Best Headphones In India (Wired & Over the Head) (June 2021)

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

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

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

 Best Headphones in India (Wired & Over-Ear)

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2Overall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xRunner-up Pick
3. OneOdio Studio Pro 50Value for Money Wired Headphone
4. AKG K72Feature-rich Wired Headphone
5. Samson SR850Best Budget Studio Headphone
6. Marshall Major IIIBest Build Quality
7. SONY MDR-XB450APBest Bass-heavy Headphone
8. Boult Audio Bassbuds Q2Cheapest Wired Headphone
9. Sennheiser PC 8 USBBest Budget VoIP Headphone
10. boAt Bassheads 900Honourable Mention

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1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2

Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2

Overall Best Pick

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


Best in class audio fidelity

Quality fit and finish

Unique design


Proprietary cables

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.20,000.

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.

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 stone unturned to deliver the best possible audio quality to its customers.

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


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.


If you’re an audiophile who would love to hear the music as close to what they sound in the recording studio, 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.


Driver  Size50 mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range10Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating22 Ohm

ALSO READ: Best Headphones Under Rs.5,000 (Wired & Over the Head)

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Runner-up Pick

  • Studio-grade monitoring headphone
  • Detachable cables
  • Compact and portable form factor


Well balanced sound output

Detailed and robust build

Excellent noise isolation


Ear fatigue happens with long term listening

Audio-Technica products have been some of the common entrants to our best buying lists, be it headphones or earphones.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is an over the ear wired headphone that focuses on delivering studio-quality sound output to the masses.

Build Quality

The moment you wear this headphone around your neck, it will feel like you’re a professional-grade audio enthusiast.

No joking – these wired headphones have an attractive eye-catching design with a personality bound to them.

The M series headphones from Audio-Technica are acclaimed for the pure performance metrics and this product never fails to deliver the same.

The build quality is awesome and the attention to detail is exemplary. The left and right markings are designated to leave no room for confusion while wearing these.

The contoured ear cups are comfortable and it fits accurately around the ears, minimizing the noise bleed to the exterior.

The fully foldable ear cups make this a much more compact product that can be tucked into tight spaces easily without any damage to the internals.

Sound Quality

Being the successor to the original M50, Audio-Technica has the right recipe in terms of excellent sound output here. With the M50x, the recipe is further enhanced to deliver an even better sound ( does that even sound right!).

The 45mm drivers provide excellent studio-quality output without compromising the crispiness and clarity of neither the bass nor the treble.

This wired headphone is characterized by rich deep bass, balanced and natural mids along very well detailed highs.

The company itself markets this product as studio monitor headphones as the sound signature from this headphone matches that of other products used in the studio such as the Marshall’s.


This wired headphone comes with detachable cables. The box pack includes three separate cables that vary in length and form factor.

A 1.2 m rounded cable, a 3m round cable and a 1.1m coiled cable is available that can be used with this headphone.

There is no need for a separate amplifier to listen to the music in its full glory with this headphone.

The closed-back design minimizes the audio leakage and ensures an immersive listening experience.


The Audio-Technica M50x is a studio-grade monitoring headphone that delivers one of the best-balanced sound output in headphones priced under Rs.10,000.

The robust build quality and the professional-grade accessories make it a wiser choice to invest your money if you’re after an audiophile-grade headphone.


Driver  Size45 mm
Inline MicNo
Frequency Range15 – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohms

3. OneOdio Studio Pro 50

OneOdio Studio Pro 50

Value for Money Wired Headphone

  • Excellent instrument separation
  • Decent in-call audio quality
  • Bass-heavy sound signature


Solid build quality

Detachable cables

Comfortable soft protein earmuffs



OneOdio is a relatively new entrant to the Indian headphone scene with a few affordable models that have been well received among Indian customers. 

The Studio Pro 50 is the flagship wired headphone from the Studio Pro series lineup from OneOdio. 

Build Quality

The design of the OneOdio Studio Pro 50 is no different from the other Studio Pro models we’ve reviewed before.

The entire body is made from high quality matte black plastic materials which feel extremely durable and sturdy. 

The chrome finish trims around the earpiece housing looks very attractive and premium.

In terms of wearing comfort, the adjustable headband and the soft protein earmuffs ensure that you won’t face any trouble listening to music with this headphone. 

The fully foldable design makes this headphone easy to carry around in bags and backpacks without any problems. 

Sound Quality

The OneOdio Studio Pro 50 features a custom-tuned 50mm speaker driver with rich bass output accompanied with clean and crisp vocals as well as tingling highs. 

The instrument separation on this wired headphone can be defined as one of the best in this price segment.

This headphone will satisfy every kind of audiophile out there – be it bassheads or purists. 

The ergonomic earpad cushions ensure a tight fit around the ears, resulting in good noise isolation characteristics.


The OneOdio Studio features detachable audio cables. The company provides two cables with this headphone – one 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable with inline mic and a 6.35mm to 3.5mm coiled cable without the mic. 

You can use these cables to hook the Studio Pro 50 to a wide range of devices from guitars to smartphones to amplifiers.


The OneOdio Studio Pro 50 is one of the affordable feature-rich wired headphones available in India priced at just Rs.3,600.

If you prefer a versatile headphone with universal compatibility with a multitude of devices, the Studio Pro 50 is one of the best choices out there.


Driver  Size50mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

4. AKG K72


Feature-rich Wired Headphone

  • Rich bass output
  • Excellent stereo stage separation
  • Robust build quality


Minimal yet elegant design

Closed-back design

Self-adjusting headband


No microphone for voice calls

AKG is a popular audio accessory brand that falls under the Samsung brand, a multinational business conglomerate we all know about.

The K72 from AKG is a budget wired headphone priced very competently under Rs.3000 delivering an immersive surround sound experience.

Build Quality

The AKG K72 features an industrial design that makes it stand out from the rest of the competition in its respective price segment.

The brushed metal body screams premium and the minimal design looks very elegant.

The headband on this headphone is easily adjustable and has an adequate amount of cushion for comfortable wearing.

The closed-back design of this headphone amounts to minimal sound leakage and lets you have an immersive music listening experience.

Sound Quality

The AKG K72 features 40mm custom-tuned drivers, with extended low-frequency response resulting in rich yet natural bass notes.

The vocals and treble sound very clean and crisp with excellent stage separation. 

This lets you listen to the music with such high fidelity as it would have been sounded at the recording studio.


The memory foam earpads are very comfortable to wear and cause no ear fatigue in the long run.

The single-sided cable on this headphone is sufficiently thick to handle minor abuses.

There is no inline microphone on this studio monitoring headphone. If you want your headphones to attend calls, we advise you to take a look at other products on this list. 


The AKG K72 is one of the best sounding wired earphones that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.3000.

The comfortable closed-back design and the quality of custom-tuned drivers make this headphone well worth the price.


Driver  Size40 mm
Inline MicNo
Frequency Range16Hz – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

5. Samson SR850

AKG K240 Studio MKII

Best Budget Studio Headphone

  • Studio-grade monitoring headphone
  • Comfortable open-back design
  • No microphone for voice calls


Excellent bass

Comfortable fit

Minimal sound distortion


Average build quality

Samson is a brand that the majority of our readers have not heard about. For starters, they are an industry-leading audio equipment company based in New York.

Backed by two decades of industry experience, the Samson SR850 beats its competitors to the punch with its studio-quality sound reproduction and pronounced depth in the musical notes.

Build Quality

The Samson 850 is made from average quality plastics, to be honest. Mostly because of this, the headphone feels lightweight and comfortable.

The industrial design screams practicality and will not win you by the looks for sure.

The headband is quite comfortable and offers an excellent overall grip, making the earpiece stay as close to your ears.

The cushioning is minimal. This suits the humid Indian conditions where we tend to sweat a lot. With excessive cushioning, the sweat may cause discomfort while in prolonged usage.

The 1.5m cable is long and might cause some trouble dangling while travelling with this headphone.

Sound Quality

The Samson S850 comes equipped with a large 50mm driver speaker capable of providing an exceptional acoustic experience.

The wide dynamic range that covers almost all musical notes between 10 Hz and 30,000 Hz makes sure that your general listening pleasure is in no way compromised.

The bass is rich with enough power to make EDMs and hip hop lovers happy. The mids and highs beautifully complement the low notes.

The sound output loudness is on point and doesn’t create distortion even while jamming in with full volume.


The semi-open back design of the earpiece has its own merits and demerits. 

The open design helps a lot of acoustics to dampen easily and more naturally. This reduces the stress on your ears significantly.

At the same time, this open design might also let background noises into the ear canal, causing problems if you are in the middle of a busy street or so.

The velour fabric ear cushioning on this wired headphone works similar to the memory foam and is very comfortable for your ears to rest on.


If you don’t mind the lack of a mainstream brand tag, the Samson S850 is the best-wired headphone you can purchase under a budget of Rs.5,000.

Its studio-grade tuned drivers and the open back design makes listening to music as if you are inside a recording studio.


Driver  Size50mm
Inline MicNo
Frequency Range10Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

6. Marshall Major III

Marshall Major III

Best Build Quality

  • Premium luxury headphone
  • Excellent balanced sound output
  • Suited for hardcore audiophiles


Detachable cable

Noise cancellation

Excellent sound quality


A little tight on the ears

Marshall is a UK based audio equipment manufacturer well known for its amplifiers, Bluetooth speakers and studio-grade headphones.

The Major III from Marshal is an upgrade over the original Marshall Major II headphones that was widely popular.

Build Quality

The Marshall Major III follows the classic Marshall design cues including the rounded edge square ear cup design and the leather finish.

The textured leather construction imparts a classy and luxurious feel to this wireless over the ear headphone.

The collapsible design makes it easier for the storage of this headphone in the bags and suitcases.

The adjustable headband clips are made of metal and have a superior build quality that feels durable.

Sound Quality

The Marshall Major III boasts of a 40mm driver unit that is factory tuned to ensure you the best possible sound clarity.

The deeper bass and the detailed highs make the music that’s coming out of the speaker very much enjoyable, even for the hardcore audiophiles.

These headphones are the kind of product where a bass head and a purist music lover will agree with in terms of the sound output. The vocals are clear and clean without any sort of distortions.

The noise isolation feature works well as advertised. It successfully blocks out the background noises for a quieter and immersive music listening experience.


The detachable connecting cable in itself is gold plated and with L shaped 3.5mm connector. Everything about this headphone feels luxurious so does the sound output as well.

The inline remote works impressively well which we didn’t expect from audiophile-grade headphones. The calls were surprisingly crisp and clear and the mic worked just fine as well.


The Marshall Major III is a lifetime worth of investment if you’re into some serious hardcore music listening.

The quality of music that is delivered to your ears from the luxury headphone is on a whole new level. If you have the money in your hand, don’t look further.


Driver  Size40 mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range18Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating32 ohms


Sony MDR-XB450AP

Budget Bass-heavy Headphone

  • For Sony loyalists and bass fanatics
  • Elegant design
  • Comfy ear cups


Rich and heavy bass

Pressure-relieving earpads


Less treble

Sony is an electronics as well as a media corporate giant.

With a huge fan following for their quality range of headphones, Sony can’t afford to make any mistakes.

The MDR-XB450AP is the entry-level offering from Sony on their much-revered XtraBass lineup.

Build quality

The Sony MDR-XB450AP has a premium design that resembles many of the expensive headphones from Sony.

The earpiece in itself swivels flat and this makes it easy to be carried in tightly packed bags.

Sony has designed the earpiece in such a manner that there is an improved seal between the driver housing and the ears which enhances the bass.

The materials used for the construction of this wired headphone is of top-notch quality and feels premium.

Sound quality

Those Bass fanatics looking for the best headphone under Rs.2000 need not look further.

If you are the one who is longing for the deep bass, the XB450AP is the go-to headphone under Rs. 3000 category.

With its 30mm driver unit along with the lower impedance rating of 24 Ohm, the lows in the music will be more pronounced.

This headphone has a frequency response range varying from as low as 5 Hz to 20000 Hz to get you covered by all the notes in the music you’re listening to.


MDR-XB450AP comes with a tangle-free serration cord that feels the premium quality that will resist the tendency to knot.

The addition of pressure-relieving comfy ear cups adds up to the overall quality that this headphone offers.


XtraBass lineup from Sony being synonymous to the rich bass, audiophiles with an affinity to bass can pick this up over the other competitors.


Driver  Size30 mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range5Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohm

8. Boult Audio Bassbuds Q2

Boult Audio Bassbuds Q2

Cheapest Wired Headphone

  • Universal compatibility
  • Comfortable ear cushion
  • Gold plated 3.5mm jack



Retractable earcups

Decent sound output


Bass is a bit low

Boult Bass Buds Q2 is a budget over the ear style wired headphone released recently in the Indian market that’s retailing at a very low price around Rs.700.

Design and Build Quality

The Boult Bass Buds Q2 is entirely made of hard plastics and nothing else. The quality of the construction is not as great as we would like it to be, but it isn’t too shabby either.

The matt finish body with Boult branding offers a minimal design choice which is indeed a good thing for many.

The ear foams are of good quality so does the headband cushion. The earcups are completely retractable, aiding in better portability.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Boult Audio Bass Buds Q2 comes with a 32mm speaker driver that is advertised to deliver bass-heavy sound output.

In reality, the sound signature from this headphone is flat but tonally well balanced. The bass, vocals and treble perfectly compensate each other for a decent music listening experience.

In-line Remote and Microphone

The 3.5mm cable on this wired headphone is long and sufficiently thick enough to prevent any accidental damage.

The inline remote and the integrated microphone works as promised to give you a no-frills hands-free voice calling experience.


The Boult Audio Bass Buds Q2 headphone is a good choice for those who have a tight budget but needs fully functional wired headphones with an integrated mic for voice calls.


Driver  Size32mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

ALSO READ: Best Headphones Under Rs.10,000 (Wired & Over the Head)

9. Sennheiser PC 8 USB

Sennheiser PC 8 USB

Best Budget VoIP Headphone

  • Best suited for voice calls
  • Must have for content creators
  • 2-year warranty



The mute button on the inline remote

Excellent call quality


No 3.5 mm jack

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB wired headphone is made to use with computers and laptops. The company advertises this product as an internet telephony device.

Before reading further, note that this headphone isn’t compatible with smartphones as it comes with a USB connector rather than a 3.5mm jack.

Build Quality

If you’re a content creator on platforms such as Youtube or the one who engages in a lot of VoIP calls, this headphone might be the best bet for you in terms of audio as well as microphone quality.

This headphone from Sennheiser is a plug and play device, which means you don’t need to install any software to use it for the first time.

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS alike.

The lightweight design and comfortable headband make this headphone a must for those who regularly rely on voice/video calls over the internet.

Sound Quality

The 36mm diver speakers sound nice and clear. Vocals are crisp and without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

The inline remote gives you the option to control the volume on the go and there’s a dedicated mute button as well.

Noise cancellation works well on this headphone and you won’t get distracted by background noises while attending your calls.


The microphone can be swivelled away from the face when not in use.

The quality of the mic is good and is perfectly suitable for recording voice-overs and conducting regular calls.


If you want a headphone specifically for making calls from the Internet or to do voice-overs or podcasts from your PC, the Sennheiser PC 8 USB is a great choice.


Driver  Size36 mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range42Hz – 17000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

10. boAt BassHeads 900

Boat BassHeads 900

Honourable Mention

  • Best suited for activity sports
  • Durable build quality
  • Passive noise cancellation


Good build quality

Textured and hardened headphone jack

Bass-rich sound


Sharp edges on the headband

boAt audio products are fairly popular in the Indian market because of its affordability and features.

The Bassheads 900 from boAt is an over-the-ear headphone targeting users who love bass.

Build Quality

Construction-wise, boAt has done a great job with this product. The faux leather cushions feel comfy and will last longer compared to the normal fabric cushions.

The metal mesh finish on the outside of the earcups looks premium and classy. The adjustable headband is where a slight discomfort creeps in.

There are sharp edges on the headband which might cause discomfort if you’re wearing this headphone around the ear.

If you’re bald, we’d recommend you to stay away from this product as the sharp edges may scratch your head.

Sound Quality

Talking about the quality of sound from this headphone, the bass is on the higher side as we’ve expected from the name Bassheads itself.

This wired headphone priced under Rs.1000 delivers good sound quality for the price at which it retails in the market.

At times, the bass overpowers the mids and highs but it isn’t much evident when listening to EDMs and other instrument-heavy music.


The wire on this device is sufficiently long and thick. It feels like it is built to last, so thumbs up to boAt for that.

The 3.5mm connector has a metal case covering which is textured. This adds grip to the pin and can be easily plugged in and out of the devices without breaking a sweat.

Since the faux leather cushion covers the ear properly, it acts as a passive noise cancellation medium.

Though not a complete solution to block outside noise, having something is always better than nothing.


The boAt Bassheads is the perfect headphone for listening to music while engaged in active sports such as jogging or while working out at the gym.

The long sturdy cable and comfortable ear cushions make this product a compelling choice.


Driver  Size40 mm
Inline MicYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

The best ten wired headphones in India article come to an end here, but our search for the best product continues. 

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

If you feel we should have added a product, do mention that in the comment section below.

Thanks for spending your valuable time on our website and keep coming back for more best buying lists and product reviews!

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4 thoughts on “Best Headphones In India (Wired & Over the Head) (June 2021)”

  1. Hey i just want a headphone which is comfortable for long use and will stay with for me for 2-3 years Under 2K
    Reqd for online classes and music(hip-hop&pop)
    Im confused between claw sm50 , one odio 10pro,spny mdr 450 , AKG K72.
    If you could just suggest me one from the above mentioned or any other you know which will be best .

    • Hi Abhishek!

      It seems you have a nice knack for identifuying the best products among the bunch. All the headphones you listed perform exceptionally well but if you ask us personally, we’d suggest you go for either the OneOdio 10 Pro or the AKG K72. The OneOdio Pro 10 (Link – might look bulky at first, but it is quite comfortable once the headband gets accustomed to your head size. The sound output from this wired headphone is ideal for hip hop, EDMs and jazz music. The AKG K72 (Link – comes as a close second choice in terms of audio quality but it lacks a microphone, which might be required for online classes.

  2. I think boAt Bassheads 900 is a good headphone and should deserve a better position on the list. The sound quality of these headphones is really amazing and it comes with better battery life. Just sharing my thoughts.
    By the way, the article was very informative.

    Ashish Bajaj


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