Best Wireless Earphones in India

by | Jul 23, 2018

After completing our previous posts on wireless earphones under various budget categories, we thought why don’t we step up the game a bit further and do an article on the best wireless earphones in India irrespective of any budget. That is how this post was born.

Even though we said no budget, we had to keep a lid to the things as we know that Indians won’t be happy without a number. This post has some of the best products in the market priced under Rs.15,000 which in itself is a premium segment where you can get some best in class wireless Bluetooth earphones.

For the best pick, undoubtedly the Apple Airpods came at first, courtesy of the build quality and the battery life along with the excellent audio quality. The second spot was claimed by Jabra Elite active which gave a tough competition to the former.

1. Apple Airpods

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent tonal balance
  • Can connect up to 8 devices at once
  • Apple brand value
Apple has done it! They’re done with the 3.5mm audio jack and is now replacing the popular earpods with the new Apple Airpods which is a truly wireless Bluetooth earphone priced around Rs.12,000.

Designed to perfection..

Right from the packaging to the build quality, Apple has kept its charm intact.

Inside the box is a pebble-shaped charging case and inside the case (forgive the inception style description!) is a pair of gorgeous white airpods.

The earpiece resembles the traditional Apple earpods minus the wire, of course. The airpods are magnetic and so is the case to keep them. When you insert these into the case, they automatically click in place without any effort.

All hail the sound quality..

The sound quality is impressive from the tiny airpods from Apple. The bass levels are very well balanced with the mids and highs.

The vocals are pronounced and well distinct from the instrument sounds.

The Apple Airpods is one of the few earphones available in the market that will satisfy all types of music lovers – be it EDMs, hip hop or even pure vocals equally.

Sync – to the ears and beyond..

Since this is an Apple product, it blends seamlessly with the ecosystem.

The Airpods sync via your iCloud account meaning you can use this product with any of your Apple devices without having to pair manually each time.

Apple claims that you can use a single earpod on eight Apple devices at once. This is of great use when you are highly invested in the Apple ecosystem.

Futuristic technology inside..

The Airpods look minimal from the outside but they aren’t so inside.

It packs in an accelerometer for the double tap gesture that invokes either the smart assistant Siri or to play/pause the track option.

Additionally, the infrared sensors detect whether the airpods are inside the ear. If you pull out the pods from your ear, the music will automatically pause.

Impressive battery life..

The Airpods has batteries separately on each earpiece. This will last for about five hours of music playback.

Additionally, the case in which the airpods are stored features a battery that will automatically charge the pods when they are kept inside.

Altogether, you will get about 24 hours worth of playback time from the earpods and with the included charging case.

Yes or No..

If you wish to be in line with the latest technology that delivers excellent audio quality and at the same time is packed to the brim with features, the Apple Airpods is not only a great choice but also doubles up as a luxury statement.

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Excellent build quality
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Perfect and balanced sound output
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Battery life
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Limited functionality with Android phones

Specifications

Bluetooth Versionv4.2
Builtin MicrophoneYes
BatteryUp to 5 Hours
Warranty1 Year

2. Jabra Elite Active

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Built-in step counter
  • Best for an active lifestyle
  • Adjustable music equalizer
Jabra is a Denmark based wired as well as wireless headset and earphone manufacturer that has recently released some of its top of the line products in the Indian market.

The Jabra Elite Active is a wireless Bluetooth earphone that is truly wireless and targeted at users following an active lifestyle.

Design – functionality over the aesthetics..

The Jabra Elite Active is a kind of wireless earphone that is more of a substance over style. The earpieces are sufficiently bulky but not so much so that it’s a dealbreaker.

The earbuds secure comfortably inside the ear canals without any problem. You can confidently wear these earphones while performing exercises or while working out at the gym.

The in-ear stability that these earphones provide is undoubtedly one of the best in class.

Sound quality

The Jabra Elite active delivers on the sound quality with a positive note. The final output is loud and distortion free even at maximum volume levels.

The bass is without any artificiality and blends well with the treble while playing songs that are rich in instrumental music.

We felt that the only gripe with this product is the sound quality from the voice calls. It felt a bit distorted but apart from that, the listening experience is definitely pleasing.

Wake up the voice assistant..

Jabra Elite Active comes with one-touch access to voice assistants like Google assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa.

You can make searches and ask them questions or even let them play your favorite tracks without even touching anything.

With more and more functionalities being added to these AI assistants, the Jabra Elite Active will be able to do much more in the future for sure.

Fitness monitor in disguise..

These truly wireless earphones come loaded with a peculiar feature that can’t be seen on any other earphones – a step counter.

Yes, this device can track your steps and inform you about the distance you’ve covered via the app.

It’s really of great use to people who do jogging and doesn’t own a fitness band.

Feature rich app for help..

To control these wireless earbuds, Jabra has an excellent app called Jabra Sound Plus on both the Play store and the iOS store.

You can tweak the settings of this earphone according to your preference effortlessly by navigating through the intuitive UI.

There’s even an equalizer option where you can fine-tune the treble and bass levels according to your taste.

Good battery life..

The Jabra Elite Active wireless earphone lasted for about 5 hours during our testing of this product.

With the supplied charging case, you can charge the earpods up to two times which makes the overall battery life hovering around an impressive 15 hours.

Yay or Nay??

If you’re a fitness enthusiast and want a truly wireless earphone that can be used outside, the Jabra Elite Active checks the right boxes. Being IPX5 certified, you won’t have any trouble using this device on light rains and amidst water splashes.

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Impressive battery life
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Sturdy build quality
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Natural bass
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Voice call sound quality is average

Specifications

Bluetooth Versionv5.0
Builtin MicrophoneYes
BatteryUp to 5 Hours
Warranty1 Year

3. Sony WF-SP700N

Best Bass Pick
Best Bass Pick
  • Best for outdoor use
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • Unique design
Sony and audio technology are like a match made in heaven – many would say.

We think we should agree with that because the earphones, Bluetooth speakers and headphones from Sony we’ve tested and reviewed, this notion seems to be true.

The WF-SP700N is a truly wireless Bluetooth earphone from Sony that aims to cement this fact further.

Cute little seed..

The design of the WF-SP700N reminded us of a seedling – Yes the one with a sprouting. The difference here is that the sprouting is of the ear support and has no leaves.

Jokes aside, we really liked the aesthetics of this product. It’s well-built and feels outright premium when held in hand.

With IPX4 certification. You can take these cute wireless earphones outside in light rains and continue enjoying the music you like.

Extra Bass? Present Sir..

Sony and Bass are almost synonymous now. With this WF-S700N, the sound output does have that punchy bass you’re familiar in Sony’s audio related equipments.

The loudness levels are on par with the competitors. Having an adequately powered dome type speaker drivers helps these earphones to cover a wider spectrum of frequency range.

What this means for you is that you’ll be able to listen to instruments that didn’t sound pronounced while listening on normal earphones.

Noise cancellation at its best…

The Noise cancellation on this earphone is the absolute best we’ve tested till now.

With the Active noise cancellation feature inside, this earphone cancels out the background noise and lets you listen to the music without any distractions.

This won’t be much important to those who use this product inside their house or office building. But for those who love to listen to music while travelling outside, you’re sure to notice the day and night difference in the immersiveness.

Don’t..

Noise cancellation works well but remember that when you have that feature enabled, you won’t be able to listen to the background sound.

If you’re a rider and if you aren’t aware with the surroundings, the results could be fatal.

However, there’s an option to let ambients sounds to be filtered and let inside your ear. This is very much helpful in such situations.

Battery life – Average or not?

Unlike passive noise cancellation, Active noise cancellation does draw some power. Maybe because of this, we got this wireless Bluetooth earphone to last up to 3 hours on a single charge.

With the supplied charging case, the battery life was satisfactory at about 9 hours.

Should you buy it??

Yes – If you are a bass fanatic and would love to listen to the music in its full glory even when you’re in the middle of a chaotic environment.

With the brand reliability and the audio quality it delivers, we think the Sony WF-S700N is a product worth checking out.

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Excellent noise cancellation
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Rich bass
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Build quality
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Average battery life

Specifications

Bluetooth Versionv4.1
Builtin MicrophoneYes
BatteryUp to 3 Hours
Warranty1 Year

4. Sony MDR-XB70BT

Honourable Mention
Honourable Mention
  • Best suited for bass heads
  • Excellent build quality
  • HD voice calling
Yet another Sony product on our list. Yes, the Sony MDR-XB70BT is a neckband style wearable Bluetooth earphone that has one of the best thumping bass we’ve ever experienced on any earphones till now.

The design – a love-hate relationship!

This is a neckband style wireless earphone and not a “true” wireless earphone. The neckband as you might have familiarised is not a sturdy plastic piece.

It’s a flexible rubber material that feels really comfortable. Once worn around the neck, you won’t be even bothered about the existence of such a thing.

What we didn’t like is the length of the cable. It’s really long and we felt a bit of discomfort.

The earpiece is cleverly designed to fit into the ear canal and is one of the snuggest fit we’ve ever seen.

Thumbs up for the thumping bass..

The bass is the USP of this wireless Bluetooth earphone. With the 12mm drivers inside, these speakers deliver an insane amount of bass that will thrill you even if you’re not a bass fanatic.

Even though the bass is great, it doesn’t affect the originality of the mids and highs. The vocals also sound incredible.

Since the earpiece fits so tight, the background noise is filtered out. This makes the sound output further resonate inside the ears.

Connectivity options..

Sony is known for implementing NFC in almost every product it releases to the market. This also comes with NFC so that you can just tap to pair it with other NFC capable devices.

The quality of Bluetooth signal reception is excellent. There are no interruptions while listening to music within 10 ft radius.

Extras…

HD voice calling is here. The quality of voice calls on this wireless earphone is excellent. There are no distortions while attending calls. The mic doesn’t pick up unwanted noises making the quality of call on the other end pleasant.

Impressive battery life..

The Sony MDR-XB70BT has an impressive battery that lasts about 9 hours on a single charge. Even while the music was played at maximum volume, the device lasted around 7 hours.

Final verdict..

If you are a bass head and is not shy of spending around Rs.7,000 on a wireless earphone, there’s no second question to ask whether to purchase this product or not. Go ahead!

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Thumping bass
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Lightweight
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Excellent battery life
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Long wire keeps dangling around

Specifications

Bluetooth Versionv4.1
Builtin MicrophoneYes
BatteryUp to 9 Hours
Warranty1 Year

5. Chevron wireless

Best Budget Wireless Earphone
 Best Budget Wireless Earphone
  • Apple Airpod style product
  • Decent audio quality
  • Universally compatible
If you’re in love with the Apple Airpods but doesn’t have that sort of money in the wallet, we’d suggest the Chevron Wireless earphones that are priced under Rs.3000. This truly wireless budget Bluetooth earphones deliver the Airpod experience at a fraction of its price.

Design and build quality – thumbs up!

Even though it’s priced way too lower than all the competitors here on this list, Chevron hasn’t done any compromises on the build quality of this Bluetooth earphone.

The plastic used for the construction doesn’t feel too cheap and the design resembles a luxury product.

The stable, ergonomic design ensures that these wireless earbuds stay in place even while you’re engaged in strenuous activities.

Does the price sound right??

Powered by the Bluetooth v4.2 CSR chip inside, the sound output coming out of the speakers is on par with other models priced similarly.

With the support for aptX technology, this earphone delivers rich bass and crystal clear mids and highs that makes your music listening an enjoyable experience.

The voice call clarity is another important aspect to talk about this earphone. The call quality was decent and the mic seemed to be sufficiently sensitive enough to pick the voice.

Features galore on a budget..

With the Chevron wireless earpods, you’re going to get almost all the features of a premium priced Apple Airpod.

The magnetic charging case and the noise cancellation technology are present with this product as well.

This Bluetooth earphone is compatible with almost all Bluetooth enabled devices including Apple, Android and Windows products.

Fast charging feature that’s present with this wireless earphone lets you have a quick 15 minutes juice up of the battery and use it for an hour and a half continuously.

Less price, less battery life?

Surprisingly No. The Chevron wireless Bluetooth earbuds lasted for a respectable 4 hours before its battery got completely drained out.

However, with the the carrying case featuring a 1500 mAh battery, you can use this product for about 20 hours at a stretch.

Decision pending?

If you’re in dire need of a truly wireless Apple airpod style Bluetooth earphone, this one might be the right pick for you. Its battery life is also quite impressive.

But if you’re inclined more towards the quality of sound than the price of earphones, then you may have to look elsewhere.

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Affordable
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Lightweight and compact
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Decent battery life
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Bluetooth Versionv4.2
Builtin MicrophoneYes
BatteryUp to 4 Hours
Warranty6 Month
The article listing the best wireless earphones comes to a conclusion here. If you’re not aware, we have also posted buying lists and suggestions for earphones under various budgets on our website that you can make use of.

We really hope this article has served its purpose. If you think we should have included some other models as well, please let us know in the comment section below. We are always ready to pit them against our choices.

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