You don't need to spend a ton to get great sound! Several top brands have worked hard to deliver quality audio at an affordable price point for those on a budget.
While you might not get audiophile-level quality, these entry-level offerings are a massive step-up from the free earphones you get with your mobile phones and will have you appreciating the music you love more than ever!
There are a certain set of features that we've considered while evaluating and putting this guide together.
Most products in this segment come with a plastic build instead of a metal/aluminium one - the latter being more rugged and durable. Aluminium is generally more rugged and durable than other materials when it comes to in-ear headphones. You get the options of both — an in-ear fit and earbuds fit. While the fabric braided cables offer better durability, most earphones in this segment are adequately sturdy.
Universal compatibility is pretty standard with products at this price point. A three-button remote and microphone is an added advantage.
These earphones sound tons better than the stock wired earphones that came along with your phone. That being said, you'll certainly find that higher-priced wireless in-ears or wired earphones at the same price point will sound better.
The Guru Says
"Tons of clarity and detailing, that's what this one's all about. The aluminium earbuds and 3-year warranty are the added benefit at this price point."
- Varun Soni
The RHA MA390 Universal offers affordability, awe-inspiring build, and a 3-year manufacturer's warranty which is one of the highest at this price point. A major step-up over your in-box hands-free earphones in terms of build and sound alike, the RHA gives you more reasons than one to ditch your buds and settle for the best!
Designed in Scotland, The RHA MA390 is beautifully built with its all-aluminium housing and enclosed design. The 6063-grade aluminium feels much more premium than the price tag suggests.
The GoodPremium build quality
The BadVolume controls are absent
The E10C is an award winner from the respected audio publication What Hi-Fi? for 6 consecutive years. The E10C in-ears continue the fine work of delivering an entertaining, upfront sound, complete with remote control and mic that offers universal compatibility. The metal housing makes them really durable.
The GoodSignature SoundMAGIC 'V-shaped' sound
The BadTreble may seem sharp at times
1MORE is a brand that has distinguished itself as a manufacturer of stylish yet good sounding earphones. The 1MORE - Single Driver’s striking red colour never fails to get someone’s attention. With a sturdy build and Kevlar cables, they can withstand daily commutes.
The GoodV-Shaped Sound with crisp bass
The Bad1-Year of Manufacturer Warranty
These earphones are decently versatile wired in-ear. Audio purists might not like this sound signature, but those seeking thump in their music should love these. EDM & Trance fans should check this out! What's more, they also block enough noise to be suitable for commuting and they will easily fit into your pockets. It abounds to create a party in your head as it is more suited for Party, House, and Electronic music.
The GoodAngular fit for greater isolation
The BadThe bass may seem a little overwhelming to someone who is not a fan of bass
What makes you different is what makes you stand out! The Urbanista San Francisco is an earbud in the world of in-ear earphones. A breezy look and an ergonomic fit make it a great pick. They’ve replicated the success of earbuds but making it a lot more comfortable and with the presence of flat tangle-free cables ensuring one less problem.
The GoodA much more relaxing / in place fitting.
The BadAbsence of volume controls
KZ is a Chinese IEM manufacturer that provides audiophile-grade sound without hurting your pocket. The KZ - ZST is no different as they provide enough bass level along with clarity of the vocals and other instruments. Housing the two drivers (1 Dynamic + 1 BA) is a hard plastic casing that is lightweight and durable and can withstand daily use.
The Good'Warm & Smooth’ sound
The BadStock cables lack durability
Those are our picks for best earphones at Rs. 2000. If you'd like to explore more or would like to talk to a Headphone Guru, just hit the button below: