Most Smartphones pack with them a pair of stock earphones, that do no more good than deliver miserable audio quality. Do you wish to get away from these 'good for nothing' plastic pieces and get your hands on better sounding budget headphones? You are in the right place.
If you want to spend no more than a 1000 grand, this curated list is especially meant for you. Do not expect too much, but you will get fairly better sounding audio. Without much ado, let's take you through what you can expect in this category.
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 HD 180 does not haveto a lot to talk about and is clearly targeted towards the budget-seeking audience. From the ear cups to the headband, the Sennheiser HD 180 is entirely built from plastic. The large ear cups feature sophisticated-looking silver finished plate that does make the headphones stand out in a crowd. When it comes to the branding, Sennheiser has gone out loud. Its logo has been imprinted on the earcups,while 'Sennheiser' has been printed in large letters on the top of the headband.
The Over-ear fit ensures that the HD180 is comfortable enough to be worn for a few hours. However, we did find that the material used for padding is not very premium and may tear off easily if not handled with care.
Coming to the cable, the Sennheiser HD 180 employs a cord that is sumptuously 3m long. This makes it easier to be used with your laptop or computer. Coming to the cable's quality, it is decent and is not worth delving further into.
The HD 180's headband and earpads are generously padded, making it perfect to be used for long hours. However, do note that the leatherette does to tend to heat up after continuous playback.
When it comes to the sound, the Sennheiser- HD 180, sounds just fine. The bass and treble is not overpowering, and does not muddy other sound syllables either. Although you'll find that at times, the headphones simply sound too soft. This is especially the case when it comes to watching TV and movies, where the immersion can occasionally be inadequate because of this. The headphones justify the sound stage expectations but does not fulfil them. The large drivers allow for a slightly larger sound stage than what we've come to expect, but the imaging is not note worthy.
The Sennheiser HD 180, does not come in colour variants and you are left with no option but to pick black.
The Sony MDR-ZX110 might have been placed in the lower end of the price spectrum, but it definitely looks fancy and expensive from a distance. The design is made by combining matte with gloss, and we have always loved this combination. The end of the housing has a gloss finish whereas the lower end is separated by matte. All that being said, taking a closer look, makes these feel strictly budget oriented.
Overall, Sony has managed to create a product with cheap materials and minimal design in this price-range. Sony takes the cake home for its 'good design in a budget aspect'. That being said, the plastic coating is flimsy and bendy, and does not look or feel like it can take too much abuse, so careful handling is advised.
In order to make portability much more convenient, the Sony MDR-ZX110 features a unique inside-folding design making the headphones easy to slip into your bag and carry around.
The Sony MDR-ZX110 is corded with a durable and sturdy cable until the Y-split and can effectively resist all the nasty tangles. The cable colour is suited to that of the body. The headphones do not have a remote or mic and thus making control over calls and volumes an issue.
Aiding in comfort, the earcups are nicely padded ensuring that your ears don't suffer from a listening fatigue. The headband is very narrow and comes with no padding. Thus, it may not appease to you that much if you have a rather big head.
When it comes to the sound, Sony has surely got our swing vote. With driver unit of 30mm size and a frequency response of 12-22000Hz, every note in your music can be heard loud and clear. The sonic signature has been tuned toward promoting the lows, and this makes for a very warm sound. Although, the bass can occasionally be overpowering, the Mids and Highs are well maintained.
When it came to the soundstage, we have seen that while the Sony offers a full and aggressive presentation in the sound, it falls a bit short in terms of openness and width. The sonic stage feels narrow and specific, rather than properly spread out.
Sony, trying to play it safe maybe, has come up with two substratal colours: Black and White.
The JBL T250SI like most headphones in this list is made of plastic. However, making an exception, the inner frame of the headset is metal. Thus, overall, the T250SI feels sturdy and durable, all thanks to JBL's extra effort put into the design.
The T250SI sports a design that is JBL in every sense. The logo looks tad bit of boastful. While some users may be happy to flaunt the brand they're using, we personally find this a bit ostentatious.
The On-ears are as comfortable as you'd expect from a pair of budget on-ear headphones. The headband seems to have a decent padding along with an interesting stitched pattern along the edges.The ear padding is not excellent either but considering the price range in which it lies, they are pretty substantial. However, you may need to give your ears a break every 30 minutes or so because these will get warm.
The cable is thin and flimsy and it is advisable to rather take a cord wrap along with it than being immersed in extreme tangles. The length of the cord is standard and works well with most smartphones and laptops.
Coming to audio quality, JBL has always been inclined towards bass in all their products. While we like when the car pumps along the JBL's speakers, that overpowering bass is not welcome directly into our ears. There is absence of any kind of sound stage, weakness in the vocals, and a general lack of openness. And despite claims of 'powerful' bass, low-frequency response is anything but powerful.
If you are a JBL fanatic and love everything JBL, we suggest that you go a notch higher and get a better sounding set of JBL headphones than these.
These were the best 4 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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