Shopping for any kind of new tech can be a pretty meticulous task—one that often requires hours of listing down pros and cons as well as several rounds of inspection and comparison. When you’re buying on a budget, the process can be even more difficult as the number of available options inevitably dwindles down. So if the search for new gadgets that fit your limited budget is starting to feel fruitless, allow us to offer our services. For those of you currently hunting for a great listening device—be it wireless earbuds, headphones, speakers, or even headsets—we’ve listed 10 high-quality, bang-for-your-buck audio devices that you can get for less than P5,000. Whether you’re a true-blue audiophile, a casual music listener, or a habitual soundtripper, you’re sure to find something that fits both your needs and your budget.
These are best audio devices to shop if your budget is below P5,000:
1. Tevi Z3 True Wireless Earbuds
Despite their low price-point, Lypertek’s Z3 earbuds are a great option when choosing wireless earbuds even for folks who aren’t on a budget. For just under P4,800, you get clear, balanced audio with 70 hours of total battery life on the charging case—10 hours on the buds and six extra charges on the case. Expect neutral sound output similar to what you might get out of studio headphones—great for audiophiles who prefer their tunes true to production.
2. ATH-M30x Headphones
Audio-Technica’s M series (ranging from the M20x to the M50x) has long been a go-to for audiophiles and sound professionals thanks to their neutral sound quality and comfortable wear. Note that these are studio headphones, meaning they’re typically meant for listening and recording, and not necessarily having a bass-heavy sound trip. If you’ve got a limited budget, go for the M30x model, which falls in the middle in terms of both specs and price point. They’re wired headphones that offer reliable sound and a comfortable over-ear fit. If you’re working in an audio-driven profession—voiceover work, podcasting, music critique, and the like—they’ll never let you down.
ATH-M30x Headphones, P4400, AUDIO-TECHNICA, Available online.
3. Clip 4
JBL’s Clip 4 Bluetooth speaker will be your new fave companion when traveling. You can bring the compact device with you anywhere you go—its carabiner-style shackle lets you clip it onto your bag, so you can always reach for it in a snap. It offers crisp audio that, although it de-emphasizes the bass, allows vocals to come through with clarity—ideal for casual listening and fun sing-along sessions with friends. You can get it in a variety of cute colors!
4. PowerBeat True Wireless Earbuds
These cool earbuds from Promate are both a listening device and a 5,000 mAh power bank, so they’ll save you lots of bag space right off the bat. The wireless earbuds promise authentic and precise sound with rich bass, balanced mid-range, and clear treble frequencies. They offer up to three hours of use in one full charge while the charging case can give you up to 40 hours of playback in total.
PowerBeat True Wireless Earbuds, P3995, PROMATE, Available at Abenson.
5. HD 250BT Wireless Headphones
Sennheiser’s HD 250BT headphones offer a bare-bones design as far as wireless listening devices go—the slim construction is mostly hard plastic and the headband features no padding. What it lacks in build, it more than makes up for in sound quality with bright, detailed audio that’s crisp and clear on the high frequencies, midrange tones, and bass. The pair also offers up to 25 hours of use on a single full charge. All in all, these headphones are a great bang-for-your-buck option if audio quality and overall performance is your top priority and your budget isn’t too high.
HD 250BT Wireless Headphones, P4990, SENNHEISER, Available online.
6. XB12 Extra Bass Portable Wireless Speaker
You’ll want to bring this portable Sony speaker with you the next time you hit the pool with your besties—it’s totally wireless and IPX7-rated waterproof, so you’ll have no problem blasting your fave tunes on vacation. They’re built with Sony’s Extra Bass feature, which promises deep, punchy audio. Plus, the Bluetooth speakers can run for up to 16 hours, so you won’t have to worry about it all day long.
XB12 Extra Bass Portable Wireless Speaker, P2999, SONY, See a list of Sony retailers.
7. Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500
Tune out the rest of the world with Nokia’s E3500 earbuds, which can reduce background noise and even enhance voice quality when used for calls. But don’t worry, they also come with Ambient Mode, which you can turn on when you need to hear your surroundings. You can use them for up to seven hours straight plus up to 25 hours of playback on the charging case. The 10mm dynamic driver promises to provide a rich audio experience with enhanced low-frequency bass and smooth mid to high frequencies.
Essential True Wireless Earphones E3500, P3499, NOKIA, Available online.
8. Major III Wired Headphones
Marshall’s line of speakers, earphones, and headphones are ideal for those looking for a solid sound trip—they’re known for that distinct thumping bass sound as well as those amplified high hats. Go for the wired version of their Major III headphones if you’re shopping on a budget. They offer that signature Marshall sound along with their classic black, leather-finish design as well as padded over-ear cups and an adjustable headband.
Major III Wired Headphones, P4690, MARSHALL, Available online.
9. Space Wireless Speaker with Ambient Lamp
Set the mood with both sound and lighting using this wireless speaker from Momax, which is also an ambient LED lamp that can change colors. It offers omni-directional sound with a 10-meter range and up to 10 straight hours of playback time. Pull up your late night playlist, turn off the lights, and let the device do the rest.
10. Evolve 30 II USB Headphones
For your online meetings and video calls, this headset from Jabra would be a reliable companion, offering both great input and output sound quality in just one device, so you won’t have to crowd your desk with too many gadgets. The plug-and-play headset can be connected via USB or aux cord, so it’ll seamlessly work with a variety of devices. Plus, the around-the-ear cushions promise a soft feel and comfortable fit, so you can keep them on all day long with no fuss.
Evolve 30 II USB Headphones, P4199, JABRA, Available online.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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