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

by | Aug 3, 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 P3Overall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-WS770iSBest DJ Headphones
3. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Best Studio Head Phone
4. Sony MDR-10RNCHeadphone with Best Noise Cancellation
5. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xFeature Rich Budget Headphone
6. 1MORE – MK801Best Build Quality
7. Samson SR850 Best Budget Headphone

1. Bowers & Wilkins P3

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 Runner-Up 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 P3 is an over the ear wired headphone with the audiophile-grade sound quality available for a price around Rs.18,000.

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 P3, 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 P3 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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Great sound quality

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Robust build quality

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Foldable design

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Proprietary cables

Specifications

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

2. Audio-Technica ATH-WS770iS

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Rich bass sound output
  • Passive Noise cancellation
  • Flat, tangle-free cable

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

The ATH-WS770iS from Audio-Technica is a premium, over the ear monitoring type wired headphone that delivers the best quality audio output in this price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Audio Technica ATH-WS770iS 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 8 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-WS770iS 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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Foldable ear cups

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Low distortion sound output

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In-line remote with mic

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Headband cushion feels a fit stiff

Specifications

Driver unit Size53 mm
Frequency Range 8Hz – 29000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohms
Additional Features106dB sensitivity

 

3. Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro

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Best Budget Studio Headphone
  • 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 DT990 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 DT990 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

The 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 professionals new to the field, Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro is a step in the right direction.

With the exceptional quality sound output and build quality, this German-made headphone definitely 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

4. Sony MDR-10RNC

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Headphone with Best Noise Cancellation
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Best suited for EDMs and hip hop music
  • Clean mids and highs

The Sony MDR-10RNC is one the cheapest over the ear headphones in the Indian market which comes with the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) feature.

If you are the one who loves to have a ton of value-added features on your gadgets, this headphone might be an interesting choice worth giving a shot.

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-10RNC 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 ear pads is one of the unique aspects of this wired headphone.

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 – 10RNC, the response range starts as low as 3 Hz.

If you’re a bass head, you’ll definitely love to pick this up wherever you go. The punchy undistorted bass makes this wired headphone 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.

Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)

Active Noise Cancellation is a premium feature found only on luxury headphones and earphones.

Headphones with ANC enabled does feature a specialized circuitry inside with a couple of microphones to capture the background noise and negate it to provide you with a serene and calm music listening experience.

ANC works well on this device and lets you listen to your favourite tracks even when you are in the middle of a noisy crowd.

Miscellaneous

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

The 40mm neodymium driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-10RNC possible.

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 want a premium budget headphone with active noise cancellation, the Sony MDR-10RNC is currently the best bet for you under a budget of Rs.10,000.

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

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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 Range3 – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohms
Additional FeaturesActive Noise Cancellation

 

5. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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Feature Rich Budget Headphone
  • Studio-grade monitoring headphone
  • Detachable cables
  • Compact and portable form factor

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.

Design and Build Quality

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

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

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 clearly designated to leave no room for confusion while wearing these.

The contoured ear cups are comfortable and it fits accurately 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.

Speakers and 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 the rich deep bass, balanced and natural mids along with the very well detailed highs.

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

Miscellaneous

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 3 m rounded cable and a 1.1m coiled cable is available that can be used with this headphones.

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.

Verdict

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.

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Well balanced sound output

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Detailed and robust build

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Excellent noise isolation

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Ear fatigue happens when listened longer than two hours

Specifications

Driver unit Size45 mm
Frequency Range15 – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohms
Additional FeaturesCopper-clad aluminum wire

 

6. 1MORE – MK801

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Best Build Quality
  • Steel alloy construction
  • Suited for all genre music listening
  • Kevlar coated long cable

1MORE is a reputed Chinese company famous for many industry firsts in the world of audio devices.

The 1MORE MK801 is a stylish and trendy wired on-the-ear style headphone that features the best possible build quality you can ever find in the sub Rs.5,000 category.

Design and Build Quality

The 1MORE MK801 is possibly the best-looking device that money can purchase in the price range.

The red and black colour scheme looks exceptionally gorgeous and the minimal yet unique style made it win many design awards across the world.

Made of steel metal alloy all around, the quality of the construction is top-notch. Everything feels so solid and strong and ensures a strong sense of luxury.

The earpiece can be adjusted by sliding and rotating in a different direction to match the contours of your ears for the best fit.

The kevlar coated cable is very strong and can withstand minor abuse like a champ. 1More provides a carry bag for keeping this wired headphones safe and secure in your travel pack.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The 1MORE MK801 offers a well-balanced sound output with equal importance given for low, mid and high notes. With this wired headphones, you will be able to enjoy almost every genre of music.

The 40mm speaker drivers cover the standard 20 – 20,000 Hz frequency response spectrum for a rich and wide sound stage.

The loudness from these speakers are on point and has very minimal distortion at maximum volume levels.

The sturdy housing and the tight fit provides superior noise isolation and helps you enjoy the music in a calm and serene way.

In-line Remote and Voice Calls

The 1MORE MK801 wired headphone comes with an integrated inline remote and a microphone on the cable.

This streamlined remote has the same accent colour as the headphone and consist of three control buttons.

The multifunctional centre button allows for accepting/rejecting voice calls and the other two buttons control the volume level.

The microphone works well and the quality of sound during the voice call is decent, to say the least.

Verdict

If you are in search of a strong, durable and trendy looking wired headphones that has a decent sound quality and an inline mic, the 1MORE MK801 is a great choice.

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Elegant and unique design

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Adjustable earpiece position

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Full-fledged inline remote

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Not for bass heads

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesDurable Metal Build

 

7. Samson SR850

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Best Budget Wired Headphone
  • Studio-grade monitoring headphone
  • Open-back design
  • No microphone for voice calls

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 the 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.

Design and 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 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 really long and might cause some trouble dangling while travelling with this headphone.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Samson S850 comes equipped with a large 50mm driver speaker capable of providing 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 compliment the low notes.

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

Miscellaneous

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.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the lack of a mainstream brand tag, the Samson S850 is definitely the best-wired headphone you can purchase under a budget of Rs.3,000.

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

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Excellent bass

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Comfortable fit

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Minimal sound distortion

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Average build quality

Specifications

Driver Size50 mm
Frequency Range10 – 30000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesNo Inline Microphone

 

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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