August 18, 2017

For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Headphones Under Rs. 10,000

Headphones under 10,000 is a price category where the things start getting serious. Budding, as well as known audiophiles, have a good chance of finding what they are looking for. 

There’s no question that headphones as pricey as the Audezes & HD650s can easily transform your music collection into a regulatory experience. But if you don’t have that kind of money, there are still plenty of affordable options that offer brilliant value – if you know where to look. To help you out, we’ve meticulously curated collection of the best headphones under Rs. 10,000, all of which have our stamp of approval.

What to Expect in this Category?

Build Quality: Most of the headphones in this category would be made of durable plastic. With metal components or accents probably pitching in. They would also be comfortable enough for long hours of use.

Sound Quality: Audio quality in this category will definitely be very good. You will be able to get cans that sound excellent for studio monitoring as well as casual listening. Of course, don't go around expecting the kind of quality that a 20K plus headphone can deliver.

Form Factor: Wireless headphones of good quality are definitely possible. 

Remote and Mic functionality depends on from headphones to headphones and on the fact that what sole purpose they are built for.

In no particular order, here we go!





1. AUDIO TECHNICA - ATH-M50X

STUDIO MONITORING HEADPHONES WITH ACCURATE SOUND
AUDIO TECHNICA - ATH-M50X

  • AUDIO TECHNICA - ATH-M50X
  • AUDIO TECHNICA - ATH-M50X

Like much of the Audio Technica's M-series, the ATH-M50X too is made for studio monitoring. The headphones are tuned flat, offering incredibly accurate monitoring across a wider frequency range. They are ideal for studio use, as they offer an enhanced experience with the help of better sound isolation. The swiveling ear cups make one-ear monitoring more convenient and allow for a more compact traveling arrangement. They have been made with the help of pro-grade materials and by following robust construction techniques similar to most studio headphones out there in the market. 

Professional-grade monitor headphones are engineered to produce a sound that is exceedingly accurate and true-to-life. Audio-Technica is famed for making audiophile-grade headphones and the ATH-M50X is the pioneer to its highly acclaimed M-Series headphones. 

The M50x has a design that is quintessentially Audio Technica. The typical "A" that is engraved on the earcups never fail to impress us, whereas a rather large company logo runs along the headband. The M50x unlike most of its lower versions features a collapsible design for space-saving portability. 

The earcups and headband have plush faux-leather making them very soft and comfortable. Unless you have uncommonly large ears/head, you should be able to use the headphones for long hours without experiencing fatigue. If you have a big-sized head, you might also feel some pressure on the top. Also, after about 30 minutes to an hour of wearing these, you may start to feel some heat build up around your ears and sometimes on the top of your head where the headband sits. 

Another plus point is the detachable cables which were not present in their previous models. You get 2 types of cables, all of which are detachable depending on their utility. One is a 1.2 m-3.0 m coiled cable suitable for DJs and a 3 m cable for monitoring use in the studio. 

The headphones produce rich, clear, and detailed sound with a good amount of bass. The sound is flat with absolutely no distortion. As for the bass, it is relatively tight, the amount present enough to be perfect for studio sessions. However, bass heads will definitely not be satisfied. 

Mids are where the M50x shines. Male vocalists and other instruments particularly do well and are great to listen to. The highs are nice and clear and each note can be easily discerned. However, they could do with a little more sparkle. These cans also have a nice full sound stage and good left/right separation 



 WIRED
"TheM50x are the Cadillac of headphones. ... And it's not just the snooty Internet headphone wonks who love them. Go into any serious recording or mastering studio, and you'll see a pair ofATH-M50x  in use or at the ready.."




 

UPS
STUDIO MONITORING
DETACHABLE CABLES 
DOWNS
LACK OF SOUNDSTAGE

 


Our Verdict:
If you're looking for a pair of for your studio monitoring purposes along with it being good enough for long commutes or casual listening then, these are the ones for you.


 




2. BEYERDYNAMIC - DT 770 PRO

CLOSED BACK WITH LARGE FREQUENCY RANGE 
BEYERDYNAMIC - DT 770 PRO

  • BEYERDYNAMIC - DT 770 PRO
  • BEYERDYNAMIC - DT 770 PRO

Mainly designed for critical music listening and studio monitoring, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO is a very dynamic headphone in aclosed back design. There is very less chance of the sound being leaked due to its design capabilities. But, that also means a more tonal and balanced sound performance with the lack of soundstage of an on-ear. 

These headphones deliver precision sound and provide themost comfortable fit at the same time. With an impressive 5Hz-35kHz frequency response, the closed-ear design not only minimizes outside noise but also orients the headphones' speakers to your ears perfectly.

When it comes to sound, the Beyerdynamic DT 770 pro lacks Bass and you may find a lot of other headphones in this price range that may give you a better sound signature. Whereas, if you want to use these for sound mixing and studio monitoring you may have to move up the impedance scale. If sound quality is paramount to you, then these may not be the pair of headphones you would prefer.

 



MEDIUM.COM


" The Beyer DT 770 has been among the world's most popular closed-back dynamic headphones among professional recording engineers since its introduction in the 1980s. It is especially popular for monitoring live remote recordings, as well as for music lovers who want to hear the sound of the original music hall instead of the noise in their homes."

 

UPS
CLOSED BACK DESIGN
VERY COMFORTABLE
DOWNS
BULKY AND NOT PORTABLE

 


Our Verdict:
If you love closed back headphones and want to listen to music instead of the noise in their surroundings, then these may give you the best isolation around.


 




3. SENNHEISER HD 4.40 BT

WIRELESS ON-EAR WITH SUPERIOR SOUND
SENNHEISER HD 4.40 BT

  • SENNHEISER HD 4.40 BT
  • SENNHEISER HD 4.40 BT

The Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT are wireless headphones meant for listening to pure and mature sound on the move. With a myriad of features and connectivity options, Bluetooth 4.0 with AptX support lets you stream music from your device wirelessly with minimal transmission loss while NFC let's you connect to devices quickly.

These headphones deliver powerful sound and provide themost comfortable fit at the same time. With an on-ear design that isolates noise around quite comfortably, these headphones keep you engaged in your music with the tactile bass response and treble that doesn't hurt. Vibrant and versatile is how these headphones can be described.

Built from tough plastic and metal, these fold able and portable headphones are easy to carry and use anytime. With a long battery life and connectivity options like taking and making calls, stay connected with your music all along.

This headphone is a great product at the price it comes. It is definitely not meant for purists or professionals.   



MAJORHIFI.COM


" A powerful portable package with enlivening sound that keeps your bass rocking. Not for the purists. With powerful bass for intense fun, the Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is a great wireless headphone for nearly half the price."

 

UPS
WIRELESS WITH BLUETOOTH AND APTX
PORTABLE AND PRICE EFFICIENT
DOWNS
LACK OF OVERALL RESOLUTION

 


Our Verdict:
If you want wireless headphones with superior sound and powerful bass that Sennheiser is known for, this a great package to go for the price.




4. AKG K271 MKII

STUDIO HEADPHONES WITH DYNAMIC AND ACCURATE SOUND
AKG K271 MKII

  • AKG K271 MKII
  • AKG K271 MKII

This Austrian headphone and microphone manufacturer, is known for having a sound signature near to life. Slightly enhanced yet natural audio is what this AKG can delivers as well. The AKG K271 MKII is an upgrade to the K240 and K271 Studio monitoring headphones.

These closed back circumaural headphones cover your ears quite well and isolate outside noise sufficiently for you to concentrate on your music. To your convenience, it actually stops playing music if you take it out and place it on a table. 


Backed by a neodymium dynamic driver, the K271 delivers precision sound without compromising on any frequencies. It is ideal for use in the studio or for live mixing applications with an impedance of 55 ohms. Though you can use it at home to your convenience.

With a split metal headband and leather strap, the headphone sits comfortably on your head. Soft leatherette earcups make the headphone sit plush around your ear. This AKG comes with a 3 meter long detachable cable. You can connect to a 3.5mm lug or a balanced phono 6.3mm. 

 


WHAT HI-FI


"Straight AKG sound with expansive midrange, precise treble and detailed bass. They adjust to your head automatically and feel comfortable while there is minimal noise leakage. The AKG K271 MKII  is a great reference can for such a price."



 

UPS
STUDIO MONITORING
HIGHLY COMFORTABLE
DOWNS
NOT PORTABLE 

 


Our Verdict:
One of the best options for Studio monitoring and pure audio at leisure. Go for it if the plush design and naturally accurate sound appeals to you.


 


 



5. ULTRASONE HFI450

PREMIUM BUILD WITH BALANCED AND WIDE SOUND
ULTRASONE HFI450

  • ULTRASONE HFI 450
  • ULTRASONE HFI 450

The Ultrasone HFI 450 is a budget offering from the premium German headphone manufacturer. These headphones, partly handcrafted in Bavaria are delight to the the ears as well as appeal with comfort.

The Ultrasone feature a slightly emphasized balanced audio. With S-logic plus, these headphones give a natural feel with a three dimension audio experience. It gives you the virtual experience of sitting in a acoustically accurate room full of speakers.

With a comfortable earpad and lightweight headband, the HFI 450 is is extremely comfortable. Longer listening sessions become feasible with the added comfort. A inward folding earcup design adds to the portability. 

With 40mm drivers which are positioned for S-logic 3d experience, you get immersive audio experience. They come with a 1.2 meter cable with 3.5mm jack.


B&HPHOTOVIDEO


"The HFI-450 hi-fi headphones from Ultrasone provide detailed, lifelike sound in a lightweight and comfortable package. The padded, adjustable headband and cushioned around-ear earcups provide a stable and comfortable fit while blocking out ambient noise so you can focus on your music. Ideal for use at home or in a studio, the HFI-450 can fold down into itself for compact portability."


 

UPS
WIDE BALANCED SOUND
PREMIUM QUALITY
DOWNS
NOT QUITE DETAILED 

 


Our Verdict:
These are Ultrasone's premium headphones at an affordable budget. Wide and balanced audio with premium built will appeal to you.




 



6. GRADO - SR80E

OPEN BACK ON-EARS WITH HI-FI SOUND
GRADO - SR80E

  • GRADO - SR80E
  • GRADO - SR80E

In a world where almost every traditional maker of headphones has prostrated itself at the altar of Dr. Dre, the Grado SR80e are something very unusual. These are an ideal choice for audiophiles on a budget, these on-ear open-back headphones have earned quite a reputation among critics for their warm mid forward sonic signature. While most of the headphones in this price-point have met ends with making their headphones portable, this one sticks to classics and prefers staying in your headphone stands than swaggering around with you on the streets.

Size-wise, the Grado SR80e appear quite small since they are on-ears. However, these are not portable in the traditional sense. While the Grado SR80e don’t need a headphone amplifier, and so aren’t tethered to another equipment bar your phone/MP3 player, they are open-backed. Which ultimately means there will be more of the ambient noise and all that will separate you from the whole wide world is a wide-spaced speaker grille on the back of each earcup. 

The earpad style is unorthodox too. They are round slabs of foam, less soft and more scratchy than just about any alternative we could mention.

When it comes sound, the Grado SR80e has an absolutely superb sound. Quite probably the best open-back you can get at this price. The sound is far more open, with much clearer imaging than you get. There are benefits to having an open design that mitigates all those inconvenient bits. A laid back bass, distortion free treble response and a mid-forward sound, all recipes for a professional audio experience. The SR80e wows with its overall fairly neutral sounding highly detailed audio capabilities. Though there is a slight emphasis on the lower mids for a warm sound.

The SR80e is a perfect choice for in-studio use. The headphones also come with a 6.5mm audio adapter to aid in the same. All this comes with a 1-year warranty to back you up.


TRUSTED REVIEWS


"The Grado SR80e are open-back headphones with foam pads that are permeable. They block out almost no noise. As such, the Grado SR80e are best used in a quiet environment, where sound leakage won't prove to be an annoyance."


 

UPS
LIVELY SOUND
VALUE FOR MONEY
DOWNS
NOT SO PORTABLE 

 


Our Verdict:
"If you want a pair of open-back in this budget and don't want portability priorities then, your search may have just ended up there."




These were the best 5 headphones that come under Rs 10,000. Most of them are studio monitoring and DJ headphones. Although there are others that come within the same budget, these are the ones we definitely recommend. 

What are your favorite earphones in this range? Do let us know in the comments below!

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