We will talk about best wireless earbuds under $100 in this comprehensive guide. Do ask any questions you have about these earbuds and others for things I couldn’t cover in the guide. Just like last time, there’s a very good chance the earbuds you want to know about have been tested, even if they didn’t make it into the top 10. I should emphasize that these are the top 10 best true wireless earbuds under $100, but in no particular order, there are just so many different factors and small aspects to consider.
However, I will highlight a few of my personal top picks, the standout performers and the reasons why you should specifically consider those first up.
Jabra Elite 3
Then we have the Jabra Elite 3, the new entry level earbuds in their line. Jabra Elite 3 have a fairly basic design for both the earbuds and the charging case, but they still feel well made. The case is compact and travel friendly, and it has some decent, strong magnets for the lid and for snapping the earbuds back into place. The ergonomic improvements that Jabra brought with the Elite 7, 4 and 3s are excellent.
The Jabra Elite 3 earbuds fit very securely and comfortably in my ears, offer great passive noise isolation, which goes a long way in offsetting the fact that these don’t have active noise cancellation. They’re also a good option for people with smaller ears. Jabra Elite 3 secure fit meant that these were great for running and most workouts, especially with an IP55 rating.
The fit does depend on your ear shape though. Without any wing tips to lock them in place, they’re not perfect for workouts. Just a very good option. This new shape also works great with J’s physical button controls, which you can comfortably press without pushing the tip further into your ear canal.
The controls turned out to be really easy to use. There sadly, no wearing detection with these and customizing the controls is limited to the double tap command only, which you can change from your phone’s voice assistant to activate either Spotify or Alexa. Jabra Elite 3 come with Jabra’s transparency mode “Here Through” which is pretty good, but not nearly as effective as in the higher end earbuds.
To get adjustable “Here Through” ANC, you’ll need to go for at least the Elite 4 Active instead. Jabra Elite 3 also come with side tone so you can hear your own voice on a call though. It’s not adjustable with these. The call quality isn’t quite as impressive as Jabra’s best earbuds isolating my voice isn’t as good for example.
But Jabra Elite 3 still uphold Jabra’s great reputation. It should be fine for most phone call situations.
The battery life is decent with seven hours per charge, and connectivity was great with Bluetooth 5.2. There were no latency issues at all. You can use either about on its own. And pairing was really easy on Android with Google fast pair.
Codecs unusually are just SBC and aptx. It’s good to see aptx here. But rather strange, there’s no AAC support. Fortunately, neither the connection nor the sound quality suffers on iOS. iPhone users don’t need to worry.
Sound quality is great, really rich and dynamic. There’s a smooth, slightly warm sound signature, which is typical of Jabra.
You get noticeably deep bass, clear mids, but not a whole lot of detail in the highs. Still it’s a relaxing and pleasant listening experience throughout.
Jabra Elite 3 come with an adjustable custom equalizer in the app. So you can fine tune Jabra Elite 3 to your preference. As with most Jabra buds, I think adding a slight V-shaped EQ does elevate the sound to be a bit more exciting.
I compared Jabra Elite 3 side by side with their flagship Elite 7 Pro and there’s barely any difference at all. Just slightly more boosted bass with the Elite 3. The Jabra Elite 3 is compromised in a lot of areas to bring the price down from the flagship 7 Pros, but sound quality really isn’t one of them.
It’s quite a basic Jabra experience here and wearing detection wireless charging and ANC notable emissions.
For people who want a comfortable, good listening experience with decent battery life, that’s exactly what you get with Jabra Elite 3 and at a reasonable low cost.
Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0
Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 is the updated second gen version of the earbuds, which is sporting one of the most impressive spec sheets of all the best wireless earbuds under $100.
Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 have wireless charging, a huge 80 hour battery life, Bluetooth 5.2 with AAC and aptx codecs and a reassuring IPX 7 water resistance rating. You can fully submerge Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 underwater.
“Hear Through” mode is new addition as well. But unfortunately, “Hear Through” mode was very disappointing. It generates a wide noise sound that actually makes it harder for you to hear your surroundings than with it turned off. So it’s effectively useless.
The fuel control companion app is fairly basic in its features, providing only limited customization over the controls, but you also have location tracking and lots of control over the sound with the equalizer. The new LDX audio mode brings a volume in bass boost. You can easily achieve a similar sound by tweaking the EQ yourself.
The Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 earbuds are perhaps best known for their fantastic sound quality. In sound quality, I really can’t fault them at all. The audio is clean, well balanced and powerful. They can get super loud as well. Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 are punching well above their weight for earbuds at this price.
The only downside with the audio is that there are some weird static noises when your music is paused. You don’t hear it with music playing, but it’s something I notice every time I paused between songs.
The mic quality is also fine with these, nothing amazing and they don’t really isolate my voice too well in a noisy environment. The mics are sensitive though, but my voice sounded clear to the other end. You might have some issues in louder places, but otherwise it should be okay for phone calls.
The biggest drawback for me is the earbud shape. The ear tip can sit very deep in the ear canal, and I have to be extremely careful with how I place Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 in my ears. They can cause ear plucking sensation.
The passive noise isolation can actually be really good with Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0, despite there being no ANC, but it’s very easy to push these into far, which can be quite painful.
There’s a real trick to learning how to press the very firm physical buttons without jamming these further in. They’re comfortable enough once they’re finally in place, but that constant risk of earbuds being pushed in too far always makes me nervous. It also means I can’t fully enjoy the immersion or the bass these offer because I can’t get that perfect fit.
The app can be quite buggy too, with lots of annoying issues “reconnecting”. Once I’d set my EQ, I basically gave up trying to use it.
The charging case, though, lovely to hold with its soft fabric exterior is rather bulky and has quite a flimsy lid that’s eager to slam shut. On the plus side, it does house that gigantic battery.
The LEDs are nice and clear, and the magnets are strong too. Overall, the ergonomics controls and tier 3 mode let these down. The Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0 are otherwise best wireless earbuds under $100 with impressive sound quality, amazing battery life and great water resistance.
Soundcore Life P3
Soundcore Life P3 have one of the more premium cases with matte finish, a nicely weighted lid, good magnets, and best of all wireless charging. The earbuds give a reasonable seven hours of battery life, 35 in total and support the SPC and AAC codecs. Connectivity is good, but there is a very minor audio lag with YouTube on iOS devices if you look closely. Android seemed fine.
The best true wireless earbuds under $100 have a simple clean design with a nice matte texture on the outside.
The touch controls seem responsive and it’s relatively easy to hit that sweet spot on the Soundcore logo each time. I just wish Soundcore Life P3 had wearing detection to enhance the experience.
The inner glossy plastic seems cheaper in quality, but the overall build seems good.
There are lots of great color options too. Soundcore Life P3 have an IPX-5 water resistance rating.
Fit in my ears was secure enough for running and most workouts. The seal felt quite gentle though. So the passive noise isolation wasn’t ideal, but they were super comfortable to wear.
Soundcore Life P3 earbuds are definitely easy to wear all day. The stem design along with a wide selection of ear tips should provide a universal fit.
The app provides customization over the controls, a comprehensive EQ, an ambient sound feature for sleep, which we saw way back in the sound called “Wakey Review” and also game mode.
Turning this on actually fixes that minor iOS YouTube lag. If you’re a gamer, you’ll notice an improvement with latency, especially in games like “Shooters”. Game mode has a custom sound profile. They’re supposed to enhance footsteps and voices, which I didn’t notice much myself, but the low latency is worthwhile.
You’ll also find an ear tip fit test in the app, as well as “Find My Earbuds” which doesn’t work by location, but rather plays a loud sound through the earbuds to help you find them.
A key selling point is multimode ANC and transparency. You’ll have seen these modes before in Soundcore’s other earbuds. The performance is expectedly weaker here in the cheaper P3 earbuds.
The ANC doesn’t do much for sounds like voices, even with indoor mode, but does help to take out some of the low end hum and bring a subtle reduction in environmental noise.
This may be a lot to do with that gentle seal in my ears and most of the other earbuds form a tighter seal with better isolation. So, if you find Soundcore Life P3 fits really securely, you may have better results.
The mic quality is fine with Soundcore Life P3 and they do a good job isolating my voice. In loud environments, Soundcore Life P3 struggle more, but most of the time they should be okay for phone calls. I’d say Soundcore Life P3 are one of the better performers.
For the sound quality, Soundcore Life P3 give a really lively, energetic sound with an emphasis on bass. The big 11 millimeter drivers deliver powerful and deep bass. There’s even an extra bass up feature for those who really want that weighty thump with their music. The midrange stays reasonably clear though. Vocals sound great. There’s good detail. It’s easy to fine tune the sound with the various EQ options.
For drawbacks, I’d say the volume is lower than on most earbuds. You might need to crank Soundcore Life P3 up a bit more. You’ll also hear a noticeable low end boost when you’re listening in ANC mode. But overall, really good audio performance.
Soundcore Life P3 offer a pretty comprehensive feature set: a great app experience and powerful sound in a very comfortable form factor. Of course, features like ANC aren’t as good as inflection models, but the Soundcore Life P3 feel like a well-rounded best wireless earbuds under $100. And you’re getting a lot for your money.
Google Pixel Buds A-Series
Google Pixel Buds A-Series on paper may appear to have the weakest spec sheet of the best true wireless earbuds under $100. There’s no ANC, no transparency, no wireless charging and iPhone users will miss out on a selection of Android only features.
However, their simplicity and convenience is so good that the Google Pixel Buds A-Series are just a joy to use. The earbuds are small, lightweight, and some of the most comfortable I’ve ever used. You may remember they were placed second for comfort in the true wireless earbuds awards.
In-ear pressure events help with this too along with a semi-open design that provides a gentle seal in the ear. Prioritizing comfort over stability may mean Google Pixel Buds A-Series aren’t the best option for workouts. Those tiny wingtip don’t do much to lock these in place at least in my ears. Though, an IPX-4 water resistance rating does help if you want these to be your gym earbuds as well.
Google Pixel Buds A-Series have responsive, easy to use touch controls, and best of all, they have wearing detection, which is rare to find in the sub $100 category. Only one other pair of earbuds in this guide supports the feature. The tiny charging case makes these super portable. It has a lovely matte finish and a satisfying magnetic lid, which is the best of any charging case.
This case would be perfect if only it had wireless charging and a better battery life. You only get five hours per charge and 24 total with the case. So that’s relatively poor.
The call quality as you may be able to hear is only average. You can take calls on Google Pixel Buds A-Series for sure, but you’re probably going to struggle in any kind of noisy environment.
Connectivity is great with support for single earbud use on either side, no visible latency with videos, and these have the SPC and AAC codecs. With Android devices, you’ll also get instant pairing, Find my device, Google assistant support and adaptive sound. All of which are not available for iPhone users. You don’t get as good a deal with Google Pixel Buds A-Series as you do on Android.
In terms of sound quality, Google Pixel Buds A-Series aren’t going to blow anyone away, but they do sound pretty good. There’s an emphasis on the mid-range, which has great clarity and crisp forward vocals. There’s just enough bass to bring body to the audio and a slide to roll off in the highest prevents any harsh sibilance.
You just get a really pleasant listening experience. I think the issues will come from a lack of ANC and strong passive noise isolation. You may find your music drowned out by the outside world in a noisy environment. The max volume is also pretty low with Google Pixel Buds A-Series and there are no EQ options either aside from a bass adjustment on Android.
The Google Pixel Buds A-Series are kind of like Airpods in that. They’re not really the best at any one thing and features like battery life and mic quality are underwhelming, but they’re super convenient to use. They sound good and have some exclusive extra benefits for Android in the same way Airpods do for iPhones.
The real world experience using Google Pixel Buds A-Series is a lot better than those specs might suggest. Google Pixel Buds A-Series are still a solid option for less than a $100.
JBL Tune 230NC
Now we have what I think of JBL’s best value earbuds in their entire lineup. The JBL Tune 230NC fit really well, are quite comfortable and fully seal my ears.
The passive noise isolation is good and they stay securely in place. Combining this with an IPX4 rating, I find these good for workouts.
The touch controls were fairly sensitive and the small indent makes it easy to hit the right spot. The only downsides are no wearing detection and that the customization only lets you change groups of controls rather than individual gestures.
JBL Tune 230NC come in a bunch of different colors and the match texture looks great and helps JBL Tune 230NC feel a bit more premium too.
The case has this nice finish as well. Though sadly, there’s no wireless charging here.
However the battery life is excellent. You get 10 hours per charge and up to 40 in total with the case, both of which can be tracked in the app.
Connectivity is also good with Bluetooth 5.2, SBC and AAC and single earbud use on either side. There is a tiny bit of audio lag with YouTube and iOS, but you can change the connection mode to video, which helps to mitigate this. I’d say it’s still not really low enough for fast pace gaming.
The JBL app offers some extra features, such as preset or custom equalizers, Alexa and Google assistant support and Find My Earbuds.
There’s also a voice aware feature so you can choose how much of your voice is allowed to filter into the mics. This is a big advantage for phone calls. Actually, the call quality was pretty good too, nothing fantastic, but this new way to let my voice fairly well. You should be able to take calls in louder environments, too.
The NC in the name does of course mean JBL Tune 230NC have noise cancellation and I’d say the performance is average. There’s a slight reduction in the overall noise level. As usual, JBL Tune 230NC are much more effective with low end frequencies. There’s an ambient wear mode to let you hear your surroundings.
I’d say that this is average too, with a couple of the other earbuds offering much stronger ANC and transparency.
JBL Tune 230NC also have “talk through” which is essentially just ambient to wear, but it also lowers your music volume so you can hear your conversation. You can easily toggle this on and off with a double tap.
The JBL Tune 230NC are packing JBLs pure bass sound and boy! Do they mean it in typical JBL style! JBL Tune 230NC deliver seriously deep and powerful base. If you’re looking for the most bass heavier earbuds in best wireless earbuds under $100 list, then the JBL Tune 230NC are definitely the ones you want.
You can try to balance out the sound with the EQ and you’ll get a much clearer mid-range if you do but the bass still dominates and a significant roll off for the treble.
For the drawbacks, I’d highlight the heavy waiting towards the low end and a slightly congested sound lacking that nice airy quality and sparkling highs. The custom EQ can be really fiddly and irritating to set as well so that’s something to watch out for.
For some of you though, that bass heavy sound will be exactly what you’re looking for. JBL Tune 230NC offer a well-rounded feature set in a comfortable design.
Creative Outlier Air V3
Creative have long since fixed the issues with the original layers tough physical buttons, replacing them with responsive touch controls, which are much better.
There are two annoying issues that remain though one that despite offering customization on the controls, there’s no option for a single tap, which is especially annoying given that there’s no wearing detection either. And two that the long tap changes its function, depending on whether or not your music is playing.
You really need to remember this because if you go to tap and hold when your music is paused, you’ll disconnect the earbuds from your phone. It’s super annoying. Anyway, the design for the Creative Outlier Air V3 earbuds is pretty basic and not the most exciting we’ve seen, but the fit is comfortable. With the large red tips, I can get a tight seal for good passive noise isolation.
Creative Outlier Air V3 move quite a bit when exercising though. They’re not the best for workouts despite having an IPX5 water resistance rating.
The charging case is much more interesting, albeit one of the biggest, and bulkiest on the market. The earbuds slide out of the case with this unique mechanism. I like that there are individual LEDs for the battery and charging status of each earbud and the case.
The case supports wireless charging, which is great to see though the metal parts of the case did give a few of my wireless charges some trouble. Since they’re designed to reject charging when they come into contact with any metal.
With most of my charges, it wasn’t a problem, but that is a potential design flaw to be aware of.
The best wireless earbuds under $100 hold 10 hours per charge, which is great, with the case bringing this up to 40 total, which is also good. But for a case this size I expects closer to ypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0’s 80 hours.
Connectivity is solid. Creative Outlier Air V3 have Bluetooth 5.2, SPC and AAC, single earbud use on either side and no visible latency with videos. Creative Outlier Air V3 also have a companion app, but it is very basic. It’s simply battery tracking, custom controls, an equalizer, and finally, the noise control modes. The ANC and ambient mode performance was actually not bad at all.
Mainly because these actually attenuated voices and some other mid-range frequencies, not just the low rumble of an air conditioning unit. The ambient mode was impressive. You can adjust this to be much amplified so your surroundings become really clear. There are some strange static noises in ambient mode, which are also amplified as you move the slider up to max. This is the only downside.
The mic quality with these surprised me and actually isolates my voice from the background noise really well. It still filters in louder sounds like passing cars, but for the most part, the phone call performance is good even in noisy environments.
For audio quality, it’s a shame because Creative Outlier Air V3 can sound really good, but you’re gonna have to work hard to get there.
The vocals are recessed and there’s some harsh piercing sibilance with the stock settings. Just crazy EQ I had to set to finally get these sounding good. The EQ is a bit of a pain to set as well.
You have to go easy on the bass, or this will start to muddy the sound. Once you get the EQ configured to your taste, the bass is strong and the sound is well detailed and they certainly punch well above their weight.
They’re tuned for optimum performance, with the super xFi app, a technology that’s supposed to create a spacious multi-speaker system experience in your earbuds, but this turned out to be a huge disappointment. It’s cumbersome to get set up. It doesn’t work with streamed music, only works with what’s stored in your phone, which I imagine is instantly a deal breaker for most.
The sound quality is honestly just bad. Swerved is so-called raved about technology and just listening in normal mode. It’s not worth your time.
There are some flaws and quirks to deal with in Creative Outlier Air V3 and the overall experience is clearly not as polished as in most of the other earbuds in this list, but these are also the cheapest option by some margin and actually the ANC, transparency, battery life, and sound quality are all pretty decent. Creative Outlier Air V3 are definitely worth checking out.
Sennheiser CX True Wireless
We have what I think are really underrated pair of best true wireless earbuds under $100. Sennheiser CX True Wireless perform really well. Essentially, these are just the sub $100 version that have almost exactly the same specs, minus ANC, transparency and wearing detection.
Those are obviously three massive features to lose out on. I’d normally recommend you spend the extra on the CX plus, but sadly they don’t qualify for this guide. The CX earbuds are down to just $80, it makes them an absolute steal. Sennheiser CX True Wireless have a clean, minimal design with really good build quality.
The same goes for the charging case, which has strong magnets and a nice and compact size too. The earbuds are a bit on the bulky side, but large flat surface makes the responsive touch controls really easy to use. You can customize these in the app as well. Despite their size, Sennheiser CX True Wireless are surprisingly comfortable.
With the larger tips I got not only a secure fit, but excellent passive noise isolation, which helps to offset the lack of ANC. Personally, I wouldn’t work out with Sennheiser CX True Wireless because they rely on the ear tips to hold them in place. They’re not especially secure, but they do have an IPX4 rating for protection.
Battery life is good at 9 hours per charge and 27 in total, but sadly it’s USB-C charging only. There are no connectivity issues at all, no dropouts or latency. You’ve got single earbud use on both side and SPC, AAC and aptx support.
My voice sounds pretty clear for phone calls, but there’s not much isolation going on to separate it from the traffic noise in the background. Phone calls should be fine in a quiet environment, but any louder noises like a car passing close by is likely going to drown you out.
For the fundamental reason, Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds have made the top 10, it’s the sound quality. There’s a bit of a bass boost compared to Senheiser’s neutral, accurate sound signature found in their flagship Momentum 2s, but the Sennheiser CX True Wireless still have beautifully clear natural mids, detailed treble, and a wide sound stage.
There’s actually a bass boost option in Sennheiser CX True Wireless as part of the Sennheiser’s EQ for those who want that heavy bass sound. Sennheiser CX True Wireless are made for those of you who want that near flagship quality sound and are some of the best sounding earbuds under $100.
My only sound criticism really is just a relatively low volume, which seems to be a theme with Sennheiser CX True Wireless earbuds.
The Sennheiser CX True Wireless aren’t as feature packed as some of our other entries. So they won’t be for everyone. But in typical Sennheiser fashion, it’s a quality over quantity situation here. They’re well-crafted of good touch controls and are optimized for a great listening experience.
Nothing Ear (1)
Nothing ear (1) were so massively overhyped that they were then met with such disappointing reviews to the point where today they’re now severely underrated.
I want to get into how good Nothing ear (1) earbuds actually are. Well, the tech world has reached a consensus on, is the design with many, including myself calling these the best looking best true wireless earbuds under $100 on the market.
The transparent design looks awesome. The craftsmanship is second to none, and I personally love minimal design that as Nothing says, highlights the beauty of tech. It’s not just for the earbuds, but the charging case too. I think Nothing ear (1) look especially good in new black color. You’re not gonna be mistaking this unique design for any other earbuds.
The touch controls are great. They’re responsive. The contact area is surprisingly wide. They won’t have only a few earbuds to support a swipe gesture for volume. This time it actually works. I had close control over each volume increment and the glossy outer surface meant that I could swipe without knocking these from my ears. Though, this is still possible if you weren’t careful.
Nothing ear (1) also have wearing detection and customization in the app. The controls are almost perfect, but customization is limited and there’s sadly, no single tap option.
Comfort is another thing they’ve nailed. I’m talking “forget you’re wearing them” kind of comfortable.
They’re lightweight and form a gentle seal in the ear. I can easily wear Nothing ear (1) all day. I can just about run with them as well, and they have IPX4 protection, but I wouldn’t trust them to stay in place for most other workouts. The gentle seal means the passive noise isolation isn’t amazing even with the larger ear tips.
However, the active noise cancellation was surprisingly good. Obviously it’s not a flagship level performance, which you can clearly hear the reduction in noise turning this on. The transparency mode is very good, clearly amplifying your surroundings.
There’s still a bug where there’s a faint hiss that seems to fade in and out in transparency mode, inaudible with music playing, but still a bug.
For all the firmware update improvements we’ve seen since their launch that’s minor annoyance still exists. The main improvements have been to connectivity. Nothing ear (1) are now very reliable, offer single earbud use, fast pairing and show no noticeable latency with videos.
There is a dedicated low latency mode in Nothing ear (1) as well, which gamers may be interested in, but otherwise it’s not really necessary.
On one day, I did have an earbud randomly disconnect, but a quick power off and on with the case seemed to fix it. Maybe not a hundred percent of the issues are fixed, but on the whole, my experience has been pretty consistent.
Battery life is a big weakness though. You only get five hours on a single charge with up to 34 in the case they do support wireless charging though, which is nice.
Actually, Nothing ear (1) are the only best wireless earbuds under $100 in this guide to offer ANC transparency and wireless charging. Nothing ear (1) actually have the most complete feature set.
The mic quality was really decent as well. My voice ended really clear and earbuds isolate my voice effectively from the background noise. Phone call performance was very good.
As for the audio quality, it’s good, better than I expected. Actually, Nothing ear (1) have good clarity, are well detailed and are leaning slightly towards a bright sound signature.
The bass is tight and punchy, but I’m sure some will find this lacking. EQ options are very limited. You’ve only got four options. There’s a distinct difference with each mode, but I’d love to be able to customize this myself with a personal EQ.
The overall sound quality should be good enough to please most, but some of our other entries like Lypertek and Sennheiser are a step up. Having tested these thoroughly myself, I can understand why the initial reviews were so underwhelming. As the flagship killing phenomenon these earbuds were touted to be, sure they leave a lot to be desired, but as a $99 pair of earbuds, as they should be viewed, they’re actually exceptional value for money. I was left genuinely shocked by just how good Nothing ear (1) turned out to be for the price.
EarFun Free Pro 2
EarFun Free Pro 2 is the only entry with no companion app. We know that no companion app means no customization, fewer features and no firmware updates.
However, it also means that they’re simple to set up and use. Actually, the performance in a few areas is the best of these 10 best wireless earbuds under $100.
The design is quite basic and nothing to write home about, but both the earbuds and the charging case are very small and travel friendly. EarFun Free Pro 2 are super lightweight, really comfortable to wear and form a very tight seal in my ears.
The passive noise isolation is excellent. EarFun Free Pro 2 also come with wingtips, which provide a very secure and stable fit. EarFun Free Pro 2 come with an IPX5 rating.
The touch controls are responsive, include volume control, and are sensibly mapped out, which is fortunate since there’s no way to customize them.
There’s sadly no wearing detection either.
For battery life, you get six hours per charge and then 30 in total with the charging case. The case does support wireless charging which is great to see. Connectivity was good. These have SPC and AAC single earbud use on either sides and no visible latency with videos.
There’s also a low latency game mode, which works surprisingly well. Gamers will definitely want to turn this on for a noticeable improvement.
The standout features for me were ANC and transparency. I was surprised a pair of earbuda at this price could offer such good performance. EarFun Free Pro 2 are the best noise cancellation earbuds under $100 in this list.
You’ll hear a clear reduction in the outside noise, turning it on. The transparency mode is the best as well by some margin.
Your surroundings are very clear and there’s only a faint hiss to go with it.
The same can’t be said for the mic quality, which was only average at best. EarFun Free Pro 2 is letting quite a lot of the background noise. In louder environments, you’re probably going to struggle making phone calls.
For sound quality, EarFun Free Pro 2 are another bass driven pair of earbuds with a warm sound signature and deep powerful bass that almost rivals JBL. EarFun Free Pro 2 doesn’t muddy the midrange. The bass is clean and actually the clarity in sound stage is pretty good. There’s some roll off in the highest. The sound isn’t as sharp and detailed as I’d like. EarFun Free Pro 2 don’t rival the best sounding earbuds in this guide.
Overall, sound quality is decent and I think most people will enjoy EarFun Free Pro 2.
The EarFun Free Pro 2 are lacking the expensive feature sets that most of our other entries offer. And it’s a shame, EarFun Free Pro 2 don’t have a companion app to finesse the experience. These tiny, comfortable earbuds are great for workouts, canceling noise and for powerful bass heavy sound.
Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch
First thing that struck about Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch was the charging case. It’s reasonably small and compact, but it’s lovely faux leather that I really like.
It makes Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch earbuds feel more premium. The earbud shape for me is a big improvement over the bullet shaped One Plus, and these are designed to contour to your ear shape. This makes for a shallow profile in your ears and a very comfortable and secure fit too. The small wing tips help keep Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch really secure during workouts. The IPX7 rating means that these were another excellent choice for workouts.
The touch controls were nice and responsive and at a large contact area too, but sadly, there’s no wearing detection. You also can’t customize what each gesture does. You can only turn off certain controls.
Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch offer decent passive noise isolation, which is good since there’s no ANC, but there is a transparency mode. Transparency mode is laughably bad. It barely amplifies your surroundings.
And if you drag the slider up to max, all you’re doing is increasing the loud hissing sound these produce, which drowns out everything else. Anyway, it’s easier to hear surroundings with it turned off so it’s useless.
For battery life, you get nine hours per charge and 50 in total so that’s really good. Although that is in the low power mode. In high performance mode, which you’ll want for the best sound, I was getting just shy of seven hours on a single charge.
There’s one glaring weakness with Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch earbuds and that’s connectivity.
Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch are the only earbuds of the 10, not to support single earbud use on either side. Only the master earbud can be used on its own. You can change which one the master is through a cumbersome process, but it’s not as easy and seamless as simply putting one earbud back in the case at will. This system also meant that the earbuds try to pair individually to my phone and I had loads of issues getting them set up and in sync, I spent a long time with sound only coming from one side.
Things were okay once I had everything set up properly, but I also ran into issues reconnecting to the app as well as app crashes. The only connectivity saving grace is that the latency is low for videos and they support SPC, AAC and aptx.
Mic quality is pretty good. The background noise is fairly quiet and my voice is quite clear. The one thing to point out is that you need to install the wingtip very careful because it’s easy to accidentally cover up the microphone with them, which will make your voice sound really muffled.
The earbud single best feature though is the audio quality. Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch are definitely a contender to be the best sounding earbuds under $100. Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch have such a rich, lively and energetic sound with a clear spacious midrange and great instrument separation. The bass is deep but controlled though.
It doesn’t quite boom as loudly as some of our more bass heavy best wireless earbuds under $100 in this list. The highs are crisp and detailed as well, just bordering on being a bit harsh and the five band EQ doesn’t give me as much precision over the sound as I’d like. Overall, Cambridge Audio Melomania Touch sound fantastic.
The Melomania Touch don’t have the most complete feature set with no ANC, wearing detection or wireless charging and the transparency mode in those connectivity issues let these earbuds down.
If comfort, battery life and certainly sound quality are priorities, you’ll struggle to find anything better at this price.