Best Over Ear Headphones Under Rs.3,000 (Wired) (May 2020)

by | May 15, 2020

Wired Headphones are a convenient way of listening to music, as many among us don’t like to have an in-ear style earphone crammed inside our ears.

There are good quality over-the-ear headphones available in the market in the affordable ballpark of just under Rs.3000 and we list the best five among them for you in this article.

Read along and find your best pick with ease!

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 Wired Headphones Under Rs.3,000

1. AKG K52Overall Best Pick
2. CLAW SM50Runner-Up Pick
3. Sony MDR XB55APFeature Rich Wired Headphone
4. Sennheiser PC 8 USBBest Headphone for VOIP Calls
5. Skullcandy Riff S5PXY Honourable Mention

1. AKG 52

Overall Best Pick
  • Rich bass output
  • Excellent stereo stage separation
  • Robust build quality

AKG is a popular audio accessory brand which falls under the Samsung brand, a multinational business conglomerate we all know about.

The AKG 52 is a budget wired headphone priced very competently under Rs.3000 delivering immersive surround sound experience.

Design and Build Quality

The AKG has an industrial design which makes it stand out from the rest of the competition in its respective price segment.

The brushed metal body screams premium and the minimal design looks very elegant.

The headband on this headphone is easily adjustable and has an adequate amount of cushion for comfortable wearing.

The closed-back design of this headphone amounts to minimal sound leakage and lets you have an immersive music listening experience.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The AKG 52 features 40mm custom-tuned drivers with extended low-frequency response resulting in rich yet natural bass notes.
The vocals and treble sound very clean and crisp with excellent stage separation.

This lets you listen to the music with such high fidelity as it would have been sounded at the recording studio.


The breathable lightweight earpads are very comfortable to wear and cause no ear fatigue in the long run.

The single-sided cable on this headphone is sufficiently thick to handle minor abuses with fail.


The AKG 52 is one of best sounding wired earphones that you can purchase under a budget of Rs.3000.

The comfortable closed-back design and the quality of custom-tuned drivers make this headphone well worth the price.


Minimal yet elegant design


Closed back design


Passive noise cancellation


No microphone for voice calls


Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range18 – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohms
Additional Featuresclosed-back design

2. CLAW SM50

Runner-Up Pick
  • Dual output ports
  • Pleasant sound output quality
  • Inline remote with microphone

Claw is a relatively new entrant to the already saturated Indian audio scene and offers a varying array of products ranging from casual earphones to gaming headphones.

The Claw SM50 is a premium midrange over the ear headphone with certain features which makes it stand out from the rest of the competition priced under Rs.3,000.

Design and Build Quality

The design of the Claw SM50 is very well thought out and robust. The entire construction feels very rigid and robust.

The use of lightweight plastic and memory foam cushions helps with wearing comfort significantly.

The cushion on the headband is very ample and helps in minimizing the wearing comfort when listening for long hours at once.

The earpiece section is completely foldable for carrying the headphone conveniently in tight spaces.

The circular patterned trim on the earpiece makes this budget wired headphone look very premium.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Claw SM50 headphone comes with a 40mm neodymium speaker driver covering a respectable frequency spectrum of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.

This ensures you will be able to enjoy almost all instrument notes without fail.

The bass levels are very deep and very well compliments the crispy clean vocals and treble notes.

Overall, the Claw SM50 delivers a pleasant, bass-rich sound output for a budget under Rs.3000.


One feature which makes this headphone to stand out from the rest of the pack is the inclusion of dual output ports,

The company has included a coiled 2.8 m coiled cable for studio purposes and a regular 1.2m regular cable with the inline remote for hands-free calls.

Depending upon the use case, you have the option to switch the cable effortlessly.


The Claw SM50 is a very capable wired headphone priced under Rs.3,000 delivering decent bass-heavy sound output.

The robust construction quality and the inclusion of dual output port makes it one of the versatile options to consider in its price segment.


Robust build quality


Foldable earcups


Comfy cushion


Looks bulky


Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range20 – 20,000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesDual sized output ports

3. Sony MDR XB550AP

Feature Rich Wired Headphone
  • Excellent Bass Quality
  • Comfortable Earcups
  • One year warranty

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-XB550AP is the entry-level offering from Sony on their much-revered XtraBass lineup.

Design and Build Quality

The Sony MDR-XB550AP 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 really premium.

Speakers and Sound Quality

Those Bass fanatics looking for the best headphone under Rs.3000 need not look further.

If you are the one who is longing for the deep bass, the XB550AP is the go-to headphone under Rs 3000 category.

With its 30mm driver unit along with the lower impedance rating of 32 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 22000 Hz to get you covered all the notes in the music you’re listening to.


MDR-XB550AP 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.

Presence of an inline microphone will aid in handsfree voice calls for those who have a lot of incoming calls to attend on a daily basis.


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


Rich and deep bass


Foldable earcups


Inline microphone


Overpowering bass notes at times


Driver unit Size30 mm
Frequency Range5 – 22000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesInbuilt microphone


4. Sennheiser PC 8 USB

Best Pick for VoIP Calls
  • Best suited for voice calls
  • Must have for content creators
  • 2-year warranty

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB wired headphone is made to use with computers and laptops.

The company advertises this product as an internet telephony device.

Before reading further, note that this headphone isn’t compatible with smartphones as it comes with a USB connector rather than a 3.5mm jack.


If you’re a content creator on platforms such as Youtube or the one who engages in a lot of VoIP calls, this headphone might be the best bet for you in terms of audio as well as microphone quality.

This headphone from Sennheiser is a plug and play device, which means you don’t need to install any software to use it for the first time.

The Sennheiser PC 8 USB is compatible with both Windows and Mac OS alike.

The lightweight design and comfortable headband make this headphone a must for those who regularly rely on voice/video calls over the internet.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The 36mm diver speakers sound nice and clear. Vocals are crisp and without any distortions even at maximum volume levels.

The inline remote gives you the option to control the volume on the go and there’s a dedicated mute button as well.

Noise cancellation works well on this headphone and you won’t get distracted by background noises while attending your calls.

In-line remote and microphone

The microphone can be swivelled away from the face when not in use.

The quality of the mic is good and is perfectly suitable for recording voice-overs and conducting regular calls.


If you want a headphone specifically for making calls from the Internet or to do voice-overs or podcasts from your PC, the Sennheiser PC 8 USB is a great choice.




Mute button on the inline remote


Excellent call quality


No 3.5 mm jack


Driver unit Size36 mm
Frequency Range42Hz – 17000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesLightweight


5. Skullcandy Riff S5PXY

Honourable Mention
  • Tonally balanced sound output
  • Comfortable easy to use the button
  • Voice assistant feature

Skullcandy is an American based company specialized with marketing earphones, headphones and other similar audio-related hardware worldwide.

The Riff S5PXY is a budget over the ear wired headphone available in the Indian market priced just under Rs.3000 favouring budget-conscious consumers,

Design and Build Quality

The Skullcandy Riff S5PXY has a trendy design with flashy colours which will attract the youth.

Made from high-quality polycarbonate plastic, the Skullcandy Riff SP5XY is very lightweight and offers excellent wearing comfort

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Skullcandy Riff S5PXY has a 40mm speaker driver with a refined acoustic signature that helps the headphone to deliver music notes, pleasing to the ears.

The level of bass is adequate and doesn’t feel artificial at all. The vocals are loud and clear as well.

The breathable ear cushion material eliminated the chance of ear fatigue while listening to music for a longer duration, continuously.


One of the unique features of this headphone is that the control button is located on the earpiece instead of the cable.

This large easy to use button can be used for skipping tracks, accepting/rejecting the voice calls, and even controlling the volume level.

This headphone supports Google assistant integration which can be used to wirelessly execute commands directly on your Android smartphone.


The Skullcandy Riff S5PXY is a trendy wired headphone priced under Rs.3000 which suits the youth better.

Ear-pleasing sound quality along with the excellent wearing comfort makes this headphone suitable for people with longer listening duration.


Trendy design




Breathable cushion


Sound leakage


Driver unit Size40 mm
Frequency Range20 – 20000 Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesFlat folding design


This concludes the list for the best five wired headphones priced under a budget of Rs.3000. If you are unable to pick the best from this list, we suggest you go through the headphones under the different budget section on our website for more choices.

In case you have a product in your mind and want our opinion on the same, do let us know in the comment section below. Thanks and have a great day!