Best Earphones Under Rs.1000

by | Nov 24, 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!

Here are the best earphones under Rs.1,000 that are worth buying and offer the best value for money.

1. Sony MDR-EX150APOverall Best Pick
2. House Of Marley Smile JamaicaRunner-Up Pick
3. Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BKBest Sound Clarity
4. Sennheiser CX 180Best for Listening EDMs
5. boAt Nirvana UnoBest Value for Money
6. Sound Magic ES18SBest Budget Pick
7. Mi EarphonesBest Build Quality
8. Sony MDR-AS210Best Sports Earphones
9. JBL C100SI Honourable Mention
10. SoundMagic ES11SBest Budget Earphone

1. Sony MDR-EX150AP

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Natural bass with clean vocals
  • Inline mic with noise cancellation
  • 1-year warranty

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.

Expensive but totally worth it!

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.

Neodymium drivers

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.

Sound quality

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.

The bass quality is balanced and doesn’t feel 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.

Hardware

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 ear-tips are provided which is always a welcome move, as everyone’s ears may not be of the same size.

Warranty

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.

Verdict

Those who love Sony and bass, should consider buying this product as the first option.

The neodymium drivers sound natural and the bass is on point that doesn’t overpower the vocals.

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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. House Of Marley Smile Jamaica

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • High quality braided fabric cord
  • Best for bass fanatics
  • Wooden rear casing

House of Marley is an international brand that specializes in R&D and marketing of audio-related equipment such as turntables and Bluetooth speakers.

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica is a budget in-ear styled wired earphone that’s made completely out of eco-friendly materials.

Design and Build Quality

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica earphones, for the most part, is made using natural materials such as wood.

The earpiece casing is made from bamboo and coated with a layer of antifungal spray that extends the longevity of this product.

This pure wood rear housing has received critical acclaim from environmentalists worldwide and also comes with the certification from Forest Stewardship Council of US.

The fabric covered cord style cable is of very high quality and can withstand even the toughest of abuses without succumbing to failure.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica in-ear style earphone is powered by 8mm speaker drivers that cover a frequency response range of 20-20000 Hz.

The quality of sound output coming of these speakers is on par with most other earphones available in this price category.

A good news for bass fanatics, this earphone has that extra oomph that you expect to hear while listening to EDMs and hip hop music.

The mids and highs are decently clean and crisp, but at times the bass tends to overpower those notes.

The wood housing around the speaker drivers also chips in to reduce the reverberation effect while playing bass heavy music.

In-line Remote and Call Quality

The in-line remote on this budget earphone has a single button to accept/reject the calls.

This button also doubles up as a music player control that can pause/play the track when used with an Android smartphone.

The microphone even though is sensitive doesn’t pick up much environment noise, providing a pleasant voice calling experience.

Verdict

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica is an excellent in-ear style earphone for a budget under Rs.1000.

The uniqueness of pure wood construction and decent sound output from the tuned drivers makes this a compelling product worth purchasing.

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Excellent build quality

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One button controller with mic

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Passive noise cancellation

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Occasionally overpowering bass

Specifications

ModelHouse Of Marley Smile Jamaica
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range18 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size8 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

3. Audio-Technica ATH-CLR100BK

best Sound Clarity
Best Sound Clarity
  • Best for long  listening sessions
  • Soft and tight fit ear-tips
  • Cord wrap included

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.

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.

Design and build quality

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.

Sound quality

High Acoustic Resolution technology ensures the sound output from this neat little piece of hardware is refined and up to the mark.

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Verdict

Audio Technica earphones deliver the best sound clarity among this bunch. The lows, mids and highs are perfectly balanced when it comes out of the drivers.

If you are the one who likes to listen a lot of vocals, this might be a good investment.

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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

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No microphone

Specifications

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

4. Sennheiser CX 180

Best Branded Earphone Pick
Best for Listening EDMs
  • Best for listening to bass heavy tracks
  • Gold plated connector
  • 2 years warranty

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

Design and build quality

The design of the earphones gives a subtle and royal look.

The only flaw in the build of this earphones is its cable, which is thin, tangle-prone, and extremely susceptible to cable noise.

Sound quality

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Verdict

If you are a fan of EDMs and other bass rich music, the Sennheiser CX 180 would totally make you happy.

The earpiece is designed to slide in to the ear canal comfortably and gives a decent acoustic listening experience.

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2-years warranty

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Good bass, highs, and lows

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Best for EDM lovers

Q

Doesn’t have noise cancellation

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Cables can get easily tangled

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No microphone

Specifications

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

5. boAt Nirvana Uno

Best Value For Money
Best Value for Money
  • Best for listening to melodies
  • Refreshing aesthetics
  • Tightly fits inside the ear

boAt, as you might have already known, is a serious contender in the Indian consumer audio electronics industry.

The Nirvana Uno from boAt is a budget wired earphone offering from the company priced around Rs.800 mark.

Design and build quality

Starting with the aesthetics, the design of this earphone’s speaker units is in line with the other products from the Nirvana lineup that features a distinct earpiece design which makes these products stand out from the rest.

The company has made some improvements in the overall hardware this time around.

The “memory wire” used in this headset reduces the risk of damage due to tangling.

This wire is also coated with an additional tough layer coating.

Sound quality

This product gives you a more balanced and soothing sound output which is perfect for listening to classical and melodious songs.

Inside the speaker unit is a comparatively small 7mm driver that delivers decent bass.

If you are looking for an earphone with an upper hand in bass, you might want to check out the bassheads lineup of earphones priced under Rs.500 from boAt.

Miscellaneous

This product gives you a more balanced and soothing sound output which is perfect for listening to classical and melodious songs.

The gold plated connector of this earphone is resistant to corrosion and passes the signal much more efficiently without any significant signal loss.

Since the design of the driver case units are in tune with the grooves of the human ear, it fits snug inside the ear canal offering a natural noise cancellation effect.

The boAt Nirvana Uno comes in a hard protective case that you can use to keep the earphone safe while in transit.

Verdict

The boAt Nirvana Uno comes with a bit of goodness that sprawls multiple sections such as build quality, sound output and even with supplied accessories.

This earphone does sound decent for the prices and the clever design of the earpiece let’s you enjoy the music in peace.

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Unique design

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Protective case

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Superior tough cable

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Smaller sound driver

Specifications

ModelboAt Nirvana Uno
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size7mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

6. Sound Magic ES18S

Best Budget Pick
Best Budget Pick
  • Best sounding earphones in a budget
  • Inline mic for voice calls
  • Good build quality

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

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.

Design and build quality

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 padding 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.

Sound quality

The sound-stage 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.

Verdict

Definitely, these headphones from SoundMagic are the best sounding budget earphones you can buy under Rs. 2000.

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

Q

Left/Right markings on earbuds are difficult to read

Specifications

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

7. Mi Earphones

Best Build-Quality
Best Build Quality
  • Excellent inline remote
  • Best for long duration listening
  • Lightweight and compact

Xiaomi is one of the prominent smartphone manufacturers in India with a majority share in their pocket.

Xiaomi has showed their prowess in smartphone accessories like power banks as well. Their budget earphones are also popular among the masses.

Design and build quality

The Mi earphones are exceptionally well built. The machine cut precision is evident from the first look itself.

The design language is very much minimal at the same time appealing to the eyes. The specialized driver case design has a metallic chamber inside which the speaker driver is placed.

This makes the sound to reverberate inside and create an amplified effect on its own.

Sound quality

The sound quality is very much pleasant to the ears. The bass is pronounced and the treble matches with the rest of the audio spectrum quite beautifully.

The only downside we could find with this earphone is that there is no ear markings anywhere to be seen.

Miscellaneous

The 90-degree L shaped connector is gold plated and offers least resistance to the signals.

The inline mic and remote is one of the most comprehensive we have seen in this category.

There is an answer/end call and two seperate volume rockers which is very much desirable for any earphone out there.

The kevlar coated and braided cable feels strong, sturdy and induces an indestructible feel. Do note that if you abuse the wire so hard, it will eventually break.

Verdict

If you want a well built earphone with great sound quality the Mi earphones are one of the best in the business.

These earphones sound really great for its asking price and the excellent build quality ensures that the product is durable for long term use.

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Exceptional build quality

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Good sound output

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Elegant design

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No L/R ear markings

Specifications

ModelMi Earphones YDJS01JY
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size10 mm
Impedance rating32 ohms

8. Sony MDR-AS210

Best sports Earphones
Best Sports Earphones
  • Suited for active lifestyle
  • Crisp and detailed sound output
  • Serrated tangle free cord

Sony is known for a lot of things ranging from LED TVs to Bluetooth speakers to headphones.

Not only does the company has its presence in the consumer electronics industry, it does excel in it as well.

The MDR-AS210 is an active style earphone targeted at users who wish to have a sports related feature rich earphone during their exercise sessions.

Design and build quality

The Sony MDR-AS210 is an open ear active sports earphone designed to meet the expectations of fitness enthusiasts.

The adjustable ear clip is very lightweight and comfortable to wear this earphone around the ears.

It offers a secure grip to the earpiece that will remain in position even with intense movement such as running or climbing.

The earpiece is designed in such a way that the sound flows in and out through the back of the earcups ensuring a natural and soothing music listening experience.

The 1.2m cord is long enough to put the device in your pocket while in the gym or while jogging outside.

Sound quality

This earphones comes with a pair of 13.5mm drivers that lets out loud and clear sound output without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

Covering a wide 17 – 22,000 Hz frequency response range, this budget earphone delivers a wide variety of notes from low to high end of the audio spectrum, generating an immersive music listening experience.

The bass as you might have already know, is very rich and for those who would love those beats with extra punch will be satisfied.

Miscellaneous

The water resistant design of this earphone prevents the water and sweat from leaking in to the earpiece compartment, making it suitable for wearing outside or while at the gym.

The serrated cord keeps the wires from getting tangled. This will save you a lot of time and provides you the convenience of keeping the earphones in your pocket as you may please.

Verdict

The Sony MDR-AS210 is the perfect choice if you would love to have a sports earphone to use while in the gym or even outside.

The water, splash resistant design lets you use this earphone in any weather without the fear of getting damaged.

The sound output is impressive and the additional clips securely holds the earpiece in place while doing workouts.

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Water and sweat resistant design

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Lightweight and secure fit

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Good sound output

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No in-line mic

Specifications

ModelSony MDR-AS210
Microphone AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range17 – 22,000Hz
Driver unit Size13.5 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

9. JBL C100SI

Honourable Mention
Honourable Mention
  • Suited for those who like bass
  • In line mic for voice calls
  • 1-year warranty

JBL audio equipment is very popular among the youth in this country.

Their Bluetooth speakers are a major success in the market and the earphone and headphone sales are booming as well.

The JBL C100SI is a budget in-ear style earphone with a legendary status among the audiophiles owing to its sound quality and the lightweight and comfortable form factor.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL C100SI features an attractive bulb shaped earpiece made from high-quality glossy ABS plastic.

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.

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 as well.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL C100SI features 9mm drivers that deliver the signature JBL sound profile with rich bass and perfectly balanced mids and highs.

The dome-shaped structure that houses the drivers helps in creating an acoustic chamber that enhances the bass from inside.

The frequency response of the JBL C100SI ranges between 20-20,000Hz and the bass on these earphones are well pronounced.

Custom made JBL drivers inside this earphone deliver precise, powerful sound for an exceptional listening experience.

In-line Remote and Microphone

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

Microphone quality is really good for the price as well and the single button on the inline remote is multi-functional.

Verdict

If you love the brand JBL and its products, you might not want to miss this one.

The excellent deep bass coupled with clean and crisp vocals makes this earphone, one of the best in its business under the budget of Rs.1000.

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Good bass

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Good microphone quality

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Superb sound quality

Q

Cables are not anti-tangle

Specifications

ModelJBL C100SI
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size9 mm
Impedance rating20 ohms

10. SoundMagic ES11S

Best Budget Earphone
Best Budget Earphone
  • Best balanced sound output
  • An aesthetically pleasing colour scheme
  • In-line mic quality is good

SoundMagic earphones deliver premium quality sound at an affordable price tag.

The ES11S is the entry-level in-ear earphone from SoundMagic that delivers the company’s promise of excellent sound quality at an affordable budget.

Design and Build Quality

The SoundMagic ES11S features a two-tone colour variation that gives it an attractive look. The one we got our hands on was a red and black variant which looked amazing.

About the build quality, the 3.5mm earplug is solidly constructed and has an L-shaped pin.

Extra padding has been given for the wire at the end of the 3.5mm jack to make sure it stays intact even when pushed a little harder.

However, the thickness of the wire is a bit of concern and we felt worried that even with a slight pulling of the earphone from our bag might damage the cable.

Sound Output and Speaker Quality

The 9mm drivers inside the earpiece offer rich bass that doesn’t sound distorted even at high volumes. The mids and highs sounded decent.

When hearing the vocals, the bass was light and soothing and doesn’t spoil the mood of light music playing in the background.

If you’re a fan of heavy bass, this earphone will give you one of the best experience in its price category.
The inline mic worked well in our time with voice calls. The sound at both the ends was crisp and clear. The mic picked up voices without any troubles as well.

The only gripe which we had with the sound quality was that it wasn’t loud as we wanted to. This may be a purely a subjective factor so take it with a grain of salt.

Noise Cancellation

What surprised us the most about this budget earphones is the noise cancellation.

Even though this product is not an in-ear canal type earphone, the earpiece blocked the outside noise very well, thus providing a pleasant and clean music listening experience.

Verdict

The SoundMagic E11S offers the best possible balanced sound output when compared with other earphones priced around Rs.600.

The two-tone colour scheme feels premium and the noise cancellation which works surprisingly well makes this product one of the best in the business.

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Attractive colour options

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Rich bass

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Excellent noise cancellation

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Thin cable

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Loudness is a bit low

Specifications

ModelSoundMagic ES11S
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size9 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

That completes our list of the best earphones under Rs.1000. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product without much hassle.

Don’t hesitate to check out our article on Best earphones under Rs.500 for more budget choices.

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