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Top 10 Best Earbuds in Malaysia 2023 From RM57 (Wireless)

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Are you looking for decent earbuds? Like other gadgets and electronics, they come in a variety of options to suit different lifestyles. So here we review the top 10 Best Earbuds in Malaysia for the year 2023, all available for purchase on Shopee & Lazada.

Unlike other sound devices, earbuds are True Wireless Stereo, meaning they run purely on battery. So for home use, you may want to get a soundbar or speaker instead. For PCs, a good wired alternative is a PC speaker.

How We Pick

For more information on these buying factors, scroll down below to our Earbuds Buying Guide.

Half-Ear vs In-Ear

Some prefer half-ear earbuds while others in-ear. Half-ear (or semi-ear) earbuds are those that do not go deep in your ear and as such are harder and without the silicone/rubber ear tip. A familiar example of half-ear earbuds is the first generation Apple AirPods.

In this list we’ve chosen both types but focused primarily on the in-ear type.

Touch Control

Most earbuds launched in 2023 come with touch control, at least on a basic level. Still there are some cheap ones without touch control still selling on the market. After using earbuds for a while, we think touch control is an absolute must (at least the play & pause control). So here we selected only those with decent touch control.

Noise Canceling & Waterproof

Noise cancellation can add to the clarity of the sound and is better to have than not to have since in many models, you can switch it on and off. So here we picked some with noise cancellation but other cheaper options may not have it.

Earbuds that are waterproof are also great for when you bring them outside or to the gym, given the climate in Malaysia. Again, most of our models are waterproof except in some of the budget options.

Battery Durability

Most of the buds we picked can last up to 4.5 – 6 hours at full charge. The higher end ones can go longer but 5-6 hours we think is the sweet spot for value. Plus, 5-6 hours of playback time is quite standard.

A note about battery durability: some budget earbuds may claim to last long hours, but it may be due to having lower volume output, thus increasing its battery duration. This may not be common, but when it comes to budget earbuds, take battery durability with a grain of salt.

Cost & Budget Options

Many earbuds in our list here are between RM150 to RM300, with some exceptions. The higher end ones will be more than RM400 but we also included in this list budget earbuds under RM100.

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Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds II

Best Noise Canceling Earbuds
Overview:
Pros: Excellent noise cancelling, switch between Quiet Mode & Aware Mode.
Cons: Expensive, water resistant only IPX4, not dustproof.
Specifications - Type: In-Ear | Touch Control: Yes | Waterproof: IPX4 | Noise Cancelling: Yes, ANC | Battery: 6 hours | Bluetooth: 5.1 | Charging Time: 2 hrs.
Get ready to meet the world’s best ANC noise canceling earbuds. The Bose QuiteComfort Earbuds 2 is the latest premium earbuds from Bose. Sure the price is steep but there is no denying the excellence of the well-balanced audio and the ability of the device to mix transparent listening with ANC mode. Switch between Quiet Mode for best noise cancellation or Aware Mode that reduces, but not eliminates, noise. The battery of the earbuds lasts up to 6 hours, while charging them takes 2 hours (charging case takes 3 hours). But don’t worry, there is a 15 mins quick charge for 2 hours of playback. Unfortunately, the waterproof level is only IPX4 which is fine but we expect more for this price. Overall though, these are really great earbuds and a true delight for your ears.
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Realme Buds Q2

Best Budget Earbuds Under RM100
Overview:
Pros: Decent sound but versatile: suitable for office, indoor & gaming use.
Cons: Not dustproof, no quick charging.
Specifications - Type: In-Ear | Touch Control: yes | Waterproof: IPX4 | Noise Cancelling: yes | Bluetooth: 5.0 | Battery: 4.5 hours | Charging Time: 1.6 hrs.
The Realme Buds Q2 are another popular choice for a pair of budget earbuds. The pros of these earbuds are: that they are lightweight at only 39g so you’ll feel quite comfortable even after long use, they are relatively low in latency so you may find them quite okay for gaming too, the battery can last up to 4.5 hours of playback, there is noise cancellation with touch control for volume, calls and playback, and the earphones are IPX4 waterproof (resistant to splashes) and updated Bluetooth 5.0 with a range of 10m. The cons are that they are not dustproof, no quick charging & you should not expect the sound quality to be great but you can expect it to be decent. Price-wise, they are only around RM100. A steal, to be sure!
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Edifier NeoBuds Pro

Best Earbuds for Music
Overview:
Pros: Pro quality, hi-res audio & low latency.
Cons: Expensive.
Specifications - Type: In-Ear | Touch Control: yes | Waterproof: IP54 | Noise Canceling: yes | Bluetooth: 5.0 | Battery: 6 hours | Charging Time: 1 hr (case & earbuds).
For a tip-top studio quality audio, the NeoBuds Pro from Edifier is one of the most advanced Edifier earbuds at a great price, making it a great option for you audiophiles. Built-in is a Hi-Res audio technology and LHDCTM (Low-latency High-definition Audio Codec), and decoding rate of up to 900Kbps, adding to the output for a clear and satisfying audio experience. Its noise cancellation is also a step above the rest, with the Tri-Mic Noise Cancellation feature that will surely drown out noise and boost the volume. Perfect for making important phone calls. Durability-wise, these earbuds are on IP54, meaning water splash resistant and dustproof as well. If those are not enough to convince you, they can last up to 6 hours while both earbuds and case support quick charging (1hr). Why buy this? Because it is money well-spent!
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Sony WF-1000XM4 Earbuds

Best Earbuds For Office Workers
Overview:
Pros: Outstanding battery life and quick charging, excellent audio quality.
Cons: Quite pricey, no aptX HD.
Specifications - Type: Semi-Ear | Touch Control: Yes | Waterproof: IPX4 | Noise Canceling: Yes, ANC | Battery: 8 hours | Bluetooth: 5.2 | Charging Time: 1.5 hrs.
Experience music like how you’ve never done before with the new Sony WF-1000XM4. These earbuds will produce clear bass audio performance in truly wireless active noise canceling – all from a pair of comfortable, light earbuds. In fact, we would say these are some of the most comfortable earbuds in the market. The big point of the fourth model in this 1000X Sony series is the leading battery life. Compared to other models in similar price points (even higher!), these earbuds offer 2-3 hours more playback with similar charging time of 1.5 hours. However, you can’t hear music as detailed as possible as these lack aptX HD enhanced codec. But still, you will not find the audio disappointing. Overall, these are some of the best earbuds you can find in the higher end market.
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Oppo Enco Air3 Earbuds

Best Earbuds For Mobile Gamers
Overview:
Pros: Ultra low latency in Game Mode, fast charging, updated Bluetooth.
Cons: Slightly expensive.
Specifications - Type: In-Ear | Touch Control: yes | Waterproof: IP54 | Noise Canceling: yes | Bluetooth: 5.3 | Battery: 6 hours | Charging Time: 1 hrs.
The Oppo Enco Air3 is a recent upgrade from the Air2, offering surprising features for its price range. With a bass-driven HD sound and a 13.4mm dynamic driver paired with a stable Bluetooth 5.3 chip, the sound quality is significantly improved. It also introduces Oppo’s audio algorithm for a surround sound experience. The Game Mode allows for ultra low latency as low as 47ms which is pretty amazing and definitely not what we expected at this price. The battery life is notably better than the Air2, providing 6 hours of playback time and fast charging. Additionally, the Air3 comes at IP54 rating for water and dust resistance, whereas Air2 only comes at IPX4. The touch controls enable various functions such as play/pause, volume control, call answering, and Game Mode activation. Overall, still a pretty good buy, especially as an affordable option for mobile gamers.
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Tronsmart Onyx Ace Earbuds

Best Earbuds For Working Out
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Pros: Nice audio quality & range for that extra workout motivation.
Cons: no quick charging, standard battery durability.
Specifications - Type: Half-Ear | Touch Control: yes | Waterproof: IPX5 | Noise Cancelling: yes | Bluetooth: 5.0 | Battery: 5 hours | Charging Time: 1.3 hrs.
Prefer a half-ear version Earbuds? One of the most underrated earbuds is the Tronsmart Onyx Ace. This pair actually produces nice high-fidelity audio with low latency thanks to its AptX Qualcomm audio technology, Environment Noise Cancellation and 13mm driver with Bluetooth 5.0. The battery is what you should expect for the price: 5 hours of playback with 1 hour 20 mins of charging to full charge for the earbuds. The transmission range is 15m, 5m more than others (though expect the instability once you step outside the 10m radius). Plus, they are IPX5 water resistant so they can handle sweat no problem. Overall, we think these may be a good option for outdoor/at the gym/when working out.
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Summary

What are the best earbuds in Malaysia you should consider? Here are our top picks:

If you can spend just about RM100, go for Realme Buds Q2. For a more decent pair, check out Oppo Enco Air3, Tranya T20 Earbuds or Tronsmart Onyx Ace.

Finally, for amazing sound and features, go for Bose QuietComfort® Earbuds II, Sony WF-1000XM4, Edifier NeoBuds Pro or Apple AirPods 2nd gen (or 3rd gen or AirPods Pro if you feel like spending more).

What Are Earbuds?

Earbuds are a pair of little portable listening devices that rest in your ear without any wire attached either between them or to another device, unlike earphones of the past. As such they are true wireless stereo devices (TWS) that connect to a media player such as your smartphone or laptop via Bluetooth connection.

A pair of earbuds mainly consists of 3 components: speakers, a Bluetooth module and a microphone.

Earbuds Buying Guide

It seems like there’s a new earbuds model out every week nowadays. Here are some things to look for so you’ll know which ones are the best ones for you.

Typical Earbuds Specifications

  • Half-ear or in-ear
  • Sound quality
  • Bluetooth version
  • Touch Control
  • Waterproof
  • Battery durability 
  • Latency
  • Price

Half-ear or In-ear

The in-ear type typically produces more bass, less ambient noise and feels firmer in your ear whereas its half-ear counterpart produces less bass, more ambient sound but is looser and hence, more comfortable after very long use.

Sound Quality

With Bluetooth 5.0, you can get decent connections even with cheap earbuds. But the more expensive options like the Edifier NeoBuds Pro will deliver great, detailed crisp sound. Typically the sound quality gets better when brands add high definition audio codec and some kind of bass booster and noise cancellation. So those may indicate higher quality sound output.

Bluetooth Version

The latest Bluetooth version at the time of this writing (August 2022) is the Bluetooth 5.2. Most recent earbuds out there should have V5.1 at least.

Touch Control

A simple touch control will allow you to take calls, play & pause as well as skip or replay. Any pair of earbuds without these controls will not be worth it, no matter how cheap they are. If possible, look for better touch control like volume control, mute and more.

Waterproof & Dustproof Standards

Many earbuds are waterproof since your inner and outer ear will sweat quite frequently while using them, let alone when you use them while working out or outside. 

Here’s a basic explanation of waterproof and dustproof standards: waterproof and dustproof standards are often denoted by the code IPXX, where IP stands for “Ingress Protection”, the first X denotes strength against solid material, and the second X, resistance to water. The higher the number (X), the stronger its resistance.

For example:

  • IPX0: no resistance
  • IPX4: resistant to water splashes
  • IPX7: can be submerged up to 1m for 30 mins

Battery Durability

Decent earbuds should last at minimum, as long as 4.5 to 5 hours at full charge. Meanwhile, charging should take no more than 1.5 hours. Fast charging is nice to have but not super necessary because as long as you have a powerbank with you, you can charge the case while you use the earbuds, unless the earbuds themselves can be quick-charged.

Latency

Latency refers to the delay between the action you perform with the device and the response you get. For most users, this is not something you need to think about that much but generally, those buds with low latency are great for gaming.

Price

Price is perhaps the biggest factor for most buyers. In Malaysia, good earbuds typically go for between RM150 to RM300. Higher end earbuds can go as high as RM800+ and lower ends as cheap as RM60.

With the exception of some really well designed earbuds, typically those cheaper ones are not worth the money at all. But hey, no one’s stopping you from trying out those. You may have a different experience than the one we had.

Also, needless to say, NEVER EVER buy fake or counterfeit earbuds. You’d be throwing money away.

How To Properly Clean Earbuds

After some time, you’ll notice some buildup of earwax and debris that can be detrimental to the sound quality. Here are some tips to properly clean your earbuds without causing damage:

  1. Get some microfiber cloth or cotton swab and make sure they are completely dry. 
  2. Carefully and cautiously, break apart the debris in the speaker grills, keeping the angle downward as you do so as to make use of gravity.
  3. If this doesn’t work or clean out the speakers completely, try using firmer tools like a toothpick or wooden skewer, but nothing metallic as this may cause scratches & damages.
  4. You may also want to use canned air to blow smaller or softer debris.

Video : Cleaning Wireless Earbuds

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F.A.Q

Shoptrack’s picks for the best Earbuds brands in Malaysia for 2023 are Bose, Sony, Edifier, Oppo, Tronsmart, Apple, Vinnfier & Realme.
Some big decisions you will have to make revolve around your preferences in comfort, sound quality, bluetooth version, touch control, water resistance, battery durability, latency and price.
A set of good Earbuds in Malaysia goes for between RM90 to RM300 for mid-range category. Higher-end earbuds usually go for RM300 to RM1,100.
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