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The Best Sports Earbuds and Headphones for Any Budget

Whether you’re taking on a grueling gym session or a late-night run, a workout playlist is essential to take you that extra mile, but those beats will fall flat if you don’t have the right sports earbuds to ring them with.

Here, M&F has the most popular picks for a great audio companion and sports earbuds for any budget.

SoundPEATS Air3 Pro Sport Earbuds

SoundPEATS Air3 Pro
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Great for: Long distance runs

Price: Sale price $59.99 (usually $69.99) from Amazon

The SoundPEATS Air3 Pro Hybrid active noise-canceling wireless sports earbuds are ideal for those on a budget. They’re the cheapest of our picks, but with a 4-star review on Amazon based on over 250 ratings, these earbuds offer excellent noise cancellation and can block out surrounding gym or traffic noise. We took them out for a run and found them to have a stable connection. Also appealing to runners is the fact that you can get 6 hours of listening time from a single charge (that’s an hour more than the standard Air3), making long-distance runs and even marathons fly by. Take the case charger out with you and you’ll have a total of 24 hours of battery life until the next charge. Worried about rain or sweat? The Air3 Pro has an IPX5 level of waterproofing against sweat and rain, which is a great bonus for budget buds.

We found the Air3 Pros to be snug and very comfortable, essential when you need to focus on your next PR. In your downtime, there is automatic mode switching to handle the different lags of video or games. Another added bonus not seen on many sports earbuds in this price range is the ability to connect them to the SoundPEATS app to adjust sound levels. We found the sound quality to be crisp and even had a surprisingly high amount of bass. For the majority of listeners, the noise cancellation will work wonders, although greater noise cancellation dB may be needed if you’re cycling at high speeds or dealing with wind and rain.

Pronunciation: At this price point, the automatic mode change and sound quality make them worthy of your money and ideal for activities like running or walking where you need battery life but don’t want to lose an expensive piece of audio kit. If money is really tight right now, the SoundPEATS Air 3 Deluxe HS will be released on November 18th and while the regular retail price is $10 off, they still offer 20 hours of battery life and many of the same features.

Skullcandy Push Active Sports Earbuds

Skullcandy Push Active
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Great for: Athletes and active people

Price: Sale price: $74 (regularly $79.99) from Amazon

While the Skullcandy Push Active True Wireless Sports Earbuds are only about 10-20 bucks more than the Air 3 Pros, the additional investment will net you a host of premium features. From a waterproofing point of view, they are IP55 certified. This means that they can last 55 minutes completely underwater (at a pressure of one bar). There are 10 hours of charging in these buds, with 34 additional hours available from the charging case. The Skull-iQ voice control technology was very useful for adjusting volume and skipping to different tracks. You can answer work calls at the gym or on the court without lifting a single finger. In testing, we found that bass was adequate, but not so explosive that it got in the way of vocals. But perhaps one of the most valuable features of the Push Actives is the ear hook that keeps you from looking like a loser when standard earbuds decide to fall out of your head in a busy gym. The buttons currently receive a 4-star review from over 3,000 ratings, and it’s easy to see why they’re loved. The Push Actives fit comfortably on your ear, making them ideal for exercising outside without fear of losing them to the elements.

The Judgment: One feature missing is active noise cancellation, so if you want to eliminate nearby interference, the Push Actives are limited in this area, but since they’re aimed more at athletes and those who exercise outside, like long-distance runners, you might want to go for it. alone anyway. The Push Actives also come with 3 different sizes of earcup cover, meaning you should be able to get good noise isolation from the fit. If you want great sound and the added peace of mind that they won’t fall out of your ears, this is the pair for you.

Beats Studio Buds

beat studio sports earbuds
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Great for: Fashion-conscious athletes who appreciate winning sounds

Price: Offer price: $119.49 from Amazon

The fact that Beats Studio Buds come in 5 different colors means you can pick the perfect pair to match your favorite gym setup, but apart from the iconic Beats style you’ll also own some serious sounds. Spatial audio offers immersive, surround sound effects usually reserved for the over-ear style of headphones. And with three soft silicone eartip sizes, you can find a fit that’s comfortable and secure for you. The Beats app provides everything you need to make sure you get plenty of bang for your buck, and you can also access on-screen information about battery levels (you can enjoy up to 24 hours when combined with the pocket-sized charging case) or make firmware updates a breeze.

The Beats Studio Buds offer Active Noise Canceling with the ability to quickly switch to transparency mode when someone asks you how many sets you have left on the only pec deck in the gym. And, speaking of the gym, these buttons are sweat proof, so go ahead and tell that guy you’re going to do 3 more sets! The onboard microphone offers ‘Dual-Beam’ capability and is ideal for canceling out background noise, so you can still make that call while running alongside busy traffic.

The verdict: As you’d expect, the Beats Studio Buds offer a rich depth of sound and the different sized ear tips mean you can find the perfect fit. We also loved the “Press and Hold” feature as it allows you to customize what it activates, meaning you can easily manage listening modes, activate your voice assistant or adjust the volume level.

Sony LinkBuds S Sport Earbuds

Sony LinkBuds S
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Great for: Sound lovers who lead busy lives

Price: Sale price: $128 (regularly $199.99) from Amazon

If you’re the type of person who squeezes gym sessions into a busy schedule, you’ll be happy to hear that the Sony LinkBuds S will give you 60 minutes of playtime in just 5 minutes. Perfect for those busy days where the last thing on your mind is cramming your pods. Sony says that the LinkBuds S offer their best ever sound quality during a call thanks to advanced voice signal processing, and with a 20-hour battery life offered by the case, these pods will also be ideal for those long, drawn-out meetings. Another great feature is the way the LinkBuds S sports earbuds can automatically switch between noise canceling or ambient sound and its smart settings will learn from your behavior so it can adjust to provide the ideal sound setup depending on your environment.

If sports earbuds are going to be worn for a long period of time, they need to be comfortable, and thankfully Sony nailed it here. They feel light and also provide a secure fit. The LinkBuds S is a doddle when it comes to connecting to resources like Alexa and Google Assistant. They’re also water resistant to IPX4, so sweat won’t be a problem when you squeeze in that all-important workout. An accompanying app puts you in control of the EQ and how your beats should sound

The verdict: If superior sound is important to you, the LinkBuds S sports earbuds will be your new best friend. It’s not just the playback quality that stands out, but also the microphone and sound when making calls.

Adidas RPT-02 SOL

Adidas RPT-02 SOL
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Great for: Those who do not compromise on sound or make eco-friendly purchases.

Price: Offer price: $229.99 from Amazon

The Adidas RPT-02 Sol are IPX4 rated, making these over-ear headphones ideal for those tough, sweat-laden workouts and while they lack sound cancellation, they offer incredible comfort. But what really makes these cans stand out from the pack is that they can be charged by sunlight and that much of the construction is based on recycled materials. In fact, Adidas says that 51% of this product is made from plastic which is 87% recycled. So, if you care about the planet as much as your playlist, you’ll feel better than ever while working out to your favorite tunes. These headphones can store a whopping 80 hours of battery life, self-charged by solar power, and while some headphones would give off a serious body odor after long intense workouts, you can start fresh every day because the ear covers are removable and washable. Sound levels can be adjusted via an accompanying app.

The verdict: Breathtaking sound, not too bulky but secure enough to lock onto your ears during the most intense workouts, coupled with the ability to charge via the sun, gym goers can’t go wrong with Adidas’ latest sound drop.

Under Armor Project Rock Over-Ear

Under Armor Project Rock Over-Ear
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Great for: Be king of the gym

Price: Sale price: $275 (usually $299.99) from Amazon

Want to look like “The Great One”? Well, you can, but you’ll have to shell out the big bucks to do it. Still, achieving greatness takes hard work, and with a 4-and-a-half-star review score on Amazon, you can become the owner of a true headphone champion. And, unlike many celebrity-endorsed products, these bad boys stand up to scrutiny: Created as a collaboration between JBL, Under Armor and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the wrestler-turned-movie star insisted on testing and providing input on the sound quality himself before putting his exciting name on these cans. Practically speaking, they are IPX4 rated, which means they can handle splashes of water from any direction. This is important because many headphones are not suitable for the gym, where working up a sweat is par for the course. Not only is the Project Rock sweat-resistant, but we found it very satisfying that, just like with the Adidas model above, you can take the earmuffs off, wash them and put them back on straight away, meaning you won’t be. carrying around a pair of headphones that smell like transferred socks.

You’ll get a superhero-worthy 45 hours of battery life on a single charge, and we were able to recharge the internal battery with the included USB cable in nearly 2 hours. UA also bundles a 12-month premium membership to their “Map My Run” app inside the box. Speaking of the box, inside is a quality carrying case with a jubilee clip attachment for rugged sessions as tough as the “People’s Champion” itself.

From a noise cancellation standpoint, DJ likes to focus undisturbed on his workouts in the gym, and you can too, because we could barely hear an outside voice while we were on the treadmill or pumping iron. There’s a quick switch to turn off the cancellation, so you can trade small talk with the sticker on the next shelf. And when you take the headphones off, they automatically pause. Now that’s what you call quality! The listening experience is where it’s really at. You can connect the Project Rock’s to the JBL app and even try out the Rock’s own EQ preset, or make your own adjustments. Either way, you’ll have access to seriously thudding bass without losing some of those subtle tones. In terms of connectivity, you can plug the headphones into your favorite audio player using the jack if you want to save battery life or use them as an audio monitor.

The Judgment: The ear covers are extremely comfortable and there is good distance between the speakers and your ear, allowing for a rich sound and a comfortable, breathable fit. The price may raise people’s eyebrows, but when you walk around the gym with the Brahma bull stickers on both ears, you’ll be the undisputed king of the gym.

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