, you’ll find the control scheme straightforward to use and also responsive. There’s, however, no feedback of any kind offered from nearly all commands.

Breathability: Like most in-ears, the Anker Liberty Air have no system for trapping any heat inside the ear, so you aren’t supposed to spot any difference in temperature when wearing them. This ensures that they’re a decent option for sports since you shouldn’t sweat more than normal while engaging in physical activity.

Build Quality: These in-ears are fairly well-built, designed using glossy plastic, which looks slightly cheap. However, the buds are dense enough to withstand things like accidental drops without any significant damage taking place. Also, the case is of modest build and is expected to help in protecting the headphones. The Anker Liberty Air Earbuds are also rated IPX5 for sweat as well as water resistance.

Features

Stability: The stability of these in-ears extremely depends on the ear tip you make use of. If you’re able to achieve a decent seal & fit, the buds will hardly move inside the ears, which will make the headphones suitable to run or work out with. On the bright side, due to their true wireless design, they can eliminate the risk of a cable becoming hooked on something and pulling out your headphones.

Bass Accuracy: The Liberty Air offers excellent bass, with their response flat and almost flawless throughout the range, and primarily within 1.5 decibel of the neutral target. The LFE stays at 10 hertz, and that’s also great. Overall, the bass isn’t only deep, but also thumpy, punchy, and well-balanced, which makes them suitable for every music genre, with the bass-heavy ones inclusive.

Mid Accuracy: The headphones also deliver a superb mid-range performance, with their response quite even and primarily flat throughout the whole range. But we also have a shallow 2-decibel dip in mid-mid that nudges the vocals a bit to the back of the mix. However, you may hardly notice this.

Treble Accuracy: The in-ears also have an excellent treble performance, with their response fairly even, following the target curve excellently. They could be slightly sibilant for certain wearers; however, it isn’t everyone that’ll hear it. We also have a small dip around 5000 hertz that’ll have a negative effect on the detail and brightness of vocals & leads. However, this should hardly be conspicuous.

Noise Isolation: When it comes to noise isolation, the Liberty Air perform remarkably well. Though the headphones have no ANC system, they passively block a good deal of ambient noise.

(You can check our picks for the best noise-cancelling headphones for kids.)

Battery: They offer a 4-hr battery life that is around the average for nearly all true wireless in-ears. However, it’s a bit lower than the advertised 5 hours from Anker. This means we can also expect the advertised 20-hr total battery life to be slightly lower depending on your level of volume.

Bluetooth: The in-ears have support for Bluetooth 5.0, which could even give you better results in wireless range, as well as connection stability, if your audio source is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 as well. But they can be connected only to a single device at a time and have no support for NFC.

Pros

  • Nice audio reproduction
  • Extremely lightweight & portable design
  • Good isolation performance

Cons

  • Lack volume controls
  • In-ear fit might not be suitable for all

Why Buy?

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air Truly Wireless in-Ears are an above-average option for mixed usage, versatile for your everyday casual use.


Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd

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beyerdynamic Soul BYRD wired premium in-ear headphones in black
  • In-ear headset with balanced sound and good resolution
  • Ergonomically shaped housings ensure a secure and comfortable fit in the ear
  • 3-Button remote control with microphone for Android and iOS, Siri and Google assistant controllable
  • Simple elegance, pleasant feel and impressive wearing comfort
  • High-quality materials and real reliability

In this age of true wireless earbuds & smartphones without headphone jacks, corded earphones are now getting rarer. Therefore, the Beyerdynamic’s Soul Byrd in-Ears are a refreshing respite for users looking to buy a quality wired audio device.

Design

Style: They’re sold in a black color scheme, with a fairly nondescript design and a thin matte rubber cable (that is around 47 inches long). Also, they come with glossy black earphone tips that carry the new Beyerdynamic logo. Overall, the look is simple & sleek, but nothing outstanding.

Controls: The inline remote control of this device, which is positioned at roughly chin level on the right ear’s cable, comes with 3 buttons. There’s a central multifunction button that works for play/pause, call management & track navigation (via multiple clicks), in addition to the plus/minus buttons to adjust volume. Also, the central button can invoke voice assistants when it’s pressed down slightly more than a second.

Comfort: Beyerdynamic has added 5 pairs of silicone earphone tips in different sizes, along with a removable shirt clip as well as a zip-up protective case. Once you find the right earphone tip size, the in-ear fit is lightweight & secure.

However, the earphones are a poor choice for exercise as they don’t have an IP rating. Apart from that, they may not stay in place as an exercise-focused pair does. But they’re cool for walking around, with the seal allowing for robust bass response & an even ear-to-ear stereo image.

Features

Sound Performance: The earpieces internally contain dynamic drivers that deliver a frequency range of 10 – 25000 hertz, along with an impedance of 18 ohms. When they’re on tracks that have intense sub-bass content, such as The Knife’s Silent Shout, the in-ears offer solid low-frequency response. At top volumes, you find that the bass doesn’t distort. Also, the lows do feel powerful at more reasonable listening levels, without the sound coming out overly exaggerated.

Bass: The in-ears have good sub-bass extension, and there’s some rumble on songs, in which the bass is low. While the upper bass is quite boosted, it is slightly too much. On the upside, it doesn’t bleed into the midrange too much. Also, the bass is detailed & clean, allowing you to hear every bass note clearly.

Midrange: As regards vocals, they sound rich & full from the warmth of the bass. But you might notice that the vocals sound slightly recessed, which make them sound muffled sometimes. Overall, midrange clarity is moderately good.

Treble: The treble is perfect as it sparkles with some good amount of detail, and there’s is no noticeable harshness or peaks. They come out naturally without any hollowness or metallic sound.

Pros

  • Secure in-ear fit
  • Powerful audio performance featuring rich bass & detailed highs
  • Great mic clarity

Cons             

  • Design isn’t great for workouts and exercise
  • Not suitable for users looking for booming bass

Why Buy?

The Beyerdynamic Soul Byrd earphones offer you quality audio in a growingly rare niche for wired in-ear designs.

RHA MA390 Universal In-Ear Headphones

The RHA MA390 Universal In-Ear Headphones are affordable in-ears, starting at $29.95, featuring robust sound and universal controls. Though wired headphones could look attractive due to disappearing headphone jacks, we still have many reasons to go wired, and two among them are sound quality and price. While we’ve cheap wireless headphones on the market, their sound quality is much worse compared with their wired counterparts at the same price point.

Though the RHA MA390s can be regarded as the cheapest headphone the manufacturer has designed, the device doesn’t allow the cheap price to affect build quality, design, or sound. Let’s learn more!

Design

Style: The headphones don’t feel like a $30 product, with their driver housings milled out of solid pieces of aluminium to give a trumpet shape. They feature a braided cable, which can resist tangling, and also come with a straight 3.5mm headphone termination.

Controls: The RHA MA390s have a universal remote control: To pause, click it once; to skip, double-click it; and to go to the previous track, triple-click it. When you long-press the remote, you bring either Google Assistant or Siri to life, depending on the device you’re making use of. Though a universal remote is a cool feature to see, it’s disappointing that no volume adjustment option is available.

Features

Sound Performance: We can describe the sound quality of the in-ears aptly using only 2 words, warm and soft. Audiophiles won’t find the sound impressive; however, no audiophiles would buy a pair of headphones with a $30 price tag. For the majority of listeners, though, these in-ears do sound great, and many could even prefer their bass-heavy sound.

Bass: This is what you’ll find most outstanding about the RHA MA390’s sound signature. Bass response bleeds into the mids, meaning that they’re not the best option for vocal music. But the intense bass impact ensure that the RHA MA390s are nice for listening to music genres such as pop, hip hop, and electronic music.

Furthermore, highs are rolled off, meaning that you won’t notice the ultimate detail in the upper audio spectrum. But it also implies you won’t experience any fatigue from long listening sessions. In the slightly more expensive RHA S500u, we’ve more revealing highs. However, certain users could find this a bit sibilant and fatiguing. While the MA390’s softness may not be the most revealing, you can listen for hours without experiencing any discomfort.

Soundstage: Interestingly, these headphones offer a wider soundstage to your hearing compared with the more expensive RHA S500u. But the latter option does sound a bit better in all aspects, including tonal balance and resolution.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Premium build quality
  • Wide soundstage (for in-ears)
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Cable noise
  • Bass doesn’t have control
  • No volume control

Why Buy?

The RHA MA390 Universal In-Ear Headphones are budget earbuds with a premium feel. Due to their aluminum driver housings and braided cable, they can withstand years of abuse. Though audiophiles won’t find their bass-heavy sound ideal, the majority of users will enjoy their warm and rolled off presentation.


Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless Earbuds

Creative Outlier Gold TWS True Wireless Sweatproof Earphones with Software Super X-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX/AAC, Long Battery Life 39hrs Total, 14hrs Per Charge, Siri/Google Assistant (Gold)
  • SOFTWARE SUPER X-FI ACTIVATED | Outlier Gold is activated with Software Super X-Fi processing technology to unlock the headphone holography for local audio and music files through Bluetooth, so you can enjoy the Super X-Fi personalized audio via the SXFI App on your local in-app audio content
  • STUNNING 39 HOURS OF BATTERY LIFE | Boasting a jaw-dropping 14-hour playtime per charge, the Outlier Gold holds the longest single playtime in the TWS category without having to recharge. The accompanied carrying case rounds up the total playtime to about 39 hours, outperforming most competitors. To recharge the case, use the provided USB Type-C cable to the case and connect to any USB Type-A charging port
  • LATEST AUDIO TECHNOLOGY | Fitted with the latest audio technology, Outlier Gold produces detailed highs, well-balanced mids, and immersive bass with the 5.6mm graphene driver diaphragm. Equipped with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX/AAC, you can be sure of uncompromised and uninterrupted wireless audio quality
  • IPX5 SWEATPROOF | Resistant against sweat, light rain and accidental splashes. Go all out in the gym with protection from its sweat-proof coating
  • TRUE WIRELESS STEREO WITH SMART ASSISTANTS | Hear audio out of both earbuds when making a call and enjoy convenient access Siri or Google Assistant with Outlier Gold. Most true wireless headphones can only handle calls in mono; both earbuds of the Outlier Gold work independently and are fitted with built-in mics so you can also receive and answer calls even with just one earbud

Starting at $94.78, the Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless Earbuds are one of the best in-earbuds under $100.

Design

Style: The Outlier Gold has an upmarket look due to the gold accents that surround the earbuds. These in-ears are sold in a single Champagne Gold color option and come in an angled design with the tips going into the ear canal to achieve a tight fit. In the box, you’ll find 3 sizes of earphone tips. The angled earbuds make sure that you enjoy great noise isolation.

Controls: We’ve a single button on each earbud, used to control music playback and activate Google Assistant. To go to the previous track, press on the left earbud twice, and to lower the volume, press and hold it. In the same vein, you’ll press twice on the right earbud to go to the next track, and by holding down on the button, you can increase the volume. To pause & resume, press once on either earbud. To trigger Google Assistant, press on either earbud twice.

Features

Sound Quality: The Outlier Gold gets 5.6mm drivers, which offer excellent audio quality. The soundstage is not only warm but also inviting, with a tight low-end and clear highs that are joined by a modest mid-range. The headphones perform well with different music genres, such as folk metal, house, classic rock, and instrumental jazz. But the sound signature is especially suited to classic rock & instrumental music.

Battery: The most outstanding feature of the Outlier Gold is its strong battery life. The maker touts the robust battery life as delivering up to 14 hours on a full charge. The battery capacity is pegged at 80mAh on each earbud.

Interestingly, the 450mAh charging case provides you with enough power for charging the earbuds 1.5 times over, essentially giving you more than 30 hours of music playback, and that’s simply incredible. This means that you only need to charge the case once in a week. Charging the device fully inside the case takes under 2 hours, with the case itself taking more than 3.5 hours to charge.

Bluetooth: The earbuds can connect over Bluetooth 5.0, and the connection takes place seamlessly. They feature AptX and AAC audio codecs that ensure high-fidelity streaming over Bluetooth. Since each earbud works standalone, you’ll enjoy stereo calls, too. Also, range isn’t a problem as well since you can get a reliable signal for up to 25 feet without facing any issue.

The marquee addition on these in-ears is Super X-Fi, which is Creative’s own headphone holography technology. The company opted for a software-based version of SXFI on these headphones. And for this reason, the option is only limited to the SXFI app on the Android operating system.

Pros

  • Secure fit
  • Outstanding sound quality
  • AptX & AAC audio codecs
  • Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity
  • USB-C charging
  • IPX5 water resistance

Cons

  • Finicky controls
  • Plastic design

Why Buy?

Though not cheap, the Creative Outlier Gold True Wireless Earbuds are an affordable pair of headphones that offer you a variety of enticing features and capabilities.


Sennheiser Momentum in-Ear

Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear (Android version) - Black Red
  • Samsung Galaxy model using newly designed, tangle-free oval cable featuring 3-button in-line remote with integrated microphone.Connectivity Technology: Wired
  • Custom machined, low resonance stainless steel housing deliver a detailed and accurate sound
  • High-quality dynamic transducers produce high output level with low distortion
  • In ear canal design provides excellent attenuation of ambient noise. Multiple sized ear tips included insuring a personalized fit
  • Two year warranty when purchased from an authorized Sennheiser dealer

These products from Sennheiser represent the first in-ear model to become a part of the Momentum lineup. The Sennheiser Momentum in-Ear Headphones come in 2 versions, one for Android and the other for iOS, with the latter cheaper than the former.

Design

Style: Just like the majority of Sennheiser’s in-ear headphones that often look slightly ordinary, the Momentum model isn’t an exception. However, like the larger devices in the Momentum lineup, the Sennheiser Momentum in-Ears are different, embracing color. While the major parts of their bodies are red, it’s a dark & subtly metallic shade, far removed from the bright red commonly found in sports earphones.

Build Quality: The earpiece bodies are designed using plastic, and there’s a little plate of metal on the back on which the Sennheiser logo is emblazoned. If you take off the ear tips, you’ll be greeted by a feature Sennheiser dubs “the stainless-steel sound tunnel”. The inner part of the earphones is metal, while the outer is plastic.

Features

Sound Quality: The Sennheiser Momentum in-Ears, unlike some other in-ear models of popular full-size headphones, do an excellent job of recreating the key sound characteristics that are fancied in the larger Sennheiser Momentums. They’re simply very fun, providing you with great bass, delivered with the kind of depth and impact you might not just expect to get from an in-ear model.

The bass depth produces a superb impression. And when it’s coupled with a lively treble, it offers you a tremendous dynamic range, making your music sound vital and also energetic.

Different Versions: These in-ears are available in 2 different versions: We’ve an ‘i’ edition, which is built for iPhones and a ‘g’ edition, which is designed for Android smartphones. They all come with 3-button remotes. However, since the various types of phone respond to different signals, we find that the internal design of the remotes isn’t the same.

If you see a pair of headphones that has a 3-button remote control, there’s a strong probability that it’ll be the one designed to work with iPhones, not Android smartphones. Only a few sets come with inline remotes, which are specifically made for Androids.

Pros

  • Nicely detailed sound
  • Powerful low-register bass
  • Cool mid-range tone
  • Different versions available for Android and iOS

Cons

  • Recessed mids

Why Buy?

The Sennheiser Momentum in-Ears are a fascinating pair of headphones that are available in different versions for iOS and Android OS, equipped with a range of cool features.


Wrapping up

When you’re shopping for earbuds you can wear daily at work or on your commute to enjoy cool vibes from your favorite artists, it seems devices priced around $100 strike a balance between sound and build quality. With these in-ears, you can’t go wrong, whether you require a reliable pair of earbuds for your everyday grind or something to reserve in your bag as a backup.

These devices were selected for their richer, fuller sound as well as more pleasant treble. For example, a product like the 1More Triple Driver Headphones, which rank number one on this list, features an inline control (three buttons) & mic and is also compatible with devices that run Android and iOS.

With any of these options, you can enjoy a fantastic music listening experience either at work, on the bus, during walks, workouts, or at home. These audio appliances deliver superb sound quality for a variety of music genres, including pop, hip-hop, rock, EDM, and others.

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