Best Earphones In India (February 2019)

by | Feb 12, 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-wired earphones in India (albeit with a budget capping of Rs.10,000) which we think offers the best audio experience.

The Bose SoundSport and the Shure SE215-K are the best earphones for audiophile-grade music listening in the list.

The sound quality from both these earphones was excellent but since the Shure SE215-K lacks an inline mic, we had to crown the Bose SoundSport as the best pick.

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

Best Earphones india

1. Bose SoundSportOverall Best Pick
2. Shure SE215-KRunner-Up Pick
3. FiiO F9 ProTriple Driver Earphone
4. RHA MA750iBest Build Quality
5. Audio-Technica ATH-CKR5iS SonicProBest Budget Earphone
6. 1MORE Triple Driver EarphoneHonorable 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 SE215-K

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Runner-Up 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 eye-catcher.

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.

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 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.

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

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. 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 aeroponic.

This means that the earpieces fit 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 ear-tips. It will regain the actual shape immediately after you pull it out from your ears.

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

The gold plated 3.5 mm 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 Ohms

5. Audio-Technica ATH-CKR5iS SonicPro

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Best Budget Earphone
  • Suitable for bass lovers
  • Mechanical bass stabilizers for clean audio output
  • Decent inline microphone for voice calls

Audio-Technica is a Japanese audio equipment manufacturer popular for its studio quality headphones and in-ear monitors.

The Sonic Pro wired earphones from Audio-Technica is one of entry-level premium quality earphone with exceptional quality sound output at a reasonable price.

Design and build quality

This in-ear style wired earphone is made from a combination of metal and high-quality plastic to ensure durability and that the earphone remains lightweight.

The slightly angled earpiece design lets the speakers to enter the ear canal easily and offers a tight fit.

The soft silicone earbuds are extremely comfortable and won’t cause any skin irritation whatsoever.

The right-angled 3.5mm headphone jack is gold plated and comes with flexible reinforcements to make sure the cables won’t get damaged easily.

Speakers and sound quality

The Audio-Technica ATH-CKR5iS comes equipped with a large 13mm speaker driver, biggest in its segment.

The sound quality from this earphones is probably the best among other wired earphones in the same price category.

It covers a wide frequency response range of 5 – 25000 Hz, delivering deep bass and crisp highs without compromising on the vocal clarity.

The company has integrated bass stabilizers to minimize reverberation effects, resulting in a much cleaner audio output.

Miscellaneous

The inline remote comes with s single button for media controls and accepting/rejecting the voice calls.

The button feels very tactile and responsive. The microphone on this earphones works decently well to provide a pleasant hands-free voice calling experience.

Verdict

The Audio-Technica ATH-CKR5iS Sonic Pro is an absolute steal for a budget around Rs.5,000.

The excellent sound output complemented by its exceptional build quality makes this wired earphone a very desirable choice for serious audiophiles.

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Solid build quality

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Comfortable, sweat resistant eartips

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Distortion-free sound output

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No tangle free cable

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 40000Hz
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohms

6. 1MORE Triple Driver Earphone

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Honorable Mention
  • Tripe 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
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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