Headphones come in different shapes, sizes and connectivity types. And, at a price point of 13K and below, you can certainly expect some great stuff. Our Headphone Gurus got together and tried out some of the best pairs in this range and listed out their absolute favourites. Here’s an overview of these:
Bluetooth connectivity is seamless. You also get features like multi-point and codec support. While Qualcomm aptX is the most popular codec, you also get AAC, LDAC and aptX HD. Some wireless headphones also come with a detachable cable to use in wired mode.
Look for a battery life that suits your usage. Expect a great battery life that ranges from 12 hours to 2 days.
In terms of build quality, you get a wide variety of headphones. Some are made entirely of metal while others are crafted entirely from plastic. Still others, feature both materials. A metal, albeit heavy, would be sturdy and last longer than a plastic headphone.
The Guru Says
"While the lightweight aluminium build and huge battery life are appealing, it's actually the rich, warm sound that makes the a-Seven Wireless a winner."
- Varun Soni
JAYS is a Swedish brand known for its minimalist design and rich smooth sound. The a-Seven Wireless has been designed based on the JAYS flagship, the u-JAYS Wireless.
It features a lightweight aluminium build and comfy memory foam earpads that are designed to customise the fit after using it for some time. Earcup buttons easily let you control your music while the 25-hour battery life gives you more than a day’s worth of usage. If you are looking for a wireless headphone that blends good looks with a durable build and can be used all-day, this one’s for you.
Another brand from Scandinavia is Urbanista. This brand is all about celebrating the urban life and they build their headphones to complement the on-the-go, fashion-forward lifestyle. The Seattle has been praised by reviewers as the brand’s best headphone (till date).
The Seattle is made from matte plastic and lets you control your music with swipe gestures. It also has a 12-hour battery life. If you love a smooth rich bass (that does not bleed into the mids) and want a lightweight fancy headphone, this one is geared to be your new best friend.
Sony does not need any introduction as a brand. The WH-CH700N is its lowest-priced noise cancellation headphone. While not as good as its pricier cousin, the WH-1000XM3, the WH-CH700N still gets the job done.
Apart from noise cancellation, it also features other hi-end tech like NFC and the Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, which improves connectivity and details in your music. If you are a frequent traveller and need a headphone that cancels outside noise, go for the WH-CH700N. Also, if you have a smartphone (or another source device) with aptX HD, you will greatly benefit from using this headphone as you can get superb sound quality.
Plantronics has had a name in wireless communication technology ever since the first man stepped onto the moon. The brand has evolved over the years to bring users high-end wireless headphones.
Just like other headphones in its line-up, the BackBeat PRO 2 is stuffed with cool features. Smart sensors detect whenever you take the headphone off to pause the music and restart it when you put it back on. Adjustable noise cancellation lets you adjust the amount of outside sound you let in. If you simply want a tech-rich headphone without the need for comfort or style, go for this one.
Skullcandy is known for its bass-heavy sound and all its headphones are made for those who need their headphones when on-the-go.
The Crusher Wireless gives you a whopping 40-hour battery life. The Stereo Haptic Bass feature adds more bass to your music and can (literally) make the headphone vibrate at maximum. A smooth plastic build and earcup buttons look good and are quite easy to use. If all you need is bass to make your day, you won’t get anything better at this price point.