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Blog - The sub 50 battle!


As I mentioned in my “Welcome” post, we are living in an age where the quality of audio from very budget friendly items has improved to undreamed levels in recent years. This has made it possible for people to have the possibility of listening to good quality audio on a very tight budget.



One of the things I am hoping to focus on in my reviews is what I am going to refer to as the “Sub 50 Battle”. In these posts and reviews I will be focusing on items that are available under 50€ and what it is possible to expect.

Let’s not kid ourselves here, a budget of 50€ is still a very small budget if we dive into the audio world, specially the world of high fidelity, as people will spend 10 times more than this, just on a cable for their headphones.

However, that does not mean that we can’t get decent quality and a lot of enjoyment from a setup that is the price of a couple of takeaway dinners. I also understand that there are many people that do no have disposable income and that 50€ can be a lot to spend on a set of earphones, so I will do my best to try and help guide those who need to make sure their money is well spent.

IEMs…

I will mostly be focusing on IEMs in this price range as there is a much greater possibility of finding something that fits us rather than headphones which are much more limited in their selection (if we are looking for quality of course). I am not saying that there aren’t headphones under 50€ that don’t sound good, there are, but the search can be more difficult.

Sources…

I am assuming that you already have some kind of device to power the headphones or earphones that I will be reviewing, so the 50€ audio budget is referring to the actual headphones/earphones themselves.

In the majority of cases, the source will probably be a cell phone, as this is something that most people carry with them at all times. Due to different phones using different parts (and set ups) the response of the IEMs tested (or headphones) may be different on your personal device.

Also, in recent times, certain phone companies have started to remove the headphone socket from their phones, meaning that some kind of external dongle or DAC will be needed to use them with your phone (unless we are talking about Bluetooth connections). There are some decent quality external DACs available at good prices, also some cheap DAPs offer good quality, however, we will speak more about this at a later date. For now, let’s just understand the the “<50€” refers to the headphones or earphones being reviewed (although some of these will be much less than 50€).

I look forwards to the search of quality in this price bracket!

SenyorC


(This post was originally published on the 4th of July 2019, the published date was updated when English and Spanish entries were divided on the 30th of July 2019)