Best Earphones Under Rs.1000

by | Jun 12, 2018

If you love listening to a lot of music, a good pair of earphones is a must in your gadget kitty.

Choosing the best earphones is a tough job when you have a lot of options to choose in the market.

There are very few credible reviews out there on the Internet that can ease your buying decision.

That’s why we have compiled a list of the best earphones under Rs.1000.

Which one should you choose?

We will figure it out very soon!

1. Sony MDR-EX150AP

Overall Best Pick

The Sony MDR-EX150AP with its powerful 9mm neodymium drivers pumps out clean vocals with balanced bass. The wide frequency response that it offers will never make you miss any notes from your favourite tracks.

Sony is a class apart when you consider any of the products that the company has laid its footprints on.

The same is the case with earphones too.

Sony has been really popular among the audiophiles for its great quality headphones and earphones albeit being a tad bit pricier than its competitors.

The Sony MDR-EX150AP is an in-ear earphone that comes with an inline microphone to attend the calls on the go. Considering the price of just Rs.999, we can safely say that this is one of the best earphones under Rs.1000 available in the market at present.

This in-ear earphone from Sony is equipped with a 9mm neodymium driver that offers powerful yet balanced sound output. With an impedance rating of 16 ohms, the drivers are able to pump music so crisp and clear on any device that you might use it with.

With a frequency response covering over a range from 5Hz to a maximum of 24000Hz, this earphone does not misses out even the minute notes whether it be the highs, lows or mids.

The bass quality is balanced and doesn’t feel completely artificial. The highs tend to peak during the listening, but with the vocals being so crisp and clear, it’s almost indistinguishable for our ears.

The speaker unit weighs just 30g. You won’t even notice the earphone if not the wires were dangling around. Speaking of wires, they’re vertically textured and feels durable & strong.

The ear tips supplied with this earphones are soft and comfortable to wear. Additional pairs of eartips are provided which is always a welcome move, as everyone’s ears may not be of the same size.

This in-ear earphone from Sony priced under Rs.1000 comes with a 1 year offline as well as online warranty. So no matter where you purchase, the product is covered under warranty.

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Crisp and clean sound output
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Excellent build quality
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Balanced bass
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Passive noise cancellation
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Highs tend to peak at times
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No flat cable/tangle-prone

Specifications

ModelSony MDR-EX150AP
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size9 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

2. Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK

Best Sound Clarity

The Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK that comes at an asking price of just Rs. 656 is the best in terms of pure audio clarity that will satisfy your mind and soul with the clean and crisp output.

Audio-Technica is a Japanese company who is one of the most sought-after brands when it comes to audio equipment such as professional headphones and earphones.

Established back in 1962, the company has a great legacy in the audio industry.

The Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK, their offering under Rs.1000 is one of the top earphones at this price thanks to the detailed sound clarity it offers.

The ear pods on this earphone are designed to stand out from the rest of the competitors in the market. It is very sleek and stylish, providing a premium feel even though with an all plastic build. The quality of wires though is mediocre and feels very flimsy.

High Acoustic Resolution technology ensures the sound output from this neat little piece of hardware is refined and up to the mark that a consumer would expect from a brand like Audio-Technica.

These in-ear earphones come with an 8.5mm driver that delivers great clarity audio with a well-balanced punch. The mids and highs are distinct thanks to the frequency response that ranges between 20Hz – 20,000Hz.

Weighing only about 34g, this earphone is very lightweight and comfortable to wear. The silicon ear-tips are very soft and fit snug inside the ear canals preventing any possible sound leak to the outside.

The company has included a cord-wrap in the box so that after listening to the music, the wires can be kept securely without getting tangled.

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Great clarity sound
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Well balanced punch
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Sleek and stylish design
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No inline-microphone to attend calls
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Wire quality is mediocre

Specifications

ModelAudio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK
Microphone AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range20 – 20000Hz
Driver unit Size8.5 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

3. Sennheiser CX 180

Best Branded Earphone Pick

Sennheiser is one of the go-to brands for the audiophiles. The CX 180 is best suited for those who listen to a lot of EDM type music and bass heavy tracks.

Sennheiser CX 180 is an earphone that has garnered a huge market in India thanks to the brand name and sound quality of Sennheiser.

An earphone which is completely made of plastic, this is designed in such a way that it’s possible to grip each earphone between your finger and thumb for insertion and removal.

The design of the earphones gives a subtle and royal look while the only flaw in the build of these earphones is its cable, which is thin, tangle-prone, and extremely susceptible to cable noise.

When it comes to the sound quality of these budget earphones, the Sennheiser CX 180 performs really well for the price. It is best suited for those who listen to a lot of EDM tracks and bass heavy songs. It produces good highs and lows, the bass is really great and the vocals are clear and crispy.

Sennheiser also gives a 2-year manufacturer warranty for these earphones. Noise cancellation and microphone are the features that are absent from these pair of earphones.

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2-year warranty
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Good bass, highs, and lows
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Best for EDM lovers
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Doesn’t have noise cancellation
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Cables can get easily tangled
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No color options

Specifications

ModelSennheiser CX 180
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size
Impedance rating16 ohms

4. Sound Magic ES18S

Best Budget Pick

With its excellent sound clarity and durable build quality, SoundMagic has delivered a great budget earphone here. If you are on a tight budget and looking for an earphone with great sound quality, this can be the one.

SoundMagic is a Chinese electronics manufacturer who specialises in high-quality audio products.

They have a lot of high-grade audio products in their line-up today and most of them are priced very competitively.

SoundMAGIC ES18S offers excellent performance compared to its competitors and you will not get such great clarity in sound even from the ones which cost twice its price. The soundstage is definitely better than many other expensive earphones out there.

Though it doesn’t have the thumping bass you get on some top picks, when it comes to the clarity of sound the ES18S are miles ahead. The silicon ear tips provide very good comfort and help to seal the ears from outside noise very well.

It has an L-shaped 3.5 mm jack which is gold plated. The cable is 1.25m, the rubber paddings at each end adds up to the build quality. The overall build quality is really good as well, it can easily survive some accidental drops and improper handling.

Definitely, these headphones from SoundMagic are the best sounding budget earphones you can buy under Rs. 1000. If you are looking for a good pair of earphones on a tight budget, the SoundMagic ES18 is the perfect choice for you.

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Great sound quality
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Value for money
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Carry pouch included
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Left/Right markings on earbuds are difficult to read

Specifications

ModelSoundmagic ES18S
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size10 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

5. boAt Nirvana Bliss

Best Value for Money

The boAt Nirvana bliss has ceramic earpods and great quality tangle resistant wire that will last for a long time. With the great bass and clean vocals, this earphone is definitely worth checking out.

boAt is an Indian startup company which specializes in marketing affordable, value for money audio products in the Indian market.

The Nirvana Bliss from boAt is an in-ear earphone priced under Rs.1000 that sounds good and comes with useful goodies inside.

The build quality of this earphones is what makes it stand out from the rest of the products on our list. The earpods are made of long-lasting ceramic material which looks and feels premium. The cable is of high quality and is tangle resistant.

The active noise cancellation works pretty well on this earphones. The pinhole speakers do a great job attenuating the outside noise and provide a pleasant music listening experience.

The 8mm drivers with an impedance rate of just 16 ohms cover most of the frequency spectrum, making sure that you won’t miss any notes in between, whether it be a low, high or mid while enjoying your favourite song.

The bass levels are very good with an adequate punch that will satisfy bass-heavy audiophiles out there. The vocals are clean, but not as crisp as we would like to be. There is no distortion with the increase in the volume levels.

The company has managed to pack a carrying case for these earphones with the box. The case is of high-quality faux leather and will keep these earphones safe during transit.

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High quality ceramic build
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Cable is tough and durable
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Sleek design
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Carrying pouch included in the box
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Vocals are a bit on the low side

Specifications

ModelBoat Nirvaana Bliss
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size8 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

6. Philips SHQ1200 Action Fit

Best for Fitness Enthusiasts

If you love listening to music while working out or during a jogging session, the Philips SHQ1200 is the best bet under Rs.1000 with its comfortable earbuds and sweat/rainproof construction.

Philips, the brand was once very popular in India and suddenly with the influx of other Chinese manufacturers lost the sheen.

The company has since been targeting the lifestyle segment with a few audio-related equipments in their product pipeline.

The SHQ1200 Action fit is an in-ear earphone from Philips priced under Rs.1000. These earphones have a very niche target, aiming at the people who do workouts and loves to stay outdoors.

The build quality of Philips SHQ1200 is on par with the other similarly priced models in the market. The earpods on this product are made of high-grade anti-slip rubber which fits tight inside your ear canal, offering a stress-free workout session or outdoor jogging.

The cable on this in-ear earphone is coated with Kevlar which provides it with enhanced durability and strength. Even when subjected to rigorous bending or stretching, which is normal during workouts, the cables stay intact.

This earphone is designed for an active lifestyle. It is sweat as well as rainproof. This enables these earphones to be used outdoors even under direct rain with no fear of getting damaged.

The large 13.5 mm drivers provide a detailed and crisp acoustic sound quality over a frequency response range between 30 Hz to 20,000Hz. The bass though is not as distinct as we would like to have.

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Sweat and rain proof
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Kevlar coated durable cable
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Large 13.5mm drivers
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Bass is low
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No inline microphone

Specifications

ModelPhilips SHQ1200 Action fit
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range30 – 20000Hz
Driver unit Size13.5 mm
Impedance rating32 ohms

7. 1MORE Piston Fit

Best Build Quality

If you are a rough user and love to listen to songs with a lot of instruments in it, these earphones from 1MORE will definitely suit you the most.

You may not have heard too much about the brand 1MORE in the past.

1MORE is Chinese electronics manufacturer who manufactures earphones for companies like Xiaomi, ASUS etc.

1MORE always keeps a standard build quality and audio quality with their earphones and the Piston Fit is one of the top-rated earphones in the Rs.1000 price range from them.

When it comes to the sound quality, the 1MORE Piston Fit is nicely balanced with clear highs and detailed mids, and good focus on the bass.

You get clear vocals with Piston Fit, sub-bass is handled well and the low-end punch doesn’t get too boomy as well on these. More than that 1MORE Piston Fit is able to produce better surround sound and neat vocals.

The Piston Fit features an aluminium casing with ‘CD lining’ textured surface which makes these pair of earbuds more beautiful. The gold plated headphone jack which is protected by quality paddings adds to the earphone’s build quality.

Overall, if you are a rough user and looking for an earphone with the best build quality and doesn’t want to compromise on sound quality, 1MORE Piston Fit is definitely the perfect choice for you!

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Superb build quality
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Good overall sound quality
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Punchy bass
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Acoustic quality is on the low side

Specifications

Model1More Piston Fit
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20000Hz
Driver unit Size
Impedance rating

8. Philips SHE 3200

Conventional Earbud Pick

If you are looking for an earphone with the conventional type of earbuds and doesn’t want to compromise on the sound quality, the Philips SHE 3200 is a good choice under Rs.1000 for you.

Philips SHE 3200 is the only earphones in this list which is not an ‘in-ear monitor’.

The design closely resembles with Apple’s Ear Pods, and it really helps to perfectly fit inside the ear very well.

For a price as low as Rs.600, it has good build quality, anti-tangle cables, and noise cancellation feature. The sound quality of SHE 3200 is really good for the price, but don’t expect too much from these budget earphones.

Compared to Mi Basic which comes in the same price range, the bass is not that much great, but the overall sound quality is good for the price. The standout feature of this earphone is its conventional earbud design.

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Superb build quality
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Has noise cancellation
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Good overall sound quality
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Bass is little bit over powered

Specifications

ModelPhilips SHE 3200
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range8 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size14.2 mm
Impedance rating32 ohms

9. JBL C100SI

Honourable Mention

The frequency response of the JBL C100SI is wider and the bass on these earphones are well pronounced. JBL drivers inside this earphone deliver precise, powerful sound for an exceptional listening experience.

To our list, as the next budget earphones for Rs.1000, we have JBL C100SI which is another quality earphones from the well-known audio brand JBL.

The JBL C100SI has ear tips which are really soft that are great for extended usage and longtime music listening experience without hurting the ears.

It comes with a 1.2 m long cable which features an in-line microphone and remote control for music playbacks.

The sound quality of this pair of earphones are really good but it can’t match the quality of our best pick or runner-up pick. Microphone quality is really good for the price as well and the single button on the inline remote is multi-functional.

The frequency response of the JBL C100SI is wider and the bass on these earphones are well pronounced. JBL drivers inside this earphone deliver precise, powerful sound for an exceptional listening experience.

When we talk about the build quality, the JBL CS100SI gives an above average build quality for the price but, the cables are not that great. They can get tangled in your pockets very easily. The gold-plated earphone jack is well made and gives a better sound reproduction from the playback devices.

JBL also provides a 1-year warranty on these earphones so you don’t have to worry about the manufacturing defects or any other problems.

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Good bass
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Good microphone quality
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Superb sound quality
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Cables are not anti tangle

Specifications

ModelJBL C100SI
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range
Driver unit Size9 mm
Impedance rating20 ohms

That completes our list of the best earphones under Rs.1000.

We have put together some incredible in-ear earphones and earbuds here.

We hope that we have helped you pick the right product without much hassle.

If you have any queries or if you think we have left out any great earphones under Rs.1000, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below.

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