We've rounded up the best pairs of headphones under £50. From in-ear to on-ear, AKG to SoundMagic, there should be something for everyone...

The headphones market is booming as MP3 players and smartphones allow music on the move.

Unfortunately, the earphones bundled with a phone or music player don't tend to be very good – even the Apple EarPods. So if you really want to make the most of your tunes, we'd recommend upgrading.

The good news is you don't need to spend a fortune for good sound. Some of the best headphones around can cost hundreds of pounds, but there are plenty of earphones under £50 that represent brilliant sound-per-pound value.

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Best budget in-ear headphones
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Tested at £40 / Best price £39.95 at Amazon

The E10Cs represent a simple but very worthwhile upgrade over the E10S earphones and are now our go-to pair of budget in-ear headphones.

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Best budget on-ear headphones
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Tested at £50 / Best price £45 at Currys

Great agility and preision timing combined with excellent build and compact size, makes the K451s a must-audition pair of on-ear cans.

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Best budget sports headphones
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Tested at £50 / Best price £43 at Amazon

Good-looking, top-performing headphones for a reasonable price. A great shout for sporty types.

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