Best Earphones Under Rs.2,000 (August 2019)

by | Jul 31, 2019

Whether you’re an audiophile, music lover or a regular joe, good earphones are a must these days.

The enjoyment, entertainment and comfort they offer while listening to your favourite tracks are immense.

If you’re looking for good quality in-ear headphones that are best sounding as well as well-built, your go-to budget is Rs.2,000.

Here is the curated list of the best wired earphones under Rs.2,000 available in the market.

Best Earphones Under Rs.2,000

1.SoundMagic E10COverall Best Pick
2. Sony MDR-XB55APRunner-Up Pick
3. Sennheiser CX 275sBest Branded Earphones
4. boAt Nirvanaa DUO Best Build Quality
5. Sony MDR-AS410APBest Sports Earphone
6. Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 Best Earphone for Voice Calls
7. BlitzWolf BW-ES2Best Earphone with Perfect Tonal Balance
8. 1MORE Piston ClassicBest Build Quality
9. JBL Endurance RunHonorable Mention

1. SoundMagic E10C

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Overall Best Pick
  • Best for immersive listening experience
  • High quality cable
  • Inline remote and sensitive microphone

SoundMagic has been building some of the good quality cheap 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, 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.

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 mids and highs are crisp in nature 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 cables which are tangle-free 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 in-line remote Control
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Bass is a bit boosted
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Quality of Mic is just average

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Warranty1 Year

2. Sony MDR-XB55AP

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent bass clarity
  • Flat tangle resistant cable
  • Secure fitting silicone earbuds

Sony is a highly reputed brand in consumer electronics space for its quality offerings across the spectrum.

Their brand of earphones also follows the same pattern.

The Sony MDR-XB55AP model is a compact earphone that delivers quality sound output.

Housing a 12mm Neodymium driver that can respond between 5Hz-25KHz, the frequency range of Sony MDR-XB55AP is pretty wide.

The driver size is one of the widest in this price range which will deliver better sub-bass sounds.

It has an impedance rating of 16 Ohm and the sensitivity is 106 dB/MW.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The overall sound quality of this earphone is very good.

It has an excellent sound system that provides true sound through the earpiece rather than any boosted output.

The clarity and details of output are also very good with this wired earphone.Even the voice recorded via Inline Mic was impressive.

Miscellaneous

The Sony MDR-XB55AP houses its dynamic drivers in an aluminium body. The cables have a serrated flat design to resist tangles and snags.

The inline remote control and mic have a single button to take hands-free calls and switch tracks.

There is no button to adjust volume. We felt the overall build quality is pretty average.

Verdict

If your concern is a good sounding earphone from a reputed brand, then the Sony MDR-XB55AP is a great choice under Rs. 2000.

The bass levels are satisfying for those who look for that extra punch in the music they listen to. Having an inline microphone makes it more useful than ever before for having voice calls on the go.

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Sensitive microphone

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Solid build quality

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Lightweight and comfortable

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No volume control button

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Warranty1 Year

3. Sennheiser CX 275s

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Best Branded Earphones
  • Best for listening to EDMs
  • Carry pouch included
  • Average build quality

Sennheiser is a brand which needs no introduction to audiophiles.

They have launched some of the best audio devices in the world and pioneered this industry for decades.

The Sennheiser CX275s has been dominating the budget earphone segment for a few years now.

Build quality and design

The area where Sennheiser CX275s lags big time is build quality.

These earphones are fairly ordinary built with tangle prone cables and plastic driver housing.

The cables are built well but are very thin when compared to SoundMagic E10C or Sony MDR.

The inline remote control has just a single button and there is no volume control option there.

Sound quality

In terms of sound quality, the Sennheiser CX275s has a bass-driven stereo sound as claimed by them.

It has a frequency response of 17Hz-23KHz and an impedance of 16 Ohm.

They sound balanced than some of the other earphones in the CX line, although the bass definitely has a bit of a boost.

The midrange is clear and the treble is fairly pleasant.

They aren’t audiophile quality earphones but they perform respectably at the price point.

The microphone also performs well during calls.

Miscellaneous

The CX 275s are a pair of in-ear headphones that are designed specifically for mobile devices.

They are compatible with every Android and Apple devices.

The earphones are provided with a carry pouch and 3 pairs of rubber ear-tips inside the box.

Verdict

In conclusion, the Sennheiser CX 275s is a good headset for someone who wants a branded, average sounding earphone with good microphone functionality under Rs.2,000.

The sound is tailored to be bass heavy and if you mostly listen to EDM or other bass heavy genres without too many vocals, you may not feel the loss in the other regions of sound.

If you want something with a bit more balanced sound, consider the SoundMagic E10C.

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Good microphone quality
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Bass driven sound, best for EDM lovers
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Plasitic body
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Wire can gets tangled
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Wire is thin

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range17Hz-23KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty2 Years

4. boAt Nirvana Duo

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Best Build Quality
  • Ceramic earpiece
  • Refreshing aesthetics
  • Dual driver sound output

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.1500.

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 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

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty1 Year

 

5. Sony MDR-AS410AP

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Best Sports Earphone
  • 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, it does excel in it as well.

The MDR-AS410AP 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-AS410AP 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 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

This earphone comes with a pair of 9mm drivers that lets out loud and clear sound output without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

Covering a wide 5-22,000 Hz frequency response range, this budget earphone delivers a wide variety of notes from low to high end of the audio spectrum, generating an immersive music listening experience.

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

Miscellaneous

The water resistant design of this earphone prevents the water and sweat from leaking in to 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 the convenience of keeping the earphones in your pocket as you may please.

The inline microphone allows you to take calls while performing exercises and other activities.

The mic is very sensitive and comfortably picks up your voice even while moving constantly.

Verdict

The Sony MDR-AS410AP 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 holds 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

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Warranty1 year warranty

6. Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2

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Best Earphone for Voice Calls
  • Balanced sound output
  • 2-year global warranty
  • Comfortable earpiece form factor

Skullcandy is an American company based in Utah that markets consumer-centric products such as earphones and headphones.

We have reviewed a lot of Skullcandy audio products in the past and all of them delivered good sound output but lacked the fit and finish. The build quality also sucked big time in the past.

The Smokin’ Buds 2 comes with these gripes fixed.

This budget earphone priced under Rs.1,500 delivers great audio output on a budget without compromising on the build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 comes with a two-tone colour option and a mesmerising transparent option that is sure to turn some heads.

The earpiece casing is made of glossy plastic and looks very nice on the ear. The design is in such a way that the earpiece fits snug inside the ear canal comfortably.

Flat ribbon-style rubber cable is tough and feels solid this time which is way better than those thin flimsy cables Skullcandy used on some of its products in the past.

There is an inline mic and remote for attending calls. The single button remote is designed to execute various functionality by the number of presses.

Speakers and Sound Quality

As expected, the Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 delivers excellent quality sound through its 9mm drivers.

The sound output is less louder but more balanced this time. This is indeed a good thing because having too much loudness equates to noise.

For an audiophile, the balance between the notes is much more important than having just a loud music blaring out through the speakers.

The bass is more pronounced and those bass lovers would definitely feel at home with this earphone.

Miscellaneous

The Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 comes with a 2-year global warranty. This means you can carry this product with you anywhere in the world and if something unfortunate happens, you can get it repaired right away.

The mic used in this earphone is of very good quality and picks up sound very well. The construction is of plastic and it comes with a moisture-resistant coating that will keep the sweat and water splashes away from the earpiece.

Verdict

The Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 is a great choice for those who would love to have a great sounding earphone with a good quality mic for voice calls.

The one-button inline remote has some nifty tricks that serve multiple features like skipping the song, pausing the music and attending the calls. The build quality is great this time around so does the looks.

If your budget is under Rs.1500, you should definitely check out this product.

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Good build quality
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Moisture resistant coating
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Tangle free flat wires
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range18Hz – 20KHz
Tangle-free
Warranty2 year warranty

7. BlitzWolf BW-ES2

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Best Earphone with Perfect Tonal Balance
  • Dual driver earphone
  • Easy to use inline remote
  • Good voice call quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is a budget dual driver earphone that gives great sound clarity considering the price at which it retails in the market.

Design and Build Quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 comes with a plastic earpiece casing that we think is aggressively shaped – resembling something of a character from the mythology at the first glance.

This design choice is may be because the company had to accommodate two drivers inside and still wanted to provide a compact form factor.

The red and black accents used for this earphone is very much attractive. Even the left and right earmarking has the red color which is easily visible to differentiate with.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 comes with two 6mm dual dynamic drivers inside each of the earpieces.

This ensures that the bass and treble, both have a large frequency range where the drivers independently can work in sync to reproduce them in your ears.

The extreme lows as well as the highs are clearly audible even at maximum volume levels with this wired earphone.

For the price of just about Rs.2,500, this budget wired earphone offers sound output with more clarity and details than its competitors.

Inline Remote and Micrphone

The inline remote is designed in conjunction with the rest of the earphone body. The control buttons are separately placed so that there won’t be any confusion when using at night or low light conditions.

The buttons feel clicky and response to the clicks are near instantaneous.

The microphone on this inline remote works decent to capture the voice during voice calls. There’s no hissing or unwanted wind noise while attending calls.

Verdict

If your budget is less than Rs.3,000 and you want a dual driver wired earphone that sounds nice, the BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is a capable performer that can sound well to all types of music with rich bass and balanced treble levels.

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Affordable

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Unique design

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Clean and detailed sound

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Flimsy cable feels weak

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Tangle-free
Warranty

 

8. 1MORE Piston Classic

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Best Build Quality
  • Elegant design
  • Comfort fit
  • Clean sound output

1MORE is a major Chinese OEM known for manufacturing earphones for major smartphone companies such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme etc.

The 1MORE Piston Classic is a premium in-ear styled earphone priced under Rs.2000 which boasts a metallic build.

Design and Build Quality

1MORE always keeps a standard build quality and audio quality with their earphones and the Piston Classic is one of the top-rated earphones in the sub-2000 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 classic is nicely balanced with clear highs and detailed mids, and good focus on the bass.

The specially designed dual layer 10mm driver is capable of delivering some of the best quality audio experience you can get under a budget of Rs.2000.

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

More than that 1MORE Piston Classic is able to 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 Classic is definitely the perfect choice for you!

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Excellent fit and finish

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Custom tuned driver

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Compatibility with both iOS and Android

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No tangle free cable

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Warranty1 year warranty

 

9. JBL Endurance run

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Honourable Mention
  • Comfort fit earphones
  • Custom-tuned drivers from JBL
  • 1-year manufacturer warranty

JBL Endurance run is yet another bass-oriented budget earphone offering from the company.

These in-ear style earphones come with the signature custom-tuned JBL sound drivers for excellent sound output.

Build Quality and Design

The JBL Endurance run features a metallic earpiece section with a dual-tone matte and gloss finish.

There is a bit of textured ring at the end of the chassis which imparts an elegant feel to the other bland style of this in-ear style earphones.

The 1.2m cable is rounded and isn’t tangle-free. There is a fabric-covered cable from the inline remote to the 3.5mm jack to ensure maximum strength and damage resistance.

The clever design of the earpiece ensures that it remains inside the ear canal even when you are engaged in physical exercises which involves a lot of body movement.

Speakers and Sound Quality

All the JBL earphones and headphones with custom factory tuned drivers to ensure a rewarding music listening experience.

The JBL Endurance comes with an 8.6mm driver which sounds excellent overall.

The bass from this speaker is very pronounced and deep but not as much as that it overpowers the mid and highs.

No, the bass from this earphone isn’t comparable to the likes of boAt basshead series earphones, but we personally feel the overall sound output quality is clean and precise.

Miscellaneous

The gold plated 3.5mm headphone jack on this earphone is optimally angled at 45 degrees to ensure comfortable usage while holding the phone in landscape mode.

The sweat-resistant silicone eartips promotes active usage while in the gym or jogging outside.

The inline remote and microphone is present and accounted for in this earphone. The remote button is very large compared to others in its segment and is really easy to press.

The inline remote has integrated media controls in it and microphone lets you do hands-free voice calls.

Verdict

The JBL Endurance run is for those who would like to have a tonally balanced sound output but with a relatively deep bass touch to it.

With the fully functional inline remote and microphone integrated into the earphone, this earphone is definitely worth purchasing under Rs.1500.

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Sweat and water-resistant eartips

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Elegant design

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Magnetic earpiece design

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No tangle free cable

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Warranty1 year warranty

This concludes our list of the best earphones under Rs.2,000 right now in India.

We will be updating this list when new products that can dethrone our top picks emerge in the market.

Until then, keep following our best lists and buying guides to stay updated with the latest and greatest gadgets. Ciao!