Best Earphones In India (October 2019)

by | Sep 23, 2019

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 seven 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.

Best Earphones india

1. Bose SoundSportOverall Best Pick
2. Shure SE215SPE-ARunner-Up Pick
3. FiiO F9 ProTriple Driver Earphone
4. 1MORE Triple Driver EarphoneBest Value for Money Earphone
5. FiiO FH1Dual Driver Earphone
6. RHA MA750iBest Build Quality
7. Sony MDR-XB55APAfordable Bass Heavy Earphones
8. One Plus BulletsType C Earphone
9. JBL C50HIBest Budget Earphone
10. Sennheiser CX 300-IIHonorable Mention

1. Bose SoundSport

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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 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, the 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 ear-tips 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 a 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 a hands-free voice calling feature.

The buttons are really tactile and let 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 SE215SPE-A

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Runner-Up 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 SE215SPE-A 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!) SE215SPE-A 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.

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 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

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 are 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.

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 SE215SPE-A 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 SE215SPE-A 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. FiiO FH1

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Dual Driver Earphone
  • 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.

Design and Build Quality

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 aluminium.

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.

Speakers and Sound Quality

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 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.

Miscellaneous Info

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.

Verdict

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

6. RHA MA750i

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Best Build Quality
  • Machined stainless steel build
  • Precise and balanced sound
  • Premium carry case

RHA earphones are best known for its craftsmanship and audio quality among hardcore audiophiles.

The RHA MA750i is an engineering marvel designed for remarkable quality audio experience priced just under Rs.10,000.

Design and build quality

The company calls the design of this wired earphones as aero phonic.

This means that the earpiece fits perfectly inside your ear canals which provides a noise isolating fit that will help you to get immersed in music.

The RHA MA750i uses stainless steel components for its construction. The body is tough and solid and looks very premium with the steel finish on it.

The three-button remote is very convenient to use. The inbuilt mic does perform very well when it comes to hands-free calling.

This wired earphones comes inside a premium looking carry case and has a stainless steel ear tip case for keeping them safe and secure during transit.

Speakers and sound quality

The RHA MA750i delivers excellent sound quality across the spectrum with its neodymium powered dynamic driver speakers.

These speakers can cover a frequency response range between 16 Hz – 22000 Hz.

It means that you can listen to most of the notes in the music without skipping the extreme bass or treble.

The speakers inside the RHA MA750i has been handcrafted to precision for delivering studio-quality music.

Miscellaneous

This earphone uses memory foam silicone eartips. It will regain the actual shape immediately after you pull it out from your ears.

The benefit is that the eartips won’t deform after long usage and it will say fit as always.

The gold plated 3.5mm headphone jack ensures minimal signal loss from the smartphone or any other host device, ensuring the best audio playback without any compromises.

Verdict

If you are looking for a solidly built wired earphone that will last for a while and delivers precise music notes, the RHA MA750i is a safe bet under Rs.10,000.

The stainless steel build along with the handcrafted dynamic driver speakers makes it one of the best in the market right now.

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Build quality

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Responsive inline remote

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Noise isolating fit

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No water resistance

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range16Hz – 20000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

7. Sony MDR-XB55AP

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Affordable Bass-Heavy Earphones
  • 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 Range5Hz-25KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

8. 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

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance24 Ohms

9. JBL C50HI

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Best Budget Earphone
  • 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 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

10. Sennheiser CX 300-II

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Honorable Mention
  • Best suited for hip-hop music
  • 2-year brand warranty
  • Excellent noise cancellation

The Sennheiser CX 300-II is the improved version of the original Sennheiser CX 300 with a more natural-sounding bass while the aesthetics remain almost unchanged.

This in-ear earphone provides an overall smoother sound output with perfect tonal balance, making it one of the best sounding earphones in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser CX 300-II has a traditional earphone design with a rounded driver casing and a metal-clad insert over the same for aesthetic purposes.

The rounded wires of the earphone are of a decent thickness and sufficient length but weirdly has different lengths for each ear. The company advises wearing the longer ear cable around the neck for a proper fit.

The ear tips that come with these earphones are comfortable to wear and is sweat and moisture resistant. It won’t slide away loosely once it becomes wet.

There is no inline remote nor a microphone for voice calls and media controls. This earphone is solely designed for listening to music and nothing else.

The L shaped headphone jack is gold plated to ensure a minimal signal loss for better music output.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sennheiser CX 300-II features a dynamic 10mm neodymium driver inside to deliver a bass-driven, stereo sound experience.

This speaker driver has a minimum impedance of 16 ohms and a high sensitivity of about 13 dB/mW, making it possible to deliver high-quality sound output even on low-end budget smartphones.

This driver covers a frequency response range of 19Hz – 21,000 Hz, capable of reproducing even the slightest sound from an instrument used in music composition.

Since this is an in-ear style earphones, the speakers rest inside the ear canal. The rounded design of the driver casing provides a passive noise cancellation effect, attenuating most of the background noises from getting inside the ears.

This excellent noise cancellation effect enhances the immersive music listening experience, no matter where you are.

Miscellaneous

This earphone comes with three sets of eartips of different sizes for the best fit in our ears.

There is also a carrying pouch that comes with the box, which you can use to keep the earphones safely during trips in your bags or pockets.

Sennheiser provides a 2-year warranty for this earphone applicable anywhere in India.

Verdict

If you want a no-frills earphone with the sole aim of listening to music, the Sennheiser CX 300-II is a good choice.

Excellent noise cancellation and the high-quality dynamic driver delivers excellent quality sound output, making this earphone a wise choice for a budget under Rs.3,000.

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High-quality neodymium driver
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Gold plated, angled earphone jack
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Comfort-fit design
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No inline remote and microphone

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range19Hz-21000Hz
Warranty2 year
Impedance16 Ohm
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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