Best Headphones Under Rs.3,000 (Wired & Over the Head) (January 2021)

by | Jan 9, 2021

Wired Headphones are a convenient way of listening to music as many among us don’t like to have in-ear style earphones crammed inside our ears.

There are good quality over-the-ear headphones available in the Indian market in the affordable ballpark of just under Rs.3000 and we list the eight best-wired headphones available for purchase here in India at present.

Read along and find the one suited for you!

If you are looking for wireless headphones under Rs.3,000, we have a seperate article on that. You can read it from here if you want. We have also reviewed Over Ear Headphones under other price ranges as well, which you can check read those from here.

Best Wired Headphones Under Rs.3,000 (Wired & Over the Head)

1. AKG K72Overall Best Pick
2. OneOdio A71Runner-Up Pick
3. Claw SM100Feature Rich Headphone
4. EKSA E900 ProBest Gaming Headphone
5. Sony MDR-XB450APBest Bass Heavy Headphone
6. Sennheiser HD 205 IIValue for Money Headphone
7. Sony MDR ZX310APBest Budget Headphone
8. Sennheiser PC 8 USBHonourable Mention

 

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1. AKG K72

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Overall Best Pick
  • Rich bass output
  • Excellent stereo stage separation
  • Robust build quality
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Minimal yet elegant design

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Closed-back design

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Self-adjusting headband

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No microphone for voice calls

AKG is a popular audio accessory brand which 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 immersive surround sound experience.

Build Quality

The AKG K72 features an industrial design which 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.

Miscellaneous

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 headphone to attend calls, we advise you to take a look at other products on this list.

Verdict

The AKG K72 is one of 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.

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneNo
Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range16Hz – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

2. OneOdio A71

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Bass-heavy sound signature
  • 360-degree boom mic
  • Universal compatibility 
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Solid build quality

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Detachable cables

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Carrying case included

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A bit bulky

OneOdio is one of the latest brands to market headphones in India enjoying a high customer satisfaction rating, primarily due to their affordable high-performance headphone offerings.

The OneOdio A71 wired headphone is one of the most versatile wired headphones available in the Indian market priced well below Rs.3,000.

Build Quality

The OneOdio A71 shared the same design as some of it’s earlier models such as the OneOdio Studio Pro 10 which we had discussed in the best-wired headphones under Rs.2,000 article.

The all-black colour paint finish with red stitching on top of the headband makes this headphone look a bit more premium for its asking price.

The fit and finish of the construction of this headphone is quite good and feels very robust when worn around the head.

The headband on this wired headphone is size adjustable according to your head for a comfortable wearing experience.

Earpad cushions are soft enough not to cause discomfort to the earlobes but covers the ears so that the sound leakage is minimal.

The 90-degree foldable design makes it easy to carry the headphone anywhere and with the bundled carry case, you are ensured about the safety as well.

Sound Quality

The OneOdio A71 wired headphone features the regular 40mm speaker drivers inside tuned to deliver bass-heavy sound output.

Most of us Indians prefer bass-rich sound output and the OneOdio A71 is one of the best choices in that regard for a budget under Rs.3,000.

While the bass notes remain pronounced, it overpowers neither the vocals nor the treble notes as such.

Overall, the sound output quality from this budget wired headphone is commendable for its asking price.

The 360-degree boom mic that comes with one of the two detachable cables bundled with this headphone delivers good voice call quality.

The inline remote features a dedicated mic mute button and volume adjustment wheel as well.

Miscellaneous

As we stated above, this device comes with detachable cables.

The two cables that come bundled inside the box can be used to connect this headphone with a wide range of instruments such as electric keyboard, guitar and gadgets such as laptops, smartphones etc.

Verdict

The OneOdio A71 wired headphone is packed to the brim with useful features while not showing any compromise with the audio output quality.

If you are someone who prefers a bass-heavy sound output, the OneOdio A71 will make you feel right at home.

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneYes
Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms

3. Claw SM100

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Feature Rich Headphone
  • Steel alloy construction
  • Suited for all genre music listening
  • Kevlar coated long cable
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Industrial design

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Detachable cable system

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Thick looped cable for professional use

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Feels a bit bulky

Claw is an Indian company popular for its high fidelity earphones and headphones.

Earlier we had discussed the Claw SM50 which was one of our best picks in the headphones under Rs.2,000 category.

The Claw SM100 is a significant upgrade over the SM50, this time with an improved sound signature perfect for studio monitoring purposes.

Build Quality

The Claw SM100 features an industrial design that might not click with everyone, but we feel this one is designed with an emphasis on practicality and not just the looks.

The black and silver colour scheme looks exceptionally gorgeous and the minimal yet unique.

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

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.

Sound Quality

The Claw SM100 offers a well-balanced sound output with equal importance given for low, mid and high notes. With this wired headphone, you will be able to enjoy almost every genre of music.

The 50mm speaker drivers cover the standard 20 – 20,000 Hz frequency response spectrum for a rich and wide soundstage.

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 calmly and serenely.

In-line Remote and Voice Calls

The Claw SM100 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 consists 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 strong, durable and studio monitor wired headphones that have a decent sound quality and an inline mic, the Claw SM100 is a great choice.

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneYes
Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms

4. EKSA E900 Pro

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Best Gaming Headphone
  • Durable aluminium frame
  • Large 50mm sound drivers
  • Comfortable soft earcup cushions
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Type C/3.5mm dual connectivity

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Solid build quality

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LED lighting on earcups

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Average 7.1 surround sound emulation

EKSA is a US-based gaming peripheral manufacturer popular for its budget gaming headphones.

The EKSA E900 Pro is one of their entry-level gaming headphones for consoles and PC, retailing for just Rs.2,699 in the Indian market.

Build Quality

The EKSA E900 Pro features a durable and sturdy aluminium frame. On the side of the headphones, you get a metal grill with the EKSA logo that will illuminate once you plug in the headphone.

This is an over the ear gaming headphone with ergonomic design and comfortable cushions.

One of the unique features of this entry-level wired gaming headphone from EKSA is that the ear cups cushion can be detached and changed when the material on it gets worn out.

The audio controls including the volume dial and the mute button can be found on the left earcup of this headphone.

This gaming headphone can be connected via a Type C USB or by the 3.5mm jack. The microphone on the headphone is detachable and it is very flexible as well.

You also get a splitter in the box to connect the headphone to PCs that have separate audio and mic jacks.

Sound Quality

For the price, the sound quality of the EKSA E900 Pro is good. It is not the best sounding gaming headphones in the market but it does do its job pretty well.

The EKSA headphones feature 50mm drivers that deliver a bass-boosted sound signature with perfectly audible mids and higher endnotes.

The EKSA E900 Pro features virtual 7.1 surround sound emulation and to be honest they are not the best.

It does boost the overall audio but they don’t come close to true surround sound playback. However, you can experience rudimentary directional audio experience with this headphone.

The EKSA software allows you to fine-tune the audio output from the headphone according to your personal preference.

The quality of the microphone on this gaming headphone is pretty decent, to say the least. There is no noticeable distortion as such. The ergonomic over the ear design provides passive noise cancellation effects which help somewhat to reduce unnecessary noises from the background creeping in.

Verdict

If you are in search of an entry-level gaming headphone with sturdy construction and decent sound output characteristics EKSA E900 Pro is a product worth checking out for a budget under Rs.3,000.

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneYes
Driver unit Size50mm
Frequency Range20 Hz- 20,000Hz
Impedance Rating30 Ohms

5. Sony MDR-XB450AP

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Best Bass Heavy Headphone
  • For Sony loyalists and bass fanatics
  • Elegant design
  • Comfy ear cups
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Rich and heavy bass

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Pressure-relieving earpads

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Less treble

Sony is an electronics as well as the 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.

Miscellaneous

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

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

Verdict

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

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneYes
Driver unit Size30 mm
Frequency Range5Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohm

6. Sennheiser HD 205 II

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Value for Money Headphone
  • Excellent bass response
  • Two-year warranty
  • Good passive noise cancellation
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Robust build quality

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Adjustable headband with ample cushioning

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Single-sided cable

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Bulky

Sennheiser is a renowned German brand popular for its high fidelity audio systems including earphones, headphones and telephone accessories.

The HD 205 II from Sennheiser is a budget wired over the ear headphone capable of delivering studio-quality sound output for a budget under Rs.3000.

Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 205 II is made from high-quality polycarbonate plastic materials to ensure durability and strength.

The design is very modern and sleek, thanks to the black and silver finish which makes it look premium.

This wired headphone features over the ear cushions for comfortable listening, even when used continuously for multiple hours at a time.

The single-sided cable is way less intruding than a dual-sided one and will help those who wish to DJ with this headphone.

The ample headband cushion enhances the wearing comfort to the adjustable band itself.

Sound Quality

The Sennheiser HD 205 II has one of the best bass signatures in this segment, The bass is rich but not overpowering to overlap with the vocals and treble notes.

The vocals and the treble compliments each other perfectly, providing a soothing yet bass-rich sound output.

The over the ear cushioning also helps in passive noise cancellation, further enhancing the experience.

Miscellaneous

The Sennheiser HD 205 II headphone has an impedance rating of just 32 Ohms which makes it suitable for use with low powered devices such as smartphones.

The company gives a 2-year warranty on this product which will give you the peace of mind.

Verdict

If you are in search of a branded wired headphone priced under Rs.3,000 with exceptional stereo performance and bass response, the Sennheiser HD 205 II is a good choice.

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Robust build quality

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Adjustable headband with ample cushioning

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Single-sided cable

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Bulky

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneNo
Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range14Hz-20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

7. Sony MDR ZX310AP

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Best Budget Headphone
  • Bass-heavy sound signature
  • Comfortable fit 
  • Decent build quality 
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Foldable design

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L shaped 3.5mm connector

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Inline mic for voice calls

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No volume control

Sony is an internationally recognized consumer electronics brand with a loyal fan following all around the world.

The MDR XZ310AP wired headphone from Sony is one of their entry-level wired headphones currently on sale in India for just Rs.2,190.

Build Quality

The Sony MDR ZX310AP features a circumaural closed-back design which is similar to most other Sony headphones in the price bracket.

The matte finish metallic casing on the earpiece makes this headphone look and feel premium. Rest of the body is made from high-quality plastic materials with no noticeable flex or squeaks.

The slim, fully foldable design lets you carry this headphone with you, no matter how packed your backpack is.

The L shaped gold plated 3.5mm connector is a bliss for those who prefer to keep the headphone plugged into their smartphone kept inside the pocket. This angled connector ensures durability to the cable as well the 3.5mm jack on the phone.

Sound Quality

The Sony MDR ZX310AP features relatively smaller 30mm speaker drivers which deliver bass-heavy sound output.

These drivers are tuned to cover a frequency response spectrum as low as 10Hz to provide rich, deep bass notes in all its glory.

With a sensitivity range of around 98dB, this headphone can get sufficiently loud without any sort of distortion whatsoever.

The vocals remain very audible and the treble notes sound crisp and clean.

The attached cable has an inline microphone for voice calls, which works as intended when used indoors.

Miscellaneous

The gold plated 3.5mm connector facilitates minimal signal loss between the smartphone and the speaker drivers inside.

Sony provides a one year warranty on this headphone in case something unfortunate happens in between, but limited to manufacturing defects.

Verdict

The Sony MDR ZX310AP is a value for money bass-heavy wired headphone with an inline microphone for voice calls.

If you are a Sony fanboy and want to purchase an affordable Sony-branded headphone, the ZX310AP is a good choice.

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneYes
Driver unit Size30 mm
Frequency Range10Hz – 24000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohms

8. Sennheiser PC 8 USB

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

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The mute button on the inline remote

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Excellent call quality

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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.

Miscellaneous

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.

Verdict

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.

Specifications

In-line MicrophoneYes
Driver unit Size36 mm
Frequency Range42Hz – 17000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

This concludes the list for the eight best wired over the ear headphones priced under a budget of Rs.3,000 in India.

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