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

by | Mar 19, 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.

If you are looking for a particular budget range please check out our articles on best wired headphones under Rs.1000, Rs.2,000, Rs.3,000 , Rs.5,000 & Rs.10,000.

 Best Headphones in India (Over Ear) (Wired)

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2Overall Best Pick
2. V moda crossfade M100Runner-Up Pick
3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBest DJ Headphone
4. Beyerdynamic – DT 770 PRO
Budget Studio Monitor Headphne
5. Creative Aurvana ANCHeadphones with Best Noise Cancellation
6. Sony MDR-XB550AP Best Headphone for Bassheads
7. 1MORE – MK801Best Build Quality
8. JBL C300SICheapest Wired Headphone
9.  OneOdio Stereo Honorable Menton

 

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2

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Overall Best Pick
  • Studio-grade sound output
  • Best for indoor listening
  • Genuine leather paddings

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

The Bowers and Wilkins P5 S2 is an over the ear wired headphone with the audiophile-grade sound quality available for a price around Rs.22,000.

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 P5 S2, 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 stone unturned to deliver the best possible audio quality to its customers.

The clear mid 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, Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2 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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Best in class audio fidelity

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Quality fit and finish

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Unique 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 M-100

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Wider soundstage with distinct lows, mids and highs
  • In-line remote and microphone
  • Braided Kevlar-coated cable

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 M-100 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 M-100 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 M-100 features a large 50mm speaker driver custom-tuned for perfection in the sound output by industry experts.

These neodymium magnet drivers are of the 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 M-100 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 M-100 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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Build quality

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Portable and lightweight

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Dual diaphragm drivers
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No noise cancellation

Specifications

Driver  Size50 mm
Frequency Range5Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Features105dB sensitivity

3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

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Best DJ Headphone
  • Studio-grade monitoring headphone
  • Detachable cables
  • Compact and portable form factor

Audio-Technica products have been some of the common entrants to our best buying lists, be it headphones or earphones.

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is an over the ear wired headphone that focuses on delivering studio-quality sound output to the masses.

Design and Build Quality

The moment you wear this headphone around your neck, it will feel like you’re a professional-grade audio enthusiast.

No joking – these wired headphones have an attractive eye-catching design with a personality bound to it.

The M series headphones from Audio-Technica are acclaimed for the pure performance metrics and this product never fails to deliver the same.

The build quality is awesome and the attention to detail is exemplary. The left and right markings are designated to leave no room for confusion while wearing these.

The contoured ear cups are comfortable and it fits accurately minimizing the noise bleed to the exterior.

The fully foldable ear cups make this a much more compact product that can be tucked into tight spaces easily without any damage to the internals.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Being the successor to the original M50, Audio-Technica has the right recipe in terms of excellent sound output here. With the M50x, the recipe is further enhanced to deliver an even better sound ( does that even sound right!).

The 45mm drivers provide excellent studio-quality output without compromising the crispiness and clarity of neither the bass nor the treble.

This wired headphone is characterized by the rich deep bass, balanced and natural mids along with the very well detailed highs.

The company itself markets this product as studio monitor headphones as the sound signature from this headphone matches to that of other products used in the studio such as the Marshall’s.

Miscellaneous

This wired headphone comes with detachable cables. The box pack includes three separate cables that vary in length and form factor.

A 1.2 m rounded cable, a 3 m rounded cable and a 1.1m coiled cable is available that can be used with this headphones.

There is no need for a separate amplifier to listen to the music in its full glory with this headphone.

The closed-back design minimizes the audio leakage and ensures an immersive listening experience.

Verdict

The Audio-Technica M50x is a studio-grade monitoring headphone that delivers one of the best-balanced sound output in headphones priced under Rs.10,000.

The robust build quality and the professional-grade accessories make it a wiser choice to invest your money if you’re after an audiophile-grade headphone.

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Well balanced sound output

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Detailed and robust build

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Excellent noise isolation

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Ear fatigue happens when listened longer than two hours

Specifications

Driver unit Size45 mm
Frequency Range15 – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating38 Ohms
Additional FeaturesCopper-clad aluminum wire

4. Beyerdynamic – DT 770 PRO

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Best Studio Monitor Headphones
  • Wide frequency response spectrum
  • Exceptional clarity sound output
  • Single-sided strong cable

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

The DT 770 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 770 PRO has its frame made of metal. 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 a clean audio output.

The headband is very comfortable and has a smooth leather padding cushion 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 DT770 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.

Beyerdynamic offers the DT770 Pro in three different variants, the one with 32 Ohms impedance is what we are discussing here, which is the best choice for listening through smartphones.

If you own an amplifier and want to listen directly from it we recommend either the 80 Ohm or 250 Ohm variant.

Miscellaneous

The Beyerdynamic DT770 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 770 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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Build quality

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Comfortable fit

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Bass reflex technology

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No in-line mic

Specifications

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

5. Creative Aurvana

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Active Noise Cancelling Headphone
  • 40 hours ANC on a single AAA battery
  • Neodymium magnet for better sound 
  • Built-in microphone for voice calls

Creative is a Singapore based company popular for its budget audio related products in the Indian market.

The Creative Aurvana is a premium wired over-the-ear type of headphones with a striking USP that sets it apart from the competition – Active Noise cancellation.

Design and Build Quality

The Creative Aurvana comes with a very glossy fit and finish. The mirror-like finish on the outer side of the earcups may please some, but it doesn’t look that nice at all.

The quality of construction is average for a price tag of Rs.10,000 but passable when we take into account the USP – Active Noise Cancellation.

This wired headset comes with a carrying pouch. The earcups can be folded inwards and kept safely inside the pouch.
The ear foam cushions are comfortable so is the adjustable headband.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Creative Aurvana wired headphone is powered by a 40mm sound driver that covers the entire audible spectrum of 20 – 20000Hz.

Due to the high impedance, these premium headphones work best with devices with built-in amplifiers.

Yes, you can use it with normal smartphones but the output quality will significantly differ.

The bass-heavy sound feels perfectly natural. The mids and highs are clean and crisp as well.

There is no distortion in sound output even when the music is played at the full volume level.

Active Noise Cancellation and Microphone

Active Noise Cancellation was up until a luxury found only in high-end headphones and earphones that cost a fortune.

With the Creative Aurvana, ANC comes to headphones under Rs.10000 as well. This feature is powered by a single AAA battery and last for 40 hours of active music playback.

It blocks all the ambient noises in the environment around and provides you with a serene and calming music listening experience.

Verdict

The Creative Aurvana is a value for money ANC headphone priced under Rs.10,000 aimed at serious audiophiles looking forward to a studio-quality music listening experience.

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Nylon braided cable

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Bass rich sound output

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1-year warranty

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Average Build quality

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range20 – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating290 Ohm
Additional Features1 year hardware warranty

6. Sony MDR-XB550AP

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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 exterior.

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 love to pick this up wherever you go. The punchy undistorted bass makes this wired headphones 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 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 microphone for voice calls.

The single-button remote looks and feels very premium and durable. The click response and tactility of this button are 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 reliability of the brand such as Sony makes this purchase well worth your hard-earned money.

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The 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 Range5Hz – 24000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohms
Additional FeaturesTangle Free Flat Serration Cord

7. 1MORE – MK801

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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 abuse like a champ. 1More provides a carry bag for keeping this wired headphones 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 headphones, 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 a strong, durable and trendy looking wired headphones that have 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 Size40mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional Featuresdurable metal build

8. JBL C300SI

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Cheap Wired Headphone
  • Best for use in noisy environments
  • Premium construction
  • Brand value

JBL is an American company known for its speaker’s related components.

They have been making some quality headphones lately and some of them are massively popular.

There is almost a cult following for JBL among audiophiles owing to its great quality music output.

The JBL C300SI is a budget offering from JBL that performs well for the given price segment.

Design and Build Quality

The build quality of this headset feels premium, thanks to the use of high-quality
components for its construction.

The closed-back design ensures minimal sound leakage through the ear cups.

This ensures sound reflects into the ears creating a rich bass effect.

Foam cushions and adjustable headbands enhance the usability of this headphone.

Speaker and Sound Quality

The T300SI has a 40mm driver unit that produces some of the best bass levels in the segment.

With a frequency response ranging from 20 Hz to 20000 Hz, it is sure that none of the beats will go unnoticed.

The impedance rating for this device is 32 Ohm.

Even with the higher impedance, C300SI can perform well without an external amplifier to assist.

Miscellaneous

Noise cancellation on C300SI works better than any other headphones in the segment.

The headphone feels lightweight and is comfortable to wear with cushions that cover the ears completely.

Verdict

If listening to music peacefully while on a trip or a noisy environment is your agenda, the JBL C300SI is worth checking out as the noise cancellation on this headphone will let you do so effortlessly.

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Great build quality

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Better noise cancellation

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Great bass

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No inline mic

Specifications

Driver Size40 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20,000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesLightweight and compact, adjustable headband, comfortable cushions

9. OneOdio Stereo

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Honorable Mention
  • Bass rich, tonally balanced sound output
  • Detachable coil-type cable
  • Swivelling ear cups for easy storage

The name OneOdio might not ring that familiar to you right away but trust us, the company is indeed growing in its popularity day by day, thanks to the feature-rich audio products priced affordably.

The OneOdio Stereo is an over the ear style wired headphone priced just under Rs.2000 which offers exceptional quality sound output along with other miscellaneous features.

Design and Build Quality

OneOdio stereo headphones are one of the best looking wired headphones available in the market.

The metallic finish on the earpiece looks very premium. The headband cushion on this wired headphone is ample and offers excellent wearing comfort.

The OneOdio headphone features 180-degree swivelling earcups which make storage and portability of this headphone effortlessly.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The OneOdio headphones come with 50mm neodymium drivers which are tuned to perfection to deliver the best possible sound output quality.

The bass and treble notes are perfectly in tune and don’t overpower the vocals.

The over the ear design of the earcups helps in sound isolation and offers an immersive music listening experience.

The cushions are comfortable enough to prevent ear fatigue in case of continuous audio streaming.

Miscellaneous

The OneOdio stereo headphone comes with a detachable 6.35mm and the regular 3.5mm plugs.

This will help to hook this wired headphone to a multitude of devices such as TV, smartphone and laptop with ease.

Needless to say, this is a universally compatible headphone and works well with both iOS and Android devices.

Verdict

The OneOdio stereo monitor headphone is the best in terms of build quality as well as the audio output for a budget under Rs.2,000.

If you don’t mind the brand name, go for it and you won’t regret the decision.

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Elegant design

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In-line microphone for hands-free voice calls

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Comfortable headband

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Bulky earcups

Specifications

Driver Size50 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Featuresdetachable 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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