Best Earphones In India (March 2020)

by | Mar 17, 2020

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.

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

If you are looking for a particular budget range please check out our articles on best wired earphones under Rs.500, Rs.1,000, Rs.2,000 & Rs.3,000.

Best Earphones In India

1. Shure SE215-CLOverall Best Pick
2. FiiO F9 ProTriple Driver Earphone
3. 1MORE Triple Driver EarphoneBest Value for Money Earphone
4. Sennheiser CX 275sEarphone with Best Tonal Balance
5. RHA S500 UniversalBest Build Quality
6. One Plus BulletsType C Earphone
7. Sony MDR-XB55APEarphone with Emphasis on Bass
8. SoundMagic E10CLightweight and Comfortable Earphone
9. Jays One+Best Earphone for Voice Calls
10. Realme Earbuds 2Best Budget all Rounder Earphone
11. Mi Dual Driver earphoneBudget Dual Driver Earphone
12. JBL C50HIHonorable Mention

1. Shure SE215 CL

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Overall Best Pick
  • Studio-grade sound output
  • Built to last
  • Excellent sound isolation

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 CL 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 CL 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 cancellations in the segment.

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

Speakers and Sound Quality

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

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

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

The detachable cable connector works 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 pants pocket.

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 CL 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.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the microphone, the Shure SE215 CL 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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Unique design

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Excellent fit and finish

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Rewarding music listening experience

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No inline microphone

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

2. FiiO F9 Pro

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Triple Driver Earphone
  • Hi-res audio certified
  • Solid build quality
  • Elegant design

FiiO F9 Pro is a triple driver wired earphone that delivers deep bass and treble of unmatched quality under a budget of Rs.10,000.

Triple drivers mean that the bass, treble and the mid vocals, each get separate drivers for sound output, creating high resolution audio which will satiate any audiophiles soul out there.

Design and build quality

The FiiO F9 Pro earpiece shell is made of aluminium that is machined to perfection.

The design itself is very unique and gives it a robust and masculine look.

The ripple design on the shell serves not only the aesthetic purpose but also reinforces the chassis for better strength and durability.

This wired earphone has an over the ear design that is very comfortable for a user during his long duration of usage.

There won’t be any considerable fatigue and distraction as the earpiece comfortably rests on top of the ear canal and not inside it.

Speakers and sound quality

The FiiO F9 Pro has three individual speaker drivers inside for better spatial separation.

Bass, mid and treble is processed by each driver and this gives you a precise studio quality music listening experience.

The bass levels are very deep and truly remarkable.

This earphone covers a frequency response range between 15 Hz and 4000 Hz which indicates that you’ll be able to hear the last bit of details in the music.

Miscellaneous

The FiiO F9 Pro comes with a standard MMCX connector by which you can detach the 3.5mm cable and replace it with a 2.5mm one if you like.

This makes this wired earphone more versatile to be used with a multitude of gadgets such as laptops and even TVs.

The F9 Pro comes with an amble 12 pair interchangeable earbuds and a waterproof carrying case for safety.

Verdict

The F9 Pro from FiiO is one of the few triple driver earphones in the market priced under Rs.10,000.

If you would love to have a full-blown immersive music listening experience, the FiiO F9 Pro would be a smart choice.

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Triple driver setup
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Aluminium build
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Interchangeable cable
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High impedance

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz – 40000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

3. 1MORE Triple Driver Earphone

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Honorable Mention
  • Triple drivers
  • Aluminium 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 a sound which is rich in bass and treble.

Design and build quality

The packaging of this wired earphone from 1MORE is very premium. It comes in a book like a box with a 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 aluminium 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.

Speakers and sound quality

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 are 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.

Miscellaneous

Inside the package, you get an aeroplane 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.

Verdict

If you’re in search of 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. Sennheiser CX275s

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Earphone with Best Tonal Balance
  • Best for listening to EDMs
  • Carry pouch included
  • Average build quality

Sennheiser is a brand which needs no introduction to audiophiles.

They have launched some of the best audio devices in the world and pioneered this industry for decades.

The Sennheiser CX275s has been dominating the budget earphone segment for a few years now.

Design and Build Quality

The area where Sennheiser CX275s lags big time is build quality.

These earphones are fairly ordinary built with tangle-prone cables and plastic driver housing.

The cables are built well but are very thin when compared to SoundMagic E10C or Sony MDR.

The inline remote control has just a single button and there is no volume control option there.

Speakers and Sound Quality

In terms of sound quality, the Sennheiser CX275s has a bass-driven stereo sound as claimed by them.

It has a frequency response of 17 Hz-23 kHz and an impedance of 16 Ohm.

They sound balanced than some of the other earphones in the CX line, although the bass has a bit of a boost.

The midrange is clear and the treble is fairly pleasant.
They aren’t audiophile quality earphones but they perform respectably at the price point.

The microphone also performs well during calls.

Miscellaneous

The CX 275s is a pair of in-ear headphones that are designed specifically for mobile devices.

They are compatible with every Android and Apple devices.

The earphones are provided with a carry pouch and 3 pairs of rubber ear-tips inside the box.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Sennheiser CX 275s is a good headset for someone who wants a
branded, average sounding earphone with good microphone functionality under Rs. 2000.

The sound is tailored to be bass-heavy and if you mostly listen to EDM or other bass-heavy genres without too many vocals, you may not feel the loss in the other regions of sound.

If you want something with a bit more balanced sound, consider the SoundMagic E10C.

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Good microphone quality

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Bass driven sound, best for EDM lovers

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Plastic body

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Wire can gets tangled

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Wire is thin

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range17Hz-23KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

5. RHA S500 Universal

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Best Build Quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Superior audio clarity
  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty

RHA is a UK based professional audio equipment manufacturer who is widely acclaimed for its audiophile-quality earphones and headphones within an affordable budget.

The RHA S500 Universal is one such entry-level RHA product that can be used with both iOS and Android devices as well as any device with a compatible 3.5mm jack.

Design and Build Quality

When it comes to building quality and craftsmanship, the RHA products are on par with most of their competitors in the same price category.

The RHA S500 Universal has a minimalistic design accentuated by the aluminium driver housing with a tapered edge that screams premium quality at first sight itself.

The rounded dual material cable is 1.35m long, making it easy to carry it in your pocket without any stress to the joints.

There is additional structural support at the joints, making this earphone capable of withstanding mild abuses.

The high quality 3.5mm jack is surrounded by metallic inserts with a textured pattern for easy grip.

This gold plated jack also helps in the signal to flow uninterrupted across to your smartphone.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The RHA S500 features a custom made 14mm dynamic drivers that deliver excellent audio that will satiate a true audiophile’s quest for studio-quality sound output at such an affordable price tag.

The aluminium casing in which the driver has placed acts as an acoustic chamber and enhances the low notes and lets out a pleasant bass which gracefully assists the clean vocals and high pitched music notes.

Having a sensitivity of 100dB equates to the perfect combination of loudness and distortion-free sound, making this earphone meet the best of both worlds.

In-line Remote and Voice Quality

The inline remote on this wired earphone is placed strategically near the earpiece so that it’s close to your mouth rather than dangling down at your hip level.

This enhances the voice pickup abilities and perfectly catches your sound, no matter where you are standing.

The remote has a single button that can either accept/reject calls or play/pause the current track.

Verdict

The RHA S500 is the perfect headphone that you can currently purchase for under Rs.3,000.

The perfect combination of bass and treble makes for a delightful music listening experience with this earphone.

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Universal compatibility

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Metallic driver casing

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Dual-layered strong cable

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Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range16Hz – 22000Hz
Warranty3 year
Impedance16 Ohm

6. One Plus Bullets

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Best Type-C Earphone
  • Hi-res audio support
  • Excellent stage separation
  • Tangle-free cable

One Plus bullets is a Type-C in-ear style earphones from the popular smartphone brand – One Plus.

Since the 3.5mm headphone jack is fast disappearing from the smartphones, investing in Type-C earphones or a wireless one for that matter has just become far too important than ever before.

Design and Build Quality

One Plus always keeps a standard build quality and audio quality with their smartphones and it is the same with the earphones as well. The One Plus bullets are one of the top-rated earphones in the sub-2000 rupees price range.

The earpiece of this budget in-ear styled earphone is made from lightweight aluminium alloy.

The One Plus bullets feature an aluminium casing with a textured surface which makes these pair of earbuds more beautiful.

The earpiece is slightly oblique-angled to rest inside the ears naturally. This creates a passive noise cancellation effect for unhindered music listening sessions in the outdoors.

Speakers and Sound Quality

When it comes to the sound quality, the One Plus bullets is nicely balanced with clear highs and detailed mids, and good focus on the bass.

The specially designed dual-layer 10mm driver is capable of delivering some of the best quality audio experience you can get under a budget of Rs.2000.

You get clear vocals with this earphone, sub-bass is handled well and the low-end punch doesn’t get too boomy on these.

Miscellaneous

The inline microphone on this earphone works pretty well to eliminate background static while having voice calls.

Verdict

Overall, if you are the one looking for Type-C wired earphones with the best build quality and doesn’t want to compromise on sound quality, One Plus bullets are the perfect choice for you!

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Minimal yet elegant design

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Three-button inline remote

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Robust built quality

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Specifications

7. Sony MDR-XB55AP

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Best Earphones for Bassheads
  • Excellent bass clarity
  • Flat tangle-resistant cable
  • Secure fitting silicone earbuds

Sony is a highly reputed brand in consumer electronics space for its quality offerings across the spectrum.

Their brand of earphones also follows the same pattern.

The Sony MDR-XB55AP model is a compact earphone that delivers quality sound output.

Housing a 12mm Neodymium driver that can respond between 5Hz-25KHz, the frequency range of Sony MDR-XB55AP is pretty wide.

The driver size is one of the widest in this price range which will deliver better sub-bass sounds.

It has an impedance rating of 16 Ohm and the sensitivity is 106 dB/MW.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The overall sound quality of this earphone is very good.

It has an excellent sound system that provides true sound through the earpiece rather than any boosted output.

The clarity and details of output are also very good with this wired earphone. Even the voice recorded via Inline Mic was impressive.

Miscellaneous

The Sony MDR-XB55AP houses its dynamic drivers in an aluminium body. The cables have a serrated flat design to resist tangles and snags.

The inline remote control and mic have a single button to take hands-free calls and switch tracks.

There is no button to adjust the volume. We felt the overall build quality is pretty average.

Verdict

If your concern is a good sounding earphone from a reputed brand, then the Sony MDR-XB55AP is a great choice under Rs. 2000.

The bass levels are satisfying for those who look for that extra punch in the music they listen to. Having an inline microphone makes it more useful than ever before for having voice calls on the go.

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Sensitive microphone

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Solid build quality

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Lightweight and comfortable

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No volume control button

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance24 Ohms
Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

8. SoundMagic E10C

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Lightweight and Comfortable Earphone
  • Powerful bass response
  • Aluminium earpiece casing
  • Universal compatibility

SoundMagic is one of the most sought after in-ear style earphone brands in the Indian market.

The company has it’s footprint on both budget as well as premium earphone segments with models such as Soundmagic ES18S and the PL30 respectively.

The E10C is a mid-range premium in-ear style earphone which offers the best bang for your buck, priced competitively around Rs.2000.

Design and Build Quality

The SoundMagic E10C is designed with practicality in mind.

There is nothing fancy about the size and shape of the earpiece which most of the companies like to experiment with.

The dual-tone bright colour scheme looks and feels very attractive. The aluminium earpiece casing is very lightweight and at the same time is solidly built.

The 1.2m braided wire is tightly sealed with plastic coating and doesn’t tangle as such.

The left and right ear markings are very well given to distinguish between the respective earpieces effortlessly.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Soundmagic E10C features a 10mm speaker driver which is custom-tuned for the best possible sound output.

As expected, the quality of sound from this in-ear earphone from Soundmagic is on par when compared with other similarly priced earphones.

The rich and deep bass perfectly compensates the vocals as well the treble notes, delivering sound notes with perfect tonal balance.

Miscellaneous

This is a universal earphone, meaning it will work with both iOS and Android devices seamlessly without any issues.

The three-button remote is integrated with a microphone for letting you have hands free voice calls.

This in-ear styled earphone comes with a hard case carry pouch and three pairs of different sized silicone eartips.

Verdicts

The Soundmagic E10C is one of the best-wired earphones currently on sale in the Indian market.

Perfect tonally balanced sound output with robust build quality makes this purchase a no-brainer.

 

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Braided cable

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Carry pouch included

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In-line remote

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Hard to press remote buttons

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz-22KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

9. Jays One+

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Dual Driver Earphone
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Comfort fit earpieces
  • Android app for fine-tuning sound output

Jays is a renowned sub-brand of the popular audio-related equipment manufacturer Northbaze.

The One+ wired earphone from Jays has been around for a while but now, the price has come down significantly making it a very good choice for people looking for a branded wired earphone under Rs.2000.

Design and Build Quality

The Jays One+ is one of the elegantly designed wired earphones that looks very premium and pleasing to the eyes.

The flat tangle-free cable and the right-angled headphone jack is built to last and feels very durable in hand.

Jays One+ earphones feel very lightweight in the ear and sit comfortably inside the ear canal without falling off during head movements.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Jays One+ wired earphones feature 8.6mm speaker drivers which emphasize vocals and higher-end treble notes.

The lower end notes emerge perfectly fine but not to the liking of heavy bassheads for sure.

There are no sound distortions of any sorts even when the audio is played at maximum volume levels.

The Jays One+. owing to its perfect vocal clarity is one of the best-wired earphones suitable for voice calls under the price tag of Rs.2000.

Miscellaneous

The silicone eartips with specially designed sleeves ensures effective noise cancellation, blocking most of the ambient sounds outside.

Jays have also released a dedicated Android app to tune the earphone sound output to perfection for those perfectionists.

Verdict

Jays One+ is a premium in-ear style wired earphone which is perfect for voice calls.

The elegant design and durable build quality ensure this earphone to be worth every penny you spend on it.

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Minimal yet elegant design

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L shaped headphone jack

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Passive noise cancellation

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Bass is a bit on the shorter side

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-18KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms



10. Realme Buds 2

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Best Build Quality
  • Magnetic earpiece housing
  • Ergonomic fitting
  • Six months warranty;

Realme buds are Realme’s answer to the Xiaomi’s Mi basic in-ear style earphones.
Priced just under Rs.600, the Realme Buds 2 offers excellent value for money proposition with this well-built earphones.

Design and Build Quality

The fit and finish of this budget earphones are excellent with great attention given to even the minutest of the details.

The braided cable offers durability to these earphones and keeps it from tangling to an extent.

The metallic earpiece housing is magnetic and sticks to each other without any issue.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is straight and comes without a gold coating.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Realme buds 2 features a single 10mm driver covering a decent 20-20000Hz frequency spectrum to output the best possible sound in your ears.

Although the bass levels might not be up to the liking of bass fanatics, the overall sound signature is pretty decent for its price.

In-line remote and Microphone

The Realme Buds 2 earphones come with inline remote features three different buttons and a microphone.

The voice call clarity from the microphone is good without any distortion. The three-button aides in volume control and accepting/rejecting voice calls.

The buttons are a bit hard at the beginning but with a few keypresses returns to normalcy.

Verdict

The Realme buds 2 offers a reasonably good quality sound output at an aggressive price point.

The magnetic earpiece and the braided cable add to the value of the wired earphone.

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Braided cable

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Elegant design

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Pleasing sound output

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Bass is limited

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance32 ohms

11. Mi Dual Driver Earphones

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Budget Dual-Driver Earphone
  • Dual dynamic drivers 
  • Tangle-free braided cable
  • Magnetic earpiece

Xiaomi is one of the prominent smartphone manufacturers in India with a majority share in their pocket.

Xiaomi has shown their prowess in smartphone accessories like power banks as well. Their budget earphones are also popular among the masses.

Design and Build Quality

The Mi dual-driver earphones are exceptionally well built. The machine cut precision is evident from the first look itself.

The design language is very much minimal at the same time appealing to the eyes.

The specialized twin driver earpiece case design has a metallic chamber inside which the speaker drivers are placed.

This makes the sound to reverberate inside and creates an amplified effect on its own.

Sound Quality

The sound quality is very much pleasant to the ears. The bass is pronounced and the treble matches with the rest of the audio spectrum quite beautifully.

Since this is a dual driver earphone, there are separate drivers for bass notes followed by a normal vocal and treble driver.

What this does is output the purest bass in conjunction with excellent clarity vocals which improves the overall listening quality fivefold.

The only downside we could find with this earphone is that there are no ear markings anywhere to be seen.

Miscellaneous

The 90-degree L shaped connector is gold plated and offers the least resistance to the signals.

The inline mic and remote are one of the most comprehensive we have seen in this category.

There is an answer/end call and two separate volume rockers which is very much desirable for any earphone out there.

The kevlar coated and braided cable feels strong, sturdy and induces an indestructible feel. Do note that if you abuse the wire so hard, it will eventually break.

Verdict

If you want a well-built earphone with great sound quality the Mi earphones are one of the best in the business.

These earphones sound great for its asking price and the excellent build quality ensures that the product is durable for long term use.

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Robust build quality

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Gold plated headphone jack

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Passive noise cancellation

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No easily visible L/R ear markings

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 40,000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance32 ohms

12. JBL C50HI

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Honorable Mention
  • Signature JBL sound quality
  • One year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Available in trendy colours

JBL C50 HI is the company’s latest budget-oriented in-ear style earphones released in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.500.

JBL promises the signature custom-tuned drivers will let you enjoy immersive music, no matter the genre you’re interested in.

Design and Build Quality

Speaking of the design, the JBL C50HI comes with the standard shape and size that all in-ear headphones in this price range come with.

The construction of the earpiece shell is made of plastic, which makes this earphone one of the lightest in its segment.

Unfortunately, the 1.2m cable is not tangle-free and feels fragile. In the end, there is an angled 3.5mm headphone jack, which again lacks gold coating for obvious pricing reasons.

Speakers and Sound Quality

JBL is critically acclaimed for its signature bass-rich sound profile. The JBL C50HI features an 8.6mm custom-tuned driver from JBL for improved acoustic performance.

The bass levels, as expected, are on a par with its competitors. The mid and highs are clean and audible even at higher volume levels.

If you crank the volume way too higher, some distortions do occur but, under normal listening conditions, it doesn’t count.

In-ear microphone and Calls

The JBL C50HI comes a single button in-line remote with a microphone for answering calls on the go.

The single button can be pressed once to accept/reject the calls, twice to skip the track forwards and thrice to skip the track backwards.

The microphone comes with noise cancellation and the output quality of sound during calls is quite good for the price.

Verdict

If you’re a fan of JBL brand and requires a budget in-ear wired earphones, the JBL C50HI perfectly suits your need for just under Rs.500.

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Lightweight

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Clean sound output

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Long cable

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No tangle-free wire

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance30 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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