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

by | Oct 14, 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. CCA C10 HiFi Overall Best Pick
2. Sony MDR XB75APBass Heavy Earphone
3. Soundmagic E50CValue for Money Earphone
4. Sennheiser CX 300sBest Budget Earphone
5. JBL Reflect MiniHonourable Mention

 

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1. CCA C10 HiFi

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Overall Best Pick
  • Excellent sound stage separation
  • Durable twisted pair cable
  • Detachable wire

CCA is a Chinese company which is relatively less known in the Indian market.

The C10 from CCA is an insane five driver in-ear style earphone priced just under Rs.4,000.

Design and Build Quality

The CCA C10 is designed like no other earphones in the price segment.

The aluminium earpiece casing to the mute brown coloured twisted pair cable, this thing looks unique and stands out from the rest of the pack.

The earpieces themselves are big – obviously to include those four balanced armature drivers and a dynamic driver in each housing.

However, while wearing these in-ears, it feels relatively lightweight and comfortable.

The cable can be detached from the earpiece and is swappable. Since the cable is of twisted pair design, it is very durable and tangle-free.

The length of the earpiece stem is minimal and this might pose some problem in terms of comfort fit with those who have smaller ears.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The CCA C10 in-ear style wired earphone consists of five drivers in each earpiece. Yes – not one, not two, not three but five.

There are two balanced armatures for high-end treble notes, two for mid-range vocals and a single 10mm driver dedicated for the lower end bass.

The stage separation from this earphone is one of the finest in this price segment. The bass, vocals and the treble notes are distinctly audible, even at maximum volume levels.

However, if you are a basshead, you might feel the lack of that extra oomph which natural music lovers wouldn’t mind at all.

In-line remote and Microphone

The CCA C10 does feature an inline remote with a single control button integrated with a microphone.

This microphone is sensitive enough indoors but offers average call quality when used outdoors.

Miscellaneous

This wired earphone comes with a one year warranty. In case something goes wrong you can contact the supplier via Amazon and arrange for a repair or a replacement.

Verdict

The CCA C10 is one of the unique wired earphones available in the market that comes with five drivers.

If you are a fan of tonally balanced sound output with good stage separation, you might like this product for a budget under Rs.4,000.

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Robust build quality

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Ergonomic design

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One year warranty

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Average quality inline mic

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range7Hz – 40000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Year
Impedance32 Ohm
Driver Diameter10 mm

2. Sony MDR XB75AP

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Bass Heavy Earphone
  • Best for listening EDMs
  • Inline mic for voice calls
  • Lightweight and comfortable

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 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.

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.4,000 price segment.

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Full metal earpiece housing

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Flat, tangle-free cable

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Bundled carrying pouch

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Vocals get muffled at times

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range4Hz – 24000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Year
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter12 mm

3. Soundmagic E50C

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Value for Money Earphone
  • Robust build quality
  • Audiophile-grade sound output
  • Inline remote with microphone

SoundMagic E50C is an upgrade over the E11C with a slightly superior sound driver inside.

Priced under Rs.4,000, the E50C is a universally compatible wired earphone which works well with both Android and iOS devices.

Design and Build Quality

The SoundMagic E50C has an all-metal build with lightweight aluminium used for the earpiece construction.

This earpiece comfortably sits inside the ear canal, thanks to the comfortable silicone air tips.

The double paired twisted copper cable is strong and durable enough to withstand abuses.

The gold plated earphone jack makes sure there won’t be any corrosion and resulting signal loss over time.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The SoundMagic E50C features high quality 10mm neodymium speaker drivers for the best possible sound output.

This specific driver has an impedance of 51 Ohms. This higher impedance will require more power to overcome, which results in better audio clarity when used with a smartphone with a DAC.

The sound signature of this in-ear style earphone is very pleasing. The bass is on point, without overpowering the vocals or the treble notes.

For audiophiles, this earphones will sound way better than any of its competitors in this price point when played on a device with dedicated audio DAC.

Miscellaneous

The SoundMagic E50C comes with a three-button inline remote, compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

The inline mic sounds good with minimal distortion from the ambient noises around.

The metal earpiece housing ensures minimal vibrations inside the chamber, resulting in much more clean sound output.

Verdict

The SoundMagic E50C is the best choice for those audiophiles with smartphones or other portable media devices with dedicated audio DAC.

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All metal construction

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Compatible with Android and iOS devices

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Angled gold plated jack

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Not to be used with phones without DAC

Specifications

Mic AvailabilityYes
Frequency Range15Hz – 22000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 Years
Impedance51 ohms
Driver Diameter10 mm

4. Sennheiser CX 300s

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Best Budget Earphone
  • 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 AvailabilityNo
Frequency Range10Hz-26000Hz
Tangle FreeYes
Warranty1 year
Impedance16 Ohm
Driver Diameter10 mm

5. JBL Reflect Mini

JBL Reflect Mini
Honourable 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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