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

by | Jun 30, 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 of the best available sound quality in the industry.

If you are looking for Wireless Headphones, 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 check it out from here.

 Best Headphones in India (Over-Ear) (Wired)

1. Bowers & Wilkins P5 S2Overall Best Pick
2. V-Moda Crossfade LP2Runner-Up Pick
3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBest DJ Headphone
4. Creative Aurvana ANCBest Noise Cancellation
5. Marshall Major IIIBest Budget Allround Performer
6. Sennheiser HD 205 IIValue for Money Headphone
7. JBL Quantum 300Best Gaming Headphone
8. Sony MDR-XB450APBass Heavy Headphone
9. Inifnity Zip 500Cheap Wired Headphone
10.  OneOdio Stereo Honourable Menton

 

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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 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-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. Creative Aurvana ANC

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Best Noise Cancellation
  • 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

5. Marshall Major III

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Best Budget Allround Performer
  • Excellent bass response
  • A multi-directional media control knob
  • Thick loop wire cable

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 Marshall Major II headphones that was widely popular.

Design and Build Quality

The Marshall Major III 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 III boasts of a 40mm driver unit which 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 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.

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Exceptional build quality

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Memory foam ear cushion

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Inline mic for voice calls

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A bit bulky

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesSuper soft ear cushions

6. Sennheiser HD 205 II

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Value for Money Headphone
  • Excellent bass response
  • Two-year warranty
  • Good passive noise cancellation

Sennheiser is a renowned German brand popular for its high fidelity audio systems including earphones, headphones and telephone accessories.

The HD 205 II from Sennheiser is a budget wired over the ear headphone capable of delivering studio-quality sound output for a budget under Rs.3000.

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 205 II is made from high-quality polycarbonate plastic materials to ensure durability and strength.

The design is very modern and sleek, thanks to the black and silver finish which makes it look premium.

This wired headphone features over the ear cushions for comfortable listening, even when used continuously for multiple hours at a time.

The single-sided cable is way less intruding than a dual-sided one and will help those who wish to do DJ with this headphone.

The ample headband cushion enhances the wearing comfort to the adjustable band itself.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sennheiser HD 205 II has one of the best bass signatures in this segment, The bass is rich but not overpowering to overlap with the vocals and treble notes.

The vocals and the treble compliments each other perfectly, providing a soothing yet bass-rich sound output.

The over the ear cushioning also helps in passive noise cancellation, further enhancing the experience.

Miscellaneous

The Sennheiser HD 205 II headphone has an impedance rating of just 32 Ohms which makes it suitable for use with low powered devices such as smartphones.

The company gives a 2-year warranty on this product which will give you the peace of mind.

Verdict

If you are in search of a branded wired headphone priced under Rs.3,000 with exceptional stereo performance and bass response, the Sennheiser HD 205 II is a good choice.

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Robust build quality

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Adjustable headband with ample cushioning

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Single-sided cable

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Bulky

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range14Hz-20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 ohms
Additional FeaturesGood passive noise cancellation

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

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 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.

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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

Specifications

Driver Size50 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesMemory foam cushioning

8. Sony MDR-XB450AP

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Bass Heavy Headphone
  • For Sony loyalists and bass fanatics
  • Elegant design
  • Comfy ear cups

Sony is an electronics as well as the media corporate giant.

With a huge fan following for their quality range of headphones, Sony can’t afford to make any mistakes.

The MDR-XB450AP is the entry-level offering from Sony on their much-revered XtraBass lineup.

Design and build quality

The Sony MDR-XB450AP has a premium design that resembles many of the expensive headphones from Sony.

The earpiece in itself swivels flat and this makes it easy to be carried in tightly packed bags.

Sony has designed the earpiece in such a manner that there is an improved seal between the driver housing and the ears which enhances the bass.

The materials used for the construction of this wired headphone is of top-notch quality and feels premium.

Speakers and sound quality

Those Bass fanatics looking for the best headphone under Rs.2000 need not look further.

If you are the one who is longing for the deep bass, the XB450AP is the go-to headphone under Rs 2000 category.

With its 30mm driver unit along with the lower impedance rating of 24 Ohm, the lows in the music will be more pronounced.

This headphone has a frequency response range varying from as low as 5 Hz to 20000 Hz to get you covered all the notes in the music you’re listening to.

Miscellaneous

MDR-XB450AP comes with a tangle-free serration cord that feels the premium quality that will resist the tendency to knot.

Addition of pressure-relieving comfy ear cups adds up to the overall quality that this headphone offers.

Verdict

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

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Rich and heavy bass

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Pressure-relieving earpads

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Less treble

Specifications

Driver unit Size30 mm
Frequency Range5Hz – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohms
Additional Features3.5mm jack

 

9. Inifnity Zip 500

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Cheap Wired Headphone
  • Bass rich sound signature
  • No sound distortion
  • Inline remote with microphone

Infinity is a subsidiary of Harman audio, which is a world-leading audio accessories manufacturer including earphones and car audio systems.

The Infinity Zip 500 from Harman is a wired over the ear type headphone priced under Rs.1,000 offering excellent bass-heavy sound output.

Design and Build Quality

The entire body of this wired headphone is made from high-quality plastic materials. The use of plastics has helped this headphone to be lightweight, weighing just 100 grams.

This is a foldable type headphone which can be folded flat after use for better portability.

The gold plated 3.5mm jack is angled at 90 degrees for added protection.

The headband is adjustable but the cushioning is minimal, which people with bald heads wouldn’t prefer.

The 1.2m long cable is adequately thick enough and doesn’t tangle as much as other regular rounded cables.

Overall the build quality of the Zip 500 is decent enough for the asking price.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The 32mm speaker drivers inside the casing deliver a decent sound signature, rich in bass notes.

The vocals appear clean with no distortions to be noticed, even at high volume levels.

The treble notes beautifully compliment the vocals and the low pitch notes, providing a soothing music listening experience.

Miscellaneous

The Infinity Zip 500 does feature an inline remote with integrated microphone for hands-free voice calls.

The inline remote only has one multi-function button to accept/reject calls and to skip the tracks.

The quality of voice calls through the mic is okay and works well in low ambient noise conditions.

Verdict

The Infinity Zip 500 is a well built wired headphone with decent sound signature priced affordably.

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Lightweight

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Tangle free cable

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Gold plated 3.5mm jack

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Headband cushion is minimal

Specifications

Driver Size32 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional FeaturesTangle free cable

10. OneOdio Stereo

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Honourable 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

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