Best Headphones Under Rs.5,000 (Wired & Over the Head) (January 2021)

by | Jan 9, 2021

After revisiting our past articles about the best headphones available in the market, we noticed a glaring gap between the budget sections. 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 for a wide range of headphone choice available in the market.

As a first step to bridge this gap, we bring you the curated list of eight best-wired headphones in India priced under Rs.5000. This premium budget will offer you much more pro-quality headphones from reputed brands.

Without much further ado, let’s get started!

If you are looking for wireless headphones under Rs.5,000, 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 read from here.

Best Headphones Under Rs.5,000 (Wired & Over the Head)

1. Marshall Major IIIOverall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Runner-Up Pick
3. Sennheiser HD 400SValue for Money Wired Headphone
4. Samson SR850Best Budget Studio Headphone
5. OneOdio Studio Pro 50Feature Rich Wired Headphone
6. Plantronics Blackwire Best Wired Headphone for PC Voice Calls
7. JBL Quantum 300Best Gaming Headphone
8. 1MORE MK801Honourable Mention

 

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1. Marshall Major III

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Overall Best Pick
  • Premium luxury headphone
  • Excellent balanced sound output
  • Suited for hardcore audiophiles
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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

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

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

Build Quality

The Marshall Major III follows the classic Marshall design cues including the rounded edge square ear cup design and the leather 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.

Sound Quality

The Marshall Major III 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 in terms of the sound output. 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 immersive music listening experience.

Miscellaneous

The detachable connecting cable in itself is gold plated and with L shaped 3.5mm connector. 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 were surprisingly crisp and clear and the mic worked just fine as well.

Verdict

The Marshall Major III 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.

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
In-line MicrophoneYes
Frequency Range18Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

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

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.

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.

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 ear cup 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.

Specifications

Driver  Size40 mm
In-Line MicrophoneNo
Frequency Range15Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating47 Ohm

3. Sennhieser HD 400S

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Value for Money Wired Headphone
  • Well balanced sound signature
  • Inline remote with mic
  • Closed-back design for added comfort
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Good passive noise cancellation

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Comfort fit headphones

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Robust build quality

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Not for bass heads

The Sennheiser HD 400S 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.

Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 400S 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 400S the compact and portable wired headphones 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.

Sound Quality

The Sennheiser HD 400S 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 400S 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.

Specifications

Driver unit Size32 mm
In-Line MicrophoneYes
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating18 ohm

4. Samson SR850

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

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 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.

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

Sound Quality

The Samson S850 comes equipped with a large 50mm driver speaker capable of providing an 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 complement 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 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.

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
In-Line MicrophoneNo
Frequency Range10Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

5. OneOdio Studio Pro 50

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Feature Rich Wired Headphone
  • Excellent instrument separation
  • Decent in-call audio quality
  • Bass-heavy sound signature
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Solid build quality

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Detachable cables

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Comfortable soft protein earmuffs

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Bulky

OneOdio is a relatively new entrant to the Indian headphone scene with a few affordable models that have been well received among the Indian customers.

The Studio Pro 50 is the flagship wired headphone from the Studio Pro series lineup from OneOdio.

Build Quality

The design of the OneOdio Studio Pro 50 is no different from the other Studio Pro models we’ve reviewed before.

The entire body is made from high quality matte black plastic materials which feel extremely durable and sturdy.

The chrome finish trims around the earpiece housing looks very attractive and premium.

In terms of wearing comfort, the adjustable headband and the soft protein earmuffs ensure that you won’t face any trouble listening to music with this headphone.

The fully foldable design makes this headphone easy to carry around in bags and backpacks without any problems.

Sound Quality

The OneOdio Studio Pro 50 features a custom-tuned 50mm speaker driver with rich bass output accompanied with clean and crisp vocals as well as tingling highs.

The instrument separation on this wired headphone can be defined as one of the best in this price segment.

This headphone will satisfy every kind of audiophile out there – be it bassheads or purists.

The ergonomic earpad cushions ensure a tight fit around the ears, resulting in good noise isolation characteristics.

Miscellaneous

The OneOdio Studio features detachable audio cables. The company provides two cables with this headphone – one 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable with inline mic and a 6.35mm to 3.5mm coiled cable without the mic.

You can use these cables to hook the Studio Pro 50 to a wide range of devices from guitars to smartphones to amplifiers.

Verdict

The OneOdio Studio Pro 50 is one of the affordable feature-rich wired headphones available in India priced at just Rs.3,600.

If you prefer a versatile headphone with universal compatibility with a multitude of devices, the Studio Pro 50 is one of the best choices out there.

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
In-Line MicrophoneYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

6. Plantronics Blackwire

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Best Wired Headphone for PC Voice calls
  • Crisp and clear vocal quality 
  • Noise-cancelling microphone
  • USB type-A end connector 
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Lightweight and compact

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Retractable microphone stalk

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Attractive design

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Not for regular music listening

Plantronics is an American brand popular for its audio equipment ranging from consumer-grade headphones to high fidelity business-grade devices.

The Blackwire wired headphone from Plantronics is not your average wired headphone, but one with a USB type A connector at one end.

Build Quality

The Plantronics Blackwire headphone looks and feels way different from the other headphones available in this price bracket.

This headphone is primarily designed to caper VoIP calls from your desktop or laptops.

The Blackwire VoIP headphone is made from plastic materials which don’t feel too shabby for its asking price.

The single colour black paint job with red accents gives this wired headphone a unique aesthetic appeal.

The slim, lightweight form factor of this wired headphone makes it very much comfortable to use for longer hours at a time without any wearing fatigue.

The minimal yet comfortable earpad cushions are soft enough not to hurt your earlobes either.

Sound Quality

The Plantronics Blackwire headphone features the standard 40mm speaker drivers but tuned way differently from a standard headphone.

This is done to emphasis on the vocal clarity instead of the boomy bass and tingling treble notes that you get with other headphones.

The Plantronics Blackwire is perhaps the best headphone for voice calls in the Indian market as of now.

The noise-cancelling microphone works flawlessly to eliminate background sounds and deliver a crisp and clean audio output.

Miscellaneous

This budget wired headphone, as we mentioned earlier, comes with a USB type-A end connector and not the regular 3.5mm connector.

What this means for you is that it is not compatible for use with your smartphone, out of the box.

The inline remote on this headphone has dedicated volume control buttons and a mic mute button.

Verdict

If you’re someone who uses VoIP services such as Skype extensively on a laptop or a desktop computer, you should look no further than the Plantronics Blackwire headphone.

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
In-Line MicrophoneYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

 

7. JBL Quantum 300

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Best Gaming Headphone
  • JBL quantum surround sound engine
  • Best suited for PC and console gaming
  • Highly customizable sound profile
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Direction boom mic

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Dedicated volume slider

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Braided cable

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Not for regular smartphone music playback

JBL Quantum series wired headphones are aimed at serious gamers who need a well-performing headphone with surround sound output.

The Quantum 300 which is priced at Rs.4,999 is the mid-range offering in the Quantum series lineup.

Design and Build Quality

The Quantum 300 headphone is made from plastic of which the quality is good. Thanks to this, this headphone weighs just around 240g and is fairly flexible.

The adjustable headband has enough cushioning for a comfortable wearing experience.

There is a volume slider on the body which can be used to adjust the volume without having to interact with the computer or the console for that matter.

The connecting wire is braided and durable. JBL also provides a USB audio in the box.

The directional mic on this headphone can be easily turned off and on by flipping up and down.

The memory foam cushioning is very comfy and well-aerated so that it doesn’t induce ear fatigue when using it for a long duration.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The JBL Quantum 300 features a 50mm driver custom-tuned for gaming. The bass levels are excellent, with equally good vocal clarity.

The surround sound effect and the equalizer can be adjusted using the Quantum app on a Windows computer matching your personal preference.

The Quantum surround engine from JBL delivers exceptional spatial audio output, offering an immersive stereo surround sound experience while gaming.

Miscellaneous

The Quantum 300 is a gaming headphone best suited for PC and console gaming.

If you plan to use this headphone to listen to music on your smartphone, do not purchase this headphone.

Verdict

The JBL Quantum 300 is the best mid-range gaming headphone you can purchase under Rs.5,000.

With the exceptional JBL surround sound engine and the large 50mm drivers, you won’t be disappointed with the audio output for sure.

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
In-Line MicrophoneYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

8. 1MORE MK801

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Honourable Mention
  • Steel alloy construction
  • Suited for all genre music listening
  • Kevlar coated long cable
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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

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 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 high notes. With this wired headphone, 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 calmly and serenely.

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 strong, durable and trendy looking wired headphones that have a decent sound quality and an inline mic, the 1MORE MK801 is a great choice.

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
In-Line MicrophoneYes
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm

This concludes our search for the eight best-wired headphones in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.5000.

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

If you have any queries regarding this article, let us know in the comment section below and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Thanks for your time and have a great day!