Best Headphones In India (Over the Head) (December 2019)

by | Dec 20, 2019

True audiophiles never look for the price tags strapped on to the product. They are all in for the quality of the sound output for their personal enjoyment or their professional duties.

This is why we thought, we should prepare a list of the best wired headphones available in India to cater to the audiophiles who crave for perfection.

Here are some of the top wired headphones available in the Indian market which we think might help you in your cause while you’re in search for the best available sound quality in the industry.

NOTE: If you are looking for wireless headphones (Over the Head) please check out our review on best wireless headphones in India.

 Best Headphones in India

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2Overall Best Pick
2. V Moda Crossfade M100Runner-Up Pick
3. Audio-Technica ATH-PRO500MKBest DJ Headphone
4. Bose QuietComfort 25 Best Comfort Fit Headphone
5. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Best Studio Head Phone
6. Sony MDR-100AAPBest Headphones for Bassheads
7. Razer Kraken Pro V2Best Budget Gaming Headphone
8. Sennheiser HD 4.20sValue for Money Headphone
9. Skullcandy Riff S5PXYFeature Rich Headphone
10.  Energy Sistem DJ 2Honorable Menton

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Studio-grade sound output
  • Best for indoor listening
  • Genuine leather paddings

Bowers & Wilkins headphones might be unfamiliar to many, but for those who know the brand, there’s no second choice.

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 S2 is an over the ear wired headphone with the audiophile-grade sound quality available for a price around Rs.22,000.

Design and Build Quality

The first feel you would get when seeing this wired headphone in one word can be described as luxury. The design is simple but has bits and pieces of subtle luxury written all over.

The leather earpads and the comfortable cushions on the headband are made of 100% pure leather.

It fits tight on the head as well as the ears delivering a comfortable listening posture for long hours in one single stretch.

The cable is detachable from the earpiece. There is a set of two cables in the package, one specifically catering to Apple devices and the other for the rest.

The foldable ear cups ensure that these headphones take up less space in your backpack.

Speakers and Sound Quality

If you used or at least tried a Bowers & Wilkins headphone before, you might know the quality of sound that these products offer.

With the P5 S2, the sound quality has further improved to the next level, closing the gap between the studio and your living room or office per se.

The 50mm Hi-Fi certified driver units deliver a smooth yet concise sound signature that will satisfy every type of music lover out there.

Being factory tuned by experts in acoustics, the company has left no stones unturned to deliver the best possible audio quality to its customers.

The clear mids and treble are supplemented by rich bass that covers the frequency spectrum as low as 10Hz. You won’t miss the beats you love any more.

Miscellaneous

The cables are detachable but not swappable. Why?

Bowers & Wilkins uses a proprietary connection technology to plug the cable into the earpieces. Even though that’s not a dealbreaker, we would have been happier to see an interchangeable cable system.

The snap-on covers are attached magnetically to the base of the ear cups. This means that if you want to change the cushion for a better fitting one, you can do so.

But remember – only the one from Bowers & Wilkins fits perfectly.

Verdict

If you’re an audiophile who would love to hear the music as close to what they sound in the recording studio, the Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 delivers just that to your ears.

The perfect mix of modern and retro styling invokes a sense of luxury that supplements the great sound output this wired headphone delivers.

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Best in class audio fidelity

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Quality fit and finish

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Unique design

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Proprietary cables

Specifications

Driver  Size50 mm
Frequency Range10Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating22 Ohm
Additional FeaturesHi-Fi Drivers

2. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Wider soundstage with distinct lows, mids and highs
  • In-line remote and microphone
  • Braided Kevlar-coated cable

V-Moda is a US-based company acclaimed for their professional-grade headphones, earphones and amplifiers which are highly regarded by the pioneers in the industry.

The Crossfade M-100 is one of the more budget-oriented offerings from the company aimed at beginners looking for a pro-quality audio listening experience at a reasonable price.

Design and Build Quality

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 structure is made of stainless steel. The overall design is very practical and made with durability in mind. The structure of this wired headphone can be bent or stretched flat without damage.

The size adjustable headband has comparatively less cushion supporting the stitched leather fabric covering over it.

The earpiece casing is made using military-grade aluminium which provides extreme durability with lightweight characteristics. This earpiece can be tilted forward or backwards and fits snug on ears no matter the size of your head.

The memory foam cushion on the earpiece is of excellent quality but doesn’t provide any sort of noise isolation we get to see with expensive headphones.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 features a large 50mm speaker driver custom-tuned for perfection in the sound output by industry experts.

These neodymium magnet drivers are of the dual-diaphragm type which results in exceptional clarity sound. Dual diaphragm drivers have two parts – a centre dome for improved mids and highs and a surrounding flexure for enhancing the bass.

This separation of low and high-end notes makes the sound coming out of the speakers more enjoyable and immersive to listen to.

Covering a frequency response range between 5 – 30,000 Hz, this headphone has a wider soundstage for recreating studio-like sound quality across different genres.

Miscellaneous

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 has a detachable kevlar coated fabric cable that feels extremely tough and durable.

The company also provides a separate cable with an extension port for plugging in two headphones at once to share the music you’re listening to with your friends.

The inline microphone and mic is a surprise addition to this expensive wired headphones. The voice calls through the mic sounds pleasant and natural.

Verdict

The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 is an overall package that comes with excellent build and sound quality.

The dual-diaphragm drivers work wonders with all genres of music and the inline remote and mic add value to this purchase further.

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Build quality

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Portable and lightweight

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Dual diaphragm drivers
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Driver  Size50 mm
Frequency Range5Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Features105dB sensitivity

3. Audio-Technica ATH-PRO500MK2BK

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Best DJ/Monitoring Headphone
  • Excellent noise isolation
  • Wide frequency response spectrum
  • Elegant design

Audio Technica, the Japanese audio equipment company is famed all around the world for their studio-grade professional earphones and speakers.

The ATH-PRO500MK2BK from the company is a premium, over the ear monitoring type wired headphones that deliver the best quality audio output in this price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Audio Technica ATH-PRO500MK2BK is one of the solidly built wired earphones in its price range.

This earphone feature a triple air venting system that will optimize air damping – resulting in better bass control.

The headband is adjustable and can fit on the contours of your head perfectly. Long-time listening with this headphone isn’t painful.

The ear cushions over the speakers are very comfortable and made of memory foam-like material, covered by the soft cushioning of faux leather.

The stylish Audio-Technica logo over the headband makes this product a lot more cool to look at.

Since this is a DJ/monitoring purpose wired headphone, the earcups swivel almost 180 degrees. This makes it easy to use whichever way you want the speakers to be.

The company has supplied the regular 3.5mm headphone jack cable for use with smartphones and then the 3.5mm to the quarter jack compatible with amplifiers and other music players.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Now coming to the sound quality, this product features a 53mm driver speaker which delivers excellent quality sound. The bass is very pronounced but doesn’t dampen the highs and vocals.

Since the speaker driver covers a large frequency response spectrum ranging from as low as 10 Hz to 30,000 Hz, notes from every instrument are audible.

Miscellaneous

Since the ear cups of this over-the-ear wired headphone swivel and fold flat, it is easy to carry around.

The passive noise cancellation in this wired headphone from Audio Technica is excellent.

It blocks the majority of outside noise, delivering you a soothing music listening session when in use.

Verdict

The Audio Technica ATH-PRO500MK2BK has an impressive hardware record such as the 53mm deep motion drivers creating one of the most perfectly balanced sound output in its class.

The excellent build quality and the elegant design compliments the performance of this wired earphone.

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Excellent sound quality

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Foldable ear cups

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1-year warranty

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Headband cushion feels a fit stiff

Specifications

Driver unit Size53 mm
Frequency Range10Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohms
Additional Features106dB sensitivity

4. Bose Quiet Comfort 25

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Best Comfort Fit Headphones
  • Crystal clear sound
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Excellent wearing comfort

Bose products don’t need an introduction when it comes to the quality of sound output from its products.

It’s one of the most trusted brands in the audio industry and the Quiet Comfort 25 underlines this fact.

Design and Build Quality

The Bose Quiet Comfort 25 is made using quality components such as steel inserts and high-density polycarbonates. The result is a strong, durable and structurally sound wired headphone with a compelling price tag.

The minimal design looks elegant and professional. Nothing fancy strikes our eyes and it retains the industrial look that gleams luxurious with the etched Bose logo of the earpiece casing.

The adjustable headband has plush foam inside that enhances the wearing comfort of this headphone. The earcups too have memory foam that is comfy and easy with the skin.

This headphone can be flattened out almost horizontally without any damage. This makes it easy to fit inside your tight bag and won’t buckle under pressure.

Weighing at just 190 grams, the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 is the lightest premium wired headphone you can purchase in the market at present.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Bose Quiet Comfort 25 comes with a factory engineered custom 50mm drivers.
These drivers are one of the best available in the market when it comes to the quality of sound output.

Well-balanced bass and treble will take your music listening experience to the next level for sure.

Covering an audio spectrum of 10 – 30,000 Hz, Bose has made sure that you won’t miss any notes in between – be it deep lows or the tingling highs.

The vocals are clean and don’t face any distortion even when the volume is cranked up to the maximum.

Active Noise Cancellation

Active Noise Cancellation is what makes this wired headphone stand out from its competition. It works so well that you won’t miss even a bit of your sensory pleasure while listening to music outdoors.

However, there is a catch. The Active Noise Cancellation works on battery power and you have to insert a AAA battery for this function to work all the time, which according to us is not a big deal considering the benefits.

Miscellaneous

Yes, the Bose Quiet comfort has an inline microphone and remote for voice calls and media controls.

The inline remote has volume buttons and it works perfectly fine with both Apple and Android smartphone.

The quality of voice calls is decent and there is no distortion on either end.

Verdict

If you want a premium wired headphones under a shoestring budget, don’t miss the Bose Quiet Comfort 25.

With Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to its strength, this product offers excellent value for money proposition to the budget-conscious buyer.

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Elegant design
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Solid build quality

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Pleasant sound output

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ANC requires a AAA battery to work

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range10Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesExcellent noise cancellation

5. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro

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Best Budget Studio Headphone
  • The high nominal impedance of 250 Ohms
  • Best suited for audio mixing
  • A spacious and distinct sound stage

Beyerdynamic is a renowned German audio engineering company which focuses primarily on manufacturing professional quality headphones and earphones.

The Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro is a studio-grade budget high impedance wired headphone offering targeted at the sound engineers and audio professionals to enhance their productivity.

Design and Build Quality

The Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro justifies its price tag with the use of high-quality material for the construction.

The interesting mix of plastic and genuine leather makes this headphone look and feel premium.

The soft velour earpads are extremely comfortable for longer duration usage without any skin irritation or ear fatigue.

The soft leather headband is sufficiently cushioned for a pleasant wearing experience.

The sufficiently long cable with the gold plated 3.5mm jack does allow you to be flexible with the host device.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro comes with a large 50mm neodymium magnet speaker driver for excellent quality sound output.

This driver covers a wide frequency response spectrum ranging between 5 Hz and 35000 Hz allowing you to listen to the deepest bass and the highest of the treble notes without any issues.

The main USP of this studio-grade wired headphones is its high nominal impedance of 250 Ohms.

Yes, higher impedance causes sound quality degradation in devices such as smartphones, but not with studio equipment.

Furthermore, higher impedance aides in better sound transparency and wider sound stage separation, both of which are highly preferred in the professional music mixing industry.

Miscellaneous

circumaural design of the earpads helps in excellent noise cancellation effects.

This helps the professionals from not getting distracted by the ambient background noise while working with their tunes.

The signature bass reflex technology from Beyerdynamic lets you listen to the lowest bass notes with amazing crisp and clarity.

If you are unsure of using this for your professional setup, there are variants of this model in different nominal impedances available for use with normal smartphones and laptop/desktop systems.

Verdict

If you’re a budding audio professional new to the field, Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro is a step in the right direction.

With the exceptional quality sound output and build quality, this German-made headphone deserves a spot in our best headphones in the market category.

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Comfortable earpad cushions

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Robust build quality

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Easily serviceable form factor

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Won’t work well with smartphones

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range5Hz – 35000Hz
Impedance Rating250 Ohm
Additional FeaturesSpacious sound stage

6. Sony MDR-100AP

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Best Bass-Heavy Headphones
  • Titanium coated heavy duty driver
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • Clean mids and highs

The Sony MDR-100AP is an over the ear wired headphone that is a premium offering with inbuilt microphone capabilities.

The MDR-100AP has high-res audio capabilities that will deliver precise audio quality from your device that will satisfy the audiophile in you.

Design and Build Quality

Sony has always given preference to the function over the design aesthetics. However, it doesn’t mean that the products are ugly.

The MDR-100AP has a minimal design but we felt this form factor is more attractive than the other headphones in this list.

The pressure-relieving faux-leather earpads are one of the unique aspects of this wired earphone. The soft texture that fits snug on the earlobes offers utmost comfort and minimal sound leakage to the exterior.

The swivelling and foldable earcups make this headphone easy to carry around in tight bags with minimal space real estate.

Speakers and Sound Quality

To understand the capability of this headphone, we have to discuss something at first – the frequency response spectrum.

The frequency response spectrum defines the range between which the headphone speakers can output the sound. The lesser it is, the more will be the bass and the higher it is, the more will be the treble.

Usually, headphones come with a frequency spectrum that ranges from 20 – 20,000 Hz. But with the MDR – 100AP, the response range starts as low as 3 Hz.

If you’re a basshead, you’ll love to pick this up wherever you go. The punchy undistorted bass makes this wired headphones best suited for listening to EDMs and hip hop music.

The treble and vocals, however, retains the clarity and doesn’t get overpowered by the thundering bass it delivers.

Beat Response Control

Sony’s Beat Response Control delivers that extra oomph with the low pitched notes making it a bass fanatics dream come true.

The 53mm titanium coated driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-100AP.

The air vent design on the back of the earpiece ensures that the airflow is not hindered while the bass is being delivered to the ears.

This reduces the reverberation effect and maximises diaphragm efficiency.

Verdict

If you are a die-hard bass fanatic who would love to have the deep bass with no distortions in whatever genre of music you intend to listen, these wired headphones are made for you.

The solid build quality and reliability of the brand such as Sony makes this purchase well worth your hard-earned money.

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The minimal yet eye-pleasing design

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Rich, undistorted bass
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Pressure-relieving earpads

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Looks and feels bulky

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range3Hz – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating40 Ohms
Additional FeaturesTitanium coated diaphragm

7. Razer Kraken Pro V2

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Best Gaming Headphone
  • Loud sound output
  • Kevlar coated cable
  • Unidirectional sensitive mic

Razer is a company known for its laptops and gaming accessories. The company has a loyal fan following in India and abroad, thanks to the cutting edge technology in these products which deliver a better gaming experience to the users.

The Kraken Pro V2 from Razer is a wired over-the-ear headphone designed specifically with gamers in mind.

Design and Build Quality

The Razer Kraken Pro V2 has the signature green colour which comes standard with almost all Razer products.

The use of high-quality materials for construction justifies the price tag of this premium gaming headphone.

The plush cushions feel good to wear during long hours of gaming sessions so does the headband.

Full ear coverage of the cushion means excellent noise isolation, which is paramount for a gaming aficionado.

The cable is Kevlar reinforced and comes with an inline remote.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Razer Kraken V2 Pro comes equipped with large 50mm drivers to deliver excellent quality sound output.

These drivers cover a wide frequency response range of 12 – 28000 Hz to provide a rich surround sound experience without missing any musical notes.

The vocals are crisp and clear so does the bass and the treble. You’re guaranteed to experience an immersive gaming experience with this headphone.

Miscellaneous

The inline remote control on this headphone comes with a volume slider and mute button. The unidirectional microphone works well to capture the sound.

Razer provides one-year worth of warranty with this device to cover any unfortunate mishaps if it occurs.

Verdict

If you’re a gaming fanatic and looking for a premium headphone to spice up your gaming endeavour, Razer Kraken Pro V2 is a must-have in your kitty.

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Elegant design

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Superb build quality

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1-year warranty

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In-line remote button feels flaky

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range12 – 28000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesUnidirectional mic

8. Sennheiser HD 4.20s

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Best Value for Money Headphone
  • Excellent tonal sound balance
  • Foldable and portable
  • Omni-directional microphone

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is a wired budget headphone with an around the ear design which aids in superior acoustic performance.

This device comes with a fully foldable headband and an inline microphone to attend voice calls on the go.

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is made entirely of high-quality polycarbonate material.

This makes the device partly flexible and lightweight.

The headband is sufficiently cushioned and has a smaller size footprint.

Another fact to note about this headband is that it is completely foldable.

This makes the Sennheiser HD 4.20s the compact and portable wired headphones in its price category.

The sufficiently large earpiece has comfy pads over them to give a closed-back audio experience.

The cable on this headphone is rounded but tangle resistant.

Speakers and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is powered by a 32mm speaker driver custom made by the company for enhanced performance.

These speakers have been carefully tuned to perfection for delivering exceptional quality music.

One of the USP of this Sennheiser wired headphone is its 18 Ohm impedance rating.

This means the driver only has to overcome the least resistance for producing sound.

The low impedance factor significantly boosts the performance of this budget headphone when used with low-end Android smartphones without a dedicated DAC.

The bass is adequate and the quality of mids and highs are very good on this device.

Inline Remote and Voice Quality

This headphone comes with a single button remote and an excellent microphone.

The mic is so sensitive to the user’s voice and somehow manages to isolate the background noise to an extent, providing you with the best possible voice quality in the segment.

Verdict

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is an excellent purchase for those who are looking for a capable and affordable pro-quality headphone to use with their smartphones.

The pleasing audio output and the built quality makes it worth checking out in the sub. Rs.5,000 category.

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Closed-back design

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Gold plated 3.5mm plug

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Loud sound output

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Not bass-heavy

Specifications

Driver unit Size32 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating18 Ohms
Additional Features1.4m cable

9. Skullcandy Riff S5PXY

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Feature-Rich Wired Headphone
  • Tonally balanced sound output
  • Comfortable easy to use the button
  • Voice assistant feature

Skullcandy is an American based company specialized in marketing earphones, headphones and other similar audio-related hardware worldwide.

The Riff S5PXY is a budget over the ear wired headphones available in the Indian market priced just under Rs.3000 favouring budget-conscious consumers,

Design and Build Quality

The Skullcandy Riff S5PXY has a trendy design with flashy colours which will attract the youth.

Made from high-quality polycarbonate plastic, the Skullcandy Riff SP5XY is very lightweight and offers excellent wearing comfort.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Skullcandy Riff S5PXY has a 40mm speaker driver with a refined acoustic signature that helps the headphone to deliver music notes, pleasing to the ears.

The level of bass is adequate and doesn’t feel artificial at all. The vocals are loud and clear as well.

The breathable ear cushion material eliminated the chance of ear fatigue while listening to music for a longer duration, continuously.

Miscellaneous

One of the unique features of this headphone is that the control button is located on the earpiece instead of the cable.

This large easy to use button can be used for skipping tracks, accepting/rejecting the voice calls, and even controlling the volume level.

This headphone supports Google assistant integration which can be used to wirelessly execute commands directly on your Android smartphone.

Verdict

The Skullcandy Riff S5PXY is a trendy wired headphone priced under Rs.3000 which suits the youth better.

Ear-pleasing sound quality along with the excellent wearing comfort makes this headphone suitable for people with longer listening duration.

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Trendy design

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Lightweight and

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Breathable cushion

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Sound leakage

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range20 – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesFlat folding design

10. Energy Sistem DJ2

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Honorable Mention
  • Clean, deep bass
  • Detachable cable
  • Multi-function inline remote

Energy Sistem is a renowned Spanish audio equipment manufacturer popular for its DJ monitoring headphones.

The DJ2 from Energy Sistem is affordable over the ear wired headphones available in the Indian market for a price under Rs.1000.

Design and Build Quality

The Energy Sistem DJ2 has an exemplary design which looks soothing to the eyes.

The flat single colour profile across the chassis makes the headphones look minimal yet aesthetically elegant.

The rounded grooves on the earplate with the brand name impart a luxury feel as well.

The materials used for the construction is of high quality and very much on par with its competitors.

The cushioning on the earpads and headband is adequate to deliver a pleasant long music listening session.

The 180 degree swivelling earpiece makes the headphones compact and easy to carry around in tight backpacks.

Speakers and Sound Quality

This budget wired over the ear headphone features a 40mm sound driver to let out pleasing quality sound output.

The company has tuned these drivers to cover the frequency spectrum of the entire human ear audible range.

The result? Deep rich bass along with clean highs and crisp vocals.

Whatever be the genre of music you intend to listen, the Energy Sistem DJ2 speakers will generously deliver a satisfactory experience for sure.

The speakers inside this headphones have a sensitivity of about 108 dB/mW which means the sound can get loud enough without considerable distortion even at high volume levels.

Miscellaneous

The ergonomic design of this over the ear headphones enhances the wearing comfort and also aids in better portability.

The inline microphone performs well with voice calls.

Inline remote consists of a multifunction button to accept/reject calls or to skip the tracks forward and backwards.

The 3.5mm cable can be detached from the headphones in case you want to use a third-party cable.

This feature is usually found only on premium headphones.

Verdict

If you are looking for an affordable headphone with an excellent all-around performance, the Energy Sistem DJ2 is a great fit.

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Portability

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Build Quality

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Tonally balanced sound output

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Bulky

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesDeep, rich bass

This article comes to an end here, but our search for the best product continues.

We are testing and reviewing products on a regular basis and will make sure to update the article as we find a worthy product to replace the existing ones.

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