Best Earphones Under Rs.1,000 (May 2020)

by | May 18, 2020

If you love listening to a lot of music, a good pair of earphones is a must in your gadget kitty.

Choosing the best earphones is a tough job when you have a lot of options to choose in the market.

There are very few credible reviews out there on the Internet that can ease your buying decision.

In this article, we have compiled a list of the best earphones under Rs.1000 available in the Indian market.

 If you are looking for Wireless Earphones, we have a seperate article on that. You can read it from here if you want. We have also reviewed Wired Earphones under other price ranges as well, which you can check it out from here.

Best Earphones Under Rs.1,000

1. Sony MDR-EX150AP Overall Best Pick
2. House Of Marley Smile JamaicaRunner-Up Pick
3. Sennheiser CX 180Best for Listening EDMs
4. Sony MDR-AS210Best Sports Earphones
5. Realme Buds 2Best Build Quality
6. 1MORE Piston Fit Feature Rich Earphone
7. JBL C200SIEarphone with Best Noise Cancellation
8. Mi Dual Driver EarphoneValue for Money Earphone
9. boAt Nirvana DuoBudget Dual Driver Earphone
10. Envent Beatz 307Honourable Mention

 

1. Sony MDR-EX150AP

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Overall Best Pick
  • Lightweight design
  • Inline mic with noise cancellation
  • Bass rich sound output

Sony is a class apart when you consider any of the products that the company has laid its footprints on.

The same is the case with earphones too.

Introduction

Sony has been popular among the audiophiles for its great quality headphones and earphones albeit being a tad bit pricier than its competitors.

The Sony MDR-EX150AP is an in-ear earphone that comes with an inline microphone to attend the calls on the go.

Considering the price of just Rs.799, we can safely say that this is one of the best earphones under Rs.1000 available in the market at present.

Neodymium Drivers

This in-ear earphone from Sony is equipped with a 9mm neodymium driver that offers powerful yet balanced sound output.

With an impedance rating of 16 ohms, the drivers can pump music so crisp and clear on any device that you might use it with.

Sound Quality

With a frequency response covering over a range from 5Hz to a maximum of 24000 Hz, this earphone does not misses out even the minute notes.

The bass quality is balanced and doesn’t feel artificial.

The highs tend to peak during the listening, but with the vocals being so crisp and clear, it’s almost indistinguishable for our ears.

Hardware

The speaker unit weighs just 30g. You won’t even notice the earphone if not the wires were dangling around.

Speaking of wires, they’re vertically textured and feels durable & strong.

The ear tips supplied with this earphones are soft and comfortable to wear.

Additional pairs of ear-tips are provided which is always a welcome move, as everyone’s ears may not be of the same size.

Warranty

This in-ear earphone from Sony priced under Rs.1000 comes with a 1 year offline as well as online warranty.

So no matter where you purchase, the product is covered under warranty.

Verdict

Those who love Sony and bass should consider buying this product as the first option.

The neodymium drivers sound natural and the bass is on the point that doesn’t overpower the vocals.

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Brand reliability

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Secure fitting earbuds

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Rich, deep bass

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Slight distortion at the max volume level

Specifications

ModelSony MDR-EX150AP
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5 – 24000Hz
Driver unit Size9 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

2. House Of Marley Smile Jamaica

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Runner-Up Pick
  • High quality braided fabric cord
  • Best for bass fanatics
  • Wooden rear casing

House of Marley is an international brand that specializes in R&D and marketing of audio-related equipment such as turntables and Bluetooth speakers.

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica is a budget in-ear styled wired earphones that are made completely out of eco-friendly materials.

Design and Build Quality

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica earphones, for the most part, is made using natural materials such as wood.

The earpiece casing is made from bamboo and coated with a layer of antifungal spray that extends the longevity of this product.

This pure wood rear housing has received critical acclaim from environmentalists worldwide and also comes with the certification from Forest Stewardship Council of US.

The fabric-covered cord style cable is of very high quality and can withstand even the toughest of abuses without succumbing to failure.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica in-ear style earphone is powered by 8mm speaker drivers that cover a frequency response range of 20-20000 Hz.

The quality of sound output coming of these speakers is on par with most other earphones available in this price category.

Good news for bass fanatics, this earphone has that extra oomph that you expect to hear while listening to EDMs and hip hop music.

The mids and highs are decently clean and crisp, but at times the bass tends to overpower those notes.

The wood housing around the speaker drivers also chips in to reduce the reverberation effect while playing bass-heavy music.

In-line Remote and Call Quality

The in-line remote on this budget earphone has a single button to accept/reject the calls.

This button also doubles up as a music player control that can pause/play the track when used with an Android smartphone.

The microphone even though is sensitive doesn’t pick up much environment noise, providing a pleasant voice calling experience.

Verdict

The House of Marley Smile Jamaica is an excellent in-ear style earphone for a budget under Rs.1000.

The uniqueness of pure wood construction and decent sound output from the tuned drivers makes this a compelling product worth purchasing.

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Excellent build quality

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One button controller with mic

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Passive noise cancellation

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Occasionally overpowering bass

Specifications

ModelHouse Of Marley Smile Jamaica
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range18 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size8 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

3. Sennheiser CX 180

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Best for Listening EDMs
  • Best for listening to bass-heavy tracks
  • Gold plated connector
  • Average built quality

Sennheiser CX 180 is an earphone that has garnered a huge market in India thanks to the brand name and sound quality of Sennheiser.

Design and build quality

The design of the earphones gives a subtle and royal look.

The only flaw in the build of this earphones is its cable, which is thin, tangle-prone, and extremely susceptible to cable noise.

Sound quality

When it comes to the sound quality of these budget earphones, the Sennheiser CX 180 performs really well for the price.

It is best suited for those who listen to a lot of EDM tracks and bass-heavy songs.

It produces good highs and lows, the bass is really great and the vocals are clear and crispy.

Miscellaneous

Sennheiser also gives a 2-year manufacturer warranty for these earphones.

Noise cancellation and microphone are the features that are absent from these pair of earphones.

Verdict

If you are a fan of EDMs and other bass-rich music, the Sennheiser CX 180 would totally make you happy.

The earpiece is designed to slide into the ear canal comfortably and gives a decent acoustic listening experience.

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2-years warranty
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Good bass, highs, and lows
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Best for EDM lovers
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Doesn’t have noise cancellation
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Cables can get easily tangled
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No colour options

Specifications

ModelSennheiser CX 180
Microphone AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range20 – 20000Hz
Driver unit Size10mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

4. Sony MDR-AS210

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Best Sports Earphones
  • Suited for active lifestyle
  • Crisp and detailed sound output
  • Serrated tangle free cord

Sony is known for a lot of things ranging from LED TVs to Bluetooth speakers to headphones.

Not only does the company has its presence in the consumer electronics industry, but it does also excel in it as well.

The MDR-AS210 is an active style earphone targeted at users who wish to have a sports-related feature-rich earphone during their exercise sessions.

Design and build quality

The Sony MDR-AS210 is an open ear active sports earphone designed to meet the expectations of fitness enthusiasts.

The adjustable ear clip is very lightweight and comfortable to wear this earphone around the ears.

It offers a secure grip to the earpiece that will remain in position even with intense movement such as running or climbing.

The earpiece is designed in such a way that the sound flows in and out through the back of the earcups ensuring a natural and soothing music listening experience.

The 1.2m cord is long enough to put the device in your pocket while in the gym or while jogging outside.

Sound quality

These earphones come with a pair of 13.5mm drivers that lets out loud and clear sound output without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

Covering a wide 17 – 22,000 Hz frequency response range, this budget earphone delivers a wide variety of notes from low to the high end of the audio spectrum, generating an immersive music listening experience.

The bass as you might have already known is very rich and for those who would love those beats with an extra punch will be satisfied.

Miscellaneous

The water-resistant design of this earphone prevents the water and sweat from leaking into the earpiece compartment, making it suitable for wearing outside or while at the gym.

The serrated cord keeps the wires from getting tangled. This will save you a lot of time and provides you with the convenience of keeping the earphones in your pocket as you may please.

Verdict

The Sony MDR-AS210 is the perfect choice if you would love to have a sports earphone to use while in the gym or even outside.

The water, splash-resistant design lets you use this earphone in any weather without the fear of getting damaged.

The sound output is impressive and the additional clips securely hold the earpiece in place while doing workouts.

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Water and sweat resistant design
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Lightweight and secure fit
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Good sound output
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No in-line mic

Specifications

ModelSony MDR-AS210
Microphone AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range17 – 22,000Hz
Driver unit Size13.5 mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

5. Realme Buds 2

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

Speakers and Sound Quality

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

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

In-line remote and Microphone

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

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

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

Verdict

The Realme buds 2 offers a reasonably good quality sound output at a 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

ModelRealme Earbuds 2
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size11.2mm
Impedance rating32 ohms

6. 1MORE Piston Fit

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Feature-Rich Earphone
  • Best sounding earphones in a budget
  • Inline mic for voice calls
  • Good build quality

You may not have heard too much about the brand 1MORE in the past.

1MORE is a Chinese electronics manufacturer who manufactures earphones for companies like Xiaomi, ASUS etc.

Design and Build Quality

1MORE always keeps a standard build quality and audio quality with their earphones and the Piston Fit is one of the top-rated earphones in the 1000 rupees price range from them.

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

The Piston Fit features an aluminium casing with ‘CD lining’ 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 1MORE Piston Fit 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.1000.

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

More than that 1MORE Piston Fit can produce better surround sound and neat vocals.

Miscellaneous

The gold plated headphone jack which is protected by quality paddings adds to the earphone’s build quality.

Furthermore, 1MORE earphone drivers are factory tuned by Grammy award-winning sound engineers to deliver you a precise studio-quality music experience.

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

Verdict

Overall, if you are a rough user and looking for an earphone with the best build quality and doesn’t want to compromise on sound quality, 1MORE Piston Fit is the perfect choice for you!

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Superb build quality

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Sleek and stylish design

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Punchy bass

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No tangle free cable

Specifications

Model1MORE Piston Fit2
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20-20,000Hz
Driver unit Size10 mm
Impedance rating32 ohms

7. JBL C200SI

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Best noise Cancellation Earphone
  • 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

ModelJBL C200SI
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size10 mm
Impedance rating20 Ohms

8. Mi Dual Driver Earphone

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Value for Money Earphone
  • Dual dynamic drivers 
  • Tangle-free braided cable
  • Magnetic earpiece

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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

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

Sound Quality

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

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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Robust build quality

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Gold plated headphone jack

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Passive noise cancellation

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No easily visible L/R ear markings

Specifications

ModelMi dual driver earphone
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 40,000Hz
Driver unit Size10 mm
Impedance rating32 ohms

9. boAt Nirvana Duo

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Budget Dual-Driver Earphone
  • Ceramic earpiece
  • Refreshing aesthetics
  • Dual driver sound output

the boAt is an Indian company specialized in marketing audio related accessories such as earphones and headphones under an affordable budget.

The Nirvana Duo from boAt is a budget wired dual-driver earphone offering from the company priced around Rs.1000.

Design and Build Quality

Starting with the aesthetics, the design of this earphone’s speaker units is in line with the other products from the Nirvana lineup that features a distinct earpiece design which makes these products stand out from the rest.

The company has made some improvements in the overall hardware this time around.

The fabric material cover wire is strong enough to withstand minor abuses without compromising on the usability of this budget wired earphone.

The black and gold dual colour scheme looks very attractive and delivers a sense of premium feel under an affordable budget.

He ceramic earpiece is very tough and durable as well as offers excellent acoustic properties for improved sound output quality.

Speakers and Sound Quality

This product gives you a more balanced and soothing sound output which is perfect for listening to classical and melodious songs.

Inside the speaker, the unit is a comparatively two small 8mm driver that delivers the excellent sound output with good stage separation.

If you are looking for an earphone with an upper hand in the bass, you might want to check out the bassheads lineup of earphones priced under Rs.500 from boAt.

Miscellaneous

The gold plated connector of this earphone is resistant to corrosion and passes the signal much more efficiently without any significant signal loss.

Verdict

If you are in search of a budget dual-driver wired earphone with emphasis on durability and build quality, the boAt Nirvana Duo is the choice you should go with,

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Premium design

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Fabric cable

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Tonally balanced sound output

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Smaller sound driver

Specifications

ModelboAt Nirvana Duo
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit Size10mm
Impedance rating16 ohms

10. Envent Beatz 307

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Honourable Mention
  • Flat style cable
  • Feature-rich inline remote
  • Metallic earpiece

Envent is an Indian company known for its affordable audio related accessories such as earphones, headphones and Bluetooth speakers.

The Envent Beatz 307 is an affordable wired in-ear style earphone priced under Rs.1000 which offers excellent value for money proposition in its segment.

Design and Build Quality

The Envent Beatz 307 features a black and tinted red colour scheme which imparts the earphone a refreshing and unique feel to look at.

The earpiece is made from metallic aluminium alloy and feels decent enough for the price.

The silicone eartips are skin-friendly and very comfortable to wear. It doesn’t cause any sort of skin irritation if worn for a longer period.

The flat style tangle-free cable is made from pure copper for better electrical signal conductivity.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Envent Beatz 307 features a 10mm speaker driver inside covering the basic frequency response range of 20-20000 Hz.

The level of bass is adequate and beautifully compliments the vocals and high pitched tones.

This in-ear styled wired earphone has minimal distortion in the sound output even when the volume level is cranked to the maximum.

Inline Remote and Microphone Quality

The Envent Beatz 307 does feature an inline microphone and remote for hands-free voice calling and media controls.

The microphone is very sensitive and picks up voices very well. The inline remote button supports multiple presses for various functions such as play/pause and skipping tracks.

Verdict

The Beatz 307 from Envent is an ultra-cheap wired in-ear style earphones which offer excellent features at a very affordable price.

With the decent build quality and elegant design, this is one of the best-wired earphones available in the sub. Rs.1000 price point.

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Elegant design

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Decent build quality

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Rich bass

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No passive noise cancellation

Specifications

ModelEnvent Beatz 307
Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Driver unit size10mm
Impedance Rating16 ohms

That completes our list of the best earphones under Rs.1000. We hope that we have helped you pick the right product without much hassle.

Don’t hesitate to check out our article on earphones under Rs.500 for more budget choices.

We’ve also covered some reviews on other various budgets   also. You check those from here if you want.

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