KEY POINTS

  • Apple's AirPods Pro are great audio accessories, but they are expensive
  • There are many great alternatives, with some selling for prices well below the $200 mark
  • These include the Mpow X3, Bose Sport Earbuds and Amazon Echo Buds

Apple’s AirPods Pro are great audio accessories for those who are invested in the Cupertino tech giant’s ecosystem. They offer good sound quality, have great active noise canceling and transparency features and are perfect for those who use multiple iDevices such as iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.

That said, the highly-rated AirPods Pro costs a lot. They normally sell for $250 per pair, which means not everyone can afford them. And while some outlets sell them with discounts from time to time, it’s still a fact that they are expensive and beyond the reach of the average person.

Thankfully, Apple is not the only company making great-sounding wireless earbuds. Some AirPods pro alternatives offer great audio quality, provide excellent noise cancellation, or at least noise reduction features, and come in different colors.

Here are some of the best wireless earbuds that sell for less than $200 a pair.

Amazon Echo Buds

Amazon jumped into the wireless earbuds market with the Echo Buds, a cheap pair of in-ear headphones equipped with Alexa. These are currently being sold for $130 via Amazon.

These buds do not offer noise cancellation, but they do feature Bose’s noise reduction technologies. This means users will get to enjoy the same level of quiet and focus on music without having to pay the amount Bose’s headphones normally cost.

Bose Sport Earbuds

Speaking of Bose, the famed audio company also has an affordable but formidable pair of wireless earbuds under $200 – the new Sport Earbuds. This device does not have active noise cancellation, but it offers Bose’s signature audio, which means users will still be able to listen to great-sounding music anyway.

Bose designed the Sport Earbuds to stay in place so that wearers won’t have to worry about them falling off while running or jogging. They are available via Bose’s website for $179.95.

Mpow X3

Those looking for noise cancellation but can’t afford the AirPods Pro or even the Echo Buds can get these earbuds instead, CNet noted. They look like the AirPods Pro (but in black), offer good sound output, have active noise cancellation and retail for only $60 via Amazon.

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