Earphones have been one of the must-have accessories for your smartphones and laptops which helps you listen to the audio from these gadgets in complete solace.
There are many established brands in the market manufacturing expensive earphones with nerdy technical specifications, about which most of us are ignorant.
We know that you would love to have excellent sound output from the earphone and nothing less. That’s why we have taken the pain to chew these tech specs and spit out the essentials for you to understand the scene in simple words.
Here are the eight best-wired earphones available in the Indian market priced under Rs.3,000 that offers an exciting combination of affordability and superior performance.
Best Earphone Under Rs.3,000
|1. Marshall Mode||Overall Best Pick|
|2. TCL ELIT200||Runner-Up Pick|
|3.Audio Technica QuietPoint||Earphone with ANC|
|4. Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd||Best Budget Earphone|
|5. Sony MDR XB510AS||Best Earphone for Bass Heads|
|6. Sennheiser CX 300s||All-Round Performer|
|7. Signature Acoustics Ocean||Triple Driver Earphone|
|8. Brainwavz M2||Honourable Mention|
Lightweight and comfortable
Decent indoor voice call quality
Secure in-ear fit
Not for bass heads
Marshall is a renowned British audio equipment manufacturer known for its high fidelity amplifiers and consumer-grade headphones.
The Marshall Mode is an entry-level in-ear wired earphone with a no-frills minimalistic design retailing for a budget under Rs.3,000 in the Indian market.
The Marshall Mode earphone features the signature design aesthetics that we are familiar with their headphones.
The button-shaped earpiece has a plastic body construction which feels lightweight and comfortable enough for fatigue-free long term listening.
The angled stem ensures a snug fit inside the ear canal with good passive noise isolation.
The connecting wire is of 1.2m length and is not tangle-free. The terminating end has a right-angled 3.5mm pin with added reinforcement for durability.
The Marshall Mode wired earphone features a 10mm speaker driver with a neutral sound signature.
The sound output quality from this earphone might not be to the liking of bass heads per se, but ideal for casual listeners.
Natural bass notes accompanied with clean distortion-free vocals and treble notes make the music listening experience with this earphone a delightful experience.
Speaking of the inline microphone, the voice call quality as expected is decent while indoors and leaves a lot to be desired outside.
The single button inline remote has an integrated shirt chip which helps it to stay in place without moving around.
Since the microphone is separated from the inline remote enclosure, it stays much closer to the mouth and has minimal interference from other parts.
The Marshall Mode is an entry-level branded wired earphone with a pleasing sound output quality with equal importance for all music notes.
|Frequency Range||20Hz – 20KHz|
|Driver Diameter||10 mm|
Elegant and premium design
Gold plated 3.5mm pin
No volume control buttons
TCL is a Chinese consumer electronics company known for its LED TVs and air conditioners all around the world.
The ELIT200 from TCL is a wired in-ear style hi-res audio certified earphone priced at just Rs.2999.
The design of this wired earphone looks very premium and classy when compared to other earphones in this price range.
The grey silver colour paint job makes this earphone stand out from the rest of the black and dua-tone paint finish earphones.
The earpiece casing of this earphone is semi-transparent and has an oval-shaped acoustic stem which delivers a snug fit inside the ear canal.
The straight 3.5mm headphone connector pin is gold plated to ensure minimal signal losses during transmission.
With the retail packaging, the TCL ELIT200 includes three different sized eartips and a carrying bag to keep the earphones the same while in transit.
The TCL ELIT200 earphone features a 12.2mm speaker driver certified for hi-res audio output.
This driver covers a wide frequency response range of 8-40kHz, delivering deep, rich bass and tingling higher-end treble notes with equally sharp and clean vocals.
Be it EDMs, Rock or vocal rich music, the TCL ELIT200 nails it. This earphone can get sufficiently loud without any distortions whatsoever.
The voice call quality via the inline microphone seems to be decent both indoors as well as outdoors.
The single button inline remote can accept/reject calls, skip tracks but features no volume control.
Thanks to the secure in-ear fit, the passive noise isolation works well to block some of the ambient outside noise from getting inside the ears while listening to your favourite music.
The TCL ELIT200 is a feature-rich in-ear wired earphone with hi-res audio certification for superior audio quality.
|Frequency Range||8Hz – 40KHz|
Robust build quality
Decent inline mic quality
One year warranty
Average stage separation
The QuitePoint from AudioTechnica is a one of a kind in-ear style wired earphone priced under Rs.3,000 available for purchase in the Indian market.
This earphone comes with ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) feature that will greatly reduce the ambient noise around you to deliver a more immersive music listening experience, even outdoors.
The shell of the AudioTechnica QuietPoint earphone is made from high-quality plastic materials, which feels very robust and well built.
The connecting wire is thick enough to withstand minor abuses but is not tangle-free.
The 90 degrees angled 3.5mm headphone jack is gold plated for lossless signal transmission.
This earphone comes with a dedicated ANC unit that is significantly larger than a typical inline remote.
This is justifiable since the ANC unit has to accommodate additional circuitry and a battery pack to work.
The Audio-Technica QuietPoint features a 10mm speaker driver which gets adequately loud without any distortions.
The bass levels are decent and the vocals, as well as the treble notes, are perfectly audible as well.
The stage separation between these notes is not quite what we expected it would be. However, for a casual listener, it won’t be much of an issue.
Speaking of the inline microphone, the voice call quality turns out to be perfectly fine, without any noticeable issues on either end.
Active Noise Cancellation
Now let’s talk about the star of the show – the ANC. The Audio-Technica QuitePoint as we said, comes with a dedicated ANC unit.
This ANC unit is capable of cutting the ambient noise up to 20dB which is very impressive considering the price.
When the ANC is turned on, you’ll notice the immersive music listening experience kicking in without any delay.
Outside noises won’t bother you in any way while listening to your favourite tracks. When the ANC is turned on.
Battery Life (ANC unit)
The ANC unit has a built-in rechargeable battery that will last up to 60 hours of continuous ANC usage on a single charge of an alkaline battery.
The Audio-Technica QuietPoint is one of the very few ANC enabled wired earphones priced under Rs.3,000 in the Indian market.
The robust build quality and the decent sound output makes this device one of the desirable choices in its price segment.
|Frequency Range||20Hz – 20KHz|
|Driver Diameter||10 mm|
Gold plated 3.5mm connector
No inline mic for voice calls
Beyerdynamic is a German audio equipment manufacturer popular for its earphones, microphones and other related hi-fi audio accessories.
The Beat Byrd from Beyerdynamic is an entry-level wired in-ear style earphone priced just around Rs.2,200 in the Indian market.
The Beat Byrd has possibly the smallest earpiece housing we have ever seen on a wired earphone till date.
This ergonomically designed compact earpiece sits flush into the ear canal with a perfect seal.
It is one of the lightest in-ear earphones with excellent wearing comfort. Thanks to the tight fit, this earphone won’t fall out of your ears even when subjected to harsh head movements.
The connecting cable is thicker than most of its competitors and exudes confidence about the build quality.
Even though this wire is rounded, it is somewhat tangle resistant.
Due to the smaller earpiece housing design, the speaker driver inside too is smaller in size but that doesn’t limit the audio performance of this wired earphone in any manner.
The bass notes remain audible and distinct from the mid-range vocals and higher-end treble notes.
If you are a fan of tonally balanced sound output with equal emphasis on all musical notes, then you’re in for a treat with this earphone.
The sound distortion is almost non-existent with the Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd even when the music is played at maximum volume levels.
This in-ear style earphone from Beyerdynamic lacks an inline remote and the subsequent microphone for hands-free voice calls.
The gold plated 3.5mm connector is straight. We wish it was slightly angled for easier use with the smartphone while it is inside the pocket.
The Beyerdynamic Beat Byrd is a capable in-ear style wired earphone with the excellent build quality and pleasing sound output.
If you can handle the lack of an inline microphone, this is one of the better choices for audiophiles in the sub. Rs.2,500 price range.
|Frequency Range||15Hz – 21000Hz|
|Driver Diameter||8 mm|
Aesthetically pleasing design
Good quality microphone
Flat tangle free cable
Slight sound distortion at maximum volume
Sony MDR-XB lineup has been one of the fan favourites among audiophiles who are in search of affordable, high-quality headphones for listening to EDM and trance music.
The Sony MDR-XB510AS comes with an inline remote and microphone, making it a complete package worth investing your hard-earned money into.
The Sony MDR-XB510AS is designed to perfection using high-quality materials for its construction.
The angled in-ear tube and the metallic driver casing makes this earphone stand out from the rest in terms of aesthetics.
Additionally, there are earclips to keep the earpieces intact even while engaging in active sports and workout sessions.
This earphone also comes with the IPX7 water resistance certification for outdoor use without any damage.
The 1.2m cable is sufficiently long enough to reach your pant pockets with enough slack so that you don’t have to fear the cable being stressed under pressure.
The flat style cable is tangle-resistant and can withstand minor abuses without damage.
This budget earphone comes with three pairs of eartips that you can replace according to the size of your ear for a tight and comfortable fit.
The Sony MDR-XB510AS features a 12mm neodymium magnet driver to deliver excellent quality sound output across the spectrum.
This driver has a sensitivity of 111dB/mW, which is quite high for a budget earphone.
Sensitivity measures how efficient the electrical signals are converted into sound signals by the drivers. More the sensitivity, the better the sound output at minimal power consumption.
However, higher sensitivity might induce occasional sound distortions at very high volume levels.
The driver inside this earphone covers an impressive frequency response range of 4Hz – 24,000 Hz, providing an immersive music listening experience.
The clever design of the driver casing includes a bass duct that improves the quality of the low pitch sound, making it a bass lover’s dream companion.
Inline Remote and Microphone
The inline remote on this earphone features a single button to accept/reject incoming calls and to play/pause the music track.
The microphone underneath the remote delivers excellent voice call quality. The mic doesn’t pick up any unwanted noise in the background while you’re calling, making voice calls, a much better experience.
If your music listening routine consists mostly of EDMs and other bass-rich tones, purchasing this earphone won’t disappoint you at all.
The immersive bass reproduction along with clean mids and clear highs makes it the best all-around performing earphone in the sub-Rs. 3,000 price segment.
Comfortable closed-back design
Robust build quality
Not water resistant
The Sennheiser CX 300s is the improved version of the original Sennheiser CX 300 II with an inline remote and microphone for handsfree call..
This in-ear earphone provides an overall smoother sound output with perfect tonal balance, making it one of the best sounding earphones in its price category.
The Sennheiser CX 300s has a traditional earphone design with a rounded driver casing and a metal-clad insert over the same for aesthetic purposes.
The flat wires of the earphone are of a decent thickness and sufficient length. It is tangle-free and won’t bother you even if these earphones are thrown into your pocket.
The ear tips that come with these earphones are comfortable to wear and are sweat and moisture resistant. It won’t slide away loosely once it becomes wet.
There is an inline remote and a microphone for voice calls and media controls.
The L shaped headphone jack is gold plated to ensure a minimal signal loss for better music output.
The Sennheiser CX 300s features a dynamic 10mm neodymium driver inside to deliver a bass-driven, stereo sound experience.
This speaker driver has a minimum impedance of 16 ohms and a high sensitivity of about 13 dB/mW, making it possible to deliver high-quality sound output even on low-end budget smartphones.
This driver covers a frequency response range of 10Hz – 26000 Hz, capable of reproducing even the slightest sound from an instrument used in music composition.
Since this is an in-ear style earphone, the speakers rest inside the ear canal. The rounded design of the driver casing provides a passive noise cancellation effect, attenuating most of the background noises from getting inside the ears.
This excellent noise cancellation effect enhances the immersive music listening experience, no matter where you are.
This earphone comes with three sets of eartips of different sizes for the best fit in our ears.
There is also a carrying pouch that comes with the box, which you can use to keep the earphones safely during trips in your bags or pockets.
Sennheiser provides a 2-year warranty for this earphone applicable anywhere in India.
If you want a no-frills earphone with the sole aim of listening to music, the Sennheiser CX 300s is a good choice.
Excellent noise cancellation and the high-quality dynamic driver delivers excellent quality sound output, making this earphone a wise choice for a budget under Rs.3,000.
Unique premium design
One year warranty
Wide frequency response range
No carrying pouch
Triple driver earphones serve a niche category of audiophiles who are adamant about getting the studio-quality music experience, no matter how expensive the device is.
Well, not anymore. The Acoustic Ocean is a triple driver earphone that delivers all the goodies of a premium earphone within an affordable budget.
The Signature Acoustic Ocean earphone might be one of the most unorthodox looking earphones you might ever come across in life.
Because this is a triple driver earphone, the design needed to accommodate three drivers at once and this has gifted this earphone with a weird form factor.
However, the bright colour scheme which flaunts blue and black makes this earphone look a lot better in person than in pictures online.
The 120cm cable is of twisted pair design and coated with a plastic sheet to ensure durability.
The angled earpiece with silicone ear tips fit snug inside the ear canal and won’t slide loose even while jogging or walking fast.
Usually, earphones come with a single driver that manages the entire soundstage on its own.
Having multiple drivers helps this earphone to deliver mids, highs and lows separately through each driver, thereby improving the details and enhancing the soundstage separation for stunning quality audio reproduction.
The Renwotong comes with two 6mm sound drivers and a 10mm balanced armature inside.
The main dual driver setup specifically targets the bass and treble and the balanced armature helps in adding richness to the music by enhancing details in the vocals.
These three drivers cover a wide frequency response range of 7Hz – 40000Hz, resulting in crisp and clear sound output that will satisfy the audiophile in you.
The adaptable ear mould is designed to have passive noise cancellation features. This further increases the quality of the sound coming out of these drivers.
Inline Remote and Microphone
The Signature Acoustics Ocean earphone features a plastic inline remote with a single button.
The button is tactile and easy to press. You can control media playback on your smartphone or accept/reject voice calls at the click of this button.
The microphone on this earphone is of decent quality and performs well both indoors as well as outdoors.
The Acoustic Ocean earphone is a great choice for those who are looking for budget earphones with excellent audio quality. This triple driver earphone is very well worth every penny you spend on it.
7Hz – 40000Hz
|Driver Diameter||2 x 6mm, 1 x 10mm|
Robust build quality
Tangle-free twisted pair cable
No inline microphone for voice calls
Brainwavz M2 is an IEM (In-Ear Monitor) type wired earphone which strikes the best balance between build quality and superior sound output.
The Brainwavz M2 earpiece housing is made from high-grade aluminium. It features a black coloured end cap to improve the visual aesthetics of the product.
The earpiece feels very comfortable and lightweight. The polished metal housing imparts a premium styling to this earphone.
The 1.3m cable has a twisted pair design which is both durable and tangle-free. The right-angled 3.5mm jack is gold plated to minimise signal loss and prevent corrosion.
The Brainwavz M2 features 10.7mm speaker drivers with natural bass reproduction.
The excellent instrument separation helps to hear even faintest of the notes, thereby delivering a fulfilling audio experience.
This earphone performs equally well with EDMs, vocals and pop, thanks to the wide frequency response spectrum.
This IEM (In-Ear Monitor) style earphone doesn’t come with an inline remote or a microphone for that matter.
This means you won’t be able to do hands-free voice calls with this earphone.
The box of this earphone consists of a velcro cable tie, a shirt clip and a hard carry case.
Even though the cable is not tangled free, you can tie the cable with velcro and keep it safe inside the pouch.
Brainwavz M2 is a no-frills in-ear wired earphone with soothing sound output and robust build quality.
20Hz – 20KHz
Here we conclude this curated post detailing the eight best-wired In-Ear Earphones available in the market priced under Rs.3,000. In case if you’re looking for ‘over the head’ headphones or speakers, do check them out following those links.
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