Best Over Ear Headphones In India (Wired) (February 2020)

by | Feb 7, 2020

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 P3Overall Best Pick
2. V Moda Crossfade LP2Runner-Up Pick
3. Audio-Technica ATH AD700XBest DJ Headphone
4. Bose QuietComfort 25 Best Comfort Fit Headphone
5. Beyerdynamic – DT 240 PROBest Studio Head Phone
6. Sony XB950APBest Headphones for Bassheads
7. Razer Kraken Pro V2Best Budget Gaming Headphone
8. Marshall Major IIValue for Money Headphone
9. Samson SR850 Feature Rich Headphone
10.  JBL T500Honorable Menton

1. Bowers & Wilkins P3

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Overall Best Pick
  • Suited for serious audiophiles
  • User-replaceable cable and ear foams
  • Comfort fit

Bowers & Wilkins headphones might be unfamiliar to many, but for those who know the brand, there’s no second choice.

The Bowers and Wilkins P3 is an over the ear wired headphone with the audiophile-grade sound quality available for a price around Rs.15,000.

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 P3, 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 stones unturned to deliver the best possible audio quality to its customers.

The clear mids 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, the Bowers & Wilkins P3 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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Great sound quality

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Robust build quality

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Foldable 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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Best DJ Headphone
  • Excellent acoustic characteristics
  • Robust build Quality
  • Minimal ear fatigue

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 Range8Hz – 29000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohms
Additional Features106dB sensitivity

4. Bose Quiet Comfort 25

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Best Comfort Fit Headphones
  • Crystal clear sound
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Excellent wearing comfort

Bose products don’t need an introduction when it comes to the quality of sound output from its products.

It’s one of the most trusted brands in the audio industry and the Quiet Comfort 25 underlines this fact.

Design and Build Quality

The Bose Quiet Comfort 25 is made using quality components such as steel inserts and high-density polycarbonates. The result is a strong, durable and structurally sound wired headphone with a compelling price tag.

The minimal design looks elegant and professional. Nothing fancy strikes our eyes and it retains the industrial look that gleams luxurious with the etched Bose logo of the earpiece casing.

The adjustable headband has plush foam inside that enhances the wearing comfort of this headphone. The earcups too have memory foam that is comfy and easy with the skin.

This headphone can be flattened out almost horizontally without any damage. This makes it easy to fit inside your tight bag and won’t buckle under pressure.

Weighing at just 190 grams, the Bose Quiet Comfort 25 is the lightest premium wired headphone you can purchase in the market at present.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Bose Quiet Comfort 25 comes with a factory engineered custom 50mm drivers.
These drivers are one of the best available in the market when it comes to the quality of sound output.

Well-balanced bass and treble will take your music listening experience to the next level for sure.

Covering an audio spectrum of 10 – 30,000 Hz, Bose has made sure that you won’t miss any notes in between – be it deep lows or the tingling highs.

The vocals are clean and don’t face any distortion even when the volume is cranked up to the maximum.

Active Noise Cancellation

Active Noise Cancellation is what makes this wired headphone stand out from its competition. It works so well that you won’t miss even a bit of your sensory pleasure while listening to music outdoors.

However, there is a catch. The Active Noise Cancellation works on battery power and you have to insert a AAA battery for this function to work all the time, which according to us is not a big deal considering the benefits.

Miscellaneous

Yes, the Bose Quiet comfort has an inline microphone and remote for voice calls and media controls.

The inline remote has volume buttons and it works perfectly fine with both Apple and Android smartphone.

The quality of voice calls is decent and there is no distortion on either end.

Verdict

If you want a premium wired headphones under a shoestring budget, don’t miss the Bose Quiet Comfort 25.

With Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to its strength, this product offers excellent value for money proposition to the budget-conscious buyer.

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Elegant design
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Solid build quality

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Pleasant sound output

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ANC requires a AAA battery to work

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range10Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesExcellent noise cancellation

5. Beyerdynamic – DT 240 PRO

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Best Budget Studio Headphone
  • Professional studio monitor headphones
  • Superior noise isolation
  • Excellent wearing comfort

Beyerdynamic is a German company specialized in manufacturing headphones, microphones and other wireless audio systems.

The DT 240 PRO from Beyerdynamic is a premium budget wired headphone which comes equipped with many of the features that have been backported from the expensive and luxury headphones from the company.

Design and Build Quality

The Beyerdynamic DT 240 PRO has its frame made of high-quality polycarbonate material. The structure feels very rigid and durable and is ergonomically designed to ensure comfort.

The earpiece casings are made of high-quality polycarbonate plastic. This reduces the reverberation effects inside the acoustic chamber and provides clean audio output.

The headband is very comfortable and has a smooth cushion padding that eliminates any sort of wear fatigue that might occur if you’re to wear this headphone for an extended duration.

The headband size adjustment is decent and can be easily done single-handedly. The single-sided cable is sufficiently long. It feels strong and won’t snap easily.

The company has also included a quarter-inch jack adapter if you wish to plug this headphone into an amplifier.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro features a 40mm rare earth magnet driver with exceptional frequency response range to cover all the possible tones that were recorded at the studio.

The frequency spectrum ranges between 5 – 35,000 Hz, giving you the same studio experience right from your couch.

The deep bass and extreme highs complement each other very well and with the clean and crisp vocals to the mix, the sound output from this wired headphone will make you fall in love with it.

Miscellaneous

The Beyerdynamic DT240 Pro features the company’s patented Bass-reflex technology which reduces the reverberations inside the acoustic chamber for better and clear bass response.

The earcups and headband cushions can be easily detached and cleaned, meaning the headphone will remain fresh as new if you care to clean it periodically.

Verdict

With the Beyerdynamic DT 240 Pro, you get to enjoy the best build quality and the German technology prowess that results in excellent audio quality across different genres of music.

The wearing comfort of this headphone makes it suitable for long-term listening without any ear fatigue or discomfort.

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Premium design

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Professionally tuned speakers

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Compact Over the ear design

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No in-line mic

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range5 – 35000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesAmbient noise isolation

6. Sony MDR-XB950AP

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Best Headphones for Bass Heads
  • Inline mic for voice calls
  • Best suited for EDMs and hip hop music
  • Clean mids and highs

The “XtraBass” XB lineup is been one of Sony’s popular headphone series aimed at bass lovers with its thumping predominant bass-heavy sound output.

The Sony MDR XB950AP is an over the ear wired headphone with inbuilt microphone capabilities for voice calls.

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-XB950AP 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 ear pads are one of the unique aspects of this wired headphone.

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.

Usually, headphones come with a frequency spectrum that ranges from 20 – 20,000 Hz. But with the MDR – XB950AP, the response range starts as low as 3 Hz.

If you’re a bass head, you’ll 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, however, retains the clarity and doesn’t get overpowered by the thundering bass it delivers.

Miscellaneous

Sony’s Beat Response Control delivers that extra oomph with the low pitched notes making it a bass fanatics dream come true.

The 40mm neodymium driver along with some clever hardware design makes this possible in the MDR-XB950AP possible.

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.

If you are all in for this headphone and would like to check out a wireless Bluetooth headphone version of the same with similar features, we’d like you to check out the Sony MDR-XB650AP for the same price.

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, this wired 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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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 Range3 – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohms
Additional FeaturesExtra bass

7. Razer Kraken Pro V2

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Best Gaming Headphone
  • Loud sound output
  • Kevlar coated cable
  • Unidirectional sensitive mic

Razer is a company known for its laptops and gaming accessories. The company has a loyal fan following in India and abroad, thanks to the cutting edge technology in these products which deliver a better gaming experience to the users.

The Kraken Pro V2 from Razer is a wired over-the-ear headphone designed specifically with gamers in mind.

Design and Build Quality

The Razer Kraken Pro V2 has the signature green colour which comes standard with almost all Razer products.

The use of high-quality materials for construction justifies the price tag of this premium gaming headphone.

The plush cushions feel good to wear during long hours of gaming sessions so does the headband.

Full ear coverage of the cushion means excellent noise isolation, which is paramount for a gaming aficionado.

The cable is Kevlar reinforced and comes with an inline remote.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The Razer Kraken V2 Pro comes equipped with large 50mm drivers to deliver excellent quality sound output.

These drivers cover a wide frequency response range of 12 – 28000 Hz to provide a rich surround sound experience without missing any musical notes.

The vocals are crisp and clear so does the bass and the treble. You’re guaranteed to experience an immersive gaming experience with this headphone.

Miscellaneous

The inline remote control on this headphone comes with a volume slider and mute button. The unidirectional microphone works well to capture the sound.

Razer provides one-year worth of warranty with this device to cover any unfortunate mishaps if it occurs.

Verdict

If you’re a gaming fanatic and looking for a premium headphone to spice up your gaming endeavour, Razer Kraken Pro V2 is a must-have in your kitty.

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Elegant design

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Superb build quality

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1-year warranty

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In-line remote button feels flaky

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range12 – 28000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesUnidirectional mic

8. Marshall Major II

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Best Value for Money Headphone
  • 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 Size40mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional Featuressuper soft ear cushions

9. Samson SR850

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Feature-Rich Wired Headphone
  • Studio-grade monitoring headphones
  • 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 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 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.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

10. JBL T500

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Honorable Mention
  • Bass-rich sound
  • Flat tangle free cable
  • Single-button voice assistant feature

JBL is a company well known for its speakers.

Their entry to the headphone market was wildly successful and the company even have a cult following from audio enthusiasts all around the world.

We at dope mobiles personally think there won’t be any best headphones list without an offering from JBL.

JBL T500 is a great entrant to the list of best headphones under Rs.2000 and let’s analyze its features.

Design and Build Quality

First things first, the build quality remains a lot to be improved.

There is no foam padding on the headband and this might make the headphone listening experience cumbersome for bald people out there.

The ear cup quality is decent with comfy padding that will let you rest your ears without
any issues.

The overall weight of the headphone in minimal and it is easy to wear for extended usage.

Speaker and Sound Quality

A 32mm driver powers the T500 with a frequency response range spanning from 20Hz to 20000Hz.

The lows, mids and highs are distinct and the bass levels are rich.

The sound output being the most desirable quality from a headphone, T450 excels and beats its competitors with a punch.

Miscellaneous

The headphone comes with a flat tangle-free cord that won’t make you wait for the cord to be untangled before listening to your favourite track.

An inline mic is given for attending calls. The one-button remote can be long pressed to invoke Google assistant on Android phones.

Verdict

If you are in search of a great quality headphone under Rs. 2000 and is not bothered about the wireless connectivity options, JBL T500 will fulfil your needs.

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Custom-tuned drivers

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Lightweight

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Good quality microphone

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Average build quality

Specifications

Driver Size32 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Featuresflat tangle free cable

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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