Best Earphones In India (November 2019)

by | Nov 7, 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 SE215-KOverall 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. Sony MDR-XB510Best Earphone for Bass Heads
7. SoundMagic E10CValue for Money Earphone
8. RHA MA390Best Build Quality
9. Ant Audio W59Cheapest Dual Driver earphones
10. Mi Basic Honorable Mention

1. Shure SE215-K

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Overall Best Pick
  • Audiophile grade music output
  • Unique transparent design
  • Option to upgrade functionality

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-K 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-K 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.

Sound – Magic

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 in 1 word – Top notch!

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 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 pant pocket.

The 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-K 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.

The Final Verdict

If you don’t mind the microphone, the Shure SE215-K 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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Best build quality

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Transparent earpiece

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Brilliant sound output

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No inline mic

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. Sony Sony XB510

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Affordable Bass-Heavy Earphones
  • Excellent bass clarity
  • Flat tangle-resistant cable
  • Secure fitting silicone earbuds

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-XB510 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-XB510 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-XB 510 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 – 24,000 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 mids and clear highs makes it the best all-around performing earphone in the sub Rs.3,000 price segment.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Good quality microphone

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Flat tangle free cable

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Slight sound distortion at maximum volume

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range4Hz-24000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

7. SoundMagic E10C

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

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 E10C, an upgraded version of SoundMagic E10 is again a perfect example to justify that tag all thanks to its audio performance and build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The E10C has a solid design with tangle-free braided 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 E10C 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 big difference SoundMagic E10C has from the E10 is its inline remote control design.

It has a 3 button remote control to attend/disconnect calls, adjust 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 E10C 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 E10C is simply a cut above the rest.

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Cross-platform compatibility

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Detailed sound and Wide frequency range

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Tangle-free cable and Metallic ear tips

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3 button Inline Remote Control

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Bass is a bit boosted

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Quality of Mic is just average

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz-22KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

8. RHA MA 390

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Best Build Quality
  • Brushed aluminium body
  • Braided tangle free cable
  • Dual-density silicone eartips

RHA is a British company famous for its audiophile-grade earphones and headphones that are acclaimed for its unparalleled build and sound quality.

The RHA MA 390 is one of the entry-level earphones from the company, aiming first-time premium earphone customers who wish to own an excellent quality device at an affordable price.

Design and Build Quality

The RHA MA 390 driver casing and the related components are made of aluminium alloy which ensures structural integrity and durability to this earphone.

The brushed aluminium finish without any paint job looks stunning and offers a luxurious vibe to the device.

The aero phonic housing that has the drivers inside constitute of a hollow chamber to improve the acoustic performance of this in-ear styled earphones.

This earphone features a long 1.3m braided tangle-free cable which is a blessing for those who carelessly throw their stuff inside pockets or bags, with the additional burden of untangling the wires before use.

The gold plated connector ensures that it will remain corrosion-free even if it comes in contact with the water droplets. Gold plating also minimizes the resistance to the electrical signals, resulting in better audio quality.

RHA also provides dual density silicone ear tips that provide a comfortable and long-lasting cushion effect while wearing this earphone.

There is also a fabric carrying case available with the purchase of this earphone which is pretty useful if you are a person who cares to keep your things organised.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The RHA MA 390 has a relatively larger 13.8mm driver that provides the sound output with rich bass and detailed mids and highs.

The aero phonic housing helps this earphone to deliver deep bass but to the level that it doesn’t feel artificial to the ears.

The soundstage separation on this earphone is very distinct and you will be able to enjoy all the notes across the spectrum in crisp and clean quality.

These drivers have a sensitivity of just 89dB/mW meaning even if you listen to music at the maximum volume levels, there won’t be any noticeable distortion in the output.

The dual-density silicone eartips and the inverted trumpet-shaped driver casing provides a very good passive noise attenuation.

This helps the earphone to block most of the external noises and deliver a peaceful and immersive music listening session for you.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The RHA MA 390 is a universal earphone. This device is compatible with most of the gadgets with a 3.5mm jack in the market at present.

The inline remote has a single button to control all the functionalities such as calls and media playback without needing to touch your smartphone.

The microphone is very sensitive to pick your voice whether you are inside the house or in a busy marketplace crowded with people.

The company provides a belt clip in the box that can be used to place the inline microphone securely on your shirt for consistent audio call quality.

Verdict

The RHA MA 390 is one of the best premium earphones available under a budget of Rs.2,000 that excel in build quality and audio performance.

Precise British engineering that delivers unmatched sound quality and uncompromising durability make this earphone a compelling choice for purchase.

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Excellent noise cancellation

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Rich sound signature

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Rugged build quality

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Cumbersome warranty claim procedure

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range16Hz – 22KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm

9. Ant Audio W59

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Cheapest Dual Driver Earphones
  • Signature JBL sound quality
  • One year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Available in trendy colours

Ant Audio is a UK based audio equipment manufacturer popular for its audiophile-grade speakers and earphones.

The W59 from Ant Audio is one of the entry-level earphones that the company has introduced in the Indian market.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality is another area where the Ant Audio shows its prowess.

The 1.2m cable, though non-braided does offer a sturdy feel. The wire inside is made using pure copper without oxygen resulting in near-zero resistance to the signals.

The wire is tangle-free and can be easily kept inside the supplied pouch without the fear of having to untie the knot every time you want to listen to the music.

Speaker and Sound Quality

First things first, this is a dual driver earphone. Dual drivers mean two driver units per ear.

How does it work?

One of the driver units outputs the high and mid-frequency while the other deals only with the bass.

This will let the earphone deliver hi-fidelity audio which is clean as well as rich in bass.

This particular earphone features two 6mm drivers which are made using neodymium magnets and other quality components.

Miscellaneous

The in-line remote works well and has all the features such as music controls and in-call functions, as you would expect from an earphone at this price range.

If you’re content with the weird driver casing shape, this earphone is one of the best in the business at this price range.

Verdict

The Ant Audio W59 is mainly targeted at customers who follow an active lifestyle. Be it an indoor listener or a travel junkie, this earphone will convince you with the great audio output it delivers.

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Dual 6mm drivers

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Passive noise cancellation works well

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Good build quality

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Non-braided cable

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Warranty1 year
Impedance32 ohms

10. Mi Basic

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Honorable Mention
  • Suited for long listening sessions
  • Durable fit and finish
  • Clean and crisp vocals
Xiaomi doesn’t need any introduction to the Indian market.

With the introduction of best quality affordable smartphones, they have captured the hearts of millions of people in India and here they are, with a new accessory to their wide product catalogue – the Mi Basic earphones.

Design and Build Quality

There was a time when we all considered that the Chinese products had the cheap build quality and that’s why they are priced less.

But Xiaomi has changed that perspective with their products and with these earphones, they are taking it to the next level.

The design of this earphone is minimal at best. But at first glance, we noticed the level of detailing Xiaomi has done in designing this product.

From the unique shaped earpiece to the attractive button on the in-line mic, the Mi Basic earphone has exceeded our expectations.

The silicone eartips are comfortable to wear and don’t easily slip away from the ears.

The mic and the button is of excellent quality and lets you operate the phone handsfree for listening to music and attending voice calls.

The gold-plated angled earphone jack provides minimal resistance to the signal and plays a significant role in clean and clear sound output.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Mi Basic comes with a 10mm neodymium driver inside that sounds loud and clear with distinct vocal clarity.
The level of bass is OK to say the best and it doesn’t overshadow the mids and highs in genres of music such as EDMs and hip hops.

However, if you’re a die-hard bass head, we advise you to consider other models listed in this article.

The in-line mic works well and delivers HD quality voice calls.

With the combination of neodymium drivers and a wider frequency response range, the details in the music are pronounced and a treat to listen to.

The aluminium alloy sound chamber inside the earpiece amplifies the sound further and enhances the sound output.

Miscellaneous

Xiaomi has designed this earphone with the consumers in mind.

The high-quality silicone earbuds are soft and very comfortable to wear for longer durations.

Also, they are gentle to the skin and doesn’t cause any pain or rashes on prolonged use.

The angled main earpiece body is very well designed to fit inside the ear canal without slipping out even during intense movement of your head.

Verdict

Ye, you should. If you’re looking for a budget earphones that sounds decent and is comfortable for your ears for longer listening sessions, the Mi Basic is an apt choice.

Also, the build quality of this product is impeccable and for the price at which this product is retailing, there are only a few models that can match this.

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Minimal design

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Excellent build quality

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Superior comfort

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Bass levels are not that good

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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