This category is where brands aim to offer the best they can. Although it is still regarded as a rather niche category in India, consumption of entry-level IEMs has grown considerably. And rightly so, because the combination of value for money and high-quality is probably the best you can get.
This marks the beginning of the high-end range, so understandably, build quality will be top notch for all products with earphones offering high-quality full metal construction and robust cables.
If you're a serious audiophile, then this is the best price point to venture at.
Almost all earphones around this price category are balanced or flat and true to life. The bass-heavy models in this range, however, do provide tight, energetic bass that doesn't compromise on the mids and highs.
A remote and mic functionality is definitely very common. However, most models do come with variants with or without the mic which you can usually get by paying a thousand or so more.
The Guru Says
"Audiophile sound at a non-audiophile price. That's what makes the Comet one of the best for beginners."
- Varun Soni
Instantly recognizable by their distinct looks and sleek design, the Comet features a stainless steel body and an in-line mic and remote design.
The most affordable offering from the house of Campfire Audio, the Comet houses a custom tuned Balanced Armature driver that delivers full bass and mids that easily balance with the open and extended highs.
The Good1 BA configuration makes the monitors sound near-ideal.
The BadMetal surface is prone to scratches.
The Moondrop Kanas Pro is a beautifully crafted universal IEM that, unlike many other products at this price point, have a reference tuning suitable for monitoring as well as for audiophile enjoyment.
It has a very accurate tuning for a near-reference sound. A DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) driver that is used in big name IEMs such as the Campfire Audio Atlas, make it a steal.
The GoodAbsolutely beautiful audio reproduction.
The BadThe surface is susceptible to fingerprints.
DUNU is a relatively unknown brand to many but their earphones have garnered quite a bit of praise from audiophile critics worldwide. The Dunu Titan 5 are a newer offering under the critically-acclaimed Titan series.
Unlike other Titans who believe in restoring balance; these sound warmer, more engaging and more fun than the technically good Titan 3. One of the best sounding earbud-style headphones for the price, they’ve managed to pack incredible clarity and bass into a small stainless steel housing that fits discreetly and comfortably in the ear.
The GoodGreat sound with amazing detailing