Best Earphones Under Rs.500

by | Jul 12, 2018

After analysung all the budget earphones available in the market based on important factors like sound quality, comfort, build quality, availability of microphone etc, we have now come up with a comprehensive list of the best earphones under Rs.500.

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 ES18S

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best 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.

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.

The quality of these earphones are such that, they are the best sounding budget earphones you can buy under a stretched budget of Rs. 2,000.

The silicone 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.

In conclusion, If you are looking for a good pair of earphones on a tight budget like 500 Rupees, the SoundMagic ES18S is the perfect choice for you. It will definitely satisfy all your audio needs and give you a soothing experience while listening to your favourite tracks.

You can also check out the affordable sibling of this earphone, the SoundMagic ES18, which comes with no inline mic. Mind you, its price usually fluctuate over Rs.500.

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Great sound quality

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Robust buildy

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Carry pouch included

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Left/Right markings on earbuds are difficult to read

Specifications

ModelSoundMagic ES18S
MicrophoneYes
Frequency range15 -22,000Hz
Driver unit size10 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

2. boAt BassHeads 220

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up pick
  • Best for rough use
  • Suited for EDMs and hip hop
  • Metallic speaker enclosure

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 high-quality earphones are made sturdy with high-quality polished metal that ensures its longevity and durability even under rough usages.

The metallic design is very rare in this price segment and so, these earphones are more durable than many of its competitors.

The tangle-free cable ensures that you do not face any problems while handling these earphones.

These earphones feature a gold-plated, L-shaped 3.5 mm plug.

When it comes to the sound quality, they deliver loud sound with highly powered bass, thanks to its powerful 10 mm speaker drivers.

If you love EDM or hip-hop type music then these earphones will satisfy you all the time.

But if you love listening to tracks that have a lot of instruments on it, these pair of ear phones 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
MicrophoneYes
Frequency range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit size10 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

3. Philips IN-SHE1525BK/94

Best Fit for Fitness Enthusiasts
Best Fit for Fitness Enthusiasts
  • Best for active gym sessions
  • High quality cable
  • Decent sound output

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 ear tips 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 ear-pods will stay in place even while you are in the middle of a rigorous workout schedule.

This wired 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. Flipkart Smartbuy V23MM

Value For Money
Value For Money
  • Best for casual listening
  • Good build quality
  • Neodymium drivers

Flipkart is a popular e-commerce marketplace in India selling thousands of varieties of goods from mobile phones to air-conditioners to cosmetic products.

Smartbuy is an affordable consumer electronics lineup from flipkart mainly targeting budget constrained consumers in India looking for a decent product.

The Smartbuy V23MM is a wired headset from flipkart that costs just Rs.375.

Honestly we’d say this earphone has all the features and then some that earphones priced under Rs.500 usually have.

The casing of the speaker unit of this earphone from flipkart is made of metal. This makes it slightly heavy buy gives a pleasant feel when inserted in to the ear canal.

The anti-slip eartips helps in keeping the speaker unit in place even while you are not stationary. The earbuds also have a sweat repellent silicone coating as well.

Sound is the number one priority when it comes to the purchase of an earphone. This earphone feature a 9mm driver unit with neodymium magnets inside.

The sound clarity is very good with the mids and highs getting pronounced over a wide frequency range – boring jargons aside, treble and vocals are clearly defined and is pleasant to her.

The bass is a bit on the softer side. This might be an issue for those who need extra bass even for carnatic music, but for no one else.

The inline mic comes with noise cancellation that works pretty well. The mic is sensitive to our voice and picks it up easily.

One important thing to mention about the Smartbuy V23MM is its braided nylon cable. The cable is 1.2m long.

It is strong and can handle mild abuses without hampering the functionality of the earphone.

If you have a budget of under Rs.400 and need a nice sounding earphone, this product is well worth considering.

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Braided long cable

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Minimal design

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Clear vocals

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Softer bass

Specifications

ModelFlipkart Smartbuy V23MM
Microphoneyes
Frequency range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit size9 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

5. Portronics Conch 204

Best Design Pick
Best Design Pick
  • Suited for fashion freaks
  • Decent sound output
  • 6-months international warranty

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 instills 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 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit size8 mm
Impedence rating16 ohms

6. Philips SHE1360/97

Best Ultra Cheap Earphone
Best Ultra Cheap Earphone
  • Casual in-ear style design
  • Clean audio output
  • No inline mic to attend calls

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.

Philips has done an excellent job here by providing such a well-built earphone 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 earpiece which allow adequate levels of bass to shine.

Though it lacks a microphone, these are the best earphones 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

7. Sennheiser MX 170

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention
  • Suited for daily usage
  • Excellent sound output
  • Two-year warranty

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 earpieces which are so light and offers better comfort.

One of the main advantages of conventional earpieces 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 Bass Heads 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 earphone is very light in weight and very comfortable, thanks to the additional soft cushions.

But, these earpieces 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. If you can extend your budget, do check out our best picks under Rs.2,000 and Rs.1,000 here. Please subscribe to our newsletter for more such informative content. Cheers!