Best Over-The-Ear Wireless Headphones In India

by | Jul 24, 2018

After countless articles about the headphones and earphones under various budget categories, finally we’re at it – The best wireless Bluetooth headphones in India.

This article covers the best headphones that we felt actually are the best under an imaginary budget of Rs.15,000.

In our tests, the Sennheiser 4.50 BT emerged as the winner closely followed by the legendary Marshall Major II. Enough of the intro, let’s skip to the words that count!

Best Over-The-Ear Wireless Headphones In india

1. Marshall Major IIOverall Best Pick
2. Sennheiser HD 4.50Runner-Up Pick
3. JBL E45BTBest Value for Money pick
4. Sony MDR-XB950B1Best Bass Pick
5. boAt Rockerz 510Best Budget Pick

1. Marshall Major II

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Premium luxury headphone
  • Excellent balanced sound output
  • Suited for hardcore audiophiles
Marshall is a UK based audio equipment manufacturer well known for its amplifiers, Bluetooth speakers and studio-grade headphones.

The Major II from Marshal is an upgrade over the original Marshall Major headphones that was a widely popular product.

Classic design..

The Marshall Major II follows the classic Marshall design cues including the rounded ear cup design and the vinyl finish.

The textured leather construction imparts a classy and luxury feel to this wireless over the ear headphone.

The collapsible design makes it easier for the storage of this headphone in the bags and suitcases.

The adjustable headband clips are made of metal and has a superior build quality that feels durable.

Awesome acoustics..

The Marshall Major II boasts of a 40mm driver unit that is factory tuned to ensure you the best possible sound clarity.

The deeper bass and the detailed highs makes the music that’s coming out of the speaker very much enjoyable, even for the hardcore audiophiles.

These headphones are the kind of product where a bass head and a purist music lover will agree on with. The vocals are clear and clean without any sort of distortions.

The noise isolation feature works well as advertised. It successfully blocks out the background noises for a quieter and rich music listening experience.

Do more..

One peculiar fact about these headphones is that both the left and right earpieces come with a 3.5mm jack.

You might ask, 3.5mm jack on a wireless Bluetooth headphone?

Yes. not one but two. This is for scenarios where two members can simultaneously listen to the same music with ease.

The cables in itself are gold plated and with textured connectors. Everything about these headphones feels luxurious so does the sound output as well.

The inline remote works impressively well which we didn’t expect from an audiophile grade headphone. The calls where surprisingly crisp and clear and the mic worked just fine as well.

Curious case of Battery life..

With all the features on board and with active noise cancellation running in the background, the Marshall Major II still delivers a stellar battery life of about 30 hours.

This feature makes it one of the best companions during a long trip where access to the grid is minimal.

To buy or Not to Buy!

The Marshall Major II is a lifetime worth of investment if you’re into some serious hardcore music listening.

The quality of music that is delivered on to your ears from the luxury headphone is on a whole new level. If you have the money in your hand, don’t look further.

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Build quality
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Noise cancellation
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Excellent sound quality
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A little tight on ears

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Features30 Hours battery life

2. Sennheiser HD 4.50

Runner-Up Pick
Runner-Up Pick
  • Suited for all genres of music
  • Aesthetically pleasing design
  • Instant pairing via NFC
When it comes to the audio quality of their products, Sennheiser seldom makes mistakes.

The Sennheiser HD 4.50 is an over the ear wireless Bluetooth headphones that come with Active noise cancellation.

Simplicity and minimalism – Check!

The design of the Sennheiser 4.50 is centred around minimalism. There’s no sign of aggressive design aspects anywhere to be seen on this device.

The entire construction of this headphone is of plastic. There’s not even a metal insert in between. However, it has to be noted that the plastics used is of very high quality.

The silver-coloured plastic inserts add a premium look to the headphone which blends in well with the minimalistic design.

This wireless Bluetooth headphone comes with a 2.5mm jack to listen over the wire when the battery is finished.

The headband is thin with not much cushioning around. The earcups are comfy with smooth and soft paddings which feels very much soft and fitting over the ears.

The foldable ear cups makes these wireless headphones easy to be carried around.

Sound quality – Check!

The Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT uses proprietary 40mm drivers that are tuned by the company to meet the requirements of this particular model.

The Sennheiser signature profile renders a very well balanced bass rich sound output from these speakers.

Accurate and clean audio is what we can describe the audio output from these headphones in general. The rich bass never overpowers the mids and highs which makes the vocals crisp and clear.

Additionally, the Active noise cancellation features enhance the immersive listening experience of this headphone.

It blocks/filters the background noises to provide you a calm and quiet ambience to enjoy your music better and clearer.

Connectivity and battery life..

This wireless Bluetooth headphone from Sennheiser comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. This makes the pairing process simple and easy.

Powered by the Bluetooth 4.0 technology, the signal quality and reception is excellent. The Bluetooth radio inside provides a reception radius of well over 30 feet.

Even with obstructions like walls and ceiling in between, the connection never dropped and the sound quality remained intact.

Battery life from a wireless headphone is one of the most important factor in its usability.

The Sennheiser HD 4.50 delivers a stellar 25 hours of battery life on a single charge.

If the active noise cancellation is turned on, this drops to 19 hours which is still a respectable number.

Decision pending??

The Sennheiser HD 4.50 BT is a very capable performer when it comes to those who require a more balanced sound profile rather than overpowered bass.

This product delivers clean audio output without any compromise of notes, be it the lows, highs or the mids.

With the active noise cancellation feature and a very respectable battery life, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 is a compelling choice under Rs.15,000.

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Portability
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Active noise cancellation
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Balanced sound profile
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Proprietary 2.5mm jack

Specifications

Driver Size40mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesActive noise cancellation

3. JBL E45BT

Best Value For Money Pick
 Best Value for Money pick
  • Excellent tonal balance
  • Good build quality
  • JBL signature sound profile
JBL is synonymous with excellent sound output. Being a world-class leader in portable Bluetooth speakers, the company also has its share of best in business headphone offerings.

The E45T is a simple and elegant premium budget over the headphone that comes with two attractive color options – the blue and the black.

Design and form factor – 10/10

The stylish fabric used in this over the ear headphone compliments the sleek design very well. The fit and finish of the JBL E45BT exudes confidence and feels very durable in hand.

The headband adjustment controls are very easy and feature multiple steps.

You can precisely adjust the length according to your head and maintain a tight fitting yet comfortable posture.

The ear cups have plush soft leather paddings which feel very comfy even while listening to music for hours with this headphone.

Incredible sound for the price..

The JBL E45T offers one of the best sounding speaker drivers in this sub Rs.7,000 price range. The bass levels on this headphone will satisfy the basshead in you comfortably.
JBL signature sound certification needs no serious introduction to a hardcore audiophile.

The audio output from the speakers are detailed with sound from each instrument feels distinct and very audible.

The vocals too sound crip and neither the bass nor the treble overshadows it in anyway.

Value additions in the box..

The JBL E45BT comes with a detachable cable in the box. This 3.5mm cable can be made use of when the battery is depleted and you still want to continue listening to your favorite music.

This braided wire is of very high quality and feels rock solid. It can even withstand abuses and function properly afterwards.

The controls are located on the right earcup of this headphones and is very much comfortable to operate with. The buttons are tactile and responsive.

Small and compact, but the battery life?

Yes, the JBL E45BT feels small and compact when compared with other competitors on this list. But the battery life isn’t bad either.

The Li-ion cell inside the device lasts for about 16 hours on a single charge. With less than two hours to fully charge from 0 to 100%, we felt that this number is quite reasonable.

Yay or Nay?

The JBL E45BT is a strong performer with a large sound stage and incredible quality audio output.

If you’re looking for a lightweight and compact alternative to the pricey premium headphones, this one might be the best bet for you.

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Attractive colour option
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Portable and lightweight
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Wider sound stage
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Ear cups could have been a bit larger

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesComfortable fit

4. Sony MDR-XB950B1

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-XB950B1 is an over the ear wired 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 functions over the design aesthetics. However it doesn’t mean that the products are ugly.

The MDR-XB950B1 has a minimal design but we felt this form factor to be more attractive than the others on this list.

The pressure relieving ear pads is one of the unique aspects of this wireless earphone.

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

The swivelling and foldable ear cups makes 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 and the higher it is, the more will be the treble.

Usually headphones comes with frequency spectrum that ranges from 20 – 20000 Hz. But with the MDR – XB950B1, 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 fanatic’s favourite.

The 40mm neodymium driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-XB950B1 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.

Bluetooth and NFC – tick! So does the battery.

Powered by the Bluetooth v4.1, this wireless headphone really shines with low energy consumption compared to its power hungry predecessors.

NFC is one of the technology Sony products tends to feature the most, be it smartphones or Bluetooth speakers. NFC enables quick pairing with compatible devices.

The battery life doesn’t suffer much even with the abundance of connectivity options. This wireless headphone features an 18 hour battery life at moderate volume levels.

A big yes!

If you are a die hard bass fanatic who would love to have deep bass with no distortions in whatever genre of music you intend to listen, this wireless 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 Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesNFC

5. boAt Rockerz 510

Best Budget Pick
Best Budget Pick
  • Best for bass heads
  • Comfortable faux leather cushions
  • Excellent Bluetooth signal reception
boAt is an accomplished name in the Indian audio hardware industry, thanks to their affordable earphones and Bluetooth speaker lineup. The Rockerz 510 is a wireless over the ear headphone from boAt priced around Rs.2,000.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the boAt Rockerz 510 resembles a gaming headphone at large. The distinct lines across the earpiece case and the buttons impart a gaming flair to this product.

The construction is of plastic and feels fairly decent for the price. The buttons are large and easy to click. There’s an LED indicator to indicate the Bluetooth connection status.

The dedicated button for attending phone calls is a nice addition and proved to be of great use when listening to music while travelling.

Sound Quality

This wireless headphone features a 50mm driver speaker which is loud as well as clear.

The bass is on the higher side but doesn’t cause any artificiality to the overall sound output. The treble and vocals sounded fine and pleasing to the ears.

Other Aspects

The ear cushions on this headphone are made of faux leather and feel comfy enough that will let you listen to your favourite tracks for extended periods of time without any discomfort.

The voice call quality was up to the mark and we didn’t feel any trouble while attending the calls. The sound was clear and the mic picked up the voice pretty well.

The button layout of the headphone is very well thought out we’d say. There is the volume rockers button along with a separate skip track backward and forward buttons given for your convenience.

Battery Life

The battery inside this headphone is of 400 mAh and lasts for about 10 hours of music playback. The company claims a standby time of 6-7 days. The Li-ion battery in our testing took about 2 hours to completely juice up.

In conclusion, the boAt Rockerz 510 is an all-round deal if you are looking for a wireless headphone that satisfies your ears without compromising on the build quality and battery life.

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Tactile and responsive buttons
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Rich bass and balanced treble
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Decent battery life
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Driver Size50 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesAffordable
The list of the best wireless headphones comes to a conclusion here. If your budget is very tight, make sure to check out the best wireless headphones under Rs.2,000.

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