Buying Guide: The Best Headphones under Rs. 1000

by Sheena Ribeiro July 25, 2016

For The Confused Indian Buyer: Here Are The Best Headphones Under Rs. 1000

A lot of us wish to own a pair of headphones. However we may be restricted by the fact that good headphones, do burn a hole in the pocket. Fear not! Here is a list of headphones that may not match the quality of high end headphones, but will keep your ears company while you're saving up for better headphones.

What to Expect in this Category?
  • Sound Quality : There's only so much you can expect in this budget. Sound quality will be incrementally better than your earphones, only because of a better fit and your ears being closed by bigger drivers. It will mostly rely on a sound signature with a trumped up bass.  
  • Form Factor: In this price category, it’s easier to get over-ears and on-ears with a closed back. If you are looking for Bluetooth enabled or wireless headphones you may want to increase your budget.
  • Build Quality: The build quality of the headphones is mostly going to be plastic with not a very wide range of colours available. Design wise, they're going be most basic. One should not expect tangle free cables at this price point.
  • Smartphone Compatibility: Most of the following headphones are compatible with smartphones. But don’t expect a mic or remote on the cables.  

This list has been compiled with the help of users as well as our in-house experts.

In no particular order, here we go!


Bass heavy with noise isolation

Panasonic has come to be known as the brand that produces and offers headphones for the masses, this being done without compromising on its quality. The brand successfully does the same with the RP- HBD250.

Designed to fit comfortably on one's ears, the RP- HBD250 are over-ear headphones. This ensures that external sound is completely shut out. You can listen to music with complete isolation and zone out from any environmental noise.

The Panasonic RP-HBD250 is extremely comfortable and sits perfectly around the ears. Fitted with leather ear cups they enable one to listen to music for quite a long period without causing any ear strain or discomfort.

The look of these headphones is very simple, while yet very sleek. Unlike other over-ear headphones in this category, the RP-HBD250 has a very compact look. Panasonic has paid a great amount of attention to the portability of these headphones with them weighing about 151gms. With a flexible body, the RP-HBD250 can be folded flat and securely put away when not in use. It also makes listening to music an easier task when travelling or on the go. 

Coming to the headphone cables, they are flat and tangle-free.Aimed at being tangle free, they are high on durability. This means that your headphone cables will last for a long time. The headphones also come with a 1.2m length Y-type cable, which is a boon at this price point.

The RP-HBD250 comes with an impedance of 32 Ohms, which means one can use your headphones to play music while using any device.

When it comes to the sound, the Panasonic RP-HBD250 houses a large 32 mm magnetic driver unit that produces heavy bass, this done keeping in mind Indian fans of Hip-Hop and EDM.So if you are a bass lover, you are undoubtedly in for a treat. However, if one is looking for a headphone that delivers a more detailed sound, then this may not be the best choice.

The Panasonic - RP-HBD250 comes with a One year warranty.

Rohan Mahndiratta, EnCountMe

" An attractive and powerful device, Panasonic HBD 250 is out for sale. This headphone is a medium priced, feature-packed and robust device that is ideal for those who want to hear quality music with the utmost comfort."


Bass heavy
Flat Y-type durable cables
Folds flat for travel
No microphone


Our Verdict:
If you’re looking for headphones that are bass heavy and extremely comfortable, then you should go for the Panasonic RP-HBD250.



Compatible with most audio devices and comes with a 3m long cable

Sennheiser has over the years, come to be known as a brand that delivers superior quality products in the world of audio. The HD 180 is an entry level headphone and the most popular one that is being offered by the brand.

The Sennheiser HD 180 is an over-ear headphone with a closed back. Designed to be used with all music playing devices, the headphones comes with an  impedance that is as low as 24 Ohms.

Noise isolation is something that these very effectively attenuate with the help of thick ear pads, so that you are not disturbed by external disturbance.

Its body is built entirely of plastic, from the headband to the earcups, therefore making it lighter than most headphones in this category. The lightweight feature makes it comfortable to be used for a longer period. The brand has particularly focused on the ease and comfort of the user. The rubber padding around the band and ear cups further enhances the listening experience. Let’s not forget that these are very basic headphones though and will not offer superior levels of comfort. 

The HD 180 comes with a cool feature, and that is its cable. While most headphones in this category have a standard 1.2m long cable, these ones come have a 3m long cable. This means that you can freely move around without the headphones restricting your mobility. Besides this, it becomes easy to use with a TV. Brownie points for this one.

Coming to the sound, the HD 180 is great at bass. The dynamic stereo headphone delivers a powerful replication of bass which is crisp. However this does effect the reproduction of mids and treble and may go on to make it sound muddy. This is something that is not expected from a brand like Sennheiser. The Panasonic RP HBD250 does a better job on this front.

The Sennheiser HD 180 like most Sennheiser products comes with a 2 year warranty.

Ali Pardiwala

" The Sennheiser HD180 headphones aren't necessarily the best-sounding ones you can buy for the price, but they are extremely comfortable and easy to use anywhere. You probably won't want to listen to a lot of music on this pair though, instead limiting it to computer use or to watch TV at night without disturbing anyone in the house."


3m long cable
Comfort and ease
2 year warranty
No Microphone
Muddy mids and highs


Our Verdict:
If you like a super long cble and are smitten by Sennheiser's brand value, then pick the lightweight HD 180s.


3. SONY - MDR-ZX110

Good looks with a foldable feature for better portability

With years of effort in quality production of headphones and lending itself effectively to market needs, Sony has come to be known as one of the most favorite brands. This time around Sony brings to us the MDR-ZX110. The MDR-ZX110 is one of the most popular set of headphones that comes from Sony.

The MDR-ZX110 is an On-ear headphone. Available in black and white they are finished with a matte texture. However upon closer inspection, one realises that these are built of a plastic body. The material used does not seem very durable and may need a little extra care. However, this makes the headphones light in weight.

The highlight of the MDR-ZX110 is its unique fold-able feature. One can fold its ear cups inwards when the headset it not in use. It enables you to effortlessly use your headphones when travelling without taking up much space in your bag. This feature is rare  in this price range.

The 1.2m cable is thick and looks tough, seems like it can take fair amount of abuse. The cable is extended by Y-style cords that connects the ear cups. The extended cord however does not feel as strong as the cable. The ear cups have enough amount of padding for comfort, although the headband hasn’t been padded.

Coming to the sound, the MDR-ZX110 delivers good bassy sound. However it falls short on the mids and highs. The headphones definitely do their good bit at presenting to you music with aggression without entirely depending on your music player/mobile phone. Although details suffer a bit, bass heads should be more than satisfied.

Overall, with its cool looks and low price point, these are a good buy.

The MDR-ZX110 comes with a 1 year long warranty.

Ali Pardiwala 

" If you're looking for a pair of on-ears with serious attack and drive at under Rs. 1,000, the Sony MDR-ZX110 should be on your wish list.


 Appealing looks
Full sound with deep bass
Poor build quality
Lacks clarity & definition of sound


Our Verdict:
If portability is your #1 priority, the foldable Sony MDR-ZX110 is a great budget buy.


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4.  JBL- T250 SI

JBL branding. Heavy bass  

JBL has gone on to become a reputed and respected brand in the world of audio. The brand has repeatedly amazed its customers with its different good looking headphones. The on-earJBL T250 SI is by far JBL’s most popular budget headphones available in India.

Designed to look simple yet stylish, the T250 SI sports a black colour with the JBL logo printed on the back of the ear cups. The body of the headphone is built of plastic, however the headband is lined with a metal strip lending it fair amount of durability. The ear cups and headband are cushioned, thus making it comfortable enough to wear for a while. After some time though, because of how insipid the earcups are, the ears start to hurt. 

The T250 Si does not enable folding; as a result it may make portability difficult. One will have to carry the headphones in its standard form or store them as is.

The cable is relatively sturdy as compared to the other headphones in this range. The cables are connected to the source using two lines instead of the usual one. The cables may however be tangle prone leaving you with an added task of untangling. 

When it comes to sound, the T250 SI is very high on bass. It lacks detail and definition and may sound muddy. It lacks sound stage, and the vocals sound weak. The highs do manage to peak out, but tend to be relatively harsh.

The JBL T250 SI comes with a one year warranty.

Ali Pardiwala

"The only possible way the JBL T250SI could be useful is as headset to occasionally watch YouTube videos with, but nothing else. We highly recommend you skip this model if you were considering it. "


Acceptable build quality
Prominent JBL branding

No microphone
Heavy disturbing bass
Lacks sound detailing
Uncomfortably small earcups


Our Verdict:
The JBL T250 SI is the least impressive headphones of the lot and only go for it if you want to show the world your loyalty to JBL.


These were the best 4 headphones that come under Rs 1000. Although there are other headphones that come in this budget, these are the ones that we found are most Value-for-money. Hope this will help you choose the headphone that is most suitable for yourself. 

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

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