Best Earphones Under Rs.2,000

by | Sep 20, 2018

Whether you’re an audiophile, music lover or a regular joe, good earphones are a must these days.

The enjoyment, entertainment and comfort they offer while listening to your favourite tracks are immense.

If you’re looking for good quality in-ear headphones that are best sounding as well as well-built, your go to budget is Rs.2,000.

Here is the curated list for the best six wired earphones under Rs.2000 available in the market:

Best Earphones Under Rs.2,000

1.SoundMagic E10COverall Best Pick
2. Sony MDR-EX255APRunner-Up Pick
3. Sennheiser CX 275sBest Branded Earphones
4. Tagg SoundGear 500Best Ergonomically Designed
5. Sony MDR-AS410APBest Sports Earphone
6. Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 Best Mic Quality

1. SoundMagic E10C

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Best for immersive listening experience
  • High quality cable
  • Inline remote and sensitive microphone
SoundMagic has been building some of the best budget earphones for the last few years that not only sounds great but also well built.

The E10C, an upgraded version of SoundMagic E10 is again a perfect example to justify that tag, thanks to its audio performance and build quality.

Design and build quality

The E10C has a solid design with tangle-free braided cables and aluminium earbud housing.

Its in-ear design has made sure that the earbuds sit deep inside the ear canal without any discomfort.

Provided inside the box is a carry case with enough sizes of silicone ear tips, cable adjuster, computer/mobile adapter and the earphone itself.

Sound quality

The SoundMagic E10C has a frequency response between 15Hz and 22KHz.

Because of this wider frequency range, it can output a wide variety of sound.

The sound stage is pretty good with great clarity and details.

The bass is tighter and the mids and highs are crisp in nature to enhance the sound quality.

Miscellaneous

The big difference SoundMagic E10C has from the E10 is its inline remote control design.

It has a 3 button remote control to attend/disconnect calls, adjust volume and control tracks.

This earphone is compatible with most of the devices out of the box including iPhone, Android, Laptops and PCs.

Verdict

All in all, the SoundMagic E10C is the best earphone under Rs.2000.

Its musical detail with powerful bass and wide sound stage is second to none in this price range.

Added to that is the build quality of cables which are tangle-free and the metallic housing of earbud drivers, the E10C is simply a cut above the rest.

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Cross-platform compatibility
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Detailed sound and wide frequency range
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Tangle-free cable and metallic ear tips
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3 button in-line remote Control
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Bass is a bit boosted
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Quality of Mic is just average

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Warranty1 Year

2. Sony MDR-EX255AP

Runner-up Pic
Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent sound clarity
  • Serrated strong cable
  • Product from a reputed brand
Sony is a highly reputed brand in consumer electronics space for their quality offerings across the spectrum.

Their brand of earphones also follows the same pattern.

Build quality and design

The Sony MDR-EX225AP model is a compact earphone that delivers quality sound output.

Housing a 12mm Neodymium driver that can respond between 5Hz-25KHz, the frequency range of Sony MDR-EX225AP is pretty wide.

The driver size is one of the widest in this price range which will deliver better sub-bass sounds.

It has an impedance rating of 16 Ohm and the sensitivity is 106dB/MW.

Sound quality

The overall sound quality of this earphone is very good.

It has an excellent sound system that provides true sound through the earpiece rather than any boosted output.

The clarity and details of output are also very good with this wired earphone.

Even the voice recorded via inline Mic was impressive.

Miscellaneous

The Sony MDR-EX225AP houses its dynamic drivers in a plastic body.

The cables have a serrated design to resist tangles and snags.

The inline remote control and mic have a single button to take hands-free calls and switch tracks.

There is no button to adjust volume.

We felt the overall build quality pretty average.

Verdict

If your concern is a good sounding earphone from a reputed brand, then the Sony MDR-EX225AP is a great choice under Rs. 2000.

The bass levels are satisfying for those who look for that extra punch in the music they listen to.

Having an inline microphone makes it more useful than ever before for having voice calls on the go.

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Great sound quality
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Good Mic for voice call
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Wide frequency range
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Build quality takes a hit
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No volume control button on inline remote

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Warranty1 Year

3. Sennheiser CX 275s

Best Branded Earphone
Best Branded Earphones
  • Best for listening to EDMs
  • Carry pouch included
  • Average build quality
Sennheiser is a brand which needs no introduction to audiophiles.

They have launched some of the best audio devices in the world and pioneered this industry for decades.

The Sennheiser CX275s has been dominating the budget earphone segment for a few years now.

Build quality and design

The area where Sennheiser CX275s lags big time is build quality.

These earphones are fairly ordinary built with tangle prone cables and plastic driver housing.

The cables are built well but are very thin when compared to SoundMagic E10C or Sony MDR.

The inline remote control has just a single button and there is no volume control option there.

Sound quality

In terms of sound quality, the Sennheiser CX275s has a bass-driven stereo sound as claimed by them.

It has a frequency response of 17Hz-23KHz and an impedance of 16 Ohm.

They sound balanced than some of the other earphones in the CX line, although the bass definitely has a bit of a boost.

The midrange is clear and the treble is fairly pleasant.

They aren’t audiophile quality earphones but they perform respectably at the price point.

The microphone also performs well during calls.

Miscellaneous

The CX 275s are a pair of in-ear headphones that are designed specifically for mobile devices.

They are compatible with every Android and Apple devices.

The earphones are provided with a carry pouch and 3 pairs of rubber ear-tips inside the box.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Sennheiser CX 275s is a good headset for someone who wants a branded, average sounding earphone with good microphone functionality under Rs.2000.

The sound is tailored to be bass heavy and if you mostly listen to EDM or other bass heavy genres without too many vocals, you may not feel the loss in the other regions of sound.

If you want something with a bit more balanced sound, consider the SoundMagic E10C.

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Good microphone quality
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Bass driven sound, best for EDM lovers
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Plasitic body
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Wire can gets tangled
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Wire is thin

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range17Hz-23KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty2 Years

4. Tagg SoundGear 500

Best Ergonomically Designed
Best Ergonomically Designed
  • Dual drivers for great sound clarity
  • Ergonomic ear piece design
  • Inline remote with mic
The surprising entry in this list of best earphones is the SoundGear 500 from Tagg, an Indian consumer electronics brand.

This ergonomically designed in-ear headphone has the USP of having dual drivers to output sound.

The SoundGear 500 comes with the In-ear headset, Carry pouch and 3 pairs of earbuds.

Build quality and design

It has a solid build quality even though the driver housing is made of plastic.

The ear-tip design looks and fits really well and doesn’t fall off from the ear.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is solidly built with gold plating.

There is a single button on the inline remote for controlling music and attending calls.

Sound quality

It is in sound quality that the Tagg SoundGear 500 really stand out.

Thanks to the dual driver setup, the overall sound-stage is very wide and you get a balanced sound output with no boosted output.

A big thumbs up to Tagg for an accurate audio performance.

Verdict

In conclusion, the SoundGear 500 is a very good pair of in-ear headphones at Rs. 1500.

They sound great and accurate in lows, mids and highs.

There is not much going against this device at this price except the headphone jack connector which is not L shaped.

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Good accurate sound
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Gold plated headphone jack
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Ergonomic design
Q
The connector is not L shaped
Q
Cables can get tangled

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty1 Year

5. Sony MDR-AS410AP

Honorable Mention
Best Sports Earphone
  • 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-AS410AP 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-AS410AP 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 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 earphone comes with a pair of 9mm drivers that lets out loud and clear sound output without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

Covering a wide 5-22,000 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.

The inline microphone allows you to take calls while performing exercises and other activities.

The mic is very sensitive and comfortably picks up your voice even while moving constantly.

Verdict

The Sony MDR-AS410AP 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
Q
No in-line mic

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty1 year warranty

6. Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2

Best Earphone for Voice Calls
 Best Earphone for Voice Calls
  • Balanced sound output
  • 2-year global warranty
  • Comfortable earpiece form factor
Skullcandy is an American company based in Utah that markets consumer centric products such as earphones and headphones.

We have reviewed a lot of Skullcandy audio products in the past and all of them delivered good sound output but lacked the fit and finish as well the build quality sucked big time.

The Smokin’ Buds 2 comes with these gripes fixed.

This budget earphone priced under Rs.1500 delivers great audio output on a budget without compromising on the build quality.

Design and build quality

The Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 comes with a two tone colour option and a mesmerising transparent option that is sure to turn some heads.

The earpiece casing is made of glossy plastic and looks very nice on ears. The design is in such a way that the earpiece fits snug inside the ear canal comfortably.

Flat ribbon style rubber cable is tough and feels solid this time which is a long way ahead of those old thin flimsy cables Skullcandy used on some of its products in the past.

There is an inline mic and remote for attending calls. The single button remote is designed to execute various functions by the number of presses.

Sound quality

As expected, the Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 delivers excellent quality sound through its 9mm drivers.

The sound output is less louder but more balanced this time. This is indeed a good thing because having too much loudness equates to noise.

For an audiophile, balance between the notes is much more important than having just a loud music blaring out through the speakers.

The bass is more pronounced and those bass lovers would definitely feel at home with this earphone.

Miscellaneous

The Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 comes with a 2-year global warranty.

This means you can carry this product with you anywhere in the world and if something unfortunate happens, get it repaired right away.

The mic used in this earphone is of very good quality and picks up sound very well.

The construction is of plastic as we said earlier and comes with a moisture resistant coating that will keep the sweat and water splashes away from the earpiece.

Verdict

The Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 is a great choice for those who would love to have a great sounding earphone with a good quality mic for voice calls.

The one button inline remote has some nifty tricks that serves multiple features like skipping the song, pausing the music and attending the calls.

The build quality is great this time around so does the looks.

If your budget is under Rs. 1500, you should definitely check out this product.

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Good build quality
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Moisture resistant coating
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Tangle free flat wires
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range18Hz – 20KHz
Tangle-free
Warranty2 year warranty
That concludes our list of the best earphones under Rs.2000 right now in India.

We will be updating this list when new products that can dethrone our top picks emerge in the market.

Until then, keep following our best lists and buying guides to stay updated with the latest and greatest gadgets. Ciao!