Best Headphones Under Rs.5,000 (Over the Head) (February 2019)

by | Feb 15, 2019

After revisiting our past articles about the best headphones available in the market, we noticed a glaring gap between the budgets.

We had only reviewed the best headphones under Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000 before writing about the best wired headphones in India.

Now, with more affordable and feature-rich wired headphones being introduced to the market almost daily, it became necessary to add more budget categories and review some more headphones.

As a first step to bridge this gap, we bring you the curated list of best-wired headphones in India priced under Rs.5000.

This premium budget will offer you a much more pro-quality catalogue with headphones from reputed brands.

Without much further ado, let’s get started!

NOTE: If you are looking for wireless headphones (Over the Head), check out our list of best wireless headphones under Rss.5,000.

Best Headphones in India Under Rs 5,000

1. Samson SR850 Overall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Runner-Up Pick
3. Sony MDR-XB550AP Best Headphone for Bassheads
4. 1MORE – MK801Best value for Money Headphone
5. Motorola Pulse 3 MaxBest Budget Headphone
6. Sennheiser HD 4.20sHonourable Mention

1. Samson SR850

Overall Best Pick
Overall Best Pick
  • Studio-grade monitoring headphone
  • Open-back design
  • Wide dynamic range
  • No microphone for voice calls

Samson is a brand that 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.5,000.

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 Range10Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesStudio grade headphone

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

Runner-Up Pick
 Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent bass-rich sound output
  • Passive noise cancellation
  • No microphone for voice calls

Audio-Technica is a widely acclaimed Japanese company known for its high-quality professional amplifiers and headphones.

The ATH-M20x is an entry level M series over the ear wired headphone from Audio-Technica which strikes the right balance between affordability and performance.

Design and Build Quality

Made of polycarbonate material, the body of this wired headphone from Audio-Technica feels strong and durable.

There are no noticeable weak parts in the structure, making it less prone to failure in the long run.

The level of detailing that went into the design of this budget headphone is exceptional.

The plush pressure relieving cushions are a delight to wear around the ears. The faux leather covered headband has sufficient cushioning to avoid discomfort as well.

The closed back nature of the earpiece also provides some sort of passive noise cancellation for aiding better audibility while in a noisy environment.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Audio-Technica ATH M20x comes with a 40mm neodymium magnet powered speaker driver tuned to perfection from the factory.

These speakers offer a wide sound stage that reproduces the musical notes between 15 – 20,000 Hz in all its glory.

Given this headphone has a sensitivity of 96dB, the loudness of the sound output through the speakers is sufficient and doesn’t pose any threat when it comes to sound distortion.

The contoured earcup offers a tight seal for the ear canal, and minimises the sound leak, resulting in excellent acoustic performance.

Miscellaneous

The Audio-Technica ATH M20x has copper clad aluminium voice coils to improve the sound output and the sensitivity of speakers by decreasing the resistance to the electrical signals.

The impedance rating of this earphone is 47 ohm which is a bit higher compared to the competitors. This might cause a degraded performance when paired with budget smartphones at times.

Verdict

The Audio-Technica M20x is a studio-grade professional wired headphone with bass-rich sound output.

This wired headphone delivers excellent noise cancellation due to its closed back design, making it suitable for music listening no matter where you are.

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Solid build quality

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Pressure relieving earpads

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No sound leakage

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Feels bulky

Specifications

Driver  Size40 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating47 Ohm
Additional FeaturesCircum aural design

3. Sony MDR-XB550AP

Best Headphones for Bass Heads
Best Headphones for Bass Heads
  • Beat response control technology
  • Suited for bass fanatics
  • Clean mids and highs

The XB tag on the product label itself defines the headphone we’re about to discuss in detail.

The Sony MDR-XB550AP is an over the ear budget wired headphone from the company’s ‘Extra Bass’ product lineup.

Design and Build Quality

Sony has always given preference to the functionalities over the design aesthetics. However, it doesn’t mean that the products are ugly.

The MDR-XB550AP has a minimalistic design but we felt this form factor to be more attractive than the competitors.

The pressure relieving ear pads are one of the unique aspects of this wireless earphone. The soft texture that fits snug on the earlobes offers utmost comfort and minimal sound leakage to the exteriors.

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.

Covering a broad frequency response spectrum between 5 Hz – 24,000 Hz along with the neodymium speakers makes this one of the best bass intense wireless headphones in the market.

The 30mm driver neodymium magnet speakers output cleaner and rich bass that makes you groove to the beats.

If you’re a bass head, you’ll definitely love to pick this up wherever you’d go. The punchy undistorted bass makes this wired headphone best suited for listening to EDMs and hip hop music.

The treble and vocals are gracefully retained and don’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 fanatic’s favourite. The neodymium driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-XB550AP.

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 the diaphragm efficiency.

Inline remote and Voice Quality

Unlike the first two contenders on our list, the Sony MDR-XB550AP comes equipped with an inline remote and a microphone for voice calls.

The single button remote looks and feels very premium and durable. The click response and tactility of this button is excellent.

Verdict

If you are a die-hard bass fanatic who would love to have deep bass with no distortions in whatever genre of music you intend to listen, this headphone is made for you.

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

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Minimal yet eye-pleasing design

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Rich, undistorted bass

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Pressure relieving earpads

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Superficial steel headband is prone to rust

Specifications

Driver unit Size30 mm
Frequency Range  5Hz – 24000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohm
Additional FeaturesTangle Free Flat Serration Cord

4. 1MORE – MK801

Best Build-Quality
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 abuses like a champ. 1More provides a carry bag for keeping this wired headphone 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 the high notes. With this wired headphone, you will be 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 headphone 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 Ohm
Additional Featuresdurable metal build

5. Motorola Pulse 3 Max

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Cheap & Good
  • Premium design aesthetics
  • Natural bass
  • Comfort fit around the ears

Motorola Pulse series headphones are one of the elegantly stylish ones out there in the market designed keeping the attention to details.

The Pulse 3 Max is the successor to the Pulse 2 which received critical acclaim for the combination of great looks and excellent sound for the budget at which it retailed.

Build Quality and Design

The Motorola Pulse 3 Max comes with a two-tone colour finish.

The golden accent colour matches well with the primary colours and gives this headphone an expensive product feel.

The headband of this product is made of soft cushion which is really comfortable to wear even for a longer duration at a single stretch.

Weighing less than 200g, this headphone is very compact and lightweight. The earcups can be easily folded and kept inside the bag for easier storage.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Motorola Pulse 3 Max comes with a 40mm driver speaker inside each earpiece that delivers great quality sound with balanced notes.

The excellent sealing between the driver housing and ears minimises sound leakage to the outside and will give you a surround sound effect.

There is no distortion in sound even while listening to the music at maximum volume levels.

The vocals sound clean and are easily distinguishable from the lows and highs, making this device one of the best in its category for listening to vocal rich tracks.

Miscellaneous

The ear cup cushions of this headphone are made of a kind of memory foam that keeps retaining its original form back.
This makes it last for a lot with the original snug fit which is very necessary for the usability of an over the ear headphone.

Verdict

The Motorola Pulse 3 Max is one of the cheap and value for money over-the-ear headphones that money can buy under a budget Of Rs.2500.

Combing elegant style and performance, this headphone delivers its promises on all fronts without compromise.

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Elegant design

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Comfortable earcups

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Excellent sound output

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Feels bulky around the ears

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 23000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesBuild quality is superb, crisp vocals

6. Sennheiser HD 4.20s

Honorable Mention
Honourable Mention
  • Excellent tonal sound balance
  • Foldable and portable
  • Omni-directional microphone

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is a wired budget headphone with an around the ear design which aids in superior acoustic performance.

This device comes with a fully foldable headband and an inline microphone to attend voice calls on the go.

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is made entirely of high-quality polycarbonate material. This makes the device partly flexible and lightweight.

The headband is sufficiently cushioned and has a smaller size footprint. Another fact to note about this headband is that it is completely foldable.

This makes the Sennheiser HD 4.20s the compact and portable wired headphone in its price category.

The sufficiently large earpiece has comfy pads over them to give a closed back audio experience.

The cable on this headphone is rounded but tangle resistant.

Speakers and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is powered by a 32mm speaker driver custom made by the company for enhanced performance.

These speakers have been carefully tuned to perfection for delivering exceptional quality music.

One of the USP of this Sennheiser wired headphone is its 18 Ohm impedance rating. This means the driver only has to overcome the least resistance for producing sound.

The low impedance factor significantly boosts the performance of this budget headphone when used with low-end Android smartphones without a dedicated DAC.

The bass is adequate and the quality of mids and highs are very good on this device.

Inline Remote and Voice Quality

This headphone comes with a single button remote and an excellent microphone.

The mic is so sensitive to the user’s voice and somehow manages to isolate the background noise to an extent, providing you with the best possible voice quality in the segment.

Verdict

The Sennheiser HD 4.20s is an excellent purchase for those who are looking for a capable and affordable pro-quality headphone to use with their smartphones.

The pleasing audio output and the built quality makes it worth checking out in the sub. Rs.5,000 category.

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Closed back design

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Gold plated 3.5mm plug

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Loud sound output

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Not bass heavy

Specifications

Driver unit Size32 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating18 Ohm
Additional Features1.4m cable

This concludes our search for the best-wired headphones in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.5000. If you were looking to buy a wireless headphone under Rs.5,000, check out this article to know our recommendations.

In no way is this a complete and exhaustive guide, but we hope the choices we made after a thorough research are indeed the best and will be the same for you as well.

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