Headphones have become an indispensable part of our daily life and now with the advancement of technology they can churn out sound qualities like a home theatre with the privacy of your living room at any place you wish.
These days, we mostly use headsets with our smartphones for communication as well as media consumption. Recently, popular cell phone companies like Xiaomi and OnePlus have started a trend of not bundling earphones with their handsets. This is, however, a quite practical step considering almost all the headphones packaged along with phones are pretty much worthless in terms of quality.
So, most of us eventually end up buying a new headset from a third party manufacturer to please our ears. This article is all about guiding you to purchase the best pair of headphones to serve your needs. We have meticulously selected the 10 best earpieces which offer unmatchable acoustics while costing less than Rs. 2000.
Starting from Bluetooth headsets to over-the-ear headphones and headsets with microphone and earpieces without a mic, the list contains every type of headphones to serve your various needs.
SoundMagic PL30+ C In-Ear Headphones with Mic
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 15.8 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 20-22,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (9 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 100 dB | Impedance: 12 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Comfortable in the ears
Well-balanced sound output
Inferior noise insulation
SoundMagic PL30+ C is well-known for its perfectly balanced audio output. You simply won’t need to fiddle with different equalizer settings to extract the best sound out of the headphones; the company has already done it for you. However, if you are inclined towards any specific type of acoustics, just choose the default equalizer setting for that respective niche and you’ll be done.
Speaking of the external appearance, the PL30+ C looks quite premium with its metal housing and quality construction. The headphones come in an attractive packaging which consists of a hard case, 5 sets of earbuds and a couple of hooks. For a selling price of Rs. 1699, the SoundMagic PL30+ C In-Ear Headphones are a great choice if you are a fan of well-adjusted sound output.
Sennheiser CX 275 S in -Ear Universal Mobile Headphone with Mic
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 15 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 17-23,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 121 dB | Impedance: 16 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Two years’ warranty
Sennheiser is one of the most premium audio equipment manufacturing brands in the world. The CX 275 S is just an entry level offering from the company. Still, the headphones offer a decent sound output which is a bit more inclined towards the treble side.
The Sennheiser CX 275 S fits quite well in the ears and features a composed yet premium build quality. At the time of writing this article, the headset costs Rs. 2149, but usually it is available for below Rs. 2000.
SoundMagic E10C In-Ear Headphones with Mic
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 15 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 18-22,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (10 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 100 dB | Impedance: 16 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Great build quality
Not so comfortable fitting
These are another pair of exceptional headphones from SoundMagic. Just like the PL30+ C, the E10C is also tuned quite well with a subtle emphasis on the bass. Precisely speaking, this is one of best headset for bass lovers under Rs. 2000.
Moving on to the build quality, the SoundMagic E10C kills it with metal construction and tangle-free wires. The retail package comprises of a plethora of earbuds, premium hard case, clip and a couple of adapters. The E10C is currently available in four attractive color choices.
Sony MDR-EX255AP In-Ear Headphones with Mic
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 18 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 5-25,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (9 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 106 dB | Impedance: 16 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Wide frequency response
Microphone features inferior noise cancellation
The Sony MDR-EX255AP is a decent pair of in-ear headphones with good sound quality. It sports an extensive range of frequency response and delivers a balanced audio output. Little adjustments to the equalizer can reveal the true capabilities of the headset.
Build quality-wise, the mid-range earphones are on par with the competition. The semi-braided wires along with the metal casing look and feel quite premium. With real-silicon earbuds, the Sony MDR-EX255AP fits quite well in the ears.
Sony MDR-XB450 On-Ear EXTRA BASS Headphones
Design: On-Ear | Weight: 165 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 5-22,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (30 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 102 dB | Impedance: 24 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Wide frequency response
These on-ear headphones are a paradise for bass lovers. With its huge 30 mm drivers, the Sony MDR-XB450 is capable of producing some extreme bass outputs which are quite unmatchable at its price range. However, this extra bass doesn’t mean that the headsets have weak treble. The MDR-XB450 fares quite well in the mids and the highs too.
Talking of the exterior finishing, the Sony MDR-XB450 looks quite magnificent with its flashy metallic housing and well-cushioned ear pads. However, the build quality is not that good for long term usage as some external glitches tend to appear after a year of extensive use.
Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 17 grams | Cable length: 1.25 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 20-40,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic | Sensitivity: 98 dB | Impedance: 32 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Exceptional built quality
Unmatched value for money
Extended burn out period
With a price tag of Rs. 1999, the headphones offer great build quality with premium metal housing and sturdy cables. Look-wise, there are few headsets in this price range that can beat the Mi Pro HD.
Xiaomi’s Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD is the arguably the best you can get if your budget is Rs. 2000. This is a truly high-end earpiece which is capable of producing top notch sound output as well as unrivaled sound recording ability. The only downside is that the Pro HD requires an extensive burn out period to deliver to its full potential.
Sony Extra Bass MDR-XB50 In-Ear Earphones
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 8 grams (without cord) | Cable length: 1.25 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 4-24,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (12 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 110 dB | Impedance: 16 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Fits perfectly in the ears
Slightly lower maximum volume
The Sony Extra Bass MDR-XB50 is another set of bass-oriented headphones from the Japanese company. The earpiece produces exceptional lows with well-balanced mids and highs. The only drawback of this headset is its comparatively lower maximum volume.
Speaking of the exteriors, the MDR-XB50 is a decent looking product with a glossy metallic finished housing. However, the best part is its true silicon earbuds which fit really well in the ears. Sony also bundles some additional earbuds of different sizes and a carry pouch along with the earphones.
SoundMagic E30 In-Ear Headphone
Design: In-Ear | Weight: 9 grams (without cord) | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 15-22,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (9 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 94 dB | Impedance: 12 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Accurate sound output
Great fit in the ear
The SoundMagic E30 was launched way back in 2013, but still, it is quite relevant to current standards. The earpieces generate a very well-balanced sound output with unmatchable clarity. The best part is that you can enjoy pure music which is not distorted by excessive bass. The E30 focusses more on the treble side while maintaining a composed yet tight bass.
When it comes to building quality, the SoundMagic E30 fails to impress. The headphones are made of cheap plastic with sub standard finishing. The earpieces are designed to be worn over the ears with its cables going around your earlobes. If properly plugged in, the E30 provides exceptional noise cancellation and are quite comfortable too.
Design: Over-Ear | Weight: 272 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 15-22,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (36 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 100 dB | Impedance: 40 Ω | Battery life: N/A | Wireless range: N/A
Crystal clear sound output
The Audio-Technica ATH-AX1iS is a great pair of over-the-ear headphones which cost less than Rs. 2000. It offers a well-tuned sound output with a somewhat composed bass. These earpieces also feature inline microphone and volume control keys that work with any Android or iOS device.
Talking about the build quality, the ATH-AX1iS feels quite flimsy and the finishing is not really up to the mark. However, the headset is surprisingly quite durable and would not break off that easily. Last but not the least, the Audio-Technica ATH-AX1iS fits really well on the ears and you won’t feel uneasy after extended usage.
BoAt Rockerz 510 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Design: On-Ear | Weight: 230 grams | Cable length: 1.2 metres | Connection: Bluetooth + 3.5mm jack **Frequency response:** 20-20,000Hz | Drivers: Dynamic (50 mm neodymium magnet) | Sensitivity: 103 dB | Impedance: 32 Ω | Battery life: 10 hours | Wireless range: N/A
Huge sound drivers
Doesn’t fit good if you have large ears
This is the only Bluetooth headset in our list, and believe me, it’s a gem. The BoAt Rockerz 510 not only looks awesome but also sports an excellent sound quality. The big 50 mm drivers inside the headphones churn out an unmatchable bass.
Speaking of build quality, the BoAt Rockerz 510 is an outstanding looking earpiece. With materials like faux leather and aluminum combined with good quality polycarbonate, the Bluetooth headphone not only looks great but also feels premium. If you are looking for a wireless headset under Rs. 2000, buying this is a no brainer.
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