Best Headphones Under Rs.3,000 (April 2019)

by | Apr 8, 2019

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

There are good quality over-the-ear headphones available in the market in the affordable ballpark of just under Rs.3000 and we list the best five among them for you in this article.

Read along and find your best pick with ease!

Best Wired Headphones Under Rs.3,000

1. Samson SR850 Overall Best Pick
2. Sennheiser HD 4.20 S Runner-Up Pick
3. Sony MDR XB55AP  Feature Rich Wired Headphone
4. Sony MDR-ZX110NC Best Feature Rich Headphone
5. Skullcandy Riff S5PXY  Honorable Mention

1. Samson SR850

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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 unit Size 50 mm
Frequency Range 10 – 30000 Hz
Impedance Rating 32 Ohm
Additional Features No inline microphone

 

2. Sennheiser HD 4.20 S

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Elegant design
  • Inline remote with microphone
  • 2-year warranty

When it comes to the audio quality of its products, Sennheiser seldom makes mistakes.

The Sennheiser HD 4.20 S is an over the ear wired headphone priced under a very affordable Rs.3000.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the Sennheiser 4.20 S is centred around minimalism. There’s no sign of aggressive design aspects anywhere to be seen on this device.

The entire construction of this headphone is of plastic. There’s not even a metal insert in between. However, it has to be noted that the plastics used is of very high quality.

The silver-coloured plastic inserts add a premium look to the headphone which blends in well with the minimalistic design.

The headband is thin with not much cushioning around. The earcups are comfy with smooth and soft paddings which feels very much soft and fitting over the ears.

The closed-back design ensures that the ambient background noises are adequately blocked to provide an immersive music listening experience.

The headband of this wired headphone can be folded completely to aide better portability while in transit.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sennheiser HD 4.20 S uses proprietary 32mm drivers which are tuned by the company to meet the requirements of this particular model.

The Sennheiser signature profile renders a very well balanced bass-rich sound output from these speakers.

Accurate and clean audio is what we can describe the audio output from these headphones in general. The rich bass never overpowers the mids and highs which makes the vocals crisp and clear.

The 32mm driver transducers come with just 18 Ohm impedance, meaning the speakers will deliver high fidelity sound output even when used on smartphones without a built-in audio DAC.

Miscellaneous

With 118dB/mW of sensitivity range, the Sennheiser HD 4.20 S offers loud sound output with minimal distortion.

The 1.4m single sides cable feels solid and is adequately long enough to connect with your smartphone while being inside the pocket.

There is an inline remote with microphone for facilitating handsfree voice calls. The single button also helps in pausing/skipping music tracks on the go.

Verdict

The Sennheiser HD 4.20 S is an affordable wired over the ear headphone which offers excellent sound quality along with passive noise cancellation.

This product delivers clean audio output without any compromise of notes, be it the lows, highs or the mids.

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Foldable headbands

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Passive noise cancellation

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Tonally balanced sound output

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Thin headband cushion

Specifications

Driver unit Size 32 mm
Frequency Range 14 – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating 18 Ohms
Additional Features 2 Year warranty

 

3. Sony MDR XB550AP

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Feature Rich Wired Headphone
  • Excellent Bass Quality
  • Comfortable Earcups
  • One year warranty

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-XB550AP is the entry-level offering from Sony on their much revered XtraBass lineup.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-XB550AP 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 really premium.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Those Bass fanatics looking for the best headphone under Rs.3000 need not look further.

If you are the one who is longing for the deep bass, the XB550AP is the go-to headphone under Rs 3000 category.

With its 30mm driver unit along with the lower impedance rating of 32 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 22000 Hz to get you covered all the notes in the music you’re listening to.

Miscellaneous

MDR-XB550AP 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.

Presence of an inline microphone will aid in handsfree voice calls for those who have a lot of incoming calls to attend on a daily basis.

Verdict

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

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Rich and deep bass

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Foldable earcups

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Inline microphone

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Overpowering bass notes at times

Specifications

Driver unit Size 30 mm
Frequency Range 10 – 22000 Hz
Impedance Rating 32 Ohm
Additional Features Digital Noise cancellation

 

4. Sony MDR-ZX110NC

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Best Feature Rich Headphone
  • Digital Noise Cancellation
  • Loud and clear sound output
  • No inline microphone for voice calls

Sony headphones are one of the hot-selling headphones in the market at present. The MDR series products are renowned for sound quality, especially the bass.

The Sony MDR-ZX110NC is an over the ear wired headphone which comes with one important feature – digital noise cancellation.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-ZX110NC follows the similar design philosophy we’re familiar with other models from the company.

The metallic finish earpiece cap stands out from the rest, giving this headphone a premium feel.

The comfortable ear cups are very soft and feel lightweight while wearing. Since the cushion covers the entire ears, wearing this headphone for longer duration may induce ear fatigue.

The adjustable headband offers little to no cushion and this might pose a problem for people with a bald head.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sony MDR ZX-110NC features a 30mm sound driver which covers an impressive frequency response range of 10 – 22000 Hz.

This means that the headphone will deliver a pronounced bass output along with an equally enjoyable higher and vocal notes.

Digital Noise Cancellation

Digital Noise Cancellation is a feature found only in expensive premium headphones.

But with the MDR ZX-110NC, Sony introduces this into the budget segment.

This headphone takes in a AAA sized battery for enabling this hardware feature which will deliver precision quality outside noise blocking up to 80 hours at a time.

Verdict

The Sony MDR-ZX110NC is the most feature-rich wired headphone you can purchase under a budget of Rs.3000.

If you don’t mind the lack of an inbuilt microphone, but obsessed with the digital noise cancellation feature, look no further.

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Robust build quality

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Comfortable closed back design

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Rich bass

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No Microphone

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Ear cushions are not comfortable

Specifications

Driver unit Size 30 mm
Frequency Range 5 – 22000 Hz
Impedance Rating 32 Ohm
Additional Features Inbuilt microphone

 

5. Skullcandy Riff S5PXY

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Honorable Mention
  • Tonally balanced sound output
  • Comfortable easy to use the button
  • Voice assistant feature

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

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

Design and Build Quality

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

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

Speakers and Sound Quality

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

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

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

Miscellaneous

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

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

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

Verdict

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

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

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Trendy design

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Lightweight and

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Breathable cushion

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Sound leakage

Specifications

Driver unit Size 40 mm
Frequency Range 20 – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating 32 Ohm
Additional Features Flat folding design

 

This concludes the list for the best five wired headphones priced under a budget of Rs.3000. If you are unable to pick the best from this list, we suggest you go through the headphones under the different budget section on our website for more choices.

In case you have a product in your mind and want our opinion on the same, do let us know in the comment section below. Thanks and have a great day!