Best Wired Headphones Under Rs.2,000

by | Jul 17, 2018

Headphones are the holy grail for audiophiles. Good music accompanied by a great headphone will satiate their quest for nirvana.

Not only audiophiles, who doesn’t appreciate a good music listening experience right?

There are a lot of great, quality over-the-ear headphones coming under this price bracket and here we are suggesting you the best wired headphones under Rs.2,000 that you can buy.

1. Audio-Technica ATH-AX1iSBK

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Best for serious audiophiles
  • Wide frequency response spectrum
  • Elegant design

Audio Technica, the Japanese audio equipment company is famed all around the world for their studio grade professional earphones and speakers.

The ATH-AX1iSBK from the company is a budget-oriented over the ear headphones that delivers one of the best quality audio output in this price category.

The build quality is decent if we must say. The plastics used are of good quality but the wires seem a bit fragile. Audio Technica could have added a nylon braided wire for durability.

The headband is adjustable and can fit on the contours of your head perfectly fine. Long time listening with this headphone isn’t painful.

The ear cushions over the speakers will feel a little hard at first but will get softer as days pass by.

The stylish Audio-Technica logo over the earpiece makes this product a lot more cool to look at.

Now coming to the sound quality, this product features a 36mm driver speaker which delivers excellent quality sound.

The bass isn’t much overpowered and is very much balanced along with the crystal clear mids and highs.

Since the speaker driver covers a large frequency response spectrum ranging from as low as 15 Hz to 20,000 Hz, notes from every instrument are audible.

The inline remote consists of a mic and a volume slider. The mic picks up your voice clearly during voice calls even while you’re engaged in jogging or in gym sessions.

Since the ear cups of this over-the-ear wired headphone swivel and fold flat, it is easy to carry around.

If you’re a music lover who likes to listen to music in its full glory, the Audio Technica ATH-AX1iSBK will be the best choice in this budget of Rs.2,000.

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Excellent sound quality

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Foldable ear cups

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1-year warranty

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Average build quality

Specifications

Driver unit Size36 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating40 Ohm
Additional FeaturesExcellent Sound quality

2. JBL T450

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Suited for long duration listening sessions
  • Excellent sound output
  • Sensitive microphone

JBL is a company well known for their speakers. Their entry to the headphone market was wildly successful and the company even have a cult following from audio enthusiasts all around the world.

We at dopemobiles personally think there won’t be any best headphones list without an offering from JBL.

JBL T450 is a great entrant to the list of best headphones under Rs.2000 and let’s analyze its features.

First things first, the build quality remains a lot to be improved.

There is no foam padding on the headband and this might make the headphone listening experience cumbersome for bald people out there.

The ear cup quality is decent with comfy padding that will let you rest your ears without any issues.

The overall weight of the headphone in minimal and it is easy to wear for extended usage.

A 32mm driver powers the T450 with a frequency response range spanning from 20Hz to 20000Hz.

The lows, mids and highs are distinct and the bass levels are rich.

The sound output being the most desirable quality from a headphone, T450 excels and beats its competitors with a punch.

The headphone comes with a flat tangle-free cord that won’t make you wait for the cord to be untangled before listening to your favourite track.

An inline mic is given for attending calls.

The one-button remote can be long pressed to invoke Google assistant on Android phones.

If you are in search of a great quality headphone under Rs. 2000 and is not bothered about the wireless connectivity options, JBL T450 will fulfill your needs.

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Superb sound quality
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Lightweight
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Inline mic with actionable button
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Average build quality
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Driver unit Size32 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesDeep bass, Inline mic, Lightweight

3. Cosmic Byte G1500

Best Gaming Headphone
Best Gaming Headphone
  • Built with gamers in mind
  • Lighting and vibrations is a plus
  • Great vocal clarity

Cosmic Byte is a gaming accessories manufacturer based in India that specializes in the marketing of affordable PC accessories.

G1500 is one of the gaming headphones Cosmic Byte has introduced to the market at an enticing price point.

Being a gaming headphone, G1500 is heavy and feels bulky. T

his is mainly because of the internals that Cosmic Byte had to stuff inside such as a vibration motor along with LED lighting setup.

Overall, the headphone seems to be well built with a sturdy finish.

Cosmic Byte G1500 comes equipped with a 50mm driver that is the largest one in our list.

It delivers good audio quality over the frequency range between 20Hz and 20000Hz.

The bass is deep and the vocals are clear.

There is an inbuilt vibration mode that will activate based on your actions while gaming and the LED lighting around the ear cup add flair to the overall gaming experience.

The G1500 comes with a flat cable that is thick and feels durable.

Omni-directional noise cancellation helps gamers to communicate with their teammates without any hindrance even when playing in a loud environment.

The Cosmic Byte G1500 with its affordable price tag and gaming-centric features it offers can easily be termed as the best gaming headphone under Rs.2000 price segment.

If you would love gaming, don’t forget to check out our article on the best gaming laptops in India.

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Great noise reduction
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Vibration mode
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Build quality
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LED’s can’t be turned off
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Heavy and bulky

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesLED lighting, Vibration mode

4. Audio Technica ATH S100 BK

Best Budget Pick
Best Budget Pick
  • Suitable for all head sizes
  • Natural bass output
  • Minimal sound leak

Audio Technica is a Japanese company that specializes in the manufacturing of audio equipment.

They are known for their high-end earphones and headphones that are widely used in recording studios.

The ATH S100 is the company’s entry-level headphone offering.

Audio Technica has provided a great package with ATH S100 without compromising on the audio quality it is famed to deliver.

The build quality of Audio Technica ATH S100 screams premium with flexible headbands that will help with the snug fit of the headphones on your head.

The design is minimal and aesthetically pleasing.

The one side cable ensures that there won’t be any unnecessary distractions while listening to the music.

The ATH S100 is powered by 36mm drivers that produce great quality output over the 15Hz – 20KHz frequency response range with a minimal impedance of 32 Ohm.

The output gets pretty loud even without the amplifier and the bass feels more natural.

The closed-back design ensures lesser sound leak and better noise cancellation.

Although the cables are tangle free, there is no inline mic for attending calls.

Budget wise, the Audio Technica ATH S100 beats its competitors in the list to become an affordable over the ear headphone under Rs.2000.

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Great sound output
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Build quality
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Noise cancellation works well
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No inline mic
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Ear cushions are not comfortable

Specifications

Driver unit Size36 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesSwivel folding, Closed back design

5. Sennheiser PC 8 USB

Best Pick for Volp calls
Best Pick for VoIP calls
  • Best suited for voice calls
  • Must have for content creators
  • 2-year warranty

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB wired headphone is made to use with computers and laptops. The company advertises this product as an internet telephony device.

Before reading further, note that this headphone isn’t compatible with smartphones as it comes with a USB connector rather than a 3.5mm jack.

If you’re a content creator on platforms such as Youtube or the one who engages in a lot of VoIP calls, this headphone might be the best bet for you in terms of audio as well as microphone quality.

This headphone from Sennheiser is a plug and play device, which means you don’t need to install any software to use it for the first time.

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS alike.

The lightweight design and comfortable headband make this headphone a must for those who regularly rely on voice/video calls over the internet.

The 36mm diver speakers sound nice and clear. Vocals are crisp and without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

The inline remote gives you the option to control the volume on the go and there’s a dedicated mute button as well.

Noise cancellation works well on this headphone and you won’t get distracted by background noises while attending your calls.

The microphone can be swivelled away from the face when not in use. The quality of the mic is good and is perfectly suitable for recording voice-overs and conducting regular calls.

If you want a headphone specifically for making calls from the Internet or to do voice overs or podcasts from your PC, the Sennheiser PC 8 USB is a great choice.

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Lightweight

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Mute button on the inline remote

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Excellent call quality

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No 3.5 mm jack

Specifications

Driver unit Size36 mm
Frequency Range42Hz – 17000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesLightweight

6. Sony MDR-XB450

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Sony MDR-XB450
  • For Sony loyalists and bass fanatics
  • Elegant design
  • Comfy ear cups

Sony is an electronics as well as media corporate giant.

With a huge fan following for their quality range of headphones, Sony can’t afford to make any mistakes.

The MDR-XB450 is the entry-level offering from Sony on their much revered XtraBass lineup.

Those Bass fanatics looking for the best headphone under Rs.2000 need not look further.

If you are the one who is longing for the deep bass, the XB450 is the go-to headphone under Rs 2000 category.

With its 30mm driver unit along with the lower impedance rating of 24 Ohm, the lows in the music will be more pronounced.

MDR-XB450 comes with a tangle-free serration cord that feels premium quality that will resist the tendency to knot.

Addition of pressure relieving comfy ear cups adds up to the overall quality that this headphone offers.

This headphone has a frequency response range varying from as low as 5Hz to 20000Hz.

XtraBass lineup from Sony being synonymous to the rich bass, audiophiles with an affinity to bass can definitely pick this up over the other competitors.

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Rich and heavy bass
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Pressure relieving earpads
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Less treble
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Plastic body feels fragile

Specifications

Driver unit Size30 mm
Frequency Range5Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohm
Additional FeaturesTangle free serration cord, Pressure relieving earpads

That concludes our list of the best headphones under Rs.2,000. We have taken a genuine effort to include headphones in each category that we feel might suit our readers in order to make your choice selection easier.

The list, although is not an exhaustive guide, will let you have a basic idea of what to look for while purchasing headphones in this segment.

Meanwhile, if you wish to have a look at the much more compact “in-ear” earphones, do read our article about the best earphones under Rs.2,000.

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