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Top-end wireless headphones, especially the “prestige” brands, don’t come cheap. But still, in the assortment of many well-known manufacturers there are worthy models at a reasonable price. The editors of Expertology magazine conducted an analysis of the audio accessories market for you in early 2022 for you and prepared a review of the best inexpensive wireless headphones, according to expert opinions and reviews from ordinary users.

How to choose wireless headphones

When choosing headphones, it is quite difficult to choose the right model in terms of sound characteristics if there is no opportunity to experience different options in person. This is especially true for miniature in-ear headphones or earbuds, where the main characteristics are often identical, and the difference is determined by factors that are not at all obvious.

Therefore, when shopping online, it remains to focus on user reviews and compare them with the characteristics declared by manufacturers. Nevertheless, some features can be taken into account initially, and we will consider the most important of them.

Form factor

The difference between overhead and conditionally in-ear headphones is still quite obvious. Both of them are also available in wireless versions. But when it comes only to in-ear or earbuds, the wireless format forces one more circumstance to be taken into account when choosing.

Tiny wireless headphones are connected to each other or completely autonomous. In the first case, the battery is most often located on one side, as well as the control electronics. That is, one earphone is the master – it communicates via Bluetooth with the device, and the other is transmitting data through the connecting wire. And the wire simultaneously performs an auxiliary role – the headphones can simply be worn around the neck.

Fully self-contained headphones are each equipped with their own miniature battery. This format is called True Wireless (TWS). This option has both advantages and disadvantages. At a minimum, in this design, it is much more likely to lose at least one earpiece.

autonomy

Another important characteristic that you can determine for yourself at the online selection stage is autonomy. It should be understood here that in miniature in-ear headphones, by definition, it is impossible to provide a week of work without recharging, since it is unacceptable for the battery to be much larger than the earpiece itself.

Therefore, for earbuds and in-ears, the operating time on a full charge of a modest 5 hours in a row is a quite common characteristic. But manufacturers most often get out of the situation due to a compromise – they make a case for headphones at the same time as a power bank. Therefore, when evaluating autonomy, you need to look, in addition to the operating time of the headphones, also how many full charge cycles a fully charged case can provide.

Waterproof

This characteristic may not be too important for ordinary use, but becomes almost decisive for athletes. If the headphones are supposed to run in any weather, you need to choose the option with moisture protection. Moreover, you should not neglect this even if classes are only supposed to be in the gym, since abundant sweat is no less dangerous for electronics, or even more.

Bluetooth version

Finally, for high-quality sound without interruptions and delays, as well as for playing music in high quality, it is highly desirable to have a Bluetooth radio module of at least version 5.0. The fifth generation not only provides faster data transfer rates, but also consumes much less power.

10 best wireless headphones under 5000 rubles

Nomination Place Name Price

The best wireless on-ear headphones

3

Philips TAH4205

2 198 ₽

2

JBL Tune 510BT, blue

2 990 ₽

one

SVEN AP-B900MV, black

3 003 ₽

The best wireless in-ear headphones

3

Sony WI-C200, white

1 599 ₽

2

HUAWEI AM61 Sport Lite, amber sunrise

2 380 ₽

one

Beats Flex All-Day Wireless

4 093 ₽

The best wireless TWS headphones

four

Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 2, black

1 178 ₽

3

Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic, white

2 046 ₽

2

JBL Tune 215 TWS, white

3 598 ₽

one

HONOR Earbuds 2 Lite Midnight Black

4 350 ₽

The best wireless on-ear headphones

In the first selection, consider the classic overhead form factor headphones. Such models are more often used in home or office environments. But they are often made foldable, which allows you to take a pair of these headphones with you on a trip, and they will not take up much space in your luggage.

Philips TAH4205

Rating: 4.6

Philips TAH4205

Philips inexpensive wireless on-ear headphones will open the review. They are made in China, but the Dutch company holds its own in terms of quality control even at the budget price point. They cost at the beginning of 2022 about 2500 rubles.

The TAH4205 model has become a kind of work on the bugs compared to the previous version – TAH4105. In the previous generation, the developers somewhat miscalculated with the study of bass, but in this version with low frequencies, things are much better.

Actually, the total coverage of the playback frequency range here is from 20 to 20 thousand Hz. The lower frequency threshold in itself speaks of good bass, but, in addition, there is a button on the case, by pressing which you get additional bass boost.

In general, the sound is very good, it is provided by fairly high-quality 32 mm neodymium drivers. A sensitivity of 110 dB is more than enough in this price category, and, judging by the reviews, most users are satisfied. Impedance – 32 ohms, which is one of the most common indicators for portable headphones.

As for the connection, here the manufacturer pleased with the Bluetooth 5.0 radio module. The fifth generation means significantly lower power consumption and twice the data transfer rate. Within a radius of up to 10 meters from the source, the sound is transmitted without hesitation and distortion.

In terms of ergonomics, the headphones are quite comfortable, the headband is easily adjustable, and the design itself is foldable. Quite a good battery for such a price – holds a charge for up to a day at a moderate volume. Charges via USB Type-C socket.

Advantages

  • comfortable fit, headband adjustment without play;

  • bass boost button;

  • charging via USB Type-C;

  • folding design;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • good autonomy.

Flaws

  • there are complaints about the lack of volume reserve.

JBL Tune 510BT, blue

Rating: 4.7

JBL TUNE 510BT, BLUE

Now consider a little more interesting headphones from the American company JBL. This is a well-known manufacturer of audio equipment and, in particular, accessories. Model JBL Tune 510BT is half the price of the previous version, but the benefits are quite noticeable.

If we take the dry numbers of technical characteristics, then this model is in many respects almost identical to the one described above. This is the same range from 20 to 20 thousand Hz, the same impedance of 32 ohms, almost the same sensitivity – 103.5 dB, even the weight is almost the same – 160 g and an almost identical choice of colors. But the differences appear with a deeper acquaintance.

Thus, numerous tests and user reviews indicate better sound quality in general, more pronounced, but not too intrusive bass. The manufacturer does not give the frequency response in the characteristics, but even without measurements it is well audible – the sound is even, the scene and localization are quite on the level.

Of the qualitative differences from the previous model, we can distinguish the presence of a volume control on the case. Directly on the right bowl are the power, volume, play / pause buttons. There is also a power indicator, a microphone. On the top is a USB Type-C port for charging.

As for charging, here it is worth praising the manufacturer. First, the battery life is up to 40 hours, which is much better than the Philips TAH4205. Secondly, there is a function of fast recharging. So, if suddenly the battery is completely “sat down”, then only 5-10 minutes of charging will be enough for the headphones to work for another 2-3 hours. It will take about 2 hours to fully charge.

Another “trick” of this model is the presence of voice assistants. By double-clicking on the play / pause button, you can call up one of them – Siri, Google or even Bixby. How to interact with them, you can read in the instructions.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 4 Gadget Inspector status: “Keep well on the head. Loud enough. I’ve never had to turn up the volume. Capacious battery.

Advantages

  • quality materials;

  • light and comfortable;

  • volume control;

  • USB Type-C;

  • voice assistants;

  • long battery life;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • fast recharging.

Flaws

  • In the summer, the ears sweat a lot under the ear pads.

SVEN AP-B900MV, black

Rating: 4.7

SVEN AP-B900MV, black

The selection will be completed by earphones of the well-known Russian brand SVEN. And these will already be full-size headphones for those who prefer maximum comfort and isolation from external factors. Model AP-B900MV is a kind of debut of the SVEN brand in the middle class, as the company used to specialize in much cheaper accessories.

The full-size form factor partly determines not only the dimensions, but also the weight of the headphones. Since 40 mm emitters are installed here and there are a number of elements important for high-quality sound, the total weight of the pair is 225 g.

According to the key characteristics, this model is also almost identical to the models described above. Range – from 20 to 20 thousand Hz, impedance – 32 ohms, sensitivity – 105 dB. But behind this pure “mathematics” there are somewhat different practical manifestations. Still, the closed format and the size of the emitters play the most positive role.

One of the most important technical nuances in this model is the presence of an active noise cancellation system. This is a defining moment for those who need maximum immersion and isolation from extraneous noise. And the system works properly – this is confirmed by both experts and ordinary users.

Another important point is the ability to connect via a cord. The included detachable cable connects to a standard 3.5mm mini-jack. This will also serve as additional insurance in case of battery discharge.

As for the battery, here the situation is already not as favorable as in the model described above. The claimed battery life is only 17 hours, and with active noise reduction turned on, it is no more than 15 hours.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 3 Gadget Inspector status: “Great headphones, the noise reduction system works with a bang! Everything that is written in the description coincides with reality, very nice.

Advantages

  • full size;

  • active noise cancellation;

  • high-quality bass and sound in general;

  • reliable and trouble-free;

  • volume control;

  • possibility of wired connection;

  • folding design.

Flaws

  • relatively short battery life.

The best wireless in-ear headphones

The second selection of the review of the best wireless headphones according to Expertology magazine is devoted to compact in-ear headphones connected to each other by a wire. This is a compromise compared to true wireless headphones, which will be discussed below.

Sony WI-C200, white

Rating: 4.7

SONY WI-C200, WHITE

The first in the selection will be in-ear headphones of the legendary Sony brand. And they are, paradoxically, the most inexpensive in this category – in January 2022 they cost less than 2 thousand rubles.

The earbuds fit snugly and securely in your ears and come with three pairs of soft silicone ear tips in S/M/L sizes. Provide good insulation for this form factor.

The sound characteristics are very decent. The range is from 20 to 20 thousand Hz, which, with a membrane diameter of 9 mm on neodymium magnets, provides even impressive bass. But for maximum effect, you need to choose the optimal ear cushions for the size of the ear canal.

The headphones are connected to the source via Bluetooth 5.0 – this is also a big plus. High data transfer rate, reliable connection, and at the same time moderate power consumption.

In addition to listening to audio, the device supports the headset function – you can connect to a smartphone, receive calls and talk through the microphone. AVRCP, HFP, A2DP, Headset profiles, AAC codec are supported.

You can adjust the volume with the keys on the miniature control unit, you can also call the voice assistant through it.

Autonomy for such a form factor and price is one of the best – up to 15 hours of operation on a full charge are declared, and the headphones fully correspond to this at an average volume of work. There is a useful possibility of quick recharging – when fully discharged, 15 minutes of charging gives several hours of work at once. Charged via USB Type-C. Full charge time is 3 hours.

In general, users of the most positive opinion about the sound of the headphones, and criticize only one feature – the connecting wire hardens in the cold.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • decent sound and bass;

  • USB Type-C;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • voice assistant;

  • fast recharging;

  • affordable price in its class.

Flaws

  • the connecting wire hardens strongly in the cold.

HUAWEI AM61 Sport Lite, amber sunrise

Rating: 4.7

HUAWEI AM61 Sport Lite, amber sunrise

The second number in this nomination is the special sports-format headphones produced by HUAWEI. At different sites, they can be designated differently – with or without the Honor prefix. We are talking about the same model, and Honor is a local brand of HUAWEI.

Under the sports format here we mean the presence of some features and improvements. First of all, the headphones are equipped with basic IP52 water protection. This is exactly the basic protection – from sweat and rain splashes, and you can’t immerse them in water. But it’s just convenient to run in them, including thanks to an improved fastening – thanks to special “wings”, the headphones are confidently fixed in your ears. In addition, they are also equipped with a magnetic mount for connecting the right and left to each other when carrying.

The sound characteristics in this model are pretty standard and not much different from most inexpensive in-ear headphones. Frequency coverage – from 20 to 20 thousand Hz, impedance – 32 ohms, sensitivity – 96 dB. However, the membrane here is relatively large for such a form factor – 11 mm, which means that the sound, other things being equal, is richer with better bass.

Sound source control is very well implemented. Through a miniature control module, you can easily switch, rewind tracks, answer smartphone calls.

The battery here is not a record capacity, and battery life is limited to 11 hours at medium volume, which is the maximum. There is a quick charge function – 15 minutes of charging will add several hours of work. Full charge time from zero is 2 hours. They charge via microUSB, which will be a small minus, since, of course, USB Type-C would be better.

Advantages

  • reliable fixation;

  • track/call management module;

  • relatively large membranes;

  • moisture protection;

  • magnetic mount;

  • noise canceling microphone;

  • iPhone support.

Flaws

  • bright non-switchable LED indicator.

Beats Flex All-Day Wireless

Rating: 4.8

BEATS FLEX ALL-DAY WIRELESS

This selection will be completed by a pair of Beats brand headphones, which at one time was literally mainstream in Russia, and Beats are still in serious demand. This model is already balancing on the verge of a conditional price limit in our review – at the beginning of 2022 they cost almost 5 thousand rubles.

Since this is Beats, users unwittingly expect deep bass from headphones. And here the manufacturer did not disappoint – the low ones really fully meet expectations. At the same time, it should be understood that the model is far from audiophile – the headphones do not even pretend to be balanced, the emphasis here is on high-quality bass.

With the help of a miniature control module, you can switch tracks, answer calls, etc. The Siri voice assistant is built into the headphones, but you won’t be able to call it with your voice – to do this, you need to press and hold the playback control button.

It is necessary to praise the quality of communication and the speed of data transfer. No lags, no out of sync is noticeable when watching a video. The Bluetooth 5.0 radio module is really high quality here.

Built-in battery provides up to 12 hours of battery life. This is the time declared by the manufacturer, and, judging by the test results, it is fully consistent with reality.

What else is very pleasing about these headphones is full integration into the Apple ecosystem. Thanks to the built-in W1 chip, as in the first AirPods, you can easily share tracks in iOS, connect bypassing the Bluetooth menu, and quickly switch to headphones within the same Apple ID.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 2 Gadget Inspector status: “These are the best headphones for mobile people who work in multitasking and switching activities. Excellent protection against extraneous sounds. The acoustics are great!”

Advantages

  • characteristic Beats bass;

  • quality materials;

  • convenient management;

  • USB Type-C;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • iPhone support;

  • fast recharging Fast Fuel;

  • magnetic mount.

Flaws

  • a small percentage of users consider the bass to be “twisted”.

The best wireless TWS headphones

The third and final nomination in the review of the best wireless headphones under 5 thousand rubles according to Expertology magazine is dedicated to TWS-format models. In this case, the right and left headphones are completely autonomous even from each other. Each of them has its own battery and radio module for communication.

Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 2, black

Rating: 4.7

Xiaomi Redmi AirDots 2, black

Let’s take a look at the super popular Xiaomi model first. These are one of the cheapest wireless earbuds in the Xiaomi range, and they have been in unimaginable demand for years. They cost at the beginning of 2022 only about 1300 rubles.

Such a great success of this model is due to another successful implementation of Xiaomi’s strategy to create electronics that is as close as possible to the premium class at an extremely affordable cost. So, here we have headphones with a very good sound, with a charging case, a high-speed Bluetooth 5.0 radio module, basic water protection, and all this is in a good performance in terms of ergonomics.

The built-in miniature batteries in each earbud provide up to 4 hours of play time. The portable case serves as a 300 mAh power bank, which allows you to charge the headphones three times. To charge the headphones, simply place them in the case and check that the indicator lights up on each. The case itself is charged via a micro-USB connector. A little frustrating is that there is no indication of the charge of the case.

The main sound characteristics are typical: range coverage from 20 to 20 thousand Hz, impedance 32 ohms, sensitivity – 104 dB. The sound characteristics of the frequency response show a noticeable bias in the low, and for the most part, users are only welcome. No one expects complete balance from this model, few people need it, and just the basses are needed.

In general, the impressions of users and experts from this model are positive. The remarks concern only the truncated control. Indeed, adjusting the volume, switching tracks – all this is possible only on the device, but not on the headphones themselves. You can only answer the call and end the conversation. But there is a voice assistant, but it would definitely be better to sacrifice it for the sake of the controls, and not vice versa.

Advantages

  • good bass and good overall sound;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • charging case for three charges;

  • basic moisture protection;

  • voice assistant;

  • affordable price.

Flaws

  • severely curtailed management.

Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic, white

Rating: 4.8

XIAOMI MI TRUE WIRELESS EARPHONES 2 BASIC, WHITE

Another Xiaomi model, more expensive and more interesting than the previous version, but in absolute terms, they are still inexpensive – about 2000 rubles at the beginning of 2022.

This is one of the many “AirPods-themed variations” on the market. But there is nothing wrong with this, since the implementation is quite good. Even in terms of design, everything is done with high quality, the headphones and the case are pleasant to hold in your hands, in small details there is absolutely no feeling of cheapness.

Key characteristics typical for this format: frequency coverage from 20 to 20 thousand Hz, impedance – 32 ohms. The membranes are quite large – 14.2 mm, which, of course, is good in terms of sound quality. But this is not the only determining factor.

It is worth clarifying that these are semi-open type in-ear headphones. This means that, by definition, they noticeably lose to in-channel ones in terms of isolation from the sounds of the outside world. And this cannot be considered a disadvantage, this is the original feature that must be borne in mind.

Headphones are connected to the source via a high-speed Bluetooth 5.0 port. SBC/AAC codecs and all the most popular work profiles are supported: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, Headset. And there is an important positive point here. Each pair of earbuds connects to the device independently. Here, the manufacturer did not save on the connection scheme, as is done in most cheap TWS headphones, where one of them is the leader, and the other is connected through the first one, which potentially leads to desynchronization and lags. This model doesn’t have this problem.

As in the previous version, the case here simultaneously acts as a power bank. The battery capacity of the case is 410 mAh. The battery capacity of one pair of earbuds is 40 mAh. On one full charge, the headphones can work up to 5 hours. The time to fully charge the case from the charger is 1.5 hours, and the headphones in the case charge the same time.

In general, headphones for their niche and price category are good for everyone, in addition to how touch control is implemented. It is extremely limited – you can only stop / continue playback and call the voice assistant. But even these functions are difficult to use, since the touch panels are not highlighted in any way and are too small in area.

Advantages

  • stylish appearance in the style of Apple AirPods;

  • build quality;

  • independent connection of each earpiece to the device;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • capacious charging case;

  • USB Type-C;

  • battery life.

Flaws

  • poorly designed touch controls.

JBL Tune 215 TWS, white

Rating: 4.8

JBL Tune 215 TWS, white

The selection of headphones from the reputable American brand JBL will continue. This is already a more expensive solution – almost 4 thousand rubles at the beginning of 2022, and this price is quite justified in almost all characteristics.

First of all, it is worth noting the main thing – the sound quality. Here, JBL confidently holds the mark, delivering impressive sound clarity. Expressive scene, detail, distinct localization. The impression is complemented by a soft, deep bass, implemented using proprietary JBL Pure Bass technology.

The second notable point is the battery life. It is enhanced by the increased capacity of each individual battery of each earphone – 55 mAh, which provides up to 5 hours of operation. The charging case with a capacity of 660 mAh provides a total of up to 25 hours of work. Full charge time is 2 hours via USB Type-C.

The convenient Dual Connect function allows you to use either both headphones at once for listening, or each earbud separately for different purposes. So, in one you can listen to an audio recording, and the second can be used to talk on the phone.

With all the pluses in this model, there is the same problem as in the previous one – poorly developed touch controls. It is nominally there, but it is difficult to use and the functionality is extremely limited.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 2 Gadget Inspector status: “Great sound: soft, voluminous bass, well-drawn mids and neat high frequencies. Comfortable fit in the ears. The microphone is decent too.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • improved bass JBL Pure Bass;

  • Bluetooth 5.0;

  • case with charging function;

  • USB Type-C;

  • voice assistant;

  • battery life.

Flaws

  • management is poorly developed.

HONOR Earbuds 2 Lite Midnight Black

Rating: 4.9

HONOR EARBUDS 2 LITE, MIDNIGHT BLACK

According to Expertology magazine, the review of the best wireless headphones under 5 thousand rubles will be completed by the model of the HONOR brand, which belongs to HUAWEI. In our review, this is the most high-tech and relatively expensive solution – almost 5 thousand rubles.

These are in-ear headphones with good sound isolation. At the same time, they allow you to “turn on the world around you” through the Talk through function. This mode toggles the squelch so that both audio and outside sounds can be heard temporarily. This is important, for example, for safety when crossing the street or for communicating with an interlocutor.

In terms of sound quality, here both experts and ordinary users agree in the highest marks, including the depth and quality of the bass. But separately it is worth emphasizing a point that is often poorly developed in TWS headphones. It’s about the microphone, which in this model is surprisingly high quality. Therefore, this model can be confidently recommended to those who need to communicate often and a lot or record operational vlogs.

Convenient automation is also implemented here. If you remove the headphones, they will automatically stop playing, and will also automatically continue if you put them back on. If there is no audio playing for a while, the headphones automatically turn off to save battery, and automatically turn on when you turn on the track.

Finally, the battery life – here the manufacturer is also on top. The autonomy of this model is the best of all the options considered. The battery capacity in each individual earphone is enough for 10 hours of operation, and the total operating time when recharging from the case is up to 32 hours.

Advantages

  • quality assembly;

  • sound characteristics and, in particular, low frequencies;

  • high-quality sound insulation and noise reduction;

  • convenient automation;

  • transparency mode Talk through;

  • Bluetooth 5.2;

  • battery life.

Flaws

  • no obvious flaws and systematic complaints were found.