Best Earphones Under Rs. 2,000

by | May 19, 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 goto budget is Rs. 2000. So, which is the best earphones under Rs. 2000? We will find out in this article.

1. SoundMagic E10C

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Overall Best Pick

SoundMagic E10C is our overall best earphone under Rs. 2000 thanks to its detailed audio performance and build quality. This earbud has powerful bass, detailed mids and crisp highs. Added to that is the build quality of cables which are tangle-free and the metallic housing of earbud drivers, the E10C is definitely a good pick.

SoundMagic has been building some of the best budget earphones for the last few years that not only sounds great but also built well. The E10C, an upgraded version of SoundMagic E10 is again a perfect example to justify that tag all thanks to its audio performance 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.

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 soundstage 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.

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.

All in all, the SoundMagic E10C is the best earphone under Rs. 2000. Its musical detail with powerful bass and wide soundstage 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 Inline 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

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Runner-Up Pick

The Sony MDR-EX225AP is a compact earphone that delivers quality sound output. It houses a 12mm neodymium driver that can output a wide range of frequencies between 5Hz and 25KHz. In terms of just sound quality, these earphones are a good compelling choice under Rs 2000.

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. 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.

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. Even the voice recorded via Inline Mic was impressive.

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 is pretty average.

If your concern is a good sounding earphone from a reputed brand, then the Sony MDR-EX225AP is a great choice under Rs. 2000. Our only gripe is with its average build quality.

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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

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Best Branded Earphones

The Sennheiser CX 275s is a good pair of headset for someone who wants a branded, average sounding earphone with good microphone functionality under Rs. 2000. As a pair of earphones, the CX 275s sounds strictly okay. 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.

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.

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 eartips inside the box.

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.

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.

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. As a pair of earphones, the CX 275s are strictly okay. 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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Plastic 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

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Best Ergonomically Designed

SoundGear 500 has a solid design and build quality even though the driver housing is made of plastic. The eartip design looks great, fits really well inside the ear canal. It is in sound quality that the Tagg SoundGear 500 really stood out. Thanks to the dual driver setup, the overall soundstage is very wide and you get a balanced sound output with rich details.

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

It is in sound quality that the Tagg SoundGear 500 really stood out. Thanks to the dual driver setup, the overall soundstage is very wide and you get a balanced sound output with no boosted output. The audio is rich in detail and the vocals are high in clarity. A big thumbs up to Tagg for an accurate audio performance.

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

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The connector is not L shaped

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Cables can get tangled

Specifications

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

5. Sennheiser CX 180

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Best Sounding Budget Earphones

When it comes to the sound quality of Sennheiser CX180, it performs really well for the asking price. This is best suited for those who listen to a lot of EDMs and bass heavy tracks. It produces good highs and lows as well, the vocals are also clear and crispy as well. Our only concern is the build quality.

Sennheiser CX 180 is our best pick earphones under Rs.1000. Right now, the CX 180 is the highest selling earphones in India which have attracted a lot of budget customers.

Just like the CX275s, the Sennheiser CX 180 is also completely made of plastic and it 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. Overall, we can say that the build quality of CX 180 is average and not a good option for rough users.

When it comes to the sound quality of these budget earphones, it performs really well for the price. It is best suited for those who listen to a lot of EDMs and bass heavy tracks. It produces good highs and lows as well, the bass is also really great. Vocals are also clear and crispy as well.

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

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Great buy for the price

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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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Cables can get easily tangled

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Build quality is not great for rough users

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No Microphone

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range18Hz-20KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty2 Years

6. SoundMagic ES18S

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Best Cheap Earphones

SoundMagic ES18S is a great low budget earphone from the brand and they are the best sounding earphones in under 700 price range. Believe me, 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.

SoundMagic is a Chinese electronics manufacturer who specialises in high-quality audio products. SoundMagic has been winning the acceptance of headset fans all over the world thanks to its precisely designed affordable audio solutions. They have a lot of high-grade audio products in their line-up today and most of them are priced very competitively.

SoundMagic ES18S is a great low budget earphone from the brand and they are the best sounding earphones in under 700 price range. Believe me, 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 earphones you can buy under Rs.700. If you are looking for a good pair of earphones on a tight budget, the SoundMagic ES18S is the perfect choice for you.

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Great sound quality

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Value for money

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Poor build quality

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz-22KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty1 Year

Honourable Mentions

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We have left out some of the popular earphones under Rs. 2000 because of overlapping features and tough competition in this segment. Earphones like the Sony MDR-EX155AP and the 1MORE Piston Classic are of good quality and worthy contenders near Rs. 1000. The Audio Technica ATH CLR100iS BK is another entry-level earphone from a reputed brand. You can check them out here.

1. Sony MDR-EX155AP
2. 1MORE Piston Classic
3. Audio Technica ATH CLR100iS BK

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!