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The Best Earphones Under Rs. 1000

by Sheena Ribeiro February 15, 2017


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 complementary 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. 

What to Expect in this Category?
  • Sound Quality: There's only so much you can expect in this budget. Sound quality will be incrementally better than your stock earphones. It will undoubtedly lean towards the lower end. Do not expect a warm and detailed audio output. 
  • Form Factor: In this price category, it is easier to get in-ears and earbuds rather than over or on-ear headphones. Earphones will definitely lend a more secure fit and a ton of portability.
  • Build Quality: Do not expect metal-built earpieces. The earphones will be primarily engineered from plastic, with some rare exceptions. Tangle-free cords are a big boon at this price point. 
  • Remote and mic: Would come like sunshine in the rain at this price point. 

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. 1MORE - Piston Fit

Best Sounding In-ears in this Price Range
1MORE - Piston Fit

  • 1MORE - Piston Fit
  • 1MORE - Piston Fit
1MORE is a new specialist headphone brand from California. Haven't heard of this brand before? Well, we aren't surprised. Where most brands struggle to keep up the pace, 1MORE has scaled the heights of popularity and for all the right reasons!

The Piston Fit, not to be confused with the Xiaomi Pistons, is a pair of elegant looking in-ear headphones. 1MORE has not compromised on the build and design of these great looking beauties. You will find that most earphones are made from plastic in this price range but 1MORE has taken a different route. The sound chambers are made of a stylish looking aluminium alloy and feature a 45° in-ear design lending these the look of extremely high priced IEMs. The brand has designed these in-ears to look aesthetically appealing to the eyes and we have to admit, they have done a brilliant job. 

Coming to the comfort, the trumpet-shaped style ensures that your earbuds fit like a glove. They smoothly get inside your ear canal and stay put for as long as you like. A nice quirk, the textured housing offers a great finger grip. 

In order to make the cable robust, 1MORE has wrapped the same in Kevlar fibre.Yes, this is the same material that is used to make bullet-proof jackets.To put in short, your cable is bound to last for a long while and is undoubtedly an impressive feature for this price point.

The Piston Fit features a one-button remote and microphone, letting you answer calls and control your music like a breeze. What is even cooler is that this button is so durable, it can withstand more than 10,000 strikes.

When it comes to the sound, the 1MORE Piston Fit presents you with an exceptional floor show. The earphones employ a lightweight aerospace metal and flexible PET material that gives you the minutest details. The warm and full-bodied sound is a treat to listen to. The bass, mids and highs, work in perfect sync and amazingly, no frequency is overpowered. A bit of a disappointment is the Piston fit's soundstage. It does not sound as wide as one would preferably like. However, the Piston Fit still earns brownie points with its impressive audio output.

A very thoughtful add-on from 1MORE is its Smart Burn-in Mobile App. Instead of scratching your head trying to figure out how long you should burn-in your headphones, the app allows your headphones to reach maturity level so that you can enjoy its true essence.

Available in 4 assorted colours, the Piston Fit lets you pick from Deep Space Grey, Clear Lake Blue, Galaxy Silver and Rose Pink.


"It is elegant, simple, and works incredibly well."


Astounding Audio Quality
Best Build Quality
Limited Soundstage


Our Verdict:
Doubtless, the best way to spend Rs. 1000/-


2. Panasonic - RP-HJE190

Ergofit Earphones with Deep Bass
Panasonic - RP-HJE190

  • Panasonic - RP-HJE190
  • Panasonic - RP-HJE190

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 highsWhere 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.

What Hi-Fi
"These in-ears are comfortable are impressive, but they don’t sound as good as the best."


Full Sound with Deep Bass
Comfortable Ergofit Design
Weak Cables


Our Verdict:
If you're looking for a very comfortable pair of earphones, with a deep bassy sound, then these are for you.

3. Sennheiser - CX 180

A Budget Offering from the German Audio Giant
Sennheiser CX180

  • Sennheiser CX180
  • Sennheiser CX180

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. All we can say is that 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.

Ali Pardiwala, NDTV Gadgets360

"The Sennheiser CX180 has a lot going for it. It's inexpensive, well designed for the price, and has a sonic signature that appeals to the masses. If you're looking for a simple, comfortable and bass-driven pair of in-ear headphones, consider the Sennheiser CX180."


2-Year Warranty
Bass Biased Audio
Reference and Treble frequencies are muffled
Lack of Colours


Our Verdict:
If you're looking for an earphone with a bass-driven sound signature that you can use for years to come, then you should check out the Sennheiser CX180.



4. Sony MDR-EX155AP

Stylish, Lightweight Earphones
Sony MDR-EX155AP

  • Sony MDR-EX155AP
  • Sony MDR-EX155AP

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 9mm 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 silicone eartips for a comfortable and secure fit.

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.

Pro Headphones Review

"Sony MDR-EX155AP is a good buy if you are looking for a headphone which has decent clarity, optimal bass, and extreme portability. The features of the headphone is standard, and provided the Brand Sony, you can consider buying Sony MDR-EX155AP because of its durability and support."


Comfortable & Lightweight
Attractive Design
Bass could be better


Our Verdict:
If you're looking for earphones that look good and are from Sony, then these are the way to go.


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. 

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

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