Welcome to the segment when everything starts to get better and great—The Rs. 15K price category. From professional headphones to ones with the desired gorgeous sound, you can find them all here.
Here is what you should expect:
Build Quality: Build Quality is certainly great. Most headphones are made of durable plastic with metal parts.
Sound Quality: Certainly a lot better than cheaper headphones. Budding audiophiles, as well as professionals, are going to find some good options here. Of course, do not expect a similar sound to a 20K headphone.
Form Factor: Wireless headphones are definitely possible in this price range but those with the same audio quality will be more expensive than their wired counterparts.
Remote & Mic: Depending on the use of the headphone, you will find a remote/mic.
This list has been created by our in-house experts and readers. In no particular order, here we go!
The fact that over 40% DJs claim that V-MODA makes the best DJ headphones tells a lot about the brand's quality over-ears. The LP in the Crossfade LP2 stands for Live Play and is perfect for the DJ on-the-go.
All DJ headphones need to be durable to handle rugged use. The Crossfade LP2 is built like a tank with its military grade materials and is extremely lightweight inspite of its metal build. The STEELFLEX headband is made so strong, you can even bend it flat! The detachable cable is wrapped in Kevlar, the very same material used in bullet-proof jackets (now you know that these are certainly built to last).
This headphone can easily be personalised to make it truly your own. The shields on the earcup come in a variety of colours and you can etch your very own logo/artwork/initials on it with free laser engraving.
The LP2 comes in a box full of goodies. This includes a Gunmetal shield kit with extra screws and a screwdriver, Exoskeleton case, Carabiner Clip, 1-button microphone cable, extended audio cable, 1/4 inch adapter and a cleaning cloth. You can also get a coiled cable separately while DJ’ing.
Need bass? The Crossfade LP2 has got your back. The extended bass is powerful, tight and punchy. However, on some tracks, it tends to bleed into the mids and the highs lack a little sparkle. While there is some sound leakage due to the air ports, you get a super-wide soundstage (for a closed-back).
The Crossfade LP2 is meant to last for a lifetime. V-MODA offers a 1-year warranty as well as its Immortal Life Programme on it.
The Ultrasone Performance 840 comes from the charming location of Bavaria. It features a sleek design with a black finish. The leather, metal and durable plastic make this extremely durable. One of the comfiest headphones on this list, this headphone has huge earcups that are great, even for people with large ears.
The headphone comes with 2 detachable cables. The first one is 1.2m and has a remote and mic for easy calling. The second is a 3m straight cable. Both cables have Bayonet connectors and gold-plated 3.5mm jacks. A 6.3mm gold-plated screw-on adapter and Neoprene bag make up the remaining accessories.
A cool part of this headphone is that you can even use it wirelessly only for a few thousand. This is all thanks to SIRIUS, a special Bluetooth adapter. All you have to do is plug-in the SIRIUS instead of the detachable cable in the earcup’s socket and you are good to go. If you do not want to spend that much but still want a wireless headphone with Ultrasone’s sound, you could check out the Ultrasone Performance 820 (with SIRIUS) or the Ultrasone Go.
Coming to the sound, well, these headphones are geared to give you the ultimate performance. The PET transducers give you a sound that exceeds the human hearing range. This complemented with S-Logic Plus gives you super-wide 3D-like soundstage. So you can enjoy that heavy, rich bass, slightly emphasised mids and lively highs.
The Performance 840 has a whopping 5-year warranty showcasing the trust the brand has in its quality.
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.
The Audio-Technica ATH-WS770is is made of metal and plastic so you can be sure that these are built to last. The synthetic leather ear cushions give you a comfortable fit. The cable is Y-shaped and 1.2m in length. It also comes with a remote and mic so that you can take calls on-the-go.
Talking about on-the-go, well these headphones are built to be your constant companion. The earcups fold flat making them even more compact. All you have to do is plop it into your bag and that’s it, take it wherever you like.
Coming to the sound, well, what would you expect from a headphone whose packaging says ‘Solid Bass’? The Audio-Technica ATH-WS770is really knows how to bring out the low frequencies. The 53mm Deep Motion Drivers give you a loud, heavy and punchy bass.
In addition to the drivers, this headphone also has a triple venting system with a top mounting PCB. This gives you a more life-like sound instead of only heavy distorted bass (also responsible for its cool looks).
While the ATH-WS770is does not come with any accessories, it does come with a 1-year warranty.
The SRH840 are headphones meant for studio monitoring (so those searching for a more fun or portable pair should look elsewhere). This headphone has been built to suit the needs of sound engineers.
So, it should hardly be surprising that these are built to last. It comes with a heavy-duty padded headband and earcups (with replaceable earpads). The 3m detachable cable is coiled and lets you move around without the worry of it being yanked out (or worse snapped).
Apart from the cable, the headphone also comes with a pair of extra memory foam earpads, carry case and a 1/4-inch threaded gold-plated adapter.
This headphone feels comfortable and the thick leatherette earpads not only give you great isolation, it also prevents sound leakage; perfect if you need to monitor while recording (the mic won’t pick up the music playback).
Just out of the box, the SRH840 has a deep and uncontrollable bass, rough highs and a sweet mid-range. But, burn it in a little (I mean about 300+ hours) and this headphone sounds a lot better. The treble smoothens out while the bass settles down to give you a well-balanced sound. This is perfect when mixing in the studio. The instrument separation is probably one of the best you will get at this price.
The Shure SRH840 comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Sennheiser HD 579 showcases the best of German engineering. It is built just like its other Sennheiser counterparts, more functionality and durability than stylish looks. Even so, this headphone does give out a sleek look thanks to its silver design.
The headpad and earpads are super-comfy and soft. These also ensure great noise isolation while giving you rich and dynamic audio using Sennheiser’s unique EAR technology. With this, sound is directly channeled into your ear canal.
If you haven’t yet been introduced to Sennheiser’s legendary sound, now’s the perfect time. The bass is warm and is well-balanced by the sparkly highs and natural-sounding mids.
In terms of accessories, you get one 3m detachable cable. It terminates in a 6.3mm jack. You also get a 6.3mm to 3.5mm adapter.
Sennheiser gives you a 2-year warranty on all its products, including the HD 579.
So here you go. These are the best headphones under Rs. 15,000. For more headphones in the under 15k category, you can also check out our specially curated collection page here.
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