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Chunky chic headphones are the new It accessory. Here’s what to buy depending on your budget

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jul 10, 2022 2:33 pm

The Y2K aesthetic is making a fashionable comeback, and accessories are the fabulous cherry on top.

We're here to reintroduce the so-called chunky headphones to your arsenal, every It Girl's favorite accessory that's both fashionable and oh-so functional for music lovers. Not only do chunky headphones add style to every outfit, but they also elevate an immersive and distraction-free experience for users.

We know what you're thinking: Can my wallet handle it? Well, it depends on your budget. We've rounded up all the gorgeous wireless headphones that are hot on the market right now—and some budget dupes that won't break the bank.

AirPods Max (P32,990)

Here's a chunky headphone that's been stealing the scene as of late, as if Apple isn't used to that already.

The Apple AirPods Max is indeed a luxury headphone variant with a whopping price tag, but its features of 20 hours of full listening time with Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio make it a crowd favorite. Not to mention the Apple branding that comes with it. 

It comes in five colors, such as Space Gray, Pink, Green, Sky Blue, and Black. Read more about it on the Apple website.

Sony WH-1000XM series (from P10,990 to P20,990)

Meet TikTok's favorite headwear. Some would say that these are the headphones that started the comeback of this trend with its cream-colored exterior and round edges that tickle the Gen Z aesthetic. If you want to turn heads and start a conversation with "where did you get that?", these are the pair for you. 

The WH-1000XM series boasts Sony's HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1, 20 to 30 hours of battery life, and Smart Listening that adjusts to your surroundings. There are also other variants such as the XM4 and XM5 depending on the level of quality you desire. Check it out at the Sony website here.

Jabra Elite 85h (P17,499)

With Jabra already serving as an industry favorite in sound processing, the Jabra Elite 85h is engineered to keep your ears snug and happy without making your wallet cry.

The Jabra Elite 85h beats out competitors with its 36 hours of battery life with a single charge and fast charging of 5 battery hours in 15 minutes, as well as a water-resistant exterior. Grab your pair via the Jabra official Lazada page here.

JBL Live 460NC (P6,990)

Did someone say 50-hour battery life? You read that right. Here's another TikTok favorite that isn't so much a dupe, but a fine alternative to the Sony WH-1000MX series. Some might even say it's the wiser choice with its 40mm drivers and 50 hours of full listening time.

Check it out at the JBL website.

Anker Soundcore Life Q30 (P5,695)

Anker is so much more than its phone accessories. For its price compared to other chunky headphones, the Soundcore has similar Noise Cancellation Technology, crisp hi-res music quality, and a 40-hour playtime. It also comes in a rare pink color, though it's not available in the Philippine market just yet. 

Learn more at the Anker Philippines website here.

Rock Space O2 Headphones (P898)

Introducing the dupe of all dupes: Rock Space's 02 Headphones. Though you might raise an eyebrow at its impeccably lower price than the other brands, Rock Space's entry has all you need in a basic headphone such as a built-in microphone, clear sound, and foldable build.

Do take note that it only has a 15-hour playing time, regular charging time, and comes without a case. But hey, for less than P1,000, it's become a well-known dupe of its own.

Check it out at the Rock Space ShopeeMall page here.

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