Thanks to the success of our recent best earphones under 50 – Top 10 I thought I should give a little love to those willing to spend a little bit more. Now it’s time to look at what are the best earphones under 150. For the most part, these headphones represent a marked step up into the higher end of portable audio. Perfect for those that don’t want to go the whole hog but really want honest to goodness incredible sound.
They will all sound great out of any source allowing you to just plug and play. As usual, I will only recommend items that I have tried first hand, and always remember to do your research, take your time, and find what works for you. Feel free to leave a comment here or on Reddit r/headphones and I will always respond.
Earphones Under 150 Best Models
Tin Hifi P1
When we reviewed the Tin Hifi P1 we knew we had found something special. This unassuming little earphone was one of the first planar earphones to do things right and the sound was so good we instantly labeled them as giant killers. Outstanding detail retrieval and imaging that will rival high-end earphones is exactly what we were looking for and at this price, there is simply no better. The one caveat is that you need to have a sufficiently powerful Amp or DAP to get the most from them.
This is one earphone with outstanding sound quality. The microdrives inside provide amazing tight bass and lush beautiful mids. Build quality and isolation are also excellent with these and would make a perfect commuting headphone. You don’t have to go further than my full Yamaha EPH-100 review to understand why I am just so in love with this set of earphones and their truly unique 3d presentation of the sound.
It’s hard not to like the Aria they have a great build quality with its all-metal body and detachable cables. I have no worries about their long-term and for the price, they are one of the best sounding earphones on the market. They also look incredible with the tasteful logo and gold lines standing out when in the ear.
Not as detailed as the 2 above but they are far cheaper and do not require an external amp or DAC to get the most from the sound. These are extremely popular earphones this year and for good reason, because the price is so low and the performance so high.
At full retail, I think there are many better options to the I60 by Sennheiser but when you start to see them in sales under $150 then you have to take notice. A well-made and sturdy earphone from one of the biggest companies in portable audio the 60s provides warm and detailed sound with extra emphasis on the low notes making them one of the better earphones on the list in terms of bass response. Realistically my only criticism is that they don’t come with detachable cables.
Simgot EN700 Pro
The Simgot EN700 Pro performed outstandingly throughout the review. I have truly become hooked on them. The design and styling are awesome and the build quality can match the most top-of-the-line IEM’s.
The sound is detailed and highly energetic with exciting clear and deep bass which makes them an almost perfect match for any EDM, Pop, and Rap track. They are premium earphones without the premium price tag.
Stunning design that brings a touch of class to the list.
Etymotic Research ER3SE
Etymotic is one of the purest sounding audio manufacturers with their roots deep in music production. There are two excellent earphones that they offer in the ER3 line. The SE is a neutral and flat-sounding earphone designed for monitoring your music without embellishment and the XR model offers more impact in the lower frequencies. Both sound excellent and can be had well under the $150 limit we set ourselves for this list of the best earphones.
Jabra Elite 75T – True Wireless
If you are willing to go for a slightly older model you can actually get a few really good true wireless earphones for this price. Just a year ago you would be paying upwards of 350 for the 75t but now they can be grabbed for a bargain. These earphones have built-in noise cancelation and outstanding battery life and the sound is surprisingly good. You can read more about them on our list of the best true wireless earbuds.
Beats Studio Buds
A balanced armature earphone with a bit of punch. It manages to retain the speed typical of this driver setup but has a little more oomph in the low end than you would be used to. The sound is balanced with a hint of warmth and is thoroughly enjoyable with low levels of fatigue.
With detachable cables and multiple balanced armatures, the CCA CC16 is an interesting proposition for the price. The company has thrown the kitchen sink at this design and still manages to keep the price very reasonable. CCA and KZ both have a lot of models to choose from but at this point, these can be considered the flagship model.
Libratone Track Air True Wireless Earphone
Another true wireless earphone considering is the Track Air by Libratone. It has a gorgeous design and is available in four different colors. It has a lot of good tech on the inside with Bluetooth 5.0 and the Aptx codec. Its IPX4 is water-resistant and has inbuilt touch controls. The sound is really good to clear and detailed with some extra emphasis on the bass.