Best Wired Earphones In India

by | Jul 23, 2018

As Bluetooth technology has still not reached the level to replace wires to carry sound signals, the Wired earphones deliver a much better sound output than its Wireless counterparts. In this article, we feature the best wired earphones in India (albeit with a budget capping of Rs.10,000) which we think offers the best audio experience.

The Bose SoundSport earphones  and the Shure SE215-K are the best earphones for audiophile-grade music listening in the list. The sound quality from both these earphones were excellent but since the Shure SE215-K lacks an inline mic, we had to crown the Bose SoundSport as the best pick.

Grab a cup of coffee and read along to have an in-depth understanding of the best five wired earphones in India.

1. Bose SoundSport

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Best sound separation
  • Excellent Brand value
  • Loud sound output
Whenever a Bose product comes on our list, we’re 80% sure that it will hit the top spot. The SoundSport lineup was discussed earlier in our best wireless Bluetooth speakers article and it was our best pick there.

The SoundSport wired earphone faced a tough competition from the runner-up Shure SE215-K but clinched on to the best pick title with its complete feature set.

Typical no-frills Bose design

As you might have expected, a price of Rs.10,000 does offer premium build quality. The Bose SoundSport is made of high quality plastic material.

This wired earphone is available in a bunch of attractive colours that in terms of pure aesthetics sense is a welcome addition from a premium audio manufacturer.

The Silicone eartips that provide structural support to the earpieces are really soft and felt comfortable.

The only gripe we had in the build and design aspect is the flexible connecting wire inputs. It is way too flexible that seeing them flexing made us tensed about its longevity.

But hey it’s Bose, and they don’t easily give up on build quality. So, relax.

In-Ear or Over the ear??

Even though in the first look, you might mistake the Bose SoundSport for an in-ear style earphone but it isn’t. The clever design made the earpiece to rest just outside the ear canal.

This will give you an immersive music listening experience along with the awareness of the surroundings.

Sound quality at its best

Bose has carried out extensive R&D measures to find that sweet spot between perfect bass and treble balance. And after few hours of listening, we have to say that this wired earphone sounds incredible.

The bass levels are such that it’s not too overpowering the mids and highs but not low as well. You can enjoy every genre of music with these earphones in its full glory.

Loudness levels are more than adequate for movies and music. With 60-70% volume, the sound felt more than sufficient for our liking.

No iOS devices please

We don’t know why exactly, but these earphones are compatible only with Android devices. If you’re an Apple customer skip this section and head over to our runner-pick.

Say yes to voice calls

The Bose soundsport does come with an inline microphone with hands-free voice calling feature.

The buttons are really tactile and lets you switch to attend calls during music listening on a single click.

The quality of the mic is awesome as well as it picks up your voice no matter what the ambient surroundings you are standing in.

End credits..err words

An incredible sounding lightweight earphone that delivers on multiple fronts such as build quality, voice call clarity and tonal balance is what the Bose SoundSport offer you for Rs.10,000.

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Build quality
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Balanced sound quality
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Sweat resistant
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Not compatible with iOS devices

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

2. Shure SE215-K

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Audiophile grade music output
  • Unique transparent design
  • Option to upgrade functionality
Shure is a widely acclaimed American audio products manufacturer that is known for high-end earphones and headphones all around the world.

The Shure SE215-K is a premium wired earphone that gives a bang for buck buying proposition especially if you’re a hardcore music listener.

Design

One thing for sure, the Shure (Oh!) SE215-K has one of the iconic designs in the earphone world. The transparent casing in itself is an eyecatcher.

The in-ear style earpieces rest inside the ear canals comfortably offering you one of the best passive noise cancellation in the segment.

The detachable cable from the earphone offers you the option to enhance the functionality further by adding official accessories.

Sound – Magic

The single dynamic driver inside each of the earpiece delivers clean sound output with an edge over bass compared to the mids and highs.

The speaker drivers are distinctly tuned to perfection for covering the maximum frequency response spectrum so that the user can listen to a wider range of instrument notes in the music.

This wider frequency range enhances the immersive music listening experience to a whole new level.

Build quality in 1 word – Top notch!

This wired earphone will feel really well made even from its looks. In hand, the carefully crafted earpieces and even the tiniest nozzle that extrudes the bass vibrations is made with utmost care.

The wires are thick & sturdy and it can withstand few cases of abuse with no problems.

The detachable cable connector works really well so that we won’t even feel it can be separated from the earpiece body.

The 1.6m cable is more than sufficient for the wire to reach the headphone jack from your pant pocket.

The negatives?

Shure is a world-class audio equipment manufacturer. Since they concentrate only on audiophile grade products, the emphasis on audio quality rather than features is inevitable.

The Shure SE215-K doesn’t feature an inline microphone or remote for that matter. More the number of obstructions between the 3.5mm jack and the earpiece more will be the signal drop.

However, we feel that the omission of an inline mic for voice calls isn’t much of a deal breaker when you get to hear the absolute best sound.

The Final Verdict

If you don’t mind the microphone, the Shure SE215-K is a stunning piece of audio engineering that will let you hear studio quality sound from any compatible device you own.

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Best build quality
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Transparent earpiece
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Brilliant sound output
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No inline mic

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

3. 1MORE Triple Driver Earphone

Best Value for Money pick
Best Value for Money Pick
  • Tripe drivers
  • Aluminum alloy construction
  • Treat for bass heads
1MORE is a Shenzhen based earphone manufacturer that has launched some popular models in the Indian market both in the budget as well as the luxury segment.

This Triple driver earphone from 1MORE is a one of a kind wired earphone that features two balancing armatures and a dynamic driver on each piece, delivering sound which is rich in bass and treble.

Elegant Design and excellent build quality

The packaging of this wired earphone from 1MORE is very premium. It comes in a book like box with magnetic lock. The pages inside describe the method of manufacturing with detailed hand drawings of the earphone itself.

The earpiece is made of high-quality aluminum alloy which feels a little bit hefty but aids in secure fit inside the ear canal.

The rounded silicon wire up top is not tangle-free but is very lightweight. From the split end and downwards, the nylon fabric cable adorns the build.

The inline remote has the same metal textured volume rockers and play/pause buttons with the same colour on the earpiece. These buttons are very tactile and responsive.

Not one, not two, Three drivers!!

In simple words, drivers are the components responsible for making sound inside the speakers. So obviously you might have guessed, more the number of drivers, better will be the sound.

This wired earphone comes with two armatures and a dynamic driver that produce one of the best sounding music we’ve ever heard in our tests.

For bass fanatics, the richness in the bass is insane and you’d love it for listening to EDMs and hip hops.

With three separate drivers aiding in sound production, each instrument notes in the music is very detailed and can be heard distinctly.

The microphone quality is another outstanding feature that has to be said specifically. The mic in this earphone comes with noise isolation feature that blocks background noises while attending calls.

The extras

Inside the package, you get a airplane adapter cable. If you’re to take this earphone while travelling abroad, you can use this adapter to plug the earphone to the inflight entertainment system directly.

The box package also contains 8 pairs of eartips of different sizes. They come in both soft silicon as well has hard silicon variants.

Yes or No?

If you’re in search of a value for money and audiophile-grade wired earphone, the 1MORE triple driver earphone gives you the best in class Hi-Res audio output at almost half the price of its competitors.

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Quality sound output
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Wide frequency response range
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Good build quality
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No tangle-free cable

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 40000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

4. FiiO FH1

Honorable Mention
Honourable Mention
  • High-quality drivers
  • Wide frequency response range
  • Noise isolating microphone
FiiO is a Chinese audio equipment company that manufactures high-end DACs, amplifiers and earphones. The FiiO FH1 is a relatively new wired earphone model that features a dual driver setup for hi-res audio output.

Look and feel – awesome!

We had the green colour variant to test out and we must admit – it has an eye catchy design. The attractive glossy paint job is sure to turn certain heads in public.

The main distinctive feature of this wired earphone from the rest is that the earpiece nozzle is made of high-quality brass rather than aluminum.

This reduces the unwanted vibrations and reflections of sound leading to a much cleaner sound output at the user’s end.

The rounded cables have MMCX connections at the end which can be detached from the earpiece and swapped easily.

Although the exterior earpiece is made of plastic, it has been nano-coated to resist scratches.

Dual drivers mean rich sound!!

We had already discussed an earphone above that featured three drivers inside. The FiiO FH1 consists of two – a balancing armature and a dynamic driver that produces one of the perfectly balanced highs and lows in the market.

The frequency response range of this wired earphone lies between 20Hz – 40000 Hz, which will cover almost all the possible notes that instruments make in a music file.

This earphone comes with Hi-Res audio certification which is a proof that it can be used to listen to the music the artist intended to sound like, just like what you hear in the studio.

Into the details

The armature inside this earphone is the popular Knowles 33518 which delivers rich but subtle musical notes with details.

The 10mm neodymium dynamic drivers push the bass in such a way that it doesn’t bleed into the mids and highs, keeping the clarity of vocals and accompanying treble intact.

The FiiO FH1 also comes with an inline mic and remote. The hands-free calls sounded great with minimal or almost no external signal distortions.

If you’re the one who receives a lot of voice calls and would like to attend via the earphone, this product delivers a convincing experience in terms of voice call quality.

Conclusion

The FiiO FH1 is an affordable wired earphone that delivers music the way the artist intended it to sound like.

In our extensive testing, we found that this product sounds better than any of the dual driver wired earphones priced under Rs.6,000.

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Build quality
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Dual driver sound output
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Hi-Res audio certification
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Volume rockers won’t work on iPhone

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 40000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance26 Ohms

5. BlitzWolf BW-ES2

Best Budget Pick
 Best Budget Pick
  • Dual driver earphone
  • Easy to use inline remote
  • Good voice call quality
BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is our final pick in this list of best wired earphones. The BW-ES2 is a budget dual driver earphone that gives great sound clarity considering the price at which it retails in the market.

The design – unique?

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 comes with a plastic earpiece casing that we think is aggressively shaped – resembling something of a character from the mythology at the first glance.

This design choice is may be because the company had to accommodate two drivers inside and still wanted to provide a compact form factor.

The red and black accents used for this earphone is very much attractive. Even the left and right earmarking has the red color which is easily visible to differentiate with.

Goodness of rich sound!!

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 comes with two 6mm dual dynamic drivers inside each of the earpieces.

This ensures that the bass and treble, both have a large frequency range where the drivers independently can work in sync to reproduce them in your ears.

The extreme lows as well as the highs are clearly audible even at maximum volume levels with this wired earphone.

For the price of just about Rs.2,500, this budget wired earphone offers sound output with more clarity and details than its competitors.

Voice calls – a big Yes!

The inline remote is designed in conjunction with the rest of the earphone body. The control buttons are separately placed so that there won’t be any confusion when using at night or low light conditions.

The buttons feel clicky and response to the clicks are near instantaneous.

The microphone on this inline remote works decent to capture the voice during voice calls. There’s no hissing or unwanted wind noise while attending calls.

Should you buy it?

If your budget is less than Rs.3,000 and you want a dual driver wired earphone that sounds nice, the BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is a capable performer that can sound well to all types of music with rich bass and balanced treble levels.

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Affordable
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Unique design
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Clean and detailed sound
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Flimsy cable feels weak

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms
That concludes this article about the best wired earphone in India. We know that these five products we listed might not have your favorite pick in it, but fret not. Please refer to our article lists for the best earphones under each and every budget to hunt for the best.

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