Best Earphones Under Rs.500
After our primary analysis of all available earphones under Rupees 500, we realised that there are hundreds of options out there in the market right now and a majority of them are far behind in quality and durability. But, after spending a few more hours for research, we could shortlist 10 incredible earphones in this tight budget range.
Let me tell you what you are getting at this price range first. Even though cheaper earphones can still sound pretty good, don’t expect any of these to compete on audio quality with pricier offerings. But, trust me, you can get great sound and bass on a budget also. All the earphones in our list sound incredibly good for the price and most of them come with decent build quality as well.
So, here are the earphones under Rs.500 that are worth buying and offer the best experience. SoundMagic ES18 is our favourite pick for all users just for its amazing sound quality. If you are sort of a rough user, we recommend boAt BassHeads 220. If you can stretch your budget a little bit, make sure to check out our favourite earphones under Rs.1000 also.
1. SoundMagic ES18
Overall Best Pick
With its excellent sound clarity and durable build quality, SoundMagic ES18 is a killer earphone for its price. This is highly recommended for those users who are looking for a budget earphone with high-class sound quality. It offers such a great clarity in sound than from the ones which cost twice its price. They are built for sound precision and that is what they do the best. The mids and highs are just perfect on these budget earphones and the bass output is not at all bad.
SoundMagic ES18 is the budget earphones from them and these are the best sounding earphones in the Rs.500 price range. Believe me, these earphones offer 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. Their soundstage is definitely better than many other expensive earphones out there.
Though the SoundMagic ES18 doesn’t have the thumping bass you get on Mi Basics or boAt BassHeads, when it comes to the clarity of sound the ES18 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 long and the rubber paddings at each end add up to the build quality. The overall build quality is pretty good as well. It can easily survive some accidental drops and improper handlings.
The only problems we found on these earphones are the lack of microphone and difficult to find ‘Right/Left’ markings on the earbuds. If you can stretch your budget a little bit, the ES18 has another model, the SoundMagic ES18S which has an in-line microphone. Definitely, these headphones from SoundMagic are the best sounding earphones you can buy under Rs.500. If your primary concern is the sound clarity rather than build quality or heavy-bass, the SoundMagic ES18 is the right choice for you.
|Model||Sound Magic ES18|
|Frequency Range||15 Hz – 22 kHz|
|Additional Features||SoundMagic ES18S has Mic|
2. boAt BassHeads 220
Runner-Up/Best for Rough Use
If you are sort of a rough user and would love to hear a lot of bass heavy tracks, the boAt BassHeads 220 earphones will be your best choice. They have the best build quality in this price range with its anti-tangle cables and premium metal build. These are made to be used every day and will survive extreme rough handling. While the bass is superb on these budget earphones, they are behind on sound clarity and treble reproduction as compared to our best pick, the SoundMagic ES18.
When it comes to the sound quality, they deliver loud sound with highly powered bass, thanks to its powerful 10 mm drivers. If you love EDM or hip-hop type music then these headphones will satisfy you all the time you listen to them. They are different in sound production, though the sound clarity is little less. Comparing to our best picks Mi Basics and SoundMagic ES18, the BassHeads offer louder and bass-heavy sound output. Though sound clarity and treble are not as much better than the ES18, the BassHeads excels in giving out the bass sounds much deeper. But, if you love listening to tracks that have a lot of instruments on it, these pair of headphones may have a chance to disappoint you. They lack the clarity in sound and gives out a muddy bass output.
Available in 3 attractive & different colours, these look really good with its polished metal finish and dual colour rubber cushioning. The comfort and fit they offer are not the best in this price range. The silicon ear tips that come with the headphones are not that much soft. If you wear these for long it may start to give pain to your ears. boAt BassHeads 220 comes with an inline noise-cancelling microphone so you don’t want to plug out the headphone from the jack for attending an important call.
|Model||boAt BassHeads 225|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Additional Features||Solid build quality|
3. Mi Basic In-Ear Earphones
Best Balanced Earphone
If you are looking for an earphone under Rs.500 with an overall balanced sound quality and if you can’t compromise on build quality either, the Mi Basic Earphones are definitely the best gadget you can purchase. They are super comfortable, has great sound quality and incredible build quality. No doubt, this is a real ‘bang for the buck’ earphone you can buy in India.
The earphones are very well built with high-quality metal and the anti-tangle flat cables come with Kevlar coating which gives it the perfect protection from rough use. When it comes to sound quality, these pair of budget earphones stands out from the rest with great thumping bass and an overall balanced sound clarity. The sound has a level of clarity and frequency balance that is really unexpected at this price point. The headphone jack is not gold plated but it doesn’t affect the sound quality at all. But, if you need an earphone under Rs.500 with more louder drivers, instead of Mi Basics, you can go for SoundMagic ES18. SoundMagic ES18 gives a louder and clear sound output than Mi Basics, but they are not as comfortable as the Mi Basic.
In terms of comfort, there is absolutely nothing to criticize about these budget earphones. They are definitely more comfortable than our runner-up pick and most other earphones in this list. It always fits comfortably in the ear canal and you also get two more rubber ear tips to customize your fit as well. That said, Mi Basics Earphones offers the audio quality, comfort and build quality which is better than anything you’ll find in this price bracket.
|Model||Mi Basic Earphones|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Additional Features||Earbuds are made of metal|
4. SoundMagic ES11S
Good Budget Earphone
Looking for an earphone under Rs.400 with not too much bass but clear audio and an in-line microphone? SoundMagic ES11S is the best choice for you! The ES11S has excellent bass for the price tag, good sound quality, clear mids, and crispy highs at higher volumes. The earphone is not that much loud enough when compared to BassHeads or Mi Basics but they produce good quality sound to justify the price tag.
SoundMagic ES11S has excellent bass for the price tag, good sound quality, clear mids, and crispy highs at higher volumes. The earphone is not that much loud enough when compared to BassHeads or Mi Basics but they produce good quality sound to justify the price tag. Its high-performance microphone guarantees clear and realistic voice transmission with noise cancellation. The L-shaped headphone plug avoids damaging the jack accidentally. Cables are also protected with paddings on the earbud side, plug side and remote control sides for preventing cable damage. Overall, you receive a somewhat warm and crispy sound. The gentle thump and push from the earphones make them the most exciting earphones that you could possibly purchase at this price.
|Model||Sound Magic ES11S|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
5. Sound One 616
Best Fitting Earphone
The Sound One 616 gives rich and deep sound in a small and comfortable package. It fits perfectly inside every ear types, it also has a quality inline microphone coupled with a single button remote control. The build quality is not the best in this price range but you really get for what you are paying.
Sound One 616 is powered by Dynamic 10 mm drivers which can handle all the frequencies and it always gives you a rich sound. A good level of sound isolation further helps to enhance your listening experience and you can forget about the outside world after wearing these. There are three colours to choose from (Blue, Black, Red) and the design is compact and simple. The cord is good enough to last the life of earbuds, it can easily handle some wear and tears. When you purchase these earbuds, you get three different sizes of extra silicone ear tips, a beautiful pouch that lets you store and protect your earbuds and a 6-month warranty.
The earphones pairs comfortably with your smartphones or other portable music devices through a 3.5 mm gold-plated stereo plug. The headphone jack is L-shaped which will help to protect the cable and pairs better with smaller mp3 players. It also features an inline microphone and single button remote control for taking calls. The microphone quality is really good as well, which is nice for such cheap earbuds under Rs.500.
To wind up, we can say that, at this price range, you’ll be hard-pressed to find in-ear earphones that sound better and are more comfortable than the Sound One 616. If you are looking for a good earphone under Rs.500 with good sound quality and a comfortable fit, the Sound One 616 is definitely the best bet for you.
|Model||Sound One 616|
|Frequency Range||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
6. Philips SHQ1200
Sweat Proof and Gym Use
Sporty look, sweat proof design, thumping bass and overall good sound quality makes these earphones the best budget choice for people who listen to music during workouts or in a gym. These uniquely designed earbuds will fit perfectly into most of the ear sizes and it will allow you to listen to music for hours, without getting any pain to the ears.
Talking about the Philips SHQ1200 earphone’s music experience, these sporty headphones from Philips will give you some good thumping bass, quality mids, adequate treble, and crispy highs. The bass output of these budget sports earphones are sober and it delivers good treble for trance lovers. The clarity you get on these affordable earphones are really great and you are getting exactly what you are paying for. It also gives you the perfect noise isolation than any other cheap earphones out there in a budget.
Philips SHQ1200 comes with an L-shaped headphone jack which will come in handy when you have a phone that has its headphone jack at the bottom. The L-shape design also helps you to protect your smartphone’s jack from wear and tear while working out. When you purchase these earphones you get 3 extra ear tips for customizing your fit according to the ear size. One of the best things about these earphones is its comfort inside the ears. The earbuds will fit perfectly into most of the ear sizes and it’s uniquely designed earbuds will allow you to listen to music for hours, without getting any pain to the ears.
One major disadvantage of these pair of earphones is the lack of microphone and in-line volume controls. When you get a call while listening music you may need to take out the earphones from jack for taking the call. Overall, by just spending around 500 rupees, you get a high quality affordable and durable budget earphones, from a brand you can trust. With 6 months of warranty offered by Philips, you can surely invest your money in these pair of earphones if you are looking for exactly these type of headphones.
|Frequency Range||30 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Additional Features||Distinctive earbud design|
7. Sennheiser MX 170
Best Branded Earphone
An indestructible build quality, relatively good detailed sound and 2-year manufacturer warranty, the Sennheiser MX170 is the budget offering from the acclaimed audio brand. The conventional earbud on this pair of earphones is the major difference in this gadget.
The MX170 delivers an overall balanced sound. The mids are very clear, highs are overpowered sometimes but the bass is punchy. But, it doesn’t have that heavier thumping bass you normally get on in-ear-monitors like BassHeads 220 or Mi Basics.
The best thing about MX 170 is its sound clarity. The clarity of sound is definitely better than our best pick and runner-up pick. It comes with bend wire-jack which will not let your wire gets broken up easily. It also comes with 2 years of manufacturer warranty which is really great. The MX170 is very light in weight and very comfortable, thanks to the additional soft cushions. But, these earbuds are little odd and they may keep coming out sometimes for certain ear sizes. Also, prolonged usage can be a little painful for some ears, especially for small ears as these earbuds are little bigger in size than normal ones.
|Model||Sennheiser MX 170|
|Frequency Range||22 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Additional Features||Different earbud fitting|
8. Philips SHE3590BK/98
Good Balanced Sound
Philips SHE3590BK/98 is not a bass-heavy earphone but you get a more balanced sound rather than the muddy and overpowering sound you normally get from most other cheap budget earphones out there. The earphones are totally made of plastic with rubber ear tips which ensures average durability for this device.
The earphones are totally made of plastic with rubber ear tips which ensure an average durability for the device. Though these earphones have better build quality than most other contenders in this list, these are not the best option for those who are always hard on their earphones. It comes with three different sizes of rubber ear tips for better fitting into the ear canals. The in-ear earbuds isolate noise from the outside very well and it provides good comfort for long listening.
|Frequency Range||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
9. Philips SHE1405
Best Under Rs.300
If you are looking for an headphone with a microphone under Rs.300, Philips SHE1405 is the best choice for you. These are truly affordable earphones with decent audio quality that offer just what you need for the price. It has a quality microphone, bass-heavy sound output and superb build quality for the price.
Talking about the sound quality, the Philips SHE1405 has a bass that is heavy but you may feel like it is little overpowered. It gives out a muddy bass output overall. When it comes to highs and mids, it delivers exactly what you are looking for. Even though this one is not the best sounding headphone in this list, it is our best pick for the earbuds that deliver the best performance and features for a cheaper price.
When it comes to the fit and comfort, the Philips SHE1405 offers superior comfort and isolation from outside noises. Once you’ve chosen the appropriate size of ear tips, you’ll enjoy a quieter listening experience. The cables are good quality but not anti-tangle ones. They can easily get tangled in your pocket but they can withstand a fair amount of rough use. Philips SHE1405 has everything you can get on a pair of earphones at this price range. It has the quality microphone, bass-heavy sound output and superb build quality for the price. Definitely the best headphone you can get under Rs.300.
|Frequency Range||20 Hz – 22 kHz|
10. Philips SHE1360/97
Best Under Rs.200
These earphones from Philips are the cheapest earphones you can buy from a reputed brand. Sold at a price below Rs.200, these earphones offer decent sound quality and build quality. If you just need a pair of earphones to get the basic job done, then these earphones are a good bet.
Talking about the build quality, Philips has done an excellent job here by providing such a well-built headphone for an affordable low price. The 1m long cable is tangle prone while the quality of the plastic used here is really good. It has small bass vents on each earbud which allow adequate levels of bass to shine. Though it lacks a microphone, these are the best earbuds you can get under Rs.200 right now in India.
|Frequency Range||16 Hz – 20 kHz|