Best Earphones Under Rs.2,000 (February 2020)

by | Feb 4, 2020

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-EX255APRunner-Up Pick
3. Sennheiser CX 275sBest Vocal Clarity Pick
4 . boAt Nirvana DuoBudget Dual Driver Earphone
5. One Plus BulletsType C Earphone
6. Tagg Soundgear 500Best Ergonomic Design
7. Sony MDR-AS410APBest Sports Earphone
8. JBL T210Best Budget Wired Earphone
9. Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 Best Earphone for Voice Calls
10. Blitzwolf BW-ES2Honorable Mention

1. SoundMagic E10C

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

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

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz-22KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter10 mm

2. Sony MDR-EX225AP

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent sound clarity
  • Serrated strong cable
  • Clean and deep bass output

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.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-EX225AP 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-EX225AP 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-EX225AP houses its dynamic drivers in a plastic body. The cables have a serrated 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 the 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-EX225AP 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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Great sound quality

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Good Mic for voice call

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Wide frequency range

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No volume control button on inline remote

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter12 mm

3. Sennheiser CX 275s

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Best Vocal Clarity Pick
  • 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
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter10 mm

4. boAt Nirvana Duo

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Budget Dual-Driver Earphone
  • 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
Impedance16 ohm
Driver Diameter10mm

5. One Plus Bullets

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

One Plus bullets is a Type-C in-ear style earphones from the popular smartphone brand – One Plus.

Since the 3.5mm headphone jack is fast disappearing from the smartphones, investing in Type-C earphones or a wireless one for that matter has just become far too important than ever before.

Design and Build Quality

One Plus always keeps a standard build quality and audio quality with their smartphones and it is the same with the earphones as well. The One Plus bullets are one of the top-rated earphones in the sub-2000 rupees price range.

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

The One Plus bullets feature an aluminium casing with a 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 One Plus bullets 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 this earphone, sub-bass is handled well and the low-end punch doesn’t get too boomy on these.

Miscellaneous

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

Verdict

Overall, if you are the one looking for Type-C wired earphones with the best build quality and doesn’t want to compromise on sound quality, One Plus bullets are the perfect choice for you!

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Minimal yet elegant design

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Three-button inline remote

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Robust built quality

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Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Impedance24 Ohms
Driver Diameter10 mm

6. Tagg SoundGear 500

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Best Ergonomic Design
  • Dual drivers for great sound clarity
  • Ergonomic earpiece design
  • Inline remote with mic

The surprising entry in this list of best earphones is the SoundGear 500 from Tagg, an Indian consumer electronics brand.

This ergonomically designed in-ear headphone has the USP of having dual drivers to output sound.

The SoundGear 500 comes with the In-ear headset, Carry pouch and 3 pairs of earbuds.

Design and Build Quality

It has a solid build quality even though the driver housing is made of plastic.

The ear-tip design looks and fits well and doesn’t fall off from the ear.

The 3.5mm headphone jack is solidly built with gold plating.

There is a single button on the inline remote for controlling music and attending calls.

Speakers and Sound Quality

It is in sound quality that the Tagg SoundGear 500 stood out.

Thanks to the dual-driver setup, the overall sound-stage is very wide and you get a balanced sound output with no boosted output.

The audio is rich in detail and the vocals are high in clarity. A big thumbs up to Tagg for accurate audio performance.

Verdict

In conclusion, SoundGear 500 is a very good pair of in-ear headphones at Rs. 1500.
They sound great and accurate in lows, mids and highs.

There is not much going against this device at this price except the headphone jack connector which is not L shaped.

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Good accurate sound

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Gold plated headphone jack

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Ergonomic design

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The connector is not L shaped

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Cables can get tangled

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz-20KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Impedance16Ohms
Driver Diameter10 mm

7. 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
Q
No in-line mic

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range5Hz-25KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter9 mm

8. JBL T210

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Best Budget Wired Earphone
  • Tangle-free wire
  • Bass-rich sound
  • 1-year warranty

JBL is a renowned audio equipment manufacturer popular for its Bluetooth speakers and affordable headphones and earphones.

The JBL T210 is a budget in-ear style wired earphone which delivers excellent bass-heavy music and distortion-free voice calls via the in-line microphone.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL T210 comes with a rather minimalistic design that looks premium, thanks to the metallic glossy paint job on the earpiece housing.

The slightly angled ear tube helps in providing a passive noise cancellation effect which will block out unnecessary outside noise from getting inside the ears.

The silicone tip is soft and sweat resistant. It fits well within the ear canal and offers excellent wearing comfort.

The 1.2m cable is flat styled and doesn’t tangle when placed carelessly inside your bag or pants pocket.

Multiple sized eartips are included with this earphone and also comes with a carrying pouch which can be used to store the product when not in active use.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL T210 is powered by 8.7mm drivers designed and developed in-house by the company for exceptional music clarity and tonal balance.

These drivers deliver excellent quality bass without any distortion even at a higher volume level.

The mids and highs gracefully complement the bass and help this earphone provide an immersive and pleasant music listening experience.

In-line Remote and Voice Quality

The JBL T210 comes equipped with an in-line remote and a microphone for voice calls.

The remote has a single button to accept/reject calls. Made of high-quality plastic, the remote is very solid and feels durable enough to last for years of continuous usage.

Verdict

The JBL T210 is a budget-friendly in-ear style wired headphone that delivers excellent sound quality with rich bass and clean highs.

If you love the brand JBL and trust its reliability, the purchase of this earphone wouldn’t make you unsatisfied for sure.

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Brand reliability

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Passive noise cancellation

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Sweat-resistant ear tips

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Thin and fragile cable

Specifications

Microphone AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20KHz
Tangle-freeYes
Impedance16 Ohms
Driver Diameter8.7mm

9. 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
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter9 mm

10. BlitzWolf BW-ES2

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Honorable Mention
  • Dual driver earphone
  • Easy to use inline remote
  • Good voice call quality

The BlitzWolf BW-ES2 is a budget dual-driver earphones 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 maybe 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 have the red colour 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 audible even at maximum volume levels with this wired earphones.

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 Microphone

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 – 20KHz
Tangle-freeNo
Impedance16 ohms
Driver Diameter9mm

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!