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The Best Earphones Under 2000 in 2020

by Shanth Swaroop February 19, 2020 5 min read

The Best Earphones Under 2000 in 2020

The world of headphones is vast, filled with innumerable jargon and a simple task like choosing a pair of earphones can become unnecessarily daunting and frustrating. That’s why we’re here - to help you enjoy audio in the way you deem best, on a pair of headphones that YOU choose. We got the cavalry, you pick the machinery!

We’ve done the work and crunched the tech. So, how about we start you off with a peek at our well-researched recommendations on the best, wired in-ear headphones under 2000 rupees for starters? Also, just so you know, all these options are compatible with Android and iOS. All you need is an AUX port and you’re good to go. So here they are, in no particular order:

Looking for Wireless Earphones under 2000? Click here for our buying guide on wireless options.

Wanna read about a specific product? Simply click below, it'll take you where you need to go:

Best Wireless Earphones under 2000

  1. RHA MA390 Universal
  2. JAYS a-JAYS One+
  3. KZ ZST
  4. Sony MDR-XB55AP
  5. SoundMAGIC E10C


What should you be looking for?

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. 


RHA MA390 Universal

The most popular, perf all-rounder

Best Earphones under 2000: RHA MA390 Universal

Best Earphones under 2000: RHA MA390 Universal Best Earphones under 2000: RHA MA390 Universal

This Scottish, popular all-rounder has a sturdy feel to it, thanks to its beautiful aerospace-grade aluminum housing. Commute-friendly due to proper sound isolation with a warm and smooth sound signature, it plays most genres beautifully. It comes with tangle-free cables that don’t intertwine inexplicably since the last time you used them.

It also features a 1-button remote to make sure that taking calls on-the-go is a breezy experience. These goodies come with a 3-year warranty, 3 pairs of dual intensity ear-tips and a carry-pouch. All this and more make it one of the strongest contenders for your buck, beat for beat!

P.S.: If you like a more balanced sound and enjoy a more snug fit, you might wanna check out the RHA S500 Universal. That's slightly more expensive than the RHA MA390 Universal. Read the comparison between the two while you're at it, too.

What we like

  • Super Sturdy Construction
  • Great for Commutes
  • 3 Pairs of Eartips
  • Tangle-free Cable
  • Carry pouch included
  • 3-year Warranty

Why you should buy it

To enjoy beautiful yet sturdy craftsmanship and audio performance that’s price-defying. There’s a reason the RHA MA390 Universal is the most-loved & best selling earphones under 2000.



Swedish audio goodies at its best

Best Earphones under 2000: JAYS a-JAYS One+

Best Earphones under 2000: JAYS a-JAYS One+ Best Earphones under 2000: JAYS a-JAYS One+

Featuring a minimalist design typically expected from a Swedish brand, the a-JAY One+ are a healthy mix of suave and functionality rolled into one attractive package. A premium sound output ready to enthrall you and elevate your listening experience.

The unique ‘pad thai noodles’ looking cable design is tangle-free. The cable also houses a 1-button remote and mic for further ease of functionality. Still doubtful? How does a 2-year warranty, along with 5 pairs of ear tips sound? Sweet indeed, right!

What we like

  • Posh Looks
  • Tangle-free Cable Design
  • 5 Pairs of Eartips
  • 2-year Warranty

Why you should buy it

Swedish design with an output that even appeals to the technophile, with an app-control option. Classy looks with modern functionality never ceases to charm.



The undeniable surprise package

Best Earphones under 2000: KZ ZST

Best Earphones under 2000: KZ ZST Best Earphones under 2000: KZ ZST

These headphones resemble those used by musicians on stage, thanks to its unique silicone tips and self-patented technology that offer a great in-ear fit. It is an excellent choice for beginner audiophiles and even musicians looking for humble IEMs (In-Ear Monitors). It houses a hybrid technology featuring special armature and dynamic drivers that provide a nice and impressively rich output with bass and mid ranges being prominent.

With detachable cables reminiscent of professional IEMs, these plastic-coated copper cables are tangle-resistant. The KZ-ZST is commute friendly and offers high-end sound quality for the price. They come with a 1-year warranty and 3 pairs of silicon tips to sweeten the deal - quite feature-rich indeed.

What we like

  • Unique and Eye-catching Design
  • Secure Fit and Grasp
  • 3 Pairs of Eartips
  • Great for the Amateur Musician
  • Impressive Sound

Why you should buy it

Your faith in this surprise package will be rewarded. The best bet for a musician on a budget. The sound impresses all, musician or otherwise.



Familiar sound that will keep you movin’ on

Earphones under 2000: Sony MDR-XB55AP

Earphones under 2000: Sony MDR-XB55AP Earphones under 2000: Sony MDR-XB55AP

The popular brand’s bass-heavy babies offer enough oomph and punch to get your day started. Don’t be alarmed if folks on your commute find you bobbing your head to the music. These designed-in-Japan in-ears are super lightweight and also feature an in-line mic and remote control that offers quick navigation via a multi-functionality button.

The MDR-XB55AP also features a cable that has a serrated design to aid in being tangle-free. The in-ear can also be paired with a Smart Key App to further customize its features.

What we like

  • Punchy Sound
  • Lightweight
  • Tangle-Free Cables
  • App control
  • In-line mic and remote

Why you should buy it

If you are looking for a punchy output, your search ends here. An app-controlled sound, call handling capabilities and lightweight design make for a compelling buy.



Consistent Award Winner

Earphones under 2000: SoundMAGIC E10C

Earphones under 2000: SoundMAGIC E10C Earphones under 2000: SoundMAGIC E10C

A consistent award winner, these robust in-ears with an all-metal build are great for blocking out noise during commute and have been known as power-packed performers. Multi-genre friendly, the E10C offers ample bass for the bass head and yet holds its own among audiophiles too.

A 3-button remote and mic aids in effortless toggle between volume control and calls on-the-move. The cable is covered with high-quality plastic and is braided for a tangle-free experience. The E10C comes with a year’s warranty, two types of silicone ear tips and carry case.

What we like

  • Award Winner
  • Great Noise Isolation
  • Sturdy Build
  • 3-button Mic and Remote
  • Carry case included
  • Tangle-Free Cable

Why you should buy it

If you’re looking for a sturdy build with great and balanced performance. Perfect for the commuters, the E10C is unfazed by buses, local trains and other modes of commute.



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Please note that prices on these products below reflect the prices as on the published date of this article. 



There you go - at least 5 earphones on a budget. Just keep in mind what you look from a pair of in-ear headphones and go for it. Your playlist awaits you.

Happy Listening!

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