For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Earphones Under Rs. 1000
We all own a pair of stock earphones that came as a complimentary pair with our smartphones. However, we can't help but admit that these earphones are no good for more than answering calls and listening to terrible audio quality. But wait! We have you covered.
If you are low on budget and still wish to experience better quality audio, this is the category you should look at. This listicle comprises of all the earphones that you can buy, within a 1000 grand.
This list has been compiled with the help of users as well as our in-house experts.
In no particular order, here we go!
The Sennheiser CX180 in-ears are one of the most popular earphones sold in the country. In fact, Sennheiser specifically launched this model for the Indian market, keeping in mind the average consumer's audio palate and budget requirements.
Designed to be used mostly with your smartphones, these earphones are pretty lightweight and comfortable due to its plastic build. A downside, of course, is that it is very flimsy and the cables tend to rather tangle and are susceptible to cable noise. If you love flamboyant and love all things fancy, the Sennheiser CX 180 is a disappointment as it comes in just one boring greyish black coloured body.
Ergonomically, these earphones are superior to most in this list; the finger-contoured housing design which allows you to easily take these on and off and the soft eartips in varying sizes also make a for a good fit. You should also consider getting yourself a pair of ComplyFoam 400 Series ear tips for better comfort, isolation & improved sound.
When it comes to sound, these are rather biased towards bass. Most Indians are all about that bass and Sennheiser has catered to this very audience with the CX 180. What pulls these down is how the overpowering bass muddies the mids and highs.It is obvious that one can't expect a lot from cheap earphones, but Sennheiser being a brand as big as it is, definitely could have done much better. The highs aren't as bright and detailed either.
Ali Pardiwala, NDTV's resident audiophile, and headphone geek, has done an extensive review for the CX 180 in which he described the sound as, "There is a clear boost in the bass. And although the tone and detail isn't fantastic, it certainly isn't bad either. Once again, the focus on the bass tends to drown out any scope for the mids and highs to stand out, and the upper ranges fall short in sparkle and detail as a result. However, the imaging doesn't suffer immensely, and still has enough in it for you to enjoy the music."
We're inclined to agree.
Coming to the soundstage, we wish to not venture there and Three-dimensional imaging is a distant dream. In fact, 'narrow' is the word that comes to mind here. Noise isolation, on the other hand, is trumped by the Panasonic RP-HJE190 which is also featured on this list.
A few years ago, Panasonic was at the top of its game, known for its fantastic sounding value-for-money earphones. Although the company lost the price wars it had in the subsequent years with Sony & Phillips, the fact remains that they're a company with strong credentials in the category of budget personal audio. And the HJE190 is one of them.
The highlight of the HJE190 is its comfortable design and secure fit. Panasonic has employed its proprietary design funda called 'Ergofit' which is a two-step fit, first fitting into your ear and the next angling towards your ear canal for better isolation and a firmer hold.
These earphones have a low profile and can stay in your ears even when you engage in rigorous outdoor activities like cycling, running etc.
Cable noise is another factor that Panasonic has tried to combat. For the uninitiated, cable noise is that irritating noise you hear when your wires rub against your clothes/body. The cord slider basically ensures that this reduces. Unfortunately, the wires are very thin, seem flimsy and aren't tangle resistant, which is a letdown, especially since Panasonic's main selling point here is design related.
Coming to the sound, these are big on bass with clear and bright sounding highs. Where the HJE190 suffers a little are the mids. They could have been a little crisper and detailed. As for soundstage, it's good enough for the price and does a better job than most earphones in this price category.
If you're looking for a pair of earphones to use with EDM or bass heavy music that will make your head vibrate due to the thumping bass, get yourself the Panasonic - RP-HJE190.
Audio Technica is most famous for its M-Series studio monitor headphones and is touted as the brand for the niche. With the COR150, the company aims to bring its technology to the masses. How is this in-ear different from Audio-Technica's higher-end models? The answer is bass. Rather than providing their signature reference sound, these earphones employ a 'Core Bass' technology.
The COR150's have a two-way design that is a unique find in this price category. They can hang down in the traditional way or can also hang over the ear with the help of plastic ear hooks for extra security. When they hang over the ear it also takes away from the traditional tension that exists from the ear canal to the weight of the cord. However, depending on your ear size, this style might also get exceedingly uncomfortable, that is probably because
The plastic they use for the cord is standard; nothing to write home about. What will appeal to you most is the circular cord winder that comes with it. You can conveniently wind your in-ears around this cable manager, eliminating the risk of damage.
Noise isolation is decent bu considerably better at blasting volume.
When it comes to sound, the earphones are definitely bassy, but the bass isn't as refined as the others in this category. Out of the box, it is rather boomy, muffling the mids and highs. To be fair, however, it does get better after a few hours of burn in. Moreover, the highs stand out, but sound harsh and inarticulate. The soundstage is surprisingly wide.
All said and done, the earphones are better for their design rather than their sound.
The only reason i am rating them 4 out of 5 is because of poor build quality ."
The Sony MDR-EX150 is an update to the extremely popular, albeit discontinued Sony MDR-EX110. Sony hasn't made any technical changes of note to these earphones and the only noticeable difference, to be honest, is in the variety of colours that this model is now available in.
The design is probably the biggest selling point for these earphones. Apart from the colours, they're very lightweight and rather comfortable. The aren't too many accessories to speak of, with just additional ear tips coming in the box. A negative aspect would be that the cables are rather thin making them slightly weak.
Being available in colours like pink and purple and an eartip size of extra small, the MDX-EX150 allows for a very comfortable fit, perfect for girlfriend appeasing
These earphones do come with 9mm drivers, so the sound clarity is good enough. Clear sound without distortion at high volumes is another point in favour of this model. Despite the wide frequency range (as low as 5hz), bass could be much better. It isn't as deep and attacking as is mostly preferred.
Noise isolation, unfortunately, is rather mediocre. As for soundstage, just like the Sennheiser CX180, the less that is said, the better.
On the whole, these earphones would substitute your stock earphones in a pinch. However, they won't provide an upgrade of noticeable value. But if you're looking for something colourful, stylish and highly portable, then these might appeal to you.
JBL is one of the most popular brands among the urban cool youth. It comes as no surprise, owing to the fact that the brand always brings to us well designed, budget earphones and headphones.
The C150SI is the latest stylish launch from the house of JBL. Extremely tiny, the earpieces are as small as glass marbles in size. Available three basic colours, you can choose from white, red and black.
Ultra lightweight, JBL has ensured that these in-ears lend the best fit, even at the lowest budget. The earphones perfectly fit inside your ear canal and stay in place for as long as you enjoy your favourite tracks.
Great portability is what we love about the C150SI. The in-ears feature a universal microphone and remote. Compatible with all android and iOS devices, it lets you control your music volume, so you speak without hassle.
The cable is regular, nothing too fancy. A little thin, you may want to handle it with care. Tangle prone, the cable may come across as a hindrance when you are soaked into your music. However, can you expect much? at this price point.
When it comes to the sound, the C150SI brings to you JBL's superior sound. The bass is heavy and does make you want to groove. The mids and highs come out clear, but perfect clarity is not something you can expect. Great for listening to fun music genres.
Looking for in-ears that are lightweight and perfect for your everyday sonic dose? The C150SI is an earphone you need to get your hands on.
These were the best 6 headphones that come under Rs 1000. Although there are others that come within the same budget, these are the ones we definitely recommend.
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