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by Haripriya Thakar May 09, 2017

 For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Earphones Under Rs. 6000

If you are someone who has an ardent interest in high fidelity and high-quality sound reproduction and want it on a budget, this is the category you should be looking forward to. From IEMs, on-stage monitors, dedicated mobile earphones, Bluetooth earphones and running earphones, this collection has it all.

What to Expect in this Category?
  • Sound Quality: The sound signature will vary for each earphone in this price category. It will undoubtedly be the best in their purposes and will impress audiophiles who are looking for something without ripping their pockets off.
  • Form Factor: Earphones for specific purposes like on-stage monitoring or noise cancellation will perform the function perfunctorily. Wireless earphones of good quality cannot be expected here.
  • Build Quality: The earphones at this price-point will be built well and sturdy. Tangle-free cables are easily met here.
  • A remote and mic is common, but you may meet some exceptions.

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. MEZE 12 Classics

FOR HIGH-END AUDIO LOVERS
HiFiMAN RE-400

  • Meze-12-Classics
  • Meze-12-Classics

The Romanian Boutique brand founded by Antonio Meze has aimed at delivering a timeless and one of a kind design with spectacular natural signature sound. The Hi-End audio tech with a sense of style is something that has impressed us all. Taking inspiration from the Meze 99 classics the Meze 12 classics are the in-ear monitors from the same family.

Each housing of these wooden earpieces is made with a wooden housing which is unique to itself. Just like your fingertips, each wooden housing has an impression unique to itself. In fact, just like nature which changes colour over time, the wooden housing too becomes mature and looks different over time! Making these earphones antique and unique to themselves.  

Along with a timeless design, the 12 Classics is very practical, comprising of a universally compatible inline remote and mic and 3.5 mm jack. 

When it come to sound, rather than resorting to artificial frequencies, the drivers of the 12 Classics provides a dynamic contrast to a more natural listening experience. Thereby creating a sound signature that is true to Meze. They have tried and bring the best of Meze 99 Classic's sound in a form of in-ears, which is rather impressive.

Each pair of the Meze 12 Classics comes with four sets of silicon eartips to one of which is the dual flange. Thereby giving you a comfortable and secure ear-canal fit.To increase your canal fit further you can also switch to a pair of Comply eartips provided along with the 12 Classics. This will reduce the external noise further by 30%.

MEDIUM


"The first thing I noticed about the treble was how well it decayed. This is a trait that I absolutely loved with the 99 Classics, and I’m glad to hear that the Meze crew managed to maintain it on 12 Classics.."




 

 

UPS
Wooden Housing
Balanced and pure sound
DOWNS
Bass lovers may not like it as much

 

 


Our Verdict:
If you like the Meze 99 CLassics, these in-ears are something you must resort to.


 


2. FOCAL SPHEAR

FOR EXTREME COMFORT
FOCAL SPHEAR

  • FOCAL SPHEAR
  • FOCAL SPHEAR

An audio company best known for headphones and car audio, Focal, has now added in-ears to their manufacturing list. Most famous for Elear and Utopia, Focal already made a mark on the high-end audiophile headphones. And now, they claim to remain faithful to their historic signature sound through the high-fidelity Sphear earphones.

In the case of design, Focal has taken a pretty straightforward, no-nonsense turn. The main housing is made up of solid plastic which is a bit downer for a product in this price category. But it seems durable enough to sustain for more than few years of rough usage. The solder points are encircled by a rubber coating and the backend of earpieces is of stainless steel with Focal logo embedded on them. They are appealing to the eyes and also extremely lightweight.

Sphear is equipped with an omnidirectional mic and remote with which the calls and functions are controlled. The cords are slender and hardly add any weight to the earphones. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack and a straight L-shaped plug.

Sphear is a great companion for acoustic and vocal music. The sound produced by them is clear, precise and quite natural sounding. The 10.8mm multi-channel transducer and the Bass Reflex system provide extended frequency response in the low range and supremely realistic bass. It also has a great sub-bass end extension and the overall sound quality is rich.

Focal provides enough accessories with the Sphear. Three memory foam tips and three silicone tips in various sizes are there to choose a perfect fit from. An airline adapter is also given for your convenience along with a carrying case to tuck them all in.

Techradar


"For a first attempt at making an in-ear headphone, Focal knocked it out of the park with the Sphear. They sound great with all types of music and offer an exciting, mid-forward presentation that will make your toe tap with the music.."




 

UPS
Rich Sound Quality
Minimalist Design
DOWNS
Plastic Build
No Volume Control

 


Our Verdict:

To experience harmonic richness, from the low end to the high end, Focal Sphear is your best choice.


 

 




3. HiFiMAN RE-400

MADE FOR AUDIO PURISTS
HiFiMAN RE-400

  • HiFiMAN RE-400
  • HiFiMAN RE-400

The HiFiMAN RE400 are small and tiny earphones that areextremelylightweight.Designed to look simple, it boasts of no over the top or fancy design. The earplugs have a nice metallic finish, while the back sports a shiny silver finish with concentric circles. The casing itself is devoid of any branding. We love the understated clean design.

The RE400 is connected via a 50-inch long oxygen cable. The cable is wrapped up in rubber from the earbuds to the Y-splitter. The Extended wire from the connector is covered in braided fabric and do not feel flimsy any bit. TheRE400's construction is sturdy to look and feel, and its worth nothing that the L-shaped plug holds better than any other plug.

The RE400 comes with a fit andcomfort that is exceptionally excellent. The tiny earpieces swiftly fit into your ears and stay there like there is nothing. The casing is lightweight which means there is minimum pressure exerted on your ear canal.

What we love about the RE400 is that it comes with an array of eartips included on the package. The double flange ear-tips only help in conforming easily to the size of your ears, giving you a perfectly snug fit. The combination of the right ear-tip and low weight casing is only instrumental in giving your the most pleasurable fit. This means that you can sport the RE400 for hours at work without feeling fatigue.

The noise isolation is commendable and is more than you could expect from this course.

The RE400 boasts ofsound that is well balanced and naturally pure. They do take some time to warm up but later come with a bang. The non-boosted treble or any other artificial trickery makes listening to these in-ears an ultimate pleasure. 

The bass, mids and the treble are perfectly proportioned, making it a perfect pair for driving music from all genres. However, if you are a bass head, you will find that these in-ears lack a little thump.The detail and proportion are perfect.

The RE400 is just about business. It lends total justice to the instruments as well as the vocals. The astounding clarity lets you follow every beat of the drum and every string of the guitar. The good noise isolation only aids in the best music experience.

CNet


"While they're light on extras, the well-priced HiFiMan RE-400s offer excellent, accurate sound that's aimed at audiophiles on a budget."




 

 

UPS
Minimalist Design
Balanced and pure sound
DOWNS
Limited Soundstage
Bass lovers may not like it as much

 

 


Our Verdict:
The best way to listening music without causing listening fatigue


 




4. Sennheiser - Momentum in-ears

PERFECT FOR THE BASS LOVERS
Sennheiser - Momentum in-ears

  • Sennheiser CX180
  • Sennheiser - Momentum in-ears

The Momentum series is known for its stylish design. The Sennheiser's Momentum is arguably the most attractive pair of in-ears, courtesy of thatsemi-metal construction in red and black. The Momentum embraces colour and comes as a breath of fresh air. The Subtly metallic shade of the earpieces is far from bright flashy reds, otherwise used.

On the other side, the bright two-toned black-red cable may come across as flashy to some.

The outer body of the earpiece is built of plastic, while the inner part is metal. The build is solid, every part, every joint and jack every component feel well constructed and built for the long run. The fit is fine, nothing spectacular. That bulbous earphone body is ever so slightly larger than the average earbud size.

Sennheiser's Momentum has a narrow aperture, thus you may want to closely inspect these in-ears if you consider your ear canals to be too narrow.

The sloped design of the earpiece meets your ear canal at a slight angle, this may make your earpieces fall off your ear sometimes. However,the right combination of ear tips can salvage the situation.

The plastic metal joint construction helps ensure they're fairly light, with no comfort issues beyond needing to use the right tips. Getting an excellent fit may be questionable, but Comply's Universal Eartips will help you get the best fit.

Sennheiser Momentum In-ears, thesound, it is fun, bright and bound to please a large number. However, save for the audiophiles. They’re crackers for electronic tracks, and have plenty of treble presence, too.

Bass lovers will feel right at home with thoseoodles of controlled bass, the highs are boosted. The mids are, unfortunately, recessed.

When it comes to the 
soundstage, this one is admirably open and wide, which came as a surprise.

The Momentum indubitably has a bass-centric sound. These in-ears will no-doubt please an awful lot of ears, provided you enjoy that thrill bass.


What-HiFi Review
What Hi-Fi


"Sennheiser’s Momentum range has made a real impact and it’s fair to say the latest addition delivers on all fronts. In fact, the Momentum In-Ears are easily one of the best pairs of buds we’ve heard this year."




 

UPS
2 Year Warranty
Bass Sound
DOWNS
Reference and Treble frequencies are muffled

 


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 Momentum in-ears.


 




5. RHA-MA650

DURABLE STYLISH BODY
RHA-MA650

  • RHA-MA650
  • RHA-MA650

 

An upgrade to the critically acclaimed RHA MA600/MA600i, The RHA MA650 are British-made, naturally sound-isolating premium earphones. The earphones using RHA's trademark and patented Aerophonic design, that resembles a reversed trumpet. Its signature shape is designed specifically for producing a natural sound signature. The cable is braided and coated in plastic to keep it tangle-free.

In order to enable safe storage and easy portability, the headphones come with a small carry pouch. The package also includes a stainless steel holder that carries six alternative pairs of silicone ear tips, including two that are double-flanged. Thus ensuring that you get your ideal fit. Also one pair of Comply foam ear-tips with a shirt clip is provided.

Over the years, RHA has greatly been lauded for its solid performance. You will notice that the MA650, like all RHA products, does not disappoint.For precise, balanced sound & deep soundstage, the MA650 has 380.1 custom drivers. It also has a wider soundstage. And the audio is well-balanced with an equal amount of treble and bass.

The RHA MA650 comes with a 3-button remote and microphone which gives you full control over device functions. Switching between playlists, calls and activate Google Assistant functions is easily possible. To access advanced device functions like app control, internet searches, and information access, Digital assistant commands works very well.

The MA650 is compatible with Android devices (Sorry Apple users!) and also offers a 3-year warranty if anything is to happen to a product.

 


Audiophileon


" It's very hard to criticize the RHA MA650 as they score solid points in every category. The build is, as, with most RHA products excellent, the warranty outstanding and the sound is pretty good. It's another solid earphone from RHA that ticks a lot of boxes."


 

UPS
Great passive noise isolation
Solid detail and power

 

DOWNS
Remote limited to Android optimization

 

 


Our Verdict:
If you have a sophisticated taste when looks are concerned, has rich sound quality and a plethora of accessories, then RHA MA650 should be your pick.




6. JAYS a-Six Wireless

BEST FOR SPORTS
JAYS a-Six Wireless

  • JAYS a-Six Wireless
  • JAYS a-Six Wireless

The a-Six Wireless are super-tiny but pack in a powerful and lively soundThe rich sub-bass with pristine highs and crystal-clear mids are enough to give you an energetic start for the day. The uber-wide soundstage let you immerse yourself in your music. 


This in-ear has durable aluminium housing that fit in your ears perfectly and comfortably. It comes in three different finishes i.e. black-gold, grey-silver and white silver. The 3-button remote and mic lets you take calls on-the-go. Voice prompts make life easier by telling you when the battery is low or connecting instructions. The best part—you can enjoy all your favourite songs for a good 12 hours!

For a better fit and noise isolation, the a-Six Wireless comes with 5 sets of silicone tips in different sizes.

 


MAJORHiFi

"Spacing is surprisingly nice which is probably why the headphones sound pretty good and deliver an overall impressive performance across genres.""

 

UPS
 6 mm drivers
Bluetooth Connectivity
DOWNS
Has a 12-hour battery life

 


Our Verdict:
If you are looking for a wireless option with great sound, then this should be your pick.


 

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7. RAZER-HAMMERHEAD PRO V2

DETAILED SOUND WITH SPORTY FIT
V-MODA Forza

  • RAZER-HAMMERHEAD PRO V2
  • RAZER-HAMMERHEAD PRO V2

All gamers relate to the fact that good gaming headphones provide great sound and make racking up points even more thrilling. The Hammer Pro V2 aims to do just that.The Hammerhead Pro V2 gives all the vibes of a typical Razer product. The earpieces, in-line microphone /remote, and right angle 3.5 mm plug are all black, while the flat cable is a bright, fluorescent green.

Each of the earpieces is metal, with a textured band around the cylindrical body that gives it an industrial appearance, and a green triskelion serpent logo. It also has in-line remote and mic. Despite the metal design, Razer doesn't claim the Hammerhead Pro to be sweat-resistant or otherwise suited for workouts.

When it comes to accessories, Razer provides oodles of it along with the Hammerheads. The earphones come with a double-flanged pair of eartips, plus three pairs of single-flanged silicone eartips in different sizes, along with a short headphone splitter that converts the single four-pole 3.5 mm connector into two three-pole 3.5 mm connectors. You also get a small, puck-shaped zip-up case for carrying everything, with a small mesh pouch to keep the extra eartips and splitter secure when not in use.

The Hammerhead Pro V2 features Razer's signature sound, which is bass-heavy though, this shouldn't be a surprise as the slogan "Hammering In The Bass" is printed on the packaging.

While it's a bit too much low-end for my liking, fans of music genres like rap and electronica might see a benefit from the increased bass impact. If you're more into rock, classical or country, though, the bass also drowns out the mids of the human voice and I found the Hammerheads bury vocals in favour of more energetic highs and slamming bass.

 


PCMAG

"Razer's Hammerhead Pro V2 is a solid set of earphones, but without a boom mic, it fails to impress as a gaming headset. WhileRazer considers its $69.99Hammerhead Pro V2 a gaming headset, it doesn't quite fit the familiar mould. Most gaming headsets are simply over- or on-ear headphones with boom microphones."



 

UPS
Tangle-Resistant Flat Cable
Universal Mic and Remote
Good to use for Gaming
DOWNS
Poor Isolation

 


Our Verdict:
This is made specifically keeping your gaming requirements in mind, if Call of duty is calling you then  Razor Hammerhead Pro-V2 should end your quest.


 


This was our guide to the best earphones under Rs. 6000. Hope you have a  clear idea of your preferences now. 

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

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