Best Over-The-Ear Wired Headphones In India

by | Jul 24, 2018

Wired headphones offer much more clarity and details in terms of sound output than a wireless headphone. This is why we thought, we should prepare a list of the best wired headphones available in India to cater to the audiophiles who crave for perfection.

This article here is written with a budget of under Rs.15,000 in mind. However, we’re forced to include the best pick, the Bowers Wilkins P5-S2  costing about Rs.21,500 because of its perfection in terms of reproducing studio quality music.

Sennheiser HD 598 grabbed the second spot with its overall great performance delivering rich bass and deep trebles in an ear-pleasing manner. We’re not yet done with the list, so here we go!

Best Over-The-Ear Wired Headphones in India

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2Overall Best Pick
2. Sennheiser HD 598Runner-Up Pick
3. Sony MDR-XB950APBest Bass Pick
4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xHonorable Mention
5. Audio-Technica ATH-AX1iSBKBest Budget Pick

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Studio grade sound output
  • Best for indoor listening
  • Genuine leather paddings
Bowers & Wilkins headphones might be unfamiliar to many, but for those who know the brand, there’s no second choice.

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 S2 is an over the ear wired headphone with audiophile-grade sound quality available for a price around Rs.22,000.

Premium design and aesthetics

The first feel you would get when seeing this wired headphone in one word can be described as luxury. The design is simple but has bits and pieces of subtle luxury written all over.

The leather earpads and the comfort cushions on the headband are made of 100% pure leather.

It fits tight on the head as well as the ears delivering a comfortable listening posture for long hours in one single stretch.

The cable is detachable from the earpiece. There is a set of two cables in the package, one specifically catering to Apple devices and the other for the rest.

The foldable ear cups ensure that these headphones take up less space in your backpack.

Sound quality – Luxurious as well!

If you used or at least tried a Bowers & Wilkins headphone before, you might know the quality of sound that these products offer.

With the P5 S2, the sound quality has further improved on to a next level, closing the gap between studio and your living room or office per se.

The 50mm Hi-Fi certified driver units deliver a smooth yet concise sound signature that will satisfy every type of music lover out there.

Being factory tuned by experts in acoustics, the company has left no stones unturned to deliver the best possible audio quality to its customers.

The clear mids and treble are supplemented by rich bass that covers the frequency spectrum as low as 10Hz. You won’t miss the beats you love any more.

Proprietary love..

The cables are detachable but not swappable. Why?

Bowers & Wilkins uses a proprietary connection technology to plug the cable into the earpieces.

Even though that’s not a dealbreaker issue, we would have been happier to see an interchangeable cable system.

The snap-on earcovers are attached magnetically to the base of the ear cups. This means that if you want to change the cushion for a better fitting one, you can do so.

But remember – only the one from Bowers & Wilkins fits perfectly.

No verdict, just one word – Buy them!

If you’re an audiophile who would love to hear the music as close to what they sound in the recording studio, the Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 delivers just that to your ears.

The perfect mix of modern and retro styling invokes a sense of luxury that supplements the great sound output this wired headphone delivers.

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Best in class audio fidelity
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Quality fit and finish
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Unique design
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Proprietary cables

Specifications

Driver Size50 mm
Frequency Range10Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating22 Ohm
Additional FeaturesHi-Fi Drivers

2. Sennheiser HD 598

Runner-Up Pick
 Runner-Up Pick
  • Best for long listening sessions
  • 2-years warranty
  • Natural sound output
Sennheiser is one of the go-to brands in the earphones and headphone market not only in India but also in the entire world.

The HD 598 from Sennheiser is an ‘open back’ wired headphone that delivers excellent sound quality with a level of comfort that is on par with any of the competitors in this list.

Open back design?

The build quality Sennheiser provides with the HD 598 is commendable.

The company has not only designed the product well but designed it in such a way that the build ensures comfortability to the listener.

The leatherette padded headband is one the best comfortable piece of hardware we’ve seen on a headphone in this price range. The wired mesh over the ear cup is metallic and while giving the product a premium look, it’s there for a reason – the open ear back design.

The open back design means that the sound from the earphone leaks to the surrounding a little bit.

Is this detrimental to the performance of the headphone?

No. Infact this design ensures that the echoing and reverberation are brought to the minimum. Also the heating issue with the ears when you listen for hours can be reduced as well.

Thumping bass and clinging highs..

The 50mm drivers that the Sennheiser HD 598 packs is no joke. It covers a wide frequency response range as low as 12 Hz to a maximum of 38500 Hz.

What does this offer for the end users?

The rich bass from instruments that you probably missed in the past and the high pitched sounds from vocal instruments like the veena and violin that were less distinct to be heard clearly.

The Sennheiser HD 598 offers a more natural sound than most of the products in this price range. More sounds added to your songs make them more immersive to listen to.

Comfortability – Hell Yeah!

Let’s start with the plush ear pads. These cushions fits snug with the contours of your earlobes without any distractions.

There isn’t any problem of heating when used for long periods of time.

The lightweight and robust design makes it easy to wear without having to bother about the presence over head.

The open back design, as we have mentioned above helps in delivering a more natural, soothing listening experience to your ears.

Should you buy this?

The earpieces of this wired headphone isn’t foldable. If that poses no threat to you, we’d definitely recommend this product with no second thought.

The comfortable fit and excellent sound output makes this product one of the best wired headphones available in the market under Rs.10,000.

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Comfortable design and form factor
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Rich bass and clean treble
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Good build quality
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Not foldable earcups

Specifications

Driver  Size50 mm
Frequency Range12Hz – 38500 Hz
Impedance Rating50 Ohm
Additional FeaturesE.A.R Technology

3. Sony MDR-XB950AP

Best Bass Pick
Best Bass Pick
  • Beat response control technology
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • Clean mids and highs
The XB tag on the product label itself defines the headphone we’re about to discuss in detail.

The Sony MDR-XB950AP is an over the ear wireless Bluetooth headphone that is a premium budget offering from the company’s Extra Bass product lineup.

Clean and Minimal design

Sony has always given preference to the function over the design aesthetics. However, it doesn’t mean that the products are ugly.

The MDR-XB950AP has a minimal design but we felt this form factor is more attractive than the other headphones in this list.

The pressure relieving ear pads in one of the unique aspects of this wired earphone.

The soft texture that fits snug on the earlobes offer utmost comfort and minimal sound leakage to the exteriors.

The swivelling and foldable earcups make this headphone easy to carry around in tight bags with minimal space real estate.

Extra bass – delivered!

To understand the capability of this headphone, we have to discuss something at first – the frequency response spectrum.

The frequency response spectrum defines the range between which the headphone speakers can output the sound. The lesser it is, more will be the bass, the higher the more treble.

Usually, headphones come with a frequency spectrum that ranges from 20 – 20000 Hz. But with the MDR – XB950AP, the response range starts as low as 3 Hz.

If you’re a bass head, you’ll definitely love to pick this up wherever you’d go. The punchy undistorted bass makes this wired headphone best suited for listening to EDMs and hip hop music.

The treble and vocals however, retains the clarity and doesn’t get overpowered by the thundering bass it delivers.

Beat Response Control

Sony’s Beat Response Control delivers that extra oomph with the low pitched notes making it a bass fanatics dream come true.

The 40mm neodymium driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-XB950AP possible.

The air vent design on the back of the earpiece ensures that the airflow is not hindered while the bass is being delivered to the ears.

This reduces the reverberation effect and maximises the diaphragm efficiency.

A big yes!

If you are a die-hard bass fanatic who would love to have the deep bass with no distortions in whatever genre of music you intend to listen, this wired headphone is made for you.

The solid build quality and the reliability of the brand such as Sony makes this purchase well worth your hard earned money.

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Minimal yet eye pleasing design
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Rich, undistorted bass
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Pressure relieving earpads
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Looks and feels bulky

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range  3Hz – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating40 Ohm
Additional FeaturesBeat response technology

4. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Honourable Mention
Honorable Mention
  • Studio grade monitoring headphone
  • Detachable cables
  • Compact and portable form factor
Audio-Technica products have been some of the common entrants to our best buying lists, be it headphones or earphones.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is an over the ear wired monitoring headphone that focuses on delivering studio-quality sound output to the masses.

Look of the professionals

The moment you wear this headphone around your neck, it will feel like you’re a professional grade audio enthusiast.

No joking – these wired headphones have an attractive eye-catching design with a personality bound to it.

The M series headphones from Audio-Technica are acclaimed for the pure performance metrics and this product never fails to deliver the same.

The build quality is awesome and the attention to detail is exemplary. The left and right markings are clearly designated to leave no room for confusion while wearing these.

The contoured ear cups are comfortable as well as fits securely minimizing the noise bleed to the exterior.

The fully foldable ear cups make this a much more compact product that can be tucked into tight spaces easily without any damage to the internals.

Well balanced sound output

With the successor to the M50x, the original M50, Audio-Technica has the right recipe in terms of excellent sound output. With the M50x, the recipe is further enhanced to deliver even better tasting sound ( does that even sound right!).

The 45mm drivers provide excellent studio quality output without compromising the crispiness and clarity of neither the bass nor the treble.

This wired headphone is characterized by the rich deep bass, balanced and natural mids along with the very well detailed highs.

The company itself markets this product as studio monitor headphones as the sound signature from this headphone matches to that of other products used in the studio such as the Marshall’s.

Miscellaneous facts..

This wired headphone comes with detachable cables. The box pack includes three separate cables that vary in length and form factor.

A 1.2 m rounded cable, a 3 m rounded cable and a 1.1m coiled cable is available that can be used with this the headphones.

There is no need of a separate amplifier to listen to the music in its full glory with this headphone.

The closed-back design minimizes the audio leakage and ensures an immersive listening experience.

A big YES!

The Audio-Technica M50x is a studio-grade monitoring headphone that delivers one of the best balanced sound output in headphones priced under Rs.10,000.

The robust build quality and the professional grade accessories make it a wiser choice to invest your money if you’re after an audiophile grade headphone.

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Well balanced sound output
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Detailed and robust build
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Excellent noise isolation
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Ear fatigue happens when listened longer than two hours

Specifications

Driver unit Size45 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohm
Additional FeaturesStudio grade sound

5. Audio-Technica ATH-AX1iSBK

Best Budget Pick
Best Budget 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.

Build quality – OK!

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.

Surprisingly rich sound..

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.

Extra bits..

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
The article came to an end here, but our search for the best product continues. We are testing and reviewing products on a regular basis and will make sure to update the article as we find a worthy product to replace the existing ones.

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