Best Over Ear Headphones Under Rs.10,000 (Wired) (February 2020)

by | Feb 6, 2020

Wired headphones provide you with a tension free music listening experience without needing to charge the device often.

While it is certainly comfortable to use a wireless headphone, the quality of sound is often better on the wired counterparts as the signal loss due to interference is significantly lower.

True audiophiles with a fixed budget in their mind will find this article on the best wired headphones under Rs.10,000 to their liking.

We have done extensive market research to bring you the best ones out there. Trust us, you’ll like it.

Grab a cup of coffee, sit tight and let’s start!

NOTE: If you are looking for wireless headphones (Over the Head), go through our list of best wireless headphones under Rs.10,000.

Best Headphones Under Rs 10,000 (Over the Head)

1. Beyerdynamic – DT 240 PROOverall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M40xRunner-Up Pick
3. Creative Aurvana Live 2Best Build Quality
4. Sony XB950APBest Headphones for Bassheads
5. Sennheiser HD 518Best Balanced Sound Output
6. Razer Kraken Pro V2Best Gaming Headphone
7. Sennheiser UrbaniteHonourable Mention

1. Beyerdynamic – DT 240 PRO

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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  Size40 mm
Frequency Range5 – 35000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesAmbient noise isolation

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M40x

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Detachable cable and connector
  • Superior bass and clean treble notes
  • Professionally tunes speaker drivers

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

The Audio-Technica ATH-M40x is an over the ear wired headphone that focuses on delivering the 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 joke – 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 M40, Audio-Technica has the right recipe in terms of excellent sound output here. With the M40x, the recipe is further enhanced to deliver an even better sound ( does that even sound right!).

The 40mm drivers provide excellent studio-quality output without compromising the crispiness and clarity of neither the bass nor the treble.

These wired headphones are 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 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.

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 M40x 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 audiophile-grade headphones.

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Collapsible ear cup design

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Comfy pressure-relieving cushion

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Robust build quality

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A bit bulky

Specifications

Driver  Size40 mm
Frequency Range15 – 24000Hz
Impedance Rating35 Ohms
Additional FeaturesCopper-clad aluminum wire

3. Creative Aurvana Live 2

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Best Build Quality
  • Detachable oxygen-free copper cable
  • Sound output with perfect tonal balance
  • Tangle-free flat wire

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

The Creative Aurvana Live 2 is a premium wired over-the-ear type of headphones with the exceptionally solid build quality.

Design and Build Quality

The Creative Aurvana Live 2 comes with an attractive matte fit and finish. The metallic finish on the outer side of the earcups is quite sure to please everyone who takes a look.

The quality of construction is excellent for a price tag of Rs.10,000 as the company has focussed on using high-quality components with great care given even with the minute details.

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 Live 2 wired headphone is powered by a 40mm sound driver that covers the entire audible spectrum of 10 – 30000Hz.

Due to relatively 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.

Verdict

The Creative Aurvana Live 2 is a value for money wired headphone priced under Rs.10,000 aimed at serious audiophiles looking forward to a studio-quality music listening experience.

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Neodymium magnet speakers

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Modern design

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One year hardware warranty

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Average noise cancellation

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range10 – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional Features1 Year Hardware Warranty

4. 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 Size40 mm
Frequency Range3 – 28000Hz
Impedance Rating24 Ohm
Additional FeaturesExtra bass

5. Sennheiser HD 518

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Best Balanced Sound Output
  • Deep bass and rich vocals
  • No sound distortion
  • Two years warranty

The Sennheiser HD 518 is a premium quality wired budget headphone with an around the ear design which aids in superior acoustic performance.

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

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 518is 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 58 the compact and portable wired headphone in its price category.

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

The cable on this headphone is rounded but tangle resistant.

Speakers and Build Quality

The Sennheiser HD 518 is powered by a 40mm 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 that 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 mid and highs are very good on this device.

Inline Remote and Voice Quality

This premium wired headphone from Sennheiser doesn’t come with a microphone. This means you can’t make audio calls via this device.

However, with the exceptional quality sound output from the speakers, professional audiophiles won’t mind the lack of an inline microphone at this price range.

Verdict

The Sennheiser HD 518 is an excellent purchase for those who are looking for capable and affordable pro-quality headphones to use with their smartphones.

The pleasing audio output and the built quality along with the in-line mic for voice calls makes it an all-around performer in the sub. Rs.10,000 price category.

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Unique design

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Robust build quality

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Good wearing comfort

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No inline microphone for voice calls

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range 14 – 26000 Hz
Impedance Rating50 Ohms
Additional Featurescomfy earpads

6. 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 Ohm
Additional FeaturesUnidirectional mic

7. Sennheiser Urbanite

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Honourable Mention
  • Excellent noise isolation
  • Inline remote and microphone
  • Pleasing stereo sound output

Sennheiser needs no introduction in the Indian market, thanks to the multitude of excellent earphones and headphones which received popularity among the general public.

Sennheiser Urbanite is a studio-quality wired headphone which comes with a very comfortable fit and form factor.

Design and Build Quality

The Sennheiser Urbanite is one of the ergonomically designed headphones crafted with user comfort in mind.

The monotone black finish looks minimal yet elegant. The use of high-quality plastics for construction makes the headphone feel durable and solid.

Earcups are foldable and the adjustable headband offers different step sizes to make it fit snug on your head.

The use of unconventional raised cushion of the headband makes sure the comfort remains the same for hours.

The single-sided cable ensures that there are no disturbances or distractions while listening to music when you are on the move.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Sennheiser Urbanite comes equipped with 40mm neodymium-magnet drivers.

These custom-tuned drivers deliver excellent tonally rich and balanced sound profiles which will suit all kinds of music genres equally well.

Sennheiser Urbanite covers a wide frequency spectrum of 16 – 22,000 Hz, which is sufficient enough for a studio-quality listening experience.

Miscellaneous

Ambient Noise Isolation (AMN) is Sennheiser’s pet name for its noise cancellation technology.

The Urbanite headphone features AMN up to 118dB. This means the headphone can block sounds up to 118dB from getting inside the ear canal.

AMN ensures a calm and contemptuous music listening session when you’re outside.

Verdict

The Sennheiser Urbanite is a comfortable, over the ear wired headphone which has an excellent noise cancellation feature to back up the performance.

The ergonomic design and the wearing comfort also makes this headphone worth finding an entry in our list of best headphones priced under Rs.10,000.

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Suited for rough use

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Excellent wearing comfort

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Portable design

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Limited headband adjustment

Specifications

Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range16 – 22000Hz
Impedance Rating18 Ohms
Additional FeaturesSingle sided cable

This concludes our list for the best wired headphones available in India under a budget of Rs.10,000.

If you find the budget a little over the top, we suggest you check out the best wired headphones under Rs.5,000 article for more affordable choices.

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