Best Over Ear Headphones Under Rs.5,000 (Wired) (July 2020)

by | Jun 30, 2020

After revisiting our past articles about the best headphones available in the market, we noticed a glaring gap between the budgets.

We had only reviewed the best headphones under Rs.1,000 and Rs.2,000 before writing about the best wired headphones in India.

Now, with more affordable and feature-rich wired headphones being introduced to the market almost daily, it became necessary to add more budget categories and review some more headphones.

As a first step to bridge this gap, we bring you the curated list of best-wired headphones in India priced under Rs.5,000.

This premium budget will offer you a much more pro-quality catalogue with headphones from reputed brands.

Without much further ado, let’s get started!

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 Under Rs.5,000

1. Marshall Major IIIOverall Best Pick
2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Runner-Up Pick
3. Claw SM100Best Professional Headphone
4. JBL Quantum 300Best Gaming Headphone
5. Sennheiser HD400 SHonourable Mention

 

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1. Marshall Major III

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Overall Best Pick
  • 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 Size40 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesSuper-soft ear cushions

 

2. Audio-Technica ATH-M20x

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Excellent bass-rich sound output
  • Passive noise cancellation
  • No microphone for voice calls

Audio-Technica is a widely acclaimed Japanese company known for its high-quality professional amplifiers and headphones.

The ATH-M20x is an entry-level M series over the ear wired headphone from Audio-Technica which strikes the right balance between affordability and performance.

Design and Build Quality

Made of polycarbonate material, the body of this wired headphone from Audio-Technica feels strong and durable.

There are no noticeable weak parts in the structure, making it less prone to failure in the long run.

The level of detailing that went into the design of this budget headphone is exceptional.

The plush pressure-relieving cushions are a delight to wear around the ears. The faux leather covered headband has sufficient cushioning to avoid discomfort as well.

The closed-back nature of the earpiece also provides some sort of passive noise cancellation for aiding better audibility while in a noisy environment.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Audio-Technica ATH M20x comes with a 40mm neodymium magnet powered speaker driver tuned to perfection from the factory.

These speakers offer a wide sound stage that reproduces the musical notes between 15 – 20,000 Hz in all its glory.

Given this headphone has a sensitivity of 96dB, the loudness of the sound output through the speakers is sufficient and doesn’t pose any threat when it comes to sound distortion.

The contoured ear cup offers a tight seal for the ear canal, and minimises the sound leak, resulting in excellent acoustic performance.

Miscellaneous

The Audio-Technica ATH M20x has copper-clad aluminium voice coils to improve the sound output and the sensitivity of speakers by decreasing the resistance to the electrical signals.

The impedance rating of this earphone is 47 ohm which is a bit higher compared to the competitors. This might cause a degraded performance when paired with budget smartphones at times.

Verdict

The Audio-Technica M20x is a studio-grade professional wired headphone with bass-rich sound output.

This wired headphone delivers excellent noise cancellation due to its closed-back design, making it suitable for music listening no matter where you are.

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Solid build quality

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Pressure relieving earpads

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No sound leakage

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Feels bulky

Specifications

Driver  Size40 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating47 Ohm
Additional FeaturesCircum aural design

3. Claw SM100

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Best Professional Headphone
  • Steel alloy construction
  • Suited for all genre music listening
  • Kevlar coated long cable

Claw is an Indian company popular for its high fidelity earphones and headphones.

Earlier we had discussed the Claw SM50 which was one of our best picks in the headphones under Rs.2,000 category.

The Claw SM100 is a significant upgrade over the SM50, this time with an improved sound signature perfect for studio monitoring purposes.

Design and Build Quality

The Claw SM100 features an industrial design that might not click with everyone, but we feel this one is designed with an emphasis on practicality and not just the looks.

The black and silver colour scheme looks exceptionally gorgeous and the minimal yet unique.

Made of steel metal alloy and high-quality plastics 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.

Speakers and Sound Quality

The Claw SM100 offers a well-balanced sound output with equal importance given for low, mid and high notes. With this wired headphone, you will be able to enjoy almost every genre of music.

The 50mm 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 Claw SM100 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 consists 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 strong, durable and studio monitor wired headphones that have a decent sound quality and an inline mic, the Claw SM100 is a great choice.

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Industrial design

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Detachable cable system

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Thick looped cable for professional use

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Heavy

Specifications

Driver unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range15Hz – 30000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesStudio grade headphone

4. 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 unit Size50 mm
Frequency Range20Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating32 Ohm
Additional FeaturesMemory foam cushioning

5. Sennheiser HD400 S

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Honourable Mention
  • Well balanced sound signature
  • Inline remote with mic
  • Closed-back design for added comfort

The Sennheiser HD 400S is a 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 400S is 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 400S the compact and portable wired headphones 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 400S is powered by a 32mm 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 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 mids and highs are very good on this device.

Inline Remote and Voice Quality

This headphone comes with a single button remote and an excellent microphone.

The mic is so sensitive to the user’s voice and somehow manages to isolate the background noise to an extent, providing you with the best possible voice quality in the segment.

Verdict

The Sennheiser HD 400S is an excellent purchase for those who are looking for a capable and affordable pro-quality headphone to use with their smartphones.

The pleasing audio output and the built quality makes it worth checking out in the sub. Rs.5,000 category.

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Good passive noise cancellation

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Comfort fit headphones

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Robust build quality

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Not bass-heavy

Specifications

Driver unit Size32 mm
Frequency Range18Hz – 20000Hz
Impedance Rating18 Ohm
Additional Features1.4m cable

This concludes our search for the best-wired headphones in the Indian market for a budget under Rs.5000. If you were looking to buy a wireless headphone under Rs.5,000, check out this article to know our recommendations.

In no way is this a complete and exhaustive guide, but we hope the choices we made after thorough research are indeed the best and will be the same for you as well.

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