Best Earphones Under Rs.500

by | May 14, 2018

Looking for the best budget earphone under Rs.500 and confused about which one to buy? You have come to the right place! We have analysed all the budget earphones available in the market based on important factors like sound quality, comfort, build quality, availability of microphone etc and carefully made a comprehensive list of the best earphones under Rs.500.

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, without any further ado, here are the best earphones under Rs.500 that are worth buying and offer the best experience.

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.

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.

The SoundMagic ES18 is an earphone that offers excellent audio performance compared to its competitors. Truth be told, you will not get such great clarity in sound even from the ones that cost twice its price. Their soundstage is definitely better than many expensive earphones out there.

The silicon ear tips provide very good comfort and help to seal the ears from outside noise. 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 only problems we found on these earphones are the lack of microphone and the difficulty 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 as well.

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Best-in-class sound quality

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Value for money

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Good build quality

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Carry pouch included

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No microphone

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Left/Right markings on earbuds are difficult to read

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Hard to get, it sells out quickly due to high demand

Specifications

ModelSoundMagic ES18
MicrophoneNo
Frequency range15 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size10 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

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.

boAt Bassheads 220 is a well built, beautiful looking pair of earphones with a decent sound quality for an affordable price. The premium looking build quality is what distinguishes these pair of earphones from the rest.

These earphones are made sturdy with high-quality polished metal that ensures its longevity and durability even under rough usages. The Metalic design is very rare in this price segment and so, these headphones are more durable than many of its competitors.

The tangle-free cable ensures that you do not face any problems while handling these earphones. They have gold-plated, L-shaped 3.5 mm plug that will definitely draw your attention.

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.

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 of sound and gives out a muddy overpowered bass output.

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Great build quality – best in this list

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Anti-tangle cables

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Heavy bass

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Best for rough users

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Has microphone

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Sound clarity is not the best

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Treble is not that great

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No inline volume control buttons

Specifications

ModelboAt BassHeads 220
MicrophoneNo
Frequency range15 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size10 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

3. Philips IN-SHE1525BK/94

Best Fit for Fitness Enthusiasts

If you are a fitness freak or an adventure lover, the Philips IN-SHE1515BK/94 is the best in-ear earphone with the mic you can get under a constrained budget of Rs. 500.

Philips has been a major player in the entry-level earphone segment in the country for a while. They have been consistently pumping out some of the best earphones/headphones with mic priced under Rs.500 in the market.

The Philips IN-SHE1525BK/94 is an in-ear earphone that comes with winged eartips for better stability and tight fit inside the ear canal. The build of this earphone is commendable with high-quality materials used for its construction.

This earphone has a 10 mm dynamic speaker driver that produces great bass that packs a punch. Bassheads out there would certainly love to hear that extra oomph in their songs. The impedance rate of 16 ohms further enhances the clarity of the sound output.

The 1.2m flat long cable is of high quality and can certainly withstand some abuse when stretched or strangled inside your jeans pocket in hurry.

The winged earpods will stay in place even while you are in the middle of a rigorous workout schedule or even while having some adventurous outdoor activity like trekking.

This earphone comes with an inline remote that has volume controls built-in for adjusting the volume levels on the go. It comes with a generous 6-months warranty, in case you are shy to use this earphone outside your comfort zone.

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Winged eartips provide extra stability

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Good bass

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6-months warranty

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Inline volume control

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No extra winged eartips in the box

Specifications

ModelPhilips IN-SHE1525BK/94
MicrophoneYes
Frequency range20 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size10 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

4. Skullcandy Ink’D 2.0

Well Balanced Sound

The Skullcandy Ink’D 2.0 is one of the best in-ear earphones with a mic which comes at a price just under Rs. 500, that delivers a well-balanced music listening experience.

Skullcandy is an American company specialized in marketing audio equipment for smartphones and other hands-free devices. The Skullcandy Ink’D 2.0 is an in-ear earphone with a mic at an asking price of just under Rs.500.

First things first, the build quality is mediocre on this one. The components used for construction feels cheap and flimsy. The cable, although is an ample 1.3m long, is prone to damage very easily in case of a sudden stretch or strangle.

The 11mm speaker drivers on this in-ear earphone deliver a balanced sound output. The bass is light, and the mids and lows are a bit on the higher side. Overall, the quality is promising and the Ink’d earphone provides a balanced music listening experience.

With a frequency response range of 20 – 20,000Hz, all the notes be it in the low, mid or high spectrum doesn’t get missed out. The impedance of this earphone is 32 ohms meaning a dedicated amplifier on your phone will definitely help to improve the sound quality.

This earphone comes with an inline remote with mic for attending calls. The remote has a play/pause as well as skip tracks configuration for easy control without having the need to always reach for the phone.

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Balanced sound output

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Flat tangle free cable

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The inline remote button serves many functions

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Best for running and gym

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Mediocre build quality

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32 ohms impedance

Specifications

ModelSkullcandy Ink’D 2.0
MicrophoneNo
Frequency range20 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size11 mm
Impedence rating32 ohms

5. Sound One 616

Perfect Fit

The Sound One 616 gives rich and deep sound in a small and comfortable package. With the bundled carrying case and the pouch, this product has its price tag justified.

The Sound One 616 is one of the best earphones under Rs.500 that offers a good comfortable fit. You wouldn’t expect a pair of cheap earbuds to fit as well as the Sound One 616 earphones do.

It’s oval shaped earbuds easily goes into the ear canals and gives a perfect and comfortable fit all the time.

When it comes to sound quality, for many people, these are the best sounding budget earphones under Rs.500. Sound One 616 produces very well balanced sound with clean and strong bass, which is enough for listening to wide genres of music.

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.

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.

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Comfortable fit

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Has microphone

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Comes with a carry case and pouch

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No volume control buttons

Specifications

ModelSound One 616
MicrophoneNo
Frequency range20 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size10 mm
Impedence rating32 ohms

6. Portronics Conch 204

Best Design Pick

At an asking price under Rs.300, the Portronic Conch 204 is a beautiful looking, solid performer delivering clean and crisp sound output. The inline remote with a mic and volume control further adds value to this in-ear earphone.

Portronics has been in the market for a while with its popular Bluetooth speaker’s range as well as other electronic peripherals. The Conch 204 from Portronics is an entry-level in-ear styled earphone with a mic that’s priced just under Rs.500.

Design wise, this earphone beats the other competitors on this list by a great margin. The minimalistic yet sleek finish instils a sense of premium quality at the first look. The flat style cable feels strong and sturdy and is tangle resistant.

Equipped with two speaker drivers of 8 mm each, the Portronics Conch 204 delivers clear mids and decent bass. The bass output is not overpowering as some of the bass fanatics may wish, but the earphone produces an overall pleasant sound output.

This in-ear earphone comes with an inline remote for attending calls. The remote has a volume rocker as well so that there is no need to reach up to the phone to adjust the volume levels.

With an impedance rate of 16 ohms, this earphone produces neat sound covering the entire frequency spectrum ranging from 20 – 20,000Hz.

This earphone comes with a 6 months domestic as well as an international warranty that gets you covered even while you are in continuous transit around the world.

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Sleek design

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Flat, tangle-free cables

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Inline volume rocker button

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Bass levels are not that much great

Specifications

ModelPortronics POR-764 Conch 204
MicrophoneYes
Frequency range20 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size8 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

7. Philips SHE1360/97

Best Ulta Cheap Earphone

If you just need a pair of earphones to get the basic job done, then these earphones are a good bet. Sold at a price below Rs.200, these earphones offer decent sound quality and build quality.

If you are on a very tight budget and can’t spend Rs.500 for an earphone then the Philips SHE1360 is an excellent pair of ultra-cheap earphones you can buy in India right now at around Rs.200.

They have the conventional type earbud design which rests just outside the ear canals. The sound these earbuds kick out is very loud and clear, thanks to its large 15mm drivers. The 15mm driver ensures that the audio is loud enough, while the bass vents on the earbuds allow for movement of air to make the sound a bit more comfortable.

Although it lacks that thumping bass you normally get on more expensive in-ear-canal headphones, the sound that comes out of its drivers is surprisingly clean and comfortable.

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.

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Superb value for money

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Durable build quality

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No microphone

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Uncomfortable fit

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No thumping bass

Specifications

ModelPhilips SHE1360/97
MicrophoneNo
Frequency range16 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size15 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

8. Sennheiser MX 170

Honourable Mention

With 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.

If you are tired of IEMs (in-ear-monitors) and want a lighter one in a budget for daily use, we recommend the Sennheiser MX 170 for you.

Sennheiser MX 170 comes with the conventional type of earbuds which are so light and it has a soft cushion covering the earbuds for better comfort. One of the main advantages of conventional earbuds is that they are not as bad for your ears as an in-ear canal earphone.

The MX170 delivers an overall balanced sound. The mids are very clear, highs are overpowered sometimes but the bass is punchy. 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 comparable to 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 popping out from your sometimes for certain people.

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Great sound clarity

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Overall balanced sound

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Has earbuds that fit in outer ear

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No microphone

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Uncomfortable for smaller ear sizes

Specifications

ModelSennheiser MX170
MicrophoneNo
Frequency range22 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size9 mm
Impedence rating32 ohms

That sums up our list of the best earphones under Rs.500. We have put together some incredible value for money earphones here. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product.

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