The Best Budget Earbuds Under $30? Sony MDR-XB50AP Review

This is the Sony MDR-XB50AP. A pair of just ordinary ear buds. At least, they look that way on the surface. I mean, earbuds we get with our phones are good enough right? Well, what if those break? You’re dead. No more music. What a sad life. Well. These cost as much as a brand new pair of ear pods. We’re here to find out, whether this is a great budget pair of earbuds deserving of replacing your phone’s earbuds or deserve to be in the trash. Let’s get started with a review.

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When you open the packaging, you’re greeted with a few things, the earbuds themselves, a nice fleece feeling carrying pouch and some different sized ear tips. The earbuds have an L shaped 3.5mm jack and a flat ribbon like cord. The design of the earbuds themselves is interesting.. It really reminds of a dyson vacuum or their hair dryer. it has this metallic disc tumor thing, which adds to the design that I have mixed feelings about, inline controls, a built-in mic for calls and comes in a couple of colors. Still, just like those Dysons…

The earbuds fit nicely in my ears, I don’t feel any discomfort with two hours of continuous usage. This may sound weird, but I like the feeling of the cable. It feels smooth to touch but has tiny little ridges in them to make them a little less slippery. It also has that little zipper-like thing to help prevent tangles which is a nice extra. The pouch it comes with is a nice addition to keep dirt and lint from your pocket from getting into the earbuds and then into your ear. That’d be disgusting. But they’re not going to protect the buds much from a fall.

Woah, woah. Enough about that? How do they sound? Well, they sound really good for $30. The bass is really emphasized as expected from the bass boosted packaging, the mids sound pretty clean and the bass really makes songs exciting. The in-ear nature of the earbuds provides good noise isolation and there’s not too much sound leakage coming from them either. Overall, when comparing them at the same volume tick mark as apple earpods, these XB50Aps are louder.

Now that’s a few good things about the earbuds, what about the bad? Well, for one, the highs are overcompensating. The highs feel sharp like a blade, with really harsh “s” sounds, making that the weakest link the sound. While the bass is emphasized it isn’t super clean, just average. About on par with earpods but louder at similar volumes. A previous pair of these my girlfriend owned, had the metallic looking plastic disc chipp after a couple of months of usage, but that may be her own error and the earbuds themselves died after about a year of heavy usage. But honestly? A year of heavy usage sounds normal, at least for how I treat earbuds anyway.

Now overall, what do I think of these earbuds? I think they’re great. They are constantly $30 dollars, and costs as much as ear pods yet provide an overall cleaner and better sound despite its sharp highs. It provides great sound for those looking to replace the earbuds that came with their phones. And if you don’t mind that dyson inspired design and love a bass focused sound, then I’d highly recommend these. They’re affordable and sound like they’re worth more than just $30.

Anyway guys, what do you think? Do you agree what this pick? Do you have earbuds that you swear by? Leave all that in the comment section below. If you enjoyed this video, give it a thumbs up, and well don’t forget to subscribe. I’ll see you guys next time.


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  • bass? i havent found bass at all…. in my phone i adjust it and then were ok… but out of box – no

    Ivanski July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • lol your video…. you are good! funny too… thanks

    Metal Sanaz July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • what is that Sony speaker thing called that the earbuds are on at 3:18?

    Qdysseus July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Good review!

    Purevkhuu Tumen-Ulzii July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • My mic broke today after just over 14 months of use. Anything over a year is a win in my books considering the amount i use mine. Picking up a new pair soon for sure!

    A D July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I have been using these for almost 5 years and these are still working and built like a tank.

    justaman July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I bought these, wouldnt exactly reccomend them, their buzz/static is severe, I would instead reccomend Panasonic earbuds instead, their buzz is much less noticable and only cost $9

    Mattias July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • how is the audio visual sync?

    Mattias July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I bought mine today, I think they sound awesome, and comfortable to wear.

    Steph Intheatre July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Honestly, my AKG earbuds that came with my S9+ are really good. Probably better than any other earbud I've tried, and many times better than the $160 airpods….

    Edit: you can buy them right now on Amazon for $13

    AmericanPatriot1776 July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I love these but they broke because I bite on my earphone cords

    Chur8um July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Useful review, thanks

    William B July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply

    AshFX July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I just subbed cuz your the best

    quackTUBER 007 July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • can’t wait for my dog to chew them up after 2 days of owing them

    Im Orkan July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • i play rainbow six siege, its an fps game and i currently use a hyperx cloud 2 headsets and im looking for earbuds. r6 needs clean sound so u can hear the footsteps and other tiny detailed sounds, so is this worth it? or i should check for something else

    daniel July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • This guy is funny i like it

    Levian & Z Nachtschatten July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • It may be budget earbuds there, but in my country it's pretty high quality. 😛

    Naytowl July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • It seems all quality earphones are in-ear… my ears are too small for them lol

    Peggy Personal July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Great review! Love my new extra Bass!

    TheOctoberDeathBird July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • got these last year for christmas and i love them

    Beau Abbott July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I like the accessories it comes with the case and small and protective, I'm using them mostly earbuds in the gym and also during long walks or for phone conversations.They sit comfortably in my ears and never fall off my ears .This earbuds couldn’t believe how well these work and the quality is also awesome moreover the price is also reasonable i use them with an Apple iPhone and am impressed how quickly they pair with my iPhone overall the product is great

    guo li July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Soundmagic E10 way better

    Oezkan Piskindemir July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I have these. They were soooo good until they broke though that was partly my fault. Now I'm rocking some terrible cheap jbl's and I'm looking for some new ones. Thinking of getting the Sony's again.

    Wrath July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I like my audio technica studio headphones but Im looking for something for the streets

    The Viper 595 July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • How does it compare to the Samsung AKG Earbuds

    Airil Hakimi July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • i have had a a pair of these for about 3 years and i recently just got a new pair and i love these headphones

    Rayden Wysote July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I’ve had my pair for more than 2 years and they still work great, they’re made out of pretty good quality and the bass is really good too. My dog bit on one of the earbuds when he was a pup but they still work.

    Hideika July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Definitely better than my Bose Sport, my Beats and JVC's.

    Ivan Ayala July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Ive had mine for close to 4 years. They are so damn good! They have never failed me, and i like them better than apple earbuds

    ShureLock July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I bought these earphones because my previous pair suddenly started crackling every time I used them.

    I wasn't sure what to expect with these but I was not disappointed. Its still early days but for now, I can safely say the quality of them are great – good sturdy wire, and soft ear buds of various sizes.

    The sound quality is top notch – clear, great bass and the sound is on point. There's even a small hard plastic cap for the plug which I shall be putting on whenever I'm not using these headphones.

    guo li July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • please try Skullcandy Smokin Buds 2

    Marcos Padilla July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • These are hands down the best headphones I've ever used sound quality is awesome and the bass is amazing. The mic is very clear perfect for gaming on ps4 and great for taking phone calls as well you cant go wrong with these for only 30 dollar's its a must buy.

    Ronin 90 July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Only 61k views wtf?!?!?!

    Xyrunoxx July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • this buds suitable for pc gaming ?

    Miraliz Gaming July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • are these better than xaiomi pro

    Surfs July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • are these better than xaiomi pro

    Surfs July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I like that they're called MDR. "Mdr" means "morte de rire" in French, meaning "death of laughter/dying laughing." It's basically French LOL.

    Gus Johnnson July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • 2:00 is 100% me

    Lucas Z July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • just bought them,very comfortable headphones with clean sound ,worth every penny 🙂

    uniq July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • lolage

    Mike Bibb July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Neek

    July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Just picked these up on eBay refurbished for $14.49😬 after doing some research and watched about 4 videos I said why not haha. I have the jlab Bluetooth ear buds and they suck battery dies fast way quieter than my Apple oem headphones and no bass whatsoever. So I hope these are louder than my Apple ones and have that extra bass claimed. Solid review I got the black ones 😎

    Compa Cheo July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Does the mic work with ps4 controllers? I feel like most ear pods dont work with ps4

    Edit: it works

    PainsNotYourName July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Subcribed!

    davidjohn baticos July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Companies that make earbuds with L connectors are stupid.

    Pandoran Bias July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • I’d love to have a dedicated comparison with the apple EarPods. My old EarPods are not working any knots so I was thinking about getting new one but now I’m wondering whether I should EarPods or the Sony XB55AP

    Orange Studios July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply
  • Did anyone download the 're commended app 'smart key'? I can't seem to find it at the Google store. Did they rename it?

    thedriver July 12, 2020 2:32 pm Reply

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