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by Rishikesh Kisla 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 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 & Sennheiser 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 this 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 are 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 for 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: Depends from headphone to headphone and on the 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 wide frequency range. They are ideal for studio use, as they offer an enhanced experience with the help of better sound isolation. 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. 

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 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 head. 

Another plus point is the detachable cables which were not present in the previous models. 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 shine. 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 soundstage and good left/right separation.

Worried about how long this headphone will last you? Don't worry. It comes with Audio-Technica's one-year warranty.



 WIRED
"The M50x 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 of ATH-M50x  in use or at the ready."




 

UPS
STUDIO MONITORING
DETACHABLE CABLES 
DOWNS
TREBLES COULD DO WITH A LITTLE MORE SPARKLE

 


Our Verdict:
If you're looking for a pair of headphones for studio monitoring purposes as well as 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 dynamic headphone in a closed-back design.

This headphone has been created to withstand all kinds of rough usage. The robust steel spring headband can endure all your daily tantrums. The soft earpads give you a comfortable fit that makes listening all-day in the studio possible. 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 the most 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.

This headphone comes in three variants. One with 32Ohms, the second with 80Ohms and the last one with 250Ohms. 

When it comes to the 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 choose the higher impedance variants. If sound quality is paramount to you, then these may be the pair of headphones you would prefer.

The DT 770 PRO comes with Beyerdynamic's 2-year warranty.


MEDIUM.COM


" The Beyer DT 770 PRO 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 your surroundings, then these may give you the best isolation around.


 




3. FOCAL LISTEN

Portable Sound Package
FOCAL LISTEN

  • FOCAL LISTEN
  • FOCAL LISTEN

Looking for a pair of premium headphones that are convenient to use on-the-go? The Focal Listen is the one you should be looking at.

Just like its Ultrasone counterpart, the Listen has been made to grab eyeballs no matter where you go. The chrome earcups blend well with the matte black design giving them a sleek look. While the comfort is not like that of its older (& much expensive) brother, the Elear, the heat-sensitive earpads ensure that there is no heat build-up with decent comfort.

The Listen has been made especially for mobile devices. The universal 1-button remote and omnidirectional mic let you easily play, pause, switch between tracks as well as take calls.

In terms of sound, this headphone has been built to deliver the Focal sound. The 122dB sensitivity and 32Ohm Impedance makes sure that you do not need any extra power to drive these. It is not extremely detailed, just enough to enjoy your favourite songs. The mids sound a little distant while the treble is soft and airy. The bass is firm, clean and does not overpower the other frequencies.

In terms of accessories, the Focal Listen comes with a detachable OFC cable, soft carry case and Aircraft adapter. It also has a 1-Year warranty.


Headfonia:


" All-in-all, I think the Focal Listen puts together a darn good sound package for its price and its intended use."

 

UPS
GORGEOUS SOUND
MADE FOR ON-THE-GO
DOWNS
COULD DO BETTER ON COMFORT

 


Our Verdict:
If you are looking for a headphone that blends mobility with a great sound package, this one’s for you.

 




4. ULTRASONE PERFORMANCE 820

PREMIUM BUILD WITH SUPER-WIDE SOUNDSTAGE
ULTRASONE Performance 820

  • ULTRASONE Performance 820
  • ULTRASONE Performance 820

The Ultrasone Performance 820 lets you listen to luxury audio when on-the-go. This headphone looks sleek and stylish all thanks to its glossy finish. The lacquer coating gives it a layer of added durability. The earpads are made of memory foam and soft velour. This easily fit the contours of your ears to give you a comfortable fit.

Coming to the sound, well, the S-Logic Plus technology certainly enhances the music you listen to. Thanks to this, you get an uber-large soundstage. The sound is well-balanced with just the required amount of warmth. The bass delivers a great punch while the highs are clear without sounding harsh or muddied. While certainly not the absolute best in the studio, listening to these anytime, even for casual listening is a treat.

Need to go wireless? Well, this headphone has got your back. All of Ultrasone’s Performance Series headphone can support SIRIUS, a portable Bluetooth adapter. With this, you can keep your wires aside and go truly handsfree by connecting your headphone to your phone via Bluetooth.

The folding mechanism and inline mic and remote (or on-ear controls when using SIRIUS) make these perfect for carrying wherever you go and its cool look is certainly going to turn heads when walking around with it.

The Performance 820’s whopping 5-year warranty is enough to give you an idea of how premium its build is.


MAJOR HI-FI

" The Ultrasone Performance 820 is a quality closed-back headphone. And it lived up to the sound quality hype.  The 820 would be well suited to be used as an everyday audiophile headphone as well as a solid mixing and referencing studio tool. It’s definitely worth checking out as a good entry-level HiFi headphone."


 

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.




 



5. GRADO - SR80E

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

  • GRADO - SR80E
  • GRADO - SR80E

The Grado SR80e 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 stand than swaggering around with you on the streets.

Size-wise, the Grado SR80e appears quite small since they are on-ears. However, these are not portable in the traditional sense. While these don’t need a headphone amplifier and so aren’t tethered to another equipment bar or your phone/MP3 player, they are open-backed. This ultimately means that there will be more ambient noise. 

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 to the sound, the Grado SR80e is absolutely superb. Quite probably the best open-back you can get at this price. The sound is far more open, with much clearer imaging than you usually get. There are benefits to having an open-design that mitigates all those inconvenient bits. A laidback 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 have portability priorities then your search may have just ended here."




These were the 6 best 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 favourite earphones in this range? Do let us know in the comments below!

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