What is the best wired earplug?

And which one has the best value for money?

NU.nl and the Consumers' Association answer.

Today, wireless earbuds are the most common.

But earplugs with wire are still a great solution in many cases.

And they are a lot cheaper to buy than wireless earbuds.

The Consumers' Association tests different types of headphones for sound quality, wearing comfort and reliability.

A total of 183 headphones have been tested and are available, 21 of which have wired earbuds.

Within the category of wired earbuds, Sony earbuds come out as Best in Test.

These are very favorably priced and therefore also the Best Buy at the same time.

A good alternative is a Sennheiser model.

Best in Test and Best Buy: Sony MDR-XB50AP

  • Price: 23 euros

  • Test verdict: 7.3

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With these earplugs from Sony you get earplugs with good sound quality.

And also at a favorable price.

So great value for money.

A remote control is incorporated in the cord.

Its functions are limited.

This way you can pause and play, but you can't control the volume.

You can use the remote control with both an Android smartphone and an iPhone.

You can use the earbuds to make calls with your smartphone via a built-in microphone.

The earbuds come with a travel pouch and four different plug sizes.

Alternative: Sennheiser CX 100

  • Price: 30 euros

  • Test verdict: 6.7

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A good alternative is the CX 100 from Sennheiser.

It generally scores slightly lower than the Sony, but that's not much of a difference.

And it is about the same price to buy.

On sound quality, the Sennheiser scores slightly lower than the Sony, but it is still more than adequate.

The wearing comfort of the Sennheiser is slightly better than the Sony.

What you mainly sacrifice compared to the Sony are the extra functions.

For example, the Sennheiser does not have a remote control in the cord and you cannot make calls with it.

It comes with four different plug sizes.


In this column we write weekly about household and technological appliances that have been tested by the Consumers' Association.

This is a collaboration between the independent editors of NU.nl and the Consumers' Association.

The Consumers' Association tests thousands of products every year, together with qualified technicians in specialized laboratories at home and abroad.

The products being tested are store bought so they are not pre-manipulated by manufacturers.

New models are tested as soon as possible after introduction.

How fast that is varies per product.

The Best in Test is the product with the best test rating.

This can also be a somewhat older model, because a newer model is not always better.

The Best Buy is the product with the best value for money.

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