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by Haripriya Thakar June 23, 2018

For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Earphones Under Rs. 15,000

 

This price category is where brands aim to offer the best they can. Although this is still regarded as a rather niche category in India, consumption of IEMs in this range has grown considerably. And rightly so, because the combination of value for money and high quality is probably the best you can get.

What to Expect in this Category?

Build Quality: This marks the beginning of the high-end range, so understandably, build quality will be top notch for all products with earphones offering high-quality full metal construction and robust cables.

Sound Quality: If you're a serious audiophile, then this is the best price point to venture at. Almost all earphones around this price category are balanced or flat and true to life. The bass-heavy models in this range, however, do provide tight, energetic bass that doesn't compromise on the mids and highs.

Form Factor: This is the price category where you can start looking for good wireless earphones They will have amazing sound quality and features to make for a truly better hands-free experience. They will not only sound brilliant but will also be apt for listening to music while working out or on the go. Active noise cancellation will be fairly effective. IEMs in this price range will sound better than over-ears at the same point. 

Remote and Mic: This functionality is definitely very common. However, most models do come with variants with or without the mic which you can usually get by paying a thousand or so more.

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. RHA – MA750 Wireless

Wireless in-ears for the audiophile on-the-go
RHA – MA750 Wireless

  • RHA – MA750 Wireless
  • RHA – MA750 Wireless

If there’s one thing about RHA that is completely certain, it's their top notch build quality and their dedication towards keeping it consistent across the range. Whether it be the humble MA390U or their beast of a flagship, the CL1, the build is undoubtedly the best I have ever seen from the bottom of the range to the top. The new MA750 Wireless is no exception to the norm. The product itself is the wireless version of the regular MA750, hence the earphones themselves have essentially stayed the same, which is great, as I love the build on them. It is the same aircraft grade steel housings and thick rubberized wiring. What’s new is the magnetization of the housings in order to keep them secure around your neck when not inserted in your ears and the neckband, which houses the battery and the wireless chipset.

The neckband is thick, rubberized and flexible enough to sit comfortably on your shoulders and behind your neck. The neckband bulges towards each end, one of the ends contains the NFC chip for Near Field pairing, which is marked by the NFC logo while the other end has the power button and USB-C port for charging.

Now, as cool as they look and feel, it won’t be any good if it isn’t any comfortable, is it. However, you need not be concerned as they fit really well and are pretty darn comfortable. The housings themselves are pretty unobtrusive and the tips can be changed as per your needs. 

Just like the regular MA750, these also come with a good selection of extra tips, 1 pair of medium silicone installed, 5 pairs of silicone tips, 2 pairs of Comply foam tips and 2 pairs of dual flanged silicone tips in the box. The rubberized neckband and the over-the-ear hook style makes it easy to use while working out, which is also facilitated by the IPX4 certification which means that it is also sweatproof. I even wore them and ran around for a bit to make sure that it doesn’t bounce around while working out. Overall, the design, build and fit feels super solid and it does not seem like it will be beaten by any other product at this price.

The RHA MA750 Wireless has a great extension and also manages to retain the impact and energy of good Dynamic Drivers, with some pretty darn good resolution.



Techradar


" Although RHA is more than adept at making wired in-ear headphones, its first pair of wireless earphones feel like a misstep. From the weak, mushy sound, to a form-factor that doesn’t quite come together alongside an uncomfortable fit, the MA750 Wireless don’t offer an experience that’s on a level with their premium price tag."

 

UPS
Sweat proof and water resistant
Well balanced Sound
DOWNS
Choosy fit

 


Our Verdict:
The RHA MA750 Wireless is for someone who wants a superb balanced sound with some impressive dynamics. It also has an excellent build and great battery life.



 



2. V-MODA Zn

Built Like a Tank with the famous V-shaped sound signature
V-MODA Zn

  • V-MODA Zn
  • V-MODA Zn

V-MODA, an award-winning maker of the world’s finest high-fidelity audio devices, entered the sports market with the Forza series and now the Zn along with their famous V-shaped sound signature. The Zn simply represents the zinc element as written in the periodic table. (Hope your elementary school helped you figure that one out!). 

Their design hails all the way from Milano. Zn is not only stylish but an in-ear sports-ready earphone which is made from Zinc alloy as mentioned above. The housing leads to a patented DiamondBACK™ cable which not only looks tough and rigid but also works a lot like it. V-MODA claims it to be 20 times tougher than the industry standards. We have no way to measure that but they sure explain V-MODA's 2 years warranty over them. The cable consists of a one-button mic and remote, which makes it easy for you to control volume, play/pause music and accept/end calls without taking your phone out. If you are someone who believes in a rough usage of their gadgets then the Zn's design is certainly what you should consider.

When it comes to sound, the Zn consists of 5.8 mm featherweight drivers, which makes the earphone much lighter than it looks and hence also reduces ear fatigue. The drivers along with the zinc housing give a 3D-soundstage. This makes the sound much farther away and lifelike as compared to other earphones in this price category. Something that we don't fail to speak of is the ever famous V-shaped sound signature that V-MODA is famous for. The sound signature along with the 3D soundstage gives away an amazing sub-bass content and deep frequency response. If our approval is not enough, then the Zn is also Hi-Res Certified by the Japan Audio Society. 


Overall, the V-MODA Zn is a tough earphone with a great soundstage to carry on and about with you. 


PC|MAG


"the V-Moda Zn gets a lot of things right, from its excellent fit and solid design to strong drivers that deliver rich bass depth, but there are plenty of options to consider in this price range."



 

UPS
Lightweight and portable
Pure Bass performance
DOWNS
Better Options Available in this Price category

 


Our Verdict:
If you are looking for in-earphones with a perfectly snug fit then V-MODA Zn might just be the one for you.




3. 1MORE Quad Driver

In-Ears with Dynamic MicroDrivers
1MORE Quad Driver

  • 1MORE Quad Driver
  • 1MORE Quad Driver

1MORE was once a subsidiary of Xiaomi and made smartphone-ready earphones like the Piston Fit. But, they decided to better their performance and have since been introducing high-quality in-ears that rival other expensive counterparts. The Quad Driver is no exception to this rule. The housings are made of an aluminium alloy while the cable, like most of its other in-ears is made of Kevlar. This fiber can withstand multiple bends (which should honestly be expected) as they are not detachable. Attached to the cable is a 3-button remote and mic.

Coming to the sound, well, like its name says, the Quad Driver has four drivers—3 balanced armature and one dynamic driver. The bass is well-balanced. Not too heavy to be overpowering but at the same time punchy-enough to give some impact. Mids are what shine here. They are rich and lush. The vocals, especially female ones, really seem to come alive. The highs, on the other hand, are the only disappointing aspect. They tend to get a tad too bright at some places.

The in-ears come in a pleather hard case, an adapter, metal shirt clip and 18 pairs of eartips (silicone and foam). You also get a 1-year warranty.



Headfonics


" I’m giving high marks to the Quad for sound quality all around, as well as staging prowess. Truly, the imaging is excellent and it makes the IEM hard to discontinue using, as that is my favorite element of audio."

 

UPS
4 Drivers
DOWNS
Treble can get a bit too bright

 


Our Verdict:
An entry-level in-ear, that doubles up as a value for money product, we approve.





4. Campfire Audio Comet

Entry-Level IEM
1MORE Quad Driver

  • 1MORE Quad Driver
  • 1MORE Quad Driver

Campfire Audio is known for making high-quality IEMs. Its flagship, the Andromeda had critics raving on its release. The brand has now released an entry-level IEM known as the Comet. It comes in an elegant stainless steel body that’s shiny, almost like a mirror. Unlike the other earphones on this list, the Comet has a detachable Litz cable. On the cable, you can find a 3-button remote.

Soundwise, you could describe the Comet as fun. Perfect for kicking back and relaxing after a tiring day. You get a signature that is more U-shaped. The bass is punchy and warm. While it lacks some of the detailing and texture when compared to the Quad Driver, you certainly get a decent amount of depth.

The mids are warm and good enough to distinguish between different instruments. The highs are a bit airy. They are quite pleasant and do not have any harshness or sibilance.

The earphone comes with 10 pairs of eartips (including silicone and SPINFIT) of various sizes. You also get Campfire Audio’s high-class Litz Copper cable. Other goodies included are a lapel pin, cleaning tool and leather case. You also get a 1-year warranty.



Headfonics


" Overall, I am glad Campfire Audio brought out the Comet as their entry-level IEM. Companies are doing some clever things now with single BA designs and it was about time the excellent T.A.E.C system trickled down to a more affordable price point"

 

UPS
Lovely Durable Build
DOWNS
Lacks a little texture

 


Our Verdict:
If you are looking for a pair of entry-level IEMs that sound great as well as look good, here’s your choice.




These were the best 4 headphones that come under Rs 15,000. Although there are others that come within the same budget, these are the ones we definitely recommend. 

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

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