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

by | Sep 24, 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 LP2Runner-Up Pick
3. Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X Best Comfort fit Headphones
4. Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro Best Studio Head Phone
5. Sony MDR-100AAPBest Headphones for Bassheads
6. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xFeature Rich Budget Headphone
7. Marshall Major IIBest Build Quality
8. Samson SR850 Best Budget Headphone

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2

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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 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 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 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, 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 LP2

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Passive noise cancellation
  • Studio-quality sound output
  • Carrying case 

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 LP2 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 LP2 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 LP2 features a large 50mm speaker driver custom-tuned for perfection in the sound output by industry experts.

These neodymium magnet drivers are of a 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 LP2 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 LP2 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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Excellent build quality

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Detachable cable
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Dual diaphragm drivers
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Bulky

Specifications

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

3. Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent acoustic characteristics
  • Robust build Quality

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

The ATH-AD700X 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-AD700X 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-AD700X 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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Flexible raised-fabric earpads

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Open-air headphones

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Gold plated 3.5mm jack

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The design may not appeal to everyone

Specifications

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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

 

7. Marshall Major II

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

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

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

Design and Build Quality

The Marshall Major II follows the classic Marshall design cues including the rounded ear cup design and the vinyl 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.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Marshall Major II 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. 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 rich music listening experience.

Miscellaneous

The connecting cable in itself is gold plated and with textured connectors. 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 where surprisingly crisp and clear and the mic worked just fine as well.

Verdict

The Marshall Major II 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.

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Build quality
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Noise cancellation

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Excellent sound quality

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A little tight on ears

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional Featuressuper soft ear cshions

8. 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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