Best Earphones Under Rs.4,000 (Wired) (April 2020)

by | Apr 2, 2020

Wired earphones at present offer the best quality sound output without any need for constant juicing up.

These earphones can also utilize the hardware audio DAC ( Digital to Analog Converter ) to output hi-res audio with enhanced bit rates.

In this era of wireless earphones, there are still hardcore audiophiles yearning for a 3.5mm headphone jack on their smartphones.

If you’re one such old school person looking to purchase a wired earphone under Rs.4,000, we bring you the five best products available in the Indian market as of now.

Without any further ado, let’s begin!

If you want to read reviews on other price ranges as well, please check out our articles on Best Wired Earphones under different budgets here.

Best Earphone Under Rs.4,000

1. Soundmagic E11COverall Best Pick
2. Sennheiser CX300sRunner-Up Pick
3.Sony XB75Best Earphone for Bass Heads
4. boAt Nirvanaa TresTriple Driver Earphone
5. JBL Reflect miniHonorable Mention

1. SoundMagic E11C

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Overall Best Pick
  • Punchy bass
  • Carrying pouch 
  • Robust build quality

SoundMagic is one of the most sought after in-ear style earphone brands in the Indian market.

The company has it’s footprint on both budget as well as premium earphone segments with models such as Soundmagic ES18S and the PL30 respectively.

The E11C is a mid-range premium in-ear style earphone which offers the best bang for your buck, priced competitively around Rs.3500.

Design and Build Quality

The SoundMagic E11C is designed with practicality in mind.

There is nothing fancy about the size and shape of the earpiece which most of the companies like to experiment with.

The dual-tone bright colour scheme looks and feels very attractive. The aluminium earpiece casing is very lightweight and at the same time is solidly built.

The 1.2m braided wire is tightly sealed with plastic coating and doesn’t tangle as such.

The left and right ear markings are very well given to distinguish between the respective earpieces effortlessly.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Soundmagic E11C features a 10mm speaker driver which is custom-tuned for the best possible sound output.

As expected, the quality of sound from this in-ear earphone from Soundmagic is on par when compared with other similarly priced earphones.

The rich and deep bass perfectly compensates the vocals as well the treble notes, delivering sound notes with perfect tonal balance.

Miscellaneous

This is a universal earphone, meaning it will work with both iOS and Android devices seamlessly without any issues.

The three-button remote is integrated with a microphone for letting you have hands free voice calls.

This in-ear styled earphone comes with a hard case carry pouch and three pairs of different sized silicone eartips.

Verdicts

The Soundmagic E11C is one of the best-wired earphones currently on sale in the Indian market.

Perfect tonally balanced sound output with robust build quality makes this purchase a no-brainer.

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Silver-plated wires

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Superior noise isolation

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Excellent wearing comfort

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Mushy buttons

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz – 22000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Years
Impedance42 ohms
Driver Diameter10 mm

2. Sennheiser CX 300s

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Runner Up Pick
  • Signature Sennheiser soothing bass
  • Flat tangle-free wire
  • Ambient noise reduction

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.

Design and Build Quality

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.

Speakers and Sound Quality

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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Verdict

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.

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Comfortable closed-back design

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Robust build quality

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Two-year warranty

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Not water resistant

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range10-26000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Years
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter10 mm

3. Sony MDR-XB75AP

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Best Earphone for Bass Heads
  • Perfect for EDM listening
  • Multi-function inline remote
  • Lightweight and comfortable fit

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-XB75AP comes with an inline remote and microphone, making it a complete package worth investing your hard-earned money into.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-XB75AP 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.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Sony MDR-XB75AP features a 12mm neodymium magnet driver to deliver excellent quality sound output across the spectrum.

The driver inside this earphone covers an impressive frequency response range of 4Hz – 26,000 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 lovers 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.

Verdict

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 mid and clear highs makes it the best all-around performing earphone in the sub Rs.3,000 price segment.

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Durable build quality

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In-line mic for handsfree calling

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Included carrying pouch

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Included carrying pouch

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range4-26000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Year
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter12 mm

4. boAt Nirvana Tres

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Triple Driver Earphones
  • Immersive audio output
  • Excellent instrument separation
  • One year warranty

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 boAt Nirvanaa Tres is a triple driver earphone that delivers all the goodies of a premium earphone within an affordable budget.

Design and Build Quality

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres might be the most unorthodox looking earphones you might ever come across in life.

Due to the fact that this is a triple driver earphone, the design needed to accommodate three drivers at once and this has gifted this earphone with a wierd form factor.

However, the dual tone colour scheme that flaunts red and black makes this earphone look at lot better in person than in pictures online. The silver accented rings around the driver housing compliments the curves and accent lines on the plastic casing.

The 120cm red coloured cable is not braided nor flat type, so expect tangling when left carelessly inside your bag or wallet.

The angled earpiece with silicone ear tips fit snug inside the ear canal and won’t slide loose even while jogging or walking fast.

The angled and gold-plated connector is thoughtfully designed to not obstruct anything inside your pocket that might pull the plug out of the jack accidentally.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Usually, earphones come with a single driver that manages the entire sound stage 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 sound stage separation for stunning quality audio reproduction.

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres comes with two 6mm sound drivers and a 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 20Hz – 40,000Hz, 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 feature. This further increases the quality of the sound coming out of these drivers.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres features a plastic inline remote with three buttons. These buttons are coloured red, matching the ambience of the dual tone colour scheme of the earphone.

The buttons are tactile and easy to press. You can control media playback on your smartphone or accept/reject voice calls at the click of a button.

The microphone on this earphone is of decent quality and performs well in both indoors as well as outdoors.

Verdict

The boAt Nirvanaa Tres is a great choice for those who are looking for a budget earphone with excellent audio quality. This triple driver earphone is very well worth every penny you spend on it.

The plastic build is the only downside of this device and if it doesn’t bother you, this is one one of the best you can purchase under Rs.3,000.

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Three-button inline remote

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Comfort fit earpiece

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Lightweight

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Plastic build

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 40000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Year
Impedance32 Ohm
Driver Diameter3 x 6mm

5. JBL Reflect Mini

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Honorable Mention
  • Rich and deep bass 
  • Water-resistant
  • Workout friendly earphones

JBL Reflect Mini is advertised as the lightest in-ear style wired sports earphones by the company.

The Reflect Mini is, in fact, lightweight and in our tests proved to be a trusty companion in our active lifestyle exercise schedules without compromising either on build quality or audio performance.

Design and Build Quality

The JBL Reflect mini has a smaller size footprint when compared to other in-ear sports earphones available in the market.

Made of high-quality plastic and polycarbonate material, the small-sized earpiece feels solid and durable in hand, ughh! I mean, in-ear.

The cable used with this earphone is long and has decent thickness. This cable can handle minor abuses without denting the functionality of the earphones.

The wires are coated with a light-reflecting paint so that even if you are on the road or mountain trails jogging or cycling, others can spot you easily with the light reflecting off from these.

The slightly angled gold-plated headphone jack makes it easily pocketable. The jack sits in position without loosening over movements and doesn’t hinder your music listening lessons, no matter where you are.

The over the ear clips hold the earpiece in place and provides additional support for the earpiece to stay in place while indulging in adventure activities or doing exercises at the gym.

Speaker and Sound Quality

To preserve the lightweight form factor, JBL compromised on including a smaller driver of 5.8mm inside the earpiece.

However, even with these smaller driver speakers, the quality of sound output is not compromised.

This in-ear style sports earphone offers excellent bass and clean vocals. The level of treble coming out of this device is perfectly in tune with the mids and lows, resulting in a tonally rich music listening experience.

The earphones are sufficiently loud at 80% volume even when used with budget smartphones and while increasing the volume further, we didn’t notice any distortions in the audio quality.

Inline Remote and Microphone

The Reflect mini has a cute rectangular shaped inline remote with curved edges, matching the accent colour on the earpiece.

This inline remote has a single button that can be used for playing/pausing the media playback or accepting or rejecting the voice calls.

The built-in microphone works well to pick up the voice clearly and the audio is decent on the receivers end as well.

Verdict

The JBL Reflect Mini is the best in-ear style sports earphones priced under Rs.4,000 available in the Indian market at present.

The lightweight design with tight fit ear clips and excellent sound quality makes this earphone a perfect companion in your workout sessions.

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Lightweight design

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No ear fatigue

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Clear in-call audio

Q

No tangle resistant cable

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range20- 24000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 year
Impedance32 ohms
Driver Diameter10 mm

With these five products, we wind up our curated buying list for the best-wired in-ear style earphones priced under Rs.4000.

If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know in the comment section below. Have a good day!

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