Want To Buy New In-Ear Headphones, Confused, We Objectively Help You Decide Which Are Best With Review.
Best Earphones To Buy In India For ₹ 1000
1. Sony MDR-EX150AP In-Ear Headphones
9 mm drivers, microphone
Sony has hit a home-run with the MDR-EX150AP wired headphones. They are well built with quality materials and are can take the wear & tear of daily usage with ease without breaking down.comfortable in-ear fitting not only keeps you at ease it also provides passive noise cancelling. Gold plated L -shaped connector provides best connection between your device and these headphones. With an in-line mic you don’t need to worry about calls and the in-line control makes them easy to operate too. Available in Black Blue colours.
The 9mm driver puts our quality bass and you don’t feel it to be lacking at any time. Together with high sensitivity drivers and low impedance of the unit it is easy to get good volume from considerably less power. The passive noise cancelling obtained by a tight in-ear fit isolates you from bulk of the ambience noise. When compared with Sennheiser CX180 the most obvious advantage is the presence microphone in Sony. MDR has got sound with good balance to it and creates a wide sound-stage with depth and plenty of dynamics. Overall a steal at the price offered.
2. Realme Buds 2 with Mic for Android Smartphones
11.2 mm drivers, microphone
Realme Buds 2 are the successors to the Buds 1 which honestly failed to impress many. Realme Buds 2 have a partial braided cable which not only makes it sturdy but also gives it a premium look. These sport a combination of gloss and matte black which lends it a distinctive rich look,which is perhaps a bit surprising for this segment. Its handy to stick the pods to each other using their magnet backs to avoid them dangling when not in use. Available in yellow-black, green and orange color.
In the sound department the Realme Buds 2 surprise us even more with their extended lows, strong mids and decent highs. The 11.2mm driver shines here and presents with earful music which is clear, loud and has excellent depth to it, it seems these have been designed for a segment above but the management decided to sell them at fraction of price. Although these might not have the flattest response in terms of sound reproduction, the sound is going to be liked by most if not all. The in-line microphone is just apt for calls and provides average audio to the listener.
3. Mi Dual Driver in-Ear Earphones
10mm drivers, microphone
The Mi Dual Driver earphones are quite similar in many aspects too the Realme Buds 2, it has got a similar partially braided cord, magnetized pods. The overall construction and build is decent, as expected at this price point. The matte finish feels premium in hand and overall a standard affair. One negative which affects the braided cable earhones is that if that cable rubs with clothes or something you tend to hear the distinct sound which travels through the cable to in your ears, this is especially prominent if the sound volume of your content is low. These are available in black and blue colors.
These earphones perform decently in the audio category with aplomb bass at all volumes. They have somewhat a leaned back sound because of the extra bass that they produce and this can be an issue especially when you find the extra bass is coloring the mids. The overall sound signature is quite close to that of the Realme Buds 2, with the exception of loudness. These can churn out a little more volume. A little eq boost to treble make them far better to listen. Remember these are compatible with Android phones only. Overall at the price offered they are a decent buy especially if exaggerated bass doesn’t bother you.
4. Sennheiser CX 180 Street II In-Ear Headphone
10mm drivers, no microphone
Sennheiser CX 180 Street II In-Ear Headphones are crafted with precision and unlike many other earphones in this price bracket are made with plastic, and that is not necessarily a bad thing, for one it keeps the weight of earphones less second it allows the manufacturer to spend on what matters more, the sound. CX 180s have a color combination that is elegant and it will be pleasing to all. The wires on them is another matter, they are a bit thin and flimsy and by the looks of them it seems durability could be an issue.
CX 180 earphones have a very clear and detailed sound presentation which will strike you as soon as you listen to them. The bass is perfectly balanced and the earphones put out music which is enjoyable and sweet to listen to. Together with a comfortable fit and passive noise isolation the dynamics offered by them is truly splendid. If we have to nit pick an issue it surely is the absence of a microphone, but then again these are designed for music only, and they are really good at it.
5. JBL C100SI In-Ear Headphones
9mm drivers, microphone
JBL is a name which occupies space in literally every household worldwide, and with these headphones it might just cover the remainder of households. The construction and overall build seems very nice and sturdy. Shipped with a total of 3 pairs of ear-tips finding a comfortable fit is not difficult. The noise isolation is good and keeps much of the noise outside. Because they are made of plastic, the weight is on the lower side and the angled buds make for a decent grip and in-ear fitment. Available in black, white and red colors.
Like almost every other JBL product these earphones offer good value for the money spent. The sound quality is great, these are what is called Jack of all trades, these do everything properly. The bass is right, mids are good, treble is decent, call quality is nothing to complain about either. Once eq is applied the sound improved even more adding considerable low end extension and high end crispness. Since it has a single button in line remote it makes for a tidier setup at the expense of some functionality. Overall these are a good buy at the price offered and you are likely to be pleased with your decision to go with them.
6. Sony MDR-EX15AP EX Stereo Headphones with Mic
9mm driver, microphone
Sony MDR EX15AP is another example of a good VFM product from Sony. These are a pair of light weight headphones with an average build quality. These have thin wires and housing is plastic, not that any of it has an impact on sound quality but the use of better quality materials surely would have added to the overall product appeal and satisfaction not to forget the extended durability. These are available in as many as 5 different colors, take your pick!
Just like their elder sibling EX150 this pair of headphones are very good sounding.The overall composition of output is similar albeit with a few discernible differences like a little lacking bass output and a little less noise isolation. They have the same strong mid range and treble. The overall smoothness is still very much there. The sound stage created is excellent and adds great depth to the sound.
7. boAt Bassheads 100 in Ear Wired Earphones
10mm driver, microphone
Boat bassheads 100 is at the lower end of the price bracket and is an extremely value for money proposition. They flaunt a polarizing hawk style design on the buds. The offer decent fit and comfort levels to the one wearing these. The inline control panel works as expected and the overall built and fit finish is decent, especially once you take into account the price. Usually available in a plethora of color options.
Unlike the moniker bassheads, these twins were lacking bass which is not that big of a problem if you are not the kind that drivers the headphones too loud. At moderate volumes these presented us with good clarity and decent performance which surpassed our expectations from a Boat bassheads category headphone. Loud volume is definitely a problem even for mids and trebles which start to sound crude once the volume is a bit on the the higher side. Taking into account everything that these earphones offer (and what they don’t) these are actually a good buy at the budget price they are sold for and you are sure to be surprised by them.
8. Honor AM115 Half in-Ear Earphones with mic
unknown driver size, microphone
The AM115 earphones from Honor are a budget pair of earphones with not so budget build quality. These are a pair of robust earphones built to last. The design is more inline with the now quite old Apple wired headphones. The fit is a bit more tricky compared to full in ear earphones. The Honor AM115 is a pair which because of its design doesn’t quite offer the superior noise isolation of complete in-ear designs but other than that it is really a quality product. Available in only one color, white.
Performance wise these put a smile on your face the moment you start listening through them. The offer good levels of bass, treble and mid. Overall performance is simply smooth and these don’t seem to lack anything in particular in the audio department. This pair of Honors’ do loos e some of their musicality once volume is pushed to the louder end of the range. They offer an in-line microphone which just gets the job done, nothing much to boast about. Overall a surprisingly good performer at such a low price.
9. Xiaomi Redmi Hi-Resolution Audio Wired Earphone with Mic
10mm driver, microphone
Xiaomi Redmi Hi-Res earphones are a pair of earphones which are light weight yet sturdy. The pods themselves have aluminum chamber for what Xiaomi claims better sound reproduction. The build although doesn’t necessarily reek quality but we weren’t able to find any flaws with them either. Angles earphones, angled jack, decent wire quality all point to the fact that these are built to last. Sold in black, blue & red colors.
Sound quality is right on the money, excellent detailed bass, crisp treble, smooth mid range. The 10mm drivers do a terrific job at churning out audio quality which is surprisingly good. The sound is rich and full of dynamics. Treble is crisp and right on the money. Bass could have been a bit more better, especially at higher volumes where it looses its focus a bit. Call quality is very good both ways. We would have been a bot happier if the in-line control panel was better and if the earphones were capable of handling the bass a bit better.
10. Blaupunkt EM10 Wired Earphone
10mm driver, microphone
In a crowd of headphones Blaupunkt EM10 manages to stand out with its simple and elegant looks. While it is made from standard plastic and no fancy material, the overall fit and finish is decent. The noise isolation by in-ear buds is apt and prevents much of outside noise to creep into the ear. Angles jack and earphones make this a lasting affair with an additional upside in the form of increased comfort levels
The initial impression upon listening through them are one of high audio quality. EM10 impressed us with excellent audio quality and tonality. Fast and accurate overall sound. We initially found the bass to be a bit lacking but in reality these were outputting a ‘non-boosted’ audio output, which is a good thing. The output is flat and doesn’t exaggerate any frequency band in particular. Call quality is at par with others in the same segment.