Most smartphones pack with them a pair of stock earphones, that do no more good than deliver miserable audio quality. Do you wish to get away from these 'good for nothing' plastic pieces and get your hands on better sounding budget headphones? You are in the right place.
If you want to spend no more than a 1000 grand, this curated list is especially meant for you. Do not expect too much, but you will get fairly better sounding audio. Without much ado, let's take you through what you can expect in this category.
This list has been compiled with the help of users as well as our in-house experts.
In no particular order, here we go!
While not quite in the 'under Rs. 1,000 club,' the Sennheiser HD 180 makes that additional Rs. 199 truly worth it. It is clearly targeted towards the budget-seeking audience. From the ear cups to the headband, the Sennheiser HD 180 is built entirely from plastic. The large ear cups feature sophisticated-looking silver finished plates that make the headphones stand out in a crowd. When it comes to the branding, Sennheiser has gone out loud. Its logo has been imprinted on the earcups,while 'Sennheiser' has been printed in large letters on the top of the headband.
The over-ear fit ensures that the HD180 is comfortable enough to be worn for a few hours. However, we did find that the material used for padding is not very premium and may tear off easily if not handled with care.
Coming to the cable, the Sennheiser HD 180 employs a cord that is sumptuously 3m long. This makes it easier to be used with your laptop or computer. Coming to the cable's quality, it is decent and is not worth delving further into.
The HD 180's headband and earpads are generously padded, making it perfect to be used for long hours. However, do note that the leatherette does to tend to heat up after continuous playback.
When it comes to the sound, the Sennheiser- HD 180, sounds just fine. The bass and treble are not overpowering and does not muddy other sound syllables either. Although you'll find that at times, the headphones simply sound too soft. This is especially the case when it comes to watching TV and movies, where the immersion can occasionally be inadequate because of this. The headphones justify the soundstage expectations but does not fulfil them. The large drivers allow for a slightly larger soundstage than what we've come to expect, but the imaging is not note-worthy.
The Sennheiser HD 180, does not come in colour variants and you are left with no option but to pick black.
The Sony MDR-ZX110 might have been placed at the lower end of the price spectrum, but it definitely looks fancy and expensive from a distance. The design is made by combining matte with gloss, and we have always loved this combination. The end of the housing has a gloss finish whereas the lower end is separated by matte. All that being said, on taking a closer look, it feels strictly budget-oriented.
Overall, Sony has managed to create a product with cheap materials and minimal design in this price range. It takes the cake home for its 'good design in a budget aspect'. That being said, the plastic coating is flimsy and bendy and does not look or feel like it can take too much abuse, so careful handling is advised.
In order to make portability much more convenient, the Sony MDR-ZX110 features a unique inside-folding design making the headphones easy to slip into your bag and carry around.
The headphone is corded with a durable and sturdy cable until the Y-split and can effectively resist nasty tangles. The cable colour is suited to that of the body. It does not have a remote or mic and thus makes control over calls and volume an issue.
Aiding in comfort, the earcups are nicely padded ensuring that your ears don't suffer from a listening fatigue. The headband is very narrow and comes with no padding. Thus, it may not appease to you that much if you have a rather big head.
When it comes to the sound, Sony has surely got our swing vote. With a driver unit of 30mm and a frequency response of 12-22000Hz, every note in your music can be heard loud and clear. The sonic signature has been tuned towards promoting the lows, and this makes for a very warm sound. Although, the bass can occasionally be overpowering, the mids and highs are well maintained.
When it came to the soundstage, we have seen that while the Sony offers a full and aggressive presentation in the sound, it falls a bit short in terms of openness and width. The sonic stage feels narrow and specific, rather than properly spread out.
For the MDR-ZX110, Sony has come up with two basic colours: Black and White.
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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