March 27, 2017

For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Earphones Under Rs. 5000

Now we are talking. This price category is where you will get really good sounding headsets. If you're looking for earphones that will lend you a more serious audio experience, then you should definitely take a look at this list.

What to Expect in this Category?
  • Sound Quality: Expecting extra bass? This price category will have a more balanced sound.  
  • Form Factor: Earphones will definitely be better in quality than headphones in this range. More thought has gone into making these extremely comfortable.
  • Build Quality: Earphones in this range mostly sport a metal body, making them very sturdy. They will last you for a long while, in terms of durability.
  • An in-line remote and mic may or may not be available at this price point.

This list has been compiled with the help of users as well as our in-house experts.

In no particular order, here we go!





1. Meze - 11 Neo

TIMELESS DESIGN WITH PERFECT AUDIO REPRODUCTION
Meze-11-Neo

  • Meze-11-Neo
  • Meze-11-Neo

TheRomanian Boutique brand founded by Antonio Meze has aimed at delivering a timeless and one of a kind design with spectacular natural signature sound. The Hi-End audio tech with a sense of style is something that has impressed us all. Takinginspiration from the Meze 99 classics the Meze 11 Neo are the in-ear monitors from the same family.

Meze not only designed the earphones with aluminium but took inspiration from the metal to achieve precision. Thus came forth a pair of earphones which is crafted from the best of materials. Right from the housing, the cables, the colour palette, all designed to enhance material expressivity. But above all, to create a sound signature of a real Meze.

Along with their understated design comes a plethora of accessories along with it. 







Meze-11-Neo
Digital Trends


"In our quest for value, we’re continually challenged to find a sound that’s “just right.” Unfortunately, the Klipsch S3M didn’t bust that trend for us."




 

UPS
Great Clarity
Comfortable In-ear 
One-Button Remote and Microphone

DOWNS
Lacks Durability

 


Our Verdict:
Well rounded pair that you will love for its attention to detail.


 




2. KLIPSCH - S3M

Clear Detailed Audio Reproduction
KLIPSCH - S3M

  • KLIPSCH - S3M
  • KLIPSCH - S3M

Klipsch, the American based audio giant has won several accolades in its existence for the past 6 decades. Delivering legendary sound through its speakers, it now presents us with value for money, in-ear earphones. 

The S3M from the house of Klipsch are in-ear monitors, designed to be used especially with your mobile. That being said, it also does an equally good job with other music devices. The S3M flaunts a funky yet understated design, the in-ears comes in 5 vivid schemes- Black, Blue, Green,White and Red. 

Aesthetically, the S3M comes in a simply designed body. The earpieces have a glossy finish, which we must admit does make the earphones come across as cheap. The earbuds have an unconventional Klipsch design. Shaped like a cone, they cut away at the 45-degree angle. The brand hasn't gone overboard with branding and you will see is the Klipsch logo monogrammed on each side of the ear pieces. 

The ear pieces are built entirely from plastic, thus, it doesn't score too well durability. However, the plastic body does aid in making theme extremely lightweight and comfortable during long listening hours. 

Unlike the JAYS a-JAYS Four+, the S3M too features a one-button control and microphone. This means that you can answer calls, but won't be able to control the volume of your music. Compensating for this, Klipsch lets you download the free Klipsch Control App. Once installed, you can assign different functionalities and enjoy a more customised listening experience. 

A good fit is important to enjoy the best of your music, and Klipsch has taken this very seriously. The unique shaped housing goes deep inside your ear canals and has been specially tailored to go smoothly inside your ear. 

Noise isolation is commendable.It can be further improved with the 3 pairs of oval-shaped silicon earbuds that come packed with the Klipsch S3M

When it comes to the sound, we received just what we expected. The S3M has been tuned to deliver every note with brilliant clarity. The bass is well accentuated, with perfectly synched mids and highs. We also love how the instruments are serrated without getting own or muffled. Not the best we have heard, but Klipsch has definitely done a pretty good job with the audio output.

The included tiny protective carry case allows for easy travel and portability.


Klipsch S3M
Digital Trends


"In our quest for value, we’re continually challenged to find a sound that’s “just right.” Unfortunately, the Klipsch S3M didn’t bust that trend for us."




 

UPS
Great Clarity
Comfortable In-ear 
One-Button Remote and Microphone

DOWNS
Lacks Durability

 


Our Verdict:
Well rounded pair that you will love for its attention to detail.


 




3. RHA - MA600

Premium handmade IEMs from Scotland
RHA - MA600

  • RHA - MA600
  • RHA - MA600

RHA has made a name for itself worldwide as the 'Aston Martin of Headphones', for their tremendous attention to detail, use of premium materials and their trademark Aerophonic Design that delivers true-to-life audio. It has repeatedly come to offer budget earpieces, without compromising on the quality.

RHA’s MA600 comes with an exceptional build quality. The earpieces are made of highly durable aircraft grade aluminium that is handmade by RHA. It sports a steel sleek looking body that is lightweight and stylish.

As for the cables, the MA600 features a dual-insulated cable that reduces cable sound and transmits more detailed sound. They are tangle- free and are extremely tough and durable. The contoured over-ear cable lets you wear your earphone in a traditional as well as over the ear fashion.

A negative in the MA600 is the absent remote and microphone. This makes music control and answering calls a task. However, if this feature is something that you are importantly seeking, then the RHA MA600i is a worthy update.

The trademark Aerophonic™ Design, with its most efficient tailor-made shape, fits your ear canals perfectly, producing a true-to-life music experience.

Noise isolation is something that the M600 effortlessly attenuates. Adding to this, an entire set of 8 silicon ear tips is included in the package. This gives you endless options to choose from, for the most perfectly customised fit.

When it comes to the sound, the RHA MA600 produces a superbly precise balanced sound with its 320.1 custom made drivers that perfectly blends with the aluminium housing. The bass is not overpowering, letting the mids and highs stand out with detail and clarity.

The included stylish hard carry case ensures safe portability and storage.

The RHA MA600 like most RHA products comes with an astounding 3-year warranty!


Stuff


"Sometimes you’re just in the mood to spend a little more for something that looks and feels just that little bit more special. That's what the RHA MA600 in-ears are, and if that bass was just a little tighter we'd be giving them the full five star."


 

UPS
Aerophonic Design
3-year warranty
Remote and Microphone
DOWNS
Noise Isolation

 


Our Verdict:
If you are looking for tough durable earphones that will last you long, while giving you the most balanced audio, then the MA600 is for you.


 




4. FIIO - EX1

A Titan in FiiO clothing
FIIO - EX1 (3rd Gen)

  • FIIO - EX1 (2nd Gen)
  • FIIO - EX1 (2nd Gen)

FiiO, the Chinese audio brand has come to be well renowned among most audiophiles for its quality audio products and accessories. Riding on the wave of the very successful FiiO EX1, the brand now brings to us the FiiO EX (2nd Gen). So how well does it perform? Let’s walk you through.

The EX1 (2nd Gen) flaunts a stylish metal body, with anodised duralumin for the back half, and stainless steel for the front half. This makes the body durable, and it seems like these in-ears can take some amount of abuse.The earphones look very premium and well built. 

For comfort during long listening sessions, the EX1 features an offset nozzle design ensuring that you do not suffer from an earache. Lending a comfortable music listening experience is important, something most audio brands do not lay much emphasis on. Fiio scores extra points for this.

The cable comprises of 42 strands of high purity OFC copper intertwined with 250D fibre strands ensuring that the cables last long and transmit the most sonic sound. So what does that even mean? all these fancy features lend some serious strength to the build of this product. The outer coating is made of medical grade TPE to reduce cable microphonics and apparently minimises skin allergies. However, the cable sometimes feels slimy, causing it to be a bit of a turn-off.

Improving on the FiiO EX1's design, the EX1 (2nd Gen) now comes with a 3-button remote and microphone making music control and answering calls a task. You also control the volume, and skip music tracks, without having to fetch your phone every little while.

When it comes to the sound, the EX1 (2nd Gen) houses Nanotech Titanium Diaphragm Drivers that is supposed to deliver even power across all frequencies. The bass is punchy, while the mids are smooth but do sound recessed at intervals. The highs are sharp but may not appeal to every ear. While the soundstage is surprisingly wide. Overall, it provides a natural yet fun and energetic sound.

The ear plugs feature events, thus it is not surprising that the sound stage is brilliantly wide

Noise isolation is decent. The package also comes with different sized eartips that enable you to choose the most perfect and secure fit.

FiiO X1 (2nd Gen) comes with a One year warranty.


STEVE GUTTENBERG, CNET


"The FiiO EX1 (2nd Gen) is the new budget audiophile in-ear headphone champ! "




 

UPS
Durable metal build
Natural energetic sound
Comfortable for long listening sessions
DOWNS
No remote and microphone

 


Our Verdict:
If you are looking for excellent sound production without expecting much noise isolation, then you should go for the EX1 (2nd Gen).


 




5. JAYS - A-JAYS FOUR+

An elegant earphone with a dedicated universal remote for all smartphone devices
JAYS - A-JAYS 

FOUR+

  • JAYS - A-JAYS FOUR+
  • JAYS - A-JAYS FOUR+

The Swedish brand is well known for its extreme attention to detail and highly stylish audio headphones. This time around the brand brings to us a new addition to its award-winning JAYS series, the a-JAYS Four+.

JAYS a-JAYS Four+ comes in a very stylish executive design, where cool and elegance come together. There is absolutely no flashiness in a show here; however, the earphones very easily make its way through on the style front. The model comes in two basic solid colours: black and white, while the gold and silver accents add to its aesthetic appeal. The body is matt finished lending it a nice soft touch.

The headphones feature a flat cable, which makes it extremely convenient to handle. They are tangle free and feel very durable.

The biggest boon that comes with this model is its dedicated inline mic and remote. The three-button remote allows you to control your music and calls with ease. Now you do not have to fetch your smartphone, every time you need to carry out these functions. Unlike conventional remotes, the a-JAYS Four+ has a sleek remote with added metallic accents.

The improved noise-reduction microphone technology effectively attenuates environmental noise, letting you enjoy your music without external disturbance. In order to further enhance your music listening experience, the package like most earphones in this list comes with 5 different sized ear tips for a snug fit.

When it comes to the sound, the a-JAYS Four+ have been fitted custom drivers enabling it to reproduce music from all genres without compromising on its quality. The earphones are powered by extra base. The mids and the treble are well controlled but is sometimes overpowered by the extra base. Overall, the sound is warm and mellow.

Unlike a-JAYS Five these earphones do not come with an added carry case, thus making portability difficult.

JAYS a-JAYS Four+ comes with Two years warranty.


BallersSatus


"To clarify, we tested the a-Jays Four and then dropped back to the stock iPhone buds to check, and the difference was profound. If you're still making do with the stock buds, you're really missing out."



 

UPS
 Stylish matte finished building
Microphone and remote
Tangle free cable
DOWNS
Overpowering bass

 


Our Verdict:
An elegant earphone with a dedicated remote for all smartphone devices.


 


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6. Rock Jaw Audio-Alfa Genus V2

Good Build Quality. Crisp Audio  
Rock Jaw Audio-Alfa Venus 2

  • SRock Jaw Audio-Alfa Venus 2
  • Rock Jaw Audio-Alfa Venus 2

British Company, Rock Jaw Audio is a relatively new company but is doing a commendable job in the world of audio and music. The brand has been attracting attention for the producing budget headphones without compromising on the quality.
A visible upgrade to the older generation, they bring to us the Alfa Genus V2.

The earphones come with a build that is sturdy and durable. It features high-quality hybrid construction of Aluminium and Ebony. The design is remarkably simple and contemporary to look at, with great attention to detail.


The cable used is tangle resistant and has been made of substantial rubber. They look durable and can be depended on to transmit your audio without disturbance and cable noise distortion.

When it comes to sound, the Alpha Genus V2 is fitted with 8mm drivers and produces audio that is noticeably crisper, brighter and fuller than most earphones in this range. There is absolute no muddiness with the instruments. The separation is great making them a very good choice for quality audio.


A big boon with the Alfa Genus V2 is the interchangeable filters, that come included in the package. The three filters can be easily swapped to enjoy 3 different responses namely bass, high and neutral. They come in 3 different colours, for easy and quick identification. Although this may sound gimmicky, swapping the filters does make a different to the audio you listen to.


If you are looking for answering calls with these, then you are in for a disappointment. These in-ears do not come with an inline microphone and remote, making you have to fetch your device out every time you have to skip tracks or adjust the volume.


The Alfa Genus 2 comes with multiple comes with two pairs of memory foam and 3 Silicone Ear tips that will enhance your in-ear fit. They also aid in attenuating unwanted external noise.


The Carry case allows you to carry these around, while, also stow these away when not in use.



Ali Pardiwala, NDTV


" The Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 offers enough to make it worthy of its name. The V2 offers different sonic signatures through its interchangeable tuning filter system, for a sound that can be however you prefer it. "




 

UPS
Excellent Sound Quality
3 Interchangeable Filters

DOWNS
No microphone

 


Our Verdict:
With its interchangeable filters, you enjoy the sound of three earphones at the price of one. A total steal!


 



These were the best 5 headphones that come under Rs 5000. Although there are other headphones that come in this budget, these are the ones that we found are most Value-for-money. Hope this will help you choose the headphone that is most suitable for yourself. 

What are your favourite headphones in this range? Do let us know in the comments below!

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