For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Earphones Under Rs. 1000
We all own a pair of stock earphones that came as a complimentary pair with our smartphones. However, we can't help but admit that these earphones are no good for more than answering calls and listening to terrible audio quality. But wait! We have you covered.
If you are low on budget and still wish to experience better quality audio, this is the category you should look at. This listicle comprises of the best earphones you can buy, within 1000 grand.
This list has been compiled with the help of users as well as our in-house experts.
In no particular order, here we go!
A few years ago, Panasonic was at the top of its game, known for its fantastic sounding value-for-money earphones. Although the company lost the price wars it had in the subsequent years with Sony and Phillips, the fact remains that they're a company with strong credentials in the category of budget personal audio. And the RP-HJE190 is one of them.
The highlight of the RP-HJE190 is its comfortable design and secure fit. Panasonic has employed its proprietary design funda called 'Ergofit' which is a two-step fit, first fitting into your ear and the next angling towards your ear canal for better isolation and a firmer hold.
These earphones have a low profile and can stay in your ears even when you engage in rigorous outdoor activities like cycling, running, etc.
Cable noise is another factor that Panasonic has tried to combat. For the uninitiated, cable noise is that irritating noise you hear when your wires rub against your clothes/body. The cord slider basically ensures that this reduces. Unfortunately, the wires are very thin, seem flimsy and aren't tangle resistant, which is a letdown, especially since Panasonic's main selling point here is design related.
Coming to the sound, these are big on bass with clear and bright sounding highs. Where the RP-HJE190 suffers a little are the mids. They could have been a little crisper and detailed. As for soundstage, it's good enough for the price and does a better job than most earphones in this price category.
If you're looking for a pair of earphones to use with EDM or bass heavy music that will make your head vibrate due to the thumping bass, get yourself the Panasonic RP-HJE190.
The Sennheiser CX180 in-ears are one of the most popular earphones sold in the country. In fact, Sennheiser specifically launched this model for the Indian market, keeping in mind the average consumer's audio palate and budget requirements.
Designed to be used mostly with your smartphone, these earphones are pretty lightweight and comfortable due to the plastic build. A downside, of course, is that it is very flimsy; the cables tend to tangle and are susceptible to cable noise. If you love flamboyance and all things fancy, the Sennheiser CX180 is a disappointment as it comes in just one boring greyish black body.
Ergonomically, these earphones are superior to most in this list; the finger-contoured housing design which allows you to easily take these on and off and the soft eartips in varying sizes also make a for a good fit. You should also consider getting yourself a pair of ComplyFoam 400 Series ear tips for better comfort, isolation & improved sound.
When it comes to sound, these are rather biased towards bass. Most Indians are all about that bass and Sennheiser has catered to this very audience with the CX 180. What pulls these down is how the overpowering bass muddies the mids and highs. The highs aren't as bright and detailed. It is obvious that one can't expect a lot from cheap earphones, but Sennheiser being a brand as big as it is, definitely could have done much better.
Ali Pardiwala, NDTV's resident audiophile, and headphone geek, has done an extensive review for the CX 180 in which he described the sound as, "There is a clear boost in the bass. And although the tone and detail isn't fantastic, it certainly isn't bad either. Once again, the focus on the bass tends to drown out any scope for the mids and highs to stand out, and the upper ranges fall short in sparkle and detail as a result. However, the imaging doesn't suffer immensely, and still has enough in it for you to enjoy the music."
We're inclined to agree.
Coming to the soundstage, we wish to not venture there and Three-dimensional imaging is a distant dream. In fact, 'narrow' is the word that comes to mind here. Noise isolation, on the other hand, is trumped by the Panasonic RP-HJE190 which is also featured on this list.
Sony's MDR-EX155AP is an upgrade from the existing MDR-EX150. The only point of difference in this model is the added mic and remote.
The design of these headsets is something that makes the MDR-EX155AP very popular. They come in different attractive metallic colours. The metallic finish gives it a cool look. These headsets are extremely lightweight; so you can easily carry them when travelling or on the move.
The cables are extremely thin, making you fear breakage if they happen to get snapped or tugged at.
The earphones are enabled with a 9 mm high sensitivity driver; this produces a clear and crisp sound. The bass is powerful; however, it could be much better.
Noise isolation is decent, nothing to write home about. The package, however, comes with four multiple hybrid silicon eartips for a comfortable and secure fit.
Overall, these headsets can substitute for your stock earphones in a pinch. If you are looking for a set of headsets that look cool and come from Sony, then these headsets may appeal to you.
Sony MDR-EX155AP comes with a one year warranty.
These were the best 4 headphones that come under Rs 1000. Although there are others that come within the same budget, these are the ones we definitely recommend.
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