Best Earphones In India (December 2019)

by | Dec 19, 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. Shure Shure SE215-CLOverall Best Pick
2. FiiO F9 ProTriple Driver Earphone
3. 1MORE Triple Driver EarphoneBest Value for Money Earphone
4. FiiO FH1Dual Driver Earphone
5. Sennheiser CX 300-IIEarphone with Best Tonal Balance
6. RHA S500 Universal Best Build Quality
7. Sony XB75APBest Earphone for Bass Heads
8. SoundMagic PL30+CBest Budget Wired Earphone
9. JBL C200SI Best Budget Noise Cancellation Earphone
10. Realme earbudsHonorable 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. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. Sony MDR-XB75AP

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Best wired Earphone for Bass Heads
  • IPX7 water resistance
  • Rich bass output
  • Universal compatibility

Sony MDR-XB lineup has been one of the fan favourites among audiophiles who are in search of affordable, high-quality headphones for listening to EDM and trance music.

The Sony MDR-XB75AP comes with an inline remote and microphone, making it a complete package worth investing your hard-earned money into.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-XB75AP is designed to perfection using high-quality materials for its construction.

The angled in-ear tube and the metallic driver casing makes this earphone stand out from the rest in terms of aesthetics.

Additionally, there are earclips to keep the earpieces intact even while engaging in active sports and workout sessions.

This earphone also comes with the IPX7 water resistance certification for outdoor use without any damage.

The 1.2m cable is sufficiently long enough to reach your pant pockets with enough slack so that you don’t have to fear about the cable being stressed under pressure.

The flat style cable is tangle-resistant and can withstand minor abuses without damage.

This budget earphone comes with three pairs of eartips that you can replace according to the size of your ear for a tight and comfortable fit.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Sony MDR-XB75AP features a 12mm neodymium magnet driver to deliver excellent quality sound output across the spectrum.

This driver has a sensitivity of 111dB/mW, which is quite high for a budget earphone.

Sensitivity measures how efficient the electrical signals are converted into sound signals by the drivers. More the sensitivity, the better the sound output at minimal power consumption.

However, higher sensitivity might induce occasional sound distortions at very high volume levels.

The driver inside this earphone covers an impressive frequency response range of 4Hz – 26,000 Hz, providing an immersive music listening experience.

The clever design of the driver casing includes a bass duct that improves the quality of the low pitch sound, making it a bass lovers dream companion.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The inline remote on this earphone features a single button to accept/reject incoming calls and to play/pause the music track.

The microphone underneath the remote delivers excellent voice call quality. The mic doesn’t pick up any unwanted noise in the background while you’re calling, making voice calls, a much better experience.

Verdict

If your music listening routine consists mostly of EDMs and other bass-rich tones, purchasing this earphone won’t disappoint you at all.

The immersive bass reproduction along with clean mid and clear highs makes it the best all-around performing earphone in the sub Rs.3,000 price segment.

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Excellent fit and finish

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High-quality aluminium housing

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Secure fitting silicone buds

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Slight sound distortion at maximum volume

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range4Hz – 26000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

8. SoundMagic PL30+C

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Best Budget Wired Earphone
  • Rich and natural bass output
  • Best comfort fit design
  • One year warranty

SoundMagic has been building some of the best budget earphones for the last few years that not only sounds great but also well built.

The PL30+C, an upgraded version of SoundMagic E10C is again a perfect example to justify that tag all thanks to its audio performance and build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The PL30+C has a solid design with tangle-free cables and aluminium earbud housing.

Its in-ear design has made sure that the earbuds sit deep inside the ear canal without any discomfort.

Provided inside the box is a carry case with enough sizes of silicone ear tips, cable adjuster, computer/mobile adapter and the earphone itself.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The SoundMagic PL30+C has a frequency response between 15Hz and 22KHz.
Because of this wider frequency range, it can output a wide variety of sound.

The sound stage is pretty good with great clarity and details.

The bass is tighter and the mid and highs are crisp to enhance the sound quality.

Miscellaneous

The Soundmagic PL30+C has a 3 button remote control to attend/disconnect calls, adjust the volume and control tracks.

This earphone is compatible with most of the devices out of the box including iPhone, Android, Laptops and PCs.

Verdict

All in all, the SoundMagic PL30+C is the best earphone under Rs. 2000. Its musical detail with powerful bass and wide sound stage is second to none in this price range.

Added to that is the build quality of tangle-free cables and the metallic housing of earbud drivers, the PL30+C is simply a cut above the rest.

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Gold plated angled jack

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Powerful neodymium magnets

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Safe and secure carry bag

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Average mic quality

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz-22KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

9. JBL C200SI

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Best Budget Noise Cancellation Earphones
  • JBL signature sound
  • One-button universal remote
  • Excellent noise cancellation characteristics

JBL audio equipment is very popular among the youth in this country.

Their Bluetooth speakers are a major success in the market and the earphone and headphone sales are booming as well.

The JBL C200SI is a budget in-ear style earphones with legendary status among the audiophiles owing to its sound quality and the lightweight and comfortable form factor.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL C200SI features an attractive bulb-shaped earpiece made from high-quality glossy ABS plastic.

The JBL C200SI has soft ear tips that are great for extended usage and longtime music listening experience without hurting the ears.

When we talk about the build quality, the JBL CS200SI gives an above-average build quality for the price but, the cables are not that great.

They can get tangled in your pockets very easily.

The gold-plated earphone jack is well made and gives a better sound reproduction from the playback devices.

JBL also provides a 1-year warranty on these earphones as well.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL C200SI features 9mm drivers that deliver the signature JBL sound profile with rich bass and perfectly balanced mids and highs.

The dome-shaped structure that houses the drivers helps in creating an acoustic chamber that enhances the bass from inside.

The frequency response of the JBL C200SI ranges between 20-20,000Hz and the bass on these earphones are well pronounced.

Custom made JBL drivers inside this earphone deliver precise, powerful sound for an exceptional listening experience.

The snug fit inside the ears makes for excellent passive noise cancellation as well.

In-line Remote and Microphone

This earphone comes with a 1.2 m long cable which features an in-line microphone and remote control for music playbacks.

Microphone quality is good for the price as well and the single button on the inline remote is multi-functional.

Verdict

If you love brand JBL and its products, you might not want to miss this one.

The excellent deep bass coupled with clean and crisp vocals makes this earphone, one of the best in its business under the budget of Rs.1000.

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One-touch access to Google assistant/Siri

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Premium fit and finish

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Lightweight and comfortable

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Cables are not anti-tangle

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance20 ohms

10. Realme Buds

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Honorable Mention
  • 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.500, the Realme Buds offer 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 feature 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 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 offer 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 Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance32 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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